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How to convert a 2D sketch to a 3D sketch in Inventor?

A - answer You can use the following procedure to change the existing sketch' type from 2D to 3D - while maintaining the shape of the sketch curve (e.g. for a hose path):
  • create a work plane in the 2D sketch plane (use 3 sketch points to define it)
  • launch the 3D sketch environment (3D model > Sketch > Create 3D sketch)
  • project your 2D sketch to the workplane (3D sketch > Draw > Project to Surface) - do not exit the 3D sketch yet
  • in the browser tree, right-click on the item (feature) "Project to Surface" and choose "Break Link"
  • exit the 3D sketch environment and optionally delete (from the tree) the original 2D sketch (Inventor prompts you do erase also the workplane)
  • the resulting 3D sketch is now fully editable using the 3D sketch commands
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See also:
Tip 14027:3D heart from the heart.
Tip 13965:Total length of sweeps in Inventor - wires, pipes, trusses, tubes, hoses (iLogic)
Tip 13906:How to construct a 2D spiral shape in Inventor?
Tip 13433:How to create a parametric dynamic 3D block in AutoCAD?
Tip 13197:How to transfer a model or sketch parameter to iProperties?

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