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Bruce Kieffer

Wanted: Profile Edge Tool

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Combine the Fillet Edge and Chamfer Edge tools into one tool called the Profile Edge Tool, and then include the ability to add custom profiles to the tool. Imagine a woodworking router as the Profile Edge Tool, and the custom profiles are router bits.

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Although last time i looked, both of these tools individually, could only Chamfer or Fillet about 45% of the objects i put it to task on.

Not the case with any other competition CAD package.

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Can you post some examples so they can be tested by users of later versions of Vw.

I would ask the same. I have not had any failure using either tool.

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This is why we need this tool (see my screen shot). That took me a 1/2 hour to make the solid object to subtract from the "foot" object so it "routed" the 1/4" rad. cove edge. And as I'm sure many of you have experienced, I held my breath and crossed my fingers hoping and prying it worked. Yabado as my wife says!

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Bruce a quicker way would be to:

- Switch to an isometric view and activate the Extract Tool.

- Choose the second mode of the tool (Extract Curve Mode)

- Set its preferences to Select Tangent Entities.

- Hilight the edge you want and click on the green checkmark.

- Ungroup the resulting Group object to get the individual nurbs curves and then Compose these to get a single nurbs curve.

- Use this as the path part of a circle Extrude Along Path object.

- Then subtract the EAP object from the original object to form the rout.

This method should take you just a couple of minutes.

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I agree whole heartedly with this wish! There are situations this would save loads of time!

Bruce, why not draw a polyline along the edge>create a profile for the cut-out>extrude along path and subtract solids? (took me about 5 mins)

You can even use the original extrude polyline as the polyline for the cut-out path, just snip it off a little.......

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An alternative to this wish could be that the Subtraction/Addition mode of the Push/Pull Tool had the capability of follow edges or paths (as opposed to only following an axis).

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I basically did what you all are suggesting. Maybe I'm exaggerating my time a bit, but I am old, and everything takes longer to do!

We all agree that a tool like this would be helpful. I was thinking it could be expanded further and called the "router tool." Select an edge and a profile and rout, and also create a 3D poly, position it on a 3D object, select the 3D poly, the 3D object, and a 2D profile, and rout away! Sure this is the same concept as extrude along path and then subtract objects, but it is much more intuitive.

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Vincent,

That is exactly what I did. Thanks for the nice instructions in your file. If it's OK with you, I will show this at our user group's next meeting which is titled "How Do I Do This?"

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Sure....however be careful how you express yourself though:

Yours looks much smoother than mine.

:grin:

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It's not possible for solid objects.

You need to convert to a mesh and edit the edge vertices.

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Also - the usual boolean operations work for solid objects.

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