Translate and Rotate Entities

Use the Move tool to translate and rotate selected entities.

Certain types of entities, like parts and assemblies, cannot be moved with the Move tool. Entities like pressures cannot be moved because their position and orientation are determined by the entity to which they are applied.
  1. From the Home tools, click the Move tool.

    Figure 1.
  2. Optional: Click on the guide bar to define movement options.
  3. Select an entity type using the guide bar selector.
  4. Select entities to move.
    The Move tool is placed the center of selected entities.
  5. Click a graphical manipulator then do one of the following:
    • Drag the graphical manipulator to translate or rotate entities in the selected direction(s).
    • Enter a precise value in the microdialog and press Enter.
    To Do This
    Translate along an axis Click the X, Y, or Z arrow.

    Figure 2.
    Translate along a plane Click the XY, XZ, or YX plane square.

    Figure 3.
    Translate freely in 3D space Click the origin of the Move tool.

    Figure 4.
    Tip: Use the icons in the microdialog to align the tool to a part or the global axes.
    Rotate around an axis Click a curved arrow.

    Figure 5.
    Rotate freely Click at the tip of the X, Y, or Z arrow and drag.

    Figure 6.
Tip: Use snap points to align entities by clicking-and-dragging a snap point on one entity to the snap point on a second entity.

Reposition the Move Tool

Reposition the Move tool along an axis, within a plane, or in 3D space to change the center of rotation.

  1. From the Home tools, click the Move tool.

    Figure 7.
  2. Enter editing mode in the following ways:
    • Hold Shift.
    • Double-click one of the graphical manipulators.
    The Move tool becomes orange, indicating that it is ready to be repositioned.
  3. Similar to translating and rotating, use the graphical manipulators and microdialogs to reposition the tool.
  4. Let go of Shift or left-click in empty space to exit editing mode.
    The Move tool displays in white.

Microdialog Options

Align the Move tool with the global axis.
Align the Move tool along an edge or face. If the Move tool is being repositioned (highlighted orange), clicking this button will force the Move tool to be aligned automatically as you drag it around the model.