I made a part. Then I made a drawing for that part. Now I'm making a part based on my drawing. Is there some automatic way to check if both parts are identical or do I have to manually look at every dimension?
I don't have a lot of experience with it but I believe there is a command "Compare Documents" in the Evaluate tab.
Not sure if this is what you are after, but I like Tools->Compare->Geometry
You have both parts, make an assembly of them and look for any anomalies between the 2 pieces.
If you designed them both the same way you can mate by origins and they should line up perfectly.
Eric, Todd and Paul have excellent suggestions and I use them both all the time to ensure we have met our customers specifications.
Typically I start by checking the "Mass Properties" though.
Fastest way is to check mass properties of both parts. If they have same density and geometry, ALL of the mass properties will be identical (including CG and moments of inertia). If not, then there is a difference to be found.
Just what I was going to suggest.
Follow the procedure in the Help under: Running Compare Geometry. This has been around for a long time and is frankly very informative and underutilized.
Thanks for your advice everyone. I'll try to use some of these.
You can also take the assy of the two parts further if you can't find the difference ~ in the assy, edit one of the parts, do a:
Insert > Molds > Cavity cut on one of the parts and it will leave the difference behind. If the parts are all curvy and complex, this method sometimes fails, you won't know until you try it. Use the help file for instructions with the "Cavity" feature.
I hope this helps...
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