Go to View and turn on Temporary Axes. That will place a temporary axis at every available place in your drawing. You can dimension to it, then turn them back off. While they're on it will slow down your computer if there are very many of them, so I have a Keyboard shortcut set to quickly turn them on and then back off (the A in the screenshot).
I'm always using the centerlines for this kind of dimensions! For a correct drawing you have to add the centerlines anyway! In the document properties, under "Detailing", you can activate the auto insert option for centerlines and then save it as drawing templates. So, the the centerlines will be added automatically.
Todd Toso wrote:
... I'm trying to select the midpoint of a circular edge (appears as a straight line) from that of a cylinder. When I right click, there is no option to select midpoint...
In the spirit of Enhancement Requests, I think Todd is onto something. Maybe RMB to "snap to quadrant of arc" no matter how the arc is projected.
In the meanwhile, perhaps using temporary axis as a target for one end of the dimension? Toggle the display of the temp axis off after placing the dimension.
(I was slow in posting - others have already replied with the same suggestion) - edited by gld
I still appreciate the help! What you suggested with the temporary axis works perfectly. I set up my "X" keyboard shortcut to toggle this on and off quickly as Glenn had suggested.
It would be great to see this as an enhancement for the future. Is there any way we can submit this idea to right click and have a feature similar to what you suggested: Right Click --> "snap to quadrant of arc"
Now you have 2 good enhancement request ideas going!
- more "snaps" for dimension end points and
- a way to submit Enhancement Requests directly from this Forum.
Among other good things, Subscription Service includes the opportunity to submit Enhancement Requests for SolidWorks thru the Customer Portal - https://customerportal.solidworks.com/SWSearch/search.aspx?src=er&SRN=
You might also drum the beat with your local user group - great minds think alike and that sort of thing. A cheering chorus from the user community can sometimes bypass the data entry form and get the attention of Product Developers.
I don't know how to submit ER's for the SW Forum. Maybe thru the Portal, too.