4 Replies Latest reply on Jun 10, 2014 3:02 PM by Mark McMullen

    Sketch Blocks ?

    Mark McMullen

      I've searched for the answer to ths question and unable to find one..

      Why would a person use sketch blocks, if your going thru the work

      of sketching your part why not just extrude it and start modeling.

      I come from Cadkey cad system and until I started to use SW and

      some Autocad I'd never hear of this, aren't you doing twice the

      skeching that's needed.

      I'm not trying to be a smart butt, it's a serious question.

      Thank You.

        • Re: Sketch Blocks ?
          Jerry Brian

          I have used them when I wanted to move, copy, or rotate groups of sketch entities, that are not fully defined. Also I have used them to check linkage function before I get to the extrude stage.

          • Re: Sketch Blocks ?
            Eric Irwin

            The linkage thing that Jerry mentioned is definitely one of the primary uses.  You are correct that you could create solids to represent these things.  But, it is not twice the work.  SW has a feature where you can reuse the same sketch and decide what profiles from that sketch to use.  So, you can draw your entire mechanism in one sketch, check the motion of it in that sketch, and then use portions of that sketch to create each body of a mechanism.

            • Re: Sketch Blocks ?
              Jamil Snead

              Blocks are useful because you can save them and use them again later without needing to re-sketch the lines. So for example I have a block saved of our company logo that I can easily throw on a part and scale if we want to engrave the logo. Also as Jerry mentioned it is nice for moving around groups of lines. So when I am designing a decal and I want to move the icons around it is easy to just drag them around if they are each a block.

              • Re: Sketch Blocks ?
                Mark McMullen

                Thanks fellows, Jamil set off the ding ding ding, with the logo deal.

                So sketch it on a napkin(pc) and keep in the draw(hd) for future use alright.

                Can't give all three the correct answer but I still thank Jerry and Eric.