Recently I’ve fielded several questions about how to accurately place components in a model.
There’s a lot of value in making and saving components of things you’ll reuse such as drawer pulls, hardware and trim pieces. It can be annoying, however, if you have to spend a lot of time putting the component where you want it when you bring it into your model.
You can grab the component with the Move tool and gradually move it into place but a little bit of setup when making the component in the first place can greatly reduce the amount of time you spend when it comes time to use it. This setup involves setting the component’s axes so that their origin is at the insertion point or the reference point on the component. Typically this would be on the centerline of the component. When you are ready to add the component to your model, you identify the location of the component with either the inferencing engine or with a couple of crossing guidelines. Then the component will easily snap to that point.
In a previous blog post I talked a little about changing the axes.
Take a look at this video for a quick demonstration of this.