Creating Linear Dimension


Create a linear dimension in the horizontal/vertical direction of the object. Whether a linear dimension is created in the horizontal/vertical direction is determined depending on the locate point for the dimension value. When creating a dimension line horizontally or vertically fixed, create a linear dimension with Horizontal Dimension or Vertical Dimension command.
When creating a linear dimension by selecting 2 parallel shapes, the distance between these shapes will be used as a linear dimension. When 2 parallel shapes are located horizontally, vertically, or at other angles, the dimension will be a horizontal, vertical, or parallel one, respectively.
The following 3 methods can be used to create a linear dimension.

To display a command parameter to be executed, click / of command parameters, or press Tab key or / key on the keyboard.

  1. Point [Dimension] on [Shape] menu, and click [Linear Dimension].
    Then you will be able to create a linear dimension.
  2. Supplemental
    You can enter into the linear dimension creating status by clicking on [Shape] toolbar.
  3. Specify the dimension.
    When specifying the start and end points
    Switch the parameter on Command Window to [Start Point] box, and click the start and end points of a linear dimension.
    When specifying a shape
    Switch the parameter on Command Window to [Shape] box, and click a shape for which a linear dimension is to be created.
    Selectable shapes are lines, polylines and circles.
    When selecting 2 shapes
    Switch the parameter on Command Window to [Shape 1] box, and click 2 shapes for which a linear dimension is to be created.
    Selectable shapes are parallel lines, polylines, infinite lines and rays.
  4. Specify an input method for dimension values in [Input Dimension Value] box on Command Window.
    Auto
    Dimension values will be automatically input.
    Manual
    Dimension values will be manually input. Input a dimension value in [Dimension Value Character] box.
  5. Supplemental
    When set to [Manual], you can create a linear dimension without inputting a dimension value in [Dimension Value Character].
  6. Specify the locate position for a dimension value in [Dimension Value Place] box on Command Window.
    Follow Dimension Settings
    The dimension value is located according to the dimension setting.
    Free
    The dimension value can be located at any position.
    Free with Lead
    The dimension value can be located at any position, with a lead attached from the center of the dimension line to the dimension value.
  7. Supplemental
    When locating a dimension value at any position with a lead attached, the lead will not be displayed without a certain distance between the dimension value and dimension line.

When locating a dimension value according to the dimension setting

  1. Click a position where a linear dimension is to be located on the drawing.
    A linear dimension will be created at the clicked position.

When locating a dimension value at any position

  1. Click a position where a dimension line is to be located on the drawing.
    A dimension line will be located at the clicked position.
  2. Click a position where a dimension value is to be located on the drawing.
    A dimension value will be located at the clicked position, and a linear dimension will be created.

When locating a dimension value at any position with a lead attached

  1. Click a position where a dimension line is to be located on the drawing.
    A dimension line will be located at the clicked position.
  2. Click a position where a dimension value is to be located on the drawing.
    A dimension value is located at the clicked position, and a linear dimension will be created, with a lead attached from the center of the dimension line to the dimension value.

Supplemental
You can also specify the distance from the start/end point to the dimension line by switching [Locate Point] box to [Distance from Base Point] box. In such a case, specify a point locating the dimension line in [Direction Point] box.
You can specify the start point, end point, locate point, direction point and dimension value locate point by inputting X and Y coordinates in [Start Point], [End Point], [Locate Point], [Direction Point] and [Dimension Value Locate Point] boxes on Command Window.

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