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Anyway to change default views?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Drutort, Oct 9, 2019.

  1. Drutort

    Drutort Senior Member

    It would be nice to change in Alibre options the default view's, for example when designing for machining or any 3 axis typical machine, top view is xy plane (currently is front) and front view is zx (currently the bottom view)

    I see no way to change the default views in Alibre, unless someone has some trick I can do.

    If this can not be changed, then can we at least change custom order? so I can place my own order and that way I will jump to the right views for me?

    Another feature I would love is a double click of a mouse button that aligns the part to current plane or view, that is so nice feature I have in my CAM software that I use that 90% of time then the dedicated keyboard shortcuts or ribbon view buttons
  2. Lew_Merrick

    Lew_Merrick Alibre Super User

    Your problem is that (in 1982) Architects were allowed to "define axis systems" for the CAD Industry.
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  3. H-L-Smith

    H-L-Smith Senior Member

    This is not a fix for your problem, but is a little work-around I use to keep things straight in my mind when using a "non-standard" orientation, which I do from time to time. Just rename the planes in Design Explorer as makes sense to you.

    For example, change XY-Plane to CNC-Top-Plane. Change the other two to something meaningful as well. I do agree that being able to change the orientation would be a useful enhancement to Alibre, particularly if this is something you could do at a template and/or system level.

    You can easily rename a plane in Design Explorer by selecting it, and then right clicking on it with the mouse, assuming you have the conventional mouse button setup.

  4. Lew_Merrick

    Lew_Merrick Alibre Super User

    The real problem is that, long about 1840 or so, an international agreement established what became the standard for Mechanical Engineering coordinate system reference and, in 1957, the standard for NC coordinate system reference and all of that was thrown out in favor of an Architect's view in 1982. The fact is that the Civil Engineer's and Architect's viewpoint is only sensible in a sundial based system and not in a mathematically based system.
  5. bigseb

    bigseb Alibre Super User

    Also, when you design something with the XY plane facing forward its actually exactly the same as if it were facing up. Little engineering secret.
  6. Drutort

    Drutort Senior Member

    for me its important when transferring to CAM software, so I do not have to mess with rotating flipping, the part etc... I just think that this is not only for me but for 3D printing, lasers, routers you name it; pretty much any CNC based machine

    I just do not see it being much of an issue to let the user redefine different profiles, and with that to have different button configuration for GUI and keyboard maps... that is a big plus because this would benefit multi users, and for designing for specific machine
  7. bigseb

    bigseb Alibre Super User

    I agree, it shouldn't be a big issue to allow users to define coordinate systems. I think AD is one of very few that doesn't let you do it.

    However I don't know of any CAM software or slicer that doesn't allow you to spin a model to the desired orientation. And the AD coordinate system transfers to other program i.e if you design your part with Z facing forward (as it is in the AD workspace) then it will import as facing upwards in your CAM program. At least that has always been the case in my experience.
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