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captjim
2008-05-07, 02:07 PM
Is there a simple direct way to lock or constrain the position of a reference plane to the intersection of two other non-parallel reference planes?
Barring that, is there a hard indirect way to do it?
(Working on a 2D rebar detailing family)
Thanks,
Jim

Andre Carvalho
2008-05-07, 02:22 PM
I don't think there's a way to do that using reference planes. Reference planes are planes that go to the infinite. That being said they have no start and end points to lock to intersections...

You can achieve what you are trying to do using reference lines. This is the purpose of reference lines (be able of constraining its extremities). However, if you are not modeling a family or an in-place family you can't use reference lines. And if you use model lines (that you can also lock the intersections), they will be visible unless you turn their visibility off, use filters or put it into another workset and turn it off.

Andre Carvalho

captjim
2008-05-07, 02:43 PM
I don't think there's a way to do that using reference planes. Reference planes are planes that go to the infinite. That being said they have no start and end points to lock to intersections...

Andre Carvalho

Ah, the infinite!
Assuming the working plane I am drawing on represented by my computer's monitor, it is infinite in its expanse up and down, right and left, even though I can only see 10x12 inches of it. A reference plane that is drawn 4" long horizontally on my screen extends infinitely left and right past the ends of the visual representation, and infinitely into and out of the screen. Similarly one drawn vertically extends up and down, into and out of the screen. The intersection of these two reference planes creates an infinite line into and out of the screen, and this line's intersection with the working plane creates a definite point in space.
We *should* be able to lock, constrain, or dimension to that point.

All that aside, thanks for the information about reference lines into which I shall now delve.