All of the constraint settings and display options are handled by the Constraint settings dialog box. Youcan open it with the CONSTRAINTSETTINGS command. We’ll refer back to this command as wecover the different constraint functions and commands.Another important feature that is used with the constraints are the Constraint Bars, these show whichconstraints are applied to drawing objects. The CONSTRAINTBAR command effects how theconstraint bars are displayed. When constraint bars are displayed, you can pass the cursor over aconstraint to view the constraint name and the objects that it affects. You can also control the displayof constraint bars with this command or use the Show, Show All, and Hide All options on the Geometricpanel of the Parametric ribbon tab
There is a new Tab on the menu ribbon for the parametric modeling tools called the
tab.This tab is broken down into three panels, each with a different set of tools that you would use for thedifferent constraint functions. Let’s look at each separately.
The first panel on the left side of the Parametric tab is for the tools that create and modify geometricconstraints. These are the relationships that are applied between two objects, points on objects, orbetween a single object and the coordinate system. In simple terms it works like an object snap thatstays persistent throughout your design.The middle sub panel on the Geometric constraints panel contains the commandsthat you will use to apply the constraints to objects in your drawings. These can beaccessed from this location on the ribbon or with the GEOMCONSTRAINT command.There are twelve to choose from, we’ll cover each of them.
- Constrains two points on two objectstogether. A constraint point on an object can be madecoincident with an object or a constraint point on anotherobject. When the cursor hovers over the constrainedpoint, the constraint bar to the right is shown.