Learn about tools that help you visualize the part while working inside the Sketcher.
- [Instructor] Here I opened up a part to talk about sketch visualizations. So I'm going to go ahead and enter in my sketcher, select my Sketch icon, pick a plane that I want to work on, and I enter in my sketch. So the first visualization I want to discuss, actually, let me go ahead and turn off the grid and snap the point. And I'm going to rotate this just a little bit. The first visualization tool is what's called Cut Part By Sketch Plane. When I toggle that on, everything currently in front of the sketch plane is removed.
Again, it's just simply a visualization. It's not a permanent removal. It's just what you're looking at. So, if I come over here, and let's say highlight this face, you'll notice the whole face still is there, it's still highlighting the entire thing. It's just again, strictly a visualization. Now, as I mosey on down the Visualization toolbar, I'm going to go ahead and pull this out. And this is my Visu3D. Here you can see Usual, which is, by default, what we're looking at. If I go to Low Light, what this does is, it takes everything in the model and makes it low light and makes the sketch stand out a little bit more.
And then, the last option is No 3D Background. So, by selecting that, you basically turn off all 3D background elements. Again, it's still there. It's just strictly a visualization. If you're working in a large sketch, or you're working in a large file, or a lot of data, you want to turn off all the background data, makes it easy to sketch, maybe you're just trying to sketch a tiny little seal profile on a door, and there's all sorts of interference, you can turn everything off, sketch what you need, and as soon as you exit out of the sketch, the visualization returns or you can just simply go back to Usual.
Another visualization tool set, let me go ahead and pull this out, is the 2D Visualization Mode, and right now, it's called Pickable Visible Background. And next is No 3D Background, which is very similar to what we just saw here, No 3D Background. I also have Unpickable Background, so the background is still there, but you'll notice that I can no longer pick anything in the background. And this can be very handy. Again, if you're working with a lot of data out on the screen, you want to make sure you're not picking anything accidentally that's not in the sketch.
Again, if I go back to Standard, you'll see that I'm back being able to pick things. The next one over is Low Intensity Background. So, it's similar to my Low Light, in that it's going to de-emphasize everything in the background. Now, I'm going to just go back over to Usual, go back to that. And, as you can see, I still have my Low Intensity Background. It changes everything to one singular color when you use Low Intensity Background. And then, Unpickable Low Intensity. Right now you can see it's Low Intensity, but pickable, and I can say Unpickable, nothing there.
And this just locks the current viewpoint. So, as you can see, I can rotate, but the viewpoint itself is locked, so I can't break off of that current viewpoint, meaning it's locked in that orientation. So, I'm basically looking down at that Z, and it stays locked in at that Z, so again, it's a handy tool to use on occasion. I use it occasionally as well. So, those are the visualizations. Now, additional visualizations that we need to be aware of. I'm just going to go ahead and draw a rectangle.
You'll notice that I automatically created the constraints, so the sketch tools say automatically create them, but if I go down to the Visualization tool bar, you'll see that I have Dimensional and Geometrical constraints. I'm going to go ahead and throw on a dimensional constraint. Here, again this is just purely a visual, I can turn off Dimensional, turn it back on. So, all I'm doing is looking at those constraints. Sometimes it's nice to turn everything off to see what you have, what you don't have.
So, these visualization tools, again, just to make it easier to look at, inspect, verify what you have in the sketch.
- Working with the CATIA v5 UI
- Understanding the menus
- Part visualizations
- Part design workflow
- Creating a sketch
- Basic editing
- Creating and editing sketch curves
- Part design
- Measures and analysis
- Building a project