I have pushed/pulled a cube several times. How can I now pull it to an exact height? The push/pull tool only tells me the delta from the current size, not the absolute size. There is no grid in the vertical dimension to use as a gauge... I guess I could collapse it to near zero, and then pull it again and use the delta, but the more general question is, how can I measure any height/distance in the model?
How to know/measure size of an object?(4 posts) (3 voices)
In shape, what you can do is have another shape near by of the target dimention for the tool to snap to. Don is our resident expert, he can provide more information when he replies
The easiest way to measure something is to draw a line from one point to the other and hit ESC before actually selecting the second point. The measurement will appear as soon as you click on a point and move the mouse. I suggest using ESC so that you don't have to then delete the line.
The measurement will appear in black so bear that in mind when you're trying to measure on a dark surface. I find it easiest to change the color of the surface to something light so I can see the measurement and then change it back after I'm done.
In some cases you will need to zoom in to see the tiny numbers and in other cases you'll have to change your view a little to see them.
A few other valuable tips about measuring. Turn the snap behavior (the tool in the bottom row with a magnet) off to get more exact measurements.
For the absolute best measurements, copy the line or solid and paste it on the ground. Then rotate it until what you want to measure is flat on the ground. Be sure to reorient the grid (click on the tool with a grid and tape measure, then click the line you want to measure). Then you can zoom in even closer and know that it is an accurate measurement.
If it is a looooong measurement and you can't see the numbers, then draw segments of line to a size that you can see and then add them up.
If it is a really short distance then keep zooming in until the measurement scale gives you the accuracy you want.
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