Im new on the forum. Just transitioning from AutoCad to Microstation and have this problem:
When I want to rotate the element (Not view) along a plane, Autocad offers 3D rotate option. Where one enter 3D rotate on command line, asks for element of interest-select and entre, then asks for the plane-select 2 points along plane line,
Select angle+ or - 90 for instance. This kind of rotation does not rotate elements clockwise or anticlockwise but rotates elements in the Z so that they appear as a single line unless you change view to isometric thats when one sees the elements upright like a section.
I cannot do this in Microstation V8i. Is there a way out?
mutale mutaleI want to rotate the element along a plane
I'm not sure what you mean by that. You can rotate an object about an axis of rotation. It looks like AutoCAD is prompting you to define two points on a plane that define the axis.
mutale mutaleThis kind of rotation does not rotate elements clockwise or anticlockwise
Either it does or it doesn't rotate an object.
You can open multiple Views in MicroStation that show, for example, front, right, top and isometric views of your DGN model.
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Let me illustrate what I mean. Imagin a carton box flaps covering the top of the box and you what to open it. Lift flap up along the axis such that it stands perpdecular to the previous position. The flap has not gone clockwise nor anticlockwise but up. I dont know?
You can use the MicorStation rotate tool (Tools>Manipulate>Rotate) to do this and there are a few ways to do this in MicroStation. You could rotate in a side or front view, this way would have your files z acting as the y coordinate. I would recommend you look into Accudraw, it will help you work in an isometric view while workign in 3d as it allows you to have a floating ACS that can be rotated to any plane.
Did you know you can keyin autocad commands to find the right tool in microstation?
KEY in DWG and then see all the autocad commands available ( also known as aliases) ... pretty cool right. because it then launches the microstation tool so you learn what tool is the ustn equivalent for next time...
really cool right? If you dont understand this look up DWG and alias in help also look at keyin browser from the help....
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I think what Mutale is describing is quite interesting.
The Mstn Rotate tool uses Accudraw to define an XY plane from which a z axis is derived. This is clunky if you need to work with a lot of different axes.
For each rotate operation, you would need to set up the accudraw workplane (3 points), then call the rotate tool, define the pivot point, reference point and end of rotation point (3 points).
This compares badly with defining a z-axis (2 points) and a reference point and end of rotation point (2 points) in the same tool....?