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Forcing point-to-point dimension to be aligned rather than horizontal/vertical

alan_buddenalan_budden Member Posts: 7 ✭✭
I'm trying to create a drawing of an object I've modelled.  One of the key dimensions is the distance between two points along the angle that joins them.  I can't use the dimensions of the line joining them as there's a cut-out that splits this line.  If I try to do a point-to-point dimension in the drawing, it wants that dimension to be either the horizontal or vertical distance.  I don't want this, I want the aligned distance.

As a test, I made a very simple model that (I think) shows what I'm trying to do.  Here's a screenshot of the drawing:



What I want it to look like is this (created with an image editor, not onshape!):




Is this possible?  I found this question on this forum, which makes it look easy, but I can't figure out how to make it actually work with my models.

Test model is here: https://cad.onshape.com/documents/4139e053de38affdffc7f670/w/24168f2e4bd934650d5b95d4/e/63356c08b37bf47fb71b3269

Best Answer

  • MichaelPascoeMichaelPascoe Member Posts: 139 PRO
    Accepted Answer
    To get the point to point dimension to use the minimum distance between the points, drag your cursor far off in the direction perpendicular to the line between the two points.


Answers

  • MichaelPascoeMichaelPascoe Member Posts: 139 PRO
    Accepted Answer
    To get the point to point dimension to use the minimum distance between the points, drag your cursor far off in the direction perpendicular to the line between the two points.


  • bruce_williamsbruce_williams Member, Developers Posts: 584 PRO
    Yes that is possible although esoteric it is easy.  With things like this knowing it works is most of the battle; then with persistent trial you can figure out how.

    See the gif below.  It has to do with where you are dragging the location cursor after choosing the points.


    www.accuratepattern.com
  • bruce_williamsbruce_williams Member, Developers Posts: 584 PRO
    Good Morning @MichaelPascoe!   :D
    www.accuratepattern.com
  • alan_buddenalan_budden Member Posts: 7 ✭✭
    To get the point to point dimension to use the minimum distance between the points, drag your cursor far off in the direction perpendicular to the line between the two points.



    That's great, thank you.  I'd been moving the cursor around near the corners of the line and along the length of the line it wouldn't switch - moving the cursor further away indeed sorted it out.

    Thank you again!
  • MichaelPascoeMichaelPascoe Member Posts: 139 PRO
    edited January 14
    Happy to help @alan_budden

    Morning @bruce_williams!

    I win ;)  :D 
  • bruce_williamsbruce_williams Member, Developers Posts: 584 PRO
    touche!  

    in my defense, I was looking up the word esoteric.
    www.accuratepattern.com
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