Dynamic Clearance

You can dynamically detect the clearance between components when moving or rotating a component. As you move or rotate a component, a dimension appears indicating the minimum distance between the selected components.

Additionally, you can prevent two components from moving or rotating within a specified distance of one another.

To dynamically detect the clearance between components:

  1. Click Move Component or Rotate Component on the Assembly toolbar.
  2. In the PropertyManager, select Dynamic Clearance.
  3. Click in Components for Collision Check part.png, select the components to check, then click Resume Drag.
  4. Click Stop at Specified Clearance and enter a value in the box to prevent the selected components from moving within the specified distance.
  5. Drag one of the selected components in the graphics area.
    Notice a dimension appears in the graphics area and in the PropertyManager. This dimension is the minimum distance between the selected components; the dimension dynamically updates as you drag the component.

    Also, in the PropertyManager, a value appears in brackets. This is the minimum distance found during the drag operation.

  6. Under Advanced Options, select:
    Option Description
    Sound The computer beeps when the minimum distance in the Stop at Specified Clearance box is reached.
    Ignore complex surfaces Clearances are only detected on the following surface types: planar, cylindrical, conical, spherical, and toroidal.
    The This configuration check box does not apply to Collision Detection, Physical Dynamics, or Dynamic Clearance. It applies only to Move Component or Rotate Component.
  7. Click to finish and exit.