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how do you specify a specific length in a sketch?

kai_etringerkai_etringer Member Posts: 10
if you have a line in a sketch, how do you specify length?
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  • konstantin_shiriazdanovkonstantin_shiriazdanov Member Posts: 1,051 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 2017
    click dimension button in sketch mode then click on the geometry you need to dimension, the hotkey for dimension command is "d". it works for the length of splines at least

  • NkaniaNkania Member Posts: 2 EDU
    You can also dimension the line by typing in the desired length when you place the line, this will automatically dimension the line for you without going to the dimension tool.
  • erik_aignererik_aigner Member Posts: 1
    OnShape is by far the most unintuitive CAD software I've ever used... need to lookup how to specify lengths. Lol.
  • Jake_RosenfeldJake_Rosenfeld Moderator, Onshape Employees, Developers Posts: 1,619
    The sketching course in this learning pathway may be useful:

    https://learn.onshape.com/collections/onshape-fundamentals-cad
    Jake Rosenfeld - Modeling Team
  • michael_mcclainmichael_mcclain Member Posts: 191 PRO
    OnShape is by far the most unintuitive CAD software I've ever used... need to lookup how to specify lengths. Lol.
    I'm curious why you think that. I personally find it to be much more intuitive and easier to learn than most CAD systems. Which programs have you used?
  • owen_sparksowen_sparks Member, Developers Posts: 2,660 PRO
    Likewise :)
    Business Systems and Configuration Controller
    HWM-Water Ltd
  • konstantin_shiriazdanovkonstantin_shiriazdanov Member Posts: 1,051 ✭✭✭✭✭
    If somebody looking for most unintuitive CAD you can check T-Flex CAD >:) 
  • NeilCookeNeilCooke Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 3,408
    I think he was joking (I hope!)
  • john_mcclaryjohn_mcclary Member, Developers Posts: 3,015 PRO
    OnShape is by far the most unintuitive CAD software I've ever used... need to lookup how to specify lengths. Lol.
    I'm sorry you feel that way.

    If I being honest, sketching is the same here as it is in every other real parametric CAD software I have used.
    What would you like to see that is more intuitive than defining a length with a dimension?

    I have seen some like solidworks that will give you the option to automatically add a dimension while sketching a line. But that does more harm than good IMHO.
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