…that it matters which face you select when importing model dimensions to a drawing?
Many of us use the Model Items command in SOLIDWORKS to bring dimensions from our models into our drawings. Many of us also know that if we want to bring all dimensions into the drawing at one time and we don’t specify views, SOLIDWORKS distributes the dimensions across available orthogonal views for us. However, what many of us don’t know is that the view we select during this process influences the placement.
Take the drawing below. In the first example, Model Items command is run as shown, with Source set to “Entire model” and “Import items into all views” active. The Top drawing view is then picked.
Dimensions were placed primarily into the Top view with any that wouldn’t project to that view placed into the Right view. No dimensions were placed into the Front view.
In the next example, the Model Items command is run again, this time with the Front view selected when picking the model.
Note the dimensions were brought into the Front view, with dimensions that wouldn’t work for that view placed in the Top or the Right.
In the last example, the Right view was selected with the Model Items command.
In this example, dimensions were placed primarily in the Right view (which we selected) and the Top view.
Now that we know how SOLIDWORKS operates, we can get better results when importing dimensions to our drawings and not have to do as much cleanup in the future.
By: John Setzer, Training Coordinator