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Moving Bodies in a Multi-Body Part

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You create multiple solid bodies in a part file using modeling commands, or by importing one or more solids using the Derived Component command. Use the Move Bodies command to reposition solid body components.

There are three modes of moving bodies in a part file:
Free Drag allows you to move objects in any X, Y, Z combination.
Move along ray allows you to perform a linear move on objects.
Rotate allows you to set the angular rotation of an object around a central axis.
You can use each method as a single move, or you can combine move options by selecting Click to add in the dialog box window. Group multiple moves into one operation to consume the least amount of memory. Inventor records each move in the browser, so you can edit or delete moves at any time.
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Video link: http://www.screencast.com/t/MzJiOGE3Y Created by one of the Cad Geeks

Alias Place Tool

The Place tool is an awesome tool when you need to locate or move geometry to a specific location. Have you ever imported some geometry and it’s not located in the correct location? This can be a little frustrating to say the least. The Place tool makes moving that geometry into position a piece of cake!

Click HERE to watch the video…

Created by Aaron… Your Alias CAD Geek

Base Solids Editing – Part 3


Hello again. In part 3 of this series concerning the editing of base solids, I would like to show an example of moving an entire set of faces on a model. This is just another way to edit a part that doesn’t actually have any features to edit.

Check out this video for an example:

Watch Video Here

Contributed by Ben of the INCAT CAD Geeks

Remember MDT…..Grip Snap Move and Rotate with Ivnentor 2009

Working with a new user of Inventor last week he was complaining of functionality he had in MDT that did not exist in 2008 Inventor, having the ability to move parts inside assemblies from point to point without using constraints. Autodesk Inventor 2009 to the rescue once again, this seems to becoming a very common theme.

A Grip Snap tool for precise moves and rotations has been added to the existing tools to move and rotate one or more components, subassemblies, and work geometry in Assemblies.

The icons automatically shown in a ribbon represent the translational and rotational options available for an entity you select. Tooltips describe the behaviors they represent.

The Heads Up Display provides visual cues for the next action, a place to enter precise values, and can provide feedback about the translational and rotational degrees of freedom for the entity you select.

On the Context menu which is a right click away you can click Done to accept the actions previewed, or Commit and Ground to accept and ground the entities you manipulate with the Grip Snap tool. This tool has a lot of possibilities be sure to check them all out.

Check out my video of how to do this.
Submitted by Dave of the INCAT CAD Geeks

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