OK I have to use translate, it's gonna take a little time to get use to that. Any tips?
In autocad if I have a object and I want to place it let's say on a midpoint, I use osnaps, how do I do the same in Onecnc? I know I'm reading the book, just want some input.
Check out the forum and search for the term "in car position" it's a powerful translate type feature, saves some work. That thread will explain it well.
What I usually do is pick the end point I want to be at z0, translate it along with everything, then pick and end point that is at the y I want, translate using increment, then same for x.
That's kind of a brute force method, not very elegant. The in car position feature will do all that in one step.
Nervis gives good advice there. In car position is powerful for handling models that might have come in in a random orientation in space, such that the desired machining plane is not level in Z.
I've never actually had a model that came in so disoriented. Its usually just not got its datum (reference) point in the right place. Of course, the datum is up to you to pick. So I usually just extract a couple of edges in the vicinity of where I want the datum. I might trim those two edges together and use the intersection as my datum. Then, using the function "Verify single" I'll find the coordinates of that point. Then, select all and translate the whole shebang to make the datum coincident with XYZ0.
First you get good, then you get fast. Then grouchiness sets in.
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I have a rectangle and a cylinder both are solid. I want to place the cylinder in the middle of the rectangle. Now in Acad I would draw a line on the rectangle and snap the center of the cylinder to the midpoint of the line, how do I do that in XR? I tried for a hour and just could not get it to work, unless I know the X,Y cords.
In OneCNC there are often many ways of doing the same thing, some a bit quicker then others, in your case I would:
1) put a point on the arc center of your cylinder, you will have to extract the top edge (use Model>Extract Single Edge) first so OneCNC knows where arc center is, put point there, from the Menu (Draw>Point>Arc Center).
2)Put another point on the rectangle where you want to move the cylinder to.
If you get a drawing in that you do not know the coordinates or forget what they are on your own you can find out many attributes by using Edit>Verify Data>Verify 1-Entity
3) Select the cylinder (Edit>Select Single)
4) Edit>Copy or Move> click OK
5) Select "Arc Center" as the position to start from then select arc center point, It will auto highlight for you and left click
6) Select end point as the "Copy To" position, left click and you are done.
Last edited by Ken_Shea; 10-07-2004 at 10:22 AM.
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Could be Paul, but try not to get stuck on a single technique, as they all seem to come in handy sometime or another.
Paul points can be placed at any XYZ position, on arcs, circles etc and for many reasons, too many to elaborate on too much, but from the Menu (Icons are easier but for sake of text) Draw>Point and it will bring up a list of how you want to place a point, once this is selected an appropriate positional input box pops up.
Just a bit of experimenting will go a long way in using these.
Kinda like flying helicopters, once you know how it's easy
Once I understand the basic functions and can run with it. I'm not one for reading manuals, and I'm so proficient with MD and Autocad that learning something else requires me to unlearn the methods I normally use to do things.