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Speed up 3D Solid Modeling With Offset Edges and Convert Edges Commands

February 14, 2020


In this video, we will learn more about the
new OFFSETEDGE and CONVERTEDGE features that will help us save time when editing
3D solids in ARES Commander. But first, let me make a quick summary of the 3D features of ARES Commander. For that we have a specific workspace that offers us a quick way to access 3D tools. It should be remembered that
through basic 2D tools we can close closed shapes that we can easily
convert into 3D solids. Although it is also true
that ARES Commander allows the direct creation
of three-dimensional shapes very easily. In turn, we must remember that we can
select any 3D solid in ARES Commander and edit its shape, simply by using its grips. What gives us greater freedom. Recall also the PUSH AND PULL command that will allow us to
extrude from any face. Even to extrude in a negative way. We can also combine
simple 3D shapes, to create more complex shapes
using Boolean operations. We can also copy faces, which can be used to create other
types of shapes from them. We can easily create an extrusion. Or resort to other tools such as the possibility
of creating a solid per revolution, starting from one of the copied faces. To do this we simply determine the
axis of rotation through 2 points. Now let’s take a closer look at the
new features of ARES Commander. You will find these two
new commands here: “CONVERT EDGES” and
“OFFSET EDGES”. Alternatively, we can also call these
commands from the command line as we do with any other commands
in ARES Commander. Let’s choose OFFSET EDGES first. We approach one face, and click. Note that a new entity is appearing at equidistance
from the edges of the selected face. You can vary the distance with
the cursor and click to validate, or enter a value. If we change to another
display mode, we can see better the
new entity created. When selecting it, we can
see that it contains grips. We could therefore easily edit this entity, exactly like with any other closed polyline. In this case, being selected, we can, for example, extrude it
with a certain value. We choose again, OFFSET EDGES. After choosing a face, we can
see that 3 options appear that contain a capital letter that
can be used as a shortcut. If we choose CORNER, we can opt for ROUND
or SHARP options. SHARP would be a straight corner, while ROUND would give you rounded corners. We choose the ROUND option. When moving the mouse out of face, the rounded corners are drawn. We choose another face,
and we choose DISTANCE. Unlike in the previous example, In this case, we want to enter a
specific value for the OFFSET, and choose if we want to
do it in or out of the figure. We indicate this with a click. We continue in the command, we choose this other side, and after pressing the down
key on the keyboard, we choose CORNER again. Now we choose the SHARP option to get a shape with straight corners. Of course, at any time we
can extrude these forms, either using EXTRUDE or PUSH AND PULL. Again we can either pick a point or enter a specific value
for the extrusion height. The other new tool
is CONVERT EDGES. By pressing the down key on the keyboard, we can choose EDGE or FACE. In this case, we choose FACE
first and select a face. Thus, ARES Commander will create
entities on the edges of that face. These borders are 2D elements, which
we can copy, or move if we wish. If you try to extrude these entities
you will realize we get 4 faces. We use CONVERT EDGES again. Now we will use the other option, that is EDGE. With this option, we can
choose only specific borders that we like to clone to
create new 2D entities that we could also further copy,
and/or move independently. Obviously, there are many more
3D functions in ARES Commander, for example, I recommend
taking a look at the video explaining how to use the DYNAMICS CCS. This is a fundamental feature that
you can enable or disable from here. In the Ribbon, you will also find other interesting
tools such as POLYSOLIDS and HELIX. To learn more about the 3D
features of ARES Commander, I invite you to visit the playlist we created for these features. For more information on these and other commands, you may also visit the extensive
HELP offered by the software.

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