Sometimes a that clanking sound I hear is a wrench hitting hitting my proverbial works.
And when importing files into Autodesk Showcase from another system, the import orientation (or disorientation), can be that wrench.
Take this for example. Sometimes a file imports, and instead of being right side up, it's completely on its side.
|Rotating with Transform Handles is sometimes an option|
First, when in Showcase, choose File>Import>Import Files
|Preparing to import a file.|
|Choosing the import settings|
Once the import settings dialog box appears, the setting for "Original up axis" can be seen. This is where I can tell Showcase "which way is up".
Note that you can also see the "Import Representations" checkbox in this dialog box. So Inventor representations can be imported in as well.
|Changing the orientation|
If I take a quick look at the file in Inventor, I can see the +Z-axis corresponds to the top of the table.
Seeing this, I'll choose the +Z radio button, and import the files.
|Selecting the +Z option|
|Oriented with representations created as alternatives!|
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