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JimSteinmeyer
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stickey selection for mating

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05-22-2012 07:13 AM

I have several iitems that I need to place coincident to a single surface. Is there a way to select the surface and then just select each of the other components without having to select the main surface for each item?

 

Thank you

Jim

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You may try creating the fast constriants by holding down the ALT key. The steps would go something like:

1. Press and hold the ALT key on down on your keyboard

2. Click on the face of the component that you want to move

3. (Do not let go of ALT) Drag the component to the surface you would like it to be conicident with. It should automatically create a constraint in the browser for you.

 

Hope this helps!

 

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Re: stickey selection for mating

05-22-2012 02:49 PM in reply to: JimSteinmeyer

No ideas?

Jim

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Re: stickey selection for mating

05-24-2012 12:42 PM in reply to: JimSteinmeyer

What if I made the bold statement that SolidWorks can do this but Inventor can't? Would I get a responce then? Not saying that is true, just trying to learn how to do it in inventor. Mating 20 parts to the same surface gets a little tedious when you have to go back to the first surface every time. I would pattern the parts but the dimensions vary.

Jim

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Re: stickey selection for mating

05-24-2012 10:02 PM in reply to: JimSteinmeyer

:smileysurprised: Blasphemer!  ... :smileyvery-happy:

 

I think it's possible using ilogic but I'm not 100% sure. I think I saw something similar in one of Rob Cohee's video's on Youtube, might be worth a looksee?

 

In any case, I think this would be a great addition to Inventor's reportoire, being able to multi-select parts to be constrained to a single surface would be a time saver for sure.

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Andy M
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Re: stickey selection for mating

05-25-2012 05:31 AM in reply to: trumpy81

Ya, I know. I have read many people tired of SW users saying Invenrot can't do something so I was hoping someone would rise to the bait.  :smileyvery-happy:

 

 

Jim

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Re: stickey selection for mating

05-25-2012 06:21 AM in reply to: JimSteinmeyer

I don't think there's currently a way to do it (other than some type of programming, as was already mentioned).  But I've seen plenty of times I could have used it if it was there.

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trumpy81
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Re: stickey selection for mating

05-25-2012 07:17 AM in reply to: JimSteinmeyer

Come in spinner (as they say here) .... :smileytongue:

 

Any thoughts of using imates to achieve the goal?

 

I'd still love to see this feature in Inventor (along with a few other features from that other software, but ssssshhh don't want anyone to know :smileywink:  ... :smileyvery-happy:

Regards
Andy M
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innovatenate
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Message 8 of 15 (190 Views)

Re: stickey selection for mating

06-06-2012 07:11 PM in reply to: trumpy81

You may try creating the fast constriants by holding down the ALT key. The steps would go something like:

1. Press and hold the ALT key on down on your keyboard

2. Click on the face of the component that you want to move

3. (Do not let go of ALT) Drag the component to the surface you would like it to be conicident with. It should automatically create a constraint in the browser for you.

 

Hope this helps!

 



Nathan Chandler


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Re: stickey selection for mating

06-08-2012 11:35 AM in reply to: innovatenate

This is a very good tip! Thank you I will use this when I can.

What I am really looking for is, for instance , if I have 10 different parts that all amte to one face, if I could select the face once and then simply select each surface to mate to it with one click.

WHile i have someone from AD here another mating technique I would like to see is the ability to make two surfaces parallel without having to know the distance between them.

 

Thank you for your responce.

 I appreciate knowing that you guys are looking at our  poats.

 

Jim

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Re: stickey selection for mating

06-08-2012 11:54 AM in reply to: JimSteinmeyer

 

 

To make two planar surfaces parallel with an unspecified offset, you may use the angle constraint with a 0 or 180 degree offset.

 

 

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