Guidelines for trouble free 2D Drawings

Following these guidelines should help you avoid the most common problems in 2D Manufacturing Drawings of your design.

  1. As mentioned in Part Design guidelines - if the 2D drawing of a design is open and the 3D file (part or assembly) is opened separately, saved changes in 3D will not be reflected in the 2D drawing until the drawing is closed and re-opened.  Instead you can choose 'Edit 3D model' from within the 2D drawing.
  2. Units displayed in a 2D drawing do not automatically match those of the 3D model being documented - display units are a feature of dimension style; the dimension styles available (and the default one) are inherited from the Template used.
  3. Many attributes of the 2D drawing are inherited from the Template used - these include 1st angle or 3rd angle projection, dimension styles (and hence units), and layer properties.  As well as allowing inclusion of a logo or image, creating your own drawing template(s) allows you to pre-set these attributes, saving a lot of time when subsequently detailing your drawings.  The help file includes information on different options for creating your own customised drawing templates, there is also a video covering custom templates.
  4. If you choose to create a customised template by modifying one of the provided default templates, make sure to start from a template having the correct sheet size and orientation.  Scaling or Rotating a drawing frame to fit an alternate sheet size or orientation will lead to problems.  If there is not a default template available in the sheet size/orientation required, you should create a template from a blank sheet of the desired size.

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