How can I prevent this inclination?

Hello,

so after having drawn a horizontal line and specifying the distance to the bottom line (254 mm) I tried drawing a second one and again specify the same distance. However when doing so, the second line will end up with a slight inclination as you can see here.

Why does this happen and how can I prevent that from happening?

Hi!

Instead of specifying the distance of the points, select the 2 lines, and specify their distance. If you want a point to remain in place, you can select them, and press the lock button just under the selected point.

Hi Lacy_Shapr3D,

thanks for your reply! I just tried selecting the two lines but canâ€™t specify the distance between the upper line and the one below that, because no distance is shown.

What do I need to do to see that?

Apply the â€śParallelâ€ť constraint to the two lines. Then the distance indicator will appear when you select them. Unless the lines are intended to be parallel (and Shapr3D â€śknowsâ€ť it), there would be no way to set a distance between them.

Also, you might find it convenient to turn on â€śAuto Constraintâ€ť to automatically apply the available constraints to your sketches when you draw them. You can remove unneeded constraints by selecting them and clicking the â€śxâ€ť. Depending on what you are drawing, this can be a real time saver or a hindrance. Thus the â€śswitchâ€ť to use it or not as needed.

Hi!

Select only 2 lines, not all 3 at once, and enter the value you need, then select the other 2 Parallel constraint should also be applied, that will make sure the lines remain as they should compared to eachother.

The tips @Steve wrote are also super helpful!

Hi Steve, thanks so much for your reply. What exactly do you mean by the â€śparallel constraintâ€ť?

This is what I see when I select the two lines. They are meant to be parallel / horizontal.

Hi Steve, OK, so I just saw the â€śparallel constraintâ€ť on the right hand side. But still can not see where I can specify the distance between these two lines.

Hi Steve, OK, I got it! This case is solved! Thanks again, Zumen

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Zumen, Iâ€™m glad it worked for you. Iâ€™m no expert, but I have learned that there is almost always a fairly â€śeasyâ€ť way to do pretty much anything you want to do â€“ although it is often a little bit different from other CAD systems on the market. Usually, different in a good way, at least in my opinion.

Iâ€™m strictly a hobbyist, but Iâ€™ve dabbled with probably 8 or 10 CAD systems (including SketchUp and Fusion360) over the years. Shapr3Dâ€™s Direct Modeling method required a bit of a different mindset for me, but it is definitely worth it. For me at least, Shapr3Dâ€™s way of doing things is almost always easier, more intuitive, and easier to remember â€“ at least it is after you have learned how to do it the Shapr3D way.

I suggest searching for some of the many excellent Shapr3D tutorials on YouTube. It will be time well spent. I personally recommend the ones by â€śWayne State University Industrial Design Professor and Autodesk Expert Elite educator Claas Kuhnenâ€ť. He does a great job of explaining how to do things efficiently and provides dozens of tips on how to do seemingly difficult things very easily and accurately.

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Hi Steve, thank you so much for recommending the Wayne State University Industrial Design youtube tutorials for Shapr3D. Iâ€™ll watch them to familiarize with the software.

Take care & thanks again, Zumen