I am writing a small programme, Where I am creating the PMI Dimension corresponding to Drafting Dimension.
Drafting dimension - -> Refernce edges --> PMI Dimension
I am not able to get the actual dimension reference edges from drafting. I am getting refernces as DVLine2d, DVArc2d etc. I want to know how can I use this to create a PMI dimension using these references.
I am writing code in C#.net
I am new to solid edge development. I am having experience in NX and Catia Development.
Thanks in advance.
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The DVLine2d, etc objects have a ModelMember property which gives basic information from where the line comes from, e.g. DesignBody of PartX. You won't get more detailed information about its origin. The ModelMember object has the ModelNode.FileName property, which leads you to the source file of the line.
It is then up to you, to find the corresponding edge in the design model of that document.
NOTE: There is NO direct link between a 3D edge and DVLine2d, DVArc2d, etc objects!
So you mean the dimension reference in the drafting does not have any direct relation to the 3d edge of a part.
is there any way I can determine the part edge to which the drafting dimensions are attached to?
There is no 1:1 mapping between 3d edge and 2d line, but based on the 2d projected coordinates of the lines and the orientation of the drawing view, you may limit the possible candidate for the 3d edge associated to a specific DVLine2d.
NOTE: a DVLine2d object does NOT necessarily map to a linear edge in 3d!
Imagine a front view of a cylinder along the z-axis. The top and bottom faces are projected as horizontal lines. This type of considerations make it much more difficult to find the exact 3d edge in a part.
Martin, One more doubt.
There is one API "GetReferenceKey". can you tell what exactly it does.
Also, See this from the actual documentation.
The reference key of a topological entity is a byte array of unknown length, dependend on the "roadmap" from the base feature until the topology. This byte array can be used for persistency to identify topology undoubtedly between SE sessions. The method Document.BindKeyToObject gives you back the topology for a specific reference key.
I never used a reference key of a DV...2d object, but I believe it works the same way as in any 3d environment: a "roadmap" from the document to the 2d object and that would imply that you CANNOT bind a reference key from a 2d object to an edge in a 3d environment.
BUT: as I already said, I NEVER had the need to use the reference key of a DV...2d object (to be honest, I hadn't even recognized that this was added to the API)
WOW: I was just looking at the API doc and found the following, so you may get what you want using the reference key:
This actually worked. I got 1:1 mapping of the 2d to the 3d edge.
Now I am reading the dimensions from Drafting and getting the edge to which it is associated.
It's strange that I have never recognized the GetReferenceKey method on the DV...2d objects in the past.
These are the moments that I am looking for, when I try to answer the questions of other in this forum...always in search of something new to learn, and that is definitely something I didn't knew before!!
Although I am not using it currently in any project, I may use it one day...