TurboCAD FAQs Help

Questions about TurboCAD and the use of TurboCAD



Question: Why is the Line Tool is always set to use whenever I open a drawing?
Answer  ...and seems always to default and I have little lines all over the drawing to erase or cancel. How can I get TurboCad to default to say the Select Tool, which would be more appropriate?

That has been requested for years to no avail.
Question: When I set up the Layers in my defaults (Options - Drawings - Layers) for New layers say profiles, 3d and dims, with the appropriate colours, they do not remain as defaults for new drawings.
Answer  Neither does, grid spacing in Grid or Degenerative Faceting in ACIS. Although other settings are effective.

To retain those items for a new drawing you need to save the drawing as a template.
Question: How can I use the Section extracted from the 3D Section tool as a profile to extrude
Answer  Explode twice and then rejoin the polylines.
Question: Why can't I use a block for an extrude operation
Answer  When a block or symbol is extracted back onto the drawing board it is grouped and be extruded or other 3d operation only after it has been exploded.
Question: How do I mould the edge of say a 3d ellipse like a tabletop
Answer  Extrude an "inverse" profile about the edge and subtract it from the tabletop.
You can be generous in the non-intersecting area of the profile... no need to keep it tight to material that is going to be gone anyway.

Question: What do I do if a slice goes too far.
Answer  Slice again to isolate the part you want to remove. Delete it. Then add the good pieces back together.
Question: Why should I use blocks?
Answer  When drawing contains similar entities draw 1 entity and copy it to a block. Extract it as many times then as it is needed. It uses less memory than creating individual entities. You also KNOW that they are the same. If you modify the block, all of the insertions will be updated. You do not need to bring in copies; you can just copy an insertion Look at Symbols vs. Blocks in the Wiki for more information.
Question: How do I add dimensions in paper space
Answer  The dimensioned entities may be drawn on a separate layer over the 3d model, A viewport created, inserted into paper space, dimensioned and THEN these layers are turned off!
Question: Extrusions
Answer  Select the profile and press the "Set UCS by Selector" button on the Inspector Bar (thereby changing the reported position of the profile to (0,0,0)). Select the path entity and enter a zero in each of the Inspector Bar's Position boxes. This puts the path at the RP of the profile, so the extrusion will rise directly from the profile.
Question: Where can I get my lost files
Answer  A file with a name like, "tmp2.asv"? (These files are buried deeply in C:\Documents and Settings\your username\My Documents\TurboCAD of the appropriate version\AutoSave.) If so, you can open it just like a .tcw file: In TurboCAD, go to File|Open and navigate to the file (You will have to enable "All files" in the "File of type" window), select it, and press the "Open" button.
Question: I need a fix for my original default settings
Answer  Look in: C:\Documents and Settings\Your user name\Application Data\IMSI\TurboCAD\10\Professional\Profiles\Built-in and delete "TCW10_xml.ini" (with TC shutdown). TurboCAD will create a new one when it's restarted.
Question: I need to fix issues with materials when I upgrade
Answer  delete propin.dat for problems with materials. TurboCAD will create a new one when it's restarted.
Question: My menu dissapear (and other desktop problems)
Answer  With TC shut down, rename the "Desktop.ist" file to "Desktop.OLD", then restart TC
Question: Lofting
Answer  A Loft can be created only as a Solid. Its smoothness depends upon many things, but if you have only two or three simple profiles and they are not too dissimilar, the resulting Loft is likely to be rather smooth
Question: Why did my Shelling operation failed.
Answer  Shelling operation occasionally fails. Using "open" profiles for lofting will result in a Sheet object, which is a zero-thickness empty skin. Sometimes one can apply the Shell operation to such an object and thus impart a nonzero thickness.
Question: How do I view an entity from underneath?
Answer  Add a minus sign in front of the Camera's Z values
Question: Why would I use the 3D Point tool
Answer  Allows you to give height off the workplane
Question: Why would I use Delta Z
Answer  Use Delta Z to adjust heights in Front View
Question: What does exploding a viewport do
Answer  exploding a viewport essentially creates a 2d drawing of the viewport contents, which can then be edited. So one can quite readily clean up prints, thicken lines or darken lines, etc. The viewport no longer reflects the drawing and will no longer be updated with model space changes.
In order to explode a viewport, it is necessary to uncheck both Renderable Objects and Non-renderable Objects boxes under the Properties/Render/Hidden line (or whatever format)dialog for the Viewport.

Question: How do I move entities in TurboCAD?
Answer  There are three basic ways to move things with precision and control over where they land:
  1. Select the object and change its x,y,z location in the Inspector Bar fields. The only issue with that is that the default reference point for any object is its center of extents. In your example that means to raise the foundation to sit on the grade your target z-location would be half its actual height. That can be overcome by changing the objects reference point.
  2. Select the object, move its reference point to a handy corner or edge and then pick up the object and snap it into place.
  3. Use the Assemble tools.
The TurboCAD move is select - click to pick up - release - move mouse - snap into place (or click to drop).

Question: How do I make hinges?
Answer  Draw a line representing the axis of the hinge...
in World Plan view. Then switch to Front view and adjust the line's "Loc Z" value if necessary. (I'm assuming it should be parallel to the top & bottom faces of the case. If not, you'll have to rotate it to suit.)
BTW, better make all components of the case top into a Group to be sure they stay together.
Next, go to Workspace|WorkPlane|By Z axis, then click first on one endpoint of the line and then on the other endpoint. (Save this new WorkPlane before proceeding further. Go to Workspace|WorkPlane|Named; type a name such as "Hinge Axis" in the Name window; click "New"; click "Close.")
Select the hinge-axis line. Now you need to change your viewpoint so you're looking directly along the hinge axis. Here's how: Leaving the line selected (just to make it easier to find), use View|Camera|Plan|By WorkPlane. Verify that the selected line appears as a point. Zoom in close so you won't lose it when it's deselected. While you're there, draw a small circle using that "point" as center — or place a Point object there (NOT a Star) — so you can find it later if necessary.
Move the Reference Point of the "Top" group to the hinge axis. To do so, select the group; hit the "D" key and snap the little yellow circle to the hinge axis.
Now you're ready to rotate the top. You can do it now, and/or at any time later. Just be sure to go to the "Hinge Axis" WorkPlane; set both Extents CS and Coordinate System to "User CS" (in the Inspector Bar's Selector 3D Properties) and rotate the top about the Z axis. ...and if the hinge line is along one side of the large part of the case, you will discover that the hinge line runs through the end of the small part of the case.

Question: What is a closed profile?
Answer  It is defined by a single continuous polyline that traces the cross-section of the desired extrusion.
Grouping any set of objects prevents use of 3D boolean tools and,
Grouping a set of lines doesn't make them a single object as far as TurboCAD is concerned.
The Modify menu has a Join-Polyline tool that could be used to convert your set of lines defining the edges into a profile. Remember to explode your group first.
If that doesn't work use the polyline tool to trace your outline being sure to select 'close' to join the starting point and not 'finish'.

Question: How do I use 3D in TurboCAD
Answer  First of all... when you work in Model space, you can work in either 2D or 3D. This may appear to you as the bounding box around a selection which will either have 2 handles for x,y (2D) or 3 handles representling x,y and z cartesian directions. There is a mode button down on the bottom of the screen (mid-right) that allows one to toggle between the two. Play around with it and making ,.. say .. a rectangle with the rectangle drawing tool as apposed to the 3D mode with the solid Box tool.

Change to one of the Isometric views say SE, SW, NE or NW. Select the 3D Box tool from the 3D toobar, see the 3D Box? example for more details.
Click on the workplane to set a starting corner (SEKE G Grid). 'Tab' to the inspector bar and enter your desired side lengths in the three fields. Hit 'Enter' to finish. Or pull out the retangle in x,y and z directions with SEKE No Mouse).
Render in hidden line mode.

Question: What is a profile?
Answer  A profile is a 2D drawing of a shape (typically closed) drawn with any of several 2D tools such as Polyline, spline, bezier,circles or ovals. An extrusion is a tool selection allowing the profile be extruded from its 2D profile and drag it out along the Z-directional path to a 3D entity either surface or solid construction. You can also draw a (curved) 2D path for which the extrusion will follow. This will give you the typical pipe or moulding effect.
The box tool actually does this in that it allows you to make a 2D rectangle first and then extrude it to a desired thickness all in one tool operation, if you will. See the book or help file for more specifics.

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Question: How do I move an object by typing in the x and y distances?
Answer  Select the object that you want to move, tab to the Inspector Bar,
tab to the position fields, enter the new co-ordinates and press Enter. You can also enter a delta distance. If you don't see these fields in the inspector bar, right click and choose the Selector 3D properties or the Selector 2D properties and make sure the Delta options under Shift is selected. See Inspector Bar for more details.

Question: Is there a way of saving only a single drawing from a file containing multiple drawings to a PDF file?
Answer  In Model Space, Create View of the separate drawings you want to print and insert the Viewport into Paper space.
Make ady adjustments or additions.
Set up the Page Setup for the paper and orientation you want to use and Go to the Print Menu.
Set printer to PDF995 or Adobe PDF whichever you have and then Print.
You will find that a PDF page comes up with your drawing which you may then save and print.
You may repeat this for any other drawing or part drawing by creating a view and if necessary extra Paper Space pages.
This technique is common to all printing methods. You create in Model space and choose the views to print in paper space....