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Replace sketch plane on an existing sketch.

Discussion in 'Using Alibre Design' started by Capn, Sep 24, 2019.

  1. Capn

    Capn New Member

    Using Alibre Design 2019, how can I move an existing sketch to a different sketch plane?
  2. anson

    anson Member

    1. Select all the lines and dimensions you want to move.
    2. Use Ctrl+C to copy
    3. Deactivate sketch and start a new sketch on desired plane
    4. Use Ctrl+V to paste to new sketch
  3. Capn

    Capn New Member

    Yeah, that's what I thought I would have to do. I use Solidworks on my day job, and switching sketch planes (after a sketch has been drawn on a given plane) is simply a matter of clicking on the new plane in a selection box. Don't need to copy and paste. Now I realize that Alibre Design is 1/10th the cost, but if it were this easy in AD that would be great. The other problem with the copy and paste is that you loose all the dimensioning which then has to be redone.
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  4. idslk

    idslk Alibre Super User

    Hello Capn,

    If you use the forum search, you will get several result regarding moving or copying a sketch.
    If you are not satisfied with the manual copy above from anson, there is the project to sketch method.
    You can also use a skript i wrote. It's "only" Version 0.2 but maybe you want to try it...
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  5. simonb65

    simonb65 Alibre Super User

  6. Capn

    Capn New Member

    You also loose the relationship of subsequent sketches built on the one just replaced. It can be a nightmare. I know that I should be able to look ahead at all the consequences of my starting a work beforehand so I don't make stupid mistakes but...c'est la vie! By the way, AD is my goto on my personal computer because of its relative power versus cost. Just a few things for the coders to consider. Thank you, idslk, I will try it out.
  7. anson

    anson Member

    It is possible to keep the dimensions if you select both the lines and the dimensions.

    A switch planes function would be handy though.
  8. bigseb

    bigseb Alibre Super User

    This comes up over and over. The answer is simple: create a plane for each sketch! This negates the need to 'switch planes' as you can move/rotate that plane however you want.
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  9. MikeHenry

    MikeHenry Alibre Super User

    Even simpler is to allow the user to change the sketch plane no matter where it came from.
  10. JST

    JST Alibre Super User

    There is a lot to fix now.... new features that have a "user solution" should oughtta be put behind them in my not very humble opinion.... let it be and make sketch planes.
  11. MikeHenry

    MikeHenry Alibre Super User

    Fine, but Alibre may want to consider that this just another reason to drive some users to competing products. I have perhaps hundreds of parts designed with sketches based on one of the "standard" planes and need to occasionally revise them for one reason or another. It would be nice to have this issue on the list of features or capabilities that are planned for implementation or upgrading.
  12. JST

    JST Alibre Super User

    Legacy parts are always a problem to deal with.

    You make a good point.... I still want all the stuff to "work right" first... but I do agree it would be a great feature for existing drawings which may need that done .
  13. Sturmer

    Sturmer Senior Member

    No need to fuss just

  14. bigseb

    bigseb Alibre Super User

    Since Alibre are changes to the software I would suggest that the plane for the sketch gets bundled into feature.
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  15. Lew_Merrick

    Lew_Merrick Alibre Super User

    Hi Sebastian -- I agree with your "suggestion." My "extension" of it is to Rename both the Plane and the Sketch to make it easier to find and operate on each. -- Lew
  16. bigseb

    bigseb Alibre Super User

    Agree. And to explain my previous post:
    After the creation of a feature move the plane as a sub-element into the feature thus:

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  17. anson

    anson Member

    Something like this IMO
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  18. albie0803

    albie0803 Alibre Super User

    What if you use the plane for multiple features?
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  19. HaroldL

    HaroldL Alibre Super User

    If I understand bigseb's suggestion, each feature would have its own sketch plane. That could ultimately have several planes stacked up one upon the other if you had, for example, an Extrude Cut and an Extrude Boss on the same plane. I think naming would then become mandatory just to know which plane belongs to which feature. Could be messy.
  20. bigseb

    bigseb Alibre Super User

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