Each sketch element has a dimension label where you can view and edit the dimensions and measurements of sketches.
Edit a dimension
- Click the item to select it.
- Click on the dimension label.
- Use your keyboard to type the value of the new dimension or click the dimension label again to open the numpad.
- Optional: You can enter simple mathematical expressions (Example: 12+34 or 50/2) into the dimension label or use operators of the numpad to calculate the final value of the dimension.
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To learn more about modifying numerical values, visit Defining and calculating numerical values.
Dimension Types
The types of sketch dimensions are length, diameter, radius, and angle.
Length
The length is the distance between two endpoints such as a line.
You can define the length of two endpoints with the following distance types:
- Absolute – Distance between the two endpoints of a line.
- Horizontal – Distance between the two line endpoints relative to the horizontal axis.
- Vertical – Distance between two line endpoints relative to the vertical axis.
To define a distance type, select the Distance Type badge that appears beside the dimension label.
Diameter
The diameter is the distance between two points in a circle that passes through the center.
You can define the diameter of circles.
To define a circle by its diameter, your Circular Annotation in Settings or Preferences [link to article] must be set to Radius and Diameter.
Radius
The radius is the distance between the center of a circle to any endpoint. For circles, the radius is half of the diameter. Meanwhile, ellipses have two radii: major and minor, where the major is the larger of the two.
You can define the radius of circles, arcs, and ellipses.
To define a circle by its radius, your Circular Annotation in Settings or Preferences must be set to Always Radius.
Angle
The angle is formed by the common point of two intersecting lines.
You can define the angle of the following sketch elements:
- Between two connected or unconnected lines
- Between two connected splines or arcs
- Between a connected line and arc or spline
To change the angle between two elements, select them and then enter the new value of the angle.
Edit a dimension
- Tap the item to select it.
- Select the dimension label.
- Use the numpad to input the new dimension, or use the calculator to calculate the final value of the dimension.
- To apply the value, tap the check mark.
Read more
To learn more about modifying numerical values, visit Defining and calculating numerical values.
Dimension Types
The types of sketch dimensions are length, diameter, radius, and angle.
Length
The length is the distance between two endpoints such as a line.
You can define the length of two endpoints with the following distance types:
- Absolute – Distance between the two endpoints of a line.
- Horizontal – Distance between the two line endpoints relative to the horizontal axis.
- Vertical – Distance between two line endpoints relative to the vertical axis.
To define a distance type, select the Distance Type badge that appears beside the dimension label.
Diameter
The diameter is the distance between two points in a circle that passes through the center.
You can define the diameter of circles.
To define a circle by its diameter, your Circular Annotation in Settings or Preferences [link to article] must be set to Radius and Diameter.
Radius
The radius is the distance between the center of a circle to any endpoint. For circles, the radius is half of the diameter. Meanwhile, ellipses have two radii: major and minor, where the major is the larger of the two.
You can define the radius of circles, arcs, and ellipses.
To define a circle by its radius, your Circular Annotation in Settings or Preferences must be set to Always Radius.
Angle
The angle is formed by the common point of two intersecting lines.
You can define the angle of the following sketch elements:
- Between two connected or unconnected lines
- Between two connected splines or arcs
- Between a connected line and arc or spline
To change the angle between two elements, select them and then enter the new value of the angle.
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