OK, i seem to get a little confused in the planes. Maybe its because i have come from an Autocad environment. As i see it, x,y,z = x = front to back, y = left right, z = bottom to top.
im trying to make sure that the orientation stays correct throughout which in simple terms means that i draw a part up in .ipt, i send it an assembly (it keeps the correct orientation and when i add it to a drawing sheet, front view is a front view not a top or bottom view which seems to be happening at the moment.
i dont touch or reset views. when i create my sketch in the part, i pick the plane and keep to that but somewhere along the process, it is changing.....
Anyone have any suggestions?
The default Front would be X is across, Y is vertical and Z is towards you. I guess "Plan-View" would describe it.
You could change the default plains that you sketch but if you are translating for NC machines such as profile cutting. They look at the Z as the thickness.
This question comes up in many forums for all CAD programs.
I (mostly) ignore words like "Top, Front, or Right" side.
In all the CAD programs I use X,Y and Z have the same relationship to each other (even AutoCAD) if I ignore terms like top, front or right). Cartesian coordinate system.
Once I stopped worrying about words, going from AutoCAD to Inventor or SolidWorks or Creo became a non-issue.
They even all use the same RGB colors for XYZ.
Just my opinion on the topic.
As I recall, when I worked out on the shop floor on the CNC machines Z was the spindle axis.
I might be on a horizontal mill one day and on a vertical mill the next. On a lathe on the day after....
Since you can change the view orientation by RMB on the view-cube it really doesn't matter which view you call front. Just re-set the view with the view icon cube to suit the part.
As JD stated it really doesn't matter for 95% of the time.
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