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post #1 of 8 Old 11-22-2014, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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Copy part and reduce each part by certain amount automatically?

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Often, I will need to do something like create many identical pieces EXCEPT making each piece 1/8" shorter than the previous piece (for example). Is there an easy way to do this other than having to create each piece and then change the face of each one individually? Thanks!
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All depends on what part you are creating. Is it a complex part scrolled or band sawed, or just a cut to length piece, or what? Need more info.

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Thanks for your reply. In this case, I have a rectangle that is 26 1/2" x 5 9/16" x 1 1/2". I also have a guide 1/2" to the side of it.

I want to copy the piece and using the guide have the new piece be right next to the old piece but with that 1/2" space between the two pieces. The new piece is 25 1/2" x 5 7/16" x 1 1/2".

Then I want to repeat the whole process where each next piece will be one inch shorter than the last and 1/8" less wide than the last...

Hope that makes sense?
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Still not really clear (to me, perhaps I'm obtuse). How are you cutting these? If you have a table saw, cut the required number of pieces to the various lengths, then rip to width. You can double up on the smaller pieces - if one length is wide enough to make the required width and enough left for the next smaller piece, rip it, then rip the next smaller and cut it to length.

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I'm trying to do this in Sketchup. I know how to do it in the real world. :-)
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Duh!

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How many do you have to create? I'd guess something around 45. Not that hard to bang out that many in a session. Copy/unique/edit/extrude face twice/close. repeat.

I don't think there is a simple way to do it automatically unless you know how to program in Ruby. Perhaps dynamic objects could do something - not in the free version, though. There are some tools for making boxes and similar solids in the extension warehouse but they don't look particularly easier than just hunkering down and doing it.
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Thanks for the reply. I an do them one at a time-I was just wondering if there was an easier way that I didn't know about. Doesn't sound like it. Thanks again!
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