I am new to the forum and new to FreeCAD and will try to explain what I am trying to do and the issues I am running into as best as I can.
I am trying to create a model of a "foot" to hold the linear actuator pictured below upright. I was lucky enough to find a 3D model of the actuator I want to use on the manufacturer's website.
My idea is to create a front view sketch, side view sketch, and top view sketch from the model in order to have references that I can use to build the "foot". Sort of like when carving a block of wood you can glue pieces of paper with sketches of the front, side, and top views on the block and then easily cut the object to shape. Except in this case, I would use the object that the "foot" would hold in order to size it correctly instead of cutting the actuator itself out. I hope that makes sense.
I imported the .stp file into FreeCAD and was able to use the Draft workbench and the Shape2DView tool to create an outline of the model. As you can see, I am having trouble getting the 2D image to orient with the object even though I selected the correct face I wanted it to draw on.
Then I converted the Shape2DView into a Sketch by using the Convert Bidirectionally Between Draft and Sketch Objects tool.
Then in the Sketcher workbench, I validated the sketch and then had FreeCAD fix all of the missing coincidences. I ended up with something nice like this (though it was still oriented the wrong way).
Buuuuuut, when I double click the sketch something explodes and it looks like this mess...
I was thinking I might be going about this in the wrong way and was wondering if anyone could help me out. Worse comes to worse, I could just use the dimensional drawings on the manufacturer's website to build it from scratch, but I thought it would be easier and more accurate (and more fun) to utilize the power of the program a little more.
Thank you so much in advance!