Move and copy items using the gizmo

The gizmo icon-generic-gizmo.png provides directional control and the copy option for several tools within Shapr3D. The parts of the gizmo are detailed below.


Gizmo center

The gizmo center has two functions: 

  • The gizmo center defines the center of any rotational movement.
  • The gizmo center controls the orientation of the gizmo.

You can move the gizmo center by dragging. The gizmo center snaps to existing geometry such as axes, faces, edges, sketch profiles, and construction geometry, allowing you to define a new center for any rotational movement or reorient the gizmo.



Some tools include an Auto-orientation option that can you can turn on or turn off Turning off this option prevents the axes of the gizmo from aligning with other geometry


Gizmo arrows provide linear and rotational controls. Arrows can be used in two ways:

History settings

In the History sidebar, your linear and rotational controls are defined as a Movement/Rotation step.


Gizmo tiles can be dragged for linear movements along a plane. 

Dimension label

Dimension labels appear next to a selected gizmo arrow and they display the current value for the movement. To modify the value of a dimension label:

  • Keyboard and mouse/trackpad: Hover your pointer over the arrow and click the dimension label to enter a value. To use the numpad, click the dimension label to select it and then click again to activate the numpad.
  • Touch and pen: Tap the dimension label to modify the value using the numpad.

Copy badge

You can use the Copy badge icon-generic-copy-true.pngto create a copy or multiple copies of a selected item. 

For tools that use the Copy badge, the color of the badge indicates when it is selected:

  • Unselected: icon-generic-copy-false.png
  • Selected: icon-generic-copy-true.png

Copy items

To copy items:

  1. Select the item to copy.
  2. Turn on the Copy badge icon-generic-copy-true.pngin the gizmo.
  3. Drag the linear or rotational arrows to where you want the copied item to be.
  4. To create multiple copies, keep the Copy badge turned on and continue moving the arrows to the places where you want the copies to be.
  5. Optional: To unlink your copy action from History, turn off the Link badge icon-copy-badge-unlink.png
  6. To finish, turn off the Copy badge or select an empty area in the grid.

History settings

In the History sidebar, items you copy are recorded under the Movement/Rotation step. 

You can modify the Movement/Rotation step parameter to turn on or off your copy action.


Note: For unlinked copies, History displays a step called Unlinked Copy.


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