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joining 2 vector lines to arc

Postby Ton80 » Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:35 pm

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2 lines on either side of a 3pt arc
I am having a moment... lol. I have done this before but for the life of me I can't get these 3 vectors to become single selectable vector. I've clicked on every single button in the Edit objects section and nothing is working.. HELP before I loose my mind on this simple task. I want this to be toolpathed as a SINGLE line not as 3 single vector lines.
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Re: joining 2 vector lines to arc

Postby Adrian » Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:44 pm

You can use the join tool (press J) or you can select two vectors at a time and use whichever of the three join tools (line, curve, common) you want to join them.

I expect you were probably selecting all three vectors which won't work with those three tools, it has to be two at a time.
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Re: joining 2 vector lines to arc

Postby Ton80 » Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:35 pm

Here is a crappy video showing you what is happening. None of the join vector tools are working. I tried selecting just 2 vectors. File is attached and I'll be right back with the video link.

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Re: joining 2 vector lines to arc

Postby Ton80 » Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:36 pm

Here is the video...

https://youtu.be/5HTsXDLO4og
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Re: joining 2 vector lines to arc

Postby Adrian » Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:40 pm

Use the Vector Validator tool. You've got intersections/overlaps on the straight vectors so they're not being seen as open vectors. Correct that (easier to just delete them and redraw) and it will be fine.
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Re: joining 2 vector lines to arc

Postby Ton80 » Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:44 pm

hmm... ok. I drew this by placing some guide lines exactly 3" in from the left and 3" up from bottom, down from top. That represented the exact point that I wanted my arc ends to join up with the two straight lines. I zoomed in on those guidline intersections and drew my 3 vectors utilizing those intersections. Did that cause my problem?
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Re: joining 2 vector lines to arc

Postby Adrian » Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:48 pm

Not the way I would have done it but I don't see how it would have resulted in vectors like that. It looks like you've drawn up and down a few times rather than a single line.

I never use guidelines. The smart snapping and quick keys features are so good for drawing I always use those.
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Re: joining 2 vector lines to arc

Postby Ton80 » Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:51 pm

I am zooming in on the straight lines... when I move it over slightly it's only showing one line BUT - you are correct about going up and down a few times... when I drew these straight lines it looked like they were not actually drawn the first time so I had to go back over each to get the vector line to actually appear.


SO the overlap is telling me I have two vector lines there? Even though I can only select one, move it off to the side and there is not a second one under it? Confusing and odd but I'll try redrawing.

Deleted those lines and redrew them. This time the joining tools worked. Thanks! I am still confused why the software reported overlapping vectors on the two original vector lines. Working now though so I'm back to work and happy.
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Re: joining 2 vector lines to arc

Postby Ton80 » Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:59 pm

I suppose what happened is my vector line was drawn but it didn't look like it had been. When I went back up and drew it again I must have done exactly what you suggested and overlapped a single vector line back over itself. Probably why when I selected it and moved it off to the side it looked like I had a single line. I wonder if there was a double set of nodes that I could have used to identify the problem.

Went back and looked at that original file with the overlapping vectors and used the node tool... didn't see anything except a start and end node. Seems to have been a single vector line but something went twilight zone on me the first time I tried drawing these lines.
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Re: joining 2 vector lines to arc

Postby Adrian » Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:08 pm

If you go into node edit mode on the original file and drag the mid-point node (the outlined square) and you'll see the other line underneath.
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Re: joining 2 vector lines to arc

Postby Ton80 » Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:21 pm

ahh! Interesting. Thanks again! Tricky stuff :)
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Re: joining 2 vector lines to arc

Postby SteveNelson46 » Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:41 pm

in Node Edit mode you can also right click on one of the nodes and select "Cut Vector". You can then drag it over to see the line underneath.
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Re: joining 2 vector lines to arc

Postby adze_cnc » Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:13 pm

Ton80 wrote:I am still confused why the software reported overlapping vectors on the two original vector lines. Working now though so I'm back to work and happy.


Re-watch the first few seconds of your video when you select the bottom vertical and the arc then choose the join option. Notice it says 1 open (the arc) and 1 closed vector (the vertical)---the other vertical is closed too.

Did you perhaps accidentally draw the verticals using the rectangle tool?
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