I want to place a series of axes in a model so that I can place various types and sizes of holes on them. The best way for me to create and dimension the axes is by means of a single sketch, rather then creating each individual axis as separate features. I tried creating a cosmetic sketch, but the datum axis command is greyed out. Then it wouldn't let me place points in cosmetic mode that I could see after exiting (to select for individual axis creation).
Then I tried creating a cut, and successfully placed all the datum axes. Trouble is the model wanted solid geometry before it would let me exit, so I had to sketch one of the clearance holes. Then I could afterwards place all the tapped and dowel holes on the axes that were remaining.
Am I missing something? Isn't there any way of sketching axes like I want to without making a cut?