HOW TO ROTATE & PRESERVE DIMENSIONS

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How do I rotate an object which has been dimensioned, say a simple rectangle and
say 90 deg, so that those dimensions maintain their function after rotation? Whenever
I do that, whether its a simple object, a grouped object or a component, the dimensions
change to zero and from driver to driven.
Thanks,
Ron
Ronald W Latour
3 REPLIES

Re: HOW TO ROTATE & PRESERVE DIMENSIONS

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Ron,
I guess you are using SmartDimension.
This defaults to horizontal/vertical for the dimension orientation.
The horizontal/vertical dimension will be maintained.
Try placing distance between dimensions and use 'By 2 Points.
These dimensions will maintain the distance between the keypoints regardless
of orientation.
Regards,
Rick B.

Re: HOW TO ROTATE & PRESERVE DIMENSIONS

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"Ricky Black" wrote:
>Ron,
>I guess you are using SmartDimension.
>This defaults to horizontal/vertical for the dimension orientation.
>The horizontal/vertical dimension will be maintained.
>Try placing distance between dimensions and use 'By 2 Points.
>These dimensions will maintain the distance between the keypoints regardless
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>of orientation.
>
>Regards,
>Rick B.
>

Ricky, thanks. That does work. Is there a way to change the AutoDimension feature
so that it creates that kind dimension?
Thanks,
Ron
Ronald W Latour

Re: HOW TO ROTATE & PRESERVE DIMENSIONS

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For a multi point smart dimension you can press the 'Shift' button to get
the minimum distance instead of horizontal/vertical.
In your case to place a dimension for the width of the rectangle, click
toward the top end of the left side vertical line.
While the dimension is in dynamics, click toward the top of the right side
vertical line (smart dimension between two lines).
At this point it is trying to place a horizontal/vertical dimension be
default.
Hold down the 'Shift' key and you will get a minimum distance between the
top of the two vertical lines instead of a horizontal dimension.
Once a dimension is placed as horizontal/vertical, it is fixed that way.
Regards,
Rick B.