How to Add 3D Notes in Pro Engineer

Pro/Engineer software lets you attach notes directly to the 3-dimensional model and then show them in the drawing. You can include the value of any parameter or dimension in the note, as well. Here's how to add them.

Steps

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    Turn on the display of 3D notes. Go to Tools, Environment. Make sure that 3D Notes is checked and Notes as Names is unchecked.
    • You can control both of these options in your config.pro (under Tools, Options) by adding the following lines to your configuration. You can type them into the Options box or use Find to locate them.
      • model_notes_as_labels no
      • model_note_display yes
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    Open or create a model in which you want a 3D note.
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    Create a note. Go to Edit, Setup... and choose Notes.
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    Choose New.
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    Name the note if desired or leave the default note name (e.g. Note_0).
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    In an assembly model only, leave the assembly as a parent, or choose the arrow button under "Parent" to select a sub-assembly or component as the parent. Note that attaching a note to a component (part) while in an assembly does not save the note to that part, even though the note will appear in that part in the assembly model tree.
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    Type the note text you want into the Text box, as for any drawing note.
    • Use Insert, From File if you'd like to retrieve note text from a text file on your disk.
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    Check or uncheck Place Note Flat to Screen. Leaving it unchecked gives you more options for placing the note.
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    Choose Place...
    • If Place Note Flat to Screen is not checked, you must select a datum plane to which the note will be parallel and two directions to orient the note text. Follow the text prompts at the bottom of your screen.
    • If Place Note Flat to Screen is checked, or once you have specified the orientation as above, place the note just as you would place it in a drawing. Choose Leader or No Leader and select attachment and location points as appropriate.
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    Choose OK to accept the note.
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    Edit the note by choosing its name in the model tree. Right click on the name. Then choose Properties to re-enter the note dialog. If the note contains a parameter (see tips) you can edit the value of the parameter by choosing Value rather than Properties.

Tips

  • You can place any model parameter or dimension into the note, and its value will be displayed. To include a parameter or dimension in a note, type an ampersand (&) before the name of the parameter or dimension. You must create the parameter first, but once you have done so, you can control the parameter with relations, if desired.
    • For a parameter, e.g.: &LENGTH
    • For a dimension, e.g.: &d25
  • In the drawing, you can show these same notes with the Show/Erase dialog. Select the notes button and select the views/features, etc. in which to show the notes.
  • If you change your configuration under Tools, Options, remember to save it to the config.pro in the appropriate location.
  • Add notes to a layer manually as usual, or add the following line to the configuration (Tools, Options) to create and populate a notes layer by default (where LAYER_NAME is the name of the layer):
    • def_layer layer_note LAYER_NAME
  • Control notes on a layer by showing or hiding the layer.

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