The Translation tool allows you to move and place your parts more precisely.
Accessing the tool
To use the tool, select parts and press T on your keyboard or:
- Select parts
- Hover over the Minifigure hand icon
- Click on the right icon
- The Translation tool, a yellow cube with three jutting arrows, will show over the parts you selected.
Using the Translation tool
Grab an axis arrow and drag the parts along that axis. The nudge value depends on the Grid. You can also use the arrow keys (← → ↑ ↓) to move the selection.
- The default nudge is fixed at 4 LDU (half a plate).
- Ctrl makes it 8 LDU (a plate).
- Shift makes it 20 LDU (a stud).
The match between keys and axis depends on the view angle:
- The ← → keys will move the parts on the axis that is closer to the left-right direction of the screen.
- The ↑ ↓ keys will move the parts on the axis that is closer to the top-bottom direction of the screen.
You can also directly edit the coordinates in the text field next to the yellow cube (in LDU).
By default, a part’s axes are all relative to the part’s grid. “Up” shows the top of the part, “left/right” shows the left and right sides of the part, and “back/front” shows the back and front sides of the part. The axes should reorient as a part rotates. There is an absolute grid (sometimes called the scene grid) in the background and its axes don’t change. It’s the grid that represents the ground.
To switch between a part’s relative grid and absolute grid click on the yellow cube at the base of the blue arrows.
X coordinates are determined from left to right on the screen.
Y coordinates are determined from the ground. A positive Y means the location is below the ground and a negative number is above it.
Z coordinates are determined from back to front.
- The translation tool’s orientation will be decided based on the first part selected. Select a part that's oriented the way you want to move a selection.
- Submodels have their own orientation and it’s not necessarily the same orientation as one of their parts. You can change it if you view the submodel.
- You can still use the W A S D keys with the Translation tool enabled but they'll always work in the global grid, as explained in Moving & Rotating Parts.