NC Marking Lines Optimizer

Tekla Structures
Not version-specific
Tekla Structures
nc file
pop-mark
contour mark
scribe line
marking line

This tool convert pop marks locating the holes position in secondary parts , which are marked as dots to horizontal lines & full length contour lines to corner contours . When contour marking and pop marks for secondary holes locations are switched on , they overlap and it's not possible to identify pop mark . So this tool converts pop marks to horizontal lines with which secondary parts can be fixed. It also optimizes contour lines by marking only the corners instead of full length contours.

The following feature is available with this installations

Marking lines optimizer

  • Using this tool continuous contour marking lines are converted into partial lines in order to reduce the length of the marking lines to reduce load on the NC machine.
  • Pop-marks (dot) are converted in to horizontal lines for better clarity.

How to Locate

NC Marking Lines Optimizer is available under the ‘Applications & components’ catalogue as shown below, once NC File Updater installed. Also you can find under component catalog group 'NC File Updater'.
  
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Usage

First create NC files with required pop mark for secondary parts holes location ( 'Left side' holes, 'Right side' holes or 'Both sides' holes ) & contour marks in NC file settings dialog box .

After createing NC files double click the icon as shown in the above image. The following dialog box is displayed.

Marking lines optimizer

  
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Source Directory -> Specify the source directory of the NC files created in ‘Tekla Structures’, Default is ‘Model Folder’.

Contour marking
Partial lines requiredSpecify Contour marking continuous lines to be converted to partial lines or not?
Ignore internal hollow linesOption to ignore hollow contour. Ex. Secondary member is hollow section such as RHS profiles.  
Partial line length (TYP)Length of the each segment of the partial line.
Partial single line lengthLength of single line contour marking.


Pop-mark
Bolt hole line lengthLength of horizontal line converted from Pop-marks.
Pop-mark locationAvailable options are “Both sides”, “Left side” and “Right side”. Same option is to be selected from “NC Files -> Pop-Mark Settings” dialog box, used while exporting the NC Files.
Pop-mark converted toAvailable options are “Punch” and “Powder”.
Line DirectionPop mark line direction options are 'Horizontal' and 'Vertical'


Toggle Selection -> Toggles the cheked state of NC filed listed.

Refresh -> Refresh the NC files available in the source directory.

Destination Directory -> Specify the destination directory of the modified NC files to be created. Default is ‘<Model Folder>\copied’. - > Toggles the cheked state of NC filed listed.

Refresh -> Refresh the NC files available in the source directory.

Destination Directory -> Specify the destination directory of the modified NC files to be created. Default is ‘<Model Folder>\copied’.

 

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