# Extract the radius of a 3D cylinder using LISP?

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• 2008-02-19, 02:16 PM
Extract the radius of a 3D cylinder using LISP?
Howdy folks-

Our company designs piping systems in AutoCAD using 3D solids for pipe and fittings and am now working on a LISP routine to automate inserting u-bolts. I'd like to set the u-bolt size by picking the cylinder the u-bolt will straddle, but haven't been able to decipher the dxf data for 3D solid entities.

Would anyone have a piece of LISP code that can extract the radius or diameter of a 3D solid cylinder?

Mike O'Flaherty
Hebeler Corporation
• 2008-02-19, 03:45 PM
_gile
Re: Extract the radius of a 3D cylinder using LISP?
Hi,

You can get some informations through VisualLISP if the cylinder is a primitive 3d solid (created with the CYLINDER command) but this won't work if it's an extruded solid.

Code:

```(vl-load-com) (if (and       ;; solid selection       (setq cyl (car (entsel "\nSelect a cylinder: ")))       ;; changing ename to vla-object       (setq cyl (vlax-ename->vla-object cyl))       ;; checking if it's a 3d solid       (= (vla-get-ObjectName cyl) "AcDb3dSolid")       ;; checking if it's a cylinder (primitive)       (= (vl-catch-all-apply 'vla-get-SolidType (list cyl))         "Cylindre"       )     )   (setq     ;; cylinder height     ht        (* 2           (distance (vlax-get cyl 'Position) (vlax-get cyl 'centroid))         )     ;; cylinder radius     rad        (sqrt (/ (vla-get-Volume cyl) (* pi ht)))   )   (princ "\nUnvalid Entity.") )```
• 2008-02-19, 06:19 PM
Re: Extract the radius of a 3D cylinder using LISP?
That is perfect! I can see several uses for this: locating o-let fittings on pipe spools, gathering total lengths of pipe used in an assembly, one-click to get the cut-length of a pipe, etc. This code was exactly what I needed. Thank you very much for sharing it!

Mike

Mike O'Flaherty
Hebeler Corporation
• 2008-02-20, 04:44 AM
irneb
Re: Extract the radius of a 3D cylinder using LISP?
Just thought of a way of working around this. Maybe copy the 3dSolid to a temporary spot (to be deleted later). Then Explode the solid. Catch all exploded entities using (ssget "p"). Select all Regions from those entities. Explode them to check for Circle - then once you've obtained the Radius, erase the selection set of temporary exploded solid.
This should work for most 3dObjects, even extruded ones - except of course if none of it's surfaces has a circle.
• 2008-02-20, 05:16 AM
irneb
Re: Extract the radius of a 3D cylinder using LISP?
This seems to work:
Code:

```(defun c:ShowRadius (/ Cyl SS1 SS2 SS3 en ed n Rad)   (setq Cyl (entsel "Select 3dSolid: "))   (if (and Cyl       (setq Cyl (car Cyl))       (= "3DSOLID" (cdr (assoc 0 (entget Cyl))))       ) ;_ end of and     (progn       (command "_copy" Cyl "" "0,0,0" "0,0,0") ;Copy 3dSolid       (setq Cyl (entlast))        ;Get copied version's name       (command "_explode" "_last" "")    ;Explode copied version       (setq SS1 (ssget "P"))        ;Get selection set of exploded entities       (setq SS2 (ssget "P" '((0 . "REGION"))))                     ;Get sel-set of only Regions from Exploded       ;; Remove all Regions from SS1       (setq n 0)       (while (< n (sslength SS2))     (setq SS1 (ssdel (ssname SS2 n) SS1))     (setq n (1+ n))       ) ;_ end of while       (command "_explode" SS2 "")    ;Explode Regions       (setq SS2 nil)            ;Clear Selection Set       (gc)                ;Force garbage collection       (setq SS2 (ssget "P"))        ;Get selection set of exploded entities       (setq n    0         Rad    nil       ) ;_ end of setq       ;;Step through SS2 search for Circle       (while (and (not Rad) (< n (sslength SS2)))     (setq en (ssname SS2 n))     (setq ed (entget en))     (if (= "CIRCLE" (cdr (assoc 0 ed)))       (setq Rad (cdr (assoc 40 ed)))     ) ;_ end of if     (setq n (1+ n))       ) ;_ end of while       (command "_erase" SS1 SS2 "")    ;Delete all temporary objects       (setq SS1    nil         SS2    nil       )                    ;Clear select sets       (gc)                ;Force garbage collection       ;;Show radius       (if Rad     (princ (strcat "\nThe 3dSolid's radius is " (rtos Rad)))     (princ "\nThe 3dSolid does not seem to have a Circle")       ) ;_ end of if     ) ;_ end of progn     (princ       "\Function canceled, either no / incorrect object selected."     ) ;_ end of princ   ) ;_ end of if   (princ) ) ;_ end of defun```
• 2008-02-20, 01:12 PM
Re: Extract the radius of a 3D cylinder using LISP?
Thanks for the post irneb, I'm going to do some experimenting with that code. I've got some ideas where it would be very handy.

I'm amazed at how quickly help has been offered here. It is greatly appreciated.

Thanks to you both,

Mike
• 2013-06-05, 05:48 PM
abrusil33864453
Re: Extract the radius of a 3D cylinder using LISP?
Irne,

That code " (defun c:ShowRadius (/ Cyl SS1 SS2 SS3 en ed n Rad).... " is awesome +++++++++++++...
Is it possible to add on top of that routine the option to create the cylinder at the exact location of the existing one with the new-given by prompt radius?

Thanks

Alex B.
• 2013-06-06, 08:30 AM
irneb
Re: Extract the radius of a 3D cylinder using LISP?
You're welcome, glad it works for you.
Quote:

Originally Posted by abrusil33864453
Is it possible to add on top of that routine the option to create the cylinder at the exact location of the existing one with the new-given by prompt radius?

Let me get this straight. You want to start creating a cylinder at the end of another one using the same radius? Not impossible I guess, just before I modify the code I'd like to know something: Which version of acad are you using? Can't you use the extrude faces / press-pull tool?
• 2018-10-12, 07:26 PM
Re: Extract the radius of a 3D cylinder using LISP?
is there a way you can get the Direction the Cylinder is going.

Quote:

Originally Posted by _gile
Hi,

You can get some informations through VisualLISP if the cylinder is a primitive 3d solid (created with the CYLINDER command) but this won't work if it's an extruded solid.

Code:

```(vl-load-com) (if (and       ;; solid selection       (setq cyl (car (entsel "\nSelect a cylinder: ")))       ;; changing ename to vla-object       (setq cyl (vlax-ename->vla-object cyl))       ;; checking if it's a 3d solid       (= (vla-get-ObjectName cyl) "AcDb3dSolid")       ;; checking if it's a cylinder (primitive)       (= (vl-catch-all-apply 'vla-get-SolidType (list cyl))         "Cylindre"       )     )   (setq     ;; cylinder height     ht        (* 2           (distance (vlax-get cyl 'Position) (vlax-get cyl 'centroid))         )     ;; cylinder radius     rad        (sqrt (/ (vla-get-Volume cyl) (* pi ht)))   )   (princ "\nUnvalid Entity.") )```

• 2018-10-12, 11:51 PM