Dimensioning Subdivisions  

This task shows you how to control the dimension on a subdivision surface and allow sizing.

A sphere has been created.

  1. Click Dimension in the Modification toolbar.

  2. Select a subdivision. The dimensions for the entire meshed surface is displayed.

    A Tools Palette is also displayed:

    The following icons let you:
    • define the type of dimensioning transformation. There is one button for all the three different states. A click on the deformation type icon modifies its state:

      • 1D transformation: the vertices move along the direction of the selected dimension.

      • 2D transformation: the vertices move along the two displayed directions.

      • 3D transformation: the vertices move along the three displayed directions.

    • automatically change the view point automatically to the closest view plane of the axis system.

    • modifies the origin and orientation of the compass to define new axis system.
      The compass definition options (reset, translation, rotation, pick geometry, edition panel, attenuation, selection filters ) which are available in the Tools Palette define the new position and orientation of the axis system. For more information, refer to Managing the Compass.

    You can select the subdivision surface and then select the Dimension command.
  3. Select 2D transformation.
  4. Click the dimension to modify it.

    The Dimension Definition dialog box is displayed.

  5. Enter the value or use the spinners to change the value. In this case enter 75.

  6. Click OK.

    The vertices of the subdivision surface are modified depending on the type of transformation.

  • When a dimension is modified, all the dimensions along that direction are also modified.

  • The dimensions are computed from the current axis system - the part default or the selected one to the extreme end of the surface.

  • The dimensions by default are displayed in the two most seen directions.

  • If the view point is changed, then the displayed dimensions could change.

  • The deformations are not commutative. If you change the dimension and again go back to the original dimension, then you may not get the exact same shape.

  • This function works with a precision lower than 0.1 mm. If the precision level exceeds this limit a warning message is displayed.

  • You can undo the command if you are not satisfied with the dimension modification.

  • You can define an axis system during the command using the compass and the dimensions are recomputed from the axis.

  • Before you click the Dimension command, you can select an already existing axis system, which is used as reference to display the dimension from this axis. Any modification in the dimension is in reference with this axis.
    For instance, select the axis system Axis Systems.1.