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Center of Mass Point in Assemblies

You can add a Center of Mass (COM) point to an assembly.

The position of the COM point updates when the model's center of mass changes. For example, the position of the COM point updates as you add, modify, delete, or suppress components or add or delete assembly features. The COM point can be useful when you are designing assemblies requiring balanced mass (for example, to avoid excessive vibration).

You can mate to the COM points of an assembly’s components in distance, coincident, and concentric mates. You cannot mate to the COM point of the assembly itself.

Click Center of Mass tool_center_of_mass_reference_geometry.png (Reference Geometry toolbar) or Insert > Reference Geometry > Center of Mass.

In the graphics area, center_of_mass_feature.png appears at the center of mass of the model. In the FeatureManager design tree, Center of Mass FM_center_of_mass.png appears just below Origin FM_origin.png.

center_of_mass_assembly.png

If you add COM points in component files, the points appear in the parent assembly:
center_of_mass_feature_component_subassembly.png Subassembly
center_of_mass_feature_component_part.png Part

For example, in this assembly, center_of_mass_feature.png indicates the center of mass of the assembly, and center_of_mass_feature_component_part.png indicates the centers of mass of three component parts:

center_of_mass_assembly_components.png

For more information about COM points, see Point at the Center of Mass and Reference Center of Mass in Drawings.



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