The two basic input requirements are Stocks and Parts. Every Stock requires an ID (this has to be unique), Size (Length X Width) and Quantity. Similarly parts require an ID (has to be unique), Size (Length X Width) and Quantity.
The ID of the stocks and parts can be made of any alphanumeric characters. Only keep in mind that the ID's have to be unique.
All the dimensions are by default input in millimeters ("mm").
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:
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.
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.
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Simply make 1 copy of the product, make the required changes, and save it under the same name. Note: If the product with same name exists, then the existing product data is replaced. Hence you can use this feature to also edit a product definition.
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Yes, you can add Non Rectangular Parts, like Trapeziums and Triangles, as Large parts. There is an option available on Add Large parts Dialog to input part as Rectangle or Trapezium, as this are the most used shapes. You can add a Triangular part also by giving values for length, width and L0 or L1.
Yes, you can specify the Joints of your wish. But there are some rules to be followed explained in the following page.
The package automatically calculates the exact "Area" utilized by the part, and its "Bounding Length and Width" from the data in the DXF file. If you do not have a DXF file, input this data directly in the dialog. The advantage of the DXF file is that, these can be calculated automatically by the software, and in the nested layout diagrams, the shape can be correctly displayed.
Simply select the rows of the Stocks and Parts tables from one job, copy, and paste into the other.
Simply copy the table data into the clipboard, and pass it into the table in PLUS 2D.
Yes, you can change the default material shown on these dialogs. See Material Selection. But you cannot work with stocks of different materials and thickness for parts with joints.
Yes, PLUS 2D can read some information like part name, material, thickness, qty required, rotation and remarks written in a DXF file only if they are written in format excepted by PLUS 2D. For more information see User Info In DXF file.
The red dot in the shape picture specifies the cut starting point of that shape. This is the point from where the CNC machine will start cutting the shape from.