Solid Model Analyzer - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Solid Model Analyzer - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Question:

After analyzation, why does the resulting Microvellum product contain parts in different colors?

Answer:

Parts are automatically assigned layers by the program. You may modify these colors by opening the product in either Part Properties or Edit Design Data. Add an existing layer name to the existing 3D Draw Token name separated from the name by a space. For example, if you add “Product” to the 3D Draw Token name for a part (e.g., DRAW3DBOX Product), the part will be redrawn on that layer, in that color when it is redrawn.

Question:

How does SMA determine face 5 and 6?

Answer:

The face with the most complex machining is assigned face 5. If the machining on both faces is identical, the program makes a selection of one of the identical faces.

Question:

How does SMA assign machining to the parts it produces from analyzation?

Answer:

It matches a tool that has been set up to work with SMA in the toolfile to the machining operation required by a solid object.

Question:

Can Microvellum assign a miter router bit to a miter processed through SMA?

Answer:

Assign the necessary tool after analysis.

Question:

Why does SMA always seem to choose the smallest of multiple tools assigned for a ¾” route?

Answer:

The user should select a single default tool for Cutout Router, one for Border Router, and one for Pocketing Router in the toolfile. SMA uses those tools to create the machining required, as defined by the solid model. If multiple tools are selected for any of these three default properties, the analyzation process will randomly select one of them to perform the machining. This may result in incorrect machining if it happens to be the wrong size tool – in some cases, the smallest tool will be selected in this scenario.


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