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The Sketcher workbench is used to draw precise sketches and 2D shapes. Before working
on designs of the sketches, it is essential to invoke the Sketcher workbench. Before
invoking the Sketcher workbench, it is required to start the Part Design workbench
( Figure 2.1 ).

Note: The steps for invoking the Part Design workbench are discussed in Chapter 1.

Perform the following steps to invoke the Sketcher workbench after starting the
Part Design workbench:

1. Open CATIA V6 and start the Part Design workbench (Figure 2.1).
2. Click the Sketch () button in the Sketcher toolbar on the part design
(Figure 2.1).

3. Click on any one of the planes in the specification tree, according to which
the Sketcher workbench invoked. In our case, we have clicked the xy-plane ,
as shown in Figure 2.1:




The xy-plane of the Sketcher workbench is displayed after invoking the Sketcher
workbench, as shown in Figure 2.2 :

Note: Apart from the Sketch button the Sketcher toolbar also contains a Positioned
button that is used to invoke a Sketcher workbench. We have invoked the
Sketcher workbench by using Sketch button in the Sketcher toolbar.

2.1 Invoking the Sketcher Workbench



Figure 2.2 shows the Sketcher workbench that appears after selecting the xy-plane.
We have closed the Sketch tools and User Selection Filter dialog boxes in the
Sketcher workbench.

Before drawing the sketches, you can change the units and grid settings of the Sketcher
workbench, if required. However, the settings facilitate the precise sketching of shapes in
the Sketcher workbench. You can change the unit settings by opening the Units tab.
Perform the following steps to open the Units tab:

1. Select Tools > Options , as shown in Figure 2.3 :




Chapter 2 Sketcher Workbench

The Options dialog box opens ( Figure 2.4 ).

2. Select the Parameters and Measures section that is displayed under the
General node (Figure 2.4).
3. Select the Units tab, as shown in Figure 2.4:




In Figure 2.4, you can change the desired settings for length, time, and volume.
Apart from unit settings, you can also change the grid settings, by opening the
Sketcher tab. Perform the following steps to open the Sketcher tab to change
the grid settings.

4. Select the Sketcher option present under the Mechanical Design node.
The Sketcher tab opens, as shown in Figure 2.5 :



2.2 Drawing Shapes Using the Sketcher Workbench


In the Sketcher tab, you can modify the following options:

Grid: Helps to change the dimension of the grid, snap to point, and allow
Sketch Plane: Helps to position the sketch plane parallel to the screen and
visualization of the cursor coordinates.
Geometry: Helps to create the additional elements in the geometry.
Constraint: Helps to create geometrical shapes, such as circle and ellipse.
Colors: Helps to specify the color of the drawing in the Sketcher workbench.

Note: In this chapter, we set the graduation settings at 20 mm so that we can draw
precise objects, such as a point, line, and rectangle.

We have learned how to invoke the Sketcher workbench and configure the settings
of the Units and Sketcher options. We next learn to draw an object in the Sketcher

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