3 Replies Latest reply on Mar 14, 2014 2:47 PM by Mark Olsen

    Editing one sketch whilst in another

    Alan Mogg

      I was wondering if this is a "feature" of solidworks 2014 and if it is whats it called and how do i turn it off? When im trying to create complex surfaces I tend to make "master" sketches which i convert to new sketches to create composite curves, this way i dont loose the ability to easily create an identical sketch on the same or a different plane without finding the right curve and expanding it and converting the entities to a new sketch, but all of a sudden i seem to be able to drag sketch points form previous sketches whilst being in a new one, its a nightmare, with surfaces being so unstable you can wreck hours of work with an accidental drag of a sketch point from a sketch hundreds of steps up the feature tree, or crash solidworks completely on the rebuild, its very hard to make out the differences between sketch points on different planes depth wise but coincidentally very close from the plane you viewing on. I found when working on something complex i have to hide sketches all the time to avoid accidentally altering one, If i wanted to edit the first sketch in the tree i would click "edit sketch", not randomly edit it from within a sketch created hours later. Id love it if someone could tell me how to disable this ability. I understand i could dimension all the points but im using style splines to create organic shapes and I like/need the freedom to drag the curves creatively.


      Thankyou for any replies and sorry if this came across and whingy but its driving me mad!

        • Re: Editing one sketch whilst in another
          Eric Irwin



          I did not believe you at first, but I tried it and you are correct.  My quick answer to this is to use the Freeze Bar on your master sketch.


          I don't think you should be able to edit sketch 1 while working on sketch 2, so this seems like a bug.  My fix would seem to be more of a work around, but it should help you until this is figured out.


          I just heard that you can also prevent this by turning off Instant 3D.

          • Re: Editing one sketch whilst in another
            Mark Olsen

            Yes, Instant 3D makes this possible.  One of the reasons that I turn off instant 3D and leave it off.  It makes unintentional changes far too likely.  Which could be a disaster if not noticed.  I don't ever trust the CAD system to make design decisions.  For the same reason, I tend to not use wizards.  They make decisions that should be given thought by the designer.


            Oh, and they are hard to light when wet.....