M. To align a plate to a reference point
To orient the local axis of a plate element towards or away from an arbitrary point, use the following procedure.
The local z axis of the plates will remain perpendicular to the plane of the elements. This tool will simply orient the local axis such that this z axis points generally toward or away from the specified reference point. Refer to Plate Element Local Coordinate System for additional details.
- Select one or more plates in the view window.
Specification ribbon tab, select the
tool in the
The Plate Reference Point dialog opens.
- Specify the X, Y, and Z coordinates of an arbitrary reference point.
- Select if the Local Z Axis of the elements should point towards or away from the reference point.
- Select the To Selection option.
- Click OK.