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"joining" two objects
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* December 01, 2013, 06:48:33 PM
Is there any way to get two "ACIS solid" objects to move as a single unit without adding them together?  I'm trying to model a plastic holder and metal blade, and I'd like to be able to 'assemble'  them as a single unit, but still have the ability to change the material for the blade and the holder separately.  I was thinking constraints would possibly work, but (I think) that only works on 2D objects. 

If I add them, I can assemble them.  Then, I can delete the '3D Add' from the 'Selection Info' palette, change the materials separately, and re-add them, but is that the best way to do this?

Thanks,
Steve

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Steve


* December 01, 2013, 07:37:27 PM
#1
 The transform tools move everything selected by the transformation parameters you set, the selection set objects don't need any other connection.  Likewise, you can select them together and specify delta vectors and rotations in the inspector bar data boxes, or move the selection set manually, without other relationships.  In TC, it's really only the assembly tools that oblige grouping or adding.
« Last Edit: December 01, 2013, 08:22:56 PM by murray dickinson »

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* December 02, 2013, 07:49:26 PM
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Thanks for the confirmation.  I got caught up playing with assemble, and it started to seem like it was more trouble than it was worth in my case.

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Steve


* December 02, 2013, 10:35:50 PM
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You could also Group them, and Ungroup them for individual modification.

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Gary Wooding
Win10 64-bit,
TC21.2 x64 Plat, Bld59
TC16.2 Plat, Bld54.0
TCC 3.5


December 03, 2013, 06:49:38 AM
#4
You don't have to ungroup. You can modify group content.

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mike
TC user since v3. MacMini 5.1. 2.3 GHz. 16 Gig RAM.
TC 19 Pro 64 bit. Windows 7.


* December 03, 2013, 11:26:30 PM
#5
You don't have to ungroup. You can modify group content.
Yes, of course - I should have mentioned that.

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Gary Wooding
Win10 64-bit,
TC21.2 x64 Plat, Bld59
TC16.2 Plat, Bld54.0
TCC 3.5