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OK I give up. How can I duplicate a Sketch?

john_smith077john_smith077 Member Posts: 109 ✭✭

OK I give up. How can I duplicate a Sketch?

Background need to create two similar but not identical paths which I will then use with the Sweep tool.
I tried the following:
1. I created the first sketch "Path01"
2. I creating a second Sketch (in the same plane) called "Path02" with nothing in it.
3. I right clicked on the first Sketch name ("Path01") in the left hand column (i.e. under Features) and selected "Copy Sketch"
4. I then selected "Path02" in the same column, right clicked and selected "Paste into Sketch"
The problem is that my sketch is out of position.

(And I cant work out how to get it back into position, with the start of my path starting at the origin)

Many thanks

P.S. Which is the correct category for a question like this - Using Onshape / General or Community Support?

Best Answer


  • 3dcad3dcad Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 2,459 PRO
    In addition to my answer, you need to create constraint (also dimension is constraint) to origin in both sketches to be able to control position relative to each other.

    If sketches are parallel you can also try use/project feature for bringing the shape into another sketch.

    The one thing to remember with Onshape sketches is that how ever you create them (mirror, pattern, project) you can always remove that specific constraint and edit geometry as you wish.
  • tom_scarincetom_scarince Member, Developers Posts: 47 ✭✭

    Depending on exactly what the difference between the two paths is, I'd probably suggest creating both paths in the same sketch. 

  • john_smith077john_smith077 Member Posts: 109 ✭✭
    OK thanks.

    All I'd say is that when I created the first Sketch I snapped the path onto the origin and all the lines were black.(Although I guess I didn't explicitly make the path Coincident with the origin - in fact I'm note so sure how I'd do so, unless I deliberately started drawing it NOT on the origin and then put it there using the Coincident constraint??)

  • 3dcad3dcad Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 2,459 PRO
    Snap will create constraint automatically. Click show constraints in sketch dialog to make them visible.
  • john_smith077john_smith077 Member Posts: 109 ✭✭
    I still dont get why it didn't paste a black line in same place on the second Sketch - but maybe we should move on!

    One thing - is there any way of getting the system to tell you WHY something is blue not black? 
    It's practically a sudoku puzzle trying to work out why something is still blue!
  • 3dcad3dcad Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 2,459 PRO
    I don't get it either, but it is good if you paste into same sketch..

    I usually test blue lines with simple drag to see where they can go, then undo and add constraint
  • john_smith077john_smith077 Member Posts: 109 ✭✭
    If you paste stuff back into the same sketch doesn't it get too crowded?

    I need to watch some more explainer videos. Preferably some videos that start from nothing and build the complexity up using 'best practice'.
    Any specific recommendations?

  • 3dcad3dcad Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 2,459 PRO
    edited January 2016
    It is also good way to learn stuff by inspecting interesting public models - make a copy and roll back feature tree to see how it's made. I tend to save some copies for future reference if I don't immediately need or have time to learn some nice workflow. 

    You can easily create your own library by copying only needed part studio from public doc and paste it into your own instead of duplicating whole document.
  • Kedarnath_MalapatiKedarnath_Malapati Member Posts: 16 EDU
    Have they found a better way to do all of this; I have a couple of workarounds but they are a tedious. Currently, I'm trying to copy and paste a spur gear's tooth profile onto a bevel gear and its been a pain.
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