Dress-Up Elements

The Generative Drafting workbench enables you to create a number of view dress-up elements on existing 2D elements.


Note that dress-up commands are actually provided with the Interactive Drafting workbench. Therefore, this section of the documentation actually points to the Interactive Drafting User's Guide. As such, the information detailed in this section is presented in an Interactive Drafting context. Still, you can open the GenDrafting_part.CATDrawing document and thus manipulate dress-up elements in a Generative Drafting context. This dress-up will be associative to the elements created from a part or an assembly. When created, these elements are associated with a view.


  • If  you delete generated center lines, threads or axis lines, you will be able to generate them again thanks to the Restore Properties option from the contextual menu. 
  • If you delete in 3D the geometry on which dress-up elements are based, these dress-up elements will be permanently deleted when you update the drawing (an update operation cannot be undone).
    This has a consequence on existing annotations or dimensions (i.e. annotations or dimensions that were created on such a dress-up element prior to its deletion):
    • annotations will be no longer be linked to anything.
    • dimensions will appear as being not-up-to-date. Note that you can re-route dimensions to geometry when relevant.
  • About axis lines, center lines and threads: these dress-up cannot be moved (translate, rotate, mirror, symmetry and scale commands) alone, because they are associative with a reference geometry. However, if their reference is moved in the same operation, or if the associativity is suppressed, these dress-up can be moved. For example: from R17, when isolating a view, axis lines, center lines and threads are no more associative, you can then perform the operations listed above.


Create center lines (no reference): Apply a center line to one or more circles.
Create center lines (reference): Apply a center line to one or more circles with respect to a reference (linear or circular).

Modify center lines or axis lines: Modify one or more center lines at one or more end(s) of this/these center lines.
Create threads (no reference): Create a thread without a reference.
Create threads (reference): Create a thread with a reference, either circular (circle or point) or linear (line).
Create axis lines: Create an axis line by selecting lines.
Create axis lines and center lines: Create an axis line by selecting lines.
Create an area-fill: Create an area fill, i.e. a closed area on which you will then apply graphical dress-up elements called patterns (these can be hatching, dotting or coloring). Patterns can be applied to area fills created from both sketched and generated elements.
Create arrows: Create an arrow.