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  • Jacant

    JACANT

    There is not an easy way around this.

    The measurement text and arrow size is taken from the overall size of the object.

    The only way I have found was to start a new design, draw a small rectangle then dimension it. Delete the box and annotation plane.

    It may be trial and error on the size of the rectangle. Dependent on the size you want the text to be.

    The size of the text and arrows is now fixed and anything you draw will be dimensioned at the same size.

    If you now insert your file into this design then you will be able to use the smaller dimension text.

    Save the file as your original.

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  • Adam Rouse

    What a very good idea Rob, thank you very much.

    Adam

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  • Paul Kelly

    I am new to DS Mech and just come accross this post.  Great explanation and method.  My first thought was it lends itself to the descipline of haveing various templates set up for different sheet sizes.  For instance an A4 template A3 template etc. You can do this with colours and line types as well. I used to use AutoCad and SolidWorks a lot and did this in those packages.

    Open the template then save it as the working drawing and all the paramaters are there.  It takes a little time to set up the templates but well worth it in the end.

    Paul Kelly

     

     

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  • Bruce Welty

    Four years ago and it is still a bug? This should have been rolled over to the new features forum. IF this is not considered a "bug" then it is just basic lousy programming. Controlling text size should be be in the DesignSpark Options Text panel. There is a work around using Autofit. The extension lines and arrow still suck though.

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  • Tim Heeney

    I think has there has been changes. I've been around here since V4

    Although i suspect the add-on and paid for 'Drawing Module' has additional controls / abilities ( but i can't say for sure, i don't have the module), DSM does incude a fair amount of annotation / dimension tools.

     

    and for a 3D image, with multiple annotation planes this is possible.

    Annotation planes can have their outline hidden.

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  • Bruce Welty

    Thanks, Tim. That was a lot of work! The second pic above shows the spaceclaim area. I tried that and was unsuccessful. I will revisit again. What you are proving though is that the dim. function really needs a front end alignment. Requiring them to be fixed after they are placed is just WRONG. One thing I noticed in your examples was the line weights are much more pleasing in the dims, you created.

    Interesting. SpaceClaim does not change what is already there. Maybe with a box all it might. the HUGE dim is at .4 the 3.500 is at .1 . which means the arrow heads are almost 2 inches long, Again, thanks for all the work you have done. I will still leave my post in the added features forum. Maybe the Honchos will refer back to this thread for clarification. For a free!!! program my bitches are miniscule.

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  • Tim Heeney

    Hi Bruce... POST HEAVILY MODIFIED TO CLEAR MY ERRORS !

    Sorry, i didn't grasp the significance of multi-part size variances within a single file.

    It sometime appears ( i'm still questioning this?) that to keep the txt a similar size, irrespective of the part size, a separate annotation plane has to be made for parts of massive size difference - BUT, this is wrong !

    I will investigate and come back with necessary working practices. Putting down annotations / modifying faces with move using the dim text isn't a normal procedure i use. But, enough of excuses !

     

    Usually i never work with all these annotation planes - i use mostly drag in section planes the geometry around snapping to grid points ( grid set to my usual increments, theres also 'nudge a little or a lot' abilities or other quick move / pull methods.

    I can see particular merits in using annotation planes as an 'aide- memoire' and recording key design positions. If it wasn't for other users challenging my practices, i'd never improve - so thanks.

     

     

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  • Tim Heeney

    i have noticed this when completing a sketch on the largest part BIG. The text does change it's size.

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  • Tim Heeney

    However, upon reactivation AND placing another dimension, text sizes all revert back to one size.

    To get a plane view of the annotation plane ( for clarity ), select it then key V.

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  • Jacant

    Hi Tim,

    The whole point of the original question was once you have drawn something and dimensioned it, that size of font and arrow size is fixed. Which is dependant on the size of the model. That is if you do not want to change the font and arrow sizes as you go along.

    The first image shows the 'end' drawn first, then dimensioned, next it is 'pulled' to the correct length. That side is then dimensioned.

    The second image shows the 'side' drawn first then dimensioned, next it is pulled to it's width. The 'end' now is dimensioned.

     

    You also have to remember that all dimensions are exported and saved as bitmap/raster lines. So they will always appear too big when printed

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  • Tim Heeney

    Jacant.

    Thanks for being clear what the problem is.

     

    but, isn't it a matter of thinking about it first , maybe altering sizes when at the print stage as only then it's important.

    It seems to be quite easy to change most of the settings fairly fast.

     

    given that you may want different arrows / text heights etc to emphasize certain aspects, aren't there enough tools - what is missing?

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  • Tim Heeney

    Some scaling is always necessary for printing.

    Painter Style techniques can be applied to text

     

    and Ctrl C / Ctrl V ( copy and paste functionality ) can also be used in the arrow style dialogue boxes for speed. Painter Style does not work for arrows in DSM V5

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