Year of the Angle Dimension – Part 2 – Flipping out (and over)

In SOLIDWORKS 2015, there are two methods to change (flip) an angle dimension.

Vertically Opposite Angle

You can now flip any placed angle dimension to its vertically opposite angle.   This is useful when you wish to place the entire angle dimension outside of the model edges.

  1. Right-click on the angle to bring up the right-click menu.
  2. Select Display Options, then Vertically Opposite Angle.

Original angle dimension   Vertically Opposite Angle

Explementary Angle

You can now flip any placed angle dimension to its explementary angle.  Here is a way overly complex video about explementary angles.  Here’s a simpler explanation straight from the dictionary.

  1. Right-click on the angle to bring up the right-click menu.
  2. Select Display Options, then Explementary Angle.

Original angle dimension   Explementary Angle

Choose Explementary or Vertically Opposite in dimension preview

When creating an angle dimension with Smart Dimension tool, you can now choose between the explementary angle or the vertically opposite angle during the preview by holding down the ALT key when the mouse is in the vertically opposite region.  In SOLIDWORKS 2014 and prior, you were only offered the explementary angle.

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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