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Draft PropertyManager

The Draft PropertyManager appears when you create or edit a draft feature.

The PropertyManager displays the appropriate options based on the type of draft you create. The PropertyManager remembers its last used state.

Two PropertyManager toggle buttons are available:

Manual Use this PropertyManager to maintain control at the feature level.
DraftXpert (Neutral plane drafts only). Use this PropertyManager when you want the SOLIDWORKS software to manage the structure of the underlying features.
When you edit a draft using Edit Feature, the Draft PropertyManager appears with no toggle buttons.

Types of Draft

Select a draft type: Neutral Plane, Parting Line, or Step Draft.
Allow reduced angle (Parting Line only). Allows you to create a draft when the sum of the angle produced by the maximum angle and the Draft Angle is 90° or greater.
Tapered steps (Step Draft only). Creates the surfaces in the same manner as the tapered surfaces.
Perpendicular steps (Step Draft only). Creates the surfaces perpendicular to the original main face.
Example: Tapered and Perpendicular Draft Steps

Draft Angle

Some fields that accept numeric input allow you to create an equation by entering = ( equal sign) and selecting global variables, functions, and file properties from a drop-down list. See Direct Input of Equations in PropertyManagers.
Draft Angle Sets the draft angle, measured perpendicular to the neutral plane.

Neutral Plane

Neutral Plane Select a planar face or a plane feature. If necessary, select Reverse direction to slant the draft in the opposite direction.

Faces to Draft (Neutral Plane only)

Faces to Draft Select the faces to draft in the graphics area.
  Face Propagation Propagates the draft across additional faces. Select an item:


Drafts only the selected faces.

Along Tangent

Extends the draft to all faces that are tangent to the selected face.

All Faces

All Faces

Inner Faces

Drafts all inner faces extruded from the neutral plane.

Outer Faces

Drafts all outer faces next to the neutral plane.

Example: Face Propagation Using Neutral Plane as Type of Draft

Direction of Pull

Direction of Pull (Parting Line or Step Draft only). Indicates the direction of pull. Select an edge or face in the graphics area. Note the arrow direction, and click Reverse Direction if desired.

Parting Lines (Parting Line or Step Draft only)

Parting Lines Select the parting lines in the graphics area.
  Other Face Allows you to specify a different draft direction for each segment of the parting line. Click the name of the edge in the Parting Lines box, and click Other Face.
  Face Propagation Propagates the draft across additional faces. Select an item:


Drafts only the selected face.

Along Tangent

Extends the draft to all faces that are tangent to the selected face.

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