Change multiple tabs size according to wood thickness in dxf file?

Let’s say I’ve found a dxf file of a miniature house online. This file is made for 1mm thickness balsa and has got multiple tabs to make the house (not tabs for cutting).
Is there an easy way to change the tabs size or do I have to edit everything manually?

It can be done with node editing and setting your Shape move increment to the difference between 1mm and what you want to make it. In order to use it on tabs that are at an angle, you would need to rotate these shapes to be either 0,90,180,270 degrees.

Set your arrow key for the difference of 1mm to your thickness. Turn node editing on, and select the outer nodes of the tabs. Then arrow key once in the direction you want to increase/reduce the tab width.

On the slots, with the lock on, you change the width of the slots from 1mm to your new size.

Thanks for your help. Sorry for the dumb question but in node editing mode, how do you set your shape move?



Then use arrow key to move them up or down. Repeat same procedure on the side.

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If the overall size is not important you can just scale up to the material size you want.
I work a lot with 3 and 4 mm plywood, here I often use the up and down scale if I do not want to design from new. With the fine round numbers it is also easy to calculate. :wink:
Making all the tabs manually is very cumbersome, for example if you make a box with fingerjoints.
But of course, anything can be made.
The suggestion with a fixed locked distace that Ralph shows is also a nice help if you “only” have a few tabs you need to change

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Yep, the scaling method normally works for me too.

Thanks a lot.
I did know about the scaling method but the plan I found is for 1.5mm ply and I want to use 4.5mm. And the scaling does matter to me.
Now I have 2 methods :slight_smile:

Thanks RalphU.
Seems working.
How do you do for the tabs that are 45 degree angle? Do you rotate the whole image first or is there a twist?

I would rotate the whole image first, which makes the tabs easy to stretch when you are manipulating them at 0 or 90 degrees.
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