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Plane Definition Menu
The Plane Definition Menu is used to define a plane in space using orientation and depth. The menu options below appear on the Conversation Bar to allow you to define a plane. The first five menu options (left-to-right) appear in all functions. The View>Display View (shown below) and View>Construction Plane>Set Construction Plane functions add additional options.
Most entities can be selected at the menu in order to define the plane, without having to choose a menu item first. Selecting a line or vector uses that line or vector as the normal of the plane. Other entity types use the entity to define the XY plane.
Defines the plane based on three positions you indicate.
Defines the plane based on an X-axis line and a Y-axis direction.
This option allows you to define a plane by selecting a normal or tangent to an entity at a selected position to be the Z axis of the plane.
This option defines the plane from an indicated Construction Plane, and offsets that plane along the Z axis by the given Depth.
This option defines a plane based on two positions for the Z axis.
Use the Key In option to rotate the display view or construction plane, as appropriate, by a specified amount about the selected axis. Click the appropriate button on the Conversation Bar to set the rotation direction, enter an angle in the field, and then click Accept to adjust the plane by the specified angle. Each time you click the Accept button, the plane is incremented by the angle value. Select the Done button when you are satisfied with the adjustment.
VPort (CPlane Only)
Use the VPort feature to define the Construction Plane by the display view of a particular viewport. Select the viewport that contains the display plane you want to use.
CPlane (Display View Only)
Use the CPlane feature to set the selected viewport's view to match the current construction plane.
Displays a dialog that lists all existing CPlanes or Display Views, as appropriate. The dialog allows you to select a new plane from the eight standard ones or from any new ones you have created previously.
The dialog has several buttons. The Rename and Delete button are not available when a standard one is selected. The New button displays the standard Plane Definition Menu on the Conversation Bar so you can define a new CPlane or Display View. The Rename button prompts you for a new name for the current selection. The Delete button deletes the current selection. The Renumber button automatically renumbers all of the saved CPlanes or Display Views in the part, as appropriate, to remove any gaps in the sequence. For example, if there are three saved CPlanes (9, 10 and 11), and 10 is deleted, leaving 9 and 11, then renumbering changes the number of CPlane 11 to 10.
This is only displayed when the current CPlane or Display View, as appropriate, is unsaved. This option prompts you for a name and saves it in the active CKD file. Thereafter, you can access it when choosing the List method of defining the plane.
CP=DV (CPlane Only)
This option enables a mode where the construction plane always matches the orientation of the active viewport. The Construction Plane in this case always passes through the world coordinate system origin, with the positive X axis across the bottom of the screen, from left to right, and the positive Y axis along the left side of the screen, from bottom to top.
DynaDV/DynCP (DynaDV described but same for CP)
This option uses the DynaHandle to set the display view. Once this option is picked a DynaHandle should appear at the display origin, you may need to View>Zoom> Autoscale if it is not displaying. Click on the handle and move as needed to define desired view. Click Accept when done. The resulting display is now oriented on the + blue z DynaHandle .