Advanced Hole Type PropertyManager

With the Advanced Hole tool, you can define advanced holes from the near and far side faces. Hole element flyouts help guide the process.

To open this PropertyManager:

  • Click Advanced Hole (Features toolbar) or Insert > Features > Advanced Hole.

Type Tab Options

Specify these options on the Type tab.

Element Flyout

The element flyout defines the order and values for near side and far side elements. You can drag the elements to reposition them within the Near Side or Far Side stack.

  • You cannot drag elements between stacks.
  • If the drag operation causes a failed element, that element is highlighted. Hover over the element to display an error message.

To access the element flyout, click Show Element Flyout near the upper right section of the PropertyManager.
Insert Element Above Active Element  
Insert Element Below Active Element  
Delete Active Element  
Reverse Stack Direction Flips the direction of the near side stack. Available for the Near Side stack only.

Near Side and Far Side Counterbore  

Near Side and Far Side Countersink  

Near Side and Far Side Tapered Tap  
Straight Tap  

Hole Callout

You can customize hole callouts that match the order and variables required for manufacturing, then use the callouts in manufacturing drawings.

Default callout Removes all customizations you made to all hole callouts in the PropertyManager.
Customize callout To customize a callout string, double-click it in the Callout String list and select variables. You can also select Callout Variables to display a list of all variables. Modified strings are marked with an asterisk in the list.

To reorder the callouts, select the Callout String and click Move Up and Move Down.

To restore the default options for individual Callout String items, right-click a string and click Restore Default String.


Manage a list of styles for advanced holes that you can reuse in models.

Apply Defaults/No Favorite Resets to No Favorite Selected and the default options.
Add or Update a Favorite Adds the selected advanced hole to the Favorites list. Saves the file as Style (*.sldahstl).
  • To add a style, click , type a name, then click OK.
  • To update a style, edit the properties on the Type, select the hole in Favorites, then click and enter a new or existing name.
Delete Favorite Deletes the selected style.
Save Favorite Saves the selected style. Click this option, then browse to a folder. You can edit the file name.
Load Favorite Loads the style. Click this option, browse to a folder, then select a style.

Near And Far Side Faces

Select one or more faces or planes to sketch on Displays a temporary preview of the hole on the selected plane or face. The preview does not determine the hole position. Use the Positions tab to position the holes.
  Far Side Select a face or plane. Available when you select one or no items. Activates the Far Side values in the element flyout. Use the flyout to add or delete elements. Define element values under Element Specification.
  Use baseline dimensions Measures near and far side elements from the same initial baseline dimension. This option also specifies the end condition automatically to Offset from Surface for each element in the hole stack.
Other options related to using baseline dimensions include:
  • For a counterbore, countersink, or taper threaded element, you can select Use standard depth to ensure that the depth of the element is the same depth defined in the Hole Wizard data table.
  • For a straight threaded element, you can select a formula from a list to calculate its depth.

Element Specification

The options available and their icons vary depending on the advanced hole type selected in the element flyout and the values defined within this Element Specification section.

  Custom sizing Click the icons to toggle the override options on and off. You can customize the diameter, end condition, and depth.

End Condition. Select one of the following:


Through All

Up To Next

Up To Next Element

Available from Near Side only, Far Side only, or from both sides. Available for the last element in the Near Side flyout if Far Side is selected. Extends this element to the nearest face of the first element in the Far Side flyout.

The last element from the Near Side (blue) is set to Blind. The first element from the Far Side (green) is set to Up To Next Element. The depth of the green element is defined from the end of the yellow element till it meets the blue element, in the direction shown by the arrow. The depth of the green element adjusts to remain in contact with the yellow and blue elements.

The last element from the Near Side (blue) and the first element from the Far Side (green) are both set to Up To Next Element. The depth of each element is the total distance between the red and yellow elements divided by two. The depth of both elements adjusts to remain in contact with the yellow and red elements.

Offset From Surface

Up To Selection

Select an entity:

  • Sketch or reference point
  • Vertex
  • Sketch line, model edge, or axis perpendicular to the central axis of the hole
  • Planar face, surface, or reference plane that is not parallel to the central axis of the hole
  • Nonplanar face or surface that intersects the central axis of the hole