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Moving Components

The Move Component tool lets you move components in an assembly file or in a drawing file of an assembly. The SolidWorks eDrawings Viewer ignores mates, allowing full degrees of freedom. You can also move subassemblies as a unit.

To move components:

  1. Open a CAD or SolidWorks eDrawings assembly or drawing file of an assembly.

  2. Click Move Component (Components tab ) or Tools, Move Component.

  3. In the dialog box, select an option:

    • Free drag. Lets you select a component and drag it to a new position.

    • Use triad or enter values. Lets you use the triad to constrain component movement to a coordinate axis or plane, or to rotate components about a coordinate axis.

      If you drag the triad by:

      • An arm, the component is dragged along the axis of the arm.

      • A wing, the component is dragged along the coordinate axis.

      • A ring, the component is rotated about the coordinate axis.

You must select a component to define these settings:

      • Position . Lets you set the units and , , and coordinates of the triad. Click Apply after setting the coordinate values.

      • Translate Delta . Lets you set the units and increment values in  , , and for the triad. Click or to change X, Y, and Z by the increment value.

      • Rotate . Lets you set the angle in degrees by which the component rotates about the X, Y, and Z axes. Click or to change , , and by the increment value.

  1. Click Move Component again to release the tool.

    Moved components remain in their new positions if you save the file. If you close the file without saving, all components return to their original positions the next time you open the file.

To return components to their original positions:

  • To return an individual component to its original position, in Move Component mode, right-click the component and select Undo Move.

  • To return all components to their original positions from any mode, click Home or View, Home.

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