Is there a way to create a plane following a curved surface to 3d sketch on to.
...the actual process may differ. If the extrude cut you want to perform matches a contour of the surface you can use the geometry of the surface itself and just copy/translate to the position you want to cut. If the cut is a different shape just create the geometry then translate it to the surface and perform your cut there.
Thank you guys I will try it and see what happens
I think you are interested in creating a reference plane? You can sketch on a surface but it doesn't sound like thats really what you want.
Basically what I want to do is draw sketches onto a 14 inch radius fretboard for guitars to do all my inlay work. I've drawn the fret board and all the fret groves. I'm able to create a plane above the radius board then sketch in 3d then cut down to the desired depth. Thing is it makes a flat bottom not the curve bottom. I can do exactly what I want to in 2d sketch. The problem with 2d is I can't contol a spline the way I can 3d. It dosnt have spline points that I can move anywhere. And things don't snap at points the right way, it snaps but I have to go back and zoom real close then drag it to exact point. 2d sketching is really hard to me. It's not the same as 3d.
Instead of choosing some depth, choose "offset from surface" on your extruded cut and it will maintain a constant depth over the whole surface.
I have not done too much with splines so I cannot help there.
Really!! That easy I'll try it.
Or you can create a surface that is offset from the fret face. Then Extrude Cut down to that new surface.
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Did you figure out what you were trying to do?
I did get one way to work I created a flat plane above the fretboard, then sketched something and did offset from surface. But I still don't get why splines in 2D are not very manageable. And things don't snap properly either. My curser is a large plus not a pencil. Is there some kind of setting I'm missing to find? 3D works great!! Any thoughts.