Autodesk Inventor – Move & Rotate

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March 17, 2020


Source: Autodesk Inventor

Learn about ways to move or rotate a component.

When you constrain or join assembly components to one another, you control their position. To move or rotate a component, either temporarily or permanently, use one of the following methods:

Free move

You can move a component to get a better view of its features or to analyze relationships. A free move is a temporary “get out of the way” move. You might want to move components to:

  • Display relationship dependencies as an elastic band to analyze the relationships.
  • See a face or feature on the selected component.
  • See a face or feature on a part that is obscured by the selected component.
  • Facilitate selection of a face or feature on a component by moving it to an uncluttered area of the screen.

A free move is convenient but it is temporary. The part snaps back to its constrained or joined position when you apply a new relationship or update or refresh the assembly.

Drag move

To see how a component moves, you can drag it (and all components connected to it). A drag move honors previously applied relationships. That is, the selected component and joined parts move together in their related positions.

A grounded component cannot be dragged to a different location. Components related to the grounded component remain in their joined positions at the new location.

You can click any component in the edit target (the file that contains edits) and drag it to a new location. If you select a component that is not a child of the edit target (a part in a subassembly), the component acts as a handle and drags the whole subassembly.

In this tutorial we will learn how to Move and Rotate using Autodesk Inventor.

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