Object placement A simple alignment tip
By Stephen Carlton
As an instructor for several CAD and 3D Modeling applications, sometimes we tend to look over some of the most basic functions that can save us a tremendous amount of time if used properly.
Using the Rotate on Placement function is one of those tools that we use on a regular basis, however there is a little secret regarding this tool that is often overlooked or simply not known. Let me show you a valuable feature when rotating an object on it’s placement.
There are standard ways of rotating objects while they are being placed. One option is to check the box Rotate after placement (See Option 1) before you place the object. This method uses the standard rotate tool that allows you to rotate the object after you click to place it … Nothing too earth shattering there!
The second most common method is to use the spacebar. When you position your object in the general area that you want it placed, pressing the spacebar will rotate it in 90° increments. This saves a decent amount of time by eliminating the extra steps needed to rotate the object after its been placed by using the standard Rotate tools.
This is the cool one and most overlooked. Most people don’t realize that positioning your mouse over a wall while you’re in the actual placement stage will align the object to that wall … What makes this particularly useful is with curved walls. By highlighting the curved wall (see below) and then pressing the spacebar, the object actually rotates to the angle of that wall. Moving your cursor along the outline repositions the object to the angle of the wall at the location of your mouse.