It depends, are these parts you designed for them or are you just modeling to their specs?
If they're your designs I wouldn't give them anything until you get at least partial payment.
If they're not I'd do a .slddwg and save as a .pdf to submit for approval.
But that's just me.
What I would do is create a configuration of the part and then scale the model up or down using your own ratio and then saving it as an Iges or a 3D adobe file... Anything you do can be measured... Unless you take screen shot jpeg's or save it as a regular adobe file.. Send me a 3D adobe file and I'll be able to measure it and copy it quite easily...
I like that scaling idea! Something like 7.245 to 1!
I should have specified a regular .pdf, I didn't mean 3D.
Nah - I would use all the numbers used for pi - - or today i'd use 42.49
Or you could use 71.58 or some combination of both
Laurent this all depends on your contract with your customer and what the requirements of the job you are doing for them. If they have certain criteria(dims needing to be this or that) then what we do for these parts is make a drawing saved to pdf with a customer sign off box on the print. This way we get back a signed copy of a print.
If they need to see the model scaling might be an option the problem you run into is if they need to validate dimensions.
Typically if the customer has a need for physical model we save an e-drawing without the ability to measure. Then we create note fields where the dims are embedded in the e-drawing.
For future reference though I would have a generic contract written up stating what you can and cannot send, so that way there is no room for either party to be unhappy with the exchange of information prior to payment.
Just my 2 pennies worth.
What I would like to do is to generate a pdf with all the dimensions of the parts being generated automatically, not by hand. How to do this?
I don't think there is a way to directly generate a .pdf with the dimensions automatically generated but you can do it by following a few steps.
Start a drawing from your model and place your views.
Under Annotations, click Model Items. In the Source drop down, select Entire Model. Be sure Import items into all views is checked.
I did a very simple model and created a drawing.
Before clicking OK (Green arrow)
You can adjust your settings for units and tolerances before or after this step.
With a more complex model you will probably have to drag dimensions to get your drawing the way you want it.
Once you get your drawing the way you want it, save as a .pdf.
This is how I do it. I'm sure the power users here in the forums have better or more efficient ways to handle the task.
#task can help automate the process.
Depending on your part structure it can generate drawings (with assigned views.)
We don't use this function, the function we do use is the convert to pdf, just drag and drop folders of the drawings you want converted to PDF and you get to go grab a cup of coffee and let it do it's thing.