Learn about what view focus is.
- In this example, we're going to be talking about view focus. Now, view focus is what is surrounding an individual object on a sheet of paper. So, in this case here, when I click on this one here, notice you get this little box around the outside here. That's the focus box or showing what's included in that item there. Now, if I click on something over here, like this, this has a completely different view focus and notice that the outside of the sheet of paper is highlighted in purple or pink. So, that means that line belongs to the sheet view focus and not to this one here.
Notice if I move this around here, nothing really happens. Now, if I click on that one there and highlight it, I can double click and lock the view focus. Then, I can come up here to sketch and maybe create something like that annotation. Like a note. Let's just call it Note 1. Doesn't matter. Now, if I move this around, notice that little Note 1 follows me around here. I can move it up, I can move it down because it's part of that view focus. Now, over here I can move that around doesn't have anything to do with it. Same thing over here. If I want to click on a line and notice as I click on different items in the drawing, the view focus shifts.
Notice again, the sheet is highlighted here, saying that that line is part of the sheet focus. Now, over here, if I click on this one, that has it's own focus and if I double click it, you can lock the view focus. So, then anything I'm creating is going to be used with the focus on this one item here. Now, if you want to create a dimension from one object to another, generally you have to be in the same focus category or same focus group. For example, let's go ahead an create a dimension from here, I'm going to choose from this edge right here over here, to this line and I'm going to try to do that. It's just not going to happen. It's going to give me some heat.
So, if I click on this one here and try to come back down here, it just won't let me do it. Even though I have it highlighted, it just says, sorry you can't do that. The problem is it's because this one's not part of that group. Easily solve that. Click on that line right there. Click on control x on your keyboard or just cut it out. Come over here and highlight that view focus and do a control v or control paste into that view. Now, that has become part of that view. If I move it around, they move together. If you want to create a dimension, you can then create a line here or an image in between those two and everybody's happy.
Pretty straightforward and easy and you're going to be probably asked this multiple times on the exam, trying to create a dimension from one object to another and they're not working. You'd have to then cut that object out and then drop it into that focus. Same thing if you want to create a dimension from one view to another. Generally, it's not a good idea, but if you wanted to do that, what you'd need to do is select like a view focus here, then go ahead and create a line, like a center line and place that on top of another existing line in another drawing. Now, that's all part of the same view focus, so I can create a dimension between maybe this line here and that line over there.
Now there's our dimension from one to the other, which is generally, again, not a very good idea. Oh, I accidentally got rid of that. Let's go ahead and try that one more time. From there over to here, place the dimension. Go ahead and click on okay and go ahead and click okay one more time. Now you can see I have dimension from one object to the other one and that's all because I was able to create that little construction line directly on the edge of the other part. So, there's a couple different ways to do it and more than likely you're going to have to do this several times on your exam. Just remember, whatever's in focus is what the dimensions or the annotations are going to be added to and if you want a dimension from one to the other, you have to create some construction geometry or cut and paste that into the current view focus.
- Downloading the testing software
- Working with drawing views
- Accessing data in the bill of materials
- Using equations with BOM data
- Importing model items
- Creating complex views
- Sample exam questions and answers