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The Conversion tools are a set of tools to carry out various commonly encountered drawing objects conversion. They form a range to tools helpful for the conversion and structuring of data into a format most appropriate for use in your project.



 


Toolbar : Conversion  
     
Menu : CADPower Conversion Line/Polyline/Arc/Spline Convert ARC polylines to linear polylines.
Command line :
CP_PLARC2PL 

Re-Sample arcs with linear segments

Converts arc segments in polylines or ARC objects to polylines with linear interpolated segments. The arc section is approximated by connecting with a number of straight line segments. The linear segment of the original polyline is left as it is. The arc approximation (interpolation) can be done by any one of the three methods:

Angular
In this case, sampling is done at the specified angular interval (in degrees) along the arc segment. This is useful when you want to replace an arc or circle with linear segments at every fixed angular interval like 5 or 10 degrees. This method is usually not preferred to deal with polyline arc segments in surveyed horizontal curves where it is desirable to adopt either of the other two parameters described below. 

Chord Length
This is the maximum allowable chord length during the interpolation of the arcs.


Chord Perpendicular (crown distance)
This is the maximum crown distance of the chord that is allowable during the arc interpolation. The crown distance is the distance from the midpoint of the chord to the arc.

Layer to place:

Source: Choosing this option places the converted polylines in source object layer.

Current: Choosing this option places the converted polylines in current layer.

Delete original objects: Checking this box deletes the original objects.

See Also: CP_PLINE2ARC

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Toolbar : Conversion  
     
Menu : CADPower Conversion Line/Polyline/Arc/Spline Convert linear polyline segments to arcs / arced polylines.
Command line :
CP_PLINE2ARC 

The CP_PLINE2ARC command converts linear segment polylines into arc objects or polyline with arcs. If you have polylines defined with a number of points connected by linear segments and would like to approximate it with an arc segment that connects every n th vertex, then CP_PLINE2ARC is the command to use. An arc is defined by three points.

Create arc for each polyline segment: Checking this box creates arc between each segment of polyline which will be useful to prepare data for many CNC applications where you need to provide the input as arc instead of polyline geometry.

Number of vertices between arc points: Specify the number of vertices to skip between arc points.

Output Mode: Specifies the type of output object to be created. This can be either an ARC object or polyline with arc segments.

ARC objects: Choosing this type causes the output to be ARC objects.

Polyline arcs: Choosing this type creates polyline object with arced segments.

Layer to place  

Source: Choosing this option places the result in the layer in which it was created (source layer)

Current: Choosing this option places the result in the current layer

Specify: Choosing this option allows to specify the layer in which the resultant object to be placed

Layer-name: Displays the name of the layer selected

Select: Clicking on Select button pops up the select layer dialog box

Delete original objects: Checking this box deletes the original source object (polyline) after converting into arc

See Also: CP_PLARC2PL

Toolbar : Conversion  
      Menu : CADPower Conversion Line/Polyline/Arc/Spline Convert lines, arc, circles to polylines.
Command line :
CP_LINE2PL 

Convert LINEs, ARCs and CIRCLE objects into polylines

The CP_LINE2PL command is used to convert LINE, ARC and CIRCLE objects into polyline objects. The dialog box allows options to create either a light weight or heavy weight polyline out of the source objects.

Toolbar : Conversion  
     
Menu : CADPower Conversion Line/Polyline/Arc/Spline   Convert spline to Pline.
Command line :
CP_SPL2PL 

It is possible to use the CP_SPL2PL command to convert splines to polylines in three different ways.

Join Fit points: This option joins all the Fit points (DXF Code 11) of a spline and creates a polyline out of it.

Join Control points:  This option joins all the Control (DXF Code 10) points of a spline and creates a polyline out of it.

Re-create spline geometry (DXF method): This method is the most precise and attempts to re-create the geometry of the spline as closely as possible. It works by creating the DXF output of the spline object in Release 12 format and then imports it in again as a polyline. With long polylines, this may occasionally cause AutoCAD/BricsCAD to become unstable and even crash. Please ensure that you save your drawing prior to running this command. 

Interpolate by inter-vertex distance: This method allows specifying a distance between the two vertices of the polyline that will be created.

Vertex distance:
Specify the vertex distance here. Every polyline vertex will be spaced apart by this amount.  

Layer to place  

Source: Choosing this option places the result in the layer in which it was created (source layer)

Current: Choosing this option places the result in the current layer

Specify: Choosing this option allows to specify the layer  to place the resultant object

Layer-name: Displays the name of the layer selected

Select: Clicking on Select button pops up the select layer dialog box

Delete original objects: Checking this box deletes the original source object (Spline) after converting to polyline

See Also: CP_PL2SPL

Toolbar : Conversion  
     
Menu : CADPower Conversion Line/Polyline/Arc/Spline   Convert Pline to Spline
Command line :
CP_PL2SPL 
Converts polylines to splines. The defining vertices of the polylines are used as the Spline Fit points.

Layer to place  

Source: Choosing this option places the result in the layer in which it was created (source layer)

Current: Choosing this option places the result in the current layer

Specify: Choosing this option allows to specify the layer  to place the resultant object

Layer-name: Displays the name of the layer selected

Select: Clicking on Select button pops up the select layer dialog box

Delete original objects: Checking this box deletes the original source object (Polyline) after converting to spline


See Also:
CP_SPL2PL

Toolbar : Conversion 
      Menu : CADPower Conversion Line/Polyline/Arc/Spline   Line 2 XLINE
Command line :
CP_LINE2XLINE

The CP_LINE2XLINE is a quick tool to define an XLINE along an existing line entity.

Toolbar : Conversion  
     
Menu : CADPower Conversion Polyline/3D Face/Mesh Convert polylines to 3DFaces.
Command line :
CP_PL23DFACE 

The CP_PL23DFACE command creates 3dface objects out of any 3 or 4-sided 2d/3d polyline objects.

See Also:
CP_3DF2PL

Toolbar : Conversion  
     
Menu : CADPower Conversion Polyline/3D Face/Mesh
Convert polylines to Polyface mesh
Command line :
CP_PL2PFACE
The
CP_PL2PFACE command converts polylines (2d & 3d) into polyface mesh objects. The polyface mesh thus created has only one face which is defined by the plane formed by joining the vertices of the polyline in order.

Toolbar : Conversion  
     
Menu : CADPower Conversion Polyline/3D Face/Mesh Convert 3DFaces to polylines.
Command line :
CP_3DF2PL
The
CP_3DF2PL  command creates a 3d polyline from the vertices of selected 3dface objects

Layer to place  

Source: Choosing this option places the result in the layer in which it was created (source layer)

Current: Choosing this option places the result in the current layer

Specify: Choosing this option allows to specify the layer in which the resultant object should be placed

Layer-name: Displays the name of the layer selected

Select: Clicking on Select button pops up the select layer dialog box

Delete original objects: Checking this box deletes the original source object (3DFace) after converting to polyline

Toolbar : Conversion  
     
Menu : CADPower Conversion Polyline/3D Face/Mesh Convert 3DFaces to polyface mesh objects.
Command line :
CP_3DF2PFACE 
TThe
CP_3DF2PFACE command creates a 3d polyface mesh object from 3dface objects.

Layer to place  

Source: Choosing this option places the result in the layer in which it was created (source layer)

Current: Choosing this option places the result in the current layer

Specify: Choosing this option allows to specify the layer in which the resultant object should be placed

Layer-name: Displays the name of the layer selected

Select: Clicking on Select button pops up the select layer dialog box

Delete original objects: Checking this box deletes the original source object (3DFace) after converting into polyface mesh object

Toolbar : Conversion  
     
Menu : CADPower Conversion Polyline/3D Face/Mesh Convert polyface mesh objects to polylines.
Command line :
CP_PFACE2PL 

The CP_PFACE2PL command is used to convert a polyface object into polylines.

Create invisible edges also - This option includes invisible polyface edges in the resulting polylines.

Layer to place  

Source: Choosing this option places the result in the layer in which it was created (source layer)

Current: Choosing this option places the result in the current layer

Specify: Choosing this option allows to specify the layer in which the resultant object should be placed

Layer-name: Displays the name of the layer selected

Select: Clicking on Select button pops up the select layer dialog box

Delete original objects: Checking this box deletes the original source object (Polyface) after converting to polyline

Toolbar : Conversion  
     
Menu : CADPower Conversion More Conversion Create POINT at every Block/Shape insertion.
Command line :
CP_BLKSHP2P 
Creates a point at the insertion point of every shape, block or text object in the selection set. Optionally, the source objects can be deleted.



Tech Info: If there is any extended entity data or object table data in the source objects, they will be transferred to the points.
 
Layer to place
  

Source:  Choosing this option creates points in the source layer
Current
: Choosing this option places the points in the current layer

Specify: Choosing this options allows to specify the layer in which the points will be created

Layer-name: Displays the name of the layer selected

Select: Clicking on Select button pops up the select layer dialog box

Delete original objects: Checking this box deletes the original source object (block/shape) after creating the points

Toolbar : Conversion  
     
Menu : CADPower Conversion More Conversion Create a Block or Shape at every Point location.
Command line :
CP_P2BLKSHP 
Replaces all selected point objects with Blocks or Shapes.



Tech Info: If there is any extended entity data or object table data in the source objects, they will be transferred to the new target objects.

Replace with:


Block: Choosing this option allows to replace selected points with block.  

Shape:
Choosing this option allows to replace selected points with shape.

Insertion Settings:

Scale Factor:
Allows to enter the required scale factor for the block/shape.

Rotation Angle: Allows to enter the required rotation angle for the block/shape.

Block Name: The "Blocks" button allows selecting the block for insertion.

Shape Name:
Enter the shape name to insert

 

Layer to place  

Source:  Choosing this option creates block/shape in the source layer

Current: Choosing this option places the result in the current layer

Specify: Choosing this option allows to specify the layer in which block/shape is to be created

Layer-name: Displays the name of the layer selected

Select: Clicking on Select button pops up the select layer dialog box

Delete original objects: Checking this box deletes the original source object (point) after creating the block/shape

Toolbar : Conversion  
     
Menu : CADPower Conversion More Conversion Convert zero length polylines to point objects.
Command line :
CP_0LEN2PNT 
CP_0LEN2PNT converts all zero length objects into Points so that they can be easily identified and handled. The program accepts both lines, polylines and 3dfaces.

Often, because of a programming error or an improper import from other CAD systems or during processing of 3dface information for modeling purposes, zero length lines, polylines and 3dfaces get created. These objects are mostly redundant and do not contribute to the data in any way.

The standard object selection dialog box appears and allows the selection of polylines, lines and 3dfaces.
The elevation of the point object is the average of all the vertices.


Source: Choosing this option places the points in source object layer

Current:
Choosing this option places the points in current layer.

Specify:
Choosing this option allows to specify the layer for placing the points.

Label-name:
Displays the selected layer name.

Select:
Pops-up the Select Label Layer dialog box for choosing the required layer.

Delete original objects: Deletes the original zero length objects after converting them into points.

Tech Info: The points created will acquire new handles but any extended entity data in the source objects will be transferred to the points.

Toolbar : Conversion
      Menu : CADPower Conversion More Conversion Attributes to X-Data
Command line :
CP_ATT2XD

The CP_ATT2XD command converts block attributes to extended entity data directly in one single process. 

Toolbar : Conversion
      Menu : CADPower Conversion More Conversion Ellipse 2 Circles
Command line :
CP_ELLIPSE2CL

Ellipses are often created during several import and conversion procedures or when unequally scaled block are exploded. It is not convenient to use ellipses in normal CAD work and converting them into circles is the best option. This command provides several means to achieve this conversion. You can use the major axis, minor axis or an average of both axes as a basis to define the diameter of the resulting circle. It is also possible to make this conversion happen if the two axes lengths are within a specified range expressed in percentage.

Toolbar : Conversion  ( BricsCAD only)
      Menu : CADPower Conversion Polyline Types Heavy-Weight to Light-Weight OR Light-Weight to Heavy-Weight  
Command line : CP_CONVERTPOLY
The CP_CONVERTPOLY command converts heavy-weight polylines to light-weight polyines and vice-versa

Toolbar : Conversion  
     
Menu : CADPower Conversion Scale Z values of objects.
Command line :
CP_SCALE_Z 

Scale Z values automatically by a factor

Updates a 2D or 3D POLYLINE by multiplying the Z of each vertex by a factor. Also supports Z scaling for POINTs, BLOCKs, 3DFace objects and SHAPEs 

Toolbar : Conversion  
     
Menu : CADPower Conversion Convert properties from ByLayer to ByEntity.
Command line :
CP_BL2BE 
Converts color and line-type property of selected objects from "BYLAYER" to "BYENTITY". 

Toolbar : Conversion  
      Menu : CADPower Conversion Concert to 0.0 elevation.
Command line :
CP_FLATTEN 

The CP_FLATTEN command is used to convert the "Z" elevation of Lines/Polylines/3D-Polylines/Circles/Arcs to 0.0 elevation. This command uses a generic flattening algorithm that changes the elevation of all selected objects to 0.0.

There is another very interesting feature of the CP_FLATTEN command which is very useful to Mechanical engineers. It can also convert Solid Models (3DSOLID) to 0.0 elevation by generating the "Projected view" of the model on the current UCS plane. By doing this, you can generate a projected view of a 3D model at any straight or inclined plane.

Toolbar : Conversion
      Menu : CADPower Conversion Units change
Command line :
CP_UNITCONV
The
CP_UNITCONV command converts (scales) entities from one unit to another. Use this command to convert an etnire drawing or parts of drawing created in one units to another. The following units are supported: mm, cm, m, in, ft & yards.

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