Parent page: Draftsman Objects
A Feature Control Frame is a graphic information object that can be placed on a Draftsman document sheet to define the manufacturing constraints of the physical feature to which it is attached, such as an object face or machined cutout/hole.
The tabular frame object applies a specialized range of symbols, tolerance values and location references to specify acceptable manufacturing imperfections as defined by the ASME Y14.5-2009 Dimension and Tolerancing standard. Draftsman Datum Feature objects are used as reference locations in placed Feature Control Frames. See Applied Geometric Tolerances for information on a number of basic examples.
The graphic style and dimensioning/tolerancing attributes for a placed Feature Control Frame are definable in the Properties panel. Multiple definition rows may be added to the frame in the Selected Element region of the Properties panel.
Feature Control Frame objects are available for placement in the Draftsman Editor as follows:
After launching the command, the cursor will change to a cross-hair and the editor will enter Feature Control Frame placement mode. Placement is made by performing the following actions:
The graphical method of editing allows a placed Feature Control Frame to be selected in the design space and its object attachment point or frame location changed. When the Feature Control Frame object is selected, editing handles/nodes become available at its attachment and frame points.
Properties page: Feature Control Frame Properties
The non-graphical method of editing a Feature Control Frame is available in the Draftsman Properties panel, which provides editable property fields for the item that is currently selected in the design space.
To open the Properties panel and access the properties of a placed Feature Control Frame:
If the Properties panel is already active:
The Properties panel supports multiple object editing, where the property settings that are identical in all currently selected objects can be modified.