FeatureManager Design Tree Overview

The FeatureManager design tree makes selection and filtering operations simple, and provides access to many folders and tools that are useful when working with models.

The FeatureManager design tree and the graphics area are dynamically linked. You can select features, sketches, drawing views, and construction geometry in either pane.

You can split the FeatureManager design tree and either display two FeatureManager instances, or combine the FeatureManager design tree with the ConfigurationManager or PropertyManager.

To change the visibility of the FeatureManager design tree area, press F9 or click View > User Interface > FeatureManager Tree Area, which is especially useful when in full screen mode.

Use the FeatureManager design tree to:
  • Select items in the model by name.
  • Filter the FeatureManager design tree.
  • Identify and change the order in which the features are created. You can drag items in the FeatureManager design tree list to reorder them. Dragging an item changes the order in which features regenerate when the model rebuilds.
  • Display the dimensions of a feature by double-clicking the feature’s name.
  • Rename items by slowly clicking two times on a name to select it and entering a new name.
  • Suppress and unsuppress part features and assembly components.
  • View parent/child relations by right-clicking a feature and selecting Parent/Child.
  • Locate errors and warnings associated with the model or a feature and described in tooltips and in What's Wrong?
  • Display the following items:
    • Feature descriptions
    • Component descriptions
    • Component configuration names
    • Component configuration descriptions
The FeatureManager design tree provides the following folders and tools:
  • Use the rollback bar to temporarily roll the model back to an earlier state.
  • Add features, sketches, mates, and reference geometry to the Favorites folder .
  • Add sensors to the Sensors folder to monitor selected properties.
  • Add a new equation, edit, or delete an equation by right-clicking the Equations folder , and selecting the action that you want. The Equations folder appears when you add the first equation to a part or assembly.
  • Control the display of dimensions and annotations by right-clicking the Annotations folder .
  • Keep a Design Journal and add attachments to the Design Binder folder .
  • Add or modify a material applied to a part by right-clicking Material .
  • View all solid bodies that the document contains in the Solid Bodies folder .
  • View all surface bodies that the document contains in the Surface Bodies folder .
  • View Planes , Origin , Axes , and Sketches of inserted parts.
  • Hide the origins for components and assemblies by right-clicking Origin and clicking Hides origin .
  • Add custom folders, and drag features into the folders to reduce the length of the FeatureManager design tree.
  • View and work in a flyout FeatureManager design tree in the graphics area while a PropertyManager appears in the left pane.
  • Move between the FeatureManager design tree, PropertyManager, ConfigurationManager, DimXpertManager, and DisplayManager tabs by selecting the tabs at the top of the left pane.