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Sketch references


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I went back to change how something was defined, i.e. I wanted to add a new reference and dimenions one of the sketch lines to it.

It won't allow me to add any references or delete existing ones. I tried the edit references, but that only lets me change existing references.

What am I missing?

"References to additional 3D geometry may not be made" is the error message when I try to add a reference.
Edited by: scottm


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I found my problem (forgot to search the forum first), but instead of just saying I SOLVED IT, I'll tell you what the problem was - in case anybody else has the same problem.

I had that particular feature mirrored, and if your feature is being mirrored or copies elsewhere (I assume patterned as well), you cannot delete or change the references. I deleted the mirrored instance and went on my merry way.



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When you do that first try to suppress mirroring. Find them
in the features, suppress them, and after that you work on adding new