You can use the Align tool to align 3D bodies in your design space. Valid selections for the Align tool include:
|Planar Faces||Spherical Faces|
|Construction Planes||Construction Axes|
To learn more, explore the sections below.
Using the Align tool
To use the Align tool:
- Go to Transform > Align.
💡Tip: For other methods of accessing this tool visit: Accessing tools.
- Select the body or bodies that you want to align. This defines the bodies that will be moving in the design space.
Note: If you pre-select a body and select Align from the adaptive menu, this step is not necessary.
- Click Next.
- Select a face or edge from the bodies you want to align. If the body has snap points, they are shown in purple.
- Select the target that you want to align with. This selection could be any of the valid selections mentioned in the table above.
Alternatively, you can select the body’s snap point and drag it to a target body’s snap point.
- If necessary, adjust the alignment using the gizmo and the Flip badge . For more information, see Adjusting alignment.
- Select Done.
You can adjust the position of an aligned body using the gizmo and Flip badge. These on-screen tools can help you rotate, offset, and re-orient the body. Here are some examples of how to use these tools to manipulate a bodies alignment:
|Rotate around the gizmo center||Move linearly along the gizmo axes|
|Move on a plane||Flip 180 degrees|
💡Tip: For detailed information on using the gizmo, see Using the gizmo.
Snapping into alignment
When you adjust alignment using the gizmo, the body will snap into likely positions based on your selections and movements. For example:
- Aligned vertices
- Collinear edges
- Coplanar arcs
- Coplanar faces
- Parallel edges
💡Tip: For more information on using this tool, check out the Model Household Items tutorial on our website.