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Lesson 13 – Drawing Environment Explanation

Lesson 13 – Useful Drawing Tools
In Lesson 13 we will cover the use of some of the drawing tools not previously discussed.

Combine Dimension String 3 Add/Remove Dimension Point 3 Level Mark 4 Weld Symbol 5 Dimension Options 6 Save, Save as, Load 6 Straight 7 Angle type: 8 Precision: 8 Format: 8 Text color: 9 Ortho Line 10 Multi Line Text 11 Inserting Symbols 12 Creating Part Marks 13 Copy/Linking Drawing Views 14 Copy Drawing Views: 14 Link Drawing Views: 14 Copy Drawing Views with Layout: 14 Link Drawing Views with Layout: 14

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Rotate View 15 Update Marks 16 Select Filter 17 Select Switches 18 Drawing List Commands 19 Open 19 Update 19 Update marks 19 Delete 19 Display 19 Filter 20 Lock 20 Issue 21 Revision… 21

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Combine Dimension String
For use when you want to combine a group of two or more parallel dimension lines into one dimension line.

Hold down the Ctrl key while picking the dimensions you want to combine. Click the icon (or right click with the mouse) and select Combine dim lines.

Add/Remove Dimension Point
Use when you want to change the point at which an existing dimension originates. Pick the dimension you wish to modify; only one dimension can be modified at a time. Click the appropriate icon (or right click with the mouse and select either Add dimension point, or Remove dimension point.) Add or remove the point you wish to modify.

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Level Mark
The command produces an Elevation mark at a point you pick in a drawing. Double click the Level mark icon on the drawing menu bar at the left side of the screen. This opens the Level mark attributes dialog box. Here you can select how the level mark is to appear in the drawing.

Set the desired variables and click OK. In the drawing, pick the point at which you want the Level mark to identify, and then pick a point at which you want the mark to appear.

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Weld Symbol
The weld symbol tool allows you to add a selected welding symbol to your drawing. Double click on the Create weld symbol icon to open the dialog box.

Pick the type drop down menu to select the desired weld. Fill in any other information you would need in the symbol. The Reference text box is used to insert a note in the tail of the weld. When your finished click OK. In the drawing, pick the point that you want the weld applied and then pick the point that you want the symbol located. The Create weld symbol can also be used to modify an existing weld symbol (but not welds that appear in the model).

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Dimension Options
The dimension command creates a dimension between picked points. The snap switches control which points can be picked.

Dimension properties can be set in the Dimension Properties dialog box. Double click on one of the dimension icons to open the dialog box.

Save, Save as, Load
When the values for the different options have been set to your requirements Save the settings as standard. You might find that you need a variation to the standard settings for a particular project. Make the changes and use Save as, with a unique name, to change the defaults. Select a name of a saved default from the drop down menu and use Load to set the defaults.

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Straight
Select a dimension style from the drop down menu.

Note: Internal dimensions are always absolute.

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Angle type:
Angle type defines the type of angle measurement displayed.

Precision:
Precision controls the round off factor in the displayed dimension.

Format:
The format is how the dimension number is displayed. The number shown in the bracket is optional and only shown when required. For example 100.0 will be plotted as 100 if the format selected is ###.[#] and 100.0 if ###.# is selected.

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Text color:
The color controls the line weight in drawings. For more information on line thicknesses read help file items Color table and Pen number under Contents->Modeling->File->Database->Plotters->Modify… (On NT)

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Ortho Line
Ortho in combination with the line command allows you to draw a straight line in steps of 45 degrees from a picked starting point. To activate ortho start the line command pick a starting point and either pick the check box on the snap settings toolbar or press the letter O key on the keyboard.

Note: For more information on using the snap settings toolbar read and do the exercises in the help file under Drawings->Setup-> Entering/locking coordinates.

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Multi Line Text
Pick Create->Text->Text [multi] from the menu pick a point to start the text. Type the text line and click create or hit the enter key to start the next line of text. Each line is left justified, and in line with the previous line.

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Inserting Symbols
Double click the Symbol icon. Click the Select button and select a predefined symbol. Click Apply, OK. Click the Symbol icon one time and pick a point in the drawing to locate the symbol.

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Creating Part Marks
Part marks are controlled with the Part mark properties dialog box. Open any assembly drawing. Right click in the drawing background. In the Assembly drawing properties dialog box click the Part mark… button.

In the Part mark properties dialog box you can control which parts get marked and how the marks look. An existing mark can also be modified in the part mark dialog box. Double click the mark Make your changes and click the Modify button. Note: To create a mark for a part that is not marked pick the part, right click, and select Part mark.

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Copy/Linking Drawing Views
These and the related commands (Copy drawing views with layout and Link drawing views with layout.) allow you to add views from any drawing to any other drawing. Open the Drawing list. (Click the Drawing list icon.) Open any drawing in the list. Highlight any other drawing in the drawing list. On the drawing menu (Top of the screen.) Pick Create->Copy drawing views. The views from the copied drawing appear in the open drawing. There are a few differences between the copy and linking commands.

Copy Drawing Views:
• • Copies only the views without any layout. (Title block, Bill of Material, etc.) The copied views are not updated with changes that occur in the model.

Link Drawing Views:
• • Like the copy command Link drawing views adds the views without the layout. The views are updated with any change in the model.

Copy Drawing Views with Layout:
• • As the name suggests the layout comes with the views. Is not updated with changes in the model.

Link Drawing Views with Layout:
• • This also adds the view with the layout. Is updated with changes to the model.

Note: The drawings that have had the drawing views with layout added, must be closed and then reopened before the layout will be visible.

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Rotate View
To rotate a view, open any drawing. Click on the blue view border to highlight it. Right click and select Rotate. (Or from the menu pick Edit->Rotate View…) This opens the Rotate view dialog box.

Input a value for the Angle: and click the Rotate button.

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Update Marks
When changes have been made in the model the drawings need to be updated before they can be opened. If the drawings have not had a Freeze placed on them when they are updated the marks and dimensions are automatically updated. If they are frozen you have to update the drawing and then open it to update marks and manually created dimensions. Open a drawing. Select Edit->Update marks you then have an option to select which marks you want to update or all of them. You can also update all of the marks by right clicking and selecting Update marks.

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Select Filter
The Setup->Select filter defines those objects that can be selected on the screen. (Either in the Modeling environment or the Drawing environment.)

Notes: 1. The information for the Filter string must appear exactly like it is in the model. (Capitalization, lower case, exact names, etc.) 2. An object must also be visible in the model in order to be selectable.

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Select Switches
The select switches can be found in the upper left corner of the screen.

If for any reason you might want to pick only a particular type of object in a drawing, you can press the corresponding selection switch. Then only objects of that type are selectable. The normal setting would have the Any object button pressed.

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Drawing List Commands
The following is a brief description of each of the commands in the drawing list.

Open
Highlight a drawing by picking it in the drawing list and click the Open button.

Double clicking the drawing in the list will also open it.

Update
Select any drawing, which has a “P” or an “N” in the flag column, and click the Update button to invoke the updating required due to any changes in the model.

Update marks
Marks in drawings selected from the list can be updated with this button.

Delete
Deletes all of the selected drawings from the list including Frozen or Locked drawings.

Display
All Displays all of the listed drawings. Invert Displays the inverse of a filtered group of drawings.

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Filter
Selected Filters a selected drawing or group of drawings so that they are the only ones visible in the drawing list. Up to Date Filters only those drawings that are up to date so that they are visible in the drawing list. Select Parts Highlight drawings from the drawing list and when you click Select Parts the corresponding parts in the model become highlighted. By Parts Pick objects in the model and click the By Parts button and the drawing list is filtered so that only those drawings are listed.

Lock
On Locks selected drawings so that they cannot be modified. Updating flags can still be present. Off Turns off the lock so that the drawings can be modified.

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Issue
On This command places the letter “I” in the flag column for any drawings selected for issuing. Off This turns off the issue mark on any drawing selected that has the issue mark in the flag column.

Revision…
Opens the revision handling dialog box so that revision information can be added modified or deleted.

Mark Used to enter the revision number for marking the drawings.

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Revision Drop Down The box next to the revision mark contains the number of revisions that have been made, and it is updated automatically. Each drawing has its own unique revision numbers. Date The revision date is not automatic it is a text field which can be edited. Text The three lines of text can be used to denote the revisions that have been made. Delete. The Delete button deletes the selected revision listed in the Revision drop down box. After a revision number has been deleted, the remaining revision numbers in the drop down box are renumbered. (The revision marks are not changed.)

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