Point to the compass manipulation handle (the red square
located on the privileged plane at the base of the compass).
|The cursor shape changes to:
Drag the compass.
|As you drag the compass, the cursor shape changes
and the compass now looks like this:
|The axis is the Z axis by default. The square base
represents the current privileged plane.
The privileged plane is
realigned with one of the planes on the object and is snapped to
Release the mouse button to drop the compass onto the
|Dropping the compass onto the object
snaps the compass to the object and selects it. The compass changes
color; the default color is light green. You set this color using
the Handles list in Tools >
Options > General > Display > Visualization.
example, drag and drop the compass onto the part. One possible
result could look like this:
|In our example, the compass could also
be oriented differently, depending on where you drop the compass.
|Note that the X axis is now w|x, the Y
axis u|y, and the Z axis v|z; an extra letter is added is this way
to indicate that the axis in question is no longer oriented the
same way as the absolute reference axis in the bottom right corner.
|When the compass is
snapped onto an object, the letters identifying the compass axes
are displayed differently from the usual color and size: they are
white (with a dark surround) and their size is bigger for
greater readibility whatever the background color.
This enables you to see more clearly the compass orientation, which
is especially useful when the compass is snapped onto objects with
many different colors or with many small details.
Once the compass is snapped to the
object, you can begin to manipulate the object. You do so by simply
dragging certain parts of the compass, exactly as you do to
manipulate viewpoints as explained in
Manipulating Viewpoints Using the Mouse and Compass. This time,
the object (and not the viewpoints) will be manipulated.
In our example, drag the X axis of the compass to move
the part to the other side of the block, then drop to reposition the
|While dragging, the compass and a representation
of the part are moved.
The distance from the origin of the axis
(the red square or compass manipulation handle located on the
compass base) is displayed in real time as you move the object. The
value displayed will be preceded by the "-" sign (negative) if you
move the object in the direction opposite to the compass
|The translation increments are preset: you cannot
reset the translation increments displayed.
|When you drop the compass, the pad is now
positioned approximately like this:
|You can also:
- rotate the object in a plane (by dragging one of the compass
arcs): the degree of rotation is also displayed in real time
- move the object in a plane (by dragging one of the compass
planes): the distance from the origin to the new location (along
both axes in the plane) is displayed in real time
- rotate freely about a point on the compass (by dragging the
free rotation handle at the top of the compass)
as explained in Manipulating
Viewpoints Using the Mouse and Compass.
Drag the compass away from the selected object and drop
|The compass is now disconnected from the object,
but maintains its orientation:
To reorient the compass the same way as the absolute
reference axis, and restore the compass to its original position in the
top right corner of the document, drag and drop the compass onto the
absolute reference axis.
|The compass is repositioned
at its original position and takes its original orientation:
||To achieve the same effect, you can
also press and hold down Shift, then drag and drop the
compass. Release the left mouse button before releasing Shift.
Selecting View > Reset Compass also restores the compass
to its original position and its default orientation.
If you selected the Display
manipulation bounding box check box in Tools > Options >
General > Display > Navigation, a box appears around the
selected object if it can be manipulated by the compass.
In our example, click on an object to see the bounding box appear:
|You can then drag any of
the edges of the box to move the object in the corresponding
direction. Note also that the bounding box remains oriented the
same way as the compass.
You can also align the compass on objects that the compass cannot
manipulate: this technique is useful if you want to detect a direction on
the object for manipulating non-constrained objects.
In our example, you could drag the compass onto the pad and align it
with one of the pad edges like this:
Click OK when warned that you cannot move the pad.
You can then select the pad and drag the compass to move the pad
in the same direction as the edge of the pad. This is the ideal
solution for manipulating several objects at a time. To do so,
select the first object, then press Ctrl and click other
objects to add them to your selection.
More About the Object Manipulation
Multiselection is supported when manipulating objects with the compass.
However, note that if you select an object and its container (part or
product), then the object might be moved twice the distance of the compass:
- the first move will correspond to the move of the object's container
(which implies moving the object as well)
- the second move will correspond to the move of the object itself.
This behavior depends on the positioning constraints between the object
and its container: in standard assemblies, the part remains linked to its
container, therefore there is no double move whereas in flexible assemblies
and in processes, the object moves twice the distance of the compass.