The compass is a tool that helps you orient and place objects.
- [Instructor] Here I want to discuss the compass. As you can see, the compass is currently nested on its, what's called perch. The compass is a very large subject of discussion. And I'm going to keep it brief, but I need you to understand a certain key few elements to the compass, so that when you look at it, you understand what the compass is telling you. As I talked about briefly before, you can adjust and manipulate your graphics window using the compass by using your first mouse button, grabbing one of the arms, or vectors on that compass, to adjust the screen.
You can also grab one of the planes. Again, just holding down your first mouse button you can see I can pan based off of that plane. Now currently, as the compass sits on its perch, you're going to notice the X, Y, Z are oriented to absolute X, Y, Z. With this little red block at the very bottom of the compass, if I grab that and drag the compass down and drop it on to one of the parts somewhere in the screen, you'll notice the orientation of the compass changes.
By releasing the mouse button now, what I want you to notice is they X, Y, Z are no longer singular X, Y, Z. You have your ux, vz, and in this case, w. What's going on is the compass is now oriented to its current position and it is no longer oriented to absolute. By moving the compass away from its perch, and dropping it on its part, it signifies the difference in orientation by changing the lettering of the compass.
If I double click on the compass, you'll notice that I have coordinates. You're able to move the compass around based off of its current position to absolute and within increments. Again, these are advanced functionalities. We'll be talking about some of these things in the product level of this course. But some of the things that are here are beyond the scope, so we'll discuss these at a different time. Now, I'll just simply close.
If at this point I want to return the compass to perch and I just simply grab it and just drag it and drop it off in space. What I want you to notice is that it's still at its current orientation. I have my w, my u and my v. If I want to turn the compass to it's true, absolute orientation, I need to grab the compass once again on the little red square and drag it and drop it on to my absolute axis system in the lower right corner.
Once I release, you'll notice the compass now returns to its orientation proper to absolute.
- Working with the CATIA v5 UI
- Understanding the menus
- Part visualizations
- Part design workflow
- Creating a sketch
- Basic editing
- Creating and editing sketch curves
- Part design
- Measures and analysis
- Building a project