This might be covered in another thread, so please direct me there. I could't find a complete discussion of this, so that's why I started a new topic.
I would like to be able to show / hide dimensions on a 3D view as I am designing (Part, PartDesign, Arch) so that any changes in part sizes or placement, and spaces between parts, would be actively reflected in the 3D view directly.
I can achieve this partially in a clunky way by creating a drawing (Techdraw) and creating relevant dimensions on different views. Then I go to my 3D view to change my model, and check the drawings. This is a lot of back and forth switching between windows, and is only good on orthogonal views. Dimensions on 3D perspective or orthographic views are not useful.
Using the Part workbench measure tools are static. they are not useful except for a one-time look, and do not update with the change in size or position of parts in the model. (This tool would be good if measurements were to attach themselves to the vertices or other features of the model being measured, like in TechDraw)
Similarly to Part Workbench measure, Draft Workbench Dimension is static. Dimensions created in this way apply only in the configuration when the dimension is applied to a design feature. If anything moves, or changes size, the dimensions are no longer useful
Sketcher dimensions are meant for constraints, so good for setting up a design but not meant for 3D dimensioning, so not good when working at the 3D view.
I don't know if this is a complete review of the dimensioning types available, but none of them is satisfactory for rapid 3D design work.
How should I proceed?