Pro/ENGINEER for Designers
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THE SKETCH MODE
Almost all the models designed in Pro/ENGINEER consists of datums, sketched features andplaced features. Generally, for creating datums and placed features, you do not require sketches.However, to create a sketched feature, it is necessary to draw a two-dimensional (2D) sketch.When you enter the Part mode and select the options to create any sketched feature, thesystem automatically takes you to the sketcher environment. In the sketcher environment, thesketch of the feature is created and regenerated, and then you return to the Part mode tocreate the required feature. The sketches created in the Sketch mode are stored in
format.You will learn about the datums and placed features in later chapters.The Sketch mode is used when the design of a product is at its development stage. The designercan sketch the 2D sketch of the product and assign required dimensions to it. By assigning thedimensions, the designer can make sure that the 2D sketch of the product or model is satisfyingall the necessary conditions and then continue for the 3D model of the design, that is, the Partmode.
Using the Sketch Mode
To create any section in the Sketch mode of Pro/ENGINEER, certain basic steps have to befollowed. The following steps outline the procedure to use the Sketch mode:
1. Sketch the required section geometry
The different sketcher tools available in this mode can be used to sketch the required sectiongeometry.
2. Add the constraints and dimension the sketched section
After sketching the section geometry, the constraints and dimensions are added to the section.For dimensioning the section there are two options. Either the
submenu options available in the
can be used. If the
is used for sketching then the sketch will be automatically dimensioned andconstrained. After adding the dimensions you can modify them as required.
3. Add relations to the sketch
The geometry of various entities of the sketch can be controlled by adding relations.
4. Regenerate the section
After dimensioning the sketch, the sketch must be regenerated. Remember that the section isregenerated only if the minimum constraints of the sketch are satisfied. Pro/ENGINEER hasthe capability to analyze the section and if the section is not complete for any reason, thesection will not be regenerated. However, Pro/ENGINEER makes certain assumptions toregenerate the section.If the
is on while sketching then the sketch is automatically regenerated.
Entering the Sketch Mode
To enter the Sketch mode select
menu or choose the
Create a new object