View ports: Details to know for Manufacturing

Viewports are used to compose a drawing to be printed. They allow you to specify in the sheet space the visibility of the entire drawing located on the Model sheet or only its parts and set the custom display scale. For each viewport, your drawing scale is displayed. Viewports are resized, moved and properties. In order for the viewport boundary not to be printed, it should be placed on a separate layer, which is then turned off or prohibited from printing it.

Create a viewport

Creating a viewport can be performed in various ways, Manufacturers of View ports allows you to get viewports of arbitrary shape. To define the boundaries of the viewport, three modes are available, which are accessible after clicking on the black down arrow: By default, the way to create the Rectangle Viewport is selected. The Polyline and Object options allow you to create custom viewports.

  • Rectangle: Add a rectangular viewport. The creation is similar to the Rectangle primitive: the first point of the rectangle’s diagonal is indicated, then the second one. In Dynamic Input mode, you can specify the width and height of the viewport rectangle.
  • Polyline: Allows you to create a non-rectangular viewport by specified points. Creation is similar to polylines. Selecting the command Enter from the context menu completes the construction and automatically closes the contour, completing the last segment.
  • An object: Allows you to convert a closed object, added earlier to a sheet, to a viewport. The object for the transformation can be used: an ellipse, a circle, a spline and polyline that form a close contour. After creating the viewport, the selected object is associated with it, which defines the boundaries of the viewport.

To create a viewport from an object, run:

  • Use the drawing tools in the sheet area to create an object that will define the boundaries of the viewport;
  • Select the way to create the viewport Object;
  • Left-click on the previously created object to convert it to the viewport.

After creation, all the elements that are contained on the Model sheet will be displayed in the created viewport. The content of the viewport is not editable, but you can change the scale of its display and move it within the boundaries of the viewport. All changes made on the Model sheet are displayed in the viewport.

Viewports created by a polyline or converted from an object consist of two objects: a viewport and a cropping border. The cropping border is a geometric object that was used to create the viewport. You can change the viewport that cuts the border or both parameters together.

In order for the viewport boundaries not to be visible when printing, create the viewport on a separate layer, which must be turned off or prohibited from printing before printing.

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