I'm trying to get productive with blender. Now I have this challenge I can't solve. I imported parts of a cnc chair I'm designing. Precisely positioning the parts is my goal. How can I do this ?

So I want to go from here: enter image description here

To here:

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In the last screenshot the part look aligned but not exactly :( I tried to figure out snapping but I get the impression that's not gonna cut it, I'd love something like sketchup style moving/rotating/positioning.

I've been also looking into the NP-station add on, I can't get that to work though.


Thanks for the answers and replies. It looks like I want/need something like np-station or mesh align plus. Tiny-CAD only seems to work in edit mode (?) while I need to align and position objects. Getting into origin and the 3D cursor was useful too.

But I placing my bets on getting mesh align plus to work for now.

  • $\begingroup$ You will want the TinyCAD addon. It good face and vertex snapping tools. $\endgroup$
    – Leander
    Commented Nov 24, 2019 at 19:27
  • $\begingroup$ Assuming no convenient alignment of object axes to faces, and arbitrarily skewed parts, this is one of a number of ways to align face-center to face-center... check out @moonboots' answer, too.. $\endgroup$
    – Robin Betts
    Commented Nov 24, 2019 at 20:26

2 Answers 2


Here are some useful tips for precise modeling in Blender:

01) Set your units to milimeters
Properties Panel->Scene->Units->Length

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02) Set snapping to Increments
and enable Absolute snapping.

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03) Use orthographic view and side views
This allows you to use grid better, and align precisely
Orthographic view shortcut: Numpad 5
Viewpoint shortcut: ~ or use Numpad numbers.

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04) Make use of Quad View enter image description here

05) Learn to use 3D cursor and work with Object origin.
These are very powerful together for precise object alignment.
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06) Adjust your grid scale.
The default setting is good for most situations, but sometimes you may need to adjust it.

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07) Blender is no CAD, but it will get you there :).
And as @Leander said - tinyCAD addon.
Enable it in Preferences->Addons (and Save preferences)

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my advice would be that if you want that to perfectly match you should model it first as a whole piece and then separate the object. in Edit mode you can also go to Viewport Overlays and Enable some Measurements.

Edit: You can also change the pivot to active element and use the scale option to 0 align some edges, vertices or faces, locking the axis you don't want to be deformed.

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  • $\begingroup$ Uhm yeah, but my modelling skills at this moment are rhino, sketchup solidworks and a bit 3ds max. This model came from rhino. These are my first steps in blender and I would like to test/make shure that exact positioning and aligning can be done in a efficient way $\endgroup$
    – MrExplore
    Commented Nov 24, 2019 at 17:31

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