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Easily Transforming a face into a 2D drawing
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June 19, 2017, 04:16:12 PM
Greetings Tcad fans. I have a question:

Let's say I have a design of a 3D sheet metal box type chassis, and and I wish to basically copy or take a 2D snap shot of one of the facets with punch outs and stuff in order to export it and drop in into my graphic art program so I can do lettering for silk screen. What is the easiest way to do this? I thought maybe extrude from face, but not having much luck with that. Then I thought "quick pull" tool, but also not successful. Any tips?

Aram

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* June 19, 2017, 04:38:21 PM
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Have you experimented with the Drafting palette, it has various options for taking a 2D view.

http://www3.turbocadcommunity.com/tiki-index.php?page=Drafting+Palette

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June 19, 2017, 10:35:02 PM
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Review your Graphic Art program's File Import capabilities and determine which ones overlap with TurboCAD's Export capabilities.

If it handles PDF, great.  If not, then probably BMP, JPG, PNG, GIF, etc.

When you invoke File / Save As and specify the file type, go into Setup to specify an appropriate resolution.


Jeff


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* June 19, 2017, 11:34:23 PM
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It sounds counter-intuitive, but TC's section tool does a great job of this very simply by using three random nearest points on the edges of the face as the section plane, hatched or unhatched.  Unfold face does too with one click, but you get a hatch, no option.   Place the "group of graphics" on world plane for a viewpoint. 
« Last Edit: June 19, 2017, 11:42:37 PM by murray dickinson »

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June 20, 2017, 12:40:15 AM
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It does seem counter-intuitive, because that is not my experience with the Section tool (but I've never had a face model and I've never used "three random nearest points" to specify a Section.

Any examples?


Jeff


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* June 20, 2017, 12:55:00 AM
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It's any planar face, nothing special.  Section only works in wireframe (unfold face works in hidden line as well, 'cos it's only intended for surfaces...), highlight the model, check the "by plane" option on the IB, N for nearest around any edges of that face, or check plane by WP if it's on the face you want.  The pic is a block with blended edges, shelled and a couple of cutouts for example, section hatched to show it off.  Utterly random example. 

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June 20, 2017, 03:06:29 PM
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Gentlman:

The sectioning Idea worked beautifully. Never knew about that tool.

Thank you.

Aram

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