A number of tools are available enabling you to take full control of the editing operations that you wish to perform.
The Rename mesh tool is used to help you when you are applying materials. If you have certain meshes that will be a different material, it will be easier to identify them if they are named. Some meshes already have names associated with them but many do not.
To rename a mesh, follow these steps:
- Switch to Single mesh select mode.
- Select the mesh or if you wish to select multiple meshes, use the Shift key to select them.
- Click the Rename mesh button and enter a name.
When you apply materials, you will see the mesh name listed making it easier to apply the correct material:
You can completely delete a mesh, which is done with the Delete mesh tool.
To delete a mesh, follow these steps:
- Switch to Single select mesh mode.
- Select the Delete mesh tool.
- Hover your cursor over the mesh you wish to delete - it will turn red.
- Click once to delete the mesh.
The Rotate mesh tool can be used to rotate any axis of either an entire component or a single mesh. The rotation tool lets you pick an arbitrary rotation point and rotates the component in any direction around this point.
To rotate a mesh or a symbol, follow these steps:
- Choose Single mesh select or Component meshes select mode as needed.
- Click the Rotate mesh button.
- Move the mouse to the mesh you wish to rotate. A pink circle in 3D, and a pink angle in 2D snap to the mesh. Use the space bar to navigate the properties box and select the plane around which you want to rotate. Then click once to attach the rotation point to the mesh. (See step 1 in the image below.)
- Click a second time to choose the end of the point you want to rotate. (Step 2)
- Move the mouse to the correct rotation or type in the angle, then left click or hit Enter on your keyboard. (Step 3)
Entire components can be moved as normal, but individual meshes cannot be moved by the normal drag tool and position tools because they are still part of a larger object. Instead, the Move mesh tool has to be used.
To move a mesh, follow these steps:
- Switch to Single mesh select mode.
- Click the Move mesh button hover over the mesh you want to move. Click once to choose the starting point from which to move.
- Start moving the mouse in the desired direction. You can use the properties box to either:
- type in the distance and angle you want to move the meshes
- select a base point and a second point or the distance and direction
You can use the Mirror tool to mirror a mesh along the X, Y, or Z axis.
To mirror a mesh, follow these steps:
- Click the Make editable button and then click the component that you wish to modify. The component is now editable.
- You can mirror an entire component or an individual mesh. Switch to Component meshes select mode or Single mesh select mode as desired.
- Click to select the mesh or meshes that you want to mirror. You can select multiple meshes by pressing down the Ctrl key and clicking each mesh. Selected meshes turn yellow:
- Click the Mirror mesh button and then move the mouse pointer towards your selected mesh; it will light up in green:
- Click once and then carefully start moving the mouse pointer to find the axis you want to mirror the mesh along (X, Y, or Z). In the 3D drawing view, dotted blue lines will appear to show each axis. A pink line will highlight the axis which will be assigned.
You can also select axis in the blue input box in the upper right corner of the view your are working in, using the Space bar.
- Click to perform the mirroring.
- When you are done, press the Esc on your keyboard or move the cursor outside the drawing area to release the Mirror mesh tool.