3 Replies Latest reply: Feb 8, 2011 6:44 AM by GrahameWard RSS

    Line weights

    GrahameWard Gold

      I have some drawing formats with some lines in white; i.e., "Geometry". Some of the line widths are .040", some are .028". This gives me the appearance that we want on the screen (some of the lines stand out more than the others) ; however, when we plot drawings with these formats or output them to PDF the lines look identical regardless of the line width.


      Is there a setting that takes into account different line widths assigned to different lines of the same color? My table.pnt file just seems to assign different line widths to different pen numbers and doesn't seem to take into account the width.


      Please note I don't want to change the line colors, they must all be white.

        • Re: Line weights
          GrahameWard Gold

          Ok, PTC has helped me with the varying line weights issue. It was the pen table that was fixing the line weight. I took out the pen table assignment for White (Geometry) and now it uses the default setting. Trouble is the default is a little heavier than what the pen table assigned and I'd like to change the default setting.


          Does anyone know how to do that? It should be in loadpoint/text or loadpoint/bin but I cannot find a file similar to table.pnt.

            • Re: Line weights
              James62 Platinum

              Hello Grahame,


              I have no idea how to make drawings with different thickness lines displayed in drawing mode in Pro/E. Sorry in advance. I can't test what I am gonna tell here. Btw I don't think it's a good aproach to apply thickness lines in Pro/E drawings, just like in dwg drawings.


              You might wanna use different layers for printing output. Not sure how different layers will do with pen table file, since all geometry entities are no matter what written with pen 1. So this is maybe a blind suggestion too.


              Ok now let's say you've geometry lines of different thicknesses. I think if you modify the pen 1 line in your pen table file like this:

              pen 1 color 0 0 0; drawing_color


              Then you might be able to get exact same thicknesses of lines in your PDF that you have in your Pro/E drawing.


              I think this is what PTC support told you to try and I don't think theres another way around. But I do know very little about layers in Pro/E.



              !SYSTEM COLORS   COLOR_NAME        DRAWING ENTITY                   
              !Geometry                  drawing_color            outline geometry,section text/arrows
              !Hidden Line                half_tone_color        hidden lines,datum axes/planes      
              !Sketch                        section_color           sketch lines                
              !Curve                                                          datum curves
              !Quilt                           quilt_color                quilt edges                
              !Manuf Volume           magenta_color         quilt outlines                   
              !Sheet Metal               attention_color          sheet metal                  
              !Datum                        datum_color             hidden lines,datum coords/axes/planes,datum tags
              !Letter                         letter_color                dim lines/leaders,gtol frames/leaders,
              !                                                                    hatching,threads,balloons & leaders,
              !                                                                    tables,surface finish,detail view boundaries,
              !                                                                    axes & centerlines
              !Highlight-Primary       highlite_color                                              
              !Highlight-Secondary  dimmed_color          tangent edges,section centerline,datum planes,coord x/y/z
              !Highlight-Edge           edge_highlite_color  text in tables,balloons,details,notes,gtol,surface finishes
              !LINE_STYLE_STANDARD affects text color as follows (it is set in the Drawing Options file)
              !             std_ansi - letter_color (detail view boundaries also altered)
              !             std_iso  - edge_highlite_color
              !             std_jis  - edge_highlite_color
              !             std_din  - edge_highlite_color