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james_mcpherson11762 Member Posts: 26 ✭✭
Am I missing the symmetric constraint? It's one of my most used constraints in Alibre. Currently I just dimension everything to get symmetry, but when I change a dimension that causes 4 times the work compared to when I use symmetry. If it truly isn't there (yet), any tricks on quick work arounds?
Another option would be to use a construction line to one piece of geometry, mirror it, and then attach it to the geometry you want symmetric. The mirror line will be mirrored and constrained to your geometry letting the positions be symmetric.
Workarounds sounds reasonable for now, I hope more types of sketch constraints are in 'the list' already.
Rectangle by midpoint would also be wellcome, I tried this on solidface and it immediately felt good solution. This way you wouldn't need to add symmetric contraints for rectangle as it could be snapped to origin or plane/axis from it's midpoint.
To have something more than existing cads:
How about 'automatic mirroring' in sketch mode which you would toggle on and select axis (or reference line) for mirroring and it would automatically draw the other half? There should be a way to remove mirror constraint afterwards and modify mirrored half as it was created manually. Or even better change some part of mirrored sketch to reference figures and make some modification to other half and still have benefits of mirror constraints.
I would give my votes for everything that saves me time and clicks while repeating same workflow again and again.
This is already there on the drop down under the rectangle tool.
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With a quick test it seems to do exactly what I wan't, it replaces the need for symmetry constraints for rectangles.
Could it be possible to add measurement on the fly ie. not having to use dimension tool afterwards?