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Use the editing tools to create and edit 2D and 3D solids. You can select, pull, move (in 2D and 3D), edit in cross-section, and fill (heal).

In DS Mechanical, there is little need for a distinction between creating and editing. There is no hierarchical feature tree, so you have considerable freedom when designing. Create a box by pulling on a rectangular region. Edit the size of the box by pulling on one of its faces. Draw a rectangle to create a pull-able region. Draw a rectangle on a face to create a new face.

In general, you are either editing or creating with one of the main tools (Select, PullClosed, MoveClosed, CombineClosed, or sketching and editing in Section modeClosed), the many secondary tools, or inserting relationships between faces in the design (ShellClosed, OffsetClosed, MirrorClosed). Combining objects (intersecting, merging, cutting, etc.) is handled by the tools in the IntersectClosed ribbon group.

Selection is integral to face and edge manipulation. You can extend selections with standard controls (double-click, Ctrl, Shift), by right-clicking and selecting from the Select menu, or using DS Mechanical's power selection functions.

A quick note about solids and surfaces: DS Mechanical always converts a closed set of surface faces into a solid. Similarly, sketched lines that clearly create regions on faces are replaced with real edges. The change in face transparency and edge lines reflects this transformation.

You can cut, copy, paste, and detach objects in most tools.

You can also nudge objects in most tools. Hold Ctrl+Alt and the up or down arrow to nudge an object. The up arrow increases the dimension and the down arrow decreases the dimension. If you nudge multiple times then click Undo, all the nudges will be reverted. You can view and change the nudge distance in the Snap options.


In DS Mechanical, there are three modes you can use to edit your designs:


Sketch modeClosed displays the sketch grid, so you can use any of the sketch tools to sketch in 2D.

Section modeClosed lets you edit solids by working with their edges and vertices in cross-section.

3D mode lets you work directly with objects in 3D space.

Edit ribbon group

The Edit ribbon group contains the following tools:


Use the Select tool to select 2D or 3D objects in your design for editing. You can select vertices, edges, curves, planes, axes, faces, surfaces, rounds, solids, and components in 3D. In 2D, you can select points and lines. You can also select circle and ellipse centers, the midpoints of lines and edges, and the internal points and end points of splines. The Select tool can also be used to edit a sketch.

Use the Pull tool to offset, extrude, revolve, sweep, draft, scale, drape, and blend faces; use it to round, chamfer, or extrude edges.

Use the Move tool to move one or more faces, surfaces, solids, or components. The behavior of the MoveClosed tool changes based on what you have selected.

Use the Fill tool to fill in the selected faces with the surrounding surface or solid. The region must be completely surrounded to be filled. You can also use the FillClosed tool to patch new surfaces through loops of edges.

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