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Check Sketch for Feature Usage

Check a sketch for errors that might prevent it from creating a feature.

For each Feature usage type, its required sketch Contour type is displayed. If you select a new Feature usage type from the list, the corresponding Contour type changes. Each Contour type forces a different set of checks on the sketch in addition to the general checks that are common to all contour types.

To check a sketch for feature usage:

  1. In an open sketch, click Tools > Sketch Tools > Check Sketch For Feature .
    In the dialog box, Feature usage lists all of the ways to use the sketch in a feature:
    • If the sketch was used to create a feature, the feature type is displayed in Feature usage.
    • If the sketch was not used to create a feature, <none> is displayed in Feature usage and the contour is checked for errors that are common to all contour types.
  2. Click Check.
    The sketch is checked according to the contour type required by the feature type listed in the Feature usage box. If the sketch passes the checks, a No problems found message appears. If there is an error, a message describes the error and, if appropriate, the error is highlighted. It finds one error for each check.
  3. To check your sketch for possible use in other feature types, select another type in Feature usage and click Check.
  4. Click Reset to return to the original Feature usage type.
  5. Click Close.
    Alternatively, the dialog box closes automatically when you exit the sketch, rebuild, change to a new document, and so on.

Allowed Contour Types

Feature Type Supports Contour Type
Base Extrude Multiple Disjoint Closed
Base Extrude Thin Single Open, Multiple Disjoint Closed
Base Revolve Multiple Disjoint Closed
Base Revolve Thin Single Open, Multiple Disjoint Closed
Boss Extrude Multiple Disjoint Closed
Boss Extrude Thin Single Open, Multiple Disjoint Closed
Boss Revolve Multiple Disjoint Closed
Boss Revolve Thin Single Open, Multiple Disjoint Closed
Boundary Surface Single Open, Single Closed, Multiple Disjoint Closed
Cut Extrude Single Open, Multiple Disjoint Closed
Cut Extrude Thin Single Open, Multiple Disjoint Closed
Cut Revolve Multiple Disjoint Closed
Cut Revolve Thin Single Open, Multiple Disjoint Closed
Jog Single Open
Loft Guide Single Open, Single Closed
Loft Section Single Closed
Mold Parting Surface General *
Rib General *
Sketched Bend General *
Sheet Metal Base Flange Single Open, Multiple Disjoint Closed
Split Feature General *
Surface Extrude General *
Surface Fill General *
Surface Loft Section Single Open, Single Closed
Sweep Path Or Guide Single Open, Single Closed
Surface Revolve General
Sweep Section Single Open, Multiple Disjoint Closed
Surface Sweep Section General *
* The contour is checked for errors that are common to all contour types


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