Simon Watt

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    G’day Sergio,

    Thanks for all your efforts and advice. The model is for a low cost streamlined hull around my recumbent bicycle. See my signature for a side view in miniature.

    The program, TotalCADConverter, appears to work successfully for DXF files up to a certain size.

    When I select only a few planks, then save as DXF from Delftship Pro, and then convert to PDF using TotalCADConverter I get exactly what I want – PDFs at real size !! Eureka!!

    However, when I select all my planks in a single file, the PDF conversion produces a PDF at real size, but with no images! Not very useful.

    So my solution is to produce many smaller files. I’m happy with that. I think I will go ahead and purchase the TotalCADConverter program for the purpose. For anyone else interested, please bear in mind I have not actually had a print output yet. I have no associations with the program, but you can download a trial version from TotalCADConverter

    Cheers, Simon

    Simon Watt
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    Thanks for your advice Sergio. My project is approximately 3m long overall and the “plates” I want to develop are plastic. Your good advice still applies. I have the DXF file of my plate developments as I want them, but I’m still left with the issue of getting the DXF file of plate developments into a printable PDF form retaining the size information.

    The only other CAD software I have to play with (unused) is TurboCAD 12. I found Delftship ideal for my purpose, and a program a non-CAD user could learn to use adequately in a fairly short time.

    Simon Watt
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    That should be “ten thousandth of a meter” NOT millimeter !

    Simon Watt
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    Eureka!
    I have the result I wanted.
    I remembered that I had moved the whole model 100mm vertically, before I attempted to mirror planks.
    I deleted the offending planks from the model.
    I reimported the planks at their original created height.
    I was able to mirror the planks as expected. Then I moved each plank vertically to match the rest of the model.

    The difference is in the fine point dimensions. The outcome doing it this way appears to indicate that the edge delineating points differ in the X dimension by one ten thousandth of a millimeter – that would appear to be the problem. This point location discrepancy was not apparent when I inspected the points before and after the mirror function.

    Thanks for all your help and suggestions, I appear to have fumbled my way through – for now:)

    Simon Watt
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    Well as far as I know it’s an edge. It selects when I click on it. It displays normally. It’s a crease edge or boundary. I think it’s an edge. It’s not shared or common with any other components that I’m aware of. How would I check for it having a shared point or edge with another component, or being in a hidden layer? This sounds possible, as I am a bit of a novice.

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