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Can I put dashed lines on a drawing?

john_P37john_P37 Member Posts: 13 PRO
I am making a drawing of a simple rectangular window.   Typically, the optical properties of this window are only specified in a sub-region, specified by a dashed line rectangle. This rectangle sits inside the actual physical rectangle of the part.   Is there a way to show this dashed line rectangle in a drawing?  Here is a picture of what I want to do, see below.  Thanks for your time.                   I can think of a workaround involving a feature on the back side, but that is messy, and each side has it's own clear aperture.

Best Answer


  • PeteYodisPeteYodis Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 298
    @john_P37 You can create a sketch on the part in the part studio and make those lines construction lines in the sketch.  From the drawing, Right click on the view and select "Show/Hide sketches..." and pick the sketch from the list.  
  • john_P37john_P37 Member Posts: 13 PRO
    Follow up to sketch lines on a part. I accepted the answer, but then quickly ran across this issue:

    If the sketch is on a face that is shown in an auxiliary view, you can't show the sketch.  So for a simple triangular wedge part, say a 45-90-45 degree prism, and the sketch is on the hypotenuse face, you are not allowed the option of showing sketches on this face. 

    Thanks for any comments,   John

    Sample file below:
  • john_mcclaryjohn_mcclary Member, Developers Posts: 1,919 PRO
    edited July 2018
    It appears the option just isn't available for auxiliary Views or Section Views (practically the same thing).
    It appears to work on all other types shown below

    Side note: The sketch did appear on the preview graphic before placing the section view, but then disappeared once I placed the view.
    I tried offsetting the sketch plane with the circle deeper into the part, and it still does not show.

    If this is a bug, please add me to the ticket as well, It hasn't come up with my Onshape projects yet. But I know some of the solidworks projects I'm fighting to move over to Onshape will require this.


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