The Validate sketch utility can be used to repair a sketch that is no longer editable, has invalid constraints, or to add missing coincident constraints to a sketch created from imported geometry such as DXF files. It can also be useful to locate a missing coincidence in a native sketch that generates a "can't validate broken face" error when trying to apply a PartDesign feature.
How to use
- Select the sketch to validate, either from the Model tree, or by clicking on one of its edges in the 3D view. Note: the sketch must not be in editing mode. If you are in sketch edit mode, you need to exit the sketch.
- Open the validate sketch utility from the Sketch or Part Design menu.
- See Options below for operation.
- Press the Close button when done.
Finds out missing coincidences for overlapping vertices, and adds them. Press the Find button; a pop up dialog will appear to report how many missing coincidences were found; they will be shown in the 3D view as yellow crosses. Press OK to close the dialog, then press the Fix button to add the missing coincidences.
If necessary, define a larger tolerance value in the drop-down field.
Leave the "Ignore construction geometry" checkbox checked to disregard construction geometry in the analysis.
Reversed external geometry
Constraint orientation locking
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