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Automatic stamping

A characteristic or several characteristics can be automatically →stamped with this function. It is necessary that the drawing file is available in the drawing format DWG, DXF or IGES or in PDF format, see →Drawing data format.

Special case: the drawing entry is not grouped

Depending on the drawing export from the CAD system, it is possible (especially with PDF format) that the elements of a drawing entry are not completely grouped together. When stamping, each element would be taken as a characteristic. You can also see how elements are related, if you point to an element with the pointer of the stamp tool, which elements are highlighted. The stamp-as-group function can be used to create a characteristic from several individual elements.
See Functions > Characteristics > Stamp Automatically (Grouped)

Special case: The drawing entry is not completely character coded

Depending on the drawing export from the CAD system it may be (especially with the PDF format) that mostly graphic symbols are not character coded. If you point to the symbols with the pointer of the stamp tool, you can see whether the character is only built up of single geometry elements or is a character in a text field. For this case the function Stamp with preset is available.
See Functions > Characteristics > Stamp with preset

Special case: The drawing entry has a specific context

If a characteristic is to be created from a drawing entry whose meaning is only apparent from the context of the drawing, such as coordinate dimensions in this case, it can be helpful to use the Stamp with preset function.
See Functions > Characteristics > Stamp with preset


 • Workflow
 • Customization


Step Action Result
1 Open drawing sheet Open the drawing sheet that you would like to stamp. The drawing sheet is displayed in the drawing window.
2 Activate stamp tool Click on the Stamp tool button () in the Toolbar. If you now move the mouse pointer into the drawing window, it will be displayed as a stamp (). At the bottom left of the drawing window, the “Stamp with” dialog box appears:
3 Check/set start value for the numbering 1) Define the start value in the window Characteristic properties.

The number is assigned to the first characteristic in the test plan during stamping that is stored in the settings (see Customization > Settings > Stamp) as a start value, by default “1”. Each additional stamp receives a number incremented by the set increment. The counter will be at the lowest possible value if characteristics are already present in the test plan.
The counter for the numbering in the example is set as required at “1”:
2) In the “Stamp with” dialog box, define properties that should be taken into account when stamping:
- Prefix, Suffix
- Categorie
- Tag
2) The stamp properties are correctly selected.
Note If you leave the category preselection on Automatic, the drawing entries are automatically evaluated according to which →categorie they are. The following are assigned accordingly: 1) Standard feature, 2) Control dimension (laterally rounded frame), 3) Theoretically exact dimension (rectangular frame), 4) Auxiliary dimension (round brackets) and 5) Raw dimension (square brackets). The prerequisites for the recognition of the frames are that they consist of straight lines (and semicircles).

Note  The recognition of the categories “Control dimension” and “Theoretically exact measurement” is possible from program version onwards.
4 Stamp There are three alternative sub-functions available for the actual stamping:
4a) Stamp a characteristic individually.
4b) Automatically recognize and stamp all characteristics in one area.
4a Stamp individual characteristic Move the mouse pointer () onto the characteristic and click with the left mouse button (single click).
In the expample the size “□86” is stamped. After stamping, it received a stamp with the number “1” and appears as an entry in the characteristic overview:
4b Stamp area Move the mouse pointer () onto the drawing surface and select the desired area (see also User interface > Operation – Special features when selecting and choosing):
After stamping, all relevant characteristics of the area received a VDA stamp with numbers from “1” to “7” and appear as an entry in the characteristics overview:


The function can be influenced via the following settings:

Creating characteristics

Change settings for creating characteristics.
See Settings > Settings > Characteristics

General tolerance tables

Change the underlying general tolerance tables, from which tolerance values for non-individually tolerated measurements are applied.
See Settings > Project settings > Tolerance tables

Stamp settings

Change underlying settings for stamp.
See Settings > Settings > Stamp

Stamp templates

Change the graphical display of the stamp.
See Settings > Project settings > Stamp templates

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