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A BlueDot is a control point where two curves or analytics connect, or where one curve and one analytic connect, thereby providing a control point between the curves. It is a point which can edited to suit design or styling needs.
Creates a control point (1) between two sketch elements. You can connect the elements at their keypoints or at a point along the elements. The BlueDot overrides any existing associativity of the elements. This allows you to edit the location of the BlueDot or the elements it connects without regard to the order in which the elements were constructed.
After you connect the keypoints of two elements with a BlueDot, you can edit the position of the BlueDot to change the shape of the elements. Surfaces that were constructed using the elements also update.
Refer to Connect sketch elements with a BlueDot for more info on BlueDot creation.
Edit a BlueDot
To edit the position of a BlueDot, use the Select Tool to select a BlueDot (1), then click the Dynamic Edit button on the Select Tool command bar. When you edit the position of a BlueDot, you can use the OrientXpres tool (2) to restrict the movement to be parallel to a particular axis or plane. You can then drag the BlueDot to a new position (3). The wireframe elements and the surface also update.
When you use OrientXpres to restrict movement to a plane (1), you can move the BlueDot along two axes simultaneously (2).
You can also reposition the OrientXpres tool by selecting the origin of the X, Y, and Z axes, and then dragging OrientXpres to a new position.
You can use the BlueDot Edit command bar to specify whether the edit value is relative to its current position or its absolute position with respect to the global origin of the document. The global origin is the point where the three default reference planes intersect (the exact center of the design space).
When you apply a BlueDot to b-spline curves, you can also control how the curves react to the edit by setting options on the Curve 1 and Curve 2 controls on the command bar.
Refer to BlueDot Edit command bar for more information.
BlueDots in Harness Design
When working in Harness Design, you cannot use the command to connect sketch elements. However, the command allows you to connect the endpoints of two or more wire paths to create a single path.
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