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Is it possible to have an imported image that was inserted into a sketch appear in an assembly?

StephenGStephenG Member Posts: 300 ✭✭✭
I want to use a image to help determine the location for the brackets to mount a bicycle rack to the rear cargo door.

                      Part Studio sketch with inserted image

       Same sketch inserted into an assembly. Image is not shown.

 I also noticed sketch images do not show in drawings either. 

Answers

  • alnis_smidchensalnis_smidchens Member Posts: 227 EDU
    There currently isn't a way to show an image in an assembly as far as I know. However, in your use case, I believe it may be a better option to design the mount/attachment/bicycle rack within one part studio. If you will have multiple, inter-related parts, its a good idea to design them within the same part studio.

    If you'll be assembling pre-fab parts based on the image, you can add mate connectors to the sketch within its part studio and mate directly to the sketch in the assembly (or you can skip making explicit mate connectors and use implicit ones on-the-fly in the assembly). Then, you can create an in-context part studio to design any custom parts connecting the brackets.

    Can you maybe post a napkin drawing of what you're trying to do? That might help with finding modeling/design strategies for your project.

    You can vote for this improvement request to bump decals/images up the priority list (it seems close to what you want to do):
    https://forum.onshape.com/discussion/2718/decals-or-images-as-skins-on-solid-faces-or-surfaces
    Get in touch: [email protected] | My personal site: https://alnis.dev | My YouTube channel (I make tutorial videos for Onshape & Inventor): https://www.youtube.com/c/AlnisSmidchens
  • tim_hess427tim_hess427 Member Posts: 364 PRO
    I also think just designing your parts in the same part study may be the best approach. There are couple of other options you may want to take a look at as alternatives:
    1. Use more construction geometry to just add more features to your layout sketch - go ahead and figure out whatever reference information you need from the image and go ahead and trace those in your sketch so that you don't need the image anymore. 
    2. If you can't take the image into your assembly, do as much as you can with the assembly, and then use an in-context modeling to bring the assembly references back into the part studio that contains the image. 
    I'll second what Alnis said as well - if you're able, providing a little more detail about what exactly you need the image for might help others here suggest a good modeling strategy. 
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