I wish to have a part file that only has sketches in it to be the
driving skeleton file. But, when I start a new part file and insert the
skeleton part file in, the sketch doesn't come through.
If there a way to do this? A work around?
As a matter of fact there is. Since a sketch is 2D you can extrude a
surface(s) from it and get access to the geometry. A kludge, YES. Does
it work, sure.
Good candidate for an enhancement.
Aar> I wish to have a part file that only has sketches in it to be the
I'm sure you already know this but Solidworks would prefer for you to use an
assembly as a bridge between part files when using one as a "layout". It's
pretty effective. If all you want is the initial part's sketches as a
starting point with no in-context relationships then go the assembly route,
convert your entities, break the in-contexts and re-constrain from scratch.
At that point, you no longer need the assembly. If you want the constrained
sketches try copy paste with the desired sketch entities directly from the
original part file into new part file with no assembly involved. If none of
those things help, then the other workarounds, like extruded surfaces, are
at your disposal :)
By the way, the extruded surface "workaround" isn't the worst thing in the
world considering the options you have with changing each one's color, etc.
That is a cool side effect and allows for color-coding your "skeletons". It
might be worth thinking about.
Well, it looks like I can't use the extrude surface solution.
I get the error:
'The sketch cannot be used for a feature because an endpoint
is wrongly shared by multiple entities"
That error drives me nuts and I see it as a severe limitation of SW
sketcher. Why can't I have multiple line sharing endpoints???
It's just absurd
ok.. I just retried it first using the the contour Select tool, and it
worked...well sort of. If I selected the whole sketch, it crashes SW.
If I do part of the sketch and then go back and add the rest it worked.
Doesn't seem too stable.
T> As a matter of fact there is. Since a sketch is 2D you can extrude a
Usually what that error message means is that you have two lines or curves
on top of one another, so one is hidden under the other. SW doesn't have a
problem with multiple lines sharing endpoints. It has a problem with
That makes is sound like I was right and you have a hidden entity that was
causing the extrude to fail.
Ed Eaton cautions folks to stay away from the Contour Select Tool because it
isn't too terribly stable. Anything that requires the user to pick in the
graphics area seems to be easy to confuse. My own nemesis is Mutual Trim of
Tripod Data Systems
"take the garbage out, dear"