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Problems / Re: How to 'Fill'
« Last post by mitchb on June 08, 2017, 04:51:04 PM »
I'm testing using the file you posted "Filled etch using notes" 856 KB dated 5/25/2017. This file exports with no problem as a .dwg R2000 using V10 build 1340. I have used two different computers, one on Sierra and the other on El Capitan, both work. Is your file different than the one posted? Try exporting small portions of your drawing, say just the top layer and then the bottom layer. That will narrow down the problem geometry to one layer. Select smaller sections of that layer and export them until the offending geometry is located. In the export dialog box click on the "Selected Only" when exporting. Once the problem is found, use "Check Object" under the "Verify" menu and repair.

Enjoy
Mitch
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Problems / Re: How to 'Fill'
« Last post by Andrew1883 on June 07, 2017, 04:33:48 PM »
Hi Mitch

I've had some time out doing (successfully) some 3D printing. Now I've come back and tried this 2D export again - without success.

Any thoughts on possible sources of the problem?

Kind regards

Andrew
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Problems / Re: TurboCad not autosaving
« Last post by mitchb on June 05, 2017, 11:49:22 AM »
It is found in Preferences -> Filing.

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Mitch
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Problems / Re: Line color
« Last post by mitchb on June 05, 2017, 11:44:10 AM »
There are a couple of ways to do this. First, in the Inspector with nothing selected look at the top title bar above the icons and notice it says "Inspector: Default Settings". Click on the "Pen Properties" icon and set the color to black. Black is now the default. A second way is to right click on a line and in the popup menu set the color to black, this only sets the color of the selected line to black so right click again and this time click on "Set Default" in the popup menu. This set default will work with any setting that has a default.

Enjoy
Mitch
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Problems / TurboCad not autosaving
« Last post by jawick on June 05, 2017, 11:26:38 AM »
How do I get my version 9 to autosave? There are no files in the backup folder under /library/application support/com.imsi.turbocadmacpro9ESD/backup
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Problems / Line color
« Last post by jawick on June 05, 2017, 10:49:29 AM »
Whenever I draw a new line, the color is not black. It's some kind of a dark purple. How do I change the default line color so it is black?
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Problems / Re: What is a Valid Hatch Region
« Last post by bayswater on June 01, 2017, 12:44:59 PM »
Thanks again.  I'll pursue these solutions.
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Problems / Re: What is a Valid Hatch Region
« Last post by mitchb on June 01, 2017, 11:46:35 AM »
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if I use the corner trim tool on a set of lines that make up a polygon, should I expect that to put the ends of lines at the same point?  I would expect the answer is yes for overlaps, but what about gaps?

Yes, if the lines cross they will be trimmed back to form a corner. If the lines fall short of crossing then they will be extended to make the corner. If you have several trims inside a hatch region consider using the "Region Trim" tool. The "Repair Curves" tool will find overlaps and gaps but the repair function seems a little weak. Do not confuse the "Trim" tool with the "Corner Trim" tool, they work very different.

Should the program be unable to find a hatch region you can manually define it by holding down the shift key and selecting each line forming the region with the hatch tool selected, just click inside the region once it is defined.

The Power Pack add-on has two tools in the verify menu for finding gaps and overlaps if you have that.

Enjoy
Mitch
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Problems / Re: What is a Valid Hatch Region
« Last post by bayswater on June 01, 2017, 07:36:53 AM »
Thanks Mitch. I'll follow up and see if I can get consistent results with these things in mind.

Follow up question to the first part of your answer: if I use the corner trim tool on a set of lines that make up a polygon, should I expect that to put the ends of lines at the same point?  I would expect the answer is yes for overlaps, but what about gaps?
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Problems / Re: What is a Valid Hatch Region
« Last post by mitchb on June 01, 2017, 01:48:51 AM »
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I have a recurring problem applying fill or a hatch pattern to polygons.  If I draw a shape with connecting lines or with a polygon tools, and then try to apply a fill, about 95% of the time I get a message saying "valid hatch region not found".

Fills are associated with "Smart Polygons". If the polygon is a single line then the Fill tool will create a smart polygon and fill that. A hatch, on the other hand, will not work with a smart polygon, it must be a single line. All the curves must be planar and on the current workplane. The Hatch tool looks for an enclosed polygon by going from endpoint to endpoint of each curve until it returns to the starting point. Gaps will stop it as well as overlaps (V10 allows some overlaps). Overlaps can be harder to find and are considered gaps because their endpoints are not at the same point +/- 0.000001". V10 is more tolerant with overlaps then previous versions and will allow them in some cases. Use "Select Chain" to help find gaps, right click on one line and in the popup menu click on "Select Chain" to highlight the polygon. To find overlaps with the polygon still selected, move the cursor around the polygon and look for endpoints to popup in unexpected places.

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A possibly related problem is the ability to turn a 2D shape into a 3D shape.  E.g. draw a square, tilt it in 3D and apply the push pull tool.
This video may help. The "Push/Pull" tool needs the surface you are working with to be on the current workplane.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqIugTxyE_s&feature=youtu.be

Enjoy
Mitch
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