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Select edges to fill multiple surfaces simultaneously
matthew_stacy Member Posts: 428 PRO
Is there a way to select edges and Fill multiple, non-contiguous surfaces simultaneously?
In the simplest case, assume that I want to create a Composite surface comprised of two individual surfaces that do not overlap one another, similar to that shown below:
My current workflow is tedious and crude:
- click <Fill> (new)
- <Create selection>
- click <Loop/chain connected> (default is 'Tangent connected')
- select an edge
- click <Add selection>
Eight mouse/keyboard inputs seems excessive relative to the simplicity of the task. Is there a better way? The tedium becomes so much the greater when tens of surfaces are involved.
- Is it possible to create 'Fill 1' and 'Fill 2' simultaneously (remember that they don't overlap)?
- Is it possible to select the perimeter of an enclosed sketch profile with a single mouse click? (<Perimeter> would be a handy selection criterion for <Create selection>)
- Is there a keyboard shortcut for <Fill>?
- Persistent tool selection for <Fill>? (tool stays open for the next Fill)
I've seen this work around before. It's honestly one of the more non-intuitive things in Onshape to avoid adding another feature tool. In Solidworks this would just be a flat surface, which also has the advantage of taking non-closed edges and trying to make a surface (e.g. two co-planar non-intersecting lines will create a surface with four edges). The Onshape "solution" doesn't work with edges of geometry, only "faces, surfaces, and sketch regions".
And, unlike some other Solidworks <--> Onshape hints, the tool search comes up blank for "flat".