Altium NEXUS Documentation

InsertFeatureControlFrame

Modified by Susan Riege on Jan 21, 2019

Parent page: PcbDrawing Commands

The following pre-packaged resource, derived from this base command, is available:


Applied Parameters: None

Summary

This command is used to place a Feature Control Frame object into the active Draftsman document (*.PCBDwf). A Feature Control Frame is an information object that can be attached to a drawing feature and includes multiples of symbolic data that specifies the mechanical manufacturing constraints for the feature. A Feature Control Frame offers symbol options and a large number of elements that can be attached to specify manufacturing tolerances and constraints. Attached machining tolerances, such as the 'straightness' of a feature, for example, apply to the specified drawing object face. Attached Dimension tolerances, by comparison, (such as 'position') are generally specified as relative to one or more placed Datum. When added to the mechanical elements in a Draftsman drawing view, the combined information represented by Feature Control Frames and their related Datum references can fully describe the acceptable manufacturing constraints for those physical elements.

For a high-level look at how the Altium Draftsman Drawing System provides an interactive approach to the creation of production documentation for your PCBs, see Draftsman. For detailed information about this object type, see Feature Control Frame.

Access

This command can be accessed from the PcbDrawing Editor by:

  • Choosing the Place » Annotations » Feature Control Frame command from the main menus.
  • Locating and using the Feature Control Frame command () on the Active Bar.
If the command has been recently used from the Active Bar, it will become the active/visible button. Where other commands are available, this is indicated by a triangle at the bottom-right corner of the button. Click and hold on the active button to access a menu of all associated commands for that grouping.
  • Clicking the  entry on the Drawing Annotations toolbar.
  • Right-clicking in the workspace and choosing the Place » Annotations » Feature Control Frame command from the context menu.

Use

After launching the command, the cursor will change to a cross-hair, and you will enter feature control frame placement mode. Placement is performed as follows:

  1. Position the cursor at the required point within the drawing; typically this will be a feature such as an edge. In this case, position at a point where the drawing element is highlighted (an edge or a point). With the cursor in position, click to attach the feature control frame to that feature.
  2. Move the cursor to position the frame end and click to anchor this end.

Tips

  1. A Feature Control Frame can be graphically modified after placement. Click and drag an editing handle to move its reference or frame respectively.
  2. Most aspects of a placed feature control frame are available for editing through the Properties panel. If the panel is already open, select a placed feature control frame to populate the panel with its associated properties. If the panel is not open, double-click on the feature control frame to access it.
  3. Defaults for this primitive type can be defined on the Draftsman - Defaults page of the Preferences dialog.
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