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"Attach" an Axis to a Part?

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"Attach" an Axis to a Part?

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!

Tom Burton

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Re: "Attach" an Axis to a Part?

Tom,

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.

Tim

Re: "Attach" an Axis to a Part?

Tim -

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.

Thanks,

Tom