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#1 sjj

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 08:42 AM

Hi All,

 

I use formz to concept and design Arcade machine cabinets i just wanted to know if anyone out there has a good workflow/pipeline for getting parts out of formz as a 2d format preferably at a 1:1 scale?

 

As it stands I'm saving each part as a separate project and then exporting each part as a .dwg file which i then open in Adobe illustrator but i'm getting strange results. 

 

Anyone have any tips?

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#2 Tech

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 09:49 AM

Hi sjj, 

 

If you use Export Image this will result in a 2D format to be imported in Illustrator.  You will have to do this in either Wireframe or Hidden line view.



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Posted 19 June 2017 - 03:19 PM

Did you try using Layout?



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Posted 20 June 2017 - 04:33 AM

Yup I've used Layout. The issue i have is that our manufacturing company uses a .dwg file to generate their cutting paths.

 

Seems the export as illustrator is the way to go and then work out and apply the correct scaling ratio... fingers crossed.



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Posted 20 June 2017 - 09:13 AM

On a related note: I've tried exporting from both Modelling and Layout and on exporting to both AI and DWG my circles get converted to facets. Is there any way to keep them circles?



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Posted 22 June 2017 - 12:18 PM

Pobo, 

 

At the moment there is not a way to directly Export Image smooth objects without the objects converting to facetted.  If you are opening these files in Illustrator, you can select al the objects, join them, and then simplify the path.  We will get this corrected in the future.



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Posted Today, 05:02 AM

Yeah there is a considerable amount of work involved in getting a concept/design out of FormZ and into a usable format for something like a CNC system to use which is a real shame. Formz is great for designing something quick but you loose that advantage down the pipeline.






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