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# Aligning holes on reference plane

Pioneer

Hi everybody!

I am on SE ST9, trying to figure out how to use Synchronous.

I want to align 2 holes on a the XY reference plane, and make 2 other holes symmetric about the XY ref plane.

I know I could use dimensions, and I could use ordered. But is there a way to do this using synchronous? I am pretty sure that this is really easy and I will be ashamed of not finding it by myself...

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# Betreff: Aligning holes on reference plane

Gears Esteemed Contributor

nothing easier than that.

First for a horizontal alignment simply select one hole, click the vertical arrow and move it to the centerpoint of the coordinate system.

If the secon hole was horizontally alligned before, it will keep this alignment through the Desing Intend function of SE (take care that they are ON and that Symmetric also in ON)

For making the other two holes symmetric to the XY plane just use a Symmetric Relate from the Face Relate Group.

You can make this permanent (active even if there is no Desing Intend turned on) or non-permanent (only will change if Desing Intend is turned on)

See video and I hope this helps:

(view in My Videos)

PS.: IMHO the use of coordinate system is easier than the old wellknown reference planes

Especially in Sync I prefer CS much more than the Reference Planes

Why: the have a center point for usage too!

regards
Wolfgang

# Betreff: Aligning holes on reference plane

Gears Esteemed Contributor

@hawcad As far as I can tell the symmetry face relate only works with the familiar ref planes and not with a CS ref planes.

Edit: I see on your video that you can select the CS plane. I cannot for some reason.

Bruce Shand
SE2019 MP8 - Insight - Win10 - K4200

# Betreff: Aligning holes on reference plane

Gears Esteemed Contributor

Hi @bshand

so, I always used the CS only for relating geometry, also the Symmetric relation.

And please see the video at time stamp 32 seconds where I use the XY plane of the CS for creating the Symmetric Relation between the two vertical holes

regards
Wolfgang

# Betreff: Aligning holes on reference plane

Gears Esteemed Contributor

Hi @bshand

OK, this makes me surprised a little bit, but is it possible to share a small example file and a video?

And I'm 100% confident about that it has nothing to do with either ST10 and SE2019

I do this for a long time of sync usage

regards
Wolfgang

# Betreff: Aligning holes on reference plane

Gears Esteemed Contributor

@hawcad, OK. For me I have to hover and use quick pick. They don't just pop up as they do in your video.

Bruce Shand
SE2019 MP8 - Insight - Win10 - K4200

# Betreff: Aligning holes on reference plane

Gears Esteemed Contributor

Hi @bshand

do You have the reference planes shown too?

Maybe they are overlapping somehow and planes are in front of coordinate system?

regards
Wolfgang

# Betreff: Aligning holes on reference plane

Gears Esteemed Contributor

Nope.

Bruce Shand
SE2019 MP8 - Insight - Win10 - K4200

# Betreff: Aligning holes on reference plane

Gears Esteemed Contributor

Hi @bshand

so then it gets hard to give a good answer.

Funny and strange thing here is, that I was just able to do something similar.

The first "plane" SE was offering to me now was the plane of the box rather than the CS planes.

So I also needed to use the Smart Select for a proper selection of the wanted symmetric plane.

But nevertheless CS planes worked fine for a long time - for me!

regards
Wolfgang

Pioneer