Gerber PCB File Merge Multiple File Items Together Using Text Editor – KiCad

First set the data you want to append to an unused layer in KiCad so it is easy to tell apart. Then export with the “Plot” function and open both gerber files. Copy the data area shown in the below image into the file you want as the master. The aperture will most likely conflict… Continue reading Gerber PCB File Merge Multiple File Items Together Using Text Editor – KiCad

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Corel Draw Offset Line from Object for Laser Cutting

>Effects > Contour Tool Choose Outside or Inside depending on where you want the offset Choose Offset distance Choose one step Select the existing vector line you want the offset from Click Apply Right click on created contour object > Break Contour Group Apart Delete the interior filled object if desired Remove fill by selecting… Continue reading Corel Draw Offset Line from Object for Laser Cutting

STL to 2D SVG file

importĀ STL in FreeCad From the dropdown middle menu select “part” Part – create shape from mesh Select the new shape in the file browser on left Part – Cross section – XY 1.5mm for mine Select the cross section in file browser on left Export – Flattened SVG If your cad file is in STEP… Continue reading STL to 2D SVG file

Autodesk Inventor Subtracting parts

Use the “Combine” tool under the Modify section to subtract or add solid bodies together. If you want to re-orient “derived” parts you must do it by creating an assembly and orienting the part in there, then deriving the assembly, not the original part.  

STL to Autodesk Inventor format using FreeCad

This is just a very brief note, mostly for my personal reference.. Tutorial: http://northernhope.blogspot.com/2013/05/stl-to-step-with-freecad.html Some additions to the above tutorial: Part > Convert To Solid before exporting Upon opening in autodesk inventor the part will be solidĀ and you can modify faces and create sketches upon them, much better than the native STL import in autodesk.

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Autodesk Inventor Change Vertical axis from Y to Z

First on the left panel in the “Origin” section turn ON Visibility for the XY Plane. Now select the first sketch/piece of your model that dictates the rest of its orientation, usually the topmost piece. Then click “redefine” from the context menu, select the now visible XY plane.. Done.

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