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3d rotation tool ?

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Hi, still with 8.02 here. Soooo, does FormZ have a 3D rotation tool ?

 

I found the transform tool which is similar, but i have to do an edit axis first. Would be nice if you set with this tool the center of rotation with the first click, the axis with the second click and then have the option to rotate either in the horizontal plane or in the vertical plane.

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Hi IngoEric,

 

Yes, the Transform tool will do what you want.  NOTE that the "default location" for the Transform tool is coincident with the Object Axes of the object.

 

With the Transform Tool, you can "Temporarily" Transform this location, but when you get another tool, and then try to transform this again, you will see that the origin for the tool controller has reset to its default "centroid" option.

 

If you always want a specific object to Transform about a specific location, then first get the Edit Object Axes tool and move the origin of the object as desired.  Now when you click with the Transform tool, you will see this new object axes being used by default.

 

Does that help?

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Hi Tech,

 

well it is all i already knew about it. The problem is the transform tool is to complicated since you have to use edit axis first, and if you want to rotate more than one object you have to group them first too.

It would be a lot easier if you can work as i mentioned above : Select the objects you want to copy, select the tool and with the first click you define the rotation center (and the transform tool appears on that center), with the second click the rotation axis (and the transform tool is locked on that axis), and than rotate the object on the vertical or horizontal plane.

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hi Ingo,

 

do you remember the german CAD program "MaxCad" in the 1990th - it had the tool "Free Rotation":

you clic 2 points of your geometry or draw a line to define the axis of rotation, select the object(s) and rotate (num. angle; multi copy)

 

in formZ the guide lines could define the axis if there are snap points or point objects (for numeric control of the coordinates)

 

vva

 

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Hi IngoErik,

 

The "regular" Rotate tool will do what you want, but you do need to define the reference plane first.  This should be quite quick and easy to use -- but it would be nice if we could add the option to allow Transform to work on all "subsequent operations" to be like the first one in a series being selected (without needing to Group first -- which is one "workaround" for that.  We will see if this can be added for the future...  ;)

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