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How do I align parts by the midpoint of a rectangular block?

Valued Contributor
Valued Contributor

The most natural way to set up these blocks is vertically centered over each other.  At present, the only way I can think to align things is 

 

1) mate faces

2) add a formula subtracting the length dimension of the two blocks and divide by 2.

 

Can I somehow reference the midpoint of edges or something instead?

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Re: How do I align parts by the midpoint of a rectangular block?

Gears Esteemed Contributor Gears Esteemed Contributor
Gears Esteemed Contributor

See "Center-Plane" relationship.  Also, if parts are symmetric about the global reference planes/coord-sys, you can show them and use the Mate/Align relationships to center them.



Ken
Production: ST10 MP7, Testing: SE 2019
http://Grundey.blogspot.com

Re: How do I align parts by the midpoint of a rectangular block?

Valued Contributor
Valued Contributor

I couldn't get anywhere with Center-Plane.  No idea what I should pick for that.

Re: How do I align parts by the midpoint of a rectangular block?

Valued Contributor
Valued Contributor
Further, I can show the global plane, but I don't know how to align the center of a block to those planes, I only get faces to planes. Likewise there's a coordinate-systme align command, but I can't see coordinate systems of the part.

Re: How do I align parts by the midpoint of a rectangular block?

Gears Esteemed Contributor Gears Esteemed Contributor
Gears Esteemed Contributor

Center-Plane video:



Ken
Production: ST10 MP7, Testing: SE 2019
http://Grundey.blogspot.com