A quick Google search defines fabrication as the process of cutting materials to the desired size and assembling them together using any one of the manufacturing or artistic procedures.
We generally associate fabrication with a process that happens only in factories and workshops. You can fabricate a boutique design on you table as well. Careful planning is required to cut a flat raw material sheet into a desired shape and sizes such that there is minimum wastage. This is a critical step in resource planning and management. It is important to optimize the cuts. It is important to use optimal and correct tools for your design. Don't compromise on your CAD tools.
In CADPower, we have provided a number of goodies to make this happen.
It began in version 17.01 of CADPower, we introduced the CP_SHEETCUTTER command that allows to cut a rectangular sheet into two components - symmetric or asymmetric, with an optional gap specification in between. This is the first step in sizing. Cuts have to be made in such a way that the two pieces of the composite are either equal or form a mirror match pair on either sides.The next logical step is to arrange the cut pieces in such a way that it fits the area to be covered. It is here the next tool comes in handy. The CP_POLYSLIDE command now helps create identically offsetted geometry by creating a copy that slides along a selected edge of the polyline.
In V 17.07 of CADPower released today, we have further extended this by introducing a new command called CP_SHEETCUTTERARBITRARY that an arbitrarily shaped polygon (including curves) to be cut at ANY two locations.
One set of tools - many applications
One organization we talked to specializes in making and fixing polymer sheets to the insides of hoppers, silos and chutes. The material is expensive and it is important to be able to accurately plan the sheet cuts, optimize and place them in such a way as to maximize coverage and minimize losses.
Another architectural firm we talked to wanted a precise geometry of tiles to be carefully placed and cut at the edges.
A tank fabricator wanted cut pieces to be labeled, arranged and placed cleverly, with part name numbering and BOQ.
The common denominator for achieving all these tasks are the two tools we showed above, and the many others that CADPower provides in the Layouts, Sizing and Panels section in particular.
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