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==Object Creation==
 
==Object Creation==
*Line - Click to create lines! Once dragging in the direction you want, you can type in the desired length,
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*Line - Click to create lines! Once dragging in the direction you want, you can type in the desired length.
 
*Circle - Creates a circle! Once choosing the midpoint you can either drag the radius, or type in the desired radius.  
 
*Circle - Creates a circle! Once choosing the midpoint you can either drag the radius, or type in the desired radius.  
 
*Rectangle - Creates a rectangle! Once choosing the first corner, you can either drag for the opposite corner or type in the desired length, measured across diagonally from the initial point.
 
*Rectangle - Creates a rectangle! Once choosing the first corner, you can either drag for the opposite corner or type in the desired length, measured across diagonally from the initial point.

Latest revision as of 18:30, 27 March 2020

Here is a list of basic commands you may find helpful while either creating a CAD drawing or fitting your drawing into our laser bed. To use a command, simply type it! To stop a command, press ESC.

Object Creation

  • Line - Click to create lines! Once dragging in the direction you want, you can type in the desired length.
  • Circle - Creates a circle! Once choosing the midpoint you can either drag the radius, or type in the desired radius.
  • Rectangle - Creates a rectangle! Once choosing the first corner, you can either drag for the opposite corner or type in the desired length, measured across diagonally from the initial point.

Object Manipulation

  • Move - Moves an object!
  • Copy - Creates a copy of any object. Once choosing your object, pick a base point and begin placing the copies as needed.
  • Rotate - Rotates an object. After choosing a base point to rotate about, type in the desired angle (positive is counter-clockwise).
  • Trim - First select a border, or boundary, of the trim. Hit enter, then trim away desired objects.
  • Copybase - Changes the base to a desired point.

Object Status

  • Scale - Choose your object and base point, then type in the factor by which you want to scale (for example, 2 results in twice the size). You can click Reference to choose a specific line segment that you already know the length of to scale an entire object. Common scale factors include:
    • From mm to inch use 0.03937
    • From inch to mm use 25.4
  • Dimension - Pick a beginning and endpoint. The resulting object now shows the length of this line segment. For our computers, all measurements are in inches.

Unions and Separations

  • Explode - Breaks objects into individual line segments.
  • Join - Connects touching line segments (if it doesn't work, check that they are touching.)
  • Overkill - If two lines overlap, deletes one of the overlapping segments.


  • Dupfaceborder - If you have a square, makes the side profile - Rhino only