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TIPS: Adjusting the Datum Plane Size in Pro/E Wildfire

TIPS: Adjusting the Datum Plane Size in Pro/E Wildfire

Version: Pro/E Wildfire, Wildfire2.0, Wildfire3.0

I know this is fairly simple but there are some users who may not aware about this. Applying this will not reduce steps or shorten your design time. However, it helps to make your model look neat especially for complex model.

Below is the Datum Plane dialog box in Pro/E Wildfire and the lightweight preview of the datum plane. You may notice that the datum plane size is always following the part size. These may cause inconvenient when you try to pick a plane during zoom in condition. Most of the peoples used do a zoom out; pick the datum and zoom in again.

Pro/E Wildfire Datum Plane

Pro/E Wildfire Datum Plane

The example we are using is a datum plane parallel to Front datum plane and tangent to the selected cylindrical surface. If you want to adjust the datum plane display size, you will need to pick the display tabs on the Datum Plane dialog box.

* Notes that datum plane is just a reference feature. The size is infinity. What we are going to adjust is the display size.

Pro/E Wildfire Datum Plane

To enable the datum plane display size control in Pro/E, click to check the check box beside Adjust Outline option. There are two ways to set the datum plane display size.
1. By Size
2. By Reference

By Size

You can control the datum plane display size by dimension / numerical. Just put in the desired size for width and height and you will see a rapid change in the preview.

Pro/E Wildfire Datum Plane by size

Besides, you can also adjust the size by mouse drag. The datum plane corners come with grips for you to drag.

Pro/E Wildfire Datum Plane by size

By Reference

To control the datum plane size by reference, select the Reference option from the drop down list and pick a reference surface.

Pro/E Wildfire Datum Plane by reference

Pro/E Wildfire Datum Plane by reference

The datum plane size will follow the feature size instead of part size by now.

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