I keep forgetting about AutoCAD. I started using parametric modelling in 1999 when I learned Mechanical Desktop. I had a short course on 3D modelling in AutoCAD, but disliked it. I thought it was stupid to make you create a cylinder intersecting your model and then do a boolean cut just to make a silly hole.
I now understand that parametric modellers offer such functions as holes, but underneath the process is exactly the same, it's just hidden to the user.
By the way, I see in your model two boolean cuts where you could have used pockets.
Right now, you have two separate solids: the base plate (Cut) and the Pocket001 feature that you're going to fuse together sooner or later. If you had used only pockets, you would not have to use boolean operations.
But! Here it might prove the right thing to do, because of limitations in the Part Design workbench.
angow wrote:I noticed that it seems to be impossible to create more than one pocket on a sketch.
Well the rule is one sketch for one feature. I don't think it's allowed or good practice to reuse the same sketch for different features. But:
- Your sketch can have more than one element. In Sketch003, you could draw both hexagons. More generally, you can have more than one closed profile in a sketch. It used to create problems earlier in development, but now it works pretty well.
- You can copy-paste a Sketch. Then, modify the copy. For example, copy-paste Sketch003, and in the copy, move the hexagon to the other side.
angow wrote:What do I do if I have a lot of equal pockets?
For now, you have to work as I said above... But patterns of features (rectangular or radial) are planned for v0.13.
angow wrote:Is it possible to constrain them anyhow?
Not at this time. A pattern of features won't need constraints, it will allow to change the initial parameters (how many rows/columns, ...)
angow wrote:In my next example I would like to “copy” the mount to the opposite position.
Is there a way to do anything like that?
Not with Part Design at the moment. But you can, with the Part workbench. For that, use the Mirror command
. Here, select YZ as the mirror plane, and set a base point along the x axis so your mirrored copy is at the right distance.