Sketcher NewSketch

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Sketcher NewSketch

Menu location
Sketch → Create sketch
Default shortcut
Introduced in version
See also
PartDesign NewSketch, Sketcher MapSketch, Sketcher Reorient


This will create a new sketch.

Note that the PartDesign Workbench has its own new sketch tool, when working on a PartDesign body it is preferable to use that tool.


Clicking on the icon without a face (pre-)selected will pop up a dialog asking if the sketch should be drawn on the

  • XY-Plane
  • XZ-Plane
  • YZ-Plane

You can change an offset to any of the three planes and the side of the offset.

Clicking on the icon with a (pre-selected) face will cause the sketch to be mapped to the selected face.


The sketch can be re-mapped to another already existing face using the Sketcher MapSketch command.

The sketch can be moved in the 3D view using Placement.