Snaps

Inspire includes a snapping function that allows you to easily align objects to snap points when translating or rotating parts, pushing and pulling faces, or sketching curves. There are three basic types of snaps:


Point snaps take precedence over on snaps, which in turn take precedence over grid snaps. All snaps are active by default, although you can suspend grid snapping temporarily by pressing the Alt key. The various types of snaps can be turned on and off using the Snaps menu, which can be accessed by clicking the Snaps icon in the lower right corner of the application window. To turn off one or more types of snaps, or to disable snapping entirely, use the following procedure.

Using Snap Points When Translating and Rotating Objects

When you select a part, snap hints are shown as you move the mouse cursor near snap points such as end points, center points, quad points, and midpoints. You can precisely align two parts by clicking a snap point on a part, dragging the part to translate it, and then releasing the mouse button near a snap point on a second part.

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When using the Move tool, you can also align the origin of the tool to a snap point by holding down the Shift key and dragging. This is useful when you want to change the pivot point for rotations.

Snapping to Snap Points When Pushing and Pulling Faces

When pushing and pulling faces and subfaces, objects will automatically snap to snap points such as end points, center points, quad points, and midpoints, as shown in the video below:

This technique can be used to align to faces or subfaces so they are at the same level, or to make one face flush with another. Note that as you pull, you need to drag the cursor towards a particular hotspot on the part you want to align to, or the face won't snap. If the right hotspot isn't becoming active as you drag, try rotating the view slightly.

Snapping to Snap Points when Sketching

When placing or clicking and dragging end points and other interactive hotspots in sketch mode, the snap selector Selector appears and continually snaps to the closest grid point as you change the position of the cursor, as shown in the video below:

As the cursor approaches an existing sketch curve, the grid snap changes to an "on" snap, allowing you to snap to any point on the curve. Snap hints appear as the cursor passes over snap points such as end points, center points, quad points, and midpoints: