Geometric constructions are geometry, such as points, curves, and surfaces, created directly in the 3D graphic view. This geometry is used to create objects in the model, such as plates, seams, knuckles, and physical connections. The geometry is typically used in a progressive manner, such as:
Create curves using the points
Create a surface using the curves
Create a plate system using the surface
The Geometric Construction Palette appears when you click the option on the ribbon of a supported command. Each tab of the dialog box graphically displays macros in the catalog database.
Geometric Construction Palette
Each command using the option displays the palette with dialog box tabs and geometric construction icons appropriate to the command.
Filters - Limits the available macros on a tab to the selected type.
Clear Recent - Removes recently selected macros from the Recent tab.
Preview - When selected, opens a window with a preview of the selected macro.
Previews can also be displayed by clicking Tools > Automatic Preview.
Help - Displays online help for the selected macro.
The Geometric Construction Palette typically contains the following tabs:
Points - Displays interfaces for creating points.
Curves - Displays interfaces for creating lines and curves. Some related point interfaces also appear.
Surfaces - Displays interfaces for creating planes and surfaces. Some related curve and point interfaces also appear.
Coordinate Systems - Displays interfaces for creating coordinate systems.
Recent - Displays geometric construction interfaces recently selected on the other tabs. Click Clear Recent to remove interfaces from this tab.
The following geometric construction types are available. These interfaces appear in different combinations on the Geometric Construction Palette tabs.
After you select an interface, the ribbon for that interface appears.
The Geometric Construction Explorer also appears when is clicked. As geometry is created, a hierarchical list of applicable surfaces, curves, and points display.