Create a coincident reference plane

  1. On the Home tab, in the Reference group, click Coincident Plane.

  2. In the graphic window, select a planar face or an existing reference plane.


  • When you create a new reference plane based on an existing reference plane, the x-axis orientation of the new reference plane matches the x-axis orientation of the existing reference plane.

  • When you create a new reference plane based on a planar face on the model, you can use the N, B, T, F, and P hot keys on the keyboard to define the orientation of the x-axis. The N key selects the next linear edge as the x-axis. The B key goes back to the previously selected edge. The T key toggles the x-axis origin to the opposite end of the selected edge. The P key selects a base reference plane to define the x-axis. The F key flips the normal direction of the reference plane, which changes the x-axis orientation.

    The P and F options are not available in an assembly document.

  • You can use the steering wheel to move the reference plane to another location.

  • In an assembly document, this command is on the Sketching tab in the Reference group.

  • In an assembly document, you can use the Activate Part option on the command bar to activate a part in the assembly which you want to use to position the reference plane.

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