Copy along Vectors problem

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Copy along Vectors problem

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Building a crib board. Having problems copying the holes along the oval ( half circles) vectors. I’m using Cut2D desktop to design the board. What I have done so far is draw 3 straight lines and 2 curved lines to indicate the path of the holes. I have drawn 3 small circles to indicated the holes. One hole is on the line and one hole on each side of the line.These are set evenly apart in a parallel pattern. I than selected all three and grouped them. I than went to the “Copy along Vectors” icon and selected it. I highlighted my 3 grouped circles and also highlighted my arced line. Making sure that the circles and arced line were highlighted together. In the “Copy Along Vectors dialog, I selected “Copy Object” ; “Number of Copies” and “Align objects to Curve” ( I tried this last selection both checked and unchecked with the same results!) I than pressed copy. What I got and keep on getting is a copy of my 3 circles along the curved line. That's on the line, no circles are of the line. What I want is one circle on the line and one on each side of the line as in my grouping.
I have been able to copy the 3 circles successfully on the straight lines, just can’t seem to do it on the arc’s. The interesting part is, I have successfully done this on a test project I did about a week ago. Driving me crazy, should be so easy! Can some one point me in the right direction.

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Re: Copy along Vectors problem

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Try to rotate your grouped circles 90 degrees. Afterwards select circles first, then your curve then run Copy Along Vectors tool.
I hope that helps.

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Re: Copy along Vectors problem

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This is how I do it. Select the grouped circles first then the arc.
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Re: Copy along Vectors problem

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I've never used the copy along curve function so I thought I'd have a go. Is this something close to what you were looking for?

Admittedly I'm using VCarve and not Cut2D but the process should be similar.

EDIT: ah, as opposed to what Steven did I drew the first 3 circles at the start of the straight portion of my straight plus curved vector.

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Re: Copy along Vectors problem

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I do the same. I have tried it with assigning the number of copies and evenly spacing the copies at a set distance. Same result. All my circles/holes are placed on the one line.

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Re: Copy along Vectors problem

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Can you post a screenshot of what you are getting? You can using the "snipping tool" if you are running Windows 10.

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Re: Copy along Vectors problem

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Sorry for the delay. I'm a Mac guy. Had to do some research before I could snip!
One before and one after
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Re: Copy along Vectors problem

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Ah. That's better. Although I'd hoped for the inclusion of the copy along curve dialogue box as in my screenshot.

The attached shows three tries at this:
  • The top one is as in your example where the three circles are at the start of the arc.
  • The middle one shows moving those three circles off to the side.
  • The bottom one shows moving those three circles off to the side and rotating them 90 degree as per gregk's (and Steve Nelson's) post.
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Re: Copy along Vectors problem

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That bottom one did it! I'll let everyone know once I'm done. The crib board I'm designing has 1061 holes and includes 13 curved vectors. Is called Crib Wars. Picture is attached.
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