SOLIDWORKS has had, and continues to have all kinds of functionality embedded in the most basic of windows commands – Take the “Copy” command for example. In this example we will use simple Copy & Paste Functionality to make an exact copy of the sketch and maintain the relations applied to the original.
Copy and Paste Sketch Process
The Basic Workflow to copy the sketch is simple:
- Select the source Sketch
- Type CTRL+C as a shortcut for the “Copy” command
- Select the Plane that will receive the sketch
- Type CTRL+P as a shortcut fr the “Paste” command
As with most things, it turns out there is a little bit more to the story here to be a complete success. Upon pasting the sketch you may discover that the geometry appears Under-defined, which is the spot where most folks give up and turn back.
The reason the copied sketch becomes under defined is due to the lack of relations that are controlling the location of the sketch with reference to the origin. The original sketch had a coincident relation that held the lower left corner of the sketch on the origin.
If you add some dimensions or relations to control the location of the sketch, or simply add a fixed relation – The sketch will then become fully defined and ready for reuse.