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Sunday, December 05, 2010

Sketch Planes and Offset Planes - In One Step

“You can't do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh.”
John Singer Sargent

Here's a little Inventor trick that doesn't do anything that you can't already do.  But it does let you do it a little faster. 

You may know how to create an offset work plane, then create a sketch plane on it to create a feature.

But did you know that you can combing both steps and create the sketch plane and the offset plane at the same time?

If you did.  Congrats!  It's a slick little trick!  If not, here's a video on how to do it!

There it is!  Happy Inventing!


  1. Anonymous12:51 PM

    Love your blog, but the video seems to be missing for this?

    1. Anonymous, I checked the post, and the video seems to work fine for me.

      Perhaps browser settings or go directly to the youtube link?

  2. Anonymous9:02 PM

    Yes I had the same trouble, the video doesn't work on this page but it works fine if I use the YouTube link. Great video by the way, Jonathan.

    1. I'm not sure why the embedded video doesn't play. I've tried it and it keeps working for me (that figures!).

      I'm glad you were able to see it on YouTube, and that it was helpful though!

  3. I concur. Broke on this page and on YouTube boss.

    1. Lee, are you seeing a specific error? I've tested it, and it seems to work fine when I test. I'm wondering if it's isolate to a few, or if it's something larger.