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Changing how DXF layers are assigned to plant parts

In the DXF format, layers are used to group 3DFACE polygons together. If your 3D program can read layer information, you can choose how you want PlantStudio to write out layers depending on what you want to do with the 3D output. The choices are:
gif/plantstudio00090000.gif Place whole plant in one layer: The entire plant will be written out with just one layer designation, so that when you import it into your 3D program you will not be able to distinguish between any parts of the plant. This option is best when you want to use the plant as-is or with other plants, and you don't want to change anything within the plant.
gif/plantstudio00090000.gif Place each type of plant part in its own layer: Each type of plant part (
meristems, internodes, first leaves, leaves, female flowers, male flowers, female inflorescences, male inflorescences, unripe fruits, ripe fruits, and root tops) will be written into a separate layer. This option is most useful when you plan to edit the plant in your 3D program and need to know what type of object each polygon belongs to. For example, if you want to change the colors of all the fruits in your 3D program, you will want all the fruits grouped together.
gif/plantstudio00090000.gif Place each plant part in its own layer: Each individual plant part will be placed in its own layer, so you will end up with a long list of grouped polygons in your 3D program. Use this option if you want fine control over the plant parts -- if you want to take the plant apart piece by piece.

To change how DXF layers are assigned to plant parts,
Select a plant.
gif/plantstudio00090000.gif Choose Save DXF File from the File menu.
gif/plantstudio00090000.gif In the Layers panel, click on the radio button that corresponds to the your choice in the options shown above.

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