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Did You Know? Adding Dimensions to Your Drawings

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Did You Know? Adding Dimensions to Your Drawings

You can customize how dimensions display on your drawings, making it easy to meet your design requirements.

In this post, a PTC expert gives some tips for working with dimensions.

When you select Dimension and then choose a reference, a preview of the dimension is attached to the cursor. This allows you to place the dimension exactly where you want it.

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Image: A dimension preview is attached to the cursor.

If you press CTRL to select additional references, the preview of the dimension updates, based on the selected references. You can use the same approach to quickly create common reference dimensions where you select the first reference as the baseline and then (using the CTRL key) select additional references. As you select each reference, you see a preview of each dimension and then you can drag and place the dimension where you like.

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Image: After you select a set of common references (for example, the center of each of the four circles shown in the upper right), a preview of each dimension displays (shown in the red box). You can drag and place the dimension wherever you like.


Certain dimension types have additional options to use during the dimension creation. When selecting an arc, for example, you can choose whether you want the arc dimension to be shown as a Diameter, Radius, Angular, or Arc Length. This is done during dimension creation so you can select exactly what you want and then place it in the correct location.

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Image: You can choose whether you want the arc dimension to be shown as a Diameter, Radius, Angular, or Arc Length.

To watch a demonstration of these capabilities, check out our video tutorial:

Stay tuned to our “Did You Know” blog series as we cover all of the exciting, new enhancements in PTC Creo 3.0.

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Re: Did You Know? Adding Dimensions to Your Drawings

Works...!! @cmcclintock