Is there a quicker way, maybe a macro that can add 4 quadrant planes to a round extrude? We do a lot with steel wire and as tangent mates are unreliable I have taken to adding planes by default.
I found this one interesting enough to play with... Have fun!
Select a cylinder and run the macro. It will search your document for a parallel plane to use when making tangent planes.
Or, select a cylinder and a parallel reference plane or planar face, and it will use the face/plane you chose as the reference for the plane features.
Nothing currently exists. It wouldn't be a terrible macro to write, assuming that:
1. You want the orientation of the planes to be parallel/perpendicular with primary planes
2. The axis of the cylinder is parallel with at least one of the primary planes.
You select some other face that is parallel to the axis of the extrusion to use as a parallel/perpendicular reference for the planes.
Macros are definitely not my forte. If someone can give me any tips I'm happy to learn.
This is perfect and will save a lot of time over a week. And thank you to everyone else for your input and suggestions.
Just want to say a big thank you again for this macro. This has now become part of my day to day toolset.
Or save one as template.
The trouble with templates are that there are that many different profiles that I was hoping to create my wire/tube or whatever then run something that would automate the putting on of the planes. They will always be perpendicular to the main planes.
so the wire isn't always round?
Yes the wire or tube is always round where I want this function. I've asked for this enhancement in the past but alas here we are.
I'm trying to not have to go down the template route but it may the only way. I was hoping for a create item, click button and 4 planes appear.
Line and end point make easy plane.
A library feature can do the job:
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