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Drawing Fundementals

Drawing Fundementals

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Drawing Fundamentals
This chapter describes the functionality available in Drawing mode for creating drawings of Pro/ENGINEER® models and the logistics affecting the creation and management of drawings.
Drawing Functionality
Using Drawing mode within Pro/ENGINEER, you can create drawings of all Pro/ENGINEER models or import files from other systems. All model views in the drawing are associative: if youchange a dimensional value in one view, the system updates other drawing views accordingly.Moreover, Pro/ENGINEER associates drawings with their parent models. The modelautomatically reflects any dimensional changes that you make to a drawing. In addition,corresponding drawings also reflect any changes that you make to a model (such as the additionor deletion of features and dimensional changes) in Part, Sheetmetal, Assembly, or Manufacturing modes.Pro/ENGINEER offers functionality for working with engineering drawings in two separatecomponents: Drawing mode and Pro/DETAIL. The following sections provide a brief overviewof each.
Drawing Mode
Drawing mode, available with basic Pro/ENGINEER, provides you with the basic functionalityto document your solid models or surface models in drawings that share a two-way associativitywith the model. When you make changes to the model in Part or Assembly mode, the systemautomatically updates the drawing and reflects the changes; likewise, any changes that you maketo the model in Drawing mode become immediately visible on the model in other modes. Youcan use basic Pro/ENGINEER to create drawing views of one or more models in severalstandard view types and dimension them. You can also annotate the drawing with notes,manipulate the dimensions, and use layers to manage the display of different items.
Pro/DETAIL, the optional add-on module, extends the drawing capability offered byPro/ENGINEER. You can use it with basic Pro/ENGINEER or as a standalone module to create,view, and annotate models and drawings.Pro/DETAIL supports additional view types and multi-sheets, offers numerous commands for manipulating items in a drawing, and enables you to add and modify different kinds of textualand symbolic information. In addition, you can use it to customize engineering drawings withsketched geometry, create custom drawing formats, and make multiple cosmetic changes todrawings.With a license for Pro/DETAIL, you can also use a
pop-up menu
to modify any object in adrawing from anywhere in the menu tree. At any time when a drawing window is active, you caninterrupt your current process and activate a drawing object for modification (for moreinformation, see
Drawing Interfaces
With a license for Pro/INTERFACE or Pro/DETAIL, you can access variousinterface commands for exporting drawing files to other systems andimporting files into Drawing mode. Using the
menu in thePro/ENGINEER menu bar, you can do the following:
By choosing
, you can export the following models fromDrawing mode to a data file: IGES, DXF, DWG, SET, STEP.
By choosing
, you can export the following images fromDrawing mode to a data file: CGM, TIFF, JPEG, shaded, EPS, Snapshot.
By choosing
Create New Model
, you can import the followingdata into a new model in Drawing mode: IGES, SET, VDA, Neutral, CADAM,STEP, CATIA, PDGS, CGM, ECAD.
By choosing
Append to Model
, you can append the followingdata to the active object: IGES, SET, DXF, STEP, CGM, TIFF, DWG.
To create groups of entities that maintain their group associativity through an IGES export,choose
IGES Groups
from the
menu. The
IGES Groups
command is notavailable in Report mode. For information about exporting or importing a particular file type, seethe appropriate chapter in the
 Interface Guide
Drawing Setup File Options
Pro/ENGINEER saves drawing setup file options with each individual drawing and drawingformat. These setup file options determine such characteristics as the height of dimension andnote text, text orientation, geometric tolerance standards, font properties, drafting standards, andarrow lengths.The system gives default values to these setup file options, but you can modify them tocustomize a drawing, and save them to use in other drawings. It saves (and retrieves) the valuesin a drawing setup file named ``filename.dtl.'' The file that you specify in the configuration fileoption ``drawing_setup_file'' establishes the default drawing setup file option values for anydrawing that you create during a Pro/ENGINEER session. If you do not set this option, thesystem uses the default drawing setup file option values. If you have a license for Pro/DETAIL,you can install sample drawing setup files for DIN, ISO, and JIS from the loadpoint/textdirectory with the following names:
Retrieve these setup files to set the desired environment in your drawing. For a complete list of drawing setup file options and their values, see
 A drawing format always has its own setup file--independent of the drawing's setupfile--but it is restricted (see
Working with Drawing Setup Files
Using the DTL SETUP menu, you can create, retrieve, modify, and save drawing setup files.When you retrieve an existing drawing setup file, Pro/ENGINEER reads in its values to thecurrent drawing.
How to Create a Drawing Setup File
Set Up > Draw Setup
.2.Type the name of the new drawing setup file. The current default drawingsetup file appears on the screen in the Editor Window, as shown in the

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