Drag Geometry

Drag surfaces, nodes, or lines along their normal direction, a vector, or another line.

  1. Optional: On the guide bar, click to define additional options.
    Use the FE tab for additional options related to FE geometry.
  2. Choose between Surfaces, Nodes, or Lines using the guide bar selector.
    Note: If Nodes is selected, a line is drawn through the specified nodes before dragging.
  3. Select surfaces/nodes/lines and drag in the following ways:
    • Click to drag in a normal direction or click to define a direction using the Vector tool. Once a direction is defined, manipulate the slider or enter a value in the microdialog.
    • Activate the Guides selector to drag along selected guiding lines. Use the options in the microdialog to define how the geometry is dragged.
      Fixed Frame
      The geometry is only translated during the drag, not rotated.
      Line Tangent
      In addition to the translation of the fixed frame option, the geometry is also rotated in the same way that the tangent of the line list rotates.
      Frenet Frame
      In addition to the translation and rotation of the Line Tangent option, the geometry also rotates around the line list tangent axis in the same way as the curvature vector rotates.

      The Frenet Frame option does not work well when the curvature of the line list is not smooth or includes large jumps.

      Reverse Direction
      Defines the drag in the opposite direction.
  4. On the guide bar, click one of the following:
    • - Apply and stay in the tool
    • - Apply and close the tool
    • - Exit the tool without applying
Note: For the nodes input, based on the geometry creation mode defined, either a CAD surface or an FE geometry surface is created. While using the Drag tool for lines or surfaces, the input determines whether a CAD surface or an FE geometry surface is created. For example, CAD lines are dragged as CAD surfaces, FE geometry edges are dragged as FE geometry surfaces.

A drag preview for FE geometry solids is not supported at this time.