Seems like no matter what I do I can never just pick "this face and that face" and get them to mate up quickly and easily. I have been using SE for about 2 years an consider myself pretty good. But, I came from using SW for 10+ yrs. In SW mating was easy and intuitive, not so much for SE.
Anyway, when picking mates such as face or plane is there a way to rever the arrows so it doesnt flip parts around and give you the exact opposite of what you want?
Let me know if im not making sense.
Thanks for any help.
I agree with you that it's not as intuitive or friendly as in SW. Nor is fixing busted mates. They should provide an instream switch between align and mate. Flash fit at least smooths it out somewhat.
So two things...
On another note, if you were to use Flashfit, SE will assume either the Mate or the Planar Align relationship based on the starting orientation of the parts and will try to maintain that same orientation as closely as possible.
Well I will try the flashfit then. I just figured it was me as it is so hard for me to believe they could just leave it sooooo stinking clunky. I really do miss SW on these days...sigh.
I like Flash Fit.
After the part moves to the position you can just press the " f " key to flip from Mate to Planer Aligned.
It will also automatically float the offset if it can't get them to be coplanar.
That's true, there is a switch for mate/align. I got confused in memory. SW uses the "flip" if I remember correctly to change the "side" for a relationship distance whereas SE uses positive and negative numbers. That could use an in-stream switch rather than the need to change the sign manually.
The Use Reduced Steps setting changes the workflow some so try it with it on and off.
Tou may want to read up on the pros and cons of each mode.
Use Reduced Steps does not effect to Flash Fit workflow.
Thanks for the tips guys. I will try them out. Its just disappointing that you have to hold your tounge right and jump thru a hoop with your left foot. Thank you.
Anybody have any good tricks for fixing broken relationships. I find it's often easier to delete and redo.
I know this is tiresome to say but SW had a neat interface that made this very easy.
Cool improvements coming in ST9 for this. Really nice tools.....