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Fastener From Individual ACIS To Solid For Subtraction From Parent
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* February 19, 2019, 11:13:34 AM
Hi All,

I have been downloading and using models of fasteners, nuts, and screws from Mcmaster Carr. Up until this point I have just been using them in renderings and have not needed to perform any boolean operations with them. That is until today.

I am trying to take a fastener such as a fastener used for insert molding and subtract it from a parent solid.

The file of the fastener that I am working with has all surfaces as ACIS Solids. There might be 100 surfaces that that are individual objects. One example of this solid can be found here. I typically download the IGES file to work wtih.

Is there anyway to add all of the ACIS Solid (surfaces) together easily to subtract from a parent solid? I suppose I could do them one at a time but I would be at risk of missing some here and there because there are so many.

Best Regards,

TurboCad Platinum Pro 19,20,21, 2019/REDSDK

* February 19, 2019, 11:19:55 AM
I usually download the "3-D SAT" format, because SAT is the ACIS native format and should work okay in TurboCAD Platinum.

John R.

V17—V21, 2015—2020
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Windows 10 Pro (1909), 64-bit

* February 19, 2019, 11:36:58 AM
Hi John,

It worked thanks!

Best Regards,

TurboCad Platinum Pro 19,20,21, 2019/REDSDK

February 20, 2019, 02:38:05 AM
I never had a problem using McMaster-Carr's STEP files, either.

I 3D Subtracted a #6 screw's thread from a screwdriver design, printed it in plastic and it assembled hunky dory.


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