Is there a way to "attach" an axis or coordinate system to a part? In the Tools tab, if I select a part, click on Coordinate System, then click on an edge of the part, a coordinate system (CSYSn) will be created with one of the axes along the edge. So far so good!
If I then go to the Home tab, select the part, and select Rotation Mode, I can then Right-Click on the part, select Location from the window that appears, and click on Select Coordinate System from the drop down menu. I can click on the coordinate system created above and that coordinate system will show in the Select Coordinate System window. I click OK, and the "rotation ball" shifts so I can rotate the part about the new axis. Again, so far so good.
However, if I move the part (using Translation Mode), the coordinates created above stay where they were, instead of moving along with the part! At this point, I can no longer rotate the part about the axis I created. Is there a way to "attach" the coordinate system to the part so it wiill move along with the part?
Any help will be much appreciated!
Thanks in advance!
Construction datums are not associated with any geometry and so will stay fixed in space when you translate the objects. There is no way to tie the 2 together. Once you have moved the objects you will need to create a new axis.
At least I know not to waste more time trying to do it! Still seems like it would be useful, but at least I know the reality.