How do I add a Sketch-Loop?

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How do I add a Sketch-Loop?

Edit a sketch-path or sketch-loop

A Sketch-Loop is a sketch that does not have breaks and the Points that join the sketch-elements are merged into one Point.

Generally, do not make a sketch-loop unless you intend to add to it a Profile/Extrusion (Solid) or a Motion-Path FB.

*About Merge-Points

Each Line or Arc you add to the graphic-area has a Point at each end.

In the Part-Editor, you have two options when you want the ends of two sketch-elements to move to the same position. You can:

make the Points coincident with Constraints toolbar > Add Coincident

- or -

merge the Points with Geometry toolbar > Merge-Points

In each case, the two Points show in the graphic-area as one Point. However:

Add Coincident Constraint does not remove a Point.

Add Merge-Points removes one Point

Why Merge-Points?

Use Merge-Points when you want to make an open or closed sketch-path.

You can use a sketch path for a Motion-Path FB

You can use a closed sketch-path (sketch-loop) for a Profile element.

tog_minus        Sketch-Loops with the Hover Technique and Merge-Points Tool

tog_minusWhy do Sketch-Loops fail?

tog_minusExample sketch-loops