In this getting started video tutorial, you will be introduced to some basic concepts around the creation of 2d drafting files. First let’s discuss what a drafting document is. A TopSolid drafting document is a document where we project the 3d data created in TopSolid into a 2d format. It is in a drafting document where you will add your dimensions, GD & T and other detailing types of elements.
This tutorial contains 4 videos that will walk you through some basic concepts on the creation of 2d drafting documents..
In this first video, you will learn how to create a basic drafting document that contains 3 standard views of your part. You will also learn how to set and customize the origin point of the view.
Step 1 – Create your views
In the next video, you will learn how to add an Origin Symbol to your drafting views. You will also be shown a few different ways of adding and working with Composite dimensions. Composite dimensions allow you to quickly add several styles of dimensions to your view from a common origin point. This is heavily used in the Tool and Die industries.
Step 2 – Add origin symbol and use composite dimensions
In step 3 of this tutorial, you will be introduced to styles within TopSolid 7. A style is used in a drafting document to control the format of almost everything. For example, in this tutorial you will learn how to create a new style for composite dimensions. You will also learn how to create a style for standard dimensions. Finally you will learn how to use and manipulate your dimensions with these new styles.
Step 3 – Create and use dimension styles
In this final step of the tutorial, you will be shown how to take the items you have learned about and turn them into a template for future use. The template will include 3 standard views, the origin symbol, and even the automatic ordinate dimensioning.