I have long been vexed by the following problem:
DRAWINGS: I need to prepare a plan view of a complex part, which incorporates many different (parallel) heights. In the drawing, all of these faces are parallel to the plane of the drawing itself. There are far to many of them to show their heights using section views. The usual drawing convention in this case is to simply indicate each face on the drawing, and then express its height relative to a reference plane.
Until now, I have been doing this simply by measuring a height from the part, and then indicating it on the drawing by adding leaders and text, which:
1. Is extremely laborious
2. Obviously has no intelligent link to the actual part/drawing
My breadth of knowledge in CAD is not huge, but I know that in Gibbscam, for example, after setting the position of the origin in 3 planes, if I then pass the cursor over any parallel plane in the z direction while pressing alt, I will get the distance of that plane from z=0.
What I want is the possibility in Inventor to select a face in a drawing, which is in the same plane as the drawing, and straight away be given it's height relative to a parallel reference plane. Such a value should then update intelligently on the drawing if I modify that same height on the part.
Does such a possibility exist with Inventor? Have I missed something in a very big way on this?
Many thanks for your help