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Associative dimensions in drawing views of a 3D model in AutoCAD.

A - answer With the AutoCAD command VIEWBASE you can automatically generate a set of drawing views (projections) from a solid 3D model. These views in a given layout can be then dimensioned in the paperspace, while the dimensions remain associative with the original 3D model.

When you subsequently change your 3D model, the dimensions update automatically. If any substantial change of the model geometry does not allow to keep associativity of its dimension, that dimension gets disassociated and you will need to re-associate it manually. Disassociated dimensions in the drawing sheet will display with a yellow exclamation mark.

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See also:
Tip 12569:How to Explode a ViewBase generated from a 3D model?
Tip 11830:How to influence linetype scale or color for hidden edges in documentation views?
Tip 9632:Views, sections and details from Inventor 3D models generated in AutoCAD.
Tip 9238:Increasing resolution of shaded documentation view in AutoCAD.
Tip 8675:Since which version does AutoCAD import Inventor IPT/IAM files?

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