This frees the user from the constraints of a parametric modelling system. Rather than modifying a lengthy series of parameters to make a design change, desired shapes can be obtained by simply pushing, pulling and dragging the geometry. These changes can be completely freeform, or driven by numeric increments and measurements taken from existing geometry. It’s no longer necessary to know how the original model was constructed, and design changes aren’t constrained to the original methods of creation.
Import Model Healing:
Small gaps between surfaces on imported models can be automatically healed, preventing the time-consuming need to rebuild very small surface patches. Where surfaces are corrupt or missing, Designer automatically creates the edge curve geometry, making it easy to rebuild new faces. And closing a surface model to produce a solid body eliminates construction problems later in the process.
Incoming CAD data often includes geometry features that aren’t necessary for CAM, or won’t be created by the machining process. while many post-machining processes are frequently represented on the model, and are important for CAD design as they will ultimately be needed in the final component, they can hinder CAM programming. Designer simply removes them and can save them for later operations if required, with just a mouse click.
As well as feature suppression, the geometry can also be simplified at various stages of the machining process. Removing portions of the model, such as intersecting features, speeds up machining and provides better results.
Designer’s sketch capabilities make it easy to create 2D shapes using freeform input, which interacts with surrounding geometry.
Geometry for Machining:
Designer’s many geometry creation techniques are essential to the machinist for model preparation. Hole capping is a good example of this, It can be used to cap anything from a simple drilled hole, to a complex open cavity, with just a few mouse clicks. And an extensive range of curve creation routines vastly improves boundary formation.
Working with 2D Data:
After importing DXF and DXG files, existing 2D data can be transformed into a 3D model by reusing profiles from the original data, automatically creating sketch profile regions.
Extensive Range of CAD Interfaces:
Designer works with data from almost any CAD supplier. Skipping corrupt records while importing provides a strong platform to manage inconsistent data. Very large files can be handled with ease, and companies working with complex designs will benefit from the simplicity with which their customer’s CAD data can be manipulated.