Smart Dimensions

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I have made several simple drawings and used the smart dimension tool to adjust the
sizes of the drawing elements. However, I must have toggled something because I
can no longer adjust the drawing size by typing in a new dimension. When I select
the dimension and change it, the dimension on the drawing reflects the what I typed
in the dialog box but the drawing does not change. If I go back to the tutorial,
the command works fine.
Any help appreciated.
Thanks,

Jim
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Re: Smart Dimensions

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When you click on the dimension and the dimension ribbon bar appears, you
will see a button with a dimension with a padlock on it. This is the
Driving lock. It should be pressed down to make the dimension "drive" the
geometry.
Ken
"James Grzesek" wrote in message
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>
> I have made several simple drawings and used the smart dimension tool to
> adjust the
> sizes of the drawing elements. However, I must have toggled something
> because I
> can no longer adjust the drawing size by typing in a new dimension. When I
> select
> the dimension and change it, the dimension on the drawing reflects the
> what I typed
> in the dialog box but the drawing does not change. If I go back to the
> tutorial,
> the command works fine.
>
> Any help appreciated.
>
> Thanks,
>
>
> Jim


Re: Smart Dimensions

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Jim,
Make sure you have Maintain relationships turned on when you create the dimensions.
You can tell much about the dimension by the dimension color. Typically if the dimension
is black (driving dimension), it will drive the geometry it is connected to when
you change the dimension value. If it is green (driven dimension), the value of
the dimension is being driven by other relationships.
To see this do the following. Make sure Maintain Relationships is turned on. Place
a horizontal line. Place a smart dimension for the length of the line and move the
dimension above the line. The dimension should be a driving dimension (black display).
If you change the value of the dimension, the length of the line changes. Now place
another smart dimension for the length of the line and move the dimension below
the line. The dimension should be a driven dimension (green display). You now have
two dimensions placed on the same line. The value of the second dimension is determined
by the value of the first dimension placed. Both dimensions cannot drive the length
of the line. This would be an overconstrained condition. The system is smart enough
to not let this happen.
I hope this helps.
Rick B.

Re: Smart Dimensions

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"PellaKen" wrote:
>When you click on the dimension and the dimension ribbon bar appears, you
>
>will see a button with a dimension with a padlock on it. This is the
>Driving lock. It should be pressed down to make the dimension "drive" the
>
>geometry.
>
>Ken
>"James Grzesek" wrote in message
>news:4539649a$1@bbsnotes.ugs.com...
>>
>> I have made several simple drawings and used the smart dimension tool to

>
>> adjust the
>> sizes of the drawing elements. However, I must have toggled something
>> because I
>> can no longer adjust the drawing size by typing in a new dimension. When

>I
>> select
>> the dimension and change it, the dimension on the drawing reflects the
>> what I typed
>> in the dialog box but the drawing does not change. If I go back to the
>> tutorial,
>> the command works fine.
>>
>> Any help appreciated.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>>
>> Jim

>
>

Re: Smart Dimensions

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That did the trick. Thanks for the info.
Jim

"James Grzesek" wrote:
>
>"PellaKen" wrote:
>>When you click on the dimension and the dimension ribbon bar appears, you
>>
>>will see a button with a dimension with a padlock on it. This is the
>>Driving lock. It should be pressed down to make the dimension "drive" the
>>
>>geometry.
>>
>>Ken
>>"James Grzesek" wrote in message
>>news:4539649a$1@bbsnotes.ugs.com...
>>>
>>> I have made several simple drawings and used the smart dimension tool to

>>
>>> adjust the
>>> sizes of the drawing elements. However, I must have toggled something
>>> because I
>>> can no longer adjust the drawing size by typing in a new dimension. When

>>I
>>> select
>>> the dimension and change it, the dimension on the drawing reflects the

>
>>> what I typed
>>> in the dialog box but the drawing does not change. If I go back to the

>
>>> tutorial,
>>> the command works fine.
>>>
>>> Any help appreciated.
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>>
>>>
>>> Jim

>>
>>
>

Re: Smart Dimensions

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Go to "TOOLS" menu and select "Maintain Relationships"
That's it.
Mike

"James Grzesek" wrote:
>
>I have made several simple drawings and used the smart dimension tool to adjust
>the
>sizes of the drawing elements. However, I must have toggled something because
>I
>can no longer adjust the drawing size by typing in a new dimension. When I
>select
>the dimension and change it, the dimension on the drawing reflects the what
>I typed
>in the dialog box but the drawing does not change. If I go back to the tutorial,
>the command works fine.
>
>Any help appreciated.
>
>Thanks,
>
>
>Jim