How Do You Freely Rotate in SolidWorks?

Have you ever wondered how to freely rotate objects in SolidWorks? Well, you’re in luck!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of easily rotating objects in SolidWorks using simple steps. So, let’s get started!

Step 1: Select the Object

First and foremost, select the object that you want to rotate. This can be a part, an assembly, or even a sketch. Once you have selected the object, proceed to the next step.

Step 2: Access the Rotate Tool

To access the rotate tool in SolidWorks, go to the “Features” tab located at the top of the screen. Once there, click on “Move/Copy” from the drop-down menu.

Note: Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut “R” to access the rotate tool directly.

Step 3: Define Rotation Center

After accessing the rotate tool, you need to define the rotation center. This is where your object will pivot from during rotation. There are two ways to define the rotation center:

a) Select a Point

If you want to rotate your object around a specific point or vertex, simply select that point by clicking on it.

b) Use Automatic Mode

If you prefer SolidWorks to automatically determine the rotation center based on your selection, leave this option as default.

Step 4: Specify Rotation Angle

Now that you have defined your rotation center, it’s time to specify the rotation angle. You can do this by:

  • Typing Angle Value: You can directly type in the desired rotation angle in the provided field.
  • Dragging the Rotation Handle: Alternatively, you can click and drag the rotation handle to visually adjust the rotation angle.

Step 5: Choose Rotation Direction

Before finalizing the rotation, you need to choose the rotation direction. You have two options:

  • Clockwise: If you want to rotate your object in a clockwise direction, select this option.
  • Counter-Clockwise: If you prefer to rotate your object in a counter-clockwise direction, select this option instead.

Step 6: Apply and Finalize

Once you have set the rotation angle and direction according to your requirements, click on “Apply” to apply the rotation. If you are satisfied with the result, click “OK” to finalize and exit the rotate tool.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to freely rotate objects in SolidWorks using simple steps. Now you can easily manipulate your objects and assemblies in any desired orientation.

Note: The rotate tool in SolidWorks offers various advanced options such as axis selection, multiple rotations, and rotating objects around edges or faces. Feel free to explore these additional capabilities for more complex rotations!

We hope this tutorial has been helpful. Happy rotating in SolidWorks!