|Replaces the selected Edges by a circular Arc if possible. Useful for restoring discretized arcs.|
Macro version: 1.0
Last modified: 2014-01-02
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Sometimes one encounters wires that contain arcs that are made up of small straight segments. This often happens when working with files from other programs. This macro makes it relatively easy to convert these discretized arcs back to circular arcs. This reduces the file size and makes the file more manageable.
To use this macro, you have to break down the wire into individual edges using thefunction. Then just select the segments that you want to replace by an circular arc and execute the macro. You need at least two segments.
The macro will check whether the segments all lie on a common circle and will abort if this is not the case. Otherwise it will create the arc and remove the segments.
Because of small inaccuracies in the calculations, the Macro_SuperWire provides a more robust way to do this.function can sometimes fail to recombine the other edges and the arcs back into a wire. In this case the
import Draft import FreeCADGui, FreeCAD from FreeCAD import Base, Console from math import atan2, pi, fabs #This macro replaces a number of edges approximating a circular arc by a proper circular arc. #It might be necessary to use the superwire macro to recombine the edges back to a wire, because of small errors in the calculations. sel = FreeCADGui.Selection.getSelection() if len(sel) < 2: Console.PrintError("Too few edges are selected\n") edges = [s.Shape for s in sel] start_vertices =  end_vertices =  for edge in edges: start_vertices.append(edge.Vertexes.Point) end_vertices.append(edge.Vertexes.Point) vertices = start_vertices + end_vertices start,end,middle = None,None,None #find start and end points for edge in edges: is_start = True is_end = True for point in end_vertices: if edge.Vertexes.Point.distanceToPoint(point) < 1e-8: is_start = False for point in start_vertices: if edge.Vertexes.Point.distanceToPoint(point) < 1e-8: is_end = False if is_start: start = edge.Vertexes.Point if is_end: end = edge.Vertexes.Point #find middle point, at least not too far away from the middle for v in vertices: ratio = v.distanceToPoint(start)/v.distanceToPoint(end) if ratio > 0.5 and ratio < 2.: middle = v break if middle is None: Console.PrintError("Could not find suitable middle point\n") arc = Part.ArcOfCircle(start,middle,end) #Check circularity circular = True for v in vertices: if fabs(v.distanceToPoint(arc.Center) - arc.Radius) > 1e-6: Console.PrintError("Edges do not approximate a circular arc\n") circular = False break if circular: Part.show(arc.toShape()) for shape in sel: FreeCAD.ActiveDocument.removeObject(shape.Name)