Line Arc Segment Creation

Line/Arc Segment Creation

Click the Line/Arc command button on the ribbon to activate the Sketch Line/Arc command. If there is no Sketch Plane on page 138 currently active, you are prompted to select one.

Click the Line/Arc command button on the ribbon to activate the Sketch Line/Arc command. If there is no Sketch Plane on page 138 currently active, you are prompted to select one.

Line Arc Segment CreationWhen you activate the Line/Arc command, you can define points by clicking the mouse, or by typing the values into the Heads-Up Display (HUD) text boxes. When relevant, you get HUD text boxes where you input line lengths and angles from the vertical/horizontal. This helps you to create more precise geometry. You can press the TAB key to navigate from one HUD text box to another.

Line Arc Segment Creation

If there are existing sketch geometries on your Sketch Plane, you also receive feedback on points that lie on other sketch entities, midpoints, and Grid snap points. See Sketch Inferencing on page 162 to learn more.

Although you cannot define explicit constraints while creating Sketch entities, some constrains are implicitly detected when creating/editing Sketch entities.

See Sketch Constraints on page 169 to learn more. To create an arc segment while creating a line, click and hold the existing start or endpoint, and drag to create the arc. Release the cursor to end the arc.

Line Arc Segment CreationTo create a line perpendicular or tangent to a circle or arc, click and hold the start point. Then drag the cursor to end the line segment. Drag the cursor perpendicular from the start point to create a perpendicular line. See the Sketch Inferencing on page 162 page to learn more.

Line Arc Segment CreationLine drawn perpendicular to a circle

Line Arc Segment CreationLine drawn tangent to a circle

When one line segment is created, the creation of the second segment begins where the first ended, in effect producing a polyline. To end the creation of a line or set of lines, double-click the last point you want. Then you can start creating a new line independently of any previously created lines.

To exit the Line command, press the Esc key or pick any other command. Any line segment that is currently in a preview state will be discarded.

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