Creating Positions

This procedure describes the steps required to save the position of parts and/or resources with respect to a given resource. Once created, the position object is then associated with the selected item and shown under the Mfg Positions node of the item in the PPR tree. Named positions may then be used as building blocks in the creation of 3D States.

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Arrange the parts and resources

Use the positioning tools (such as the Compass, Snap tools, etc.) to position items and resources assigned to a given activity to the desired locations.


Start the position creation process

Click the Create Positions icon to start the position creation process. The compass shown in the Create Positions icon will turn from blue to orange to indicate that the Create Positions mode is currently active .


Select an item for which to save a position

Select a part or resource to save its position.

The Create Position dialog box is displayed: The output-edit field  "Relative to"  will be visible only if the relative option is selected.


In this dialog you can create an absolute and a relative Position. It is possible that you can create states for absolute and relative position directly in the dialog. 

Select whether the position is relative or absolute, and enter a name for this position: In this example an absolute position will be created.

Click OK to close the Create Position dialog box.


If "Relative to" has been selected as the Position type, select the object that will serve as the reference object.

In this example "Board.1" is the reference object.

While the dialog is opened, you can assign another reference object as often as desired. The selected reference object is highlighted in the 3D viewer.

Click OK to close the Create Position dialog box.

The newly created Position object is created and saved in the Applications -> Positions and MFG Position folder for the selected object of the PPR tree, using the name specified in Step 4 and 5 (above):

Note that if the new position is not immediately visible under the Applications node of the PPR tree, you may need to double-click the Applications node to refresh its view.

Once the Position object has been created, the location of the positioned object is stored. The process document must be saved to retain the data for subsequent V5 sessions.

After the Position object has been created, the saved part positions can later be modified, as described in the next section, Editing Positions.


  • If a reference resource is moved, any objects that are positioned based on its location will also be moved accordingly.
  • If a reference resource is deleted, its corresponding position object is not automatically deleted. The position object must be deleted manually by the user, and a warning is displayed during process verification.