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Closing a polyline


I am familiar with how to create a closed polyline in AutoCAD. How do you create
a closed polyline in Solid Edge 2D? My attempts have been unsuccessful so far and
grouping doesn't seem to do the trick. Thanks.
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Re: Closing a polyline

Solid Edge does not allow creation of an element such as a polyline, however
it will support them if they are converted from ACAD. They become
LineStrings in Solid Edge and their usage is very limited. The only way to
create a linestring in Solid Edge it through the use of custom code and that
is not supported in the free version.
Can I ask what the intent of the polyline is?
--
Ken
http://grundey.blogspot.com
"Martin Dummermuth" wrote in message
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>
> I am familiar with how to create a closed polyline in AutoCAD. How do you
> create
> a closed polyline in Solid Edge 2D? My attempts have been unsuccessful so
> far and
> grouping doesn't seem to do the trick. Thanks.


Re: Closing a polyline


I use a circuit board milling machine by LPKF that allows you to create your own
boards quickly. It has a software package that converts DXF drawings into the machine
movements for milling. In order for the software to work properly, all artwork
in the DXF file needs to be made from closed polylines. If you do not close the
polylines, the machine will not understand the boundaries of the traces on the board.

"PellaKen" wrote:
>Solid Edge does not allow creation of an element such as a polyline, however
>
>it will support them if they are converted from ACAD. They become
>LineStrings in Solid Edge and their usage is very limited. The only way to
>
>create a linestring in Solid Edge it through the use of custom code and that
>
>is not supported in the free version.
>
>Can I ask what the intent of the polyline is?
>
>--
>Ken
>http://grundey.blogspot.com
>
>"Martin Dummermuth" wrote in message
>news:4726252e$1@bbsnotes.ugs.com...
>>
>> I am familiar with how to create a closed polyline in AutoCAD. How do you

>
>> create
>> a closed polyline in Solid Edge 2D? My attempts have been unsuccessful

>so
>> far and
>> grouping doesn't seem to do the trick. Thanks.

>
>

Re: Closing a polyline

Understand. We have EDM machines that have the same issue. Looking for
better CNC software to drive them and can take input directly from SE
solids.
--
Ken
http://grundey.blogspot.com
"Martin Dummermuth" wrote in message
news:47287e7c$1@bbsnotes.ugs.com...
>
> I use a circuit board milling machine by LPKF that allows you to create
> your own
> boards quickly. It has a software package that converts DXF drawings into
> the machine
> movements for milling. In order for the software to work properly, all
> artwork
> in the DXF file needs to be made from closed polylines. If you do not
> close the
> polylines, the machine will not understand the boundaries of the traces on
> the board.
>
>
> "PellaKen" wrote:
>>Solid Edge does not allow creation of an element such as a polyline,
>>however
>>
>>it will support them if they are converted from ACAD. They become
>>LineStrings in Solid Edge and their usage is very limited. The only way
>>to
>>
>>create a linestring in Solid Edge it through the use of custom code and
>>that
>>
>>is not supported in the free version.
>>
>>Can I ask what the intent of the polyline is?
>>
>>--
>>Ken
>>http://grundey.blogspot.com
>>
>>"Martin Dummermuth" wrote in message
>>news:4726252e$1@bbsnotes.ugs.com...
>>>
>>> I am familiar with how to create a closed polyline in AutoCAD. How do
>>> you

>>
>>> create
>>> a closed polyline in Solid Edge 2D? My attempts have been unsuccessful

>>so
>>> far and
>>> grouping doesn't seem to do the trick. Thanks.

>>
>>
>

Re: Closing a polyline


We are brand new to SolidEdge 2D. We have the same need, but for a slightly different
use. We use fabricated laser cut sheet metal. In the past, when we supplied drawings
to our metal fabricator, we supplied a "cut" pattern above the regular pattern on
the model page. The metal fabricator then took this pattern and put it directly
into their laser cutting machine.
That pattern should be free of disconnects and doubles lines.
In AutoCad, I used to take every outline and convert it to a polyline. I then did
the same thing to any internal holes or cutout patterns. If the lines were not connected,
it would not make an entire polyline; it would only be a partial polyline. Hence
I would catch the error and then fix it. In addition, after the outline was made
into a polyline, I would then delete it. If there was any underlaying additional
lines, this error would also show. Once I was assured that there were no underlying
lines, I would undelete the deleted polyline to get back to the polylined drawing
and then "explode" the drawing back to separate lines. Doing this process assured
the laser cutting process would correctly work.
Dick
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"PellaKen" wrote:
>Understand. We have EDM machines that have the same issue. Looking for
>better CNC software to drive them and can take input directly from SE
>solids.
>
>--
>Ken
>http://grundey.blogspot.com
>
>"Martin Dummermuth" wrote in message
>news:47287e7c$1@bbsnotes.ugs.com...
>>
>> I use a circuit board milling machine by LPKF that allows you to create

>
>> your own
>> boards quickly. It has a software package that converts DXF drawings into

>
>> the machine
>> movements for milling. In order for the software to work properly, all

>
>> artwork
>> in the DXF file needs to be made from closed polylines. If you do not
>> close the
>> polylines, the machine will not understand the boundaries of the traces

>on
>> the board.
>>
>>
>> "PellaKen" wrote:
>>>Solid Edge does not allow creation of an element such as a polyline,
>>>however
>>>
>>>it will support them if they are converted from ACAD. They become
>>>LineStrings in Solid Edge and their usage is very limited. The only way

>
>>>to
>>>
>>>create a linestring in Solid Edge it through the use of custom code and

>
>>>that
>>>
>>>is not supported in the free version.
>>>
>>>Can I ask what the intent of the polyline is?
>>>
>>>--
>>>Ken
>>>http://grundey.blogspot.com
>>>
>>>"Martin Dummermuth" wrote in message
>>>news:4726252e$1@bbsnotes.ugs.com...
>>>>
>>>> I am familiar with how to create a closed polyline in AutoCAD. How do

>
>>>> you
>>>
>>>> create
>>>> a closed polyline in Solid Edge 2D? My attempts have been unsuccessful
>>>so
>>>> far and
>>>> grouping doesn't seem to do the trick. Thanks.
>>>
>>>

>>
>
>

Re: Closing a polyline - Font for laser cutouts


I have a similar problem. I'm making a layout that will be cut out with a laser.
I need a text font that is made up of parallel lines (or ofsets) that can be connected
so the laser knows what to run around. Anyone know of a font that might give me
text that looks like Lilly UPC / Solid Edge ISO / Verdana yet can be cut out by
the laser?
Zot
"PellaKen" wrote:
>Understand. We have EDM machines that have the same issue. Looking for
>better CNC software to drive them and can take input directly from SE
>solids.
>
>--
>Ken
>http://grundey.blogspot.com
>
>"Martin Dummermuth" wrote in message
>news:47287e7c$1@bbsnotes.ugs.com...
>>
>> I use a circuit board milling machine by LPKF that allows you to create

>
>> your own
>> boards quickly. It has a software package that converts DXF drawings into

>
>> the machine
>> movements for milling. In order for the software to work properly, all

>
>> artwork
>> in the DXF file needs to be made from closed polylines. If you do not
>> close the
>> polylines, the machine will not understand the boundaries of the traces

>on
>> the board.
>>
>>
>> "PellaKen" wrote:
>>>Solid Edge does not allow creation of an element such as a polyline,
>>>however
>>>
>>>it will support them if they are converted from ACAD. They become
>>>LineStrings in Solid Edge and their usage is very limited. The only way

>
>>>to
>>>
>>>create a linestring in Solid Edge it through the use of custom code and

>
>>>that
>>>
>>>is not supported in the free version.
>>>
>>>Can I ask what the intent of the polyline is?
>>>
>>>--
>>>Ken
>>>http://grundey.blogspot.com
>>>
>>>"Martin Dummermuth" wrote in message
>>>news:4726252e$1@bbsnotes.ugs.com...
>>>>
>>>> I am familiar with how to create a closed polyline in AutoCAD. How do

>
>>>> you
>>>
>>>> create
>>>> a closed polyline in Solid Edge 2D? My attempts have been unsuccessful
>>>so
>>>> far and
>>>> grouping doesn't seem to do the trick. Thanks.
>>>
>>>

>>
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