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Create a Slot in a Sketch

I was creating a slot in a sketch and used a quick technique that I’m not sure if everyone knows about. It’s really simple, actually. All you have to do is to create a line in the sketch. With the line selected, pick Offset Entities in your “Sketch” toolbar.

In the Offset Entities PropertyManager, check Bi-directional. Now, cap the ends by checking Cap ends and pick Arcs. Since you will most likely need the centerline to be a construction line, check Make base construction to do just that. The Offset Entities command also allows you to add dimensions to the slot, but it adds two linear dimensions. So, I usually leave Add dimensions unchecked and add my own dimensions afterward. Click OK to create the slot.



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