# AUTODESK® INVENTOR™ 2009

2D Sketch Constraints Quick Reference
Sketch constraints control the size and position of points, lines, and curves in a sketch. They can be either geometric or dimensional. The constraint symbol on the cursor shows the constraint type. You can add or edit constraints and dimensions to control sketch shape and size. NOTE: The 2D Sketch Constraints toolbar changes depending on the selection.

Sketch Constraints
Tooltip Coincident Description Causes two points to be constrained together or one point to lie on a curve.

Collinear

Causes selected lines or ellipse axes to lie on the same line.

Concentric

Causes two arcs, circles, or ellipses to have the same center point.

Equal

Causes selected circles and arcs to have the same radius and selected lines to have the same length.

Fix

Fixes points and curves in position relative to the sketch coordinate system. If you move or rotate the sketch coordinate system, fixed curves or points move with it. Causes lines, ellipse axes, or pairs of points to lie parallel to the X axis of the sketch coordinate system.

Horizontal

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Tooltip Parallel

Description Causes selected lines or ellipse axes to lie parallel to one another. In a 3D sketch, the parallel constraint is parallel to x, y, or z part axes unless you manually constrain to selected geometry. Causes selected lines, curves, or ellipse axes to lie 90 degrees to one another.

Perpendicular

Smooth (G2)

Creates a curvature continuous (G2) condition between a spline and another curve, such as a line, arc, or spline.

Symmetric

Causes selected lines or curves to become symmetrically constrained about a selected line. Segments constrained to the selected geometry also reorient when the constraint is applied.

Tangent

Causes curves, including ends of a spline, to be tangent to other curves. One curve can be tangent to another even if they do not physically share a point. Causes lines, ellipse axes, or pairs of points to lie parallel to the Y axis of the coordinate system.

Vertical

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