slightly off topic -- but I am designing something out of wood......
I am finally getting serious about learning a cad program -- and I have
decided to use TurboCad.
Things are going well but I am having a devil of a time trying to figure out
one "action", the project I am working on is a coffee table -- I am trying
to attach an apron board to a leg with a 1/4" setback. I want to use the
assemble tool and somehow I'd like to create a "construction point" on the
leg that is not at one of the predefine snap points -- cannot seem to find
this in the manual. Any hints would be appreciated
Use the "assemble by three points tool to snap the apron to the leg aligned
with the corner. After it is there, click the selection tool and select the
apron piece. Right click, go to "selector 3D properties". Make sure the
position X,Y and Z boxes are checked. Set "extents CS" to user. Set
"coordinate system" to user. Click okay and right click again. Click on "set
UCS by selector". Now the position coordinates for the apron piece will read
zero. Type in your setback (in the appropriate field) and press enter.
Putting a reference point where you want the apron piece to go is possible
but may well take some manipulation of the wokplane. Unless you are very
familiar with workplanes, it is much easier to do as I described. I make all
parts in place myself but this requires moving workplanes to the various
points for those individual parts. Go here:
This is the Turbocad forum on IMSIs site. Very helpful people there.
On Sun, 17 Jul 2005 17:02:59 -0400, Sam the Cat wrote:
Here's another way that I use; unsophisticated maybe, but it works. I
would attach a 'box' to the corner of the leg and with a side dimension
corresponding to the set back you want. I would then select the apron,
move the anchor point to the appropriate corner of the apron, then snap
that point to the corner of the box that equalled your setback. You can
then delete the box.
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