Hello! I'm having difficulty importing model dimensions into my drawing when the drawing view is not a standard view. Please see the attached movie clip for a demo of the issue I'm having.
(edit: Who wants to download a 23mb movie file? Nobody. Here is a youtube link: SolidWorks Quirk: Unable to Import Model Dims to Non-Standard Drawing View - YouTube )
I use layout sketches to model my parts (I call them layout sketches, but they are not the SolidWorks Assembly Layouts used for top-down modeling). All model dimensions are defined in just a few layout sketches, which stay unabsorbed at the top of the feature tree, then all 3D features are made from sketches which reference the layouts. I then import the model dimensions from the layout sketches to the drawing. When my layout sketch is normal to a primary plane, e.g. Front or Right plane, then that layout sketch appears by default in the corresponding standard drawing view. I can then run Import Model Items and select the layout sketch and all my dimensions from that layout show up just fine. However, if I create a non-standard drawing view, like a section view, the layout sketch does not appear even though the drawing view is normal to the plane on which the layout sketch was drawn. I can right-click the layout sketch from the drawing feature tree and select Show to make it appear, but still I cannot use it to import the model dimensions from the layout because reasons I guess? I can get around the issue by choosing to import from the entire model into the non-standard drawing view but that presents its own suite of issues.
In the video, I show how I import dimensions from the Front view layout sketch. I then create a section view which is parallel to the standard Right view and try to import dimensions to that view and get the "No dimensions are inserted" message. I then create the standard view and import dimensions from the Right view layout sketch to show how I wanted them to show up in the section view. I very much want a way to import the dimensions from the Right view layout sketch to the drawing section view in the same manner as I did to the standard view.
Anyone have ideas as to how I can achieve this?
Some related things I've noticed:
In the standard drawing views, the layout sketches parallel to the drawing view show up as "shown" in the feature tree, whereas non-standard drawing views do not
In the non-standard drawing views, layout sketches parallel to the drawing view show up as "hidden" in the feature tree, even after right-clicking and selecting "Show"
I'm so close to having a cogent, comprehensive modeling strategy that is also teachable but bugaboos like this are still holding me up