How Do I Change the Scale in SolidWorks?

How Do I Change the Scale in SolidWorks?

SolidWorks is a powerful 3D modeling software widely used in various industries. One of the essential features of SolidWorks is the ability to change the scale of your models.

Whether you need to make your model smaller or larger, SolidWorks provides a straightforward process to achieve the desired scale. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to change the scale in SolidWorks.

Step 1: Open Your Model

Before changing the scale, you need to open your model in SolidWorks. Launch SolidWorks and navigate to the location where your model is saved.

Double-click on the file to open it.

Step 2: Accessing Scale Tool

Once your model is opened in SolidWorks, locate and click on the “Scale” tool in the toolbar at the top of the screen. Alternatively, you can access it by going to Insert > Features > Scale...

Step 3: Selecting Objects

After clicking on the “Scale” tool, your cursor will change into a selection tool. Click on the object or objects that you want to scale.

You can select multiple objects by holding down the Ctrl key while clicking.

Step 4: Set Scaling Options

Once you have selected your objects, a dialog box titled “Scale” will appear. Here, you can set various scaling options according to your requirements.

  • Uniform Scaling: This option scales all three dimensions (X, Y, and Z) proportionally.
  • Anisotropic Scaling: This option allows you to scale each dimension independently.
  • Scale Factor: Enter the desired scale factor in this field. A value greater than 1 will enlarge the object, while a value less than 1 will shrink it.

You can also choose whether you want to scale your objects relative to their original position or relative to the coordinate system.

Step 5: Applying the Scale

After setting the scaling options, click on the “OK” button to apply the scale to your selected objects. The objects will now be resized according to the specified scale factor.


It’s important to note that changing the scale of your model may affect its dimensions and appearance. Make sure to carefully review your scaled model and adjust any necessary dimensions or features accordingly.

Changing the scale in SolidWorks allows you to resize your models efficiently. Whether you need to create a smaller version for a presentation or enlarge a part for manufacturing, SolidWorks provides a user-friendly solution.

With just a few simple steps, you can achieve the desired scale and ensure that your models accurately represent your design intent.