You can use the Offset Face tool to offset faces or bodies. When you offset a face, the tangent faces are automatically included in the offset operation. You can use this tool to add or remove thickness, or modify the size of features such as holes.
Using the Offset Face tool
To use the Offset Face tool:
Go to Tool > Offset Face.
For other methods of accessing this tool Accessing tools.
- Select the face or faces you want to offset.
Offset the face using these methods:
- Drag the arrows to move the face dynamically.
- Select the arrows or dimension label to enter values in the numpad.
- If using a keyboard, type a value when the dimension label is highlighted.
Note: When using Offset Face from the adaptive menu, select an empty area of the grid to complete the tool.
To manage history settings for the Offset Face action, find the step for your specific face offset and then view or modify the following:
- Face – Click/tap Edit… or Select… to choose a different face to offset and then select Done to finish.
Distance – Enter your preferred face offset distance.
Learn more by watching the video below:
Offset Face vs. Extrude
While the tools look similar, Offset Face cannot be used to create a body from a closed sketch, while Extrude creates a 3D body from a 2D sketch by linearly extending a face on a body.
- Offset Face: Adjacent faces are extended or trimmed.
- Extrude: Creates a new prismatic shape from a face, while offset modifies a body.
Additionally, you can only Extrude planar faces, but this is not a limitation of the Offset Face tool.