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"cheating" a x-sec name...


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OK_ have a family table part- instance is machined, generic is "blank"- want to have the section that IS 'B'- be shown as 'A' for the un-machined view on the sheet- as for the section "note"- I just ereased it and put in a free note- however, IS THERE A WAY TO CHANGE THE SECTION LINE TAGS FROM THE TRU SECTION NAME, TO SOME OTHER NAME? thanks in advance.


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the quik work-around, make dual sections on the same plane- but if anyone knows how to change the name of a section- come on....Doc Gallup- where you at man- I know YOU know...


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Go into your part mode or assembly mode where ever the x-section exist.

go to view manager

x-sec tap

highlight desired x-sec exp. "A"

right click



have fun (very easy), note even if you made the x-sec in drawing mode it shows up in the part file or assembly. You should try to make the x-sec in part/assembly only because you can adjust the formate of each hatching directly before laying views, in drafting. If you have two of the same x-sec in a drawing you have to change formate in both seperately. if you change it in part/assembly you do it once. You can also change the color of the x-sec lines, I suggest controlling color of x-sec lines in drawing mode because from part/assembly to drawing color does not transfer, dont know why the lines stay yellow no matter what.

hope this helps


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That will change the Xsec mane in both instances, and I don't think that this is what jrobi needs.

The dummy notetrick is the only one I can think of.


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Thanks, but not what I was after Phil- I ended up just dual-placing the section on the same plane and using the "different" sections for each view. I do not think what I wanted can be done, I tried changing the section name in the dialog box, tried "overwriting" the name, similar as with dimensions- no go....the solution- use my suggested workaround...or is there a way...wheres doc gallup when you need him...


I just got back from 3 weeks vacation, it's nice to know someone missed me!

I think having two sections on the same plane is the best solution for what you want. There is no way to add a section name to the family table that I know of.

Another way I might do it is have just one section with the casting on one sheet and the machined part on a second sheet. That way there is no confusion about which view is the parent and it is clear that the sections are in the same location, just on a different instance. I have also seen drawings with a box around all views belonging to a part or a dividing line all the way across the sheet to clearly differentiate which views belong to which part.


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I agree Doc, about using a box to seperate, but was trumped on it, ended up just laying over duak sections on the same plane.