Part splitting

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Part splitting

In case, when your real parts are longer than stocks and your manufacture technology enables you to join small fragments together (welding, gluing, etc.), you can split these long parts before optimization. To split parts, go to Plan parts tab, select desired parts (to select all, press Ctrl+A) and choose the menu item "Edit > Split part". Following Split part dialog appears.

XD_SplitPart

Split part to fragments with length

All selected parts will be split into fragments with this value.

If last fragment is smaller

Determines, what to do with the last part smaller than desired value (Nothing, Round it up, New length).

Delete part fragments created before

All part fragments that were created before will be deleted.

Example

Material

Stocks (Length x Width x Qty)

Parts (Length x Width x Qty)

Plastic film

1,000,000 x 1,000 x Unlimited (usual size from supplier)

5,480,000 x 586 x 10

 

1,000,000 x 1,600 x Unlimited (usual size from supplier)

5,600,000 x 452 x 8

 

650,000 x 1,300 x 4 (remnants)

4,980,000 x 652 x 12

As you can see when you run optimization, it is not possible to optimize such plan because of too large parts.

2D_InsufficientDlg

Solution is to split these parts. Select all parts (Ctrl+A) and choose the menu item "Edit > Split part". Enter desired length (in our case 1,000,000) and press "Split" button. Parts are split into following fragments.

2D_SplittedParts

As you can see, all part fragments have the same Part # as their original part and are recognized via this number. Now it is possible to run optimization. Following diagram demonstrates optimized plan.

2D_SplittedPartsResults

After optimization of cutting plan which includes split parts, UI and "Cutting layouts" report show how to cut material to get part fragments. After the part fragments are cut, you need to put them together and join them to get final parts.