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To Define the Chamfer Distance Using a Reference
In addition to dragging distance handles, or typing or selecting distance values, you can define a chamfer distance by snapping to a vertex or datum point.
1. Select the placement references for the chamfer.
2. On the Model tab, click the arrow next to Chamfer, and click Edge Chamfer. The Edge Chamfer tab opens.
3. In the graphics window, select the distance handle that you want to redefine.
4. Hold down the SHIFT key and drag the distance handle to snap it to a vertex or to a datum point. As you drag, notice that the references are pre-highlighted as your cursor moves over it. This enables you to target the correct reference. The system does the following:
Replaces the default distance handle with a special handle in the graphics window that contains the reference information.
Activates the Distance collector on the Edge Chamfer tab to indicate that an item has been selected.
Selects Reference in the Sets tab Distance box (located under the Distance table) and populates the Distance collector in the Distance table with the reference information.
* If you snapped the handle, notice the snapping behavior. For D x D and 45 X D chamfers, the system hides the second distance handle and the chamfer anchor. For Angle x D chamfers, the anchor is hidden. For D1 x D2 chamfers, the system separates the handles and displays the unsnapped handle with the anchor to enable the handle to move independently.
5. To redefine the distance, hold down the SHIFT key and drag the handle to unsnap it from the reference. Notice that the default handle replaces the special handle. You can then snap the distance handle to another reference, drag the handle to a preferred location, or type or select a new distance value using the distance value boxes on the Edge Chamfer tab or the Distance table on the Sets tab. The chamfer distance is defined.
6. You can continue to work with chamfers, or click , which creates the chamfer and closes the Chamfer tool.
If you prefer to define a chamfer distance from the Sets tab, select Reference in the Distance box located under the Distance table. When the Distance collector activates, select the reference vertex or datum point in the graphics window.
To quickly identify a distance from the Sets tab, place your cursor over a distance value in the Distance table. Each distance handle is dynamically highlighted, enabling you to select it.
If you want to use a datum point, but one is not present, you can create one without closing the Chamfer tool by clicking Edge Chamfer > Datum > Point and opening one of the Datum Point tools.
As you work in the graphics window, you can use Clear on the shortcut menu to clear all references from the active collector.
To remove a reference from within a collector, select the reference that you want to remove, and with your cursor in the collector, right-click and choose Remove on the shortcut menu.
To quickly define a distance, double-click the distance value in the graphics window. After the box opens, type a new distance value and press ENTER, or select a most recently used value from the list.