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parallel (L) / same orientation (X) (by Rick)
What is the true difference between (L) and (X) command ?
Because you can make two normals parallel with the nearly same effect than the "X" command...
Furthermore, the "X" command only give the same orientation... Same direction also would be really nice, specially for assembly tasks...

Thu Feb 11 2021, 11:58:24, download attachment para.png
(no subject) (by Paul)
In 3D parallel constrains 2 degrees of freedom. Same orientation constrains all 3.

I you link a part in a assembly, constrain one point-coincident and on line parallel, you'll still be able to rotate the part as if on a hinge.
Thu Feb 11 2021, 17:20:09
(no subject) (by Rick)
thx for that precision
Thu Feb 11 2021, 20:29:19
How to modify by pure text a diameter (not by mouse) ? (by Bertrand)
I discover SolveSpace... and I find it very nice and appealing. Powerfull without a forest of buttons like almost CAO sofwares. A dream...
However I take some time with ref manual and tutorials and do not found how to modify a value vi text to get an exact value. For example how to modify via text the diameter of a hole ?


Fri Feb 12 2021, 05:52:11
(no subject) (by Andrew)
You can constrain a length, diameter, distance between line and point or 2 points using constraint distance/diameter; or hit 'd'. You can the double click the resulting numbers and enter an exact distance.
Fri Feb 12 2021, 09:02:50
New version (by Bertrand)
Hi Andrew,

Thank you for your help.

I have loaded the new release (v. 3.0-36719c62 on Windows 10 pro) and here is a feedback. First of all, I greatly apreciate the concept of SolveSpace since I was looking for something like that for a time. Most CAO applications are a forest of buttons requiring a significant effort to be mastered, an effort which often overcomes the benefit of using it. SolveSpace is very different and the sobriety and clarity of its graphical interface is very good. Drawing manipulation is effective and favors creativity. Its portability toward others OS is a real plus.

Howhever, I am facing with a lot of difficulties:

- Compared to previous release, new version display resolution is inappropriate and results in extremlmy difficult to read menus and data. The only way I found is to change my computer display scale factor, something I don't want to do.

- I was interested with helical extrusion for making screws and nolts, but I was totally unable to use it nor found any documentation or tuto on it. Same for lathe.

- Was also unable to perform any boolean operation and extrusion was limited, in my hands, to additive not subtracting. For example, I could extruded a circle to perform a hole only on starting drawing plane, but not after changing this plane.

- Changing parameters (like the diameter of a circle) is painfull and would be nice if it could perform in the properties browser, directly.

- I am not sure that changing the diameter of an extruded circle (a hole) is feasible, to correct the drawing once comlpleted.

- More generally, selecting a sketch plane is counterintuitive and require, in my hands, a sequence of operations with, each time having to create a data point, crowding the drawing.

Properties browser looks not very usefull (in my hands) due to its lack of interactivbity. In fact, I don't understand what I have to do with it since most modifications are not reactive.

I was curious and intrested in by the tracepoint analyzer for basic robotic purpose. But I did'nt found how to access it.

- probably a small bug: 'show property brower' once reactivated via 'view' menu does not make the browser to reappear. This occurs when the form size has been maximized.

In any cases, congratullations to the team for the hudge work of SolveSpace. If I could a way to better master it, I surely adopt it definitively.

Best regards,

Sat Feb 13 2021, 05:06:33
(no subject) (by Andrew)
I suggest that you try out the tutorials linked on this page, and also search Solvespace on YouTube, where there are various tutorials and examples, including some version 3 examples.

If the property browser is hidden, look for it in the task bar. That said I run double headed, and so have a screen for the model, and one for the property browser.
Sat Feb 13 2021, 07:17:39
(no subject) (by Bertrand)
Thank so much Andrew ! I was'nt aware of youtube tutorials. That is perfect !.
Sat Feb 13 2021, 07:38:23
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