Controlling Inventor Assemblies
by David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing
Display the Degrees of Freedom of the components.
To display the degrees of individual components and subassemblies, highlight them in the browser or in the graphics area, right click and select iProperties, and in the Occurrences tab check Degrees of Freedom. To show the degrees of freedom of all the components in the top-level assembly or a subassembly, double click the assembly to activate it, and then click the View tab. In the Visibility panel click the Degrees of Freedom command.
This cube has the degrees of freedom symbol showing all six degrees of freedom. Each axis has a linear degree of freedom along the axis and a rotational degree of freedom around the axis. When assembly constraints are added to the part, some of these degrees of freedom are removed from the symbol.
To turn the Degrees of Freedom symbol off, uncheck the option in the Occurrences tab of the iProperties dialog box or click the Degrees of Freedom command again to deactivate it.
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