Shape Page

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View Optional Features

The  page is used to give input the available Non Rectangular Parts and Parts with Joints.

Part table Items

Name- Part Id can be character or numeric or combination of both. (Read Only except for Parts with Joints).

Length- Bounding Length of the Part including grinding in mm (Read Only)

Width- Bounding Width of the Part including grinding in mm (Read Only)

Actual Area- Actual area of Non Rectangular Part (Read Only)

Rotation- Rotation property of the part. It can be used if there is any cut restriction based on grain orientation. If you want to allow a 90 degree rotation, enable rotation. The package will always try to rotate the part by 180 degrees.

Qty- Part quantity.

Remarks- Part remarks, it can be character or numeric or combination of both.

Type- Indicates the Type of part, viz., Normal Part or Part with Joints. Also if a joint part is there, then shows whether it is split Manually or Automatically.

The following keywords are used:

NP - Normal Part.

LA - Large Part with Auto Joints.

LU - Large Part with User Joints.

User can add a Non Rectangular Part and Part with Joints by clicking Add buttons available on the page.

Preview Window 

There is preview window available in this page, which will display the shape of the shape, as well as Joints required in case of Part with Joints. When the user switches between different rows, part shape in that particular row will be displayed in Preview Window. Some additional information, like the cut dimensions and number of parts not nested or parts remaining, after the user has rejected few layouts, is displayed for Parts with Joints in the preview window. 

The Vertical cut dimension are displayed in Red color, Horizontal cut dimensions in Blue color, Number of parts remaining in Orange color and nested parts in Green color.

Also there is a Tool Tip which pop ups when mouse pointer is inside any of the parts of a Part with Joint in the preview table. 


It displays the Part Name, Actual quantity required and obtained quantity in brackets besides it, Area of the part, Upper Length, Base Length and Height of the part.

Name, Length, Width and Actual Used Area are not Editable in this page.

By default the package tries to make pairs of the shapes and then nest the pairs to improve the overall utilization. This can be very useful in case of say Triangles. By default pairing is enabled for all shapes.

Sometimes automatic pairing can lead to patterns, which cannot be cut end-to-end, for instance consider the following part.


By default as pairing is allowed the shapes are paired and we end up with the following layout.

 If you are not interested in such a pair (say for reasons of cutting) then in the Shapes page, Pairing Options can be used.

Pairing For All: This Option is by default and enables automatic pairing for all shapes.

Pairing For Some: This Option will show the Pair column in the Shapes table Simply uncheck Pair Checkbox corresponding to the particular shape, this will disallow automatic pairing for those shapes.

Pairing For None: This Option disables automatic pairing for all shapes.

The following figure shows layout with out pairing




Id of each Part Input should be Unique.

Parts that are wrongly input will be flagged in Red color such as Part size exceeds all Stocks size except for the parts that are added using the Add Large Part... button.

Shape Page Figure

Buttons on shape page:

Allows the user to manipulate the length and width columns of various shapes.

See also Rotate Parts in part page

This option allows you to save a non rectangular part (which you often need in your layouts) as a standard shape in the standard shape library. So every time when you want to feed this shape in the parts table you can directly load it as a standard shape from the standard library. See Also Save as standard shape.  

This option allows the user to add a single shape to the shape table.

See Also Add single shape.

This option allows the user to add a multiple Dxf shapes to the shape table. See Also Add multiple Dxf shapes.

To Add many parametric shapes to shapes page. See also Add multiple parametric shapes.

Allows import of multiple parametric shapes from text files. See also Import Shapes from CSV file

This option allows the user to add a multiple DSTV Files to the shape table. See Also Add multiple DSTV Files.

See Also