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Projection of multiple objects

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  • Jacant

    I don't know how to post the file...If I knew I would.

    An image would be good. Upload the file here https://wetransfer.com no need to register. Click the 3 dots and Get Transfer Link. Post link here.

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  • jean luc moncel

    I'm familiar with WeTransfer. I need an e-mail address, don't I?

    I believe Transfer Link is for the Pro version...?

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  • Jacant

    You do not need an email address.

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  • jean luc moncel

    When I click "Get a link", it redirects me to the PRO version; that's why the yellow PRO sign is for, IINM.

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  • Jacant

    I have not got a Pro account.

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  • jean luc moncel

    OK, got it. The file must be added before requesting the link. Thanks for the tip!

    https://we.tl/t-NkqDU5wAlA

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  • Jacant

    I got the file. I thought it would show me what you wanted to achieve.

    If you are trying to 'Project' text onto the surface. First Delete the 'Plan d'annotation'

    Next select the 'Dimension' tool. Measure an edge. Change text and size to suit. Project - pick the text. Click Green tick. Hide Annotation plane.

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  • jean luc moncel

    Basically, I've done what you describe. The only difference is that instead of "Click green tick", I click Select, according to one of the tutorials.
    It has worked for me for creating numbers 1-16.

    UPDATE: Using the green tick does not make a difference.

    More puzzling is your suggestion to "delete the Plan d'annotation. If I do that, I can't see the dimension, and I can't edit it.
    But what I want to do now is not what you suggest. I want UN on the 1st line and Arm on the second; if I do it how you suggest, the 1st word is not centered with the 2nd.

    That why I tried to project two different lines, which just did not work.

    UPDATE: I found the way to move text, but it just doesn't work when it comes to projecting.

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  • Jacant

    More puzzling is your suggestion to "delete the Plan d'annotation

    Sorry I did not see the text underneath the solid. I was putting the dimension on the top of the solid. Why have you got it underneath? The usual way is to project down onto the face.

    I want UN on the 1st line and Arm on the second; if I do it how you suggest, the 1st word is not centered with the 2nd.

    Once you have pulled the letters either in for engraved or out for embossed you can move each word separately, as in the last Gif.

    https://we.tl/t-bZOvVDOVmn 

     

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  • jean luc moncel

    "Sorry I did not see the text underneath the solid. I was putting the dimension on the top of the solid. Why have you got it underneath? The usual way is to project down onto the face."
    I don't know; it's just the way it works...
    How can I prevent that?

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  • Jacant

    When you come to dimension, you pick a face that the annotation plane will be placed on. That way you can see the text, and if you wanted to 'project' it will be on that face so it is legible.

    Did you download the file from WeTransfer?

    https://we.tl/t-bZOvVDOVmn 

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  • jean luc moncel

    "Did you download the file from WeTransfer?"

    I did; it doesn't open. It's very small, only 24k, when my own similar files are 180+k.

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  • Jacant

    You created this in V4. I opened it and saved it in V5.

    You have projected the text to the bottom face.

    Delete the text on the bottom face and Move the Annotation plane up to or above the top face. By moving it above you can see more clearly the projected text, and why you need to click the green tick.

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  • jean luc moncel

    OK. I didn't kow there was a new version. I'll update right now.

    "You have projected the text to the bottom face."
    I have no idea how I can choose whatever face; it's not mentioned in any tutorial.

    "Move the Annotation plane up"
    I had no idea it was feasible. I'll try it when I'm less tired.

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  • jean luc moncel

    Now I've uninstalled the old version and downloaded the new one.
    When I want to install it I get a message "Failed to execute".
    What a mess! I'm stuck.

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  • jean luc moncel

    OK, finally managed to install the new version. Looks like the install has been designed by Boris Johnson...

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  • jean luc moncel

    And I confirm the file you sent did not survive the journey via WeTransfer. It's still unreadble.

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  • Jacant

    I downloaded the file. It is corrupted, I don't know how. I have since deleted that file, so I can't upload it.

    Just do as I suggested, Delete any text that is on the bottom face. Move the annotation Plane up above the top face and Project from there. 

    You will still need to Pull the text to make it part of the solid, so that you can move any of the letters.

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  • jean luc moncel

    "Delete any text that is on the bottom face. Move the annotation Plane up above the top face and Project from there"

    I did that and it works.
    What I don't understand is why the text was projected on the wrong plane.

    Anyway, thanks for your help.

    I managed to print them. Some need to be modded for they don't print well.

     

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  • Jacant

    What I don't understand is why the text was projected on the wrong plane.

    Because the Annotation plane was at the bottom with the solid on top of it. So when you 'projected' the text it put them on the only solid that was there, upside down.

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  • jean luc moncel

    "Because the Annotation plane was at the bottom"
    Yes, I understand that. However I don't know why it was on the bottom, since there is no apparent way of choosing where the annotation plan is.
    The frustrating thing is that most of the key caps I designed went smoothly, and some were incredibly stubborn.

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  • Jacant

    If you are in 2D and you choose to add a dimension, the Annotation plane will be put on that Sketch plane. This is OK if you just want to dimension your drawing. If you where in 3D you would have to pick a face to place the Annotation plane on.

    So if you want the dimension to be used as text to project, you must pick the face that you want the projected text to be. You can easily Move the annotation plane away from the surface so you can see more clearly what is being projected.

    You can have as many Annotation planes as you want. You just need to select a face to place it. The last one created will be 'Active' as shown in bold in the structure tree.

    Each of the annotation plane's edges can be 'hidden' from it's own 'Properties' window from Automatic to No Outline.

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  • jean luc moncel

    I understand that, but I'm stumbling on the fact that DSM seems to take the hand on me and choosing a default plane that sometimes is right, sometimes not. How can I make sure that the annotation plane is correct. Do I have to select it before selecting an object to measure?

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  • Jacant

    As you can see from the Gif either pick the Dimension tool first and hover over the faces, pick the face you want the annotation plane to be on.

    Or Select the face first then select the Dimension tool.

    So place the annotation plane first then dimension your object.

     

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  • Tim Heeney

    Jean Luc and Jacant...

    I didn't know this...

    With Dim cmd inactive: Click any annotation text, move cursor away, activates the annotation plane.

    With Dim cmd active: - Click any annotation text, move cursor away, click empty screen - Dim cmd active, select/place dimensions etc. Select text on another annotation plane, click empty screen, repeat process...

     

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