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Moving parts of parts???

KenKen Member Posts: 1
I am new to onshape and parametric software.
I use Rhino a bit and like it and am very interested in this cloud based parametric design - I do CAD for simple 3D printing models and have had good success.

Sorry if my question is very basic and explained somewhere but I am sure there is a simple answer....

I guess I need to understand the workflow in this style of software - Make individual parts in separate part studio tabs then put them together in an assembly?

Most of my modeling can probably be done in just a part studio tab but how does one move parts about in that tab?

E.g -
I create a rectangle and extrude and dimension it.
I then create another shape - lets say a cylinder and extrude and dimension that too - then want to place the cylinder on top of the cube in the exact center.

How do you move the cylinder around in the part studio tab?

I know I can make the rectangle and then draw a circle in the center on a face and extrude that and maybe that is exactly how I need to model in this parametric world - and that would be fine but I am just curious.....

In Rhino or Sketchup, etc - you could do it either way.

Cant find a way to move separate parts around in the part studio tab and do such thing as group - boolean cuts, etc...

Thanks and I hope I was clear....


  • brucebartlettbrucebartlett Member, OS Professional, Mentor, User Group Leader Posts: 2,106 PRO
    @ken don't be sorry, ask and you will receive.

    Use the transform command to move parts. However I think you might find it a bit restrictive for doing what you have described. I'd be modelling the parts in place if possible.

    I try to stick to 1 studio so you can get your parametric links. The tree can get a bit long but you get use to it (hopefully this will be improved down the track). Use the hide show parts from the parts list to see what your working on and the rollback bar to organise tree features and part list order.

    Hope this helpsimage
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  • billy2billy2 Member, OS Professional, Mentor, Developers, User Group Leader Posts: 1,663 PRO
    edited March 2015
    part studios should not have moving parts. You can translate like Bruce suggests, might be better to position sketch properly so block extrudes in the correct location.

    If you want to spin the gear, then that's an assembly.

    I know it's confusing but it's a carry over behavior from past parametric systems.

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