Single Inspection Dimension for Holes

I was having a hard time figuring out a good way to dimension a hole with both the diameter and depth of a hole with GD&T in a singe dimension. This dimension also required inspection so I wanted the inspection circle around the dimension and have the properties linked to the model. I did a lot of searching on the internet and did not find a good solution.

Here is my solution. please leave your comments if you have a better way to do this.

  1. Step 1:

    My model had a hole I needed to dimension the diameter and depth in a single inspection dimension. The hole passed through a slot and was not created with the hole wizard so when using the "hole dimension" it creates two separate dimensions.

    Not what wanted.

  2. Step 2:

    This shows the result I am looking for. The problem with this method is that the depth of .28" is not linked to the model. if I change the feature the drawing will not update.

  3. Step 3:

    Create a note with a leader and attach it where needed.

    ***note: this leader does not act the same way as a radius or diameter leader where it points to the center of the circle. I will show you how I adjust this later but it is still a manual operation. I would love a better solution to this if you know of one.

  4. Step 4:

    Now if you click on a dimension it adds a link to the note that will update as the linked dimension updates.

    I am about to click on the .08

  5. Step 5:

    You can see the link added in the note and now I am going to click on the depth dimension.

  6. Step 6:

    A carriage return and now I click on the GD&T box.

  7. Step 7:

    Here is what my note looks like with all the links.

  8. Step 8:

    Now I can go back to my diameter dimension to make changes. just click on the referenced dimension.

  9. Step 9:

    As I add the diameter symbol (or any other modifications) in the "Dimension Text" the linked information in the note is updated.

  10. Step 10:

    I will do the same for my depth dimension.

  11. Step 11:

    And add the Depth symbol.

  12. Step 12:

    If I click on the inspection box in the dimension only the linked dimension in the note is circled.

    I want both the diameter and the depth to be in a single dimension.

  13. Step 13:

    If I click on the Note there is an option for Borders near the bottom of the feature ribbon.

  14. Step 14:

    And an Inspection Border!!!

  15. Step 15:

    However this will circle the entire note. :(

  16. Step 16:

    So put this back to 'None' when the note is selected as shown.

  17. Step 17:

    Instead, double click on the note so it opens up and just select the links you want circled and not the GD&T box.

  18. Step 18:

    With this information selected change the border to Inspection. This will only apply the boarder to the selected are of the note.

    The red arrow is showing the border over the links.

  19. Step 19:

    And now our note looks the way we want!

  20. Step 20:

    I now adjust the leader of the note to align with the leader of the dimension. I have not found a way to snap or lock the leaders together or get the leader of the note to operate the way I want so please let me know if you have a better way to do this.

  21. Step 21:

    Now you can right click on the referenced dimensions and Hide them.

  22. Step 22:

    Right click and Hide.

  23. Step 23:

    Now that these dimension are hidden, how do I make changes in the future?

    Hide/Show Annotations

    I have this command in my Drawings Flyout Toolbar

  24. Step 24:

    But you can also find it in the search bar at the upper right corner of your window.

  25. Step 25:

    With this command you can toggle notes and dimension from hidden to shown just by clicking. All hidden notes are grey with shown notes as black.

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    Let me know if this helped you!

    Thank you!