Difficult Dimension Placement
Occasionally I’m faced with components which are hard to dimension; for example, when the component has a fully shaped edge and I can’t easily find the endpoints to place a dimension. The Dimension Tool won’t snap on the curved surface and I’m not sure where to connect the dimension to indicate full length, width, or thickness of the component.
Here is an example where the top of a case piece has a rounded shaped edge. Also I’ve shown below a close-up view of that edge shape. Where is the outer edge point to snap the Dimension Tool?
There are probably many ways to help with this dilemma of placing the dimension, but here is one way that I’ve found useful:
Step 1: Make the full size of the blank without the edge treatment. Or save the initial blank before you run the Follow me Tool which creates the edge shape.
Step 2: Delete the top and bottom faces, leaving only the square frame. Also use the Materials dialog box to color the frame and make it transparent. In the Materials dialog box, there is a small + icon to make a material. This will provide a slide bar setting for the amount of desired transparency. Once the new material is made, you can “paint” the material on the four faces of the frame.
Step 3: With the Move/Copy Tool, place the transparent frame exactly into position over the shaped component. Now you have a convenient frame for showing the blank dimensions in the drawing package to take to the shop.