I modeled the part as a sheet metal part and after putting bends in the part, it now sits weird in the regular construction planes and I can't get the right ortho views for making a drawing. Is there a way to re orient the solid part file to have working ortho views?
You can rotate a model in solidworks by the move body command Tutorial 1.
However there is a trick in the drawing that allows you to avoid the above command... follow the 2nd tutorial!!!
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Answered with a tutorial: https://grabcad.com/tutorials/is-there-a-way-to-re-orient-a-finished-part-file-in-solidworks
Thanks, but shortly after I posted, I read that I can change the orientation views by selecting the side, going normal to and clicking update. even though it doesn't change the original origin, it does update the sides for viewing the model and for the layout when doing the drawings. I used method (2) of this http://blog.capinc.com/2012/02/solidworks-tech-tip-the-re-orient-xpress/
Obviously there are many ways to work this around! don't you think?
I would choose to be more careful in the beginning of designing a model to avoid any of these...
The thing is that in many cases you have to deal with parts that are not yours an therefore I would choose to minimize any additional features that will confuse another designer in the future...
In my opinion I would go with my second tutorial... or your first solution! after all it might be a reason for this odd orientation of this part who knows! ;P
All the Best Nathan!
Now the smart way!!!
Answered with a tutorial: https://grabcad.com/tutorials/is-there-a-way-to-re-orient-a-finished-part-file-in-solidworks--1