Bance wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:55 am
I wanted to see what you had already achieved, and to get an idea of what you are aiming for, (a picture is worth a thousand words.)
Is there somewhere here to add images, or do I have to find my own place to put it on the Internet?
An idea of the purpose of the model would also be helpful, do you intend to create working drawings for yourself from which you can extract a cut list,etc. Or do you need a dimensioned idea of what is required for someone else to fabricate?
Yes and no. It will be the main working drawing, but I'll probably draw up a list of what size boards etc. I need manually, from the dimensions that I put into the drawing (or the spreadsheet). I will be building it myself.
The first part of your original post is rather pedantic, it doesn't really matter what the dimensions are called, they are simply dimensions, however you can name dimensions individually if you use part design WB.
As I said, I could live with that if I had to, but it makes the whole process that much more confusing and therefore harder. It's not user-friendly.
As for the Part Design workbench, I've discussed that a bit in another thread (Switching between workbenches using Part) where someone said that "Part Design uses a Body, and there can only be one solid thing per Body.", which suggested to me that that was not a good workbench to use for my task.
As to positioning with regards to the origin it depends on how you intend to construct the model, I quite often set the origin in the dead centre of my model, this allows for planes and axes to be used as construction geometry for operations like mirror or revolve.
It's more practicable for me (in this case) to set the origin to be the floor and the wall against which the bookshelf will sit when built. And for a similar reason, it's also more practicable for the third origin to be at one end or the other, not in the middle.
If you wish to examine someone else's model, you can use the space bar to make operations invisible/visible in effect exposing how the model was constructed step by step.
Yes, I had discovered that, thanks.