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Align WCS (or parts) to Absolute Coordinate System

Align WCS (or parts) to Absolute Coordinate System

Align WCS (or parts) to Absolute Coordinate System

(OP)
Okay, this may be basic for some and frustrating for others.  I want to use the standard views (front, right, bottom, etc.) except the parts I brought into my assembly have their own orientation.  I can mate them all to each other easy enough but how do I line up the assembly to the absolute coordinate system so that I can use the standard views?

THANKS!

RE: Align WCS (or parts) to Absolute Coordinate System

I run into this problem frequently. One way to correct the situation is to select all components immediately below your assembly level and reposition them to match any particular view. After a little practice, I remember to rotate the first component added to an assembly before continuing.

When Repositioning, you might find the Snap to WCS button helpful.

Cheers,
   -MikeN

RE: Align WCS (or parts) to Absolute Coordinate System

(OP)
MikeN,
     Thanks for the comments.  How to do it is another matter.  The absolute coordinate system (ACS) is not viewable so various convoluted steps are required to get from WCS to the ACS.  Such as measuring the distance between the WCS and the ACS and then moving the part the required amount.  Then, the direction of all three axes need to be measured to see how far they are off in the angular direction.

Thanks again.

RE: Align WCS (or parts) to Absolute Coordinate System

An easier way would be to use Transform->Reposition. Save the WCS then orient it to absolute; select transform->reposition, select the part(s) to reposition, use the inferred option (the lightning bolt), select the saved WCS as the reference csys then hit OK for the destination csys (it will use the current csys, which you have oriented to absolute). After repositioning parts you can orient the WCS back to the saved position.

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