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    Nurbs to polyline

    I hope someone know the solution to my problem. I use extracted nurbs curves as basis for creating cutting paths for CNC-cutters. The path must be 2D so I convert the nurbs to polygons. This is ok for flat surfaces, but for arcs and circles the polygon consists of hundreds or thousands of lines. I would like to convert the nurbs curve to a polyline, witch would keep arc and circles intact. But there is no convert-to-polyline command.
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    Trim tool

    Just upgraded to VW2009 from 12.5, and that was a mixed experience. I really like the new improvements, but there is one thing I can't understand considering VW/MiniCad's roots in 2D drafting. The trim tool is as buggy and as useless as in VW12.5. Drawing a tangent line between two arcs and then trimming off the arc, results in the whole arc gets deleted. This is not consistent either, see the attached picture, one side is trimmed OK but the other is not and the split tool was used instead. Frustrating! Is this just me or are anyone else having the same experience?
  3. See the attached file. I have found that VW Unfold Surfaces command can only be used with simple basic 3D-shapes. Anything else give a distorted result. Example: Unfolding a simple cylinder produces the expected result, a rectangular. Unfolding the same cylinder but now with cutouts also produce not the expected result. This should off course be a rectangular with cutouts, but it is ... something else. Maybe someone can check if VW10 gives the correct flattened shape?
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    G-Code Generator

    EdgeCAM and GibbsCAM are the two major packages in our area. We chose EdgeCam.
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    A new era

    Solid Edge has arrived. Goodbye Vectorworks!
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    A new era

    A HP EliteBook 8540w Core i7-740QM 1.73GHz 16GB Quadro FX 1800M 15.6"
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    A new era

    I considered a new MacBook Pro but I've heard of poor graphics performance with Parallells and Boot Camp would be to much rebooting. So I went for a new HP laptop with Windows7. Apart for Windows being Windows, this works very well. I choose the Foundation version of Solid Edge. I find that mastering the interface, workflow, tools is easy. Also, it seems like a solid, stable and well thought trough software package. For me too, the decision to drop VW was hard. It has my only cad tool since 1995. But, finally, as Machine Design is lacking so far behind in features, ease of use and robustness, one can not avoid seeing the writing on the wall, literally. VW is out.
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    A new era

    After four days of basic training with Solid Edge I can now say that I really do regret not leaving VW behind many years ago. SE make me design faster and with much grater confidence; I make a change to a part and I can be sure that all related parts are adapted to the change by SE. Relations is the backbone, both in 2D and 3D. I don't have to struggle with class management. I have 2D tools that actually work as expected, finally. A hole always has a center, 2D and 3D. Wow! A hole can be dimensioned just by a single click :-)) so can a bent surface. Dimensioning is smart. You don't need a specific tools for radial or linear dimensioning. A fillet does not lock all modeling history. ... The differences are so many. I get the feeling that the makers of SE know mechanical engineering, that's a completely different world. If you do mechanical engineering don't hesitate, make the switch.
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    A new era

    I'll do that.
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    A new era

    No, on a HP EliteBook. Solid Edge is Windows only. I believe Siemens has Mac support for their larger CAD system, NX?
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    Symbol Coordinate Report/ record

    Database functions XCENTER/YCENTER relate to drawing center. If the drawing center is moved and worksheet is updated, the worksheet will reflect the new coordinates. See the attached file.
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    Symbol Coordinate Report/ record

    In a database worksheet the functions XCENTER(), YCENTER() and ZCENTER() will return the the symbol x,y,z center coordinates.
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    Reference Marker Text Size

    Text menu - Size submenu
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    Vectorworks 2011 ?Release note

    Oh yes, that would have been nice.
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    Vectorworks 2011 ?Release note

    Guy, I agree with you. I think NV no longer have any interest in listening to MD users requests as MD is history, and NV clearly states "There are no plans to do further development on Machine Design specific functionality" Now it is time for us MD users to part with VW.
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    Vectorworks 2011 ?Release note

    Peter, How about radial dimensioning in viewports? Are you able to do that without the use of 2D arcs/circles? I use design layers for modeling and sheet layers for presenting. 3D-dimensioning and radial dimensioning in design layers only, is of no practical use, to me.
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    Vectorworks 2011 ?Release note

    Yes, exactly.
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    Vectorworks 2011 ?Release note

    3D dimensioning OK, but not in viewports. And, we still have to draw a circle or an arc on top of the solid to use radial dimensioning.
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    VW2011 - do you still get the MD libraries?

    FAQ: 11. Are there plans to further update any Machine Design tools, commands, and features in future Vectorworks releases? There are no plans to do further development on Machine Design specific functionality; however, we will continue to support existing functionality of Machine Design found within the Design Series workspaces.
  20. To draw object with class attributes the check-box Use at creation must be checked in the class edit dialog box. To change the attributes of a existing object either use the attributes palette or change the class. The class must have Use at creation checked.
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    Do not trust the Unfold Surfaces command

    All objects where extrusions and all subtracted in one operation. I have tested a bit more and I find that when the objects to be subtracted are fewer and larger the end-result is better.
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    3d Cylinder in 2d view

    OpenGL render?
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    beginner - circle

    Instead of clicking the tool you can use the keyboard shortcuts. After inserting the first circle (double click the circle tool) tap 6 two times, press Enter and place circle on drawing. Or, you can use the Move-by-Points tool. Tool lock/repeat is a missing feature.
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    Twist Drill

    No need for a tool: Use the OIP to set the Z-value.


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