Welcome to the Generative Drafting User's Guide. This guide is intended for users who need to become quickly familiar with the Generative Drafting Version 5 product.

This overview provides the following information:

Generative Drafting in a Nutshell

Version 5 Generative Drafting is a new generation product that provides users with powerful functionalities to generate drawings from 3D parts and assembly definitions.

The Generative Drafting User's Guide has been designed to show you how to generate drawings of varying levels of complexity, as well as apply dimensions, annotations and dress-up elements to these drawing.

Before Reading this Guide

Before reading this guide, you should be familiar with basic Version 5 concepts such as document windows, standard and view toolbars. Therefore, we recommend that you read the Infrastructure User's Guide that describes generic capabilities common to all Version 5 products. It also describes the general layout of V5 and the interoperability between workbenches.

You may also like to read the following complementary product guides, for which the appropriate license is required:
  • Interactive Drafting User's Guide: explains how to create drawings of varying levels of complexity.
  • Data Exchange Interface User's Guide: describes how to import and export external files in miscellaneous formats, including DXF/DWG and CGM.
  • V4 Integration User's Guide: presents interfaces with standard exchange formats and most of all with V4 data.

Getting the Most Out of this Guide

To get the most out of this guide, we suggest that you start reading and performing the step-by-step Getting Started tutorial. This tutorial will show you how to define a drawing sheet and create views from a 3D part.

Once you have finished, you should move on to the Basic Tasks section, which deals with handling drawings and sheets, creating and modifying views, generating dimensions, etc.

If you are an administrator, the Administration Tasks section is specifically aimed at you. You will see how to manage and customize generative view styles.

The Workbench Description section, which describes the Generative Drafting workbench, and the Customizing section, which explains how to customize the Generative Drafting workbench, will also certainly prove useful.


Accessing Sample Documents

To perform the scenarios, you will be using sample documents contained in the online\cfysm_C2\samples\Drafting folder for CATIA and  online\cfysm_D2\samples\Drafting for DELMIA. For more information about this, refer to Accessing Sample Documents in the Infrastructure User's Guide.