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Guidelines represent a grid of axes and rows underneath the graphical workspace. The intersection points of guidelines are also snap points for the graphical input, provided that the snap function for Guidelines-Intersections is active in the object snap (see Chapter 11.3.3).
Guidelines do not need to be parallel to the axes of the global coordinate system XYZ. Angles can be specified freely; you can even define a polar arrangement of guidelines. Spacings among guidelines may also be arbitrary.
To open the dialog box for creating a new guideline, select the menu entry
- Insert → Guidelines → Dialog Box
or use the shortcut menu in the Data navigator.
The following dialog box appears.
The No. of the guideline is automatically allocated by the program but can be adjusted, if necessary.
The Type dialog section allows you to control how the guideline is created (see Table 11.6).
II to X / Y / Z
The guideline is created parallel to one of the global axes. Specify the distances x1 / y1 / z1 of the respective global axes in the Parameters dialog section.
Bias by 2 points
In the Parameters dialog section, enter the coordinates of two points in the current work plane that define the guideline.
Bias by angle and point
In the Parameters dialog section, enter the coordinates of a point and a rotation angle to define the guideline.
In the Parameters dialog section, specify the center point and the radius for the circular guideline.
Enter the parameters into the text boxes or determine them graphically in the work window by using or .
When the Description check box is selected, you can enter a description for the guideline into the text box or select it from the list.
To define a guideline graphically,
- select Insert → Guidelines → Graphically in the menu,
- use the [New Guideline Graphically] button shown on the left,
- or use the parallel shift of an axis of the work plane with the mouse (only possible if guidelines are not locked – see below).
The New Guideline dialog box is described above.
To open the dialog box for editing guidelines, double-click a guideline in the graphic or its entry in the Data navigator.
If the guideline cannot be selected in the graphic, it is locked (see below). Guidelines can be unlocked quickly: Right-click in an empty space of the work window and deactivate the Lock Guidelines option in the shortcut menu.
You can also edit guidelines by selecting Tools → Work Plane, Grid/Snap, Object Snap, Guidelines in the menu or using the corresponding toolbar button. A dialog box opens where you can use the Guidelines tab not only to activate the snap but also for editing, deleting, or hiding and displaying guidelines, as well as creating new ones.
Guidelines can be deleted both in the work window and the Data navigator: Right-click the guideline and select the Delete Guideline function in the shortcut menu.
When guidelines are locked, they cannot be selected, edited, or moved. That way, they do not impair the graphical input of objects. Nevertheless, the snap function on the intersection points remains active.
To lock or unlock all guidelines,
- right-click a guideline and select Lock Guidelines in the shortcut menu,
- select Edit → Guidelines → Lock in the menu,
- or right-click Guidelines in the navigator and select Lock Guidelines in the shortcut menu.
Guidelines are graphical objects for which many of the common editing functions can be used.
To move or copy a guideline, select the guideline first. Then you can apply the function described in Chapter 11.4.1. Please note that guidelines can only be copied in the plane of the original guideline.
The Display navigator controls the graphical display of guidelines in detail.