Miscellaneous Questions

    1.  What is the significance of the 'CONFIRM' column in Summary of Layouts in Summary Page?

     With each generated layout there is a check box associated for confirmation. If any point of time if we feel a particular generated layout is not up to the mark then we can reject that layout by un-checking the check box. All values and percentages shown in the "summary page" will be recalculated, based only on the confirmed layouts. By default all layouts are marked as confirmed. In the DEMO version, this column is NOT EDITABLE.

    2.  Why is there a Re nest button?

    If the user is not satisfied with some layouts, he can cancel the specific layout numbers by unchecking the confirm column. These layouts can than be nested separately by choosing the Re nest button.

    3.  Can I change the units of measuring stock and part dimensions?

     Yes PLUS 2D allows you to change the units of measurement for different job files. go to tools > unit settings. This will display a dialog where the user can feed the new units for measurement. 

    4.  Why are some parts highlighted in RED color ? 

Parts that cannot fit in any of the selected stocks are flagged off in RED. This means that there is no appropriate stock in which the part can fit. The program will try to fit the part in one of the valid stocks of matching material and thickness that is entered in the stocks table. 

This could happen because of the following reasons:

  1. The stock quantity ZERO.
  2. The stock is too small for the part to fit in.
  3. Rotation of the part is not allowed and Length of part is not along the length of stock and width is along the width.
  4. In case you have specified Multiple Materials, i.e.,  if you have the material and thickness column in the stock and part tables, then perhaps a matching material and thickness is not being found.

Lastly if all the above is not true. 

   5.    In case you are using MARGINS on the stock, then perhaps the stock is too small after the margins are cut, to fit the parts.

    5.  What is the significance of Rotation in parts ?

    Grain Direction is a direction along which the material exhibits a critical property. If  it is critical for a part then the rotation should not be allowed else Rotation can  be allowed. The software will try and rotate the part (by 90degrees) to achieve better utilization if rotation is allowed.