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  1. Just to clean this thread up. OK, so its confirmed. This isn't a parametric modeler (I could have sworn it said it was somewhere). I don't have a problem moving a hole. The problem is that if a build a model with a hole 5" from an edge and I move the edge, then I would want the hole to move with it.


    This is how solid works and other engineering CAD software works and I am quite used to that and it make a lot of things easier. I am just going to have to get used to this design methodology.

  2. Hi guys,


    I got FormZ for some architectural type and land use work I am doing. It seems to be a good fit for that.


    However, I was hoping to also use it for engineering and part design work. I'm not having a great time with this. Example: I want to locate holes relative to other features, not absolute coordinates. While its very possible I am stuck in a solid works paradigm for part design, I am having great difficulty getting this to work with formz


    Basically I am trying to make a panel that has many holes in it of different sizes. Some of the holes are located with absolute coordinates, but some of them are, for example, three holes located around a center hole. Or four holes in a, 2x2 grid. 


    I feel that once I commit a copy/move type operation, its committed. Moving the holes after that is a complex procedure and error prone because the objects are saved, not the operations. Hence why I don't think this is truly a parametric modeler.


    Am I missing something? Or is this really not well adapted for engineering work?

  3. huh. Now I see that its probably not a problem with the mesh tool, but in selection.  I trying to use the reshape too and I can't select a face.


    edit: I had 2 click selection enabled. That fixed the reshape tool. But not the mesh tool. It still behaves like in the video.

  4. if i import an STL, can I add geometry to it? Can I cut into the STL geometry?


    Im getting wonky behavior when I add geometry to an STL. I can select STL surfaces, I can add a big cube to it, but when I want to do more, it seems that I lose the ability to elect surfaces, or if I can, drawing simple boxes gets all jittery and unable to make what I want.


    I have a file with an imported STL and a cube on it. i am unable to cut the STL geometry. I am also unable to draw sketches on the vertical sides of the cube, or if I can get a rectangle on there, its not the rectangle im trying to draw.


    I can't upload file. Its 2.7Mb

  5. .FZB files are "formZ Backup" files -- which are your "previous save" of your file.  There should be no .FZB's in your Library folder.  Try this:


    Create a Folder with Write Permissions anywhere you like.  

    Use the Component Management to specify this folder as a Component Library folder as described above.

    Create an object and click on it with the Create Component tool.  

    Choose Save To Library, and choose this Library from the menu.


    Does that work for you?


    No, thats pretty much the procedure I was following

  6. Im trying to create a representation of the Eden Project in a pretty basic form.


    So I did the "mesh google earth image onto object" instructions. So mapping it onto a correctly sized rectangle isn't a problem




    The problem comes when I want to bulge out the parts where it bulges in reality. I made a few spheres where they should go, then I made a union of the spheres and the bottom rectangle. I thought since it is one solid now after being united, it would mesh a single image over the whole object. It doesn't.




    How can I get it to mesh a single image over multiple objects?



  7. It seems worse than this now. 


    I tried to save a new component to the recently created library and once again it told me it was read-only (and I'd post a picture if I could figure out how to do that in a follow up comment since the image button only asks for a URL)


    I dumped the last library and created yet another one.  Once again tried to save a component and not its telling me that there is already a component with the same name in the newly created library.


    Is anyone else having issues with the component library. This is pretty much a full stop for me. It seemed to work fine in Bonsai.

  8. Hi, 


    Im trying to turn my models into components to use in larger models. This process is either buggy or perhaps I am stupid.


    I expect to:


    select my model

    Press "Create component button"

    Select library

    indicate origin

    Save model as component in that library.


    As you cans see from the images, I have been trying something along these lines but the components do not show up in the library I created. Even after a refresh. But when I try again, it tells me it is already there. When I rename it something else, the model shows up as the old name and the new name,


    I also had issues where I could not save anything because it claimed the library was "read only" but I deleted the library and it isn't happening on the new library I created.




  9. the documentation for getting a google earth image on to a geometry seems to be outdated or is unclear as I can not find the "Edit Texture" tool that lets me stretch the image across the entire geometry face.


    Here is what is written



    I don't get this part:


    "Get the Edit Texture tool (from the Attributes suite of tools), click on the rectangle, uncheck the Lock Size option, move the corner of the texture map to the bottom left corner of the rectangle, and move the diagonal arrow to the upper right corner of the rectangle."