Drawing views are now supported to break in a direction other than horizontal and vertical. This allows you to define the break axis for break orientation and break lines are applied along with or normal to the defined break axis. This creates realistic breaks of isometric views and views elongated in direction other than X and Y. In this post, we will go over the details of user defined break axis for broken views workflow in Solid Edge 2019.
Broken view command:
‘Add Break Lines’ command which applies breaks to views is now renamed to ‘Broken View’. The ‘Broken View’ command available on shortcut menu of drawing views, is now available on ribbon as well. This gives easier access to the command.
Break line orientation:
The ‘Broken View’ command presents a dropdown option on command bar to select the orientation for break lines. ‘Horizontal/Vertical’ is the legacy option where either horizontal or vertical break lines are applied to break the drawing view. ‘Use Break Axis’ is the new option with which a break axis can be defined to create the break lines along with or normal to the defined break axis.
Define break axis:
When break line orientation is set to ‘Use Break Axis’, a break axis can be defined to specify the orientation of the break line. An axis is defined by selecting two keypoints or linear elements in the drawing view. Below is the option available on command bar to enter into ‘Define break axis’ step.
A dotted line appears between selected keypoints or on linear element to denote the defined break axis, like below.
The break axis is associative with the drawing view elements used to define it. Any change in the related drawing view geometry causes the break axis to reorient accordingly.
For break lines created using break axis, break directions can be specified as:
Break directions for break lines can be specified using command bar options shown below.
For the break axis defined in previous step, example of along with axis type break line pair is:
An example of normal to axis type break line pair is:
Break axis behavioral characteristics:
Refer below an example of broken drawing view with multiple break line pairs created normal to the break axis. The break axis is same as defined in previous steps.
Broken view with user defined break axis allows to break a view in desired direction when it may not be feasible or desirable to display a model in its entirety on a drawing. Break axis is defined in intended orientation to apply break lines along with or normal to the defined break axis. This creates realistic breaks of isometric views and views elongated in direction other than X and Y.