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meltman (Industrial) (OP)
7 Jun 04 12:41
I need to export a spline into another software package that cannot read a spline. Is it possible to convert the spline to a polyline? AutoCAD will not allow me to explode the spline either. Suggestions? Thanks,
Helpful Member!  borgunit (Mechanical)
7 Jun 04 13:17
I have a vlx file that converts spline to plines. Just let me know your email and its on its way.

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Exxit (Computer)
7 Jun 04 14:07

"flatten", by Express Tools 1-9


ADT 2004
ACAD 2002

meltman (Industrial) (OP)
7 Jun 04 14:16
Thanks to all. Express tools did the job!
meltman (Industrial) (OP)
12 Jul 04 13:38
I just noticed an odd occurance in the flatten command and I want to know if there is a solution. I am creating a spline in the shape of a toroid by copying "_spline" followed by multiple data points and tangent points from an excel worksheet. The spline is perfect in autocad... but when I flatten the spline using Express tools the resultant polyline is altered. For example if the spline (and spreadsheet for that matter) show a space between turns in the toroid of .2" for several turns, the polyline might have a space of 0.15" between turns 3&4 then .25" between turns 4&5. The average is correct but the individual turns are not exactly correct. Has anyone ever seen this before and is there a solution or am I just making a not so bright mistake? If it would be helpful I can send file for analyses. Thanks
CarlB (Civil/Environmental)
12 Jul 04 14:59
A free vlx file to convert splines to polylines (maybe the same one as Borgunit's?) is available at
pardal (Automotive)
12 Jul 04 23:00
Hi Borgunit , please send me such file.


twlincoln (Electrical)
16 Jul 04 23:14
You can also isloate the spline(s) and SAVEASR12 DXF...
borgunit (Mechanical)
20 Jul 04 9:53
I think the link above to DOTSOFT was the file I am referring to. I found this in my archives that does a decent job...

    (setq SPLINES (ssget (list (cons 0 "spline"))))
         (zerop (setq PLINETYPE (getvar "plinetype")))
          (setvar "plinetype" 1)
          ) ;if
       (setq OSMODE (getvar "osmode"))
       (setvar "osmode" 0)
       (setq I 0)
         (setq SPL (ssname SPLINES I))
          (setq    I  (1+ I)
                ED (entget SPL)
                ) ;setq
          (command ".pline")
              (= 10 (car CODEPAIR))
               (command (cdr CODEPAIR))
               ) ;if
            ) ;foreach
          (command "")
          (command ".pedit" "l" "s" "")
          ) ;while
       (if PLINETYPE
         (setvar "plinetype" PLINETYPE)
       (setvar "osmode" OSMODE)
       ) ;progn
     ) ;if
  ) ;defun

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