When designing a part you might need to size or position features to satisfy more than one constraint. For example you might need to position:
You can accomplish these types of design challenges by repeatedly experimenting with different positions until the result is close to what is desired. But that method is time consuming and inaccurate.
Instead, create temporary guidelines and use the intersection feature. For example:
To position a circle A tangent to circles B and C:
To position a hole centered between two items horizontally and also between two items vertically:
It helps to actually try the above steps to understand how it works.
In the video below, we've designed a jig with a flat plate. Watch how perpendicular lines are used to define the constraint.
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