I don't think I have ever seen this. The dimension leader is from the point of the arrow and I can't move it. Is this correct? This is on a dimension imported from the model, I am starting to attempt this more rather than all smart dimensions.
Check your sketch and see if your offset sketch is showing like that if it is - move it how you want it shown....
I was reusing an existing part and the wall thickness was created using "offset geometry". The dimension looked funny so I rotated it, looks almost like it was done in 3D. I deleted it and replaced the dim. everything looks ok now. Is this common with using model dimensions?
Yes - The way I understand it to happen is - in some sketches it will follow the original sketch, so you have to keep that in mind when sketching....
One more reason for me to keep inserting my dimensions manually in my drawing views.
You and me both - I went through this phase about 2010 or whenever - "Insert Model Items" the best thing since bottled gas, but I still had to redo a bunch of dimensions, plus when you're designing a product, now you also need to keep that in your focus as well....... All is well but really you either fix them at the sketch level or insert them at the drawing level. -
Again, tip the hat to Jim Steinmeyer and others if they're productive doing the dimensioning that way.
Never have been productive that way yet, just trying to improve on that bottled gas.
One positive/negative of doing this depends on how you look at it. Change the dim in the drawing and the dim changes the model. Good if you have full control, bad if you have a detailer detailing parts for you and the models start changing.
Of course PDM helps negate the bad part I suppose.
Paul Risley wrote: bad if you have a detailer detailing parts for you and the models start changing.
Paul Risley wrote:
bad if you have a detailer detailing parts for you and the models start changing.
What is this detailer thing of which you speak? For the 16 years I have been engineering I have always had to detail and check my own work. Guess I have never been important. Having PDM is a dream of mine as well.
It is difficult to say that it's not a good route to go without knowing your workflow. If you're designing oncies it's a nice feature, if you're designing assemblies with a Master Part or a Skeleton Sketch Part there is almost no info within the part file, every measurement is in the Master Part or Skeleton Sketch Part, including boss or cut extrudes. If you're designing assemblies and building the individual parts in context then what Paul Risley mentions above can be a disaster "if" you happen to inadvertently change a dimension in the drawing file, those dimensions are so call "live" dimensions, where you can click on the dimension and change the values, this is a great thing if your workflow can handle it.
As you know I use a Skeleton Sketch Part for all my new assembly designs, however I do use the Hole Wizard for all holes and those are the only dimensions pulling in when I use the Insert Model Items, that part I really like because if the hole size changes or hole style changes the drawing will automatically update...
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