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# How do a dimension the true (diagonal) distance between two points on a drawing?

Member Posts: 5
Hey folks,

I am truly stumped on how to get Onshape to dimension the true diagonal distance between two holes on a drawing. No matter what I've tried the dimension keeps snapping between the orthogonal horizontal and vertical. How can I get Onshape to show me the diagonal true distance between these holes?

Thanks!!!

• Member Posts: 340 ✭✭✭
I know 2 workarounds...

1. Use "Maximum or minimum dimension (m)" and select the circle centers.

2. Create sketch that contains a construction line between the 2 points of interest, then use "Show/Hide sketches" to make the sketch visible in the view. Then you can use the normal "Dimension (D)" function, select the line to create a diagonal dimension along its length.

• Member Posts: 29 ✭✭
2 point linear dimension will behave as you were expecting or pick the holes with basic dim tool not the center point.
Odd behaver to give only vert & horizontal when using basic dimension tool between points.
• Member Posts: 17 PRO
edited June 4
Create a plane that goes through the two points.
Select the plane and press keyboard N to view it from top.
Then create a Named View.
In a drawing create a View showing the part/assembly and select the Named view.
Now you can dimension the two diagonal holes in the drawing.