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Is it possible to determine exterior or OUTSIDE dimensions when using ArtiosCAD templates (for example, with corrugated boxes and trays)?


Often, designers convert the die line to 3D, then add dimensions to the 3D view and write these down. When you have to resize the design, the 3D dimensions are not updated automatically, so you need to update the 3D view, delete the 3D dimensions and create them again. It's inefficient! What is a better workflow?  


There are two options: an easy (semi-automatic) one, and a little more complicated one (but fully automatic).

First solution: quick and easy:

  1. Convert your design to 3D.
  2. Right click the object to open its contextual menu and click Properties.
  3. Go to the Bounding Box tab and there you can read the outside dimensions in X-Y-Z.

Second Solution: a little more complicated, but fully automatic way:

We can calculate the outside dimension in the Standard template.


Condition is that you already have the Resizable Tools' license and you are familiar with the Advanced Stylemaker module!


  1. Create an additional menu in the template, for example, called outside dimensions.
  2. Add three variables: OL, OW and OD (Outside Length, Outside Width and Outside Depth) or similar.
  3. Set these variables to the outside dimensions of the design by using a formula.
    For Example: in a standard RSC, where our default L-W-D are INSIDE dimensions.
    1. Set OL = L + 2*CAL
    2. OW = W + 2*CAL
    3. OD = D + 4*CAL 
    This is just an example!! Be aware that these calculations can be different for other designs, depending on the concept of the original Standard!!
  4. This way, after rebuilding the standard, the values for the outside dimensions will automatically be recalculated as well.
  5. And if you want, you could also add them into the database or add them into a customized Database dialog when saving the file and thus also into a report ... all automatically!

The second option takes a little more work, but that's just ONCE! After it's set up, it's all automatic from then on.

The first option is quick and easy, but after a rebuild you will need to check the bounding box again.


An incorrect modification of values and parameters in the ArtiosCAD Defaults can cause critical problems that might lead to severe problems in the correct functioning of the program. Esko cannot guarantee the proper working of your ArtiosCAD installation due to an incorrect handling of parameters and settings. A reinstall might be mandatory in order to restore the original system state. For this reason, Esko recommends that you take regular backups of the ServerLib (Shared Defaults) folder, the database and the FileStore.

Please contact your local Esko Support team in case you need more advice related to backups.

Article information
Applies to

ArtiosCAD all versions

ArtiosCAD Enterprise all versions

Created 10-Jun-16
Last revised 
Author WOTA
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