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In Shapr3D, everything starts with a sketch. It’s the foundation of your 3D models. To sketch, use your Apple Pencil or mouse/trackpad to draw different types of lines with the tools offered in the Sketch menu.
If you’re using the Apple Pencil, you can draw a line or arc from one button: Line/Arc. With this tool, you can choose which type of line you want to create:
The app automatically recognizes your intent and switches to “Line” or “Arc.”
So, you can actually switch from arc to line and vice versa because the app detects your intent; optionally, you can wiggle your Apple Pencil to switch between Line or Arc.
Only draw straight lines.
Only draw arcs.
If you’re using the mouse or trackpad, the Line/Arc tool is separated into two tools: Line and Arc.
Follow these steps to draw your sketch:
- Switch to 2D view.
You can either double-tap the plane with your fingers, or change the view from . For more details, refer to this article.
If you’re using a mouse, hover over a face and press the Space bar.
If you’re using the trackpad, double-click a face with two fingers.
- Select Sketch.
Note: If you’re using the Apple Pencil, then instead of selecting Sketch each time you want to draw, you can start drawing on the plane; the Sketch menu will automatically appear, so you can later refine the drawing.
- Use the sketch tools to draw lines, arcs, splines, polygons, and other shapes, and constraint tools (or auto-constraint) to fine-tune your drawing. You can use snapping to make your sketches more precise as well.
- If you're drawing a line or arc with your Apple Pencil, then simply tap to add endpoints.
- If you're drawing a line or arc with your mouse or trackpad, then click to add endpoints. An arc requires a third point. To place the last temporary line segment and finish the line or finish the arc, press the Return key. To remove the last temporary line segment and exit the Line tool or remove the arc and exit the Arc tool, secondary-click (right-click) with your mouse or press one of the following:
- Delete (Backspace)
- Command + .
- Select and drag endpoints to adjust your sketch. You can also edit the dimensions by selecting the dimension label and entering a new value. If you’re using the keyboard, then you can type in a value as you’re drawing and press Enter to finalize the dimension of the sketch.
When you select it, the point’s color changes to blue; then, you can drag it anywhere. To deselect the point, tap or click anywhere on the empty area.
- Tap or click on an empty surface or Close when you’re done.
If you create a closed sketch, you can create 3D models from them; a closed sketch’s filling should be selectable and light blue in 3D view. When a sketch is closed, they automatically become profiles for extruding, sweeping, lofting, and revolving.
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