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Thursday, May 8, 2008

CADWorx ISOGEN Drawings: Overall Dimensions

Do you ever question if there is a way to generate a CADWorx ISOGEN drawing with just overall dimensions, which would work out better for your pipe fitters? If you need this, then you are surprised with how many dimensions show up on your first ISOGEN drawing.

There are several Option Switches in Project Manager that users have access to changing and configuring within ISOGEN. Outputting overall dimension is one of the few simple changes that can be set. To get the following result make the next few changes.

In the Project Manager go to the Drawing Control Tab and edit your Options File. Once the Options File Editor appears then you will need to go to the Dimensioning tab.

Next you will change option switch 9 to “No Dimensions (unless OS 118 is set for Overall). Click the arrow displayed in the Options File Editor to go forward a page and display more settings.

Go to Page 3 of 3 and change option switch 118. If set to “Overall Dims to Valve centers & across Branches” then only overall dimensions will show up.

To allow overall dimensioning across branches and to the center of valves you must first set the spindle direction on all valves. Go to your CADWorx model double click the valves and click on the ISOGEN button to preview the ISOGEN Data dialog box. Or on the command line type IEDIT and select valve. In the ISOGEN Data dialog go to section previewed “Spindle/Flat/Support Direction” and set the spindle direction before creating your ISOGEN drawing.

After the Spindle direction has been configured in the CADWorx model then ISOGEN will output overall dimensions and to center of valves.

3 comments:

Matt Murphy said...

Wouldn't a toggle button be simpler to apply these dimensions?

Hugh Compton said...

Perhaps this is possible thru scripting........

Benson said...

Also try these to aid your piping drawings:
http://www.3dcadmax.com/
http://www.herculedesign.com/