What are automatic view-level dimensions

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What are automatic view-level dimensions

Automatic view-level dimensioning gives you full control on the dimensions in each drawing view you create, with a lot of dimensioning options. Automatic view-level dimensioning can be used in single-part, assembly and cast unit drawings.

In view-level dimensioning, the dimensions are created based on the rules you define. You can define what you want to dimension, where the dimensions are placed, in which order they are created, and which settings you want to use for each dimension. You can dimension shapes and holes, for example.

Below you can find short description on how to proceed in dimensioning.

  1. When you click the View creation option in the options tree in drawing properties, you are able to select the views to be created and the view properties to be used.

  2. Click View properties.
  3. Click Dimensioning in the options tree.

    In the Dimensioning panel, you can add rules by clicking Add row. Then select which dimensioning rules you want to use in the Dimensioning type column and the desired dimensioning rule properties file.

  4. You can modify the selected rule by clicking Edit rule.

    In the Dimensioning rule properties dialog box, you can select what to dimension, how to dimension, which objects to measure from, where to place the dimensions, and select the dimension properties. The Properties list contains properties files that you have saved in the object level Dimension Properties dialog box in an open drawing. For example, you may want to use some special font or color in the dimensions. To do this, double-click a dimension in a drawing, make the necessary changes and save the properties file. Then you can load the properties here.

    To select different dimension line properties for each side, deselect the Same on all sides and select the dimension properties from the lists.

    If you select Integrated dimensions, the Dimensioning Properties dialog box is displayed. Make your changes to the settings on the tabs and save the properties file with a unique name using Save as. You can also load dimension properties here as well.

  5. When you have set the rule properties, give a name to the rules file and click Save As.
  6. Click Close to return to the Dimensioning panel.
  7. Ensure that you have selected correct dimensioning properties files for the dimensioning rules.
  8. Enter a unique name for the view properties in the box at the top of the View Properties dialog box and click Save.

Now you can select the saved view properties for a view in the View creation panel. These view properties contain the saved dimensioning properties.

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