The Part Size tab contains the values related to the size of the part and material. Review the details below for each parameter on the Part Size tab.
The name of the part.
The quantity of the part. Having a part with multiple quantities is usually used in conjunction with an EQ statement in the origin of the part so that that part will be evenly spaced within a given space of the product. You can find examples of EQ statements being used in Adjustable Shelf parts in the library.
The width of the part.
The length of the part.
This parameter is used to determine if a part should be perfect grained or not. The only value that is needed in this cell is 1. If a part is marked with a 1, it will be added to a perfect grain layout with other parts in the same product marked for perfect graining as well. Microvellum uses the location of the part in the product to determine how all the parts should get placed in a perfect grain pattern. This option will only work if you are using the Microvellum Nesting Optimizer, Microvellum Sawing Optimizer, or you are optimizing with ARDIS. The default Microvellum libraries setup all door and drawer front parts to be perfect grained. This option can be turned on in the global variable file. If you are optimizing with CutRite, and need to perfect grain parts, you will need to use the comments fields to pass the appropriate information to CutRite. The perfect graining globals contain more information on Perfect Graining with CutRite.
This parameter displays the material that is currently assigned to the part. Selecting the ellipse button next to the material text box will display the Select Material window. This allows you to select a material or material pointer from the material file. Assigning a part a material that contains a minus sign in front of the material name will force the program to skip this part when processing a work order. This is common when you would like to add a part for drawing purposes only.
You can enter comments for the part in the Comments field. You can assign up to three different comments that will get transferred in the parts database table when processing a work order. A pipe symbol should separate each comment "|." Review the two examples of using comments that are hard-locked values or formula-driven values.
Hard locked Value Example
In this example, the word "Width" will be populated into part comment 1, "Height" will be populated into part comment 2, and "Depth" will be populated into part comment 3.
Formulas Driven Example
In this example, we are using the defined names panel_width and panel_length. The value of the parts panel width would be populated into part comment 1, not the word Panel Width. The same would be true for comment 2 for panel length, but for comment 3 since the word Panel Width is contained within quotes, the word Panel Width will be populated into comment 3.
If you are using the Microvellum Sawing Optimizer or the Microvellum Nesting Optimizer, you can overwrite the grain for individual parts using the Grain parameter. If this parameter is set to None, the part will inherit the grain set up in the material file for the part. If you select Length, the part will be placed on a sheet with the grain running along the length. If you select the Width option, the part will be placed on a sheet with the grain running along the width.
For an in-depth review of how you can use this grain parameter, and how you can populate the reports with the grain information of a part, see Overview: Part Material Graining.
The map part field allows you to enter in, or override, the current processing stations that are assigned to this part. If a processing station link id is entered in this field, this part will automatically be assigned to that processing station within the processing center. If you do not know the processing station linkid, you will need to open the Microvellum Factory database and open the ProcessingStations table. Find the name of the processing station under the Name column and get the corresponding LinkID from the LinkID column. When adding a processing station to this field, you'll need first to specify the part grouping number, then a semi column, then the processing station LinkID. If you need multiple processing stations added to one part, each processing station should be separated by a pipe symbol. See the example below.
- Within the database, you'll need to get the processing station LinkID and add it to the map parts field.
Four edgebanding fields allow you to assign an edgeband material to each edge of the part. If you are unsure which edge the edgebanding will be applied to, you can right-click in the text box and select the Show This Edge menu item. The corresponding edge will be highlighted in red in the drawing.
The Microvellum nesting optimizer contains a feature where you can include a route, such as a toe kick, as part of the nested border route. There are times where a route is too complicated and causes the nesting optimizer to produce incorrect results for the part border route. Checking this checkbox for a part will tell the optimizer not to include any routing operations assigned to this part in the part border.