ZW3D CAD Tips ( Sketching —— A quick way to dimensioning to external reference points)

\While selecting point input at the sketch level, if you press and hold the F7 key, the point input mode will temporarily change to Critical and Smart Pick (if On) will snap to external reference points anywhere in the active part or assembly where geometry is visible. These are critical points that lie outside the sketch plane.

 

This procedure will project a reference point onto the sketch plane similar to the Project a Reference Point (F7) command. It's a quick way of including external reference points in your dimension scheme. The external reference point created is of course parametrically driven. If the external geometry is modified and the critical point is moved, the reference point and sketch dimensions will adapt accordingly.


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