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3D Sketching

shawnrwshawnrw Member Posts: 20 PRO
edited February 4 in General
Does anybody know if there are any plans to integrate a true 3D sketch capability into Onshape similar to SolidWorks in the near future? 

I know 3D sketching can be somewhat replicated with planes, mate connectors, etc., but it's very time consuming compared to SolidWorks offering. We are looking to convert our remaining Solidworks accounts, but this seems to be a feature we can't live without.

Thanks

Comments

  • Evan_ReeseEvan_Reese Member Posts: 783 PRO
    I feel your pain. That's part of why I wrote the Freeform Spline custom feature, which can alleviate some of the lack I feel, but I do think it's a temporary solution to tide me over until something more robust is rolled out natively.
    Evan Reese / Principal and Industrial Designer with Ovyl
    Website: ovyl.io
    Instagram: @evan.reese.designs
  • shawnrwshawnrw Member Posts: 20 PRO
    Wow, what a great job on that feature, super helpful... You should charge for that :-).
  • dirk_van_der_vaartdirk_van_der_vaart Member Posts: 56 ✭✭
    @Evan_Reese
    When you could add an option to use a line or arc instead of the spline then 3d sketching is very close???
  • MichaelPascoeMichaelPascoe Member Posts: 250 PRO
    @Evan_Reese
    That would be a lot of work, but I could see Freeform Spline morphing into 3D Sketch.

    Freeform is the best feature yet for 3D adjustability.
  • Evan_ReeseEvan_Reese Member Posts: 783 PRO
    @Evan_Reese
    When you could add an option to use a line or arc instead of the spline then 3d sketching is very close???
    If the workflow is 1 curve per feature (as with Freeform Spline) then it's already pretty close. a 2-point spline can be used as a line. It doesn't do true arcs, but a 3 or 4 point spline could be close. Are there parts of your workflow where you'd need a real arc in 3D or could a spline do the trick? I don't think I've ever needed the arc, personally.
    Evan Reese / Principal and Industrial Designer with Ovyl
    Website: ovyl.io
    Instagram: @evan.reese.designs
  • Evan_ReeseEvan_Reese Member Posts: 783 PRO
    @Evan_Reese
    That would be a lot of work, but I could see Freeform Spline morphing into 3D Sketch.

    Freeform is the best feature yet for 3D adjustability.
    I suppose it could move that way. If I'm going to spend more time on it, I'd really like to just make it a better spline tool. If I can figure out how to pick multiple points at once, or automatically activate the query field of the selected point, or improve performance, I'd sooner do that.

    I'm so glad you're finding it useful.

    The main point here is that 3D sketching or something similar would be super useful, and I hope Onshape develops it as a native function soon.
    Evan Reese / Principal and Industrial Designer with Ovyl
    Website: ovyl.io
    Instagram: @evan.reese.designs
  • Evan_ReeseEvan_Reese Member Posts: 783 PRO
    edited February 5
    shawnrw said:
    Wow, what a great job on that feature, super helpful... You should charge for that :-).
    Thanks! I don't think there's a good way to charge for custom features yet, but on the flip side, it means I get to use a ton of other awesome ones for free and learn from their code too so I think I'm good with the trade-off. Of course, you're welcome to send a fruit basket or something.
    Evan Reese / Principal and Industrial Designer with Ovyl
    Website: ovyl.io
    Instagram: @evan.reese.designs
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