- I would use this option frequently
- I could see myself using this from time to time
- I have no preference about this feature
- I can’t see a use-case for my 3D Printing needs
If you’ve ever used PowerPoint or a drawing program, you’ve probably encountered the ability to select a group of objects and align them either to the left, right, middle, top, or bottom edges.
I don’t mean to imply that this software should replace CAD, but I think it could benefit from expanding the existing “center object” feature to enable alignments based on the positions of multiple objects relative to each other.
Here’s the scenario: Imagine I have two objects that I want to align together to create an assembly or Boolean object. Currently, I have to do this manually or attempt to center the objects, which restricts me to concentric alignment where all edges are equidistant.
Here’s how it might work.
- Plate is put into top-down mode(CTRL-1)
- two or more objects are selected using the shift-mousedrag or CTRL-Mousclick
- Right-click on any of the objects and provide a drop-down menu with alignment options.
Also, I’d like to propose a “snap to grid” function. This could work by enabling it as a preference setting. When it’s active and you’re using a click-drag action, objects would automatically align with grid points on the plate layout. Alternatively, alignment guides could appear as objects approach alignment with each other, much like how PowerPoint handles it, as shown in the example below.