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Imprint


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Menu: Edit / Imprint
Menu: Insert / 3D Object / Imprint
Hotkey: n/a
Alias: imprint
Imprint a surface of extrusion of a 2D entity.


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Modifies a facet of a solid (not surface) object by imprinting a closed 2D profile object (polyline, polygon, circle, arc, or curve). Multiple profiles can be imprinted at once. You can also add a fillet to the bottom and/or chamfer to the top.



Imprint uses Boolean operations of Add and Subtract on the original solid and the extrusion of the 2D closed profile. See 3D Boolean Operations.



Imprint is available on the fly-out toolbar from the Drawing Tools toolbar or the 3D Object toolbar.

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NOTE: The closed 2D profile object must be located on a facet of the 3D object. You can use text as part of the compound profile for imprinting.





Imprint Auto Detect

Adds or subtracts the extrusion of the closed profile to/from the solid, depending on which direction the profile is extruded.

  1. Start with a solid object with one or more profiles on one facet. Activate Imprint and select the facet that will be imprinted.
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  2. Make sure Auto Detect is selected. In this example, the last two options in the Inspector Bar have no blend (fillet or chamfer).
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  3. Select the closed profile. If you want to select more than one profile, press the Shift key.
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  4. Pull the profiles away from the solid, and click to create the imprint, or enter a Height in the Inspector Bar. Because the extrusion direction was outward, the extrusions were added to the solid.
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  5. If you Undo and recreate the imprint, pushing into the solid this time, the extrusions will be subtracted from the solid.
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Imprint Add

Adds the extrusion of the closed profile to the solid, regardless of the extrusion direction.

  1. Start with a solid like this, with a closed profile within one of the inside facets.
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  2. Activate Imprint. For the sake of comparison, first select Auto Detect. In this example, the last two options in the Inspector Bar have no blend (fillet or chamfer).
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  3. Select the inner face that contains the profile, then select the profile itself. Extrude the profile this way:
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    This is the result: because the profile was extruded inward with respect to its face, its extrusion was subtracted from the solid.
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  4. Undo, and now select Add.
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  5. Select and extrude the profile the same way, and now its extrusion is added to the solid.
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Imprint Subtract

Subtracts the extrusion of the closed profile to the solid, regardless of the extrusion direction.

  1. Start with a solid like this, with a closed profile along one of the inside facets.
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  2. Activate Imprint. For the sake of comparison, first select Auto Detect. In this example, the last two options in the Inspector Bar have no blend (fillet or chamfer).
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  3. Select the inner face that contains the profile, then select the profile itself. Extrude the profile this way. Because the profile was extruded outward with respect to its face, its extrusion was added to the solid.
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  4. Undo, and now select Subtract.
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  5. Select and extrude the profile the same way, and now its extrusion is subtracted from the solid.
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Imprint with Chamfer or Fillet

You can add a chamfer or fillet to the top or bottom of the imprint.



NOTE: For details on these edge tools, see Fillet Edges and Chamfer Edges.



  1. Start with a solid object with one or more profiles on one facet. Activate Imprint and select the facet that will be imprinted.
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  2. In this example, Auto Detect is selected. When the last two options are set to Normal Top and Normal bottom, the imprint edges will be sharp.
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  3. To fillet or chamfer, click the option icons to set them to Fillet Top / Bottom or Chamfer Top / Bottom. Clicking repeatedly will scroll through the options. In this example, the bottom has a chamfer, and the top has a fillet.
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  4. Set the Top radius and Bottom radius.
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  5. Select and extrude the profile. The top is filleted and the bottom is chamfered.
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  6. You can edit all parameters of the imprint (including changing or removing fillets and chamfers) in the Selection Info palette.
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Imprint with Dimple Sheet Metal

You can use the imprint tool to create a dimple effect as in sheet metal.

  1. Start with a solid object with one or more profiles on one facet. Activate Imprint and select the facet that will be imprinted.
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  2. Select the Dimple sheet metal option.
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  3. Select a closed profile.
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    The height must be a negative value greater than the sheet thickness. The top radius must be equal to or greater than the thickness of the sheet.
    Dimples of varying depths. Circle radius = 0.25
    Dimples of varying depths. Circle radius = 0.25

     
    The various Heights are shown. Top Radius = 0.19583125 in.
    The various Heights are shown. Top Radius = 0.19583125 in.

     


Another example of the Dimple option.
  • Here it was used to stamp a stainless steel kitchen sink.
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  • The bowls and drain recess were made with the Imprint tool. The drain hole was created with the Quick Pull tool. The green polyline was used to create the modified sink.
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  • The complete sink unit.
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Editing Imprint Parameters

The Selection Info palette can be used to edit parameters of the imprint itself, as well as the fillets and/or chamfers.



NOTE: For general information on this palette, see Selection Info Palette.



Select the imprint, and its Part Tree appears at the top of the palette. Under Imprint, highlight Simple Extrude.

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At the bottom of the palette, the Simple Extrude category contains parameters for the imprint body:

  • Draft Angle: Creates an extrusion of increasing or decreasing cross-section. Enter the angle of deviation from the extrusion path.
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  • Draft Start / End Distance: If Draft Angle = 0, you can specify a draft angle by entering the offset distances.
  • Height: The distance of the extrusion.
  • Direction: Switch between one-sided and two-sided.
The Imprint category is where you can change the imprint type (Auto Detect, Add, or Subtract) and change or remove fillets and chamfers and change their radii.






Old notes:

In V11, Imprint is in the Edit menu.

In V12, Imprint was moved to the Insert / 3D Object menu.

In V15, Imprint was improved with additional options in the part tree. Another big advantage of TC 15 is that you do not have to explicitly change the workplane to draw a 2D entity to a facet, you can just hover over the facet and when it turns red, you can start drawing the entity.











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