Part-Editor - Geometry menu and toolbar

In the Part-Editor, use the commands in the Geometry menu and toolbar to add sketch-elements.

Constraints menu and toolbar : to edit constraints to and between sketch-elements.

Geometry menu

Menu-Geometry

See also: Constraints menu: to add constraints to, or between, sketch-elements.


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In the Part-Editor, the Geometry toolbar is to the left of the graphic-area.

Geometry toolbar [Click text to see more...]

Geometry toolbar
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See also: Constraints toolbar:  to add constraints to, or between, sketch-elements.

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Edit a Dimension

To edit a dimension:

1.If necessary, de-select 'all other 'Add geometry commands' and especially 'Add Dimension'

To edit a dimension, Add Dimension cannot be active].

then

2.Double-click the arrowhead of the dimension or dimension or extension lines [ OR: do not double-click the dimension number].

Color of Sketch-Elements in the Part-Editor [see also Application-Settings > Graphics > Display Colours ]

Blue: sketch-elements are not fully-defined.
Black: sketch-elements are fully-defined [default colour]

Color of Sketch-Elements in the Mechanism-Editor  [see also Application-Settings > Graphics > Display Colours ]

Green: sketch-elements are Green if the Part-Outline is Green.
Blue: sketch-elements are Blue if the Part-Outline is Blue.

Trouble-shoot Geometry

Use CTRL+Z (Undo) or the Delete button:

If one or more sketch-elements 'disappear', then CTRL+Z , possibly again and again.
If a sketch-element is black, and it should be blue, delete the sketch-element, and add it again.
If an angle dimension will not increase to be greater than 180º, then delete the dimension, move the sketch-element, add the dimension again.
If a dimension gets 'stuck' at 0, (angular or linear dimension) delete the dimension, and add the dimension again.

'Fix' Constraint

To Fix a Point: use the Lock & Specify check box in the Point Vectors and Position dialog-box.

It is not possible to use the Lock and Specify check box if the point has any another constraint.

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