RDWorks Tutorial: An Epic Laser Guide to Simplify RDWorks

The Lightblade Learning Lab with Russ Sadler

 

The Lightblade Learning Lab is a series of videos that Russ did for Thinklaser Limited based on using the Lightblade 4060 Laser Cutting and Laser Engraving Machine. Thinklasers Lightblade 4060 has a 400 x 600mm bed size and was supplied with a 60W EFR laser tube. In this video Russ gives us a RDWorks Tutorial and concentrates on the basic tools. RDWorks is a free laser software package supplied with laser machines using the Ruida controllers.

 

Rdworks tutorial - basic tools
RDWorks V8.01.59 Main Work Area

 

Contents – RDWorks Tutorial

 

  • Graphs, angles and Cartesian geometry
  • Drawing tools – vector and bitmap
  • Vector tools
  • Interface package versus a drawing package
  • The pointer
  • Node pointer
  • Line tool
  • Apologen? (Polygon!)
  • The magnifying glass
  • Curves and adding a node
  • Square and Circle tools
  • Clearing the page
  • Text tool – fonts, mirroring, justification
  • Grouping and ungrouping text objects, aligning objects and anchors, spacing evenly
  • Making a point
  • The camera tool (for pictures)
  • LGP (Light Guide Plate) Design for edge-lit acrylic signs

 

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00:10

 

welcome to another light blade learning

 

00:17

 

lab so now we’re going to get into Rdworks

 

00:20

 

in a little bit more detail.

 

00:22

 

We’re going to tackle some of the tools,

 

00:24

 

the drawing tools today. Now I call them

 

00:27

 

drawing tools because RDWorks basically

 

00:30

 

operates in both a vector drawing and a

 

00:35

 

bitmap drawing manner. It can deal with

 

00:38

 

both sorts of drawings, but it has got

 

00:43

 

some tools in here which operate in just

 

00:47

 

the vector mode. These tools give the

 

00:50

 

impression when you first look at the

 

00:51

 

package that this ought to be a CAD

 

00:53

 

package or a vector drawing package.

 

00:56

 

Trust me it’s not, as a CAD package or

 

01:00

 

drawing package it has serious

 

01:03

 

limitations. You need to be doing all

 

01:06

 

your design work and all your

 

01:08

 

photographic editing work in other

 

01:12

 

packages. This is the final stage between

 

01:14

 

your work and the Machine, this is

 

01:17

 

basically an interface package it is

 

01:20

 

not a fully function drawing package. Now

 

01:24

 

there are lots of features in here which

 

01:25

 

will allow you to do drawing, it’s almost

 

01:28

 

like a hospital package. Once you’ve

 

01:31

 

imported your stuff into here you can

 

01:33

 

still make changes to it, but it has

 

01:36

 

serious limitations.

 

01:38

 

Having said that, it is an amazing

 

01:41

 

program when I first touched RDWorks I

 

01:47

 

was really very disappointed, I thought

 

01:49

 

what do you get for nothing, nothing!

 

01:52

 

So I wasn’t disappointed, but then I grew

 

01:56

 

to understand what it was all about and

 

01:59

 

it’s an amazing interface that takes

 

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02:02

 

your drawings and very very efficiently

 

02:05

 

and seamlessly without you knowing

 

02:08

 

what’s going on,

 

02:09

 

converts your drawings into machine code

 

02:11

 

that can be interpreted and

 

02:13

 

appear on your laser machine. Well let’s

 

02:17

 

not get too worried about doing any real

 

02:20

 

cutting today, let’s just get down to

 

02:23

 

understanding how the tools work. We

 

02:26

 

start at the top of this to list on the

 

02:28

 

left hand side here. We’ve just got the

 

02:30

 

general pointer, it does nothing more than

 

02:32

 

what it says, it’s a pointer. The second

 

02:34

 

one underneath is a bit more complex, but

 

02:37

 

that’s a node pointer and will do with

 

02:39

 

that later. OK, now the first tool that

 

02:41

 

we’re going to select is a line tool, we’ll

 

02:44

 

click on the line and that’s the thing,

 

02:46

 

you can’t keep using the same line again

 

02:50

 

and again you have to keep going to

 

02:51

 

select it which is a bit of a nuisance.

 

02:53

 

So we’ve dragged it onto the page and

 

02:55

 

really all we need to do is we don’t

 

02:56

 

need to hold the mouse button now, we can just

 

02:58

 

go click. Alright and that pins it down

 

03:02

 

at one end, we can move it around

 

03:04

 

wherever we want and now we can use the

 

03:07

 

ctrl key if we wish and the control key

 

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will make it move in just the ordinate

 

03:12

 

horizontal and vertical positions. I now

 

03:15

 

need to keep the control key held down

 

03:18

 

and click the mouse button again and

 

03:21

 

that now locks the line in place. Now

 

03:25

 

that line, if I put a marquee around it or

 

03:29

 

touch the line, you’ll see that it’s got

 

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03:31

 

handles on it. It’s got a center point

 

03:33

 

which is its position point ,if you

 

03:36

 

remember we spoke about position in the

 

03:37

 

last session and what we’ve now done

 

03:41

 

we’ve looked here and

 

03:47

 

we’ve still got center position selected.

 

03:49

 

So that’s where the definition of the

 

03:52

 

line comes from, if we want to move the

 

03:54

 

position of the handle so its

 

03:57

 

location position is the same as the

 

04:00

 

green dot we need to do that.

 

04:04

 

OK so now when i move that around if I

 

04:08

 

want to move that line from that

 

04:10

 

position to say a hundred by a hundred.

 

04:13

 

So I make X into a hundred and i will

 

04:18

 

make Y into a hundred and there it is.

 

04:24

 

So that’s a line ,it’s got a handle on

 

04:30

 

the end.

 

04:31

 

can I do anything with it? Yeah, I can

 

04:36

 

stretch it, i can change this dimension

 

04:41

 

as you can see there we changed it from

 

04:43

 

zero because it’s horizontal to 232 so I’ve got

 

04:50

 

the option of changing and editing the

 

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line length once I’ve got in there I

 

04:53

 

could make it 300.

 

04:58

 

So there’s a few things that I can do

 

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with a line, the line command and the

 

05:03

 

line position. The next one down

 

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it’s called a Poly-gen (Polygon) now what that

 

05:15

 

really means is we can’t spell because i

 

05:20

 

think it probably should be polygon. Now

 

05:22

 

it’s not a polygon in the sense that you

 

05:26

 

could create a regular polygon as you

 

05:28

 

can with a CAD package for example. What

 

05:33

 

this basically means is i can draw a

 

05:35

 

line, click carry on draw another line,

 

05:39

 

click draw another line, because I’m

 

05:43

 

generating a polygon. Now if we watch

 

05:45

 

what happens here i’m dragging that line

 

05:48

 

around and as i get towards this end

 

05:51

 

point here I get a closure

 

05:58

 

and now i have created a Polygon,

 

06:02

 

because that point there, and I’m going

 

06:05

 

to roll with my mouse, my mouse scroll tool.

 

06:09

 

I can scroll in and have a look at that

 

06:12

 

corner and because this is a vector

 

06:15

 

package you’ll notice the lines don’t

 

06:16

 

get any thicker and I can see exactly

 

06:20

 

what’s happening in that corner. Which is a

 

06:22

 

perfect join. So I now roll my mouse and

 

06:25

 

scroll out but you need to be very

 

06:28

 

careful when you’re scrolling out,

 

06:29

 

because if you scroll out too far,

 

06:32

 

it’s possible, depending on which version

 

06:34

 

of this software you’ve got. That you’ll

 

06:37

 

scroll out to nothing and your system

 

06:40

 

will crash, so just be careful when

 

06:43

 

you’re scrolling .If you want to get back

 

06:48

 

to a nominal correct size,

 

06:50

 

we’ve got these tools across the top

 

06:52

 

which I can talk about now very quickly.

 

06:55

 

If we go to the middle one which is

 

06:56

 

the most what the one you’re most likely

 

06:58

 

to use all the time

 

06:59

 

this is basically set it back to normal –

 

07:01

 

click and it sets the page back to

 

07:04

 

normal. So of those seven magnifying

 

07:06

 

glasses atop there, the middle one is the

 

07:07

 

best one to really remember. Hmm we will

 

07:11

 

tackle those shortly but i just thought

 

07:13

 

i’d mention that as we go. Now the next

 

07:17

 

tool down is called curve we click on

 

07:20

 

that click on the page and

 

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put a double click on and all of a

 

07:27

 

sudden that doesn’t look like a curve?

 

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It’s a rather special curve, all those

 

07:35

 

features that are on the page here so

 

07:36

 

far are lines and if there was a circle

 

07:39

 

or square there would be a mathematical

 

07:42

 

definition that would define the size,

 

07:45

 

shape of a linear type object. You cannot

 

07:52

 

define in mathematical terms, a free hand

 

07:57

 

squiggle but a Frenchman called Bezier,

 

08:02

 

invented a system that allowed you to

 

08:07

 

draw straight lines which you’ve got a

 

08:10

 

mathematical definition and then you can

 

08:13

 

grab hold of those

 

08:15

 

straight lines and there are features on

 

08:20

 

it , handles / levers you can see the lever

 

08:24

 

right here. We’ve got a lever down here

 

08:30

 

I can do magical things with these

 

08:32

 

levers, i can create lines I can stretch

 

08:36

 

them i can distort them

 

08:42

 

now that’s a free hand squiggle for

 

08:45

 

which there is a mathematical definition

 

08:47

 

and there are tools up here when you

 

08:50

 

select this node tool now, edit node

 

08:53

 

there are various tools down here which

 

08:56

 

you can play with to allow you to add

 

08:59

 

for instance nodes in here add node you

 

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can put a node in the middle here and

 

09:07

 

that will allow me to stretch it out

 

09:09

 

there and then the lever click i can

 

09:16

 

grab hold of the end of the lever oops

 

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should be able to

 

09:29

 

and I can do things with that lever it’s

 

09:32

 

basically like a magnet on the end there

 

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and it’s attracting the line

 

09:35

 

proportionate to its distance and it’s

 

09:37

 

it’s quite an amazing tool and there we

 

09:42

 

go so we can distort that shape to

 

09:45

 

anything we like they’re Bezier curves

 

09:48

 

and this package has the ability to

 

09:52

 

create these Bezier curves which is

 

09:54

 

quite powerful

 

09:56

 

I will leave you to play with Bezier

 

10:01

 

curves if you haven’t played with them

 

10:03

 

before as soon as you select the node

 

10:05

 

tool if you watch down at the bottom of

 

10:08

 

this toolbar here you’ll see you get a

 

10:10

 

secondary toolbar appear

 

10:12

 

ok now these are various selections that

 

10:16

 

go along with the node tool and if i go

 

10:19

 

to the top of that toolbar just there

 

10:22

 

look you can see I’ve got a little

 

10:23

 

movement cross if I grab hold of that I

 

10:27

 

can take that up and i can tuck that

 

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just in there that’s a more convenient

 

10:32

 

place and I can then tuck it right at the top

 

10:34

 

of the toolbar so that’s a more

 

10:37

 

convenient place to have the node tools

 

10:40

 

that are associated with the node

 

10:43

 

editing arrow and of course as soon as I

 

10:46

 

select the normal tool they disappear

 

10:50

 

let’s go back to a normal selection now

 

10:52

 

now the square tool again you can click

 

10:55

 

on it

 

10:56

 

hands off the mouse move it around and

 

10:59

 

then click where you want it to start

 

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now it’s interesting because you may

 

11:04

 

be able to

 

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find the end of that object there click

 

11:16

 

hmmm

 

11:17

 

didn’t quite work how i was expecting it

 

11:19

 

you would think that you know you could

 

11:21

 

attach object to something else like

 

11:24

 

magnetically by going to the end of it

 

11:26

 

like that

 

11:26

 

click no, so that doesn’t work only

 

11:37

 

with the polygon line can i get this

 

11:40

 

magnetic attraction to attach to end of

 

11:42

 

lines polygons lines just check polygon

 

11:55

 

you see I can attach a line to the end

 

11:58

 

there and then i can press escape and

 

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that gives me a single line whereas I

 

12:04

 

can’t do that magnetic attraction with a

 

12:08

 

normal

 

12:13

 

line now it might look as though it’s

 

12:16

 

done it but if we zoom in you’ll find

 

12:21

 

that it hasn’t done it. Now the square tool

 

12:23

 

you would think that the way that it normally

 

12:26

 

operates you can click and click and it

 

12:33

 

would produce a square

 

12:34

 

no that’s the way you produce a line. Look

 

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lets just do that again a line click

 

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click a square you would think I’ve got to

 

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drop two corners down click first corner

 

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click second corner

 

12:52

 

no it doesn’t work that way. You

 

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have to actually click on the tool and

 

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then hold down the mouse key this time

 

13:01

 

from the start point and then you can

 

13:04

 

drag it around and then when you let go

 

13:07

 

that’s it

 

13:13

 

so there’s no consistency in the way in

 

13:17

 

which they have designed this package so

 

13:20

 

let’s do it again and we will start it off

 

13:23

 

and we’ve got a rectangle if I hold down

 

13:28

 

the control key now and I move around, look

 

13:32

 

what happens, I’ve forced into a square and

 

13:36

 

that’s by holding down the control key

 

13:39

 

ok now I’ve got to let go of the mouse

 

13:42

 

before I let go of the control key and

 

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now I’ve got myself a square and the

 

13:50

 

same logic applies to the circle

 

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well it’s not a circle it’s an ellipse

 

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tool again i can’t click and click I’ve

 

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got to hold it down drag out an ellipse

 

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and either let go in which case I shall

 

14:05

 

get the ellipse or i can hold down the

 

14:07

 

control key and move the mouse and I get

 

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a circle but I’ve got to let go of the

 

14:13

 

mouse before I let go of the control key

 

14:17

 

ok so there’s some basic drawing tools

 

14:20

 

and a few guides as to how you might be

 

14:23

 

able to use them

 

14:24

 

We’ll just clear the page with the marquee

 

14:26

 

and a delete all gone

 

14:31

 

okay now this next tool is a bit of a

 

14:34

 

strange tool its text tool now it can be

 

14:38

 

actually a very powerful tool especially

 

14:40

 

if you want to do some engraving of

 

14:43

 

plaques and things like that but your

 

14:46

 

first impression of the tool is it’s

 

14:48

 

rubbish

 

14:49

 

because you click on it you drag it into

 

14:53

 

your page and nothing is there but you

 

14:57

 

get this box open and I’ve already

 

14:59

 

filled this box with a little piece of

 

15:01

 

text which we can change to all sorts of

 

15:05

 

fonts if we wish

 

15:07

 

let’s just change that to something a

 

15:09

 

little bit fancy let’s try that one

 

15:12

 

ok you can see clearly that it’s come in,

 

15:16

 

in a box that i can move around by

 

15:22

 

grabbing hold of a corner

 

15:24

 

I can’t grab it down and I can’t grab it

 

15:28

 

out to the left but i can grab it in a

 

15:30

 

diagonal which keeps

 

15:31

 

everything proportionate so i can’t

 

15:34

 

really stretch it or can I?

 

15:40

 

Yes I can, lets just put that back to normal

 

15:43

 

control Z now there’s something else

 

15:45

 

that you might be interested in

 

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just put some handles on it and if i

 

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grab hold of this side handle

 

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I can mirror it

 

15:58

 

but of course it isn’t mirrored to any special

 

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extent because I may have got it

 

16:03

 

incorrect when I stretched it, it’s a

 

16:07

 

free hand stretch which reverses the

 

16:10

 

text so let’s just undo that control-Z

 

16:12

 

because if you do really want reverse

 

16:16

 

text you’ve got a feature here

 

16:20

 

horizontal mirror which will achieve the

 

16:25

 

same thing for you perfectly

 

16:29

 

okay and you’ve also got a vertical

 

16:32

 

mirror if you do it twice it reverts

 

16:36

 

back to normal

 

16:38

 

of course this piece of text is left

 

16:40

 

justified

 

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there are no obvious justification tools

 

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here and if I click on it I get back

 

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into this text box and you look in here and

 

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you think

 

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no there’s nothing in here either

 

16:58

 

I can change the height of the character

 

17:00

 

i can change the line spacing i can

 

17:03

 

change the character spacing i can

 

17:04

 

change the width but that still doesn’t

 

17:07

 

justify it right well if we click on any

 

17:09

 

one of these characters just catch a

 

17:13

 

character and click on it you’ll notice

 

17:16

 

something strange has happened

 

17:19

 

I’ve selected everything now that’s a

 

17:21

 

bit of a clue as to what’s going on

 

17:23

 

because it tells you that all of this

 

17:24

 

text is sitting there as one group

 

17:28

 

object there are two very powerful tools

 

17:31

 

at the end of the toolbar here which I

 

17:35

 

ignored when I first saw this package

 

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because I really couldn’t see the use of

 

17:39

 

them but as time has gone on I’ve come

 

17:42

 

to love them because they’re incredibly

 

17:44

 

powerful now the first one is lets just

 

17:47

 

if we got a piece of text like this we

 

17:49

 

need to put handles on it and then we

 

17:53

 

can just go to this ungroup box and

 

17:55

 

click when i click one of these letters

 

17:58

 

now they’re no longer part of a group in

 

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fact it gets better or worse depending

 

18:05

 

on your point of view

 

18:08

 

because if i click the center of this

 

18:09

 

“O” you’ll notice that the center of the

 

18:13

 

“O” is completely independent of the

 

18:15

 

outside of the “O” so if I’ve got letters

 

18:18

 

with if you like loose pieces in the

 

18:21

 

middle then you need to be careful if

 

18:24

 

you’re going to be moving stuff around

 

18:25

 

what we now need to do is to go to the

 

18:30

 

first line and turn it back into a group

 

18:34

 

object so we’ll group it and then we

 

18:37

 

go to the second line and we will group

 

18:40

 

that then we’ll go to the third line

 

18:43

 

group that and the fourth line group

 

18:49

 

that so now we’ve got four separate

 

18:52

 

groups there are some other very

 

18:54

 

powerful tools up here which took me a

 

18:57

 

long time to find out how they worked

 

18:58

 

one of the most powerful groups are

 

19:02

 

these alignment tools here there are

 

19:05

 

some rules associated with this grouping

 

19:08

 

the last one that was selected which is

 

19:12

 

this one here becomes the master i’ll

 

19:16

 

tell you what we can do and we can draw a box

 

19:20

 

around there like that and what we have

 

19:23

 

to do now is to select them all together

 

19:25

 

i can either put a marquee around them like

 

19:29

 

that so I selected four separate groups

 

19:31

 

there and the last group that created

 

19:32

 

was this one here check justification

 

19:35

 

and now we’ll go and test

 

19:37

 

what’s happening here let’s have a look

 

19:39

 

at these tools we’ve got one of them

 

19:41

 

which is center vertical let’s just see

 

19:44

 

what happens when we click that

 

19:45

 

Wow we’ve centered the text we’ve center

 

19:49

 

justified it and you’ll notice what I

 

19:51

 

said the last object that we chose is

 

19:55

 

the anchor point and you can see that it

 

19:57

 

is still stayed in its rectangle

 

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20:00

 

ok so we could also select this one

 

20:05

 

which is align right now we’ve got

 

20:09

 

right justified text we can put it back

 

20:13

 

to left justified text with that one

 

20:16

 

so these alignment tools are pretty

 

20:19

 

amazing so that’s how you can justify

 

20:22

 

text if you want we’ll just delete that box

 

20:27

 

because that’s going to get in the way

 

20:29

 

and in fact we will just do that again

 

20:31

 

we’ll collect all that and we’ll make it

 

20:33

 

into Center justified text and I can

 

20:38

 

move this group around now like this

 

20:42

 

even though there are four separate

 

20:43

 

pieces of text because I’ve effectively

 

20:45

 

grouped them with the Marquee but equally well

 

20:49

 

i can click on any one of these marquee

 

20:53

 

a particular one and i can move that

 

20:55

 

independently and so if that’s the one

 

20:58

 

that I want to align because that’s my

 

21:00

 

anchor I haven’t changed the anchor

 

21:02

 

point we can do this again and I can

 

21:06

 

align and I shall align it back to the

 

21:08

 

check justification centered on there

 

21:11

 

Oh Dear let me show you something else

 

21:16

 

so you’ve seen these alignment tools

 

21:18

 

here and what they can do but then

 

21:22

 

remember that the critical thing is an

 

21:24

 

anchor point the last thing that you

 

21:26

 

select is the anchor and the last thing

 

21:29

 

that i selected was “check

 

21:30

 

justification” so that’s become the

 

21:32

 

anchor now we’ve got these other tools

 

21:35

 

beside it now these are

 

21:38

 

different sorts of alignment tools we’ve

 

21:42

 

got height

 

21:44

 

we’ve got width and this one here which

 

21:48

 

is very interesting

 

21:50

 

it’s called down and up and you wonder

 

21:52

 

what on earth down and up means let me show you

 

21:54

 

watch that text fascinating isn’t it what

 

21:59

 

it’s done it’s spaced every line evenly

 

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between the first and the last line so

 

22:08

 

let me try that again if we don’t like

 

22:10

 

that spacing let’s get rid of the

 

22:12

 

Marquee let’s put that one in there and

 

22:17

 

let’s drag that one down here

 

22:23

 

we’ll put them all in a box again and

 

22:26

 

we’ll try that same trick again but you

 

22:30

 

get the idea you can play with the text

 

22:33

 

using these spacing and alignment tools

 

22:36

 

so i think we’ve done enough with text just

 

22:39

 

to show you how you can manipulate text

 

22:41

 

this next tool here is just called a point

 

22:45

 

is exactly that

 

22:47

 

now please don’t take this as a pun but

 

22:50

 

i actually can’t see the point because

 

22:54

 

I normally work with a CAD system if I

 

22:56

 

want a load of points accurately placed

 

22:58

 

on a piece of material i will draw

 

23:00

 

something like a 1 millimeter or three

 

23:02

 

quarter of a millimeter diameter circle

 

23:04

 

and that produces a very nice hole maybe

 

23:09

 

i need the hole for centering off for

 

23:10

 

drilling for example i do a large number

 

23:13

 

of jobs where I use a pattern of holes

 

23:15

 

that I then use a drill and that works

 

23:19

 

absolutely superb

 

23:20

 

it saves me a huge amount of time

 

23:22

 

centering up and finding holes

 

23:24

 

accurately measuring them up and putting

 

23:26

 

them in the right position

 

23:27

 

bear in mind that with this software if

 

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23:30

 

I want another dot I’ve got to go across

 

23:32

 

to here I’ve got to select it and I’ve

 

23:35

 

put another dot in and then i’m

 

23:37

 

going to go back to here select it and

 

23:39

 

put another dot in there is no way of me

 

23:42

 

carrying on a chain of dots

 

23:45

 

it’s actually far easier to do a copy

 

23:47

 

and then do ctrl v with the keyboard so

 

23:52

 

wherever I put the pointer i should get

 

23:54

 

a copy ctrl v yeah ctrl-v ctrl-v control

 

24:00

 

V so i can actually produce a string of

 

24:02

 

copies much much quicker

 

24:05

 

with a keyboard and then what i can do

 

24:11

 

is i can box them all in like this i can

 

24:15

 

go up here to my commands and I can

 

24:17

 

first we’ll make sure that they’re all centered

 

24:19

 

horizontally and there we are they’re in a

 

24:21

 

line and then i can make sure that

 

24:24

 

they’re all spaced equally between the

 

24:27

 

first and the last one like that so you

 

24:31

 

know there are times when it could be

 

24:33

 

useful

 

24:34

 

um using some of the tools that have

 

24:37

 

already demonstrated to you

 

24:38

 

there are other ways of producing these

 

24:40

 

this pattern of holes as well which we’ll

 

24:42

 

get onto in the next session so let’s

 

24:44

 

just ignore dots for the moment

 

24:47

 

Oh something I forgot to show you put

 

24:49

 

the dots back in at the moment if we

 

24:51

 

take a look over here we’ve got a black

 

24:53

 

X if I put a marquee around these you will

 

24:58

 

notice something about that X all of

 

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25:01

 

sudden it’s turned red but that is a

 

25:03

 

delete so now the final thing i’m going

 

25:08

 

to talk about is this camera I’ve connected

 

25:12

 

my phone up and we get the opportunity

 

25:17

 

to here, to either get the information

 

25:19

 

from the scanner in other words i can

 

25:21

 

scan a picture on my scanner or in this

 

25:23

 

particular instance I’ve chosen my phone

 

25:26

 

to look at

 

25:28

 

oh there we go we’ve got some pictures

 

25:30

 

bring that picture up shall we, get picture

 

25:33

 

well yes it’s a picture

 

25:38

 

oh we’ve got some handles now I’ve got

 

25:40

 

the right pointer on that means i should

 

25:42

 

be able to scale it now, I’ll tell you

 

25:44

 

what we can go up here we can scale this we’ve

 

25:46

 

got the lock on the scale this down to ten

 

25:48

 

percent

 

25:49

 

ok so you can get pictures directly onto

 

25:53

 

the screen here to be honest this is

 

25:55

 

really the wrong way to do pictures

 

25:58

 

there’s very few facilities in here for

 

26:02

 

working with pictures i will come on to

 

26:04

 

pictures later but this is not the point

 

26:07

 

to do it i was just really showing you

 

26:09

 

have a tool here which allows you to

 

26:11

 

import pictures directly to RDWorks

 

26:14

 

by the scanner or as I found out from my

 

26:18

 

phone

 

26:18

 

very interesting but pretty useless

 

26:22

 

because from the picture work that I’ve

 

26:24

 

done

 

26:25

 

you don’t need the pictures here you

 

26:27

 

need to do a lot of preparation work in

 

26:29

 

other bits of software before you even

 

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26:31

 

bring it near RDWorks and because the

 

26:35

 

picture is live

 

26:36

 

look we’ve got delete function over here

 

26:39

 

now just above the delete function

 

26:43

 

there’s something called LPG design now

 

26:46

 

this is a hugely complicated piece of

 

26:48

 

the system which I don’t intend going to

 

26:52

 

go into now, it’s all about basically putting

 

26:56

 

dots dashes shapes onto a piece of

 

27:01

 

perspex or other similar sort of

 

27:03

 

material so that you can produce backlit

 

27:06

 

screens with shapes and patterns on them

 

27:09

 

they call them windows but but really

 

27:11

 

it’s a bit like edge lit acrylic signs

 

27:15

 

it’s a subject all on its own and that

 

27:17

 

really is about as far as I want to go

 

27:18

 

today we’ve covered these basic tools

 

27:21

 

down here we’ve touched a few bits and

 

27:24

 

pieces up the top here like the

 

27:25

 

dimension windows we haven’t really

 

27:28

 

talked about the scaling at the moment

 

27:29

 

we did talk about rotations in an

 

27:33

 

earlier session so we’ve covered tools

 

27:36

 

in this small corner here now we’ve got

 

27:39

 

to look at all these other things along

 

27:41

 

the top row and some of these other

 

27:44

 

features and functions up here which are

 

27:46

 

much more to do with the programming

 

27:47

 

side of things but we’ll tackle those in

 

27:51

 

the next session because these are the

 

27:53

 

more advanced tools and some of these

 

27:55

 

things down here like matrix

 

27:58

 

copies so thanks for watching and we’ll

 

28:01

 

catch up with you next time

 

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