I have another best practice question when it comes to aligning parts in my assembly. I have come to use align on ctrl a hotkey and I love it. But it leaves something very big to be desired in my opinion. I want so badly to be able to click on a point of my part and align it to something else while staying planar to my 2d view.
Here is an example:
I want to align this motor to its mounting plate but the shaft will go through the plate. Is there a command I could use to click a point on the motor base in the right viewport and then a point on my motor plate thus moving the motor to its proper position?
What do you guys usually do for this and wouldn’t it be trick if this was in the align tool?
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Is there a command I could use to click a point on the motor base in the right viewport and then a point on my motor plate thus moving the motor to its proper position?
Maybe I miss something obvious here, but isn’t what you describe just the “Move” command with Ortho (F8) turned on?
Select the motor, gumbal enabled, move the gumbal to the point on the motor you want to align (snappy dragging should be on)
Now use the gumbal arrow and drag it to an edge/point of the motor plate.
Move command using the Cen (center) Osnap. It may be easier to select the Cen Osnap if other Osnaps are disabled. https://docs.mcneel.com/rhino/6/help/en-us/user_interface/object_snaps.htm
Yes often that is what I do but there are many instances where moving, even with ortho, snaps to objects out of plane. Sometimes I get an “apparent int” that works. It’s hit or miss, especially with complex parts.
Now this is what I’m talking about. Using the move command and locking the move to an ortho direction. Now I can click any ref and get 1 degree of freedom moves.
Very much appreciated!
This is super helpful too. I have not played with relocating the gumball or snappy dragging until just now. Thank you.
This was my usual method but it can be a pain to find the osnap sometimes, especially on the second click when the object you’re moving clouds the view of the object you’re snapping to.
I do really love the right click select only one osnap and again to reverse.