This has been bugging me since DCs first came around. I thought I had a simple workaround, but I can’t remember what it was. I’m open to either a logical explanation as to why this is OR others validating that this is in fact a bug…
The situation is when a child component’s axis is NOT the same orientation as the and that child axes is then rotated via an onClick or a redraw. It will snap to the same orientation as the parent. This does not make sense to me.
For instance, in the above screenshot of the attached “AxesJump.skp” file the Component Attributes are pretty simple. Using the Interact Tool on the thing should animate the child’s RotX value… which it does but not before snapping the axes so that it looks like this:
Ok. There might be a reason for this. Returning the RotX value to a non-set (i.e., “grey”) value of zero, I would have expected, returned the DC back to the state in the first image. Note the value of the RotX attribute in the first image and compare it to this:
I’ve effectively reset the attribute values back to where they were pre-onClick, and the child does in fact rotate “back” to zero, but its orientation is still where it snapped to, which is relative to the parent’s.
Now try this: redownload the “AxesJump.skp” file and before doing anything, right click and select Dynamic Components --> Redraw. Anything happen? Probably not.
Finally, I have attached a AxesWorks.skp file which works for what I am trying to do, but it seems unnecessarily hacky as it involves making a grandchild component whose axes is the same as the not-the-same-as-the-parent-axes child component.
Thoughts? This may have been discussed before at the old Google forums or at SketchUcation but I can’t dig anything up.
ps. SketchUp team, I am really digging this Discourse forum!
edit: Also attached is AxesElaborate.skp… which better illustrates why I am interested in this. I would like to animate multiple children whose axes is all a different orientation as the parent. This file uses the same grandchild attribute-passing hack as AxesWorks.skp.
AxesElaborate.skp (46.9 KB)