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3D CoPilot
3D CoPilot allows precision handling of faces, edges, and other three-dimensional features. Use 3D CoPilot in Modify 3D, Surfacing, and Creo Elements/Direct Machining commands.
Starting 3D CoPilot
In the Fluent interface, you can activate the 3D CoPilot with commands in Modify 3D or Model groups on the Ribbon. For example, click Home and then, in the Modify 3D group, click Move. You can also click Home and then, in the Model group, click Pull or another icon and command to activate 3D CoPilot. If the command uses 3D CoPilot, the necessary CoPilot tools automatically appear when you click the intended part, face, or edge of the object in the viewport. 3D CoPilot may appear as an arrow, a combination of arrows and rings, or as a complete tool with arrow, rings, and a middle sphere. With a command such as Position Dynamic active, click the part name in the structure browser to view the 3D CoPilot.
In 3D CoPilot, bronze arrows symbolize drag direction, while a bronze ring symbolizes rotational direction. 3D CoPilot also features a window with drag value information.
Depending on the object selected in the viewport in preselection mode, the Creo Elements/Direct Modeling automatically performs the most likely action on a selected object if you drag the 3D CoPilot.
When you drag the 3D CoPilot, Creo Elements/Direct Modeling displays a positive or a negative distance value in the feedback. For more information, see Show Signed Values.
Changing the position of the 3D CoPilot
In commands like Pull Angular, sometimes an axis that is needed for the pull cannot be directly referenced with the Direction 3D Copilot. You can change the position of the 3D CoPilot to move the axis without creating an explicit reference element.
To change the position or the direction of the 3D CoPilot,
1. Select the axis of rotation for the command.
2. Select the green diamond-shaped origin of the 3D CoPilot axis as shown in the preceding image. A larger CoPilot with a red diamond-shaped origin appears as shown in the following image. The original CoPilot is displayed as a wire frame.
3. Drag the arrows to change the position or drag the ring segments to modify the orientation of the original CoPilot.
4. Select the red diamond-shaped origin of the larger CoPilot. The original CoPilot appears at the new position.
Using the 3D CoPilot Measure Relative
When you position a part or move a face, sometimes you do not know the distance to move but you know the distance required relative to another element such as the width of a plate. The 3D CoPilot Measure Relative allows you to measure the relative distance to another element when you move a part or face or you pull a profile.
You can position or move any 3D element relative to other 3D elements using Measure Relative in 3D CoPilot commands such as “Move”, “Pull”, “Change Radius”, “Radial Offset”, and others. For an example of 3D CoPilot Measure Relative, see Move a face relative to another face or feature.