Dimensioning to "Virtual Points" for sheet metal parts

Pioneer
Pioneer

I have searched the forum here lately and I have found no real answer to this problem. 

 

When dimensioning formed sheet metal parts when bends are not 90deg seems to be a major pain. So far I can't make Solid Edge do it "intelligently". So I have attached a screen shot of a part where I ran into this issue and did my best to solve it. 

 

I had to sketch lines, trim and etc to get the "Virtual Points" to where I could select them with my dimensioning tool. Then to get a dimension on the angled flange, I had to draw a parralell line to pull the dimension from. Next I had to edit the Scale Mode of the dimension to match the drawing view. After all of that my dimensions to "virtual points" read correctly. 

 

I guess what I am asking is, is there an easier way of doing this? Because this kinda sucked. 

 

Thank you,

Spencer

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Re: Dimensioning to "Virtual Points" for sheet metal parts

Pioneer
Pioneer

Here is the other screen shot. 

Re: Dimensioning to "Virtual Points" for sheet metal parts

Esteemed Contributor
Esteemed Contributor

Hi there @SW,

 

I think all you need, is to go to Intellisketch Options.....and select "Extensions"

 

IntelliSketch_Options.png

 

Does that do what you want?

 

 

Further......for dimension "Scale"...do this on the dimension ribbon bar, when placing them. I think the default value is 0.80, which AFAIK is a percentage of the active text font.

Sean Cresswell
Design Manager Streetscape Ltd
Solid Edge ST10 [MP2] Classic [x2 seats]
Windows 10 - Quadro P2000

Re: Dimensioning to "Virtual Points" for sheet metal parts

Pioneer
Pioneer
I already have Extensions checked in my intellisketch options. Does intellisketch control the Dimension tools?

Re: Dimensioning to "Virtual Points" for sheet metal parts

Esteemed Contributor
Esteemed Contributor

@SW,

 

Not explicitly....moreover, it controls/filters selection of entities, be that geometry creation, or dimension placement....."the trick" is, you need to mouse over the two edges that need to be extended.

Sean Cresswell
Design Manager Streetscape Ltd
Solid Edge ST10 [MP2] Classic [x2 seats]
Windows 10 - Quadro P2000

Re: Dimensioning to "Virtual Points" for sheet metal parts

Legend
Legend

Re: Dimensioning to "Virtual Points" for sheet metal parts

Pioneer
Pioneer
After messing with it some more, I got the extensions to show up. It was definitely tricky but it worked.

Thank you

Re: Dimensioning to "Virtual Points" for sheet metal parts

Honored Contributor
Honored Contributor

Hi @SW

 

 

 

and don't forget the magic word "MICE"

 

  • M = mid point
  • I  = intersection point
  • C = center point
  • E = end point

You can use the "I" here to fin an intersection easier for use it with dimensions.

 

To orient the dim correctly to the direction of the flane just use "dimension axis"

 

Doing it in PSM IMHO makes it easier and faster.

 

See videos

 

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and in PSM

 

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regards
Wolfgang

Re: Dimensioning to "Virtual Points" for sheet metal parts

Honored Contributor
Honored Contributor

Hi Edgers,




just wanted to say, and retrieve the dimensions from PSM to draft brought me a little surprise with ST10  just now.

 

Only the angular 45 degrees dimension was/is retrieved to draft

All linear dims are not!

 

Can anybody confirm this?

 

Thanks

 



regards
Wolfgang