How Do You Find the Centroid in SolidWorks?

When working with SolidWorks, it is important to understand how to find the centroid of a model. The centroid is a crucial point that represents the geometric center of an object.

It is commonly used in engineering and design to determine the balance and stability of an object. In this tutorial, we will explore different methods to find the centroid in SolidWorks.

Method 1: Using the Mass Properties

One way to find the centroid in SolidWorks is by utilizing the Mass Properties feature. This feature provides information about the mass, volume, center of mass, and centroid of a model.

To access the Mass Properties feature, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Open your model in SolidWorks.
  • Step 2: Go to Tools > Evaluate > Mass Properties.
  • Step 3: In the Mass Properties window, you will find various properties of your model such as volume, surface area, and centroid coordinates.

Method 2: Creating Reference Geometry

If you prefer a more visual approach to finding the centroid, you can create reference geometry within SolidWorks. Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Open your model in SolidWorks.
  • Step 2: Go to Insert, then select Boss/Base. Choose Solid Bodies.
  • Step 3: Select a plane or face where you want to create reference geometry.
  • Step 4: Go to Insert > Reference Geometry > Point.
  • Step 5: In the PropertyManager, select the option for ‘Centroid’ as the type of point you want to create.
  • Step 6: Click on a face or plane within your model to place the centroid point.


The centroid point created using this method is dynamic and will update automatically if there are any changes made to your model.

Method 3: Using Equations

If you are comfortable with mathematical calculations, you can find the centroid coordinates using equations in SolidWorks. Follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Open your model in SolidWorks.
  • Step 2: Go to Show, then select Show Equations.
  • Step 3: In the Equations window, create three equations: one each for X, Y, and Z coordinates of the centroid.
    • X_Centroid = (Sum of (X * Volume)) / Total Volume
    • Y_Centroid = (Sum of (Y * Volume)) / Total Volume
    • Z_Centroid = (Sum of (Z * Volume)) / Total Volume

In these equations, replace ‘X’, ‘Y’, and ‘Z’ with the respective coordinates of each point, and ‘Volume’ with the volume of each point. The total volume is the sum of all individual volumes.


Finding the centroid in SolidWorks is essential for various engineering and design applications. Whether you prefer using built-in features like Mass Properties, creating reference geometry, or using equations, SolidWorks provides multiple methods to find the centroid accurately. Choose the method that suits your needs and start utilizing this valuable information in your designs!