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Defining direction of assembly pattern -- edge or plane?

Question asked by Pat Chewning on Sep 20, 2010
Latest reply on Sep 20, 2010 by Glenn Schroeder

When defining the direction of a linear pattern in assembly, I would prefer to use one of the default planes (FRONT, RIGHT, TOP) to set the direction.  However, I cannot seem to be able to select the plane so I have been using an edge on one of the parts that is perpendicular to the plane.


I have found this practice (using an edge) to be bad, since the edge might go away or be split or otherwise change in the future -- then the pattern will fail.


So my question is:  Is there a way to select a PLANE to define the direction of an assembly pattern?  If not SHOULD THERE BE?  Are there other good solutions to this?