Constrains two entities to maintain a point of tangency to each other, or to their extensions. (This command is equivalent to using the Tangent option of the GeomConstraint command.)
Note: The second entity that you select is moved to be tangent with the first entity.
Accessing the Command
command bar: gctangent
menu bar: Assembly | 2D Constraints | Tangent
ribbon: Parametric | 2D Constraints | Tangent
toolbar: 2D Constraints |
Prompts you in the command bar:
Select first entity: (Select a line, polyline segment, circle, arc, polyarc, ellipse or elliptical arc)
Select second entity: (Select another circle, arc, ellipse or elliptical arc; or a line or linear polyline segment, if the first object was not a line or polyline segment. )
|Select first entity||
Select a valid entity:
|Select second entity||
Select a second entity:
The second entity is moved to be tangent to the first, even when they do not touch each other physically; see figure below.
After you place the constraint, icons appear near the entities indicating the type of constraint. If you do not see them, then use the ConstraintBar command to display them. To remove a constraint, click the tiny x on the constraint bar:
GeomConstraint - applies geometric relationships between entities and/or points on entities.
Dimconstraint - applies a dimensional constraint to an entity or between constraint points on entities; converts associative dimensions to dynamic dimensions.
GcCoincident - applies a coincident geometrical constraint to two points or constrains a point to an entity.
GcCollinear - forces lines to be collinear.
GcConcentric - constrains the center points of circles, arcs, ellipses or elliptical arcs to coincide.
GcEqual - constrains arcs and circles to the same radius, or lines to the same length.
GcFix - constrains points and entities at a fixed position.
GcHorizontal - constrains lines or pairs of points to lie parallel to the X-axis of the current coordinate system.
GcParallel - forces two lines to be parallel to each other.
GcPerpendicular - constrains two lines to lie perpendicularly to each other.
GcSmooth - forces a spline to maintain fluid geometric continuity with another spline, line, arc or polyline.
GcSymmetric - constrains two entities or points to lie symmetrically with respect to a selected line.
GcVertical - constrains lines or pairs of points to lie parallel to the Y-axis of the current coordinate system.
ConstraintBar - controls the display of the constraint bar of entities.
Delconstraint - removes all dimensional and geometrical constraints from an entity.