Create and Edit Points/Nodes

Use the Create Points/Nodes tool to create and edit points/free nodes on geometry surfaces and lines or in space.

Points and nodes can be used to establish reference locations for geometry construction and meaningful snap locations for use with other tools.

New points created on existing geometry are organized in the same component as the source geometry, and new points created in empty space are organized in the current component.

  1. From the Topology ribbon, click the Create Points/Nodes tool.
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  2. From the drop-down menu on the guide bar, select whether to create Points or Free Nodes.
  3. Create points and free nodes in the following ways:
    • Left-click in the modeling window and enter X, Y, and Z coordinates in the microdialog. Optionally, click to enter coordinates with respect to a local coordinate system.
    • Click and drag to create midpoints/nodes.
    • Hold Ctrl to create center points/nodes between two or three locations.
  4. Double-click on a point or a node to edit its coordinates.
  5. Optional: For nodes, click on the guide bar to clear all free nodes.
  • Create points and nodes at predefined points on geometry, such as end, middle, center, and intersection points. When interpolating points and nodes, you can also snap to points along the x, y, and z axis.
  • Copying and pasting topology vertices (fixed points) generates free points and organizes them in the same component.