What You Need to Know About Standards  

  This section deals with the following subjects:

About Standards

  Standards let administrators customize the graphic properties and visibility of characteristic curves.

Graphic properties are used to display characteristic curves in both 3D views (in the Aerospace SheetMetal Design workbench) and 2D generated views (in the Generative Drafting workbench). Graphic properties are as follows:

  • color
  • line type
  • thickness.

Visibility is used to specify whether characteristic curves should be represented in 3D views (in the Aerospace SheetMetal Design workbench), and projected in 2D views (in the Generative Drafting workbench). Characteristic curves can be projected as follows:

  • not projected at all
  • projected in unfolded views
  • projected in folded views.
Users can manage the visibility of characteristic curves in 3D views through settings. Refer to Display Settings in the Customizing chapter for more information.

Managing Standards


Standards are embedded in the sheet metal part

Standards are embedded in the sheet metal part. Therefore, if you need to exchange parts with a third-party, the standard parameters included in it will be applied even if third-party locally uses a different standard. This is also true for drawings: the standards of the part will be embedded in, and applied to, any drawing generated from this part, whether you or a third-party generates the drawing.

You do not need to provide the standard XML file to third-parties when exchanging parts.

Standards are administrator-defined

Standards are defined by the administrator in XML (Extensible Markup Language) files. Bear in mind that you must be logged as administrator to be able to modify standards.

A standard file is available by default

By default, a pre-defined standard file is delivered. This file is located in installation_folder/resources/standard/AerospaceSheetMetalDesign.xml. Administrators can customize this file to define the standards according to the company's needs.

Do not delete or rename the AerospaceSheetMetalDesign.xml file. It is used by default for all Aerospace SheetMetal Design parts (whether new or existing).

Editing the standard file

The standard file can be edited using an interactive editor. This editor provides an easy-to-use graphic interface to let you customize the parameters included in the standard file. For information on how to customize the parameters included in the standard file, refer to Before You Begin Setting Standard Parameters and to Setting Standard Parameters.

The interactive editor is available in Tools -> Standards. For more information on how to use this editor, refer to the Customizing Standards chapter in the Infrastructure User's Guide.

Make sure you use the Standards editor available in Tools -> Standards when modifying and customizing the XML standard file. Using other editors (such as text editors) may alter the consistency of the standard XML file, and may make it unusable.