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Dimensioning a sketch

Question asked by Andrew Walquist on Feb 5, 2015
Latest reply on Feb 5, 2015 by Andrew Walquist

I am a student in a design course and we are using Solidworks 2014. I have a fair amount of experience with PTC/Creo but I am new to Solidworks. One thing I find frustrating is dimensioning a sketch. If I have a fairly complex sketch and I start constraining and assigning dimensions, other unconstrained parts start moving around/ overlapping. Before long, the sketch is unrecognizable. Then I have to retrace my steps and really think about what dimension I should/ shouldn’t assign next.


So this is my question. Is there any way that I can assign multiple dimensions/ constraints to the sketch without the geometry immediately updating? If I recall, there was a way to do this in Creo and it made the process much easier.