84 Replies Latest reply on Aug 7, 2018 2:25 PM by Scott Giffin

    What is the benefit of pulling model dims into the drawing using Model Items over dimensioning using Smart Dimension tool in the drawing?

    Michael Lunney

      Hello all.


      My company has a best practices standard of pulling dimensions and tolerances into the drawing using Model Items. What, in your opinion, is the benefit of using Model Items over using the Smart Dimension tool in the drawing?

      I understand that using model items would require the model to be created in such a way to reflect design intent, and that's not a bad thing, but I've worked for other companies who dimension the drawing using the Smart Dimension tool, regardless of how the model was created and that seemed to work out okay.

      It takes longer (time is money) to add more than just nominal dimensions to the model and pull them into the drawing than to create a dimension scheme and capture the design intent in the drawing alone. I'm wondering how this is value added to our company. If I'm missing something please clue me in!