DraftSight: Status-Bar Star Pt. 3

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Continuing the past two post’s topic of icons in the Status Bar, this blog will be covering the Dimensions Bounding Box option. This feature allows you to quickly and efficiently insert dimensions in an aesthetically pleasing manner.

The Dimensions Bounding Box is operated slightly differently compared to the functions discussed in the past couple of blogs, because it isn’t automatically activated upon selection. Instead, it’s inserted after your entities have already been drawn.

By highlighting the design you want to add dimensions to and right clicking, a drop down menu will appear. Then, press the Dimension Bounding Box option, specify Create, and voila!

Keep in mind that if its icon isn’t turned on, the dashed line around your entity indicating the bounding box will not be visible in the display window. As previously mentioned, the feature is positioned in the Status Bar, which is located in the lower right corner of the DraftSight application.

Once your bounding box is surrounding your chosen entity, adding dimensions is easier than ever. Simply select Smart Dimension, click a segment, and a selection circle will appear. The circle will be split along your line, allowing you to choose which side of the segment your dimension lies.

Likewise, defining an arc or circle would split the selection circle into four parts, allowing you to choose which quadrant your dimension resides.

DraftSight will even adjust previous dimensions to allow for new dimensions to be inserted, and each dimension will snap to your set offset distances, ensuring an organized and precise appearance.

I hope this post encourages you to incorporate Dimension Bounding Boxes into your daily drafting!

Check out the video below and this DraftSight YouTube tutorial to see one in action!


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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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