DraftSight: Dimension Prevention! (Dimensional Constraints)

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This post revises the topic of using constraints in your DraftSight drawings for improving time efficiency and accuracy of measurements.

As previously mentioned, the constraint features insert relationships between your points and entities to keep certain elements of your designs consistent throughout the drawing process.

Located under the Constraints tab in the Dimensional section of the ribbon, DraftSight combines the Dimension and Constraint features, allowing for greater control and productivity while drafting.

More specifically, after selecting the Angular icon and specifying a corner, a dimension label and lock symbol will appear – which defines and constrains that angle’s degree in place. So later on when you move around your entities, DraftSight will ensure that corner’s dimension remains unchanged.

Likewise, the Convert feature does exactly what you would expect it to, given its position in the ribbon. It transforms a regular dimension into a dimension09-constraint, by just selecting its icon and specifying your dimension of choice.

Pro tip: if you double click on your newly made dimensional constraint, DraftSight allows you to manually input the value you want your entity or angle to remain. This makes the tedious task of drawing certain measurements just a matter of inputs and clicks!

Lastly, just like the Geometric Constraints section, the Dimensional section also has icons that hide all, show all, and control each constraint’s visibility – allowing the option to declutter your drawing window of constraint markers whenever you please.

I hope this post inspires you to check out DraftSight’s dimensional-constraints for yourself!

Take a look at the video below to see them in action!

(0:00 Angular, 0:14 Convert, 0:22 Change Dimension, 0:30 Hide, 0:31 Show, 0:34 Dynamic Dimensions Control)


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Rachael Crunkleton
I’m a first time CAD user with an interest in architectural design. I discovered CAD through my background in presenting applications and studying new types of software. With the help of DraftSight, I’m developing my drawing abilities and sharing my progress along the way.
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