Using Colors

Two types of colors may be applied to sketched elements. These two types of colors correspond to colors illustrating:
  • Graphical properties
    Colors that can be modified. These colors can therefore be modified using the contextual menu (Properties option and Graphic tab).


  • Constraint diagnosis
    Colors that represent constraint diagnostics are colors that are imposed to elements whatever the graphical properties previously assigned to these elements and in accordance with given diagnostics. As a result, as soon as the diagnostic is solved, the element is assigned the color as defined in the Properties dialog box (Graphic tab).



Grey: Construction Element

  Elements that are internal to, and only visualized by, the sketch. These elements are used as positioning references. These elements cannot be visualized in the 3D and therefore cannot be used to generate solid primitives.




Yellow: Non Modifiable Element

  For example, use edges, i.e. edges obtained by projections or intersections. You cannot modify the geometry of these elements unless you isolate them. For more information, see Isolating Projections and Intersections.




Red Orange: Selected Element

  A subgroup of elements actually selected (the Select icon is similarly active).





White: Under-Constrained Element

  Constrained geometry is displayed in white. All the relevant dimensions are satisfied but there are still some degrees of freedom remaining.
For the purpose of the documentation, we have chosen to show under-constrained elements in black, as our application background color is white.

Add constraints.






Brown: Element Not Changed

  Some geometrical elements are over-defined or not-consistent. As a result, geometry that depend(s) on the problematic area will not be recalculated.

Remove one or more dimensional constraints.




  Green: Fixed Element
  The geometry has been fixed using the Constraint Definition dialog box or the contextual menu (right mouse button).




  Green: Iso-Constrained Element
  All the relevant dimensions are satisfied. The geometry is fixed and cannot be moved from its geometrical support.


  Geometry before and after being moved:  
  Purple: Over-Constrained Element
  The dimensioning scheme is over-constrained: too many dimensions were applied to the geometry.

Remove one or more dimensional constraints.




  Red: Inconsistent Element
  At least one dimension value needs to be changed. This is also the case when elements are under-constrained and the system proposes values by defaults that do not lead to a solution.

Add dimensions. Set dimension value(s) properly.


Inconsistent and Over-Constrained Elements:

When leaving the sketcher, the software will only generate a warning for inconsistent and over-constrained elements if they belong to a sketch issued from the release 5 or releases before. Since release 6, the software generates an error.