Onshape's multi-part modeling functionality enables designing interrelated components within a single Part Studio. Sometimes, you want to manage relationships between features while limiting the number of parts within a Part Studio. In these instances, a Master Sketch technique is applicable.

The Master Sketch Technique

The Master Sketch technique effectively controls geometric relationships across multiple Part Studios. The key to utilizing this technique is understanding the Derived feature. Derived lets you link geometry and reference geometry from any Part Studio to a separate Part Studio and even different Documents. 

To perform the master sketch technique, follow this basic procedure:

Make the Master Sketch

First, create a Part Studio and build sketches containing the profiles, relationships, and dimensions you wish to control. This Part Studio should include only sketches and reference geometry for optimal performance.

A Master Part Studio tab in Onshape

Make Referencing Part Studios

Create separate Part Studios for each of the interrelated design components. These Part Studios include corresponding parts referencing the master.

Insert the Master Sketch

Insert a Derived feature in each subsequent Part Studio and select the Master sketch. Be aware that you may choose to reference a workspace or version from the current document or other documents. Referencing a version enables precise control of change propagation and allows linking documents.

Insert a Derived feature

Model Interrelated Features

Create geometric relations to the Master sketch when modeling additional features. For example, reference the master sketch geometry with the Use tool and the Pierce relation.

Make Edits Using the Master Sketch

Now, any edits to the Master sketch will update referencing Parts, making system-wide changes straightforward.

System-wide changes are now streamlined

Please visit the Onshape Learning Center and explore the self-paced Master Model course for more on this topic. You can also watch the video below to see how it works in real time.

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