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Dimensions not rendering correctly in printout.

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Dimensions not rendering correctly in printout.

I am trying to print my Creo 2.0 drawing but the dimensions are not lining up correctly. I have tried increasing the quality as well as printing to PDF and hardcopy with all of the same results. Please see attached.

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Dimensions not rendering correctly in printout.

By using CutePDF, are you generating the PDF from the .drw file?

Have you tried doing as SaveAs in Creo and choosing .pdf extension?

See if this generates the same error.

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Re: Dimensions not rendering correctly in printout.

That's pretty annoying, indeed.

I took a look at a few of my PDF printouts and they don't exhibit the issue you are having.

What datecode of Creo 2.0 are on?

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Re: Dimensions not rendering correctly in printout.

Thank you for your help, Antonius. I am using M040.

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Re: Dimensions not rendering correctly in printout.

I just created this with M040. I am not having the same issue.

DPI is set to 600 and stroke all fonts is selected.

one view has shading with edges, the other just has shading.

dim_offset.PNG

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Re: Dimensions not rendering correctly in printout.

Are they driven dimensions or manual? Could there be cuts to the part after the intial driven dimension which makes the part shorter that the driven dimension?

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Re: Dimensions not rendering correctly in printout.

Dale, there appears to be an obvious offset in both X and Y in Michelle's image.

But your point is valid. Just to know that my sample the dimensions are driving (from the model) dimensions.

I would not hesitate to open a case with PTC on this. I have no idea just how the shaded images are mapped onto drawings but I suspect there is some magic going on to make this happened. That magic could well have something to do with the display drivers. And we all know just how reliable those are

The second culprit could be the Adobe drivers themselves. Michelle, are you using normal Acrobat Reader or full Adobe software as your default PDF generator?

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Re: Dimensions not rendering correctly in printout.

Hi Dale and Antonius,

My coworker and I looked a bit futher into it and found that the chamfer is not always getting printed. When he printed the drawing, he had different pipes show incorrectly. (frame 1 was wrong but 2, 3, 4, and 5 were right)

As for generating the PDF, I am using CutePDF.

Thanks!

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Re: Dimensions not rendering correctly in printout.

Interesting. I guess that still leaves the mystery... where did the chamfer go?

I just added the .025 chamfer and it seems to print okay at a 1/2 drawing scale.

dim_offset_w-cham.PNG

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Re: Dimensions not rendering correctly in printout.

By using CutePDF, are you generating the PDF from the .drw file?

Have you tried doing as SaveAs in Creo and choosing .pdf extension?

See if this generates the same error.

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Re: Dimensions not rendering correctly in printout.

Thanks for the bandaid, Dale. Printing to PDF by using Save As seems to sort out the printout. I also have a case in with PTC to get their thoughts on it.

Cheers!

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Re: Dimensions not rendering correctly in printout.

yep, that explains a lot.

The internal PDF printer (Save-As>Export>PDF) is much more robust. Be sure to maximize all your setting. You can save those settings to a configuration file (printer.dop) so you can access it quickly. 600DPI and stroke all fonts are highly recommended default settings

Save the printer.dop file in your working folder so you have easy access to it (you don't get to navigate to the .dop file).

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Re: Dimensions not rendering correctly in printout.

So you were doing a conversion of .drw drawing to .pdf using CutePDF?

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Re: Dimensions not rendering correctly in printout.

Yes, I was. I also saw the issue when I tried to print directly to my printer.

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