Learn how to set your Sketcher settings to make your environment just the way you want it.
- [Instructor] In the previous lecture, I spoke a little bit about Sketch tools toolbar and how important it is. Now, there are some potential confusion that people have between Sketch tools and the Tools Options for Sketch. So, I'm going to go into tools options and here, what I want you to notice is, under Mechanical Design, you have the Sketcher. And so, when I click on Sketcher, you're going to get all of the options available for the sketch. Notice that some of these are redundant.
So for example, I have Display. I have Snap to point. If I turn on Snap to point, what I want you to notice is that this icon is going to go orange as soon as I select Ok. Here you can see, Snap to point is now active. Some of the options within the Tools Options for the Sketch again, are redundant to what's inside of this Sketch tools toolbar as well as, an additional toolbar called Visualization.
I'll talk a little bit about Visualization here, but I'm going to have another lecture after this one, specifically about the Visualization. So, I'm going to go back into Tools, Options. Now, here you'll also notice a Display. Well Visualization currently has this Display icon toggled on and that's what this is here. Other options that I have for the sketch is you'll have noticed that every time I went into the sketch, the sketch automatically oriented itself to the screen. Horizontal, pointing to the right.
Vertical, pointing up, just like any good grid. Well, if you do not want the sketch to position itself to the screen, then you can turn that off right here. What this does is it maintains the orientation of your part when you enter the sketch and exit the sketch. So, that way it doesn't flip, twist, turn. You may have it setup to visualize something very specific manner. So, you don't want to lose that. You can turn that on or turn that off based off of your need. Shaded sketch planes.
You can visualize a shaded sketch plane as well and again, some of those options are going to be redundant within the Visualization toolbar. As I scrolled through this, you'll notice that I also have, again my Snap to point, and currently, Primary and Graduation. My spacings are 110 and they're currently the same for both. If you want to have a distorted grid, maybe you want to have a Primary spacing of 200 millimeters in the V, and 15 Graduations in that grid, you can allow distortions and enter in whatever grid Primary spacing you want.
And as I look at my grid, you'll notice out here I have a solid line, and then I have these dash lines. The solid line is the Primary. These dash lines are the Graduations. As I come further down, we have Geometry. As you're creating Geometry, do you want to create circle centers? I recommend creating them. You can always go back and put them on, but then it's a few extra steps. And allow direct manipulation. And that's again, when you're simply moving curves around without necessarily applying constraints, it will allow you, if I click on Solving Mode, you can see here, Solving mode for elements, is the minimal move.
So, based off of how much you want the curves to move, they have various options here. Drag elements and endpoints included. So, you want to make sure that if you have a line drawn, that the points go along with the line or a circle center. Constraints. Constraints are those little rules that the sketch has to abide by. So, as I am creating Geometry and Constraints are automatically applied, these icons necessarily need to be active. I can turn them off here or I can turn them on and off here as well.
Again, redundancies. As well as, going through colors, this is for whether or not you have a constrain line, over constrain, under constrained. You have various colors that we'll talk about here, as well as updates. So, generate update errors when the sketch is under constraint. Meaning when I exit out of sketcher, if it's not fully constrained, it will generate an error. This is a good way to let you know that you may have a line that's not properly or fully constrained. So, those options again, some of them are redundant, to your Visualization and Sketch tools toolbar.
So you may turn things on and off here, or turn things on and off there.
- 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