In this article, we’re going to learn about SelfCAD's Move tool. I’m going to explain all of the ins and outs of this feature, as well as present its applications. Move is one of the transformation tools available in SelfCAD. As its name suggests, it allows you to move selected objects or selected regions of the object around the grid (workspace).
Select an object
The first step of using any tool is selecting the object on which you want to use it. You can select the object by either left-clicking on it in the grid or by selecting it in the Object Management section in the right side panel.
Activate the tool
Once the object is selected, you can activate the Move tool by selecting it from the toolbar, or by pressing the letter ‘M’ on your keyboard. This way, you’ll open a Tool Setting Panel with all of the customizable options for this feature on the left side of your screen.
The first way to move an object in SelfCAD is by dragging the gizmos. As you can see, each of the gizmos point in a different direction, which indicates the dimension you can move it in.
The second way to move an object is by typing the exact coordinates into the textboxes on the Tool Setting Panel. Furthermore, you can use the checkboxes to copy the same values: each of the three textboxes refers to the position of the object on one of the axes, whose position you can check on the 3D Coordinates Axis on the bottom right side of the grid.
Select a region
SelfCAD gives you the possibility to change the position of the object itself, but you can also change the positions of specific regions belonging to the objects. To do so, you need to enter the specific Selection Mode on the Interactive Rectangle in the right side panel by clicking on one of the three selection modes (vertex, face or edge) first. Then, select the part of the object you want to move.
Move a region
Moving a region works exactly the same way as moving the object does. After selecting the region or regions that you want to move, either drag the gizmo to change the position of the region or type the coordinates of where you want the object to move into the provided textboxes.
Below the coordinates in the Tool Settings, you'll find the option called Center Object. The feature is rather self-explanatory: Center Object resets the position of the object and snaps it back to the middle of the grid.
After expanding the dropdown list of the Advanced Settings panel, you'll see the Magnet. The magnet is a feature that allows you to position one object on top of another by dragging the gizmo.
The Magnet - Origin
Below the magnet button, you'll find the option to set the origin point of the magnet. You can use one of the preset options in the dropdown list, or use the Manual Gizmo Position feature in order to set the origin manually. In practice, the magnet allows you to choose which point of the object will snap to another.
Local Transformation is a feature in the Advanced Settings pertaining to region selection. Use this feature to rotate and change the position of the gizmo. This enables you to move selected regions in different directions, independently from the rest of the object. Remember, select a region by entering the specific Selection Mode on the Interactive Rectangle in the right side panel by clicking on one of the three selection modes (vertex, face or edge) first. Then select the part of the object you want to move.
That’s about all there is to the Move feature. After reading this article, you should know the basics of the Move tool and how to use it, know about its different applications and how to implement and customize its advanced settings using the magnet. Of course, the graphics shown here were just examples, and using this tool on other shapes will give you slightly different effects, but its underlying principles will always stay the same.
That's all I have for you today. I wish you success in your future projects. See you, and stay tuned for more content to come!