simple drawing

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please can you help me draw a simple block. i have never used drafting software before
so i am sure i am missing something very basic here. i have had 5 diffrent people
try to help me with this software but none of them can seem to figure it out either.
all i would like to do is draw a simple block on my sheet page that is 4 inches
long by 2 inches high.when i look at this image on my screen i want it to measure
2 by 4 inches this to me is 1 to 1? i am a twenty year journeyman tool and die maker
and i want to use this software to design some die blocks .should i not be drawing
these parts to their exat size? if not how do i keep track of all the diminsions
as i draw out the die blocks details.
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Re: simple drawing

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Ken,
Try this:
1. Click on the "Home" tab at the top of the screen.
2. Click on the "Rectangle" tool.
3. Click on the 2D model page where you want to draw the rectangle.
4. Enter "2" followed by the "Enter" key in the "Width" text box on the left side
of the screen.
5. Left click with the mouse to place that side of the rectangle at the angle you
require.
6. Enter "4" followed by the "Enter" key in the "Height" text box on the left side
of the screen.
Your rectangle should be placed and it should measure 2" x 4".
Try this and if it doesn't work I urge you to attach your file to a post to the
forum so we can take a look at it and see what is going wrong for you.
Don't give up, we'll figure this out for you.
Ed
"ken lynn" wrote:
>
>please can you help me draw a simple block. i have never used drafting software
>before
>so i am sure i am missing something very basic here. i have had 5 diffrent
>people
>try to help me with this software but none of them can seem to figure it out
>either.
>all i would like to do is draw a simple block on my sheet page that is 4 inches
>long by 2 inches high.when i look at this image on my screen i want it to
>measure
>2 by 4 inches this to me is 1 to 1? i am a twenty year journeyman tool and
>die maker
>and i want to use this software to design some die blocks .should i not be
>drawing
>these parts to their exat size? if not how do i keep track of all the diminsions
>as i draw out the die blocks details.

Re: simple drawing

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Ken,
Solid Edge is an associative system. That is, dimensions placed on the
geometry will drive the shape of the geometry if you change the dimensions.
I urge you to work through the tutorials.
To enable the associativity so that dimensions placed on geometry can be
used co drive the size of the geometry, do the following.
1. Click on the View tab. Make sure that Maintain Relationships is enabled.
This will turn on the associativity.
2. Click on the View tab. Make sure that Relationship Handles is enabled.
This will display the constraints that are placed between geometries, such
as end point connect. Even though the relationship handles are displayed on
the screen, they do not print. you do not have to turn off the display of
relationship handled before you print.
Once you have maintain relationships enabled, simply draw a rectangle. You
will see four lines with end point constraints in the corners. Place Smart
Dimensions for the length and width of the rectangle. Click on the text of
the dimensions to change the values. The dimensions will drive the shape of
the rectangle.
regards,
Rick B.

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"Ricky Black" wrote:
>Ken,
>Solid Edge is an associative system. That is, dimensions placed on the
>geometry will drive the shape of the geometry if you change the dimensions.
>
>I urge you to work through the tutorials.
>
>To enable the associativity so that dimensions placed on geometry can be
>used co drive the size of the geometry, do the following.
>1. Click on the View tab. Make sure that Maintain Relationships is enabled.
>
>This will turn on the associativity.
>2. Click on the View tab. Make sure that Relationship Handles is enabled.
>
>This will display the constraints that are placed between geometries, such
>
>as end point connect. Even though the relationship handles are displayed on
>
>the screen, they do not print. you do not have to turn off the display of
>
>relationship handled before you print.
>
>Once you have maintain relationships enabled, simply draw a rectangle. You
>
>will see four lines with end point constraints in the corners. Place Smart
>
>Dimensions for the length and width of the rectangle. Click on the text of
>
>the dimensions to change the values. The dimensions will drive the shape of
>
>the rectangle.
>
>regards,
>Rick B.
>
>

rick and ed i tried to attach a file of my work it is unclear if the page is being
sent. iused both of the examples that you gave me they produced the exat same size
of rectangle. the object is roughly one third scale. if i zoom in on the image it
is correctly dimminsiond at 2 by 4.

Re: simple drawing

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Ken,
I don't understand what you are saying by the geometry being 1/3 scale. The
lines of the dimensioned rectangle are 4 in. X 2 in. The dimensions read 4
in. and 2 in. That tells me that the geometry is 1:1 scale.
Please elaborate on why you think the geometry is not to scale. How far you
zoom in or out on the geometry has nothing to do with the scale of the
geometry.
Regards,
Rick B.

Re: simple drawing

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Ken,
I'm confused as to what problem you are having. Didn't you want to draw a rectangle
with those dimensions? Are you having problems printing the drawing at 1:1 and not
actually drawing problems?
Ed
"ken lynn" wrote:

>rick and ed i tried to attach a file of my work it is unclear if the page
>is being
>sent. iused both of the examples that you gave me they produced the exat same
>size
>of rectangle. the object is roughly one third scale. if i zoom in on the image
>it
>is correctly dimminsiond at 2 by 4.

Re: simple drawing

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Ken,
When you say "the object of roughly one third scale" are you referring to a
print out of the drawing?? Or, could you be referring to the geometry as it
looks on your computer screen.
The file you attached has a 2x4 rectangle at 1:1 scale. What are you seeing
or what tool are you using (tape, ruler etc..) that leads you to believe the
geometry is 1/3 scale?
Thanks,
David

>>
>>

> rick and ed i tried to attach a file of my work it is unclear if the page
> is being
> sent. iused both of the examples that you gave me they produced the exat
> same size
> of rectangle. the object is roughly one third scale. if i zoom in on the
> image it
> is correctly dimminsiond at 2 by 4.

Re: simple drawing

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"David L Rieschick" wrote:
>Ken,
>
>When you say "the object of roughly one third scale" are you referring to
>a
>print out of the drawing?? Or, could you be referring to the geometry as
>it
>looks on your computer screen.
>
>The file you attached has a 2x4 rectangle at 1:1 scale. What are you seeing
>
>or what tool are you using (tape, ruler etc..) that leads you to believe the
>
>geometry is 1/3 scale?
>
>Thanks,
>David
>
>
>>>
>>>

>> rick and ed i tried to attach a file of my work it is unclear if the page
>
>> is being
>> sent. iused both of the examples that you gave me they produced the exat

>
>> same size
>> of rectangle. the object is roughly one third scale. if i zoom in on the

>
>> image it
>> is correctly dimminsiond at 2 by 4.

>
>
davids got it. the line on my screen measures one third scale when i measure it
with a ruler. i understand that the lines in my drawing are all the same scale.
never having used drawing software before i assumed that if i asked the program
to draw a two inch line it would draw a two inch line on my screen.i guess if my
working view which is the defult view is to small for me i need to zoom in and out
to work on diffrent sections of my die.and i can increase the size of my diminsions
so that i can more easily read them in the smaller views?

Re: simple drawing

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Ken,
I'm still perplexed as to why you would be using a ruler to measure your line on
the screen but it sounds like you now understand what's going on.
Yes, you can just increase the text size for the dimensions so you can see them
better. I do it all of the time.
Good luck.
Ed
"ken lynn" wrote:
>davids got it. the line on my screen measures one third scale when i measure
>it
>with a ruler. i understand that the lines in my drawing are all the same scale.
>never having used drawing software before i assumed that if i asked the program
>to draw a two inch line it would draw a two inch line on my screen.i guess
>if my
>working view which is the defult view is to small for me i need to zoom in
>and out
>to work on diffrent sections of my die.and i can increase the size of my diminsions
>so that i can more easily read them in the smaller views?