Booleans/Weld help please


(Erica Rumpca) #1

Looking for some help - I have watched the videos that deal with Boolean, weld and subtraction.
I am stuck - when I try to weld the TWO parts together the pick gets removed. What am I doing wrong?


(Rick James) #2

If you select both objects and select the ‘Weld’ or ‘Boolean Union’ tool, you should get something this.

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Is this the result you are looking for? You can also read more about how these features work and under what conditions they are available from the link provided below.

https://github.com/LightBurnSoftware/Documentation/blob/master/Boolean.md#boolean-operations


(Oz) #3

Make sure the pick is actually a single closed loop, not just a collection of lines that make that shape.


(Erica Rumpca) #4

How do I confirm that? Check for nodes?


(Rick James) #5

To confirm, when you select the pick do you get the entire pick object on a single mouse click? Is the pick object grouped (group marque shows as a dot-dot-dash pattern)? If so, un-group to see if you can get the entire pick object on a single mouse click.

LightBurn also provides ‘Edit’→’Select open shapes’ and ‘Edit’→’Select open shapes set to fill’ to help you find these objects in your projects.

If you do find the pick is not a single closed loop, select entire pick then choose ‘Edit’→’Auto-Join selected shapes’ (Alt-J) to close.


(Erica Rumpca) #6

THANK YOU!!! I will try that when I get to my computer!


(Erica Rumpca) #7

Okay so I tried it - it was not grouped. It goes from this to this when I try to weld.

When I click select open shapes it just picks up the pick but doesn’t do anything else? When I click select open shapes to fill it does nothing - I am not sure what I am going wrong but I want them to weld together to be one piece


(Oz) #8

Select the pick, and go to Edit > Auto-Join selected shapes.

What’s likely happened is you imported the pick from a DXF file, and it’s just a collection of lines that happens to look like a closed shape, but isn’t.

For example, this looks like a closed shape, but it isn’t:
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It’s three closed lines. When it’s not grouped, I can select each of them individually:
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This is how LightBurn “sees” this shape (notice the gaps where the lines aren’t connected):
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That’s what I mean by a single, closed loop - It has to be one continuous curve, or the weld tool can’t merge the areas together.


(Erica Rumpca) #9

I tried selecting the pick and choosing auto join shapes…but auto join shapes is shaded out and not an option for me to choose…


(Erica Rumpca) #10

I can see where it probably needs to auto join but not sure why I can’t get it to.


(Oz) #11

Attach the LightBurn project file here and we can take a look.


(Erica Rumpca) #12

Rush.lbrn (147.4 KB)


(Hank Morgan) #13

Path(s) weren’t closed.

I just opened it, selected each object individually and clicked “close path” then selected both and welded them just fine.


(Erica Rumpca) #14

That’s it!!! Thank you!!!


(Erica Rumpca) #15

I think I am losing my mind…It worked and then I backed out to make an alignment change and now close path is shaded out and auto join is not shaded out but won’t work either…what could I be doing wrong!!!


(Oz) #16

It’s probably still closed - does the weld work? If you only backed up (used the undo) one step, to just before you welded, it would still be the shape you closed.


(Erica Rumpca) #17

No the weld does exactly what it did before and then I closed it out because it wasn’t working again


(Erica Rumpca) #18

I am crazy - now auto join is working…Thank you and really I am not crazy - just still learning :slight_smile: