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This chapter will begin to explain the necessary functions required to be able to create a controlled 2D drawing. We will also look at the ‘Dataset’ concept of parametric editing. This chapter looks at

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Creating a 2D Drawing
The object of this following example is to highlight the common functions you will use when trying to create a two-dimensional drawing within VISI-Design (see Figure 3.1).

Figure 3.1: A machining fixture.

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Step 1 - Creating a new file 

You can also create a new file by pressing the [Control] and [N] keys on your keyboard.

To create a new file you can either open a new VISI-Series session or you can select the File | New option from the mainmenu (see Figure 3.2).

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When creating a new file, you may be asked to delete all databases. By choosing ‘Yes’ you will loose any additional information added to your file from the last ‘Save’ (unless it has been saved recently).

Figure 3.2: Creating a new file.

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You can use the [F2] and [F3] keys on your keyboard to move through the available views.

Depending on the configuration of your software, when you create a new file, the system will automatically be set to the ‘Dynamic’ view by default (designed for three-dimensional work). By pressing the [F2] key on your keyboard, you should be moved to the ‘Top’ view (designed for two-dimensional work).

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For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard.

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Step 2 - Creating the base geometry
We will now create the main shape of the component (see Page 2) using circles and segments. 

You can also select the ‘Parallel’ function using the toolbar located down the left-hand side of the VISI-Series® interface.

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Select the Wireframe | Segment/Line | Parallel option from the main-menu. Using the ‘Line Filter’ icon (see Figure 3.3), select the ‘X Axis’ icon (see Figure 3.4).

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Segment Filter

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Figure 3.3: The ‘Line Selection’ toolbar.

X Axis Z Axis

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Figure 3.4: The ‘Axis Selection’ toolbar.

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Enter a distance value of ‘0’ and a copy value of ‘1’ into the ‘Insert The Distance’ dialogue box (see Figure 3.5).

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Figure 3.5: The ‘Insert The Distance’ dialogue box.

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A construction line will now be created within your workspace. 

You can also select the ‘Parallel’ function using the toolbar located down the left-hand side of the VISI-Series® interface.

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Select the Wireframe | Segment/Line | Parallel option from the main-menu. Using the ‘Line Filter’ icon (see Figure 3.6), select the ‘Y Axis’ icon (see Figure 3.7).

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Segment Filter

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Figure 3.6: The ‘Line Selection’ toolbar.

X Axis Z Axis

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Figure 3.7: The ‘Axis Selection’ toolbar.

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Enter a distance value of ‘0’ and a copy value of ‘1’ into the ‘Insert The Distance’ dialogue box (see Figure 3.8).

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Figure 3.8: The ‘Insert The Distance’ dialogue box.

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9: The first and second construction lines. we can create the circles required to form the shape of the component. 8. 7. The VISI-Series® . We will use the construction line following the X axis as the base line of the drawing. 50 Getting to know. Now that we have created our construction lines. Select the Wireframe | Circle/Arc | Centre Radius option from the main-menu Using the ‘Cartesian Co-Ordinate’ icon (see Figure 3. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard. Figure 3. enter an X value of ‘30’. a Y value of ‘20’ and a Z value of ‘0’ into the ‘Insert Co-Ordinates’ dialogue box.10). and the construction line following the Y axis as the centre line of the drawing.Chapter 3 VISI-Design A second construction line will now be created within your workspace (see Figure 3..  You can also select the ‘Centre Radius’ function using the toolbar located down the left-hand side of the VISI-Series® interface.11).(see Figure 3..9).

12). 9. The VISI-Series® 51 .10: The ‘Application Point’ toolbar.12: The ‘Enter The Radius’ dialogue box.11: The ‘Insert Co-Ordinates’ dialogue box. Figure 3... Getting to know. Enter a radius of ‘20’ into the ‘Enter The Radius’ dialogue box (see Figure 3. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard. Figure 3.Creating a 2D drawing Chapter 3 Current Environment (Point) Cartesian Co-Ordinates Intersection Point Parametric Point Circle/Arc Quadrant Mouse Selection Polar Co-Ordinates Two Element Intersection Circle/Arc Centre Point Selection Figure 3.

(see Figure 3..13: The ‘Application Point’ toolbar. 11. Current Environment (Point) Cartesian Co-Ordinates Intersection Point Parametric Point Circle/Arc Quadrant Mouse Selection Polar Co-Ordinates Two Element Intersection Circle/Arc Centre Point Selection Figure 3. The VISI-Series® . a Y value of ‘125’ and a Z value of ‘0’ into the ‘Insert Co-Ordinates’ dialogue box. enter an X value of ‘70’. 10. 52 Getting to know. Figure 3.13).14). ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard.14: The ‘Insert Co-Ordinates’ dialogue box. Select the Wireframe | Circle/Arc | Centre Radius option from the main-menu Using the ‘Cartesian Co-Ordinate’ icon (see Figure 3..Chapter 3 VISI-Design  You can also select the ‘Centre Radius’ function using the toolbar located down the left-hand side of the VISI-Series® interface.

16: The ‘Line Selection’ toolbar... 15. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard. The VISI-Series® 53 .  You can also select the ‘Centre Radius’ function using the toolbar located down the left-hand side of the VISI-Series® interface.16). Enter a radius of ‘20’ into the ‘Enter The Radius’ dialogue box (see Figure 3. 14.17).18). We will now create additional construction lines for use later on in this example. select the ‘Y Axis’ icon (see Figure 3. X Axis Z Axis Y Axis Figure 3.15: The ‘Enter The Radius’ dialogue box. 13.15). Getting to know.Creating a 2D drawing Chapter 3 12. Segment Filter Line Filter Figure 3. Enter a distance value of ‘-50’ and a copy value of ‘1’ into the ‘Insert The Distance’ dialogue box (see Figure 3. Select the Wireframe | Segment/Line | Parallel option from the main-menu. Using the ‘Line Filter’ icon (see Figure 3. Figure 3.17: The ‘Axis Selection’ toolbar.

18: The ‘Insert The Distance’ dialogue box.19). Using the ‘Line Filter’ icon (see Figure 3. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard. 54 Getting to know. 17.Chapter 3 VISI-Design Figure 3. A third construction line will now be created within your workspace.20). The VISI-Series® . select the ‘Circle/Arc Quadrant’ icon (see Figure 3. Select the Wireframe | Segment/line | Element Angle Line option from the main-menu. NOTE You can cycle through the different possible results using the [SPACE BAR] on your keyboard..19: The ‘Line Selection’ toolbar.. Segment Filter Line Filter Figure 3. 16.  You can also select the ‘Element Angle Line’ function using the toolbar located down the left-hand side of the VISI-Series® interface.

. 18.‘P1’ on the second circle (see Figure 3. then select an element as apposed to a point. Using the ‘Y Axis’ icon (see Figure 3.23).  Switch the ‘Application Point’ toolbar over from ‘Point’ to ‘Element’. P1 Figure 3. 19.. Select the application point .22). enter an angle of ‘45’ into the ‘Segment/Line Element Angle Line’ dialogue box (see Figure 3. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard.Creating a 2D drawing Chapter 3 Current Environment (Point) Cartesian Co-Ordinates Intersection Point Parametric Point Circle/Arc Quadrant Mouse Selection Polar Co-Ordinates Two Element Intersection Circle/Arc Centre Point Selection Figure 3.21).21: The application point on the second circle. The VISI-Series® 55 . Getting to know.20: The ‘Application Point’ toolbar.

Figure 3. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard.23: The ‘Segment/Line Element Angle Line’ dialogue box.24). Figure 3. A fourth construction line will be created within your workspace (see Figure 3. NOTE You can cycle through the different possible results using the [SPACE BAR] on your keyboard.Chapter 3 VISI-Design X Axis Z Axis Y Axis Figure 3.22: The ‘Axis Selection’ toolbar. 56 Getting to know. The VISI-Series® ...24: The fourth construction line.

. enter an X value of ‘0’. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard.26: The elements to copy. ‘C2’. ✗ Selecting elements that will not change position when mirrored will result in duplicate elements (elements that lie on top of other elements). 20.26). C1 L1 L2 C2 Figure 3. 21. Using the ‘Cartesian Co-Ordinate’ icon (see Figure 3. a Y value of ‘0’ and a Z value of ‘0’ into the ‘Insert Co-Ordinates’ dialogue box (see Figure 3.Creating a 2D drawing Chapter 3 Since the component is symmetrical.25). select the following elements . The VISI-Series® 57 . ‘L1’ and ‘L2’ (see Figure 3.25: The ‘Copy Selection’ toolbar. Using the ‘Copy On’ icon (see Figure 3. we can save time by using the Mirror function to copy our current geometry and paste a mirrored version on the opposite side of the drawing..27).‘C1’. Copy Off 2D/3D Mirror Copy On Last Selection Figure 3. Getting to know. Select the Edit | Mirror option from the main-menu.28). 22.

Figure 3.29: The ‘Axis Selection’ toolbar.27: The ‘Application Point’ toolbar. The VISI-Series® . 23. Z’ axis meet. 58 Getting to know. Select the ‘Y Axis’ icon (see Figure 3.Chapter 3 VISI-Design Current Environment (Point) Cartesian Co-Ordinates Mouse Selection Polar Co-Ordinates Two Element Intersection Circle/Arc Centre Point Selection " Alternatively.. Intersection Point Parametric Point Circle/Arc Quadrant Figure 3. you could use the ‘Intersection Point’ icon to lock-on to the intersection point where the ‘X.28: The ‘Insert Co-Ordinates’ dialogue box. Figure 3.. X Axis Z Axis Y Axis ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard. Y.29).

Using the ‘Segment Filter’ icon (see Figure 3. 25.31: The ‘Application Point’ toolbar.31). ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard. 24.30)..Creating a 2D drawing Chapter 3 We are now at a stage where we can create a series of lines to complete the general shape of the component. Getting to know.30: The ‘Line Selection’ toolbar. select the ‘Element’ environment (see Figure 3.  You can also select the ‘Element . Segment Filter Line Filter Figure 3.. Current Environment (Element) Segment Filter Circle Filter Point (Single) Filter Profile Filter Symbol Filter Dimension Filter Mesh Filter Toolpath Filter Set/Reset Filters Line Filter Arc Filter Curve Filter Polyline Filter Text Filter Point (Set) Filter Solid Filter Figure 3. Select the Wireframe | Segment/line | Element .Element option from the main-menu.Element’ function using the toolbar located down the left-hand side of the VISI-Series® interface. The VISI-Series® 59 .

The VISI-Series® . 60 Getting to know. Two lines will be created within your workspace (see Figure 3.32: The elements to select.32). C1 C2 C3 C4 Figure 3..32)..33). Select the following elements . 27. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard.‘C1’ and ‘C2’ (see Figure 3. Figure 3.33: The first and second lines.Chapter 3 VISI-Design 26.‘C3’ and ‘C4’ (see Figure 3. Select the following elements .

Element’ function using the toolbar located down the left-hand side of the VISI-Series® interface.35: The ‘Application Point’ toolbar.Element option from the main-menu..34: The ‘Line Selection’ toolbar.Creating a 2D drawing Chapter 3 NOTE You can cycle through the different possible results using the [SPACE BAR] on your keyboard. Current Environment (Point) Cartesian Co-Ordinates Intersection Point Parametric Point Circle/Arc Quadrant Mouse Selection Polar Co-Ordinates Two Element Intersection Circle/Arc Centre Point Selection Figure 3. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard. Using the ‘Segment Filter’ icon (see Figure 3.37). 28. 30.. select the following points . 29.  You can also select the ‘Element . Select the Wireframe | Segment/line | Element .‘P1’ and ‘P2’. then ‘P5’ and ‘P6’ (see Figure 3. then ‘P4’ and ‘P5’. Segment Filter Line Filter Figure 3.35). select the ‘Point’ environment (see Figure 3. Using the ‘Intersection Point’ icon (see Figure 3. then ‘P2’ and ‘P3’. Getting to know.34).36). The VISI-Series® 61 .

To simplify this action.37: The points to select. Four lines will be created within your workspace. Using the ‘Set Filter/Layer’ dialogue box. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard. The VISI-Series® . Now that we have created the main shape of the component. we can also use ‘Filters’ function to switch off the ‘Line’ filter...38).Chapter 3 VISI-Design Current Environment (Point) Cartesian Co-Ordinates Intersection Point Parametric Point Circle/Arc Quadrant Mouse Selection Polar Co-Ordinates Two Element Intersection Circle/Arc Centre Point Selection Figure 3. Select the Window | View | Set Drawing Filters option from the main-menu. " Alternatively. 31. 32. 62 Getting to know. we can use the Break Direct function edit the circles in order to create arcs.  You can also select the ‘Set Drawing Filters’ function using the toolbar located down the left-hand side of the VISI-Series® interface. you could use the ‘Break Direct’ function to automatically break the construction line at the selected application point. de-select the ‘Line’ filter checkbox (see Figure 3.36: The ‘Application Point’ toolbar. P1 P2 P5 P4 P3 P6 Figure 3.

Select the following elements . The VISI-Series® 63 . 35.  You can also select the ‘Break Direct’ function using the toolbar located down the left-hand side of the VISI-Series® interface... C1 C2 C4 C3 Figure 3.39: The elements to select.39). NOTE You can cycle through the different possible results using the [SPACE BAR] on your keyboard.‘C1’. Getting to know. Select the Window | View | Set Drawing Filters option from the main-menu. ‘C3’ and ‘C4’ (see Figure 3. ‘C2’.38: The ‘Set Filter/Layer’ dialogue box. 34. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard. Select the Edit | Break Direct option from the mainmenu.Creating a 2D drawing Chapter 3 Figure 3. 33.

Chapter 3 VISI-Design  You can also select the ‘Set Drawing Filters’ function using the toolbar located down the left-hand side of the VISI-Series® interface. 64 Getting to know. 36. Figure 3. Now that we have finished using some of our construction lines.40: The ‘Set Filter/Layer’ dialogue box.  You can also select the ‘Erase’ function using the toolbar located down the left-hand side of the VISI-Series® interface. we can use the Erase function to delete the unwanted elements. Select the following elements . Select the Edit | Erase option from the main-menu.40). L2 L3 L1 L4 ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard. 37. ‘L2’. 38.‘L1’.41: The elements to erase. ‘L3’ and ‘L4’ (see Figure 3. Using the ‘Set Filter/Layer’ dialogue box. Figure 3..41). The VISI-Series® .. select the ‘Line’ filter checkbox (see Figure 3.

. then ‘C3’. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard.Creating the feature geometry We will now create the first three features of this component (see Page 2) using circles and segments.43: The elements to select. Enter a radius of ‘10’ into the ‘Enter The Radius’ dialogue box (see Figure 3. select the following elements ..‘C1’.43). Mouse Selection Polar Co-Ordinates Two Element Intersection Circle/Arc Centre Point Selection 40.42: The ‘Application Point’ toolbar.Creating a 2D drawing Chapter 3 Step 3 . 39. Current Environment (Point) Cartesian Co-Ordinates Intersection Point Parametric Point Circle/Arc Quadrant Figure 3. then ‘C2’. Getting to know.44). Using the ‘Circle/Arc Centre’ icon (see Figure 3.42).  You can also select the ‘Centre Radius’ function using the toolbar located down the left-hand side of the VISI-Series® interface. The VISI-Series® 65 . C1 C2 C3 C4 Figure 3. 41. Select the Wireframe | Circle/Arc | Centre Radius option from the main-menu. then ‘C4’ (see Figure 3.

Enter a distance value of ‘15’ and a copy value of ‘1’ into the ‘Insert The Distance’ dialogue box (see Figure 3.47).Chapter 3 VISI-Design Figure 3.44: The ‘Enter The Radius’ dialogue box. Using the ‘Line Filter’ icon (see Figure 3. 43. select the ‘X Axis’ icon (see Figure 3. 66 Getting to know. Figure 3.47: The ‘Insert The Distance’ dialogue box.  You can also select the ‘Parallel’ function using the toolbar located down the left-hand side of the VISI-Series® interface. 42. X Axis Z Axis Y Axis Figure 3. Segment Filter Line Filter Figure 3.45: The ‘Line Selection’ toolbar. 44.46: The ‘Axis Selection’ toolbar.. Select the Wireframe | Segment/lines | Parallel option from the main-menu. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard. The VISI-Series® ..46).45).

Enter a distance value of ‘25’ and a copy value of ‘1’ into the ‘Insert The Distance’ dialogue box (see Figure 3. Select the Wireframe | Segment/lines | Parallel option from the main-menu. 45.Creating a 2D drawing Chapter 3 A third construction line will now be created within your workspace. Figure 3.. Figure 3. Getting to know.49).48: The ‘Line Selection’ toolbar.  You can also select the ‘Parallel’ function using the toolbar located down the left-hand side of the VISI-Series® interface.. 47.49: The ‘Axis Selection’ toolbar. Using the ‘Line Filter’ icon (see Figure 3.50: The ‘Insert The Distance’ dialogue box.50). X Axis Z Axis Y Axis Figure 3. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard. Segment Filter Line Filter 46. The VISI-Series® 67 .48). select the ‘X Axis’ icon (see Figure 3. A fourth construction line will now be created within your workspace.

53). select the ‘Intersection Point’ icon (see Figure 3.52: The ‘Application Point’ toolbar.Element option from the main-menu.Element’ function using the toolbar located down the left-hand side of the VISI-Series® interface. Current Environment (Point) Cartesian Co-Ordinates Intersection Point Parametric Point Circle/Arc Quadrant Mouse Selection Polar Co-Ordinates Two Element Intersection Circle/Arc Centre Point Selection Figure 3. 68 Getting to know. P3 P4 Figure 3... 50.51). 48.Chapter 3 VISI-Design  You can also select the ‘Element . Select the Wireframe | Segment/Line | Element . Segment Filter Line Filter Figure 3.52). Select the following points . P1 P2 ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard. 49. Using the ‘Segment Filter’ icon (see Figure 3.‘P1’ and ‘P2’.51: The ‘Line Selection’ toolbar. then ‘P3’ and ‘P4’ (see Figure 3. The VISI-Series® .53: The points to select.

Select the Edit | Break Direct option from the mainmenu.55).54: The elements to erase.‘C1’ and ‘C2’ (see Figure 3. L1 L2 Figure 3. 53..  You can also select the ‘Erase’ function using the toolbar located down the left-hand side of the VISI-Series® interface. 52. C1 C2 ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard.‘L1’ and ‘L2’ (see Figure 3.. Select the following elements . Figure 3.54). 54. Select the following elements .Creating a 2D drawing Chapter 3 Now that we have finished using some of our construction lines. we can use the Erase function to delete the unwanted elements.  You can also select the ‘Break Direct’ function using the toolbar located down the left-hand side of the VISI-Series® interface. Select the Edit | Erase option from the main-menu. Getting to know.55: The elements to select. The VISI-Series® 69 . 51.

? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard. Select the Wireframe | Segment/Lines | Parallel option from the main-menu.57: The ‘Axis Selection’ toolbar.56: The ‘Line Selection’ toolbar. 55.  You can also select the ‘Parallel’ function using the toolbar located down the left-hand side of the VISI-Series® interface. We will now create the last two features of this part (see Page 2) using arcs and segments. Figure 3.. select the ‘Y Axis’ icon (see Figure 3.58).57). Figure 3. X Axis Z Axis Y Axis Figure 3. 70 Getting to know.58: The ‘Insert The Distance’ dialogue box. Enter a distance value of ‘20’ and a copy value of ‘1’ into the ‘Insert The Distance’ dialogue box (see Figure 3. Segment Filter Line Filter 56. Using the ‘Line Filter’ icon (see Figure 3. The VISI-Series® .56).Chapter 3 VISI-Design NOTE You can cycle through the different possible results using the [SPACE BAR] on your keyboard.. 57.

60: The ‘Axis Selection’ toolbar. A fourth construction line will now be created within your workspace.61: The ‘Insert The Distance’ dialogue box. 58. Using the ‘Line Filter’ icon (see Figure 3. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard.60)..59: The ‘Line Selection’ toolbar. X Axis Z Axis Y Axis Figure 3. Line Filter 59.  You can also select the ‘Parallel’ function using the toolbar located down the left-hand side of the VISI-Series® interface.59). 60. Segment Filter Figure 3. Select the Wireframe | Segment/Lines | Parallel option from the main-menu. Enter a distance value of ‘50’ and a copy value of ‘1’ into the ‘Insert The Distance’ dialogue box (see Figure 3. select the ‘Y Axis’ icon (see Figure 3. Figure 3.61). The VISI-Series® 71 ..Creating a 2D drawing Chapter 3 A third construction line will now be created within your workspace. Getting to know.

Using the ‘Line Filter’ icon (see Figure 3. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard.62)..62: The ‘Line Selection’ toolbar.63: The elements to select. Select the Wireframe | Segment/Lines | Parallel option from the main-menu.Chapter 3 VISI-Design  You can also select the ‘Parallel’ function using the toolbar located down the left-hand side of the VISI-Series® interface. Figure 3.63). 72 Getting to know.. S2 S1 Figure 3. Enter a distance value of ‘10’ and a copy value of ‘1’ into the ‘Insert The Distance’ dialogue box (see Figure 3. Segment Filter Line Filter Figure 3. select the following elements . 61. 63. Construction lines will now be created within your workspace.64). then ‘S2’ (see Figure 3. The VISI-Series® .‘S1’.64: The ‘Insert The Distance’ dialogue box. 62.

L1 L4 L3 L2 Figure 3. Select the Edit | Break Direct option from the mainmenu.. ‘L3’ and ‘L4’ (see Figure 3. ‘L2’. We are now at a stage where we can add the required fillets to the feature geometry.66) 67. 64.  You can also select the ‘Break Direct’ function using the toolbar located down the left-hand side of the VISI-Series® interface. 66. Getting to know. 65.  You can also select the ‘Fillet’ function using the toolbar located down the left-hand side of the VISI-Series® interface. The VISI-Series® 73 .‘L1’.65). ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard.65: The elements to select.Creating a 2D drawing Chapter 3 NOTE You can cycle through the different possible results using the [SPACE BAR] on your keyboard. Select the Wireframe | Circle/Arc | Fillet option from the main-menu. Enter a radius value of ‘5’ into the ‘Fillet’ dialogue box (see Figure 3. Select the following elements ..

then ‘P3’ and then ‘P4’ (see Figure 3. NOTE It is not necessary to highlight both target elements when creating a fillet.. Select the following points . then ‘P2’. P1 P4 P3 P2 Figure 3. Since this component is symmetrical across the Y axis. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard. The VISI-Series® .‘P1’.65: The elements to select.Chapter 3 VISI-Design Figure 3.66: The ‘Fillet’ dialogue box. Indicating the position/point of the fillet is enough. 74 Getting to know.67). we can mirror this particular feature. 68..

S1 A4 S4 A3 S3 A2 A1 S2 ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard. The VISI-Series® 75 .68: The elements to select. Select the Edit | Mirror option from the main-menu. ‘A2’. Figure 3. 69.66: The ‘Copy Selection’ toolbar. ‘S4’.. Getting to know.67: The ‘General Selection’ toolbar. 70. ‘A3’ and ‘A4’ (see Figure 3. ‘S2’. 71. Copy Off 2D/3D Mirror Copy On Last Selection Figure 3.Creating a 2D drawing Chapter 3 ✗ Selecting elements that will not change position when mirrored will result in duplicate elements (elements that lie on top of other elements). Select the following elements . Inside Window Outside Window Colour Selection Inside & Clipping Window Select All Multiple Selection Figure 3. select the ‘Multiple Selection’ icon (see Figure 3.‘S1’. Using the ‘Copy On’ icon (see Figure 3. ‘S3’.68)..67). ‘A1’.66).

Y. you could use the ‘Intersection Point’ icon to lock-on to the intersection point where the ‘X..70). Figure 3. Z’ axis meet. enter an X value of ‘0’. 72. Select the ‘Y Axis’ icon (see Figure 3. The VISI-Series® .69: The ‘Application Point’ toolbar. 76 Getting to know.69).70: The ‘Insert Co-Ordinates’ dialogue box.. 73.71).Chapter 3 VISI-Design " Alternatively. Current Environment (Point) Cartesian Co-Ordinates Intersection Point Parametric Point Circle/Arc Quadrant Mouse Selection Polar Co-Ordinates Two Element Intersection Circle/Arc Centre Point Selection Figure 3. a Y value of ‘0’ and a Z value of ‘0’ into the ‘Insert Co-Ordinates’ dialogue box (see Figure 3. Using the ‘Cartesian Co-Ordinate’ icon (see Figure 3. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard.

? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard.72: The ‘Fillet’ dialogue box. 74. The VISI-Series® 77 .‘P1’ and ‘P2’ (see Figure 3.  You can also select the ‘Fillet’ function using the toolbar located down the left-hand side of the VISI-Series® interface. Now that we have created all of the features of this particular component. we can complete the drawing by adding the final fillets to the outside boundary.Creating a 2D drawing Chapter 3 X Axis Z Axis Y Axis View Direction Figure 3. Select the Wireframe | Circle/Arc | Fillet option from the main-menu.73). Enter a radius value of ‘20’ into the ‘Fillet’ dialogue box (see Figure 3. Figure 3. Getting to know. Select the following points ..71: The ‘Axis Selection’ toolbar.72) 75.. 76.

77. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard.Chapter 3 VISI-Design P1 P2 Figure 3. Select the Wireframe | Segment/Lines | Delete All Pro_Lines option from the main-menu. The VISI-Series® . circles and segments (see Page 2). we can use the Delete All Pro_Lines function to completely remove all of the projection lines from the drawing.. Now that we have finished with our construction lines. 78 Getting to know. Within the CAD there are many ways to dimension a part and many designers prefer to dimension in a certain style. We have now completed the final stage of creating this drawing by using arcs. When using the dimension tools it is important to note that the system uses the same point selection methods as the rest of the CAD.73: The elements to select.Adding dimensioning With a completed drawing it is now important to be able to dimension and detail so that others will be able to read the drawing correctly.. Step 4 .

74: The ‘Application Point’ toolbar. select the following elements . 78.‘C1’ then ‘C2’ (see Figure 3..75). ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard. 79. The VISI-Series® 79 . Getting to know. 80. Current Environment (Point) Cartesian Co-Ordinates Intersection Point Parametric Point Circle/Arc Quadrant Mouse Selection Polar Co-Ordinates Two Element Intersection Circle/Arc Centre Point Selection Figure 3. C1 C2 Figure 3..75: The elements to select. Select the Annotation | Single Element option from the main-menu.Creating a 2D drawing Chapter 3  You can also select the ‘Single Element’ function using the toolbar located down the lefthand side of the VISISeries® interface.74). Using the ‘Circle/Arc Centre’ icon (see Figure 3. Select the Annotation | Single Element option from the main-menu. You will now be able to dynamically drag the dimension to the required position (drag the dimension below the component and confirm using the left hand mouse button).

78). select the following elements . Using the ‘Circle/Arc Centre’ icon (see Figure 3.77).Chapter 3 VISI-Design  You can also select the ‘Single Element’ function using the toolbar located down the lefthand side of the VISISeries® interface.. 80 Getting to know.‘C1’ then ‘C2’ (see Figure 3. Using the ‘Dimension Selection’ toolbar..77: The elements to select.76). 81. C2 C1 Figure 3. 82.76: The ‘Application Point’ toolbar. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard. Current Environment (Point) Cartesian Co-Ordinates Intersection Point Parametric Point Circle/Arc Quadrant Mouse Selection Polar Co-Ordinates Two Element Intersection Circle/Arc Centre Point Selection Figure 3. select the ‘Vertical Dimension’ icon (see Figure 3. The VISI-Series® .

The VISI-Series® 81 . select the following elements .  You can also select the ‘Single Element’ function using the toolbar located down the lefthand side of the VISISeries® interface. Select the Annotation | Single Element option from the main-menu.‘C1’ then ‘C2’ (see Figure 3. Getting to know..80).78: The ‘Dimension Selection’ toolbar.Creating a 2D drawing Chapter 3 Cursor Grid Diameter Dimension External Arrows Set Parallel Reference Horizontal Dimension Direct Dimension Tolerance/Annotation Text Witness Line (On/Off) Internal Line (On/Off) Set Perpendicular Reference Vertical Dimension Incline Dimension Internal Arrow Figure 3. the system will default to the ‘Direct Dimension’ option. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard. Using the icons within the ‘Dimension Selection’ toolbar can vary the dimensioning style. You will now be able to dynamically drag the dimension to the required position (drag the dimension to the left-hand side of the component and confirm using the left hand mouse button). Using the ‘Circle/Arc Centre’ icon (see Figure 3.. NOTE Since the two selected points are not orthogonal.79). 83. 84.

82 Getting to know.Chapter 3 VISI-Design Current Environment (Point) Cartesian Co-Ordinates Intersection Point Parametric Point Circle/Arc Quadrant Mouse Selection Polar Co-Ordinates Two Element Intersection Circle/Arc Centre Point Selection Figure 3.‘A1’ then ‘A2’.. Using the ‘Circle/Arc Centre’ icon (see Figure 3. 86. select the following elements .. You will now be able to dynamically drag the dimension to the required position (drag the dimension above the component and confirm using the left hand mouse button).  You can also select the ‘Single Element’ function using the toolbar located down the lefthand side of the VISISeries® interface.81).79: The ‘Application Point’ toolbar. The VISI-Series® . 85. C1 C2 Figure 3.82). and ‘A2’ then ‘A3’ (see Figure 3.80: The elements to select. Select the Annotation | Single Element option from the main-menu. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard.

 You will now be able to dynamically drag the dimension to the required position (drag the dimension above the component and confirm using the left hand mouse button). You can also select the ‘Single Element’ function using the toolbar located down the lefthand side of the VISISeries® interface.Creating a 2D drawing Chapter 3 Current Environment (Point) Cartesian Co-Ordinates Intersection Point Parametric Point Circle/Arc Quadrant Mouse Selection Polar Co-Ordinates Two Element Intersection Circle/Arc Centre Point Selection Figure 3.82: The elements to select. The VISI-Series® 83 .‘P1’ then ‘P2’ (see Figure 3. Select the Annotation | Single Element option from the main-menu. Getting to know. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard. select the following points . 87..81: The ‘Application Point’ toolbar. Using the ‘Intersection Point’ icon (see Figure 3..84). 88.83). A1 A2 A3 Figure 3.

Using the ‘Dimension Selection’ toolbar.. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard.. 89.84: The points to select. 84 Getting to know. P1 P2 Figure 3. The VISI-Series® . select the ‘Set Perpendicular Reference’ icon (see Figure 3.Chapter 3 VISI-Design Current Environment (Point) Cartesian Co-Ordinates Intersection Point Parametric Point Circle/Arc Quadrant Mouse Selection Polar Co-Ordinates Two Element Intersection Circle/Arc Centre Point Selection Figure 3.83: The ‘Application Point’ toolbar.85).

You will now be able to dynamically drag the dimension to the required position (drag the dimension above the component and confirm using the left hand mouse button).Creating a 2D drawing Chapter 3 Cursor Grid Diameter Dimension External Arrows Set Parallel Reference Horizontal Dimension Direct Dimension Tolerance/Annotation Text Witness Line (On/Off) Internal Line (On/Off) Set Perpendicular Reference Vertical Dimension Incline Dimension Internal Arrow Figure 3. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard. S1 Figure 3. Select the Annotation | Single Element option from the main-menu.‘S1’ (see Figure 3. Getting to know. Select the following element ..86). The VISI-Series® 85 .. 90.86: The element to select.85: The ‘Dimension Selection’ toolbar. 91.

. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard.Chapter 3 VISI-Design  You can also select the ‘Single Element’ function using the toolbar located down the lefthand side of the VISISeries® interface. Current Environment (Element) Segment Filter Circle Filter Point (Single) Filter Profile Filter Symbol Filter Dimension Filter Mesh Filter Toolpath Filter Filters (On/Off) Line Filter Arc Filter Spline Filter Polyline Filter Text Filter Point (Set) Filter Solid/Surface Filter Figure 3. Select the following element . 86 Getting to know. 92. 93. Current Environment (Point) Cartesian Co-Ordinates Intersection Point Parametric Point Circle/Arc Quadrant Mouse Selection Polar Co-Ordinates Two Element Intersection Circle/Arc Centre Point Selection Figure 3. The VISI-Series® .. Using the ‘Current Environment (Point)’ icon (see Figure 3.88: The ‘Application Point’ toolbar.87: The ‘Application Point’ toolbar.88).‘C1’ (see Figure 3.89). switch the environment to ‘Current Environment (Element)’ (see Figure 3.87).

Using the ‘Tolerance/Annotation Text’ icon (see Figure 3..90: The ‘Dimension Selection’ toolbar.89: The element to select. The VISI-Series® 87 .’ into the ‘After’ text box of the ‘Multiple Icon Selection’ dialogue box (see Figure 3.91). ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard.90). Diameter Dimension Tolerance/Annotation Text Internal Line (On/Off) Horizontal Dimension Radial Dimension Cursor Grid Centre Cross (On/Off) Arc Continuation Zig-Zag Dimension Figure 3.. Getting to know. 94. then enter ‘ TYP.Creating a 2D drawing Chapter 3 C1 Figure 3.

95. 88 Getting to know.91: The ‘Multiple Icon Selection’ dialogue box.. Select the Annotation | Single Element option from the main-menu. 96.92). Using the ‘Current Environment (Point)’ icon (see Figure 3.Chapter 3 VISI-Design Figure 3. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard. You will now be able to dynamically drag the dimension to the required position (drag the dimension above the component and confirm using the left hand mouse button). switch the environment to ‘Current Environment (Element)’ (see Figure 3.  You can also select the ‘Single Element’ function using the toolbar located down the lefthand side of the VISISeries® interface. The VISI-Series® .93)..

then ‘C2’ (see Figure 3. Getting to know.Creating a 2D drawing Chapter 3 Current Environment (Point) Cartesian Co-Ordinates Intersection Point Parametric Point Circle/Arc Quadrant Mouse Selection Polar Co-Ordinates Two Element Intersection Circle/Arc Centre Point Selection Figure 3. then ‘A1’. Select the following elements .92: The ‘Application Point’ toolbar. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard. 97.‘C1’.. The VISI-Series® 89 . Current Environment (Element) Segment Filter Circle Filter Point (Single) Filter Profile Filter Symbol Filter Dimension Filter Mesh Filter Toolpath Filter Filters (On/Off) Line Filter Arc Filter Spline Filter Polyline Filter Text Filter Point (Set) Filter Solid/Surface Filter Figure 3..94).93: The ‘Application Point’ toolbar. then ‘A2’.

95: The element to select. Figure 3. You will now be able to dynamically drag the dimensions to the required position (drag the dimension to the right-hand side of the component and confirm using the left hand mouse button)..94: The elements to select.  You can also select the ‘Angular Dimension’ function using the toolbar located down the left-hand side of the VISI-Series® interface.Chapter 3 VISI-Design C1 A1 A2 C2 Figure 3. The VISI-Series® . S1 ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard. Select the following element .. 90 Getting to know. Select the Annotation | Angular Dimension option from the main-menu.95). 98.‘S1’ (see Figure 3. 97.

96). its geometrical associativity analysed. maintain the angle at the apex of the triangle. and the overall shape is retained.. If geometry is imported via IGES or DXF it can still be assigned to a data set. We have now completed the dimensioning of this drawing by using the dimensioning tools that are available to us (see Page 2). It will analyse a 'group' of geometrical elements. select the ‘X Axis’ icon (see Figure 3. if a triangle is created. or indeed where it was created. X Axis Z Axis Y Axis Figure 3. (which we call a dataset). it will change all the other elements that form some association with it.Creating a 2D drawing Chapter 3 98. You will now be able to dynamically drag the dimensions to the required position (drag the dimension to the right-hand side of the component and confirm using the left hand mouse button). and update the associated dimensions. and one of the segments moved. It does not matter who defined the geometry. One important fact to note is that the process of creating the elements (its history) is completely irrelevant. then the constraint manager will extend the other lines to the point of intersection. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard.96: The ‘Axis Selection’ toolbar.. and then changed so that intersection points are maintained. and then when one element is changed in some way.Creating ‘Datasets’ The ‘constraint manager’ is an intelligent design tool. Tangent elements remain tangent. determine the associativity between these elements. Step 5 . Getting to know. As a simple example. The VISI-Series® 91 . Using the ‘Axis Selection’ toolbar.

the data set information is not saved with it. As many designs have common features. and a warning will be given. There may be up to 255 data sets in a file.. All data set elements must lie on the same workplane. For segments the ’moved’ element is parallel to the original element and passes through the picked point. The dataset option contains the following functions: Create Dataset This function creates a dataset. In the unlikely event that the number of allowable data sets is exceeded it is necessary to save the work file. circles.. and any required data sets. but an element cannot belong to more than one data set simultaneously. When a workfile is saved through the standard file options however. and subsequently recalled into the current workfile. A dataset contains a database. The elements are selected using the standard techniques including enclosing the elements in a box. When the selection is confirmed the dataset is analysed (see also Set Dataset Defaults). a data set can be saved (rather like a symbol). For circles and arcs the centre is effectively being moved.Chapter 3 VISI-Design Each ’set’of connected elements is referred to as a data set. picking etc. which defines the connectivity between its elements. arcs and dimensions. and create a new file. circle or arc to be moved. The VISI-Series® . It does not contain the data that describes the physical spatial location of its elements. If an element already belongs to an existing data set it is de-selected. 92 Getting to know. Move Element This function allows a segment. The following types of element may be assigned to a dataset: Segments. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard.

The options available depend upon the type of dimension. it is necessary to select either to move the circle centre (thus maintaining the relative position of the tangent elements) or to maintain the centre..A linear dimension can be modified provided it refers to the distance between two circle centres. There is no analytical best position. or vertical or (provided the element centres do not lie on one of the workplane axes) centre-centre distance.. or end. (i) ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard. The location of dimensions needs to change after the elements referenced have been moved. For circle/arc distances. The VISI-Series® 93 . Change El-El Distance This will change the distance between two circle or arc centres or between two parallel segments. For circles or arcs where there is tangency. Getting to know. However the ’best’ positions are very much in the eye of the designer. Change Dimension If the data set contains dimensions then the movement of any element will also update the associated dimension. For segments it is possible to move the start. Sometimes it may be easier to change the dimension directly. Therefore be prepared to move them again yourself. or two parallel lines. or both ends of the segment. For parallel segments either or both segments may be moved. the distance may be defined as horizontal. Single Dimension . in addition to the selection of certain element(s) to be moved.Creating a 2D drawing Chapter 3 Change Length/Radius This will change the length of a segment or the radius of a circle or arc.

If either element is an arc or a circle then this imposes a physical restriction on the amount by which either element can be moved.. If the intersecting element is moved. If a segment ends at one point and another starts at the same point. second or both elements.All circle/arc dimensions can be modified.97) as the intersection point would be lost.Chapter 3 VISI-Design As with ‘Change El-El Distance’ a number of options are available as to which element is to be changed. 94 Getting to know. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard. If one element is subsequently moved then any other that shares a point on that element must be moved. These parameters are: Shared Points A shared point is a common point between two elements. an intersection point will always exist (it need not lie within the extents of the intersected element). then this is a shared point. Intersection Points An intersection point is where one element starts or terminates at its intersection position with another.Angular dimensions can be changed by moving the first. Angular Dimensions . If the two elements are segments then provided the two lines are not parallel. NOTE The segment cannot move beyond this line (see Figure 3. The VISI-Series® .. (iii) Dataset Defaults When a dataset is selected. (ii) Circle/Arc Dimensions . then its 'length' must be recalculated to produce another intersection point with the intersected element. it is analysed using the constraints defined in the parameter list.

Concentric Circles If two or more circles or arcs share the same centre then the movement of one of them will force the movement of the others. Physical Tangency This switch is only relevant if the tangency switch is set. If set an element is seen as being tangent. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard. For example: (i) Original Shape .. the tangent elements are re-calculated so that they remain tangent. If they are.Although the arc is not physically tangent (see Figure 3. then when an element is moved. The VISI-Series® 95 .98: Original shape. Tangency This switch determines if elements are tangent. Getting to know.Creating a 2D drawing Chapter 3 Figure 3.97: physical restriction..98) you can see it is tangent to both outer segments. Figure 3. provided the actual tangency points lie within the extents of all the tangent elements.

100). the arc will not be updated. Figure 3.100: Physical Tangency (On). (iii) Physical Tangency (On) . the arc is automatically updated.99).Chapter 3 VISI-Design (ii) Physical Tangency (Off) . In this case if the bottom segment is moved. the elements do not have to be physically touching to be seen as tangent (see Figure 3. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard. the elements have to be physically touching to be seen as tangent (see Figure 3. Collinear Segments Two (or more) collinear segments exist when an infinite line passing along one of the segments also passes through the others. 96 Getting to know. moving any one of the segments will force a move of all the others so that collinearity is maintained.If this switch is off. Figure 3..If this switch is on.. In this case if the bottom segment is moved.99: Physical Tangency (Off). The VISI-Series® . As all these segments will then share a single parent.

When any element belonging to the dataset is selected. If one dimension were to change.Printing geometry  You can also print your geometry by pressing the [Control] and [P] keys on your keyboard. but does not delete or change in any way the elements themselves.Creating a 2D drawing Chapter 3 Create Variable Creating a variable allows you to reference numeric values from one dimension to another. For example: The 20 radius arc is variable A The 10 radius arc is variable B Variable B is referenced to A with a value of: B = A-10 Therefore if variable A is changed to 25 Variable B will automatically change to 15 Delete Dataset Destroys the dataset selection.101). ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard.. Getting to know. To print on-screen geometry you will have to select the File | Hardcopy option from the main-menu (see Figure 3.. all the data set elements are highlighted and on confirmation the data set is deleted. The VISI-Series® 97 . then the other would update. Step 6 . This destroys the constraint database for these elements.

to see the type of results you can obtain. This can be done by using the File | Printer/Plotter Setup option from the main-menu.Chapter 3 VISI-Design Figure 3. The VISI-Series® . 98 Getting to know. After you have selected the geometry to print. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard.. NOTE You may need to setup your printing/plotting device before you can print/plot the on-screen geometry successfully. Figure 3.102: The ‘Hardcopy’ dialogue box.102). " Play around with different settings. you have an option to use the customisable VISI-Series® software settings for the actual printing/plotting (see Figure 3..101: Printing geometry.

103: Saving data.Creating a 2D drawing Chapter 3 Using the software settings will allow special line styles and widths that may not be supported by your printing/plotting device to be printed correctly to the original on-screen information. You can also use three other methods to save information: ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard.  You can also save a file by pressing the [Control] and [S] keys on your keyboard. (i) Save As .This will allow you to specify a file name when saving the on-screen data.Saving data To save data you will have to select the File | Save option from the main-menu (see Figure 3. Getting to know. The VISI-Series® 99 ... Step 7 . Figure 3.103).

This will allow you to select specific geometry you wish to save. The VISI-Series® .. Parasolid).This will allow you to save the file in a different format type (i. DXF. to see the type of results you can obtain.e. ? For more information press the [F1] key on your keyboard.Chapter 3 VISI-Design (ii) Save Part As . Export . IGES. 100 Getting to know. (iii) " Play around with different settings..

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