Excerpt from the "Preface"
What is in MicroStation QuickStart?
MicroStation QuickStart is a collection of lessons and lab exercises
designed for a CAD course using Bentley Systems' MicroStation Academic
Suite as the software. It is the only book on the market that covers
an introduction to all of the modules in the Mechanical and Building
Academic Suites. It is also useful for users of other CAD who need
to quickly get started in MicroStation.
The exercises are a combination of text and illustrations in a
step-by-step format intended to guide you from beginning to intermediate
level. Exercises are self-explanatory and can be used self-guided
or as a text for a short course or classroom semester course combined
with lecture and demonstration.
For additional, in-depth information on MicroStation, refer to
the User's Guide, Tutorial and other Manuals supplied with the MicroStation
software. Additional information is also available for Modeler,
TriForma, MasterPiece, Designer One, Adams and PowerDraft in product
The exercises have been developed through a number of presentations
and have been reviewed and perfected with the help of many students
and instructors. We sincerely hope that you will find them helpful
and useful. If you have any questions or comments, please direct
them to Archway Systems' Training Coordinator at 714/374-0440.
Who Should Use This Book?
Anyone who wants to quickly learn how to use MicroStation, Modeler,
TriForma, or PowerDraft to produce technical drawings and 3D models.
By doing the exercises in this book you will be exposed to many
of the features of MicroStation, Modeler, TriForma and PowerDraft
and introduced to Masterpiece.
What Software Version is it for?
This book is written for MicroStation 95 and later, for MS-DOS
or Windows. Since MicroStation is nearly identical on all platforms,
this book is useful for whichever platform the student has. The
appendix describes some of the differences for Macintosh computers.
About the Author
Tom Lazear has over 30 years experience in CAD and has delivered
numerous MicroStation training courses.
Excerpt from "Chapter 4--Input
of Precise Geometric Data"
(Just one of the many Exercises in
this 170 page guide)
Exercise 2 - Stepped-Shaft
You will use a combination of grid lock and key-in of coordinate
data to create the design file for the following shaft:
1. Select File then New. Select SEED2D.DGN as the seed file. Use
your first name for the file name.
2. Select Settings, then Design File, then Working Units. Setup
working units of inches and tenths.
3. While still in Design File Settings, click Coordinate Readout.
4. Set to Master Units. Coordinates are displayed as follows:
1.25 in. (rather than 1:2.5).
Select Settings, then Design File, then Grid. Turn on grid lock
with master grid at .1". Reference Grid 10 (i.e. every 10 tenths
of an inch).
6. Open Main Tool Frame (It may already
7. Select "Place Block". To
place first rectangle, (with Accudraw active) input 0 in the x and
y fields and press Enter. Move the mouse to the right and type 4
(without typing Enter) and then move the mouse up and type 4, then
accept by pressing Enter.
View" to see the 4 x 4 inch rectangle (block).
Now, select Utilities Key-In, ensure input
focus is in the Key-in box and be sure you are still in the Place
To place second rectangle type,
XY=4,1 <enter> (make sure focus
stays on key-in box)
"Fit View" to see the second, 6 x 2 inch rectangle. This
exercise shows both the key-in method and the Accudraw method of
entering precise coordinates.
8. Select the chamfer tool (row 9 column
2, last icon). In "tool settings", edit both distances
to .125 (1/8"). Click on right hand vertical edge of 6 x 2
rectangle. Then, click above on the horizontal edge of the same
rectangle. Accept. Note one corner has been chamfered to 1/8".
Click anywhere on the view to accept. Repeat on the lower right
corner of the same rectangle.
9. Draw the vertical line at the chamfer
by snapping (using default keypoint snap) at top and bottom.
IMPORTANT: Remember the sequence for snapping. First, take
the cursor near the point to be snapped. Usually best to put it
right on a line near, but not on, the snap point. In this case,
on the horizontal line near, but not on, the chamfer point. Then,
press both buttons on your mouse at the same time. (Your computer
may be set to snap with the middle button of your mouse, or if you
are not using a PC, see your manual.) A huge cursor will appear.
MicroStation is asking you if it snapped to the right point. If
OK, press the data button to accept the tentative point. If not
OK, press reset and then try again.
10. Reset to disconnect the line.
11. Move cursor to linestyle drop down bar ( part of Primary Tools,
usually at top of screen). Choose the centerline style.
12. Place the centerline by using grid snap, or by snapping to
the center of the veritical edge of the rectangles.
13. "Pan" your view to the right to make room for the
end-view circles. You pan by using the scroll bars, using the pan
icon, or by pressing the shiftkey and then the mouse data button
with the cursor near the center of screen.
Change linestyle back to solid. Draw the circle representing the
O. D. of the small shaft by using grid snap to locate the center
and grid snap at 1" (diameter is 2"). Or, you can set
the diameter or radius in Tool Settings. Draw large circle similarly.
15. To draw the small circle representing the chamfer, place the
center of the small circle using grid snap and then use AccuDraw
to place a point on the circle by dragging your cursor horizontally
to the right and typing 0.875. (or set radius or diameter in Place
Circle tool settings before placing center).
16. Select Element then Text. Set text height and width to 0.200.
17. Select Dimension Element at row 7,
column 2 on Main palette. Use it to place the 4" side of the
large rectangle. Just click on the side to be dimensioned.
For the 10" dimension, select "Dimension Size with Arrows".
Note this special sequence: Snap to corner of shaft. Accept. Move
cursor straight up, away from part and then click to set extension
line depth. Move cursor to opposite extreme of shaft and snap to
corner. Accept 10" dimension.
19. Reset to be at beginning of Dimension
Select "Dimension Radial". Set mode to Radius in Tool
Settings. Identify 4" circle. Accept. Identify 2" circle.
Accept. Identify .875" radius circle. Accept. (If you want
a horizontal leg on your leader, select Element>Dimension>Placement>Location:Manual.
You will then be able to draw extra line segments on your leader).
21. Place centerlines of circles. The
easy way is: use Dimension Radial Tool. In Tool Settings mode, select
Centermark. Also, set Centersize to 3.
You have now completed a medium complexity mechanical drawing including
chamfering, key-in of precise coordinates and dimensioning! Congratulations!
We will go more deeply into dimensioning in a later chapter. But,
you are already prepared for schematics and normal mechanical drafting
with your MicroStation