Creating a Coordinate System With Insufficient Entities

You may need to locate a coordinate system where there are insufficient entities available to define the coordinate system. In this case, you can define a coordinate system some place on the part or assembly that does provide the entities you need. Then you can move the new origin to the desired location. The new location must contain at least one point or vertex.

To translate a coordinate system to a new location:

  1. Click Coordinate System (Reference Geometry toolbar) or Insert > Reference Geometry > Coordinate System .
  2. Define the coordinate system at a location on the part or assembly that provides the entities you need to control the angle and direction of each axis.
  3. In the Coordinate System PropertyManager, under Position, for Origin, select the point or vertex to which you want to translate the origin.
  4. Click .
    The origin moves to the location that you selected.
    When you create a coordinate system, it is a good idea to give it a meaningful name to explain its purpose. Click-pause-click the coordinate system’s name in the FeatureManager design tree and enter a new name.
    In the Save As dialog box, you can choose which coordinate system to save with a file. In the dialog box, in Output Coordinate System, specify the coordinate system to save. When you open the file, the new coordinate system is the origin.

    This functionality does not apply to parts or assemblies. It applies to the following file types:
    • 3D Manufacturing Format (*.3mf)
    • ACIS (*.sat)
    • Additive Manufacturing File (*.amf)
    • IFC 2x3 (*.ifc)
    • IFC 4 (*.ifc)
    • IGES (*.igs)
    • Parasolid (*.x_t;*.x_b)
    • STEP AP203 (*.step;*.stp)
    • STEP AP214 (*.step;*.stp)
    • STL (*.stl)
    • VDAFS (*.vda)
    • VRML (*.wrl)