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GTCorey
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Turn dimension text/graphics into lines and curves

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10-29-2012 01:33 PM

I have a rather weird problem. I am using .dxf files as digital overlays on a new optical comparator we recently purchased. The problem is, the cad files we used to create our old mylar overlays is both 3d and comprised of text/curves/dimensions. I figured out the flattening and turning the text into lines and curves, but I cannot find a method to change the dimension graphics (profile boxes, length dimensions, and angle dimensions) into lines and curves. When I import them into the comparator program only the lines and curves can be displayed on the comparator. 

 

Is there any way to flatten and make all of the dimension graphics lines and curves?

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M_Hensley
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Re: Turn dimension text/graphics into lines and curves

10-30-2012 03:49 AM in reply to: GTCorey

The EXPLODE command will turn a dimension into its component parts. You can then use FLATTEN and also the express tool TXTEXP to explode the text.

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Re: Turn dimension text/graphics into lines and curves

10-30-2012 05:01 AM in reply to: M_Hensley

Unfortunately explode does not work on "tolerances". I already used flatten and txtexp to get the text. Is there any way to get the tolerance. 

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Re: Turn dimension text/graphics into lines and curves

10-30-2012 05:07 AM in reply to: GTCorey

When you have tolerances the first EXPLODE leaves you with mtext. Just EXPLODE that again to get regular text.

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Re: Turn dimension text/graphics into lines and curves

10-30-2012 05:19 AM in reply to: M_Hensley

The first explode leaves me with "Cannot explode TOLERANCE" in the command window. Trying it again does the same. I'm just selecting the tolerance (a profile block)  and typing "explode", is there something more I need to do? Thanks for trying. 

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10-30-2012 05:28 AM in reply to: GTCorey

I can explode tolerances with no problem. Try using a period in front of the command to get the core version.

 

.EXPLODE

 

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Re: Turn dimension text/graphics into lines and curves

10-30-2012 08:32 AM in reply to: M_Hensley

Here is what I am looking at. The .EXPLODE did not work for the same reason. Any Ideas?TolExplode.JPG

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Re: Turn dimension text/graphics into lines and curves

10-30-2012 09:58 AM in reply to: GTCorey

I thought you were talking about dimensions with tolerances, but now I see you mean the tolerance object. I don't know of any way to explode those.

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Re: Turn dimension text/graphics into lines and curves

10-30-2012 12:18 PM in reply to: GTCorey

Why not use FLATTEN command and use YES?

 

Attach your drawing here, I'm sure it can be done.

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Re: Turn dimension text/graphics into lines and curves

10-30-2012 12:51 PM in reply to: Janet2009

FLATTEN will do it.

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