Place Content.tif Place Component

The Place Component tool is used to place an instance of a component into a modeling project. When the tool is selected, the component manager palette appears (if it is not already visible). Select the desired component item to place or press the space bar to use the currently active component. The component appears with its origin aligned at the mouse cursor and moves with it. Click on the desired location in the modeling window to fix the location. The component is placed perpendicular to the active reference plane or perpendicular to the face of an existing object. The dimensions and orientation of the component can be fixed or set dynamically. The placement method is controlled by options in the Tool Options palette.


The Place Component Tool Options palette.

Placement Options: The options in this group specify how the component is sized and oriented.


Fixed: When this method is on, a single click determines the location. The Size of the component is determined by the Scale and Dimension fields in the tool options. These are linked fields that determine the size in the X, Y and Z directions and allow for specification by a scale factor (multiplier) or actual desired dimension. The Keep Proportional option synchronizes the dimensions so that when one dimension is changed, the other dimensions are changed based on the proportions of the component.


Dynamic Rotation: When this method is on, the first click determines the location of the component. The second click determines the orientation. The scale matches the original component file.


Dynamic Rotation And Scale: With this option on, the first click determines the location of the component. The second click determines the orientation and size.


Place On Active Layer: If this option is off, new layers will be added to the project (if necessary) to match the layers of the original component file. If this option is on, all new component will be placed on the active layer.


Use Current Material: If this option is off, the materials from the original component file will be transferred and will be added to the project. If the option is on, all component objects will be assigned the active material.