New in SolidWorks 2014: View labels and Auxiliary Views (Part 2)

This entry is part 12 of 13 in the series New in SOLIDWORKS 2014

Auxiliary view functionality has now been expanded to follow several international standards more closely.  When an auxiliary view is created at a nonorthographic angle, the standards specify that the view should be rotated into an orthographic direction.  To account for the change in alignment, ASME and GOST standards specify the addition of a rotation symbol that may also include the actual angle of rotation.  SolidWorks now supports these requirements.

Auxiliary View prior to alignment

To set an auxiliary view to orthographic rotation for the example above:

  1. Right-click on the auxiliary drawing view.
  2. Select Align Drawing View, then Horizontal to Sheet Counterclockwise.
Selection for orthographic rotation of auxiliary drawing view
Select Align Drawing View and rotation direction
Rotated auxiliary view to be orthographic to drawing sheet

The view is rotated.  Angle symbol and degrees is added to the view label

If center marks are in the view, they can be rotated by selecting them and entering o (zero) in the Angle group box in their PropertyManager.

The display of the angle can be adjusted in the Document Properties under Tools>Options…>Document Properties>Views>Auxiliary in the Label options area.

View options for angles

These options and capabilities are also available for Section Views with the same instructions as above.

Also, these options are available regardless to standards.  However, GOST standard does has special symbols.  All rotation symbols are also available in the new Views symbol library category.

The next article in this series will cover how to add a view’s angle of rotation to any view type.

Author: fcsuper

As a drafter, mechanical designer and CAD engineer, I've been in the mechanical design field since 1991. For the first 8 years of my career, I was an AutoCAD professional. I utilized AutoLISP and many other AutoCAD customization features to streamline drafting activities for 6+ drafters and designers. I authored several custom functions, one of which was published in the March 1997 issue of Cadalyst Magazine. Since 1998, I've been used SolidWorks non-stop. I've worked to utilize the SolidWorks' user environment to simplify drafting and design activities for 20+ engineers. I've created this website to provide current information about SolidWorks from a variety of contributors. More recently, I am now employed by Dassault Systemes as SOLIDWORKS Sr. Product Definition Manager to improve drawing, annotation and MBD related areas.

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