Here are three lines (for argument's sake):
There is probably a way to join them into one line (entity) staring me in the face but I just can't see it.
Would some kind soul please open my eyes?
I'm not so sure it is staring you in the face. This has bugged me before. Sure seems like there should be a command to join like entities and get rid of the connecting endpoints but I can't find it. I did, however, play with this and found that by adding a co-linear relationship to multiple lines and a coradial relationship on arcs, I could delete the points. Not sure why this works and every thing else I tried didn't, but check out my pic. The purple lines are the original sketch and the lines above them are copied and a co-linear (or coradial) relationship added. Then deleted the points. The result is one line or arc.
Thanks Vagulus for making me think about this.
What SW version are you using? I had thought that in the past I could join segments, make them collinear and then delete the point in the middle, as you describe. I just got around to installing 2015 and while I was making up the screen shot example I noticed the behavior I described in my reply to Vagulus. Without an earlier version handy I wasn't sure if i was just remembering wrong, or if something has changed in 2015.
I did that in 2014. Just for the heck of it I will try it in 2015
In answer to Kevin I had tried merge and split but to no avail.
I got around to reading your reply to Vagulus. Apparently it works the same way in 2014 and 2015. I can't remember trying it in earlier versions. Of course I'm making the transition into senility.
If the line segments were created in one Insert Line operation, and are (or you want them to be) collinear, you can delete the points between the segments and they will automatically be joined into a single line. If the lines are not already collinear you need to add the relation, then you can select and delete the points.
However, if you made one segment, closed the Insert Line tool and then came back and added another segment to it, even if you add the Collinear relation, you will get the "Sketch endpoints and center points cannot be deleted unless the endpoint is a split point of a curve." message when you try and delete the point.
This is the bugbear:
"However, if you made one segment, closed the Insert Line tool and then came back and added another segment to it, even if you add the Collinear relation, you will get the "Sketch endpoints and center points cannot be deleted unless the endpoint is a split point of a curve." message when you try and delete the point."
I guess this means there is no "Merge" command, which I guess was what I was asking in the first place.
Thanks to all who have contributed to this.
Have you tried creating a "Merge Points" relation?
Also, what if you put a Split Entities split point at the nodes and deleted them?
Would you please elaborate on that. I am afraid my simple mind tripped and fell over those ideas. What is a "Merge Points" relation and what points would I merge? What's this "Split Entities Split Point"?
Hi Kelvin, I wasn't aware you could delete those points - just tried that - very good!
But I'm afraid the split point and end points cannot be merged (selecting two points and using the "Merge Points command - for Vagulus Dagg
I think that it is not possible to turn three lines into one unless they were created by the split point option?
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