Changes between Version 4 and Version 5 of AddingPieces

Mar 3, 2006 8:20:51 AM (10 years ago)



  • AddingPieces

    v4 v5  
    2424'''''Tip:''' This is a good way to ensure that your drawing will be centered.''
    2525||[[Image(insert-key.png, nolink)]]||If a previously placed piece is [wiki:MultipleSelection#Activepiece active] (blue outline), the new one will be placed on top and with the orientation of the active piece (see [wiki:AddingPieces "New piece position"] below). The new piece will become the active one.||
     26||[[Image(insert3.png, nolink)]]||Instead of "Insert" key, you may also use the "Insert" option of the mouse right-click contextual menu.||
    2627'''''Tip:''' If no piece is active, the new piece will appear on top of the first piece created in the project. This is not generally what you want, so make sure that there is an [wiki:MultipleSelection#Activepiece active piece] when you hit the "Insert" key.
    2829=== New piece position ===
     30||[[Image(insert6.png, nolink)]][[BR]][[Image(insert5.png, nolink)]][[BR]][[Image(insert4.png, nolink)]]||When a new piece is inserted on top of another, LeoCAD places the new piece at some distance of the existing one. This displacement is done in the Z-direction (blue arrow) relative to piece orientation. The offset distance is computed so that the two pieces do not overlap (studs excluded), then adjusted to the closest multiple of [wiki:SnapGrid Z grid snap value].[[BR]][[BR]]The orientation of the new piece is the same as the orientation of the existing one.||
     31||[[Image(insert-odd.png, nolink)]]||This behaviour generally provides nice stacking of pieces, but there are a few issues:[[BR]][[BR]]- Since the origins are aligned in Z-direction, odd sized pieces will not fit studs of even sized ones. A half stud move will be needed.||
     32||[[Image(insert7.png, nolink)]]||- If the [wiki:SnapGrid Z grid snap size] is too coarse, the snap to grid rounding will place the new piece at the same spot as the existing one. If they are of the same type, this can be confusing (overlap).||
     33||[[Image(insert-grid.png, nolink)]]||The recommended [wiki:SnapGrid grid snap size] for bricks and plates placement is 1/2 stud in X/Y directions, 1 flat (1 plate height) in Z direction. These are the default values when you start LeoCAD.||
     34||[[Image(insert-t1.2.png, nolink)]][[BR]][[Image(insert-t2.2.png, nolink)]]||The [wiki:SnapGrid Z grid snap size] should match the height of elements to be inserted. For example, the height of Technic beams is 1 stud, the best Z grid snap size is therefore 1/2 stud or 1/4 stud.||
     35'''''Tip:''' Technic bricks and plates placement work best with 1 flat Z-grid. But many other Technic elements require 1/2 or 1/4 stud Z-grid. You will have to switch often between these values while creating Technic models!.''