Sketcher Offset

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Sketcher Offset

Menu location
Sketch → Sketcher tools → Offset geometry
Default shortcut
Introduced in version
See also


The Sketcher Offset tool creates equidistant edges around selected edges.

Equidistant edges around a closed (O) and an open (U) construction polyline


See also: Drawing aids.

Dim-OVP = Dimensional On-View-Parameters.

  1. Select one or more lines, circles and/or circular arcs.
  2. There are several ways to invoke the tool:
    • Press the Offset geometry button.
    • Select the Sketcher → Sketcher tools → Offset geometry option from the menu.
    • Right-click in the 3D view and select the Offset geometry option from the context menu.
    • Use the keyboard shortcut: Z then T.
  3. The cursor changes to a cross with the tool icon.
  4. The Offset parameters section is added at the top of the Sketcher Dialog.
  5. Optionally press the U key or check the Delete original geometries checkbox to only keep the new outline.
  6. Optionally press the J key or check the Add offset constraint checkbox to add a dimensional constraint between the offset outline and the original geometry.
  7. Optionally press the M key or select from the dropdown list in the parameters section to change the tool mode:
    • Arc
    • Intersection
  8. Pick a point to define the offset distance. Or with Dim-OVP: enter this distance.
  9. The geometry is created and if Add offset constraint has been selected a dimensional constraint is added.