I've been having this issue for probably 10 years...
What settings do I need to change so it will draw arrows correctly when there is still space and not overlapping number?
It always draws arrows outwards.
Our settings are similar, with arrows set to "Smart", and for us arrowheads go to inside when there is room, outside when not.
You've got Smart Dimensions going right now (which apparently isn't being very smart!), but in that same screen you've capped, you can choose to have the arrows default to inside or outside.
You can also select the desired dimension, and click the little blue dot where the arrowhead meets the tail. That will flip it.
Yeah I know I can flip them.
However something really buggy is happening (at my work computer). When there is no room arrows are inside, when there is room they are outside. Something weird is going on.
How can solidworks not function right at this basic stuff.
Have you tried repairing the installation, or uninstalling and reinstalling? Because it's working fine on both my work and home computer, and I've asked the other 4 people I work with if they've had that issue. None of them have.
It may also be tied to having the dim text above the dim line.
As seen in this recent post: Diameter Dimension , dim detailing behavior isn't identical across the dim text positions.
1) If your OP works for in-line text, but not for above-line text, then it may be an SW boo-boo to have your VAR investigate and escalate with SW.
2) Or it may be a drafting standard that above-line text is supposed to be like this and by flipping, you're "breaking" this standard.
Reason #2 is just supposition on my part, suggested more as an alternative to always blaming SW for all of the world's ailments.
EDIT: Also, try unchecking always centered to see if this is causing the OP issue.
Manually centering afterward would still be extra effort as flipping arrows, but if always centering is a cause, this would be more error info for your VAR/SW to act upon.
yes I've gone through at least 5 different solidworks versions. I think the problem is saved custom standard file.
Maybe someone else can check it out?
Dropbox - SIST drafting standard.sldstd
I don't think you can do anything. We have been having this problem for years, and not on one PC, but all the pcs we have installed Solidworks and I know a bunch of our customers who have had this problem.
I simply gave up and correct them every time I put a dimension.
This is an image posted by Peter De Vlieger
from the following post. Isn't it fantastic?
Is SolidWorks' positioning of arrows really smart?
Dwight Livingston wrote: Our settings are similar, with arrows set to "Smart", and for us arrowheads go to inside when there is room, outside when not. Dwight
Dwight Livingston wrote:
How much is this room. If you put a 50 dimension in a 1:2 scale drawing, are the arrowheads inside or outside?
i never had this issue in my SWX days (since 2001)! Okay, in small dims the arrows could have placed more often in the inner, rather than outside, but here you can see, what i have with my setting "inner" instead of "smart".
Looks pretty good, i think.
Now i load your settings "SIST drafting standard.sldstd":
I go to the settings, just switching back-and-forth as seen here:
And now the result is much better:
Heiko Sohnholz wrote: Hello,i never had this issue in my SWX days (since 2001)! Okay, in small dims the arrows could have placed more often in the inner, rather than outside, but here you can see, what i have (with my own settings): I go to the settings, just switching back-and-forth as seen here: And now the result is much better:
Heiko Sohnholz wrote:
i never had this issue in my SWX days (since 2001)! Okay, in small dims the arrows could have placed more often in the inner, rather than outside, but here you can see, what i have (with my own settings):
Heiko, Sorry but I'm lost in your response.
How comes in the above image 8 has inside arrows but 7,6,5 are outside.Simply change them to inside arrows manually and you will find they have enough space at both sides?
Why SW decides to use outside arrows for them when there's enough space for inside arrows?
Or am I misunderstanding you?
Hi Damir, I'm not sure if it makes the difference, but have you tried to deselect the option 'Scale with dimension height'
Because SWX decides very often, that the arrows won't fit inside - although it will fit - i use "inner" in my setting. When i have a small dimension, i manually switch to "outer" then.
What you see in the last screenshot, is the result with the setting "smart". I think 5,6 and 7 would fit very well on the inside … but SWX decides in an other way. But what we can see is, that there are some dims with inner arrows, instead of the sample you have posted!
It doesn't work. If I change to inner it will always be inner.
What is strange though is if I click center dimension it will update the dimension and set arrows correctly. Also now if I click always inside and then back to smart dimension it will fix all dimensions. Apparently dimensions don't get updated after placement.
Maybe it's a good idea to try out with some new created templates?! I recommend using DIN standard.
Damir, what is your font size? I think it depends on the ratio between the font size and the length 6.7308mm
On my settings the font height of the dimension is 3.5mm and the length of the arrow is set to 6.35mm. It works fair enough for me.
Look at my first post.
It's a problem with update. If I change settings it will update and it will start working correctly.
What is your "Drafting Standard" ??
It's my own custom based on DIN standard.
Ok - I think there is a difference between the choices, maybe change the drafting standard to something else and see the results, you can always revert back
Can you open the drawing template check the settings there, make changes if necessary and save
Try to create a new drawing, with the new template/sheet format and see if that works
John Stoltzfus wrote: Ok - I think there is a difference between the choices, maybe change the drafting standard to something else and see the results, you can always revert back
John Stoltzfus wrote:
I'm on Jis-Modified and have the same problem.
It should be something deeper than that.
Same here on ISO
Always drives me nuts!
I recommend to try out with a brand new template. Over the years there were some changes in the SWX architecture in different categories. Sheet Metal (when multi-body was introduced, or when the additional "Bent" method in Lofted Bends was introduced). Or nowadays, when the Cosmic Threads architecture is redesigned...
Remove your paths from the "Document Templates" file locations and start SWX up again and let him create a new set of templates.
And set all necessary settings manually - do not import a drafting standard file!
It's a litte work to do … but on the other hand: You say, that you deal with this issue for years now…!
On our hotline we found many issues, dealing with older templates. So is more-or-less a standard procedure i'm describing here! Every 2 or 3 years i re-create my own templates and think it's worth the hour time i have to spend.
This is what you're talking about
Crusty Old Template File Gotcha
interesting. Never thought that I would need to replace templates. That's a lot of work. 1 hour means 60€. And nobody wants to see someone spending time making new templates.
I guess once we update to sw 2020 I'll try to fix this.
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