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Tom Headle
Align objects by a numbered distance
on Aug 16, 2011 at 4:11:18 pm

Is there a built in script, feature or function that does what this does
Modify > Snap Align Objects
but allows me to enter a specific distance in x-units?

example
5 poly cubes to be place 4.5 units apart in the z direction where
x and y components of the objects are not changed.

TIA,

TH


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Steve Sayer
Re: Align objects by a numbered distance
on Aug 16, 2011 at 7:12:55 pm

You can use the 'duplicate special' command to create a series of evenly-spaced duplicates by specifying the number of copies and the desired translation.

Also, the 'duplicate with transform' command can be a handy way to continue existing spacing, even if it's not a nice round number. Just dupe an object, move the dupe as far away as you want, then (without using any other commands first) choose 'duplicate with transform.' A second duplicate will be created, transformed by the same relative values as the first. Keep hitting 'g' to repeat the command and you'll keep getting more duplicates, all offset by the same amount. Nice way to create picket fences, for example.

-Steve


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Tom Headle
Re: Align objects by a numbered distance
on Aug 16, 2011 at 9:18:45 pm

Perfect!

Thanks also for elaborating on this.
A sign of a great teacher.

TH



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Steve Sayer
Re: Align objects by a numbered distance
on Aug 16, 2011 at 9:58:50 pm

Well... a sign of someone with too much downtime at work waiting for simulations to run, anyway. :)

Thanks Tom, glad to help.

-Steve


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