Use the Selection command
The Selection glyph displays when you pause the cursor over a visible object. This object is called the root object. When you move the cursor to the glyph, a list displays with selection options.
NoteWhen the cursor is over the selection glyph, use the mouse wheel to cycle through the By Depth selections. Click on the selection glyph to select the highlighted face or edge.
When you pause over any of the options, a selection list displays. The corresponding geometry in the model highlights when you move the cursor over the items in the list.
NoteClick on a selection option to select the first item in the list. For example, clicking on Parents selects the Document.
Select By Depth
By Depth lists the faces, edges, work planes, work axes, work points, and profiles that are partially or completely hidden by the root object. The root object is the first item on the list, and the other items are in order by depth.
The Parents list displays the model structure from the document down to the root geometry. When you click on an item in the list, you select that level and everything below it. For example, Component selects the solid, surfaces, and work geometry, while Solid just selects the body.
In the following example, there are two components in the file, and the cursor is paused over an edge. The first item is the document, followed by the component, the solid, and the edge.
The Neighbor list displays all geometry connected to the root geometry. This selection tool is useful when you want to select a small face or edge, or tangentially connected geometry.
- Face Loop All edges of the root face
- Tangent Chain For a root face, all faces that are tangent to the root face and each other. For a root edge, any edges that are tangent to the edge and each other. If there are not any tangent faces or edges, the root geometry is highlighted.
- Edge The edges of the root face.
- Face The faces next to the root edge.
The Feature list displays the features associated with the root geometry. The selection list differs depending on whether the cursor is over a face or an edge, and the adjacent geometry.
NoteThe root geometry loses the highlight when the cursor is moved to the Selection glyph. In the following examples, the root edge or face is highlighted to clarify the dependency between the root geometry and the selection list.
There are two selection cases for an edge, depending on whether the two features share the edge.
In the following image, the cursor paused over the edge on the right. Since that edge is not shared by two features, the fly out list does not display. You can still select the feature by double-clicking on the Feature option.
In this example, the cursor paused over the fillet edge. Since the edge is shared by Extrude1 and Fillet2, it has the standard highlighting and selection behavior.
Protrusion and Depression
When the cursor pauses over a face, the Selection tool analyzes adjacent geometry to determine if the geometry cuts into or extends from the face. In addition to the parent feature, the list can also display Protrusion and Depression. Most faces without additional geometry will display the parent feature and Depression. In some cases, Protrusion is displayed instead of Depression.
In the images following, the cursor is paused on the cylindrical face. Both Protrusion and Depression are on the Feature selection list. Fusion analyzes adjacent faces and determines whether a set of faces is towards the center of the solid (Depression) or towards the outside (Protrusion).
The Protrusion selection set includes the cylinder and exterior faces.
The Depression selection set includes the cylinder and the bottom face.
Additional Selection Methods
You can double-click a face to select all objects in that component, including child components.
The status bar displays the parents of a selected object. Click a button to select that object.