I have created a number of bearings. All are now positioned where I want them. I cut out a center hole for the axle in one of the bearings. Is there a way to copy that feature to the other bearings?

I know I should have duplicated the bearing after I had made all my changes. I just want to learn if there is a way to copy shapes from object to object.

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    $\begingroup$ Do you know how to duplicate [Shift D], separate [P] and join [Ctrl J] objects/vertices? $\endgroup$
    – Leander
    Commented Apr 1, 2019 at 19:37
  • $\begingroup$ I know Shift-D, I know separate parts tab(edit) P. Have not used join with Ctrl J, but use join on tool menu. $\endgroup$
    – Claus
    Commented Apr 1, 2019 at 19:39
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for the lesson. I was able to copy and duplicate the internal vertices. Then move the duplicate vertices forming the hole to next bearing and join it to the bearing. My only problem was I still ended up using Knife Project to cut holes in the faces of the bearing. If you post your suggestion as an answer I will mark it as the answer. $\endgroup$
    – Claus
    Commented Apr 1, 2019 at 19:59
  • $\begingroup$ Haven't got much time right now. But it would be great, if you could answer your question yourself (since you know what helped). Preferably with a screenshot demonstrating the solution (if possible). $\endgroup$
    – Leander
    Commented Apr 1, 2019 at 20:14

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Based on the instructions provided by Leander, this is how a copied a hole from one object and added to another similar object. Note - there are other easier ways to do this like Knife Project or simply making one object and duplicating it. But I wanted to learn.

  1. Select object to copy from and tab into edit mode enter image description here
  2. Select vertices outlining the feature (hole) to copy. In this case also selecting the faces which will replace the faces on the object to be modified.
  3. Shft-D to duplicate the vertices and move them to the side enter image description here
  4. Separate the duplicate vertices from the original object by clicking P and selecting by loose parts enter image description here
  5. I should have done this next. Select other object and tab into edit mode. Select faces to be replaced and delete them. Exit edit mode. enter image description here
  6. Select duplicate vertices and Set Origin to Geometry enter image description here
  7. Select object to be modified and center cursor on object Shft-S cursor to selection
  8. Select duplicate vertices and Shft-S selection to cursor
  9. Add new object to duplicate vertices Shft-LMB
  10. Join vertices and new object Ctrl-J join enter image description here enter image description here

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