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LogoTopSolidTopSolid drafting sampleIn this getting started video tutorial, you will be introduced to some basic concepts around the creation of 2d drafting files.  First let’s discuss what a drafting document is.  A TopSolid drafting document is a document where we project the 3d data created in TopSolid into a 2d format.  It is in a drafting document where you will add your dimensions, GD & T and other detailing types of elements.

This tutorial contains 4 videos that will walk you through some basic concepts on the creation of 2d drafting documents..

In this first video, you will learn how to create a basic drafting document that contains 3 standard views of your part.  You will also learn how to set and customize the origin point of the view.

Step 1 – Create your views

In the next video, you will learn how to add an Origin Symbol to your drafting views. You will also be shown a few different ways of adding and working with Composite dimensions. Composite dimensions allow you to quickly add several styles of dimensions to your view from a common origin point.  This is heavily used in the Tool and Die industries.

Step 2 – Add origin symbol and use composite dimensions

In step 3 of this tutorial, you will be introduced to styles within TopSolid 7.  A style is used in a drafting document to control the format of almost everything. For example, in this tutorial you will learn how to create a new style for composite dimensions. You will also learn how to create a style for standard dimensions. Finally  you will learn how to use and manipulate your dimensions with these new styles.

Step 3 – Create and use dimension styles

In this final step of the tutorial, you will be shown how to take the items you have learned about and turn them into a template for future use.  The template will include 3 standard views, the origin symbol, and even the automatic ordinate dimensioning.

Step 4 – Create 3 view template with automatic dimensioning