Introduction: Die From Scratch

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This lesson is all about the Workplane and how to make it "work" for you.

We're also going to combine everything you've learned in all the Basic lessons here, so let's get started.

  1. Begin by finding the blank die shape in the shapes panel. You will find it in the Symbols shape panel on the right side of the screen.
  2. Drag a blank die shape to the area outlined in orange.

    Tip: You may need to change the shape drop down menu from "Basic Shapes" to "Symbols" to locate the die blank.

Step 1: Die From Scratch

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Next we will move the Workplane to the top of the die.

  1. Locate the Workplane tool at the top of the shapes panel on the right of the screen.
  2. Click and drag a new Workplane to the top surface of the die.

Step 2: Die From Scratch

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  1. Great job! Your workplane will now appear as if it is sitting on top of the die. Next locate the number 1 in the shapes panel.
  2. You may need to change your shapes filter to "Text" to locate the number shapes.
  3. Drag a number 1 shape to the workplane.

Step 3: Die From Scratch

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  1. Because the 1 is sitting flat on top of the die we need to adjust it to make it cut away from the surface. Let's move the shape down 1mm to fit in the area highlighted in orange.
  2. Remember you can change your view or zoom for a better view when positioning shapes.
  3. Changing the snap grid from 1.0 to 0.25 may also help with positioning.

Step 4: Die From Scratch

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  1. Let's repeat the previous steps to place the other numbers on the other sides of the die.
  2. Grab the Workplane tool and drag it to another side of the die.

Step 5: Die From Scratch

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  1. Find the yellow number 2 shape and drag it to the area outlined in orange.
  2. Move it 1mm inside into the die so it aligns with the area in orange.

Step 6: Die From Scratch

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  1. Now, grab the Workplane and drag it to the right side of the die.

Step 7: Die From Scratch

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  1. Find the green number 3 shape and drag it to the area highlighted in orange.
  2. Move it 1mm toward the center of the die like you did in the previous steps.

Step 8: Die From Scratch

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  1. Now, grab the Workplane and drag it to the left side of the die.

Step 9: Die From Scratch

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  1. Find the light blue number 4 shape and drag it to the area highlighted in orange.
  2. Move it 1mm toward the center of the die like you did in the previous steps.

Step 10: Die From Scratch

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  1. Now, grab the Workplane and drag it to the back side of the die.

Step 11: Die From Scratch

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  1. Find the blue number 5 shape and drag it to the area highlighted in orange.
  2. Move it 1mm toward the center of the die like you did in the previous steps.

Step 12: Die From Scratch

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  1. Grab the Workplane and drag it to the bottom side of the die.
  2. You may need to rotate your view for a easier placement of the Workplane.

Step 13: Die From Scratch

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  1. Find the dark blue number 6 shape and drag it to the area highlighted in orange.
  2. Move it 1mm toward the center of the die like you did in the previous steps.

Step 14: Die From Scratch

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  1. Great work! You have placed all the number shapes.
  2. Let's reset the workplane by dragging a new Workplane into the editor and placing it anywhere on the ground (not on any of the shapes). This will place the Workplane back in its original position.

Step 15: Die From Scratch

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  1. Select all numbers and and set them to be holes. You will see the Hole option in the Inspector once a number is selected.

Step 16: Die From Scratch

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  1. Now, select all the shapes, including the die, and group them by clicking the group button on the toolbar.

    Tip: You will know the group was successful if all the shapes become the same color.

Step 17: Die From Scratch

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  1. Congratulations! You did it!

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caeric (author)2017-01-26

Nice. Finished this free tutorial just the other day! if you're looking to get into 3d printing, this is really easy software to use!

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