Thanks for replying in this topic ickby!
ickby wrote: ↑Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:34 am
Than one should use shapebinder to make a datum of that shape in the other body and make a pad from that shapebinder.
I know that for the pad one currently still needs to select the face in 3d
Now that is unnerving. I was sure
that I tried to select the ShapeBinder face in the 3D view and that it didn't work.
But now I tried it again, and again in a new file, and again in another new file, and it works!
WTF I must be going crazy
Anyway thanks for the pointer, I will now revise how to make the second Body, and try to be on the lookout for bugs related to it.
I'm even wondering now if I should go back to a straight edge sketch and 3D fillets features, to better match the 3D Hubs tutorial. Maybe a video should demonstrate both methods and explain the advantages/disadvantages of either.
peterl94 wrote: ↑Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:22 am
Speaking about sketcher feature requests, another thing I really missed when creating this enclosure was a "project edge" command. It would work like the "external reference" command, but it would create actual geometry instead of just reference geometry and any edge that was not in the same plane as the sketch would be projected on to it.
I will be blunt, I have never been satisfied with the External Geometry tool. The fact that it only creates reference geometry seriously hampers its usefulness and the Sketcher's general work flow. Quite often you want to use this external geometry directly but you can't, so you have to sketch new geometry and constrain/superimpose it over the external geometry. IMHO any tool that forces you to create overlapping geometry is wrong. The "project edge" command you mention is what External geometry should have been right from the start. It is how it works in the 2 mid-range parametric CAD programs I'm familiar with. I will go further: it should allow to project a single edge or a chain of edges. It should allow to constrain projected edges and even trim them against "regular" sketched geometry.
With a "project edge" command there would actually be no further need for the external geometry command, because you could just turn projected geometry into construction geometry.
But such a tool may also allow to enter an offset value from the external edges... Actually, the more I think about it, maybe a forum topic should be created to discuss the scope and feasibility of such a tool before creating a feature request?
easyw-fc wrote: ↑Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:21 pm
That is an other need for a Body simple copy I asked some time ago...
By simple copy do you mean an unlinked copy or a linked (parametric) one? I asked something similar to ickby, and we discussed about the possibility of turning a ShapeBinder volume into a base solid. So you would create a new Body, select another body and create a shapebinder from it, then set a parameter to switch the shapebinder from a reference shape to a base solid. I believe this could work for your purpose?
Now I'm not sure what ickby has decided about it.