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Cockeyed parts - Methods for viewing imported components not positioned or aligned

bruce_williamsbruce_williams Member, Developers Posts: 584 PRO
edited August 2020 in Using Onshape
Here is an outline of tips &  tricks for viewing parts in true part alignment.  It is a common challenge for us so we put together the outline and videos which I will post next.  Not the only way for sure and will be glad to hear feedback.  Hope it helps!  - Bruce

PDF outline - https://cad.onshape.com/documents/525e74d35861a288dbf3b1b7/w/1de201cd7d15580088e21c88/e/3b98872cca8048e028b7d968
www.accuratepattern.com

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  • bruce_williamsbruce_williams Member, Developers Posts: 584 PRO
    edited August 2020
    www.accuratepattern.com
  • bruce_williamsbruce_williams Member, Developers Posts: 584 PRO
    www.accuratepattern.com
  • bruce_williamsbruce_williams Member, Developers Posts: 584 PRO
    www.accuratepattern.com
  • alnis_smidchensalnis_smidchens Member Posts: 279 EDU
    edited August 2020
    For parts that come in weird, I usually use a transform by mate connectors (rather than translate and rotate transforms) to get it to the origin. I haven't had any issues with losing associativity through that method. If you need the part to be in the same position, you can create a mate connector on it for the initial transform and use that to reverse the transform in the end. Here's a demo document: https://cad.onshape.com/documents/534a075d583497e24058caae/v/cb5a9e08ad872bed7c174552/e/53b6b0e7627e156a03afd5a6

    End transform result:



    Nice and aligned for editing:


    Nice videos by the way! I learned some good tips and tricks for using named views and mate connectors.
    Get in touch: [email protected] | My personal site: https://alnis.dev | My YouTube channel (I make tutorial videos for Onshape & Inventor): https://www.youtube.com/c/AlnisSmidchens
  • bruce_williamsbruce_williams Member, Developers Posts: 584 PRO
    edited August 2020
    @alnis_smidchens
    Thanks for the comments and example.  Yes, moving with Translation by Mate connectors is often a good option.  We have decided to keep imported positon so we always have World & Part coordinates.  It creates challenges yet we need to stay consistent and there are advantages.
    www.accuratepattern.com
  • Evan_ReeseEvan_Reese Member Posts: 682 PRO
    I always like seeing other people's workflows. Thanks for sharing!
    Evan Reese / Principal and Industrial Designer with Fractal
    Website: fractalmade.com
    Instagram: @evan.reese.designs
  • bruce_williamsbruce_williams Member, Developers Posts: 584 PRO
    @Evan_Reese
    And I appreciate all the info & work you have contributed to forums and FS code & icons.   Being connected to Onshape and the community is a real blessing.  I learned about Loom here (from you I think) and it is a nice tool for videos.
    www.accuratepattern.com
  • lougallolougallo Member, Moderator, Onshape Employees, Developers Posts: 1,868
    edited August 2020
    @bruce_williams Added the PDF....
    Lou Gallo / PD/UX - Support - Community / Onshape, Inc.
  • Evan_ReeseEvan_Reese Member Posts: 682 PRO
    @Evan_Reese
    And I appreciate all the info & work you have contributed to forums and FS code & icons.   Being connected to Onshape and the community is a real blessing.  I learned about Loom here (from you I think) and it is a nice tool for videos.
    Thanks, Bruce. The forum really is pretty great. It's nuts to be able to ask a miscellaneous question and get a number of high-quality answers on the same day. Glad you're digging Loom. Showing is so much better than telling when it comes to CAD (and most things).
    Evan Reese / Principal and Industrial Designer with Fractal
    Website: fractalmade.com
    Instagram: @evan.reese.designs
  • bruce_williamsbruce_williams Member, Developers Posts: 584 PRO
    thanks to @lougallo adding my PDF outline to sample document on the OP!

    I added an example 'Cockeyed' part with MCs & Named views to the document.
    www.accuratepattern.com
  • bruce_williamsbruce_williams Member, Developers Posts: 584 PRO
    Playing with this I noticed Named views keeps the section arrow open - that is handy.


    www.accuratepattern.com
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