Smart Dimensions

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Default UI Menu: Dimension/Smart

Ribbon UI Menu:

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Creates a dimension based on the object selected.

Note: To create a group of various types of dimensions automatically,

If you select a circle, a diameter dimension will be created.

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In the Inspector Bar, you can change the text, set the angle of the dimension, and set the length of the leader line.

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If you select a line or line segment, its length dimension will be created.

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If the line segment is not orthogonal, there are three possible dimensions you can create: Parallel

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Orthogonal (vertical)

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Orthogonal (horizontal)

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If you select an arc or arc segment, a radial dimension will be created.

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To create an angular dimension, press Shift and select the two lines.

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Smart dimensions also work for linear and circular edges of solid ACIS objects. You can use this feature to dimension cross-section generated through the Drafting Palette, as long and the Surface Engine option in the Drafting Palette was turned off when the section was created.

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Linear and angular dimensions can also be created for 3D Polylines.