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re: embed Ruler + mod box color
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* February 18, 2010, 06:39:32 AM
I'm using TC14, and am rusty. 2Q's.

1. Ruler: I know I can use ruler bars ... but is there a way to place a xy or xyz ruler bar at a specified point in the drawing, and separate from the ones on the screen border?

2. Attached is a case bottom I downloaded.  I'd like to change the color (like a semi-transparent glass), but that option is not available under 'properties'.  What can I do to this case to make colors/materials available in 'properties'?

Thanks, Roger


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* February 18, 2010, 07:38:38 AM
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re: I'd like to change the color (like a semi-transparent glass), but that option is not available under 'properties'.  What can I do to this case to make colors/materials available in 'properties'?

Click on the Plus sign next to "Group of Graphics", then click on ACIS Solid. You can assign a Material below, in the "3D" section or click on the Properties icon in the Selection Info tools.

re: Ruler

How about multiple Windows in the drawing area?

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* February 18, 2010, 08:08:44 AM
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Re: mod box color. Thanks that worked.  Now attached is the Case Top.  It seems to have only TC Surface when I click on properties.  Can the color be changed for this as well?  Thanks.

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* February 18, 2010, 08:49:14 AM
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After selecting the Group, click on the "Edit Content" icon to get inside the Group. Select all, then Ctrl+F to open Properties. Now you can assign a Material. Click on the green checkmark "Finish Edit Content" to return to the regular drawing area.

I would strongly recommend redrawing this from the ground up as a Solid object.

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* February 18, 2010, 09:01:33 AM
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Thanks John.  That worked.  I did not draw this item.  It is an OEM case from Pelican which I downloaded.  I think it may have been a solid at one time, and at some  point it got converted to TC surfaces. 

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February 18, 2010, 09:37:45 AM
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Are the commands to convert a Surface to a Solid greyed out under the Format menu? (when the object is selected, of course)

Jeff

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* February 18, 2010, 12:29:59 PM
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Are the commands to convert a Surface to a Solid greyed out under the Format menu? (when the object is selected, of course)
Jeff

"Format / Create Solid / From Surface" doesn't activate when none, one or all of the 619 Surfaces are selected in V14. It's not a real Surface 'object', but a collection of facets.
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February 18, 2010, 12:37:25 PM
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I wonder what would happen if you exported as STL or STP, then re-imported.

Jeff

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February 19, 2010, 07:49:01 PM
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Jeff you mentioned export STL and re-import to make solid object

Murray Dickenson just made a related post titled: Netfabb .stl view and repair > he says the same thing you said about making solids from TC surfaces

Can you explain steps how to accomplish the suggested export-import conversion??


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February 20, 2010, 12:06:16 AM
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You will only save the object, of course, so delete all measurements and other stuff.
Save your TCW file so you have the current version.
Select your object.
Under the Format menu, select Create Surface / From Solid.
Select File / Save As. 
When the popup appears, go into Save as Type and select STP.
Save the file.
Close the file.
Select File / Open.
Make sure "Files of Type" shows "STP  - Step Drawing"
Select the STP file you just saved.

Even though you converted it to a Surface before saving it, if the STP file has been created correctly, it will be loaded as a Solid.  To verify this, select the object, then choose Format / Create Solid and verify that the options are greyed out (because you may not create a solid from a solid).  You can also check the Create Surface sub-menu to verify that the "From Solid" option is not greyed out (because you have to have a valid solid object in order to change it into a surface).


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