What do you do when you need to create an angle dimension at 180 degrees? Maybe you need a 180 degree angle driving dimension between two sketch lines for sketch mechanisms. Maybe you just want to show the relationship between two parts of an assembly at a particularly point in their motion relative to each other, expressed as configurations. Or, maybe you just want to create a 180 degree angle, just because. Previously, you were blocked from creating such a dimension directly. In order to create a 180 degree dimension, you had to move some geometry (sketch line, components, features) slightly off 180 degrees, create your dimension, then edit whatever was necessary in order to restore the 180 degree angle.
SOLIDWORKS 2015 Smart Dimension tool now supports the creation 180 degree dimensions directly. No longer is it necessary to use the workaround. For sketches, the two lines that form the rays of the 180 degree angle must either share a vertex, or be separated where a vertex is inferred from their intersection. Just start the Smart Dimesnion tool and select two colinear non-overlapping entities, and a 180 degree angle will be generated for you.
SOLIDWORKS 2015 – Year of the Angle Dimension
- Year of the Angle Dimension – Part 1 – Imaginary Rays
- Year of the Angle Dimension – Part 2 – Flipping out (and over)
- Year of the Angle Dimension – Part 3 – Goodbye Zero
- Year of the Angle Dimension (Part 4): Symmetricality
- Year of the Angle Dimension – Part 5 – Take a 180