Geometry

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Geometry

Part-Editor - Geometry menu and toolbar

In the Part-Editor, use the Geometry menu and toolbar

to add sketch-elements

to add dimensions

to import a SolidWorks sketch

to use the Merge-Points tool


See also: Constraints menu and toolbar


Part-Editor : Geometry menu

MD-Menu-Geometry

Part-Editor : Geometry Toolbar

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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ABOUT GEOMETRY

Point names

Point  - the sketch-element you add to the Part in the Part-Editor with Add Point.

start-Point - the Point where you mouse-button down at the start of the Drag to add a Line, CAD-Line, Arc, or Blend-Curve.

end-Point - the Point where you mouse-button up at the end of the Drag to add a Line, CAD-Line, Arc, or Blend-Curve.

center-Point - the Point where you mouse-button down at the start of the Drag to add a Circle.

center-Point - the Point at the center of an Arc after you mouse-button up at the end of the Drag to add an Arc.


Edit a Dimension

To edit a dimension:

1.If necessary, de-select Add Dimension and all commands.

2.Double-click the arrowhead of a dimension or extension line ( do not double-click the dimension number).


Colors used in the Help documentation for sketch and Part states:

Sketch-Elements in the Part-Editor

Blue: sketch-elements not completely specified (Application-Settings > Graphics > Display colors > Geometry Under-Defined)

Black: sketch-elements completely specified (Application-Settings > Graphics > Display colors > Geometry Fully-Defined)

Sketch-Elements in the Mechanism-Editor  

Green: Part is solved, Part-Outline is Green. (Application-Settings > Graphics > Display colors > Part Solved)

Blue: Part is not solved, Part-Outline is Blue. (Application-Settings > Graphics > Display colors > Part Unsolved)


Trouble-shoot - Geometry

Click a Black sketch-element if it should be Blue ,

Delete it and add it again

Trouble-shoot - Constraints

SHIFT+CLICK a sketch-element, or its Points* to show, in the Selection-Window, any constraints that you have added

Delete the constraint from the Selection-Window.

Trouble-shoot - Dimensions

Delete an Angle dimension if it will not increase to be greater than 180º. Move the sketch-element, add the dimension again.

Delete the dimension if it gets 'stuck' at 0, (angular or linear dimension) , Add the dimension again.


Fix Constraint

To FIX a Point, start-Point, end-Point, or center-Point: use the Lock & Specify check-box in the Point Properties dialog-box.

However, you cannot FIX a Point with the Lock and Specify check-box if the Point is constrained with a Constraint or a Dimension