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by julianfoad
Fri Jul 22, 2016 11:37 am
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: My dreams for FreeCAD -- the big picture
Replies: 31
Views: 4754

Re: My dreams for FreeCAD -- the big picture

Julian here are a few comments on what I've read here: http://blog.foad.me.uk/2016/07/13/freecad-structured-cad/ Hi, bejant. Thanks for taking the time to read my ramblings and comment on them. I appreciate it. I want my CAD software to remember how my model is constructed. FreeCAD does this becaus...
by julianfoad
Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:34 am
Forum: Help on using FreeCAD
Topic: How do I "clone" an object?
Replies: 8
Views: 1662

Re: How do I "clone" an object?

... every object should, very easily or even "automatically" be wrapped in a standard sort of container. Don't take anything I say too literally. I mean it seems like it would be useful if the user interface could offer a way of interacting with objects such that they behave *as if* wrapped in a co...
by julianfoad
Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:07 am
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: My dreams for FreeCAD -- the big picture
Replies: 31
Views: 4754

Re: My dreams for FreeCAD -- the big picture

I am sorry what I said offended you. You didn't offend me, you annoyed me. That was not my intention. I'm not a professional writer and I've no professional CAD experience at all. I'm just scribbling down ideas as best I can, because sharing seems more valuable than keeping them to myself. Thank yo...
by julianfoad
Thu Jul 21, 2016 10:41 am
Forum: Help on using FreeCAD
Topic: How do I "clone" an object?
Replies: 8
Views: 1662

Re: How do I "clone" an object?

So when I want to make a slight change to the object, like add a fillet to its edges, I only need to make that change in one place and all three objects are updated. That's what Body is all about! You Draft Clone the body, and then if you add a fillet inside the body, clones will get this fillet. O...
by julianfoad
Wed Jul 20, 2016 8:59 pm
Forum: Help on using FreeCAD
Topic: How do I "clone" an object?
Replies: 8
Views: 1662

Re: How do I "clone" an object?

Ugh. Thanks. <How did I miss that?>
by julianfoad
Wed Jul 20, 2016 8:26 pm
Forum: Help on using FreeCAD
Topic: How do I "clone" an object?
Replies: 8
Views: 1662

How do I "clone" an object?

How do I "clone" an object? Say I have one "original" object and I want to make two "clones" of it, and place them in arbitrary places, so that I have three objects all sharing a common definition. So when I want to make a slight change to the object, like add a fillet to its edges, I only need to m...
by julianfoad
Tue Jul 19, 2016 7:52 pm
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: My dreams for FreeCAD -- the big picture
Replies: 31
Views: 4754

Re: My dreams for FreeCAD -- the big picture

I was referring to the fact that for instance the Fasteners:Nuts:Metric section of the library... Ugh, that's a bad example because the ISO4032 dimensions are AFAIK (I haven't checked) only defined for certain discrete values of diameter. Did I miss some objects in the library that are para... um.....
by julianfoad
Tue Jul 19, 2016 7:39 pm
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: My dreams for FreeCAD -- the big picture
Replies: 31
Views: 4754

Re: My dreams for FreeCAD -- the big picture

There is a project called FreeCAD-library. It just provides some shapes that may be copied; they are not parametric , and there are no associated software enhancements to help with using them. Reading blatant falsities like the one above strips me of interest in reading any further of your rambling...
by julianfoad
Tue Jul 19, 2016 3:53 pm
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: My dreams for FreeCAD -- the big picture
Replies: 31
Views: 4754

Re: My dreams for FreeCAD -- the big picture

Yes, I know, some blurry ideas :-) Thank you for the note about compound objects. I hope to write more clearly, give examples, and think more deeply about the details. And I do not mean everything I mentioned is currently missing from FreeCAD.
by julianfoad
Tue Jul 19, 2016 12:12 pm
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: My dreams for FreeCAD -- the big picture
Replies: 31
Views: 4754

My dreams for FreeCAD -- the big picture

I have been thinking about the "big picture" of how I would like FreeCAD to work in the future: what would be needed to make FreeCAD my ideal CAD system for my hobbyist CAD purposes. I have recently started writing some of the ideas down. I am deliberately concentrating on the long term future -- "W...

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