Specifying an Axis

Some commands require a specified axis (such as webcut with a cylinder) and it is sometimes advantageous to view an axis before modifying geometry. An axis is simply a vector with a specified origin. The following options determine an axis specification:



The last option recalls the last axis used in an axis command. The last axis does not carry over from Trelis session to Trelis session.

Specify an origin and a vector

{Direction {options} [Origin [Location] {options}] [Length <val>] [Angle <val>]}

To specify an axis simply specify a vector (a direction) and an origin (a location). Notice that the command requires the axis direction first because the origin defaults to 0 0 0 when not specified. An example of specifying an axis to draw a location using the swing command is as follows:

draw location 1 0 0 swing about axis direction z ang 45

Figure 1 - Swinging a point about the z-axis

The location 1 0 0 was swung 45 degrees about an axis defined by a vector in the z direction and an origin at 0 0 0.

Revolve an axis about an axis

[Axis {options} Revolve [About] Axis {options} Angle <val>]

To revolve one axis around another use the revolve keyword. The following example revolves the first axis (defined by the y-axis and origin) around the second axis (defined by the z-axis and origin) by 45 degrees and draws the result.

draw axis direction y revolve axis direction z angle 45

Figure 2 - Revolving an axis about another axis

Previewing an Axis

Sometimes it is helpful to preview an axis before using it in a command. An axis may be previewed using the Draw command. The options for previewing an axis are the same as the ones described above.

Draw Axis {options}