I can't seem to select this midpoint in between the spring. Is there another way to select it beside clicking on it?
That appears to be a temporary axis. It doesn't exist in the tree, and I don't know of any way to select it other than clicking on it. You could create an axis in the Part that's coincident with it then select that from the tree. I have to ask: Why don't you want to select it by clicking on it?
By "midpoint" do you mean the blue axis or temporary axis line? If so & if it's an axis you can use the Power Select tool or you can select it from the feature tree. If it's visible you should be able to select it unless you have a Selection Filter toggled on? If you're trying to use it as part of a mate then perhaps you have a mate type pre-selected that it can't be used for?
You won't be able to select a mid point of a solid like that, only edges and lines (I think). My suggestion would be to create a mid plane.
The only way you can is to add a 3D sketch and draw a construction circle at the top and bottom and then add two lines from the mid point of each circle and make them equal, then the line end point would be in the center of the part.
The problem is that I can't click it for some odd reason. When I click it nothing happens.
What exactly are you trying to do with it when you try to click it?
If you have perspective turned on, try turning it off & see if it helps.
Hi everyone thanks for all your answers! Apparently there was no axis like Glenn suggested as I couldn't find it in the tree. Still don't know why there is a blue line across the middle though. I ended up creating another axis on the part. Thanks everyone!
Dennis Tan wrote: Hi everyone thanks for all your answers! Apparently there was no axis like Glenn suggested as I couldn't find it in the tree. Still don't know why there is a blue line across the middle though. I ended up creating another axis on the part. Thanks everyone!
Dennis Tan wrote:
As Glenn said, you probably had "Temporary Axes" switched on in your "View > Hide/Show" menu.
It's a temporary axis if there isn't an axis in the tree as has been mentioned, but you should still be able to select it & use it for mating or just clicking on for fun
I'm guessing my comment doesn't really add to the discussion since a correct answer has been accepted. I believe that a temporary axis is created anytime there is a reference to a round or circular sketch then a feature. In this case a circle was created to generate a helix of a 'length' on the 'new' temporary axis.
I sometimes cheat an axis when using a rectangular (or other shaped) part sketched on the origin and extruded. I initially create a round extrusion of a much smaller size on the same origin and of the extrude depth required. I then draw the center rectangular sketch (on the origin) and extrude that up to next and uncheck the merge option. I always have a temporary axis as a result without creating one. This procedure will not work if simulation or your mass is critical or you would rather create an axis. It's your choice of course.
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