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Adding Pieces

Once you have found in the piece tree the part you need, you have three ways to add it to your project:

  • Use the Insert tool
  • Drag and drop from piece tree
  • Use the "Insert" key

Tip: After you add a new piece, you often have to move it to fine tune its position. LeoCAD can switch to Move tool after piece insertion. This capability is enabled in "Preferences" under the "View" menu, "Drawing Aids" tab: check the box "Switch to move after inserting".

Insert tool or drag and drop from piece tree

These two modes are equivallent:

  • either highlight a part in the piece tree, then use the Insert tool to place it in the drawing.
  • or, with any tool, drag the part from piece tree to the proper place of the drawing area and drop it there.

If you drop the new piece in an empty spot of the drawing area, it will be placed in the horizontal plane Z=0.
If you drop it while the cursor is over an existing part, the new piece will be placed on top and with the orientation of the existing one (see New piece position below)

Insert key

You may also use the "Insert" key (default keyboard shortcut) to add a new piece. Highlight the piece in piece tree, then press "Insert".

If you are inserting the first piece of your project, it will be placed on the origin of the 3D space (X=Y=Z=0).

Tip: This is a good way to ensure that your drawing will be centered.

If a previously placed piece is active (blue outline), the new one will be placed on top and with the orientation of the active piece (see New piece position below).

Tip: If no piece is active, the new piece will appear on top of the first piece created in the project. This is not generally what you want, so make sure that there is an active piece when you hit the "Insert" key.

New piece position

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