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Tech Tip: Hole Groups and Hole Reference Points

Tech Tip: Hole Groups and Hole Reference Points

Hole groups tech tipUsing good modeling techniques can enhance the output for drawings produced by SDS/2, minimizing the time required to clean up drawings. Good modeling techniques range from creating hole groups using Hole Pattern Options or repeating holes, to specifying the desired material dimension reference point, and many things in between.

Here are several examples of how creating the same hole group in different ways produces different results on the drawings.

The first example shows creating a hole group by left-clicking to locate each hole in the model. Additional dimensions are added and extra time would be required to clean up the drawing.

The second example shows creating a hole group by locating the first hole and then middle-clicking to repeat the rest of the holes in the model. This produces good results that require minimal to no time spent cleaning up.

The third example shows creating a hole group by using the Hole Pattern Options available inside the Hole Add window. Results are identical to the second example.

The fourth example shows creating a hole group with an offset reference point by using the Hole Pattern Options available inside the Hole Add window. Keep in mind the 3-inch dimensions to the hole reference points can be turned off in Job or Fabricator Options > Dimensioning Criteria. This requires little to no cleanup time.

The fifth and final example shows creating a hole group with a reference point that is rotated incorrectly. This produces undesirable results that most users would delete and add almost all dimensions from scratch.