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Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 3:51:02 PM | Locking model group to reference plane in a family

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Is there any way to lock a model group to a reference plane in a family so it flexes with the rest of the family geometry? I have a furniture family that flexes in width and I want to apply some 2D model line geometry in plan view that will flex with the furniture. Is this possible?

 

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Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 4:18:38 PM | Locking model group to reference plane in a family

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I would recommend to put those "Group elements" as a nested family so it can be locked to a ref plane

Did you say 2D model line? Model line is 3D is visble on all the views. be careful of how you do with those


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Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 7:23:49 PM | Locking model group to reference plane in a family

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First off, be wary of using model lines they are computationally intensive, to see this in action create an empty project, move around in 3D, everything is fast, now array (but not keep as a group) some 10,000, or whatever the maximum number of objects is in the array command and navigate in 3D, you should see some decent slow down.

 Now, on to answer your question, to get a group to move around, it needs a reference line, or plan as part of the group.  Then you can dimension to this reference plane or line, and give that dimension a label, and so forth.  The key is that the reference plan/line needs to be part of the group. 

Careful with your use of model groups.  Groups are VERY computationally intensive, as pchan suggested, I recommend you use a nested family also.  PLUS, you can put a label to a nested family, and thus make your family more flexible, by being able to control the annotation/model compnent which is shown.

 

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Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 1:48:06 PM | Locking model group to reference plane in a family

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Thank you both! That really helped me figure it out. I got rid of the model lines and made a nested family instead. Much better...

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