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5.10.1. Example: Create dimensioning

With the help of a little example the method when creating a new dimensioning shall be shown.

A horizontal dimensioning shall be created for the length of a bolt:

  1. In PARTdataManager, in the Part view, load the part to be dimensioned.

  2. Possibly activate the Configuration mode .[47]

  3. In PARTdataManager, open the dialog area Dimensionings by clicking on the same-named command in the context menu of the toolbars.

    -> The dialog is displayed as docking area. You can detach the area via drag and drop so that it is displayed as a single window.

    -> Now the dimensioning points (blue) and connection points (green) are displayed.

  4. Make sure that dimensionings are displayed in the 3D view.

    Therefor, in the toolbar of the 3D view, click on the button Show Dimensionings.

  5. Make sure that the connection points are displayed in the 3D view.

    Therefor, in the toolbar Assembly, click on the button Show connection points.

  6. Click on the button Create new dimension .

    -> In the upper dialog area a new line "AUTO"-... is added and below, under Mandatory parameters the Type HORIZONTAL is created by default. (In the example in hand this is correct. Otherwise adjust the selection in the list field.)

  7. As "ID" and "Description" set "L".

  8. Under Mandatory parameters -> Views, select the desired 2D view(s), where the dimensioning has to be displayed. Here in the example Front+ Z.

    Views which contain a dimensioning, can be recognized in the 3D toolbar by a respective icon with dimensioning lines .

  9. Now determine the Start point of the dimensioning.

    Select the desired Connection point.

    -> The Connection point is marked in red.

  10. Call the context menu and select Use as ... -> Start point.

    -> The Start point is entered in the input field.

  11. Repeat the same procedure for the End point.

  12. In the list field of Position, select the value BBOX (Bounding box) and under Offset (BBOX) the value -DIST*12 (here in the example).

    -> As soon as all Mandatory parameters are set, the dimensioning is shown in the 3D view.

  13. If needed, you can modify Optional parameters (e.g. Text) or set (e.g. Arrow size).


    • The default entry is automatically set:

    • You can complete the automatically created numerical value with any text.


      ø {AUTOMATIC}
    • Furthermore you can use PARTdesigner expressions.

      E.g. {partname@variable}: Part name with variable name


    [Tip] Tip

    The exact part name can be looked up under Start point for example.

    A complete summary of all PARTdesigner expressions can be found under Section 15.1, “PARTdesigner-Expressions ”.

  14. Variable mapping

    Once the variable name is entered, the editing icon is displayed.

    Later, the user can change the characteristic here. Compare Section, “Change characteristic via dimension labels ” in PARTsolutions / PARTcommunity4Enterprise - User manual.

  15. Adjust the value for font size accordingly (here in the example "DIST").

  16. Set Arrow size and Arrow factor.

  17. Set Accuracy.

  18. When all settings are done, click on Save changes .

    -> The undo icon disappears at all changed parameters.

  19. Now click on 2D derivation .

    The set dimensioning is also used for the 2D derivation.

  20. When exporting to the CAD system the dimensioning is transferred as well.

[47] In some cases the Configuration mode has to be activated and PARTdataManager to be restarted, in order for the connection points and dimensioning points to become visible.