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2D Boolean tools in TC Pro Mac???
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* May 14, 2014, 11:03:24 AM
I asked this question on the Turbocad PC forum but was directed here. This is the original question with one answer.

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Im trying to help a friend CAD a couple of parts that will be CNC milled out of 3mm carbon fiber. We are doing this at my friends work and I have some CAD experience (he has none) but never in turbocad.

Im trying to do a simple Add or Subtract from a 2D circle or square. Much like the Pathfinder tool in Illustrator.

(Not my image)

I manage to do it with a 3D object but I really rather not involve the 3:d axis to keep it simple.
I also manage to do it sometimes with the tool "Subtract surface" but I rather not have a surface, I just want the outlines.

Any help Is highly appreciated

Using TurboCad Pro 7 on a Mac.

I believe you are looking for the 2D Boolean tools found in any version of TurboCAD.

So, Im basicly looking for the 2D Boolean tools. But I have been looking and I belive that they dont exist in the same way that they do in the PC version.

I have manage to use the "Add Surface" och "Subtract Surface" but it only seems to work with squares and rectangles. Cant seem to get it to work with circles.

I would also not like to us any "surfaces". I rather have a simple, clean, wireframe blueprint. When I tested exporting the plans in dxf the plan was not just the outline but a dark surface that I dont want. But I guess thats a later problem.

So, my question still remains. =) How do I do simple 2D add and subtract of all shapes. =)

Thanx in advance.


* May 14, 2014, 12:01:59 PM
I believe the set of trim tools will do what you want. Review the tutorial "Basic editing" under the help menu if you are not sure how to use them.



* May 14, 2014, 10:44:54 PM
You are probably right but that is a WAY longer way to do it if you have a more advanced figure with, say, four circles and 3 squares. You will have to trim and join multiple lines many times.
Trim tools is excellent but not a replacement for the add and subtract shapes.

And since the "2D boolean tools" is included in ALL PC versions it cant be only me who uses it.

Wierd is all I can say.


* May 15, 2014, 10:48:05 AM
Did you check out the region trim tool, this might be something you could use.