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# Selecting Multiple Components

You can use either 2-D or 3-D Box Selection to select
components.
• 2-D Box Selection:
– Draw a rectangle.
– Components selected.
• 3-D Box Selection:
– Draw a rectangle.
– A 3-D box is created from the
drawn 2-D rectangle.
– Manipulate the 3-D box.
– Components selected.
• The direction you follow
while drawing the rectangle
determines selection.
– Inside
– Crossing
Selecting Multiple Components

Figure 1 – 2-D Selection

Figure 2 – 3-D Selection
You can use either 2-D or 3-D Box Selection to select components. Perform
the following steps to use 2-D Box Selection:
• From an assembly, edit the selection filter to Parts.
• Draw a rectangle over the model. The direction you follow while drawing
the rectangle determines whether the system uses Inside Box or Crossing
selection types.
Perform the following steps to use 3-D Box Selection:
• From an assembly, click 3D Box Select
, and select a plane or surface.
• Draw a rectangle in the selected plane. The direction you follow while
drawing the rectangle determines whether the system uses Inside Box or
Crossing Box selection types.
• Once the rectangle is created, a 3-D box appears, as shown in Figure 2.
Drag arrows display on each surface. You can drag the arrows and watch
the components dynamically select.
2-D and 3-D Selection Box Options
The following types of selection are available when using the selection box:
• Inside Box Selection – Only components that are fully inside the box are
selected. To achieve this type of selection, draw a selection rectangle from
the upper-left towards the lower-right.
• Crossing Box Selection – All components that are either inside or crossing
the box are selected. To achieve this type of selection, draw a selection
rectangle from the lower-right towards the upper-left.
Considerations When Using Box Selection
Consider the following when using box selection:
• You can work from 2-D or 3-D model orientations when creating the box
region. For the 3-D box selection, it may be useful to manipulate the box
region from multiple orientations.
• The system considers the component bounding box for selection purposes