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0002745SketcherBugpublic2017-12-02 16:19
ReporterMajorTesla Assigned To 
Status closedResolutionfixed 
OSWindowsOS Version10 
Product Version0.16 
Target Version0.17Fixed in Version0.17 
Summary0002745: The Disappearing Grid
DescriptionAfter doing certain selections, the sketching grid, on the surface of an object can not be seen.
Forum discussion thread:
Steps To Reproduce1) Open FC
2) Click on the Edit menu then Preferences
3) Click on the Reset button then Yes - the diologue will close?
4) Open Preferences again.
5) Click on Display
6) In 3D Navigator chose Blender.
7) Click Apply then Ok

FC is now configured similar to my setup.

8) Select the Part Design WB then Select 'Create an empty document'
9) Select 'Create a new sketch' - a dialog box named 'Choose orientation'? will be displayed.
10) Select XY-Plane then OK
11) Draw a large rectangle and then Close
12) Select the Pad tool then OK
13) DO NOT select any plane on the object and select 'Create a new sketch'
14) Select OK
15) The grid will not be visible on the surface of the object as it is on the XY-plane which is coincident with the back face of the object. You can rotate the object a bit to verify this.
16) Press Close and the grid will disappear
17) Press the # 2 key to reorientate the face square-on again
18) Select the front face - it should be the only face that you can see.
19) Select 'Create a new face' again - again the grid will be invisible on the surface of the object - as though it was still on the XY-plane (i.e. behind the face you selected) but if the object is rotated slightly it will be seen that it is now really on the face selected. However, now, whenever the sketch plane (and therefore also the object surface) is normal to the screen the grid can not be seen.

Incidentally, I am getting replies to my reports explaining that there are work-arounds for them. Although I am grateful for their ideas, it is my view that work-arounds should not be necessary and my reason for reporting bugs is to help to make a great (free) program, built by some remarkable people, even greater.
Additional InformationOS: Windows 10
Word size of OS: 64-bit
Word size of FreeCAD: 64-bit
Version: 0.16.6706 (Git)
Build type: Release
Branch: releases/FreeCAD-0-16
Hash: f86a4e411ff7848dea98d7242f43b7774bee8fa0
Python version: 2.7.8
Qt version: 4.8.7
Coin version: 4.0.0a
OCC version: 6.8.0.oce-0.17
FreeCAD Information



2016-10-22 10:29


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2017-01-31 18:54

administrator   ~0008137

@MajorTesla please start a thread on the forum to facilitate further discussion on this ticket.


2017-02-08 12:48

administrator   ~0008240

@MajorTesla please respond


2017-02-08 18:24

reporter   ~0008244

1) Please explain to me how to start a thread. Is it the same as ‘Report issue’? Is it ‘Tools>New post’? Is it ‘Tools>Your posts’.
2) I can not find anything in my account or the forum which states ‘Start New Thread’.
3) I do not understand why I should start a new thread.
It may seem obvious to you but it is not at all obvious to me how to do this.


2017-02-09 03:34

administrator   ~0008249

All is explained in


2017-02-12 17:52

manager   ~0008277

I confirm this issue on both 0.16 and current master.

Although for step 15, I do not consider this to be a bug. It is up to the user to either hide the Pad, or switch the draw style (View menu) to wireframe to be able to see through the Pad.

I do agree that step 19 is definitely a bug, the grid should be visible when the sketch is mapped on top of the solid.

But after further testing I see further issues here:
* At first when entering sketch edit mode, the grid is not visible.
* Now select a sketch tool like Circle, and create a circle on the top face, then terminate the command with a right-click.
* Hover the mouse pointer over the circle's centre point: the grid appears, but it disappears as soon as the pointer moves away.
* If the centre point is preselected, the grid remains visible; it disappears as soon as the point is deselected.
* With the centre point preselected, click on the point, hold the left mouse button and drag to move the circle: the grid disappears; release the left mouse button, the centre point still preselected, the grid reappears.
* This seems unpredictable: after creating two new files in the same manner, I can no longer reproduce the issue.

OS: Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS
Word size of OS: 64-bit
Word size of FreeCAD: 64-bit
Version: 0.17.10064 (Git)
Build type: None
Branch: master
Hash: d7ed8c4383f394f64dd9314eefa00efae02fb32f
Python version: 2.7.6
Qt version: 4.8.6
Coin version: 4.0.0a
OCC version: 6.8.0.oce-0.17


2017-06-17 21:34

manager   ~0009426

This is not about PartDesign, it's about the Sketcher workbench. Moving the report to the correct project.


2017-12-02 16:19

administrator   ~0010509

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2016-10-22 10:29 MajorTesla New Issue
2016-10-22 10:29 MajorTesla File Added: FreeCAD-disappearing-grid-#2.jpg
2017-01-31 18:54 Kunda1 Note Added: 0008137
2017-01-31 18:54 Kunda1 Status new => feedback
2017-01-31 18:55 Kunda1 Steps to Reproduce Updated View Revisions
2017-02-08 12:48 Kunda1 Note Added: 0008240
2017-02-08 18:24 MajorTesla Note Added: 0008244
2017-02-08 18:24 MajorTesla Status feedback => new
2017-02-09 03:34 Kunda1 Note Added: 0008249
2017-02-09 22:17 Kunda1 Description Updated View Revisions
2017-02-09 22:18 Kunda1 Project FreeCAD => PartDesign
2017-02-12 17:52 normandc Note Added: 0008277
2017-02-13 16:24 Kunda1 Status new => confirmed
2017-03-20 21:48 Kunda1 Tag Attached: grid
2017-03-20 21:49 Kunda1 Target Version => 0.17
2017-06-17 21:34 normandc Note Added: 0009426
2017-06-17 21:34 normandc Project PartDesign => Sketcher
2017-12-02 16:19 wmayer Priority high => normal
2017-12-02 16:19 wmayer Severity major => minor
2017-12-02 16:19 wmayer Status confirmed => closed
2017-12-02 16:19 wmayer Resolution open => fixed
2017-12-02 16:19 wmayer Fixed in Version => 0.17
2017-12-02 16:19 wmayer Note Added: 0010509