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  • Jacant

    DSM only shows the Grid when you are in 2D mode. The only way to see something is to place a 'Plane' on the grid you are using then when you go to 3D mode the 'Plane' would be visible if you selected it in the 'Structure Tree' or 'Hovered' over it in the design window. The X Y Z World Origin Axis can be left displayed or turned off from the Display Tab - Show Display - World Origin.

    You are correct about the 'Combine' tool. It can Join two solids together or 'Cut' one from the other. There is an option where you can 'Keep Cutter'

    DSM can export as a DXF file. As for 'Annotation drawings' an Add on module can be purchased, or see this thread.

    https://designspark.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/360008721658-EXCERCISE-2D-drawing-layout- 

     

    I would follow all of the tutorials here.

    https://designspark.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/categories/201145785 

     

    Don't forget DSM can read and write SKP files.

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  • Matt Thomas

    Thanks for the reply:) I FINALLY noticed the XYZ axes on the component haha. Cant believe i missed those.

     

    Im still getting used to how things work with this program. Im still used to SU where i can draw a cylinder or whatever, anywhere i want. it doesnt have to be on the other part. Even though its good practice to model in place.

    As for the drawings, I did it that way before in the free version of sketchup. Im glad you can do the same with DSM. that helps. though haveing the ability to do a full set of drawing is nice

    Thanks for the links. I will for sure check out the tutorials. Since i also have layout 2019, maybe i can save the file from DSM, then import it into layout for paper space.. Is there a way to do part evaluation in DSM? such as find the mass or at least volume of the object?

     

    im going to try and re-create the parts from my Sketchup for engineers course i made, in DSM. i want to learn at least 2 cad programs. My goal is to help those in the 3d printing community who are new.

     

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  • Jacant

    Is there a way to do part evaluation in DSM? such as find the mass or at least volume of the object?

    To find the Volume, the easiest and quickest way is to select one of the Solids and under the Structure tree in Selection - Bodies will show the Volume, more than, less than, or equal to, the solid picked. There has to be at least two solids for this to work. Also it will not work on the smallest solid, so draw a smaller temporary solid to compensate for this.

    The other way is to make each solid into a 'Component' then create a (BOM )Bill of Materials. Here you can change all of the 'Headers' from it's properties window 'Column Type' and 'Value' You would need to change the 'Material' of the solid from a library, in the Solids' Property Tab for the values to show.

    Once created right click the each Component in the Structure tree 'Add to BOM'

    Tim is right with the 'New in V4' Mass properties tool.

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  • Tim Heeney

    Hello Matt,

     

    Jacant has been answering you... i thought i'd reply to your 'How do i part evaluation' question.

    Lets start by noting, it seems an odd way to get to the ' Mass Properties' - either you must select the 'Pull' or 'Move' command to bring up the 'Weighing Scale' icon...

    Order to proceed.

    1. select the body - in properties tab, underv 'Material', select  'Unknown Material' and from dropdown choose your material.

    2. select the body requiring mass props by all the methods shown or ( and i've just learnt this! ) , with nothing selected, click either 'Pull' or 'Move' and the weighing scale icon appears - select it, then select the body to measure mass etc. - Note the other interesting tools available.

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  • Matt Thomas

    Hmm, those are odd ways indeed. But thanks for taking the time to show me how. SUpro doesnt have this ability, but it does give me the voluem, so i had to write an excel sheet to calculate mass from volume. Im glad to see that DSM has the ability to do it for me haha.

    I will follow the methods above as well as looking at the other tools you mentioned to test out. i find this software easier than f360, pro-e,creo, and solidworks. i think DSM has alot going for it.

    Do components work they same in DSM as in sketchup pro?

    My next question is about revolved solids. For experimental purposes, before class, i made a basic revolved part that looks like a screwdriver without a tip. How do i get the sketching grid to snap to the very top of a rounded object such as a cylinder? granted i know the exact dims, but lets say i didnt.

     

    thanks again

     

     

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  • Jacant

    How do i get the sketching grid to snap to the very top of a rounded object such as a cylinder?

    A Sketch Plane can be placed anywhere and moved.

    Go to the 'Sketch Plane' that created the initial sketch or select the 'Axis' of the rounded solid, to create a new Sketch Plane. Use the tool at the bottom of the screen to move the Sketch Plane. Move the 'Anchor to the very top point. Select one of the 'Curved Arrows. and Rotate the Sketch Plane by 90°.

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  • Matt Thomas

    Jacant

    That revolved solid you show, did you just make that for the gif demo? if so, how did you cut the tip for the slotted driver?

     

    Im going to try and get the sketch plane onto the top surface after some homework. thanks fro all the help

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  • Tim Heeney

    Yep Jacant probably did that GIF just for you..he sure does 'em fast!

    The Tip faces were produced most probably from a 'Pull Cut' ( Pull - ) operation on two surfaces, produced from one or most probably two profiles ( one mirrored about center line i expect ) made on a sketch plane.

    F1 key is for DSM help - many other DSM examples / operations can be found on Youtube. Also, DSM is a CAD program based/ created from 'Spaceclaim' - again many working examples can be searched for.

    Within DSM there are a few 'quirks' that you have to know and get used to - we're here to help when needed...

    Happy DSM~ing.

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  • Matt Thomas

    interesting. I did mine differently, or maybe the same wya and im just misunderstanding haha. Well, im grateful for the gif and instruction. it helps alot.

    Im really fast in SU pro, hoping to get as fast in DSM.

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  • Jacant

    Tim is right as usual.

    Create a Sketch plane on the 'Axis' of the model. To do this hover over the model. Hold down the CTRL key and 'Scroll' with your mouse wheel until the axis is highlighted. This is a very powerful tool you can 'scroll' through all of the surfaces until you select the face you want. There is no need to spin the model around to pick the face you want.

    Draw a line vertical down the center of the model. Right click the line - Set as Mirror line. Now draw the shape of the curve you want extend the lines out and join there ends to make a closed shape. Select the 'Pull' tool you will automatically be placed in 3D Mode and the lines will become surfaces. Change your view to 'Home'. Pull these with the options 'Cut' and 'Pull both sides'. Start to drag, the surfaces will 'Cut' from the solid.

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  • Matt Thomas

    hmm, maybe my keys and software are not setup. I hover over the model and use my mouse wheel and nothing happens. The entire model stay lit in yellow and does not change.

     

    also, if i hit the line or another sketch tool, then select where i want to draw, if ithen realize this is not the action i want, i hit esc and i can not get out of sketchmode for the life of me haha.

     

    thanks

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  • Jacant

    you have to be directly over the axis for you to select it.

    Try a hexagon and pull that. Now select the sketch plane icon. Hover over the solid Ctrl key press  scroll mouse dependent on where you are you can select the front face any of the other faces the axis or any of the lines.

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  • Jacant

    There are four icons at the bottom of the screen. Use these if you get stuck in 2D Mode 

    Return to 3D mode. Select new Sketch Plane. Move Grid and Plan View of the Sketch Plane selected

     

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  • Matt Thomas

    hmm, all i get is zoom, even with ctrl pressed and over axis. It worked once as you can see in the gif, but only went to one face, did not cylce through the others

     

     

     

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  • Jacant

    Try moving the mouse around at the same time. Keeping the Ctrl key down. Then whatever is 'underneath' the mouse it will cycle through. Left click when you have the item you want the Sketch Plane to be on.

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