Locked DIMs & Animated Modify
This months tip highlights a new MOVE feature in 2000i.
Within sketcher there is the ability to drag items (sketched entity or
vertex) with some or all of the sketcher dimensions locked.
The command to do it is found in the Move Sketch menu and only if
Intent Manager is on. The
new Move function allows some powerful modification and inspection tools.
The real power comes with the ability to Lock selected dimensions
and "drag" those that are Unlocked. Dimensions are toggled
between lock and unlock with the "Lock/Unlock" command, see the menu in
Very different things happen if you drag a vertex or an entity like
a line or circle. Be careful with the constraints, things do not
always move the way you expect. With some practice it is possible
to animate linkages to check for movement and clearance. This would
be great for an assembly that is built on a skeleton.
In Figure 2 below there is a simple linkage showing how a vertex is
"dragged" through a range of motion.