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Orientation Cube or Simple Rotation Feature

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Orientation Cube or Simple Rotation Feature

I recently came to Creo from Inventor, and I became somewhat dependent on the orientation cube (see attached video). After searching the community and the settings, I had come to the conclusion that such a thing was not possible in Creo. However, when doing some training with PTCU, I opened one of their files (which automatically opened in Simulate) and I saw something similar to the orientation cube labeled WCS in the bottom right corner (World Coordinate System, see attached image), which proved it's possible. This one is passive, meaning it only shows the current orientation, but that would be enough to help me.

 

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My question: how can I get this in Parametric? Would it be possible to make active (I can click on parts of the cube and re-orient the modeling window)? Or would it be easier to figure out how to program in 90 degree rotations about each axis in the views instead? My problem is that I have aphantasia, meaning I cannot visualize objects in my head, so I rely on being able to see it and grasp the position of features from looking at the model. The orientation cube was really helpful for this, and the lack of such a thing in Creo has been difficult for me to adjust to.

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Re: Orientation Cube or Simple Rotation Feature


@jordana wrote:
That seems weird that a fundamental feature like that would just not exist at all for a sophisticated code package like Creo, especially when they took the time to add it to Simulate, where such a thing is (in my opinion) unnecessary. That's really disappointing. May I ask, then, where I might find some resources for customizing the Parametric UI (maybe using APIs)? Is there a helpful API manual?


Also, do you have recommendations for how to set up or program up 90 degree rotations about each axis as functions?


Thanks!

Hi,

1.] to see your model in specific orientation you can define views

2.] to rotate your model 90 degrees about specific axis you can define a mapkey

3.] learn to watch spin center ... it could replace you missing WCS

4.] programming Creo is to complicated for beginner user

5.] search help.ptc.com for information


Martin Hanák

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Re: Orientation Cube or Simple Rotation Feature

That seems weird that a fundamental feature like that would just not exist at all for a sophisticated code package like Creo, especially when they took the time to add it to Simulate, where such a thing is (in my opinion) unnecessary. That's really disappointing. May I ask, then, where I might find some resources for customizing the Parametric UI (maybe using APIs)? Is there a helpful API manual?


Also, do you have recommendations for how to set up or program up 90 degree rotations about each axis as functions?


Thanks!

Re: Orientation Cube or Simple Rotation Feature

Hi,

WCS in the bottom right corner is available in Creo Simulate (maybe also in Creo Illustrate). In Creo Parametric this "feature" is not available.


Martin Hanák
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Re: Orientation Cube or Simple Rotation Feature


@jordana wrote:
That seems weird that a fundamental feature like that would just not exist at all for a sophisticated code package like Creo, especially when they took the time to add it to Simulate, where such a thing is (in my opinion) unnecessary. That's really disappointing. May I ask, then, where I might find some resources for customizing the Parametric UI (maybe using APIs)? Is there a helpful API manual?


Also, do you have recommendations for how to set up or program up 90 degree rotations about each axis as functions?


Thanks!

Hi,

1.] to see your model in specific orientation you can define views

2.] to rotate your model 90 degrees about specific axis you can define a mapkey

3.] learn to watch spin center ... it could replace you missing WCS

4.] programming Creo is to complicated for beginner user

5.] search help.ptc.com for information


Martin Hanák

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Re: Orientation Cube or Simple Rotation Feature

I'll look into mapkeys. The spin center has been helpful, but can't show my orientation at a glance. Thanks for your help.