Working with planes in SOLIDWORKS

One very useful skill to have when working in SOLIDWORKS is working with planes. These set of skills comes in handy when working on parts that require you to insert planes in absurd orientations.

Knowing your way around setting up of planes, therefore, becomes a necessary skill. In this demo, I will be taking you through how to work with planes.
Go into SOLIDWORKS and create a new sketch.

This prompts you to select one of the pre-existing planes so as to create a sketch. If you are not ready to use any of the three available planes but would rather create another plane based on the planes then simply go to the reference geometry tab and select the plane option.

Select one of the planes as the basis of your plane setup.

Notice that you have the option to choose your own offset distance and also the number of offset iterations.


It is important to note that in order to create a plane you need at least three reference points. If your basis is another plane then the plane is fully defined since a plane has four reference points. With the sketch shown below, I can be able to create different plane configurations.

A line has three reference points therefore to create a plane you may need a line and another third reference point.

An example of a plane setup using the sketch shown is as below.

Another plane configuration is shown.

It is clear that several plane configurations are capable within SOLIDWORKS enabling creation of complex sketches and parts with several different orientations.