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having come from Solidworks, I find making assemblies very unintuitive - what am I doing wrong?

For example, the parallel command - why does it require a distance?  This seems to be "overconstraining" the position of the part, since the two edges are parallel no matter what distance they are from each other.

 

I feel like I'm missing something critical that would clear this up for me but I've looked around and haven't found an answer so far.

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Accepted by topic author jason17
‎08-26-2015 04:32 AM

Re: having come from Solidworks, I find making assemblies very unintuitive - what am I doing wrong?

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You don't have to use a distance if you don't want to - by default, the offset type is set to fixed so you must specify a distance. This gives you more control if you need to maintain a certain distance between the axes. If you just want the axes parallel yet free to move any distance, you would need to switch the offset type to floating.

Re: having come from Solidworks, I find making assemblies very unintuitive - what am I doing wrong?

AHHHH I knew this was something obvious that I was missing.  Thanks so much.