I need to draw a line between two points, hoping that it's a FEATURE and INDEPENDANT from the two points. But it seems not to be as easy as it looks like.
● In drawing a line between two ponts, if we check "Associative", a line feature results. When the two points are deleted, the line would also be lost.
● If we uncheck "Associative", a line non-timestamp geometry results. When the two points are deleted, the line would not be affected. But the line is not an editable feature.
Is it possible to draw line feature between point 1 and point 2 and make it unassociative to the two points?
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It doesn't need to show up as a feature in the part navigator to be editable. Keep it as unassociative (it won't show up in the part navigator); double click on the line to edit it, you will be able to change the end point locations or change the length of the line object.
Oh, it's really editable as a feature. But I still have some worry about possible issues in later design work if it is kept as a non-timestamp geometry. If it's impossible to make it as an unassociative feature, let me settle on this.
Thanks for your quick help!
"But I still have some worry about possible issues in later design work if it is kept as a non-timestamp geometry."
What kind of concerns do you have? Using unassociative "basic" curves is fully supported by NX.
If you need associativity, use a sketch or associative curves. If you don't need the associativity, use unassociative curves. Each tool has its uses.
I find a problem with keeping the line as a non-timestamp geometry.
Later if I want to associate the line to point (5) and point (6), it's impossible to build the associativeness. The line would be an unassociative object forever!
Here I use a line only as an example. The objects I use in my real design may be some 3D splines. So it's impossible to use simple sketch.
For splines outside of a sketch, use the "studio spline" command. Unlike the line command, you can make it associative (a feature) at a later time with the "make associative" option found in the settings section of the dialog.