CATIA V5 Drafting Tip: Creating Detailed Views and Redefining Detail View Locations

Rand 3D

By Trisha West


Creating a detail drawing view allows a user to enlarge areas within a drawing view to a different scale. In CATIA V5, you can select to make a detail view area in a circular shape, or a custom shape that the user creates.

Detail View 1

First, let’s discuss the default option, Detail View.

Detail View 2

Once completed, the area within the parent view will be circled and labeled.

Detail View 3

And alternatively, the Detail View Profile.

Detail View 4

Then, complete your drawing with dimension, notes, specialty symbols, etc. Here I have some dimensions calling out the depth of the hole details.

Detail View 5

Sometimes, changes that you make to your drawing may require you to redefine the detail view area. Notice that both of my detail views are based on a section cut. Section cuts have a certain direction associated with them. In my case, the direction of the cross section shows the opening of the counter-drilled hole from the top surfaces. If I reverse the direction of my cross section cut, I have a problem.

Detail View 6

Now if you are still creating the views and do not have any dimensions or specialty annotations in the detail views, then you can quickly delete the view and remake. However, if you already have annotations/dimensions in those detailed view, then how do you update the location.

First, you need to synchronize the view, then you can move the detail view areas.

Detail View 7

Detail View 8

Now we can redefine the location of the Detail View areas.

Detail View 9

Detail View 10

When finished, click on the “exit” icon. Exit

Detail Views will now be updated. Any dimension/annotations will appear again attached to their parent reference.

Detail View 11



More information about this topic can be found in the Rand 3D training class, CATIA V5: Generative Drafting.

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