In cases where the imported solid component orientation is incorrect or if the CPL is not in the proper location, using the Align Body for Turning command will re-align and position the solid component for proper turning.
• The command prompts you to digitize faces to be used for the re-orientation.
• Each digitize immediately results in the re-orientation, so you can work interactively.
• Perform a finish to move on to the next prompt.
o Before the finish you can digitize again to change your selection.
o Before the finish you can digitize the same face or edge to rotate the body.
o You can perform the finish without digitizing if you want to skip a stage.
Select the Align Body for Turning command and follow along with the prompts:
1. Select face to define axis of rotation
o Click on a cylindrical face to be aligned with and centered around the Z axis. Click the face again if you want to then invert the body (rotates 180° around the X axis)
2. Select face to define origin plane
o Click on the face that you want to be placed at the origin (center of face placed at Z & X =0 )
3. Select face to define C orientation
o Click on a face that you want to be normal to the X axis, rotating the part around Z. This will typically be a flat on a cylindrical face. Each subsequent click further rotates the body 90° around Z. As an alternative to a flat face, you can click one of the faces of a radial hole.
Note that you can also opt for the part to be automatically aligned on opening - check Options menu ► Preferences ► Solids tab ► Auto align for turn. You need the ZX environment set as the default, as determined by the specified defaults file.)
Align Body for Milling command is also available to rotate a solid body to an orientation relative to the current CPL, and optionally move the body to a relative position within the CPL.