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explode position

eric.mills
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explode position

When I typically explode an assembly I like to use the offset normal to a plane to move components to the exploded position I want them, moving is done via dragging. Has anyone found a way to input a discrete distance offset using offset normal to a plane? The distance is shown in a gray box on the explode menu, but say you want a set of components moved 125 units from starting point, has anyone been able to input a value? This would be a nice enhancement if it does not have that function already in WF4 or WF5. I'm on WF3 right now. Thanks Eric
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Hi Eric, I has not changed in WF4. Agreed that it would be nice to be able to type in a value for the offset distance. Have you set the increment to 125 then moved the components? Not very elegant but puts them 125 units from where they were. Regards-

You might want to install theese mapkeys in your config.pro, if you modify a lot of explodes. mx: modify explode: Asks for normal plane to move to. The "step" is set to 25. You can change if you want. sx: save explode: After finish modify, click mouse middle botton once, and type sx. mapkey mx @MAPKEY_LABEL modify explode;\ mapkey(continued) ~ Select `main_dlg_cur` `MenuBar1`1 `View`;\ mapkey(continued) ~ Close `main_dlg_cur` `MenuBar1`;\ mapkey(continued) ~ Activate `main_dlg_cur` `View.push_view_vistool`;\ mapkey(continued) ~ Activate `visual_dlg0` `PropertiesBtn`;\ mapkey(continued) ~ Activate `visual_dlg0` `ExtLay.EditPositionBtn`;\ mapkey(continued) ~ Update `mod_exp` `transopt` `25`;~ Activate `mod_exp` `transopt`;\ mapkey(continued) ~ Open `mod_exp` `directoptions`;~ Close `mod_exp` `directoptions`;\ mapkey(continued) ~ Select `mod_exp` `directoptions`1 `Plane Normal`; mapkey sx @MAPKEY_LABEL save explode;~ Activate `mod_exp` `okbutton`;\ mapkey(continued) ~ RButtonArm `visual_dlg0` `Table`2 `exp0001` `name_column`;\ mapkey(continued) ~ PopupOver `visual_dlg0` `EditPanel`1 `Table`;\ mapkey(continued) ~ Open `visual_dlg0` `EditPanel`;~ Close `visual_dlg0` `EditPanel`;\ mapkey(continued) ~ Select `visual_dlg0` `EditCascBtn`;~ Close `visual_dlg0` `EditCascBtn`;\ mapkey(continued) ~ Activate `visual_dlg0` `Save`;~ Activate `save_views_dlg` `ok`;\ mapkey(continued) ~ Activate `visual_dlg0` `CloseBtn`;
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