Within any part file when I create points (reference geometry) I am only given the option to ‘evenly distribute’ them. All the other options are greyed out and I cannot get them to work. Any ideas would be gratefully received.
I never use reference geometry points except to evenly space them. So my question is, why are you creating reference points?
They are used sometimes to be a reference for datumn planealong an edge or curve.
make a 3d sketch, then you can add relations to the point to hold it to whatever you need...midpoint, coinicident to faces or planes and if the ponit is on a face that is on a planer face then use 2d sketchs and make as many sketch that you need and name as reference poit A, B ,C or well you get the picture..
Thanks for the work around - shall use that. Still doesn't explain why the option to use distant points has dissappeared - guess it's just a bug in the software. Ionly ever use them on organic shaped curves otherwise I use the 2D approach on planar geometry as you suggested.
to me it's not a work around it's how I have done it since SW 97 and don't forget about 3d sketchs......I'm a model maker and deal with ID guys all the time and most of my stuff looks like a potato... ...freeform i mean...
I agree with Lenny. It's not a work around. Points in 3D sketches are more versitile than reference points. They can be controlled more easily, and have more constraints. It is what I always use when I want to define a new plane with 3 points.
You are right, it doesn't explain why you don't have those other options for reference points. It might be a bad install with registry issues if it is always a problem. I have those options on my screen.
Point taken guys, didnt mean to offend. I was mearly stating that it was a good alternative to how I had initially planned to construct my model. Am new to this software and coming from ProE am finding it very frustrating in areas but having explored your method I agree it is a more stable and adjustable way of working....many thanks again for your advice.
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