5 Replies Latest reply on Oct 22, 2011 5:29 PM by Andrew Martin

    Move part to origin

    Feroz Mahomed
      We often receive parts from customers which are not drawn at the origin.Is it possible to move the part so that the center of the part is at the origin by using a macro.
        • Move part to origin
          Jorn Bjarning

          feroz mahomed wrote:

           

          We often receive parts from customers which are not drawn at the origin.Is it possible to move the part so that the center of the part is at the origin by using a macro.

          Feroz,
          It depends on how exactly you would like it to work. A low tech solution would be to use the Move/Copy Body function combined with options to select a vertex, planes etc to place and orient the model in relation to the origin. In this way the model features are not changed - you just move the finished body in space.
            • Move part to origin
              Feroz Mahomed
              Jorn,

              Currently, I find the center of the part by drawing a box around it that is tangent to four sides.I then measure the distance from the center to the origin and use the move/copy body fonction. I was hoping to find an easier method.
                • Move part to origin
                  Jorn Bjarning

                  feroz mahomed wrote:

                   

                  Jorn,

                  Currently, I find the center of the part by drawing a box around it that is tangent to four sides.I then measure the distance from the center to the origin and use the move/copy body fonction. I was hoping to find an easier method.

                  Feroz,
                  What type of shape do these models have? Is it simple geometric shapes or is it advanced curved shapes? Is the rule that you want to move the geometry so that the mass midpoint of the model is coincident with the origin? Or what is the rule(s).
                    • Move part to origin
                      Feroz Mahomed
                      Jorn,

                      We design dies for the aluminium extrusion industry.The shapes range from simple to complex.The dies are designed to suit existing support tooling. The rule is that the center of the shape from the front face has to be coincident to the origin.
                • Re: Move part to origin
                  Andrew Martin

                  Anyone have any insight on this 3 years later...? I also have quite a few models that are the result of a saved body modeling technique and would like some type of automated / macro to adjust the origin on the individual parts to the center of their specific geometry.

                   

                  Thanks in advance.