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How can I display a grid when I am drawing an sketch?

arasaras Member Posts: 13
When I am in sketch mode and drawing a line, how can I know how long my line is? I think for 2D sketches it would be very useful to have a grid that you could use as a guide. Is this currently possible?

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  • david_sohlstromdavid_sohlstrom Member, Mentor Posts: 159 ✭✭✭
    I too would like to see a grid system. I submitted a ticket to that effect some time ago. You could submit a ticket also to reinforce the request.

    Dave
    David Sohlstrom

    Ariel, WA
  • pete_yodispete_yodis OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 666 ✭✭✭
    edited March 2015
    @Aras @David_Sohlstrom How are you guys using the grid?  I always turn the grid off in programs like SolidWorks.  It never added value to me.  I'm curious to see how you use it.  With Onshape, when you sketch and then dimension the first sketch element - every other sketch element is scaled to match what you just dimensioned, which in my mind invalidates my need for a grid line.  Look at the second video down on this page, starting at about 2:26 (video of dimensions and constraints)...

    https://www.onshape.com/tutorials



  • david_sohlstromdavid_sohlstrom Member, Mentor Posts: 159 ✭✭✭
    @Pete Yodis  I use the grid system in Geomagic all the time. It tells me where I am on the plane I am sketching on. If I want a box centered on the Z axis and 2" square then I can move to X+1Y0 start my line go to Y-1 to X-1 to Y+1 to X+1 and back to X+1Y0 done. No draw a line, dim line length, dim line to Y axis, dim line to X axis, draw next line etc. 
    I can change the grid size on the fly. With snap to grid  and I move to Y+1 and X+1 and left click to start a sketch operation I know I am where I want to be and not at Y+1.0015 and X+.990

    Dave

    David Sohlstrom

    Ariel, WA
  • 3dcad3dcad Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 2,460 PRO
    edited March 2015
    I turn grid and snap off too, I'm too lazy to constantly change the size and hide/show to get better view. Main reason would propably be that I just never actually gave a try to learn how to ease up my work with grid / snap.
    But even if line snaps to grid, I would still add dimensions just to be sure (and in GD to get them into equation editor as parameters)

    Before grid I would like to see actual line lenght, circle diameter and rectangle dimensions next to cursor while creating a sketch..
    and maybe even toggle automatic dimensioning on so that you could just fix the dimensions allready in place and not need to use dimensioning tool afterwards? 
    //rami
  • david_sohlstromdavid_sohlstrom Member, Mentor Posts: 159 ✭✭✭
    And I have grid and snap to grid on 98% of the time in GD.
    I totally agree with your second point.

    Dave

    David Sohlstrom

    Ariel, WA
  • nada_nixnada_nix Member Posts: 19
    some more comments here: Sizes in sketches
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