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Lines disappear upon reopening TurboCAD 17 file
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* July 23, 2013, 01:41:51 PM
Yesterday I was working on my first ever 3d model and drew some 2d lines as reference points. These points were quite important for my work and upon reopening the file, the lines dissapeared.  I also noticed that my 3d models went from these beautiful wireframe images to these dark black, extremely wirey images. I believe that this issue came from saving the file in a particular file type.  I am an electrical engineer trying my best at this mechanical CAD stuff, any help would be greatly appreciated.

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* July 23, 2013, 03:01:34 PM
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Is Layer 0 (zero) turned off? What file format did you save in?

Click on "Attachments…" and post the file. Someone may be able to tell you what's wrong.

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John R.

V17—V21, 2015—2018
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* July 24, 2013, 06:37:02 AM
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Here is my attached file.

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* July 24, 2013, 08:07:37 AM
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I didn't find any "lines" either, just the two hemispheres.

You state that this was done in version 17, but the file you posted is from version 19.0. I don't understand that. The hemispheres are "TC Surface" objects (see Selection Info palette) and not the normal "Solid" object (Sphere or ACIS Solid).

You said you saved the file to a particular file format. What was that? Some 3D formats don't retain 2D objects. You should always save as TCW first, then save a copy to the other format.

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John R.

V17—V21, 2015—2018
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Windows 10, 64-bit


* July 24, 2013, 08:43:30 AM
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I apologize about that...we have both 17 and 19 at work. I accidentally opened with 19 and tried saving it in a 17 format... Anyway, the problem occurred in 17. I saved the file as a .stl and the following day upon opening, the model went from the left hand image to the right hand image (see attached file).

*EDIT* The picture on the left is of recent work, the right is of my old ruined work.
« Last Edit: July 24, 2013, 08:45:25 AM by Oddballl »

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* July 24, 2013, 09:08:03 AM
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I believe STL only works with 3D "Surface" objects. Saving your file to that format will convert everything to a surface. As mentioned, save the file in the TCW format first, then a copy as STL (which goes to the other people). Work and edit only the TCW, not the STL.

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John R.

V17—V21, 2015—2018
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RedSDK enabled, except in 2018
Windows 10, 64-bit