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Dr.

ABE_Blank Operation Manual

April 2008

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Content
Content .................................................................................................................2
Welcome to Dr. ABE ...........................................................................................15
Whats New.........................................................................................................16
Getting Started ....................................................................................................21
System Requirements............................................................................................................... 21
Launch Dr.ABE.......................................................................................................................... 22
Quick Start Guide ...................................................................................................................... 22
Dr.ABE Main Window............................................................................................................ 22
Basic Dr.ABE Settings .......................................................................................................... 22
Basic Operation..................................................................................................................... 23
Machine Parameter.............................................................................................27
Machine Parameter Toolbar ...................................................................................................... 27
Machine Parameter Tree View.................................................................................................. 28
Machine Information.................................................................................................................. 28
Machine Information Panel ................................................................................................... 29
Time Study ............................................................................................................................ 32
Laser Information ...................................................................................................................... 34
Cutting Condition....................................................................................................................... 36
Cutting Condition Panel ........................................................................................................ 37
How to Create a New Laser Material ............................................................................... 39
How to Download Cutting Condition from VPSS.............................................................. 40
How to Download JKF Files ............................................................................................. 44
Cutting Condition Details ...................................................................................................... 46
Cutting Process Information ............................................................................................. 47
Cutting Pierce Information ................................................................................................ 49
Cutting Edge Information.................................................................................................. 50
Nano Joint......................................................................................................................... 51
Append ............................................................................................................................. 51
Machine Parameter .......................................................................................................... 52
Line/Arc ........................................................................................................................ 53
Macro Shape................................................................................................................ 55
NC Device Information .............................................................................................................. 59
Peripherals ................................................................................................................................ 62
Oscillator ............................................................................................................................... 62
Take Out Information............................................................................................................. 64
Clamp Information................................................................................................................. 66
Holder Information ................................................................................................................ 68
MJC....................................................................................................................................... 69
IJP ......................................................................................................................................... 71
Loading/Unloading Device .................................................................................................... 72
Work Chute Information ........................................................................................................ 73
Tapping Information .............................................................................................................. 75
Material Parameter .............................................................................................77
Material Manager Toolbar ......................................................................................................... 78
Create a Material Type.......................................................................................................... 78
Edit a Material Type .............................................................................................................. 80

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Delete a Sheet Information ................................................................................................... 81
Download Material Type from AP100.................................................................................... 83
Option.................................................................................................................................... 85
Backup and Restore Material................................................................................................ 85
How to Backup Material.................................................................................................... 86
How to Restore Material ................................................................................................... 87
Material Type Information.......................................................................................................... 89
Sheet Information...................................................................................................................... 90
Standard, Remnant, Skeleton and Sketch Materials ............................................................ 91
How to Create a Remnant Sheet .......................................................................................... 92
How to Create a Skeleton Sheet........................................................................................... 94
Tube Material Information ......................................................................................................... 96
System Setting....................................................................................................99
View........................................................................................................................................... 99
Main Window....................................................................................................................... 100
CAD Data Drawing.............................................................................................................. 105
Drawing ............................................................................................................................... 106
View Y Size..................................................................................................................... 108
Difference between Quality and Speed .......................................................................... 109
Display Different Colors for the Elements on the Part.....................................................110
Expand All is Done after Automatic .................................................................................114
Information Area...................................................................................................................116
Zoom ....................................................................................................................................117
Utilization Setting .................................................................................................................119
System .................................................................................................................................... 121
System Setting .................................................................................................................... 122
Initial Part Number.......................................................................................................... 124
System Determining Sheet by Material Name ............................................................... 124
Use Wizard for Sheet Size/Name................................................................................... 125
System Information ............................................................................................................. 127
License Registration ........................................................................................................... 128
System Backup and Restore .............................................................................................. 128
How to Backup the Parameters...................................................................................... 129
How to Restore the Parameters ..................................................................................... 131
Preference Frame Current Folder....................................................................................... 133
Parameter Processing ........................................................................................................ 133
Decrease Sheet Quantity When Save NC ..................................................................... 136
Select Skeleton/Remnant to Save when Saving NC...................................................... 137
Option...................................................................................................................................... 139
Plan File Setting Option window ......................................................................................... 143
Setting of Outputting Result File window ............................................................................ 144
CAD Data Load.................................................................................................149
How to Load CAD Data........................................................................................................... 149
How to load DXF data ......................................................................................................... 149
How to load SDD data......................................................................................................... 151
Methods for Specifying the Part Quantity................................................................................ 155
How to Establish a Connection with a Server ......................................................................... 157
Nesting Plan .....................................................................................................159
Parts Properties Summary ...................................................................................................... 159
Menus...................................................................................................................................... 161
File Menu ............................................................................................................................ 162
Edit Menu ............................................................................................................................ 162
View Menu .......................................................................................................................... 163
Insert Menu ......................................................................................................................... 164
Tool Menu............................................................................................................................ 164

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Help Menu........................................................................................................................... 168
Toolbars................................................................................................................................... 168
My Nesting Plan ...................................................................................................................... 170
Parts List ................................................................................................................................. 174
Shortcut Menu..................................................................................................................... 176
Light Attribute Editor............................................................................................................ 178
To Assign attribute data to a pattern ............................................................................... 180
Parts Properties....................................................................................................................... 185
Part Name and Comment ................................................................................................... 186
Select Data.......................................................................................................................... 186
Quantity............................................................................................................................... 187
Dates................................................................................................................................... 188
Material ............................................................................................................................... 190
Process ............................................................................................................................... 190
Nesting ................................................................................................................................ 191
Defining the Part Priority................................................................................................. 192
Defining the Group ID for Parts ...................................................................................... 194
Different Nesting Result causing by Rotation ................................................................. 194
Examples of the Common Line Cutting.......................................................................... 196
Change Check Boxes ......................................................................................................... 198
Parts Properties Advanced...................................................................................................... 199
Material ............................................................................................................................... 200
Special Information ............................................................................................................. 201
Size Definition ..................................................................................................................... 201
Code Definition.................................................................................................................... 202
Nesting ................................................................................................................................ 202
Standard Nesting ............................................................................................................ 202
Sketch Nesting ............................................................................................................... 203
Grid Nesting.................................................................................................................... 206
Process and User Define .................................................................................................... 206
Taking Out Station ............................................................................................................... 207
Taking Out Part Grid as One Part ....................................................................................... 207
Preference File Window....................................................................................209
Preference Window Overview................................................................................................. 210
Splitter Bars..........................................................................................................................211
Tree View ............................................................................................................................ 212
Hierarchical Structure ..................................................................................................... 212
Shortcut Menu ................................................................................................................ 212
Preference File.................................................................................................................... 216
Creating a New File ........................................................................................................ 217
Preference File Shortcut Menu....................................................................................... 218
Display Area Pane .............................................................................................................. 218
Preference Window Menu....................................................................................................... 220
File ...................................................................................................................................... 220
Edit ...................................................................................................................................... 221
Tools.................................................................................................................................... 222
Window ............................................................................................................................... 223
Help..................................................................................................................................... 224
Preference Window Toolbar .................................................................................................... 224
Nesting Preference ...........................................................................................226
Nesting Logic 1 ....................................................................................................................... 227
Nesting Type ....................................................................................................................... 228
Pattern Setting .................................................................................................................... 230
Nesting Parts by the Production Schedule..................................................................... 231
Start Point/Direction ............................................................................................................ 233

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How to Define the Start Point/Direction .......................................................................... 234
Example of Shift After Nesting........................................................................................ 237
Nesting Logic 2 ....................................................................................................................... 239
Grid Pattern......................................................................................................................... 240
Nest Around Clamps ........................................................................................................... 241
Part Rotation ....................................................................................................................... 242
Utilization............................................................................................................................. 242
Pair Example .................................................................................................................. 243
Part in Part Example....................................................................................................... 243
Initial Clamp Position............................................................................................................... 245
Number of Clamp ................................................................................................................ 245
Absolute .............................................................................................................................. 246
Advance .............................................................................................................................. 246
Part-Spacing and Nesting Border............................................................................................ 250
Advance .............................................................................................................................. 251
Material Selection.................................................................................................................... 252
Automatic Material Selection .............................................................................................. 253
Material Selection Priority............................................................................................... 254
Selection Priority............................................................................................................. 256
Use Sketch Material for Non-Sketch Parts..................................................................... 256
Dont nest parts inside skeleton area ............................................................................. 257
Reusable Sheet................................................................................................................... 257
Joint Setting Window .......................................................................................................... 259
How to Create Skeleton Sheet............................................................................................ 261
How to Create a Remnant Sheet ........................................................................................ 263
Shear to Size........................................................................................................................... 267
Sketch Material Tolerance................................................................................................... 268
Sketch Type ........................................................................................................................ 271
Joint..................................................................................................................................... 274
Laser Tool Assignment......................................................................................277
Lead In/Out /Pierce Panel ....................................................................................................... 278
Lead In/Out ......................................................................................................................... 279
Collision Check Tolerance................................................................................................... 284
Process Pierce First............................................................................................................ 284
The Custom Lead In/Out Definition Window....................................................................... 285
Creating a Lead-in or Lead-out Type.............................................................................. 286
Editing a Lead-in or Lead-out ......................................................................................... 291
Deleting a Lead In or Lead Out ...................................................................................... 294
Applying a Lead In or Lead Out...................................................................................... 295
Path Assignment Method ........................................................................................................ 297
Etch Layer (DXF Data only) ................................................................................................ 298
Open Path ........................................................................................................................... 299
Treat an Open Path as a Slit............................................................................................... 300
Bend Line Etching ............................................................................................................... 302
Unfold Reference Line ........................................................................................................ 305
Internal-tab Bend Line......................................................................................................... 306
Use Machine Macro Shape................................................................................................. 306
Pre-hole of Extrusion or Tapping......................................................................................... 308
Points ...................................................................................................................................311
Marking Setting ................................................................................................................... 314
Cut Condition Table............................................................................................................. 314
Reference of Cutting Condition (Size/Shape)..................................................................... 318
Rectangle Tube (Pipe-Index Device only) .......................................................................... 318
Tab/Corner Process ................................................................................................................ 319
Joint length and Lead-In/Out length.................................................................................... 320
Nano Joint ........................................................................................................................... 324

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Corner ................................................................................................................................. 331
Common Line Cutting ......................................................................................................... 334
Detail Setting Window ............................................................................................................. 335
Lead In & Pierce Details ..................................................................................................... 337
Decision Method of Lead Position.................................................................................. 338
Fix Lead Position for OB and SQ-REC ...................................................................... 342
To Shift the Lead in/out away from the Corner........................................................... 346
Decision Method of lead Length ..................................................................................... 348
Detail Settings for Processing Pierce First ..................................................................... 350
Marking Setting for Etching [Count]................................................................................ 351
Collision Check............................................................................................................... 354
Cut Condition Panel ............................................................................................................ 356
Line/Arc........................................................................................................................... 358
Macro Shape .................................................................................................................. 359
Exception to Averaging................................................................................................... 362
Assignment Logic................................................................................................................ 365
Punch Tool Assignment.....................................................................................368
Calculation............................................................................................................................... 369
Advance - Main ................................................................................................................... 372
Process multiple Line Segments as One Segment ........................................................ 376
Search for Stock Tools.................................................................................................... 378
Change the Tool Angle to Process ................................................................................. 380
Change the Die Clearance of the Fixed Station ............................................................. 382
Non AI Station is used with higher Priority...................................................................... 385
Check the maximum tool ................................................................................................ 387
Check the minimum tool ................................................................................................. 390
Tool Lap Value..................................................................................................................... 391
Assignment ......................................................................................................................... 395
Slit Tool Assignment........................................................................................................ 398
Perimeter Tool Assignment............................................................................................. 399
Tool Assignment for the Vertical or Horizontal Notch ..................................................... 404
Tool Assignment for Slanted Notch ................................................................................ 406
Joint..................................................................................................................................... 407
Use Special Tool to Create Joints................................................................................... 409
Contouring Assignment....................................................................................................... 412
Slit & V Notch ...................................................................................................................... 417
Process the Slit............................................................................................................... 421
De-burring ........................................................................................................................... 422
Slot2&3................................................................................................................................ 427
Tooling Pattern ........................................................................................................................ 430
Simple Tool Assignment Setting.......................................................................................... 433
Fit Tool Style Panel.............................................................................................................. 435
Hole Pattern List ............................................................................................................. 437
Pattern Information and Assignment Pattern List ........................................................... 438
Template Detail Settings................................................................................................. 439
Match To Line...................................................................................................................... 442
Assign SP Tool to Process Line Segment ...................................................................... 444
Edit of Template....................................................................................................................... 447
Template Edit ...................................................................................................................... 448
Template Menu ............................................................................................................... 450
Template Toolbar ............................................................................................................ 450
Template Icon ................................................................................................................. 465
Template Parameter ....................................................................................................... 467
Shape Edit area.............................................................................................................. 468
Generate data................................................................................................................. 468
Edit of Path ..................................................................................................................... 469

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Edit of Elements.............................................................................................................. 470
Edit Additional Elements Information.............................................................................. 471
Pattern Window................................................................................................................... 474
Tool Assignment Pane .................................................................................................... 481
Basic Shape.................................................................................................................... 483
Shape Data..................................................................................................................... 483
Combo Tool Assignment ...................................................................................490
Main......................................................................................................................................... 491
Assign ................................................................................................................................. 492
Laser Pierce ........................................................................................................................ 493
Selection by Overview ........................................................................................................ 496
Process Perimeters ........................................................................................................ 497
Process Corner Notch .................................................................................................... 499
Process Notch ................................................................................................................ 500
Percentage of Laser and Punch ......................................................................................... 502
Detail Setting ........................................................................................................................... 502
Laser/Punch-1 (Perimeter and Notch Setting for Combination Process ............................ 503
Laser/Punch-2 (Line and Arc Setting for Combination Process) ........................................ 507
Laser Assignment.....................................................................................................................511
Lead In/Out /Pierce Panel................................................................................................... 512
Path Assignment Method .................................................................................................... 512
Tab/Corner Process ............................................................................................................ 513
Detail ................................................................................................................................... 514
Calculation............................................................................................................................... 514
Tooling Pattern ........................................................................................................................ 515
Edit of Template....................................................................................................................... 518
Laser Sequence................................................................................................519
Sequence ................................................................................................................................ 519
Effect Setting....................................................................................................................... 520
Sheet and Each Part ...................................................................................................... 521
Machine Stop for Prototype ............................................................................................ 522
All Etching First............................................................................................................... 525
Starting Point/Direction ....................................................................................................... 527
Sequence by Dividing the Sheet......................................................................................... 527
Distance Between Tooling................................................................................................... 530
Sequence Processing Object.............................................................................................. 530
Change Lead In for Shorten Traverse ................................................................................ 533
Flip Macro Pattern for Shorten Traverse............................................................................. 535
Sort by Process after Cutting .............................................................................................. 536
Auto Cutout Avoidance............................................................................................................ 539
Auto Cutout Avoidance........................................................................................................ 539
Target Traverse ................................................................................................................... 540
Traverse Setting.................................................................................................................. 542
Additional Width (For Material, Process Range) ............................................................ 542
Additional Width (Traverse) ............................................................................................ 543
Do Not Avoid if Distance is Greater than Times of Original............................................ 543
Do Not Include the Cutting Smaller than ........................................................................ 544
Do Not Include the Cutting Bigger Than......................................................................... 544
Do Not Avoid Cutout with Joint ....................................................................................... 548
High-Speed Shutter Less Setting........................................................................................ 549
Part-Grid.................................................................................................................................. 553
Output Part-Grid.................................................................................................................. 554
Common Line Cutting ......................................................................................................... 558
Punching Sequence..........................................................................................564
Sequence ................................................................................................................................ 565

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Part as Process Unit ........................................................................................................... 565
Sheet and Each Part ...................................................................................................... 566
Machine Stop for Prototype ............................................................................................ 567
Process Order................................................................................................................. 570
For Reducing Bits of Vinyl................................................................................................... 570
AI Tool Angle Sort................................................................................................................ 571
Tool Sorting ......................................................................................................................... 573
Process Unit Sorting ........................................................................................................... 578
Clamp Setting.......................................................................................................................... 578
Clamp Removal (Clamp # 3)............................................................................................... 579
Clamp Position Change ...................................................................................................... 580
Clamp Avoidance .................................................................................................................... 581
Avoid DZ ............................................................................................................................. 582
Passage Avoidance in the Turret When Moving Axis ......................................................... 584
Repositioning........................................................................................................................... 587
Repositioning Type.............................................................................................................. 587
Minimum ......................................................................................................................... 588
No Divide of Parts........................................................................................................... 591
Process Majority of Parts .................................................................................................... 592
Process Direction ................................................................................................................ 594
Return to First Position ....................................................................................................... 597
Part-Grid.................................................................................................................................. 597
Part-Grid Conditions ........................................................................................................... 598
Output Outside of UV .......................................................................................................... 602
Combi-Sequence ..............................................................................................604
General Sequence .................................................................................................................. 605
Effect Setting....................................................................................................................... 606
Sheet and Each Part ...................................................................................................... 608
Machine Stop for Prototype ............................................................................................ 610
Starting Point/Direction ....................................................................................................... 610
Sequence by Dividing the Sheet......................................................................................... 610
Distance Between Tooling................................................................................................... 610
Sort of Laser & Punch......................................................................................................... 610
Sort by Process after Cutting .............................................................................................. 613
Repositioning........................................................................................................................... 613
Repositioning Type.............................................................................................................. 613
Minimum ......................................................................................................................... 614
No Divide of Parts........................................................................................................... 614
Method of Dividing Long Parts ....................................................................................... 614
Minimum Lap Amount ......................................................................................................... 616
Process Majority of Parts .................................................................................................... 617
Process Direction ................................................................................................................ 617
Return to First Position ....................................................................................................... 617
Clamp Setting.......................................................................................................................... 617
Clamp Removal (Clamp #3)................................................................................................ 618
Clamp Position Change ...................................................................................................... 618
Laser Sequence ...................................................................................................................... 618
Sequence Processing Object.............................................................................................. 619
Change Lead In for Shorten Traverse ................................................................................ 619
Flip Macro Pattern for Shorten Traverse............................................................................. 619
Auto Cutout Avoidance............................................................................................................ 619
Punch Clamp Setting .............................................................................................................. 620
Punch Sequence..................................................................................................................... 621
Angle of Turret..................................................................................................................... 622
Mix Sequence within....................................................................................................... 624
AI Tool Angle Sort................................................................................................................ 626

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Sort Function....................................................................................................................... 628
Part-Grid.................................................................................................................................. 628
Part-Gird Condition ............................................................................................................. 629
Common Line Cutting ......................................................................................................... 632
Output Outside of UV .......................................................................................................... 632
NC Generate.....................................................................................................633
Vinyl Cutting ............................................................................................................................ 634
Use G41/G42 .......................................................................................................................... 634
Z Height M104......................................................................................................................... 635
Z Offset G93............................................................................................................................ 636
Is G01 Continued .................................................................................................................... 636
Output G93.............................................................................................................................. 637
Output M105 at Power Pierce ................................................................................................. 637
Use Setup Sheet ..................................................................................................................... 638
Setup Sheet (1=Top, 0=Bottom).............................................................................................. 638
Line Number Type ................................................................................................................... 639
Loading/Unloading Device ...................................................................................................... 642
Use Percent End ..................................................................................................................... 644
Origin Return (G130) Before Cut ............................................................................................ 644
Output Auto Repeat (M97) ...................................................................................................... 644
Clear Macros ........................................................................................................................... 644
Material.................................................................................................................................... 646
Percent After G50.................................................................................................................... 646
Output work size comment at the end of G92 command line ................................................. 647
Unloading Skeleton M Code ................................................................................................... 647
M 108 After M104 Code .......................................................................................................... 648
Loading/ Unloading Thickness M-Code .................................................................................. 649
Loading/ Unloading End Position M-Code .............................................................................. 650
Process After.....................................................................................................653
Process After Cutting Table..................................................................................................... 653
Object.................................................................................................................................. 655
X/Y/R/CPX/Area/Length/Width Explanation ....................................................................... 656
How to Output the Z Value.................................................................................................. 658
Joint......................................................................................................................................... 659
Fixed Position...................................................................................................................... 660
Auto Position ....................................................................................................................... 662
Basic Joint Settings............................................................................................................. 663
Min Distance between Corner ........................................................................................ 664
Min Distance between Wire............................................................................................ 666
Min Joint Qty................................................................................................................... 668
Max Distance for Corner Joint ........................................................................................ 668
Joint Type Table .................................................................................................................. 668
Detail Settings ..................................................................................................................... 668
Common Settings ........................................................................................................... 669
Corner Joint Settings ...................................................................................................... 672
Wire Joint Setting ........................................................................................................... 679
Chute (L) Setting ............................................................................................................ 683
Chute Tool....................................................................................................................... 685
Joint Setting Condition ........................................................................................................ 686
Cut Slug condition ............................................................................................................... 686
Peripherals........................................................................................................691
MJC ......................................................................................................................................... 692
MJC Setting......................................................................................................................... 693
Laser Joint........................................................................................................................... 694
IJP ........................................................................................................................................... 695

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IJP Setting........................................................................................................................... 696
IJP Position ......................................................................................................................... 697
IJP Strings ........................................................................................................................... 698
Parts Removal Sequence ....................................................................................................... 698
Take Out .................................................................................................................................. 699
Taking Out Conditions......................................................................................................... 700
Stack Distance .................................................................................................................... 701
Taking Out ........................................................................................................................... 703
MJC/IJP Sequence.................................................................................................................. 707
Schedule ................................................................................................................................. 710
Group................................................................................................................ 711
Grouping Priority ..................................................................................................................... 712
Prototype Condition................................................................................................................. 715
TK Process Type ..................................................................................................................... 719
Filler Parts ............................................................................................................................... 721
Clearance .........................................................................................................725
Clearance Setting.................................................................................................................... 725
Turret Layout.....................................................................................................729
Import AP100 Turret Layout .................................................................................................... 732
Turret Layout Window ............................................................................................................. 735
Turret Section.......................................................................................................................... 736
Turret Section Toolbar......................................................................................................... 737
Range and Shape buttons .................................................................................................. 737
View Buttons ....................................................................................................................... 737
T No..................................................................................................................................... 738
Search Stations ................................................................................................................... 738
Turret Picture ...................................................................................................................... 739
Assign tools in the Turret Load Setting mode................................................................. 740
Assign tools in the Effective Station Setting mode ......................................................... 743
Turret Station List ................................................................................................................ 747
Dead Zone ........................................................................................................750
Dead Zone of the Station ........................................................................................................ 751
Schedule...........................................................................................................755
Sheet Name ............................................................................................................................ 756
Sheet Name Items .............................................................................................................. 757
Nesting Name ..................................................................................................................... 758
Date..................................................................................................................................... 760
Sequence Number .............................................................................................................. 761
For Combination Process, Change Sheet Name Based on the Machine........................... 762
Sheet Name ........................................................................................................................ 762
Schedule Name....................................................................................................................... 763
Schedule Name Items......................................................................................................... 764
Sequence Number .............................................................................................................. 765
Date..................................................................................................................................... 767
Schedule Name................................................................................................................... 769
Scheduling Priority .................................................................................................................. 771
Priority ................................................................................................................................. 772
Separate Schedule.............................................................................................................. 774
Tool Inventory ...................................................................................................778
Sub Inventory Window ............................................................................................................ 780
Sub Inventory Window Toolbar ........................................................................................... 780
Range and Shape buttons .................................................................................................. 781
Import Buttons..................................................................................................................... 781
Import AP100 tools into Dr ABE tool inventory ............................................................... 782

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Import AP100 SP/FM tools into Dr. ABE tool inventory .................................................. 784
Import DXF/DWG SP/FM Shapes .................................................................................. 786
View Buttons ....................................................................................................................... 788
Advanced Filter Window ..................................................................................................... 789
Machine Type...................................................................................................................... 790
Tool Inventory Table ................................................................................................................ 790
Tool Inventory Table Shortcut Menu........................................................................................ 794
Edit Group ........................................................................................................................... 795
Auto Sort ............................................................................................................................. 799
Tool Window ............................................................................................................................ 803
Basic Tool Information......................................................................................................... 804
Share the tool conditions among machines ................................................................... 806
Attribute 1............................................................................................................................ 810
Specify the Sheet Saver for the nesting tools to avoid reposition .................................. 812
Attribute 2............................................................................................................................ 814
The Customize Window.................................................................................................. 815
Codes.................................................................................................................................. 818
M Codes ......................................................................................................................... 820
PDC Operation.................................................................................................................... 823
Remnant/Skeleton Name..................................................................................825
Remnant Name ....................................................................................................................... 826
Remnant Name Items ......................................................................................................... 827
Special Name ...................................................................................................................... 827
Date Format ........................................................................................................................ 828
Sequence Number .............................................................................................................. 828
Remnant Name ................................................................................................................... 828
Skeleton Name........................................................................................................................ 831
Skeleton Name Items.......................................................................................................... 831
Special Name ...................................................................................................................... 832
Date Format ........................................................................................................................ 833
Sequence Number .............................................................................................................. 833
Skeleton Name.................................................................................................................... 833
Turret Type........................................................................................................836
Turret Type Window Items ...................................................................................................... 837
Create a New Turret Type ....................................................................................................... 840
Adding a New Station.............................................................................................................. 841
Turret Type Window Short Cut Menu...................................................................................... 843
Turret Type (PDC).............................................................................................844
Turret Type (PDC) Window Items ........................................................................................... 845
Create a New PDC Turret Type .............................................................................................. 847
Adding a New PDC Station ..................................................................................................... 849
Turret Type (PDC) Window Short Cut Menu........................................................................... 850
Result View .......................................................................................................852
Nesting Result List .................................................................................................................. 855
No. Column Heading Shortcut Menu .................................................................................. 856
Save NC Data................................................................................................................. 858
Save SY4........................................................................................................................ 860
Save Schedule/Output Report........................................................................................ 862
Output Report ................................................................................................................. 869
Delete Sheet ................................................................................................................... 872
Display Material Info ....................................................................................................... 873
Display Plan Info............................................................................................................. 874
Row Height ..................................................................................................................... 876
Save Part ........................................................................................................................ 877
Save SY5 as File ............................................................................................................ 878

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Customization of list column ............................................................................................... 879
Warning Information Window .............................................................................................. 881
Time Study Information Window ......................................................................................... 881
Result View Window Shortcut Menu ....................................................................................... 882
Save MJC Data ................................................................................................................... 898
Do Stack.............................................................................................................................. 898
Begin TK Edit ...................................................................................................................... 898
Edit of Pickup/IJP Information window ........................................................................... 900
Information Panel .................................................................................................................... 902
Parts Information Panel ...................................................................................................... 903
Error List Panel ................................................................................................................... 905
NC Panel............................................................................................................................. 906
Manual Edit Mode .............................................................................................910
Manual Edit Mode Shortcut Menu........................................................................................... 912
Manual Edit Mode Parameter Panel ....................................................................................... 913
Confirm/Display Setting........................................................................................................... 915
Move........................................................................................................................................ 927
Move Part............................................................................................................................ 929
Rotate Part .......................................................................................................................... 930
Copy Part ............................................................................................................................ 931
Add Part .................................................................................................................................. 932
Remove ................................................................................................................................... 938
To delete part inside the specified frame ............................................................................ 940
To delete part outside the specified frame .......................................................................... 941
All Selection ........................................................................................................................ 942
Partial Selection .................................................................................................................. 943
Select Same Part at the Same Time................................................................................... 945
Only Same Angle ................................................................................................................ 946
Remnant Edit........................................................................................................................... 947
Add Remnant Cutting.......................................................................................................... 948
Edit Remnant Cutting.......................................................................................................... 951
Remove Remnant Cutting................................................................................................... 953
Change Material...................................................................................................................... 962
Change material by auto-calculation .................................................................................. 962
Input size to change material .............................................................................................. 964
Select sheet code to change material................................................................................. 965
Part Grid .................................................................................................................................. 966
General Part Grid ................................................................................................................ 969
Common Punch .................................................................................................................. 971
Single Part Common Cut .................................................................................................... 973
Sequence Edit ......................................................................................................................... 975
Specify the range ................................................................................................................ 975
Mouse Command................................................................................................................ 979
List Command ..................................................................................................................... 982
Reposition Command.............................................................................................................. 983
Basic Reposition Operation ................................................................................................ 984
Confirm Reposition ......................................................................................................... 984
Manual Reposition.......................................................................................................... 988
Divide Reposition ................................................................................................................ 989
Group Reposition ................................................................................................................ 993
Confirm Schedule Tool ............................................................................................................ 995
Toolbar ................................................................................................................................ 996
Range toolbar ................................................................................................................. 996
Shape toolbar ................................................................................................................. 996
Search toolbar ................................................................................................................ 997
View menu ...................................................................................................................... 998

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Schedule list........................................................................................................................ 999
Turret and tool information table ......................................................................................... 999
Turret Image pane............................................................................................................. 1002
Display Station option ....................................................................................................... 1002
Add New Sheet ..................................................................................................................... 1003
Option.................................................................................................................................... 1004
Manual Tool Assignment .................................................................................1010
Confirm/Display Setting......................................................................................................... 1013
Save Template....................................................................................................................... 1016
Save Part Assignment Data .............................................................................................. 1017
Save Template .................................................................................................................. 1019
Delete Trace .......................................................................................................................... 1022
Joint Edit................................................................................................................................ 1025
End Value .............................................................................................................................. 1034
Sequence Command in Parts ............................................................................................... 1040
Lead In Edit ........................................................................................................................... 1043
Change the Tool Assignment ................................................................................................ 1055
Change single hit tools...................................................................................................... 1055
Change line tools .............................................................................................................. 1060
Assign Tool-Lines .................................................................................................................. 1061
Shear Proof (G66)............................................................................................................. 1063
Lap Amount (G28)............................................................................................................. 1066
Layout Between Single Hit .................................................................................................... 1068
Merge .................................................................................................................................... 1070
Stretch ................................................................................................................................... 1075
Adjust process path on lines ............................................................................................. 1077
Adjust process path on arcs.............................................................................................. 1077
Shift ....................................................................................................................................... 1079
Move process path on lines .............................................................................................. 1081
Move process path on arcs............................................................................................... 1082
Direct Assignment ................................................................................................................. 1083
Assignment between 2 points ........................................................................................... 1084
Diagonal Assignment ........................................................................................................ 1086
Parameter Assignment...................................................................................................... 1087
Hole Assignment ............................................................................................................... 1091
Move/Copy Tool..................................................................................................................... 1093
Move ................................................................................................................................. 1095
Rotate.................................................................................................................................1100
Reverse..............................................................................................................................1103
Apply Assignment the Same Inner.........................................................................................1109
Apply to all the same inners...............................................................................................1110
Apply to the specified same inners .................................................................................... 1111
Fix Process Order .................................................................................................................. 1113
Change the Nibbling Pitch......................................................................................................1118
Laser Hole Division ................................................................................................................1120
Show Tool...............................................................................................................................1121
Option.....................................................................................................................................1122
Auto Correction Condition Setup .................................................................... 1127
Merge .....................................................................................................................................1128
Fill Gaps .................................................................................................................................1130
Remove Guidelines................................................................................................................1134
Break ......................................................................................................................................1136
Get Outer Loop.......................................................................................................................1139
Extra Entities Removal...........................................................................................................1141
Remove Slot...........................................................................................................................1147

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Small Entities Removal ..........................................................................................................1151
Standard Hole Detection ........................................................................................................1154
Remove Holes Enclosing Pattern ..........................................................................................1156
Corner Slot .............................................................................................................................1159
Parts Separation.....................................................................................................................1161
Decimal Approximation ..........................................................................................................1164
Arc Straightening....................................................................................................................1167
Slant Line Removal ................................................................................................................1170
Minute Gap Removal .............................................................................................................1172
Polylines To Arc ......................................................................................................................1175
Special Hole Detection ...........................................................................................................1178
Spline to Lines/Arcs................................................................................................................1180
Delete Point............................................................................................................................1185
Ignore Conditions for Large Data ...........................................................................................1186

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Welcome to Dr. ABE
Welcome to Dr. ABE. Dr. ABE is a sophisticated application used for sheet metal
fabrication.
The software allows you to reduce the costs associated with part production and helps to
improve your productivity. Dr. ABE is designed to create the most efficient nesting jobs
according to the settings that you specify. You can also edit and verify the nesting results
until you are satisfied with the nesting plan.

Dr. ABE has the following features:


User-friendly operation. Nearly all operations, from tool assignment to NC code
generation are automated.
Strong nesting functions and high material utilization, logical and appropriate tool
assignments, optimized sequencing, etc.
Flexible compatibility. The software is compatible with most CAD data formats
(*.dwg, *.iga, *.dxf, etc.). Dr. ABE also supports the AP100 database system
(MiniSDD, SDDJ).

For more information, please refer to the corresponding chapters.

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Whats New
This manual outlines the following new features and enhancements in the latest version
of the software.

New Features

Multiple Language Support


This version supports eight languages, such as Japanese, Chinese, Korean, English and
four European languages.
CSV Format Support
This version supports the output of the nesting plan and nesting result in the CSV files.
Common Cut Zero Beam Width
Dr ABE blank supports the common cut tool assignment when the laser beam width is
set to Zero.
Copy Machine
In the Machine Set window, you can select one machine and click Copy button to create
an identical machine with a different name.
Backup and Restore Machine Parameters
In the Machine Set window, you can select to backup or restore corresponding preference
settings for the corresponding machines.
Multiple Figures Nesting Support
Support to combine the multiple figures to generate the part data automatically by
nesting.
Output G92 to show the process range rectangle size
The system will output the process range size at the end of G92 command line.
Output G93 to display the coordinate in the AP100 report
In this version, you can output the AP100 report and display the G93 coordinates.
Output G93 for A Single Part
This version supports the output of G93 even though only one part is processed.
Print Result View
In the result view, you can select Print Result View from the shortcut menu to print the
result view.
IJP (Ink Jet Printer) Error Message
The data cannot be generated when the output position of IJP has collision with the hole,
then the error message will be displayed in the result view area.
Save SY4 file
After auto execution, you can save nesting result (nesting plan/common
info/condition/machine info/material) except preference information in SDD/MiniSDD

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database and save as file.
Save SY5 file
After auto execution, you can save the tool assignment information of the part as a *.sy5
file.
Save Sheet Information
Assignment result can be saved as the sheet information.
Row Height
You can adjust cell height for better view in result view by typing a value in Row Height:
text box.
Laser Pattern Loop Twice Break
If one loop happens to be partially placed within the process range of one reposition, the
system will automatically break this loop into arcs and process respectively.
Part TK Process Sequence
Consider the final cutting position of the part, before determine the TK sequence.
Sequence by Dividing the Sheet-Option
Sequence by dividing the sheet on the part layout area.
Output Outside of UV
Select whether the specified M code is included in the UV macro commands or not.
Break macro when reposition
The system will break the macro patterns (Part Grid) into single parts to process during
the reposition.
Sorting Base Option
You can select to sequence the parts based on the distance or the direction. Also you can
select One Side Direction in Sequence panel of Laser Sequence preference, and the
system will sequence the parts in one direction.
Laser Tool Assign Support Multiple Laser Route
The system can treat several loops into one and perform laser tool assignment.
ALA Single Common Line Shift
When a slant common line is processed, the system will extend the tool assignment path
to process the common line.
Manual Edit
New Manual Edit toolbar consists of part edit toolbar and sheet edit toolbar. You can
perform part addition, part movement, part removal, part lead-in edit, part joint edit,
part sequence, sheet remnant edit, sheet addition, schedule tool confirmation, sequence
edit, sheet size change, part grid edit, snap point appointment, mouse display change,
template save and the same inner assignment.
Remnant Edit
You can add or edit the Remnant in the manual edit mode.
Sequence Edit
You can define the sequence to process the parts.
Add New Sheet
You can add new sheets.
Option
You can make the settings in the manual edit view, for example, decide whether to
display the message or not.
Reposition Command

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You can make the settings of reposition command manually.
Change Material
You can change the sheet size and sheet code of material.
Part Grid
You can make the settings to generate or edit the data of grid parts.
Confirm Schedule Tool
You can check tools in use and station status of a sheet or a schedule.
Sequence Command in Parts
You can manually change the process sequence of parts.
Laser Hole Division
You can manually make settings to divide laser holes.
Change the Nibbling Pitch
You can manually change the nibbling pitch.
Apply Assignment to the Same Inner
You can manually apply the assignment same with the specified inner to the same
inners.
Direct Assignment
You can manually place common patterns on the part without adding geometry.
Change the Tool Assignment
You can manually change the tool assignment for the part.
Assign the Internal-tab Bend Line
You can decide whether to use Internal-tab bend lines for assignment or not.
Material Manager Multiple Selection
You can select more than one machine and modify sheet information for all the machines
you have selected.
Supporting Flying Pierce
You can select Flying Pierce option from Pierce Type: drop down list in
LeadIn/Out/Pierce panel of Laser Tool Assign Preference. Flying pierce is a short laser
cut with low speed and great power to process special sheet.
Slice Sheet
This function is used to take out a heavy skeleton.
Machine Stop for Prototype
This function is used to determine whether system outputs machine stop for prototype or
not.
Deburring Tool Assignments
The new version provides functions of assigning deburring tools automatically.
Slot2&3 Tool Assignments
The new version provides functions of assigning slot2&3 tools automatically.
Adding Tool to Turret/PDC/HMX
The Turret Layout Setting button allows you to add more than one tool at a time to
Turret/PDC/HMX.
Reposition Editing Confirm Mode
This function allows you to edit reposition manually. You can insert a track to one
reposition freely. You can also divide specified trace into two different repositions.
Template

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In Edit of Template, improved interface provides you the easier way to edit the template.
It is more conveniently to use the new operation flow to add and edit a template.
Ignore Hole in TK Edit
Provides the auto detect function with ignoring holes based on the size you have
specified.
TK Process Type
Provides special assignment and process sequence for TK parts.

Enhancement

Tool Include
A new check box, Tool Include, is added into the Utilization Setting window of System
Setting to consider tool when calculating the sheet utilization.
De-Burring On/Off or Slot Auto On/Off
Select to enable the options of De-Burring On/Off or Slot Auto On/Off.
UV Macro
If the NC contents in one UV macro exceed the machine limits, the system will output
the NC codes in more than one UV macros.
Cross Cursor
The object that the cross cursor catches is not only the pattern, but also including the
edge point, middle point, and the center point of tools.
When the cross cursor appears, we can use the [Home] key to check edge point, the [/]
key to check middle point, and the [*] to check center point.
When you enable the cross cursor function, the focus is in the dialog box for inputting
value; even the mouse moves from the dialog box, the focus stay in the same place.
Consistent Zoom In Operation
The mouse operation in the result view and edit mode are the same if you select Zoom in
option.
Confirm the simulation view of the Nano Joint
Support to confirm the simulation view of the Nano Joint.
Part Removal Sequence
In Peripheral Preference, the Take Out Sequence panel changes into the Part Removal
Sequence panel. These options in the new screen allow you to change the speed of the
axis movement in order to avoid destroying the last part.
Modify the View of Laser Tool Assign
Modify the View of Laser Tool Assign.
Auto Calculate the Min or Max Value for Nibbling Pitch
Get a nibbling pitch range by calculating automatically based on your settings.
Width of Micro Joints and Wire Joints for Special Tool
Specify the width of macro joints and wire joints for SP tools.
Display the list of the TK parts in the sheet
Select the object to edit.
Cut Slug to fit to Work Chute
This function in Process After Preference allows you to cut plate to fit for work chute
when processing inner.

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Cut Slug None Continue
This function in Process After Preference allows you to cut irregular holes.
Nano Joint
This function in Laser Tool Assign Preference allows you to assign nano joint.
Lead Assignment Position Based on the Length and Width
In Laser Tool Assignment Preference of this version, X value for lead assignment
position refers to longer side of object and Y is shorter side of object.
Dont nest parts inside skeleton area
This function in Material Selection panel of Nesting Preference instructs you not to nest
smaller parts in the skeleton area near where irregular part has been nested.
Output Report
In the result view, you can select Output Reports from shortcut menu and print the
relevant reports.

Part Removal Sequence


In Peripheral Preference, the Take Out Sequence panel changes into the Part Removal
Sequence panel. These options in the new screen allow you to change the speed of the
axis movement in order to avoid destroying the last part.
Process Unit Sorting
This option in the Sequence Preference allows you to select a process unit sorting
between Tool Order Logic and Last Tool Logic. You can use the Last Tool Logic to sort
sequence for processing safety, while the Tool Order Logic provides more regular sort
method.
Addition Parameter to Clearance
New parameters, Clearance Selection and Process Speed, are added into Clearance
Preference in order to control clearance exchange order and process speed.
Tool Include
A new check box, Tool Include, is added into the Utilization Setting window of System
Setting to consider tool when calculating the sheet utilization.
Mix Tool Sorting
This check box in the Utilization Setting window allows you to assign tools to part on the
shortest process path. In that case, the process time can be reduced.
Output Outside of UV
New version allows you to select whether the specified M code is included in the UV
macro commands or not.
Auto Calculate the Min or Max Value for Nibbling Pitch
This option in Tool Assign Preference allows you to get a nibbling pitch range by
calculating automatically based on your settings.
Width of Micro Joints and Wire Joints for Special Tool
These options in Tool Assign Preference allow you to specify the width of macro joints
and wire joints for SP tool.
Take out the Reusable Sheet
Take out the reusable sheet after cutting the remnant automatically or manually.
Schedule Assign
Assign the schedule of the corresponding material and thickness.
Separate Schedule

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Select to schedule by turret or material.
Auto Cutout Avoidance
Define the cutout avoidance settings to instruct the laser head to avoid previous cut
holes in the work sheet or part(s).

Getting Started
This chapter describes how to launch the system, the main window, the basic settings
and the basic workflow.

See: System Requirements


Launch Dr.ABE
Quick Start Guide

System Requirements

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About the system requirements, please refer to installation manual.

Launch Dr.ABE

To launch Dr. ABE, select Start to Programs to Amada to Dr. ABE.

Alternatively, you can click the icon in desktop to launch.

Quick Start Guide

This section summarizes the procedure for loading parts, adjusting the nesting schedule,
creating nesting layouts and generating NC code.

See: Dr. ABE Main Window


Basic Dr. ABE Settings
Basic Operation

Dr.ABE Main Window

The main window of Dr. ABE is comprised of the following:

Basic Dr.ABE Settings

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When you first launch Dr. ABE, you should perform the following steps:
1. Define the machine parameter. See: Machine Parameter
2. Define the material parameter. See: Machine Parameter
3. Set the system setting. See: System Setting

Basic Operation

1. Once you have installed the program, you can navigate and select the command in
the menu (Start to Programs to Amada to Dr. ABE), or double-click the Dr. ABE
shortcut icon on the desktop to launch the program.

Click the Select Data button to display the Avon Data Selection Dialog
2. window:

3. Select the part(s) and click Open.


4. Define the part quantity in the main window and put them into the Nesting
Schedule.

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5. Click the Nesting Schedule button to specify the part properties.
6. Click one Preference button in the main window to display the Preference window.
Specify the nesting, NC Generate condition and sequence conditions in the
relevant windows.

In the Main window, click the Auto Execute button to perform the nesting
7. process.

8. The nesting result, and the NC code, will be displayed in the result view.

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9. Right click the No. cell to open the shortcut menu.
Select Save NC Data or Save Schedule to save the data.

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10. Click in the top right corner of the window to exit the program.

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Machine Parameter
Click the Machine Setting button on the main Dr. ABE window to open Machine Set
window. The options in this window allow you to specify various machine parameters.

See: Machine Parameter Toolbar


Machine Parameter Tree View
Machine Information
Laser Information
Cutting Condition
NC Device Information
Peripherals

Machine Parameter Toolbar

Button Description

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Add a new machine.
Edit the settings in the current panel.
Delete the selected machine.
Download the machine parameters stored in the SDD or MiniSDD database.
Copy machine parameters from the specified machine to a new machine.
Specify the Machine Parameter Server PC to download the machine
parameters. You can also specify the Machine Parameter Server PC in the
System panel of the System Setting window.
Backup or Restore the machine parameters.

Machine Parameter Tree View

The registered machines are listed in the Machine


Set window.

Double-click the machine name from the left tree


view, and then select the items you want to display.
You can click to expand the sub-item list or click
to collapse the list.

Machine Information

1. Click to expand the sub items.

2. Select Machine Information to display the Machine Information panel.

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The options in the Machine Information panel allow you to review and modify
machine information.

See: Machine Information Panel


Time Study

Machine Information Panel

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Option Description
Machine Type Display the type and name of the machine you have
selected.
Origin You can input coordinate values in the X, Y, and Z: textboxes
to specify the process origin point of the machine. (-9999.99
to 9999.99 mm)
Punching Process Range Specify the punching process range. (- 9999.99 to 9999.99
mm)
Min The minimum X and Y limit values for the punching process
Max The maximum X and Y limit values for the punching process
Available Pressure (KN) Specify the maximum available punching pressure.
P/F Structure This option indicates whether a P/F Structure exists.

Max. Work Thickness Specify the maximum thickness that can be processed (0.01
to 99.99 mm).
Hit Rate Specify the hit rate of the machine (1 to 9999 HPM).

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Stroke per Minute Specify the number of strokes per minute (1 to 9999 SPM).
Max. Nibbling Pitch Specify the maximum nibbling pitch (0.01 to 99.9 mm).
Max. Nibbling Angle Specify the maximum nibbling pitch angle when nibbling an
arc by using auto index (0.00 to 99.99 degree).
Turret Name Set the turret name which has been already registered in
the process machine.
Storage Name Specify the storage name only for the machine with PDC.
Multi-Tapping This option indicates whether multi-tapping exists.
If it is set to Yes, then you must specify the tapping
information.
NC Driver File Path This drop-down list displays the path and file name of the
machine driver file.
Clamp
Max. Setting Position Specify the maximum limit position when placing the
clamps. (0.0 to 999.99 mm).
Positioner Specify whether a repositioning clamp exists.
Min. Space Specify the minimum space between two auto avoidance
clamps.
Auto Avoidance Clamp This option indicates whether auto avoidable clamps exist.

Y-Direction Offset Define the offset amount in the Y-direction when using offset
Amount clamps.
Y- Direction Dead Zone Define the dead zone range in Y-direction when MERK is
used.
Repositioning This option indicates whether the repositioning function is
supported when MERK is used.
Air Blower Specify whether the air-blow function is available.

M Codes If the Air Blower is enabled, you can specify the starting and
ending M codes.
Energy Save Specify whether to enable Energy Save mode.
If the machine type is NCT, this option does not appear.
M Codes If the Energy Save is enabled, you can specify the starting
and ending M codes. 0999
Energy Save Specify whether to enable Energy Save mode.
M Codes If the Energy Save is enabled, you can specify the beginning
and ending M codes
Time Study Click the Time Study button to display the Process Time
Addition Info window where you can specify the process
time settings.
See: Time Study

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Time Study

The Process Time Addition Info window will appear after you click the Time Study
button in the Machine Information panel. The options in this window allow you to specify
the process time settings.

Punching/laser common Description


Option
M-code This option is used to specify M-code.
Time This option is used to specify time for M-code.
Click this button to add a new M-Code/Time in table
below.
Click this button to delete an existing M-Code/Time in
table below.
Number This option displays a sequential number for a M-code.
M-Code This option displays a M-code.
Time This option displays time for a M-code.

Punching Panel

Option Description
Various Parameters
(Actual#)

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Multi Tapping This option is not available for the moment.
Tap in Turret This option is not available for the moment.
Burring This option is not available for the moment.
Forming This option is not available for the moment.
PDC/PDC2 Tool Change The time to change the PDC/PDC2 tool
Others (0~4) This option is not available for the moment.
Various Parameters
(Integer)
Process Speed Specify the axis speed to calculate the process time.
Others (0~4) This option is not available for the moment.

Laser Panel

Option Description
Various Parameters (Actual#)
Start Trace Height The height of the laser head when the machine
starts the cutting mode.
Return Trace Height (None) The height that the laser head will be raised when
the machine implements the M104 command to
cancel the cutting mode
Return Trace Height (M00) The height that the laser head will be raised when
the machine implements the M104M00 command to
cancel the cutting mode

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Return Trace Height (M01) The height that the laser head will be raised when
the machine implements the M104M01 command to
cancel the cutting mode
Return Trace Height (Chute) This option is not available for the moment.
WorkChute ON/OFF Time This option is not available for the moment.
OVS Gap Detect Time This option is not available for the moment.
All compensation factor The factor is used to determine the actual process
time, which is multiplied by the process time the
system calculates. If the factor is 1.5, the process
time the system calculates is 100 seconds, so the
actual process time will be 150 seconds.
Other (0~4) This option is not available for the moment.
Various Parameters (Integer) This option is not available for the moment.
Add Time before starting process The time before the process starts. If the process
time the system calculates is 100 seconds, and the
Add Time before starting process is 5 seconds, the
actually process time will be 105 seconds.
Time to change gas Time used to change the gas
Other (0~4) This option is not available for the moment.

Laser Information

1. Click to expand the machine list. The Laser Information appears.

2. Select Laser Information to display its corresponding panel.

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Option Description
Laser Process Range Specify the maximum and minimum (X, Y, Z) coordinates
of the laser process limits (- 999.99 to 999.99).
Min. Correction Unit Specify the minimum unit for the cutter compensation
(0.0 to 9.999).
Laser Head Beam Specify the diameter of the laser processing head (0.0 to
9999.999).
Max. Cutting Speed Specify the maximum cutting speed (0.0 to 32767).
Work holder Fixed Y-Axis Define the fixed position of the work holder in the Y-axis.
Water Nozzle This option indicates whether the water nozzle exists.
Clean Cut This option indicates whether Clean Cut function is
supported. A check mark indicates the machine supports
this function.
Aluminum Cut This option indicates whether the machine supports
Aluminum Cut. A check mark indicates this function is
supported.
NC Focus Control This option indicates whether to perform NC focus

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control.
Near Z Axis This option indicates whether a Zaxis sensor exists. A
check mark indicates Zaxis sensor is supported.
Assist Gas NC Control This option indicates whether to perform assist gas NC
control. A check mark indicates Assist Gas NC Control
will be performed.
Output Sub- Blower Specify whether to output the NC code of assistant air
blower device.
Skid Origin Position Specify the X and Y coordinates of the skid origin point.
Pitch 1 and 2 Specify the X and Y pitches of the pincushion where pins
are arranged in grid form. Specify Pitch 2 if the pins are
arranged in a zigzag form.
Reference Point Input values in Z1, Z2, Z3 and Z4 to specify the reference
point position in the Z-axis (0.0 to 9999.99).
Table Type Select the table type from the drop-down list.
Z-Axis Type Select the Z-axis type from the drop-down list.
None Machine without the Z-axis.
Flat 2.5D process machine with the Z-axis (other than the LC
series).
Helical 3D process machine.

Cutting Condition

1. Click the to expand the machine list.

2. Select Cutting Condition and the Cutting Condition window displays.

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See: Cutting Condition Panel
Cutting Condition Details

Cutting Condition Panel

The Cutting Condition panel is divided into two panes. The Cutting Condition Set pane
on the left will list all the materials with the cutting conditions defined, while the
Cutting Condition Not Set pane on the right will list the materials without any cutting
conditions defined.

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Column Title Description
Laser Material Name This column displays the material names.
Material Type This column displays the material type.
Thickness This column displays thickness of a material.
New Click the New button to create a new laser material.
Delete Select a material, and click the Delete button to remove it
from the list.

Download Click the Download icon to import the cutting


condition from the database.
Click JKF button to download *. JKF cutting condition
JKF
files.
Click JKA button to download *. JKA cutting condition
JKA
files.

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How to Create a New Laser Material

To create a new laser material:

1. Click the button.

2. The New Laser Material window will appear. Select or define the Mat. Type,
Thickness and Laser Mat. Name.

3. Click OK. The new material name appears in the list.

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How to Download Cutting Condition from VPSS

1. In the Main Preference window, click the Access Information Manager button.

2. The Access Information Manager window will appear.

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3. Right click the SDD option to open a shortcut menu. Select Add product.

4. The Add New Product Dialog window will appear. Select <<New Computer>> from
the Computer Name: drop-down list.

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5. The Add New Computer Dialog appears. Type the information in the window. Click
OK.

6. Click OK. A new PC is added to the SDD.

7. Add a new product to AMNC [COMPLEXER] using the same method.

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8. After you accessed the VPSS, click the Download button in the Condition
Setting window to display the following window.

9. If None is selected, download the cutting condition from AMNC directly.

10. If SDD or MiniSDD is selected, the cutting condition form AMNC can be
downloaded to the SDD or MiniSDD by the VPSS component and then downloaded
to Dr. ABE with SDD or MiniSDD cutting condition.

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How to Download JKF Files

To download JKF files:

1. Click the button.

2. Select a JKF file to download.

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3. Click Open. A message displays. When downloading JKF files into Dr. ABE, the
original cutting condition will be deleted.

4. Click Yes. The JKF file is imported into Dr. ABE.

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Cutting Condition Details

In the Cutting Condition Panel, select one laser material and double-click to open the
Cutting Condition window. There are five panels: Cutting Process Information, Cutting
Pierce Information, Cutting Edge Information, Nano Joint and Append.

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See: Cutting Process Information
Cutting Pierce Information
Cutting Edge Information
Nano Joint
Append
Machine Parameter

Cutting Process Information

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Item Description
Laser Material Name Display the name of the material.
Mat. Type Display the material type for the material.
Thickness Display the material thickness.
Type The cutting condition type. There are ten types: E001 to
E010.
Speed Specify the speed from zero to the maximum cutting
speed (mm/second) according to the machine specification.
Output Output an oscillator according to the oscillator
specifications (Output the S code from the minimum to
the maximum).
Frequency The oscillator frequency based on the oscillator
specifications (Output the frequency from the minimum
to the maximum in Hz).
Duty Specify the duty according to the oscillator specifications
(The duty cycle in % from the minimum to the maximum).
Assist Gas
Kind The assist gas type (1 to 7 M code). This item depends on
the machine specifications.
Pressure (Mpa) Specify the assist gas pressure (0.0 to 25.5 kgf/cm2).
Switch Time Specify the pulse switching time (0.0 to 9.9 seconds).

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Origin Reposition Specify the reposition from the reference value (1.5 mm in
most cases) on the Z-axis (- 9.9 to 9.9 mm).
Offset (Radius) Specify the laser cutter compensation amount (beam
radius) (minimum corrective unit to 9.999 mm). This
item depends on the machine specifications.
Approach Data Specify the number for approach process (0 or a value
from 201 to 205).
Edge Data Specify the number for edge process (0 or a value from
201 to 205).
Focus Specify the focus position (relative to the reference value)
(- 9.9 to 9.9).
Pulse Type Specify the pulse waveform.

Cutting Pierce Information

Option Description
Pierce No. Display the number of pierce.
Initial Value
Output Specify the piercing output count. This item depends on the
oscillator specifications (the minimum to maximum output S
code).
Frequency Specify the frequency for piercing (the minimum to maximum
frequency in Hz). This item depends on the oscillator
specifications.
Duty Specify the duty cycle for piercing (the minimum to maximum
duty cycle in %). This item depends on the oscillator
specifications.
Increment
Frequency Specify the frequency for high-speed piercing for a thick sheet
(the minimum to maximum frequency in Hz). This item is
dependent on the oscillator specifications.
Duty Specify the duty cycle for high- speed piercing for a thick sheet
(the minimum to maximum duty cycle in %). This item depends
on the oscillator specifications.
Step

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Time Specify the step time for high- speed piercing for thick sheet (0.0
to 9.9).
Amount Specify the number of steps for thick sheet high- speed piercing
(0 to 99).
Pierce Time (0.0 to 99.9 seconds)
Gas
Kind Specify the assist gas type (1 to 7). This item depends on the
machine specifications.
Pressure (Mpa) Specify the assist gas pressure (0.0 to 25.5 kgf/cm2).
Switch Time Specify the assist gas switching time (0.0 to 9.9 seconds).
Std Reposition The reposition from the reference value (1.5 mm in general cases)
on the Z-axis (- 9.9 to 9.9 mm).
Focus Specify the focus position (relative to the reference position) (- 9.9
to 9.9).
Pulse Type Specify the pulse waveform.

Cutting Edge Information

Column Title Description


Edge No. Display the number of Edge type.
Action Angle Specify the intersecting angle of an edge portion at which you
switch to the edge conditions (0 to 180).
Pierce
Output Specify the output for edge piercing. This item depends on the
oscillator specifications (Output S code from the minimum to the
maximum).
Frequency Specify the frequency for edge piercing. This item depends on
the oscillator specifications (the frequency in Hz from the
minimum to the maximum).
Duty Specify the duty cycle for edge piercing. This item depends on the
oscillator specifications (The duty cycle in % from the minimum

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to the maximum).
Time Specify the edge piercing time (0.0 to 99.9 seconds).
Gas Pressure (Mpa) Specify the assist gas pressure for edge piercing (0.0 to 25.59
kgf/cm2).
Gas Kind Specify the assist gas type for edge piercing (1 to 7). This item
depends on the machine specifications.
Recovery
Distance Specify the distance by which recovery from the edge is made in
the following conditions.
Speed Specify the recovery speed (0 to 9999 mm/second).
Frequency Specify the recovery frequency. This item depends on the
oscillator specifications.
Duty Specify the recovery duty cycle (the minimum to maximum duty
cycle in %). This item depends on the oscillator specifications.

Nano Joint

Click the Nano Joint tab to activate the Nano Joint panel. Type 1 and Type 2 are the
Nano Joint processing methods. Please refer to the Nano Joint for details. 801-810
matches the parameters in the Append panel.

Append

Click the Append tab to activate the Append panel. This panel will list the detail
parameters from 801-810.

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Machine Parameter

Specify the cutting conditions according to shape and size of assignment objects.

Note: Select Size/Shape in Laser Assignment panel of the Combination Tool Assignment
Preference window and select Machine Parameter from the Reference of Cutting
Condition (Size/Shape) item.

Note: Please refer to Reference of Cutting Condition (Size/Shape)

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See: Line/Arc
Macro Shape

Line/Arc

The Size/Shape (Line/Arc) section allows you to specify


the cutting conditions for the lines and arcs. In the
ARC table, you can select whether to use arc length or
arc radius to define the conditions.

Column Description
EQ. Specify the relationship between the Line/Arc and Value. There are five
options: <= (less than or equal to), >= (greater than or equal to), = (equal

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to), < (less than) and > (greater than).
Value Specify the reference dimension value.
Cutting Assign the cutting condition (E001E010) to the elements that match the
conditions.

Example
1. Lets take the part with the following dimensions as an example.

2. Select Outer from the Object column and select Size/Shape from the Cutting: drop-
down list. Select Machine Parameter under Reference of Cutting Condition
(Size/Shape) .

3. In Cutting Condition panel of Machine Set window, specify the Line and ARC
cutting conditions as follows:

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4. The lines match the condition set in the Line table. E003 is used to process them.
The round hole matches the condition set in the ARC table. E004 is used to process
it.

Macro Shape

The Size/Shape (Macro Shape) section allows you to specify the process methods for the
patterns. The system supports the following macro shapes: RO (Round), OB (Obround),
SQ-REC (Square-Rectangle), SD/DD (Single D/Double D), ARC Slot and Polygon. For
each macro shape, you can click the button above the table to select dimension type
(length or width) to specify the hole size.

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Column Description
EQ. Specify the relationship between the pattern dimension and Value. There
are five options: <= (less than or equal to), >= (greater than or equal to), =
(equal to), < (less than) and > (greater than).
Value Specify the reference dimension value.
Cutting Assign the cutting condition to the patterns that match the condition. The
options available are from E001 to E010.

Button Description
RO Round
Diameter is selected by default. Use the diameter to specify the cutting
condition for the round patterns.
Click to use the radius to specify the cutting condition for the round
patterns.
OB Obround
Click to use the length to specify the cutting condition for the obround
patterns.
Click to use the width to specify the cutting condition for the obround
patterns.
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Circumference button is selected by default. Use the radius of
circumference of the polygon to specify the cutting condition for
polygons.
Click this button to use the radius of inscribed circle of the polygon to
specify the cutting condition for polygons.
SQ-REC Square-Rectangle
Length button is selected by default. Specify the cutting condition for
the Square-Rectangle patterns.
Click to use the width to specify the cutting condition for the Square-
Rectangle patterns.
SD/DD Single D and Double D
Length button is selected by default. Click this button to use X
direction length of the SD/DD to specify the cutting condition for it.
Click this button to use Y direction length of the SD/DD to specify the
cutting condition for it.
ARC Slot Radius Slot
Click this button to use the arc length to specify the cutting condition
for the arc slot.
Click this button to use the width to specify the cutting condition for
slot.

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Example
1. The following part is used as an example.

In the Path Assignment Method panel, place a check mark in the Use Machine Macro
Shape check box. The system will output process data of the holes as Machine
2.
Macros Shape. If you remove the check mark from the check box, the holes will be
divided into lines and arcs.

Select Machine Parameter under Reference of Cutting Condition (Size/Shape) and


3.
select Size/Shape from the Cutting: drop-down list in the Cutting Condition table

4. In the Machine Parameter panel, specify the conditions as follows.

5. The round Hole matches the condition in the RO table. And the system will process
it using E003. The obround hole matches condition in the OB table. The system
will process it using E004.

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NC Device Information

1. Click to expend the machine list. The NC Device Information displays.

2. Select the NC Device Information option and the NC Device Information window
displays.

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Option Description
NC Device Name You can specify the NC device name.
NC Data Unit You can define the NC program data unit by selecting the
Metric or Inch option button.
Point This option allows you to decide whether the NC data
uses the decimal point. (If the decimal point does not
exist, 100 will be regarded as 1.00).
Digit within Point You can specify the digit within point by selecting the
items in the list box.
Input Integer This item indicates whether integer is input. Use Dr.ABE
to perform simulation.
Note: Previously, when this option is set to Yes, the
system replaces 100 (without a decimal point) with
100.(with a decimal point) you input by default. In this
version, system will display 100.( with a decimal point)
when you input 100.( with a decimal point).
Max. Macro Memory Specify the maximum number of macro characters that
Amount can be stored in the U-V macro (0 to 32000). If the NC
device is the FS- 16, this item is disabled.

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Pattern Memory You can specify the number of patterns that can be stored
(0 to 99).
Address Memory You can specify the number of addresses that can be
stored. This item can be defined only when using the
F3000C or other NC devices that can store a limited
number of addresses. If the NC device cannot store any
addresses, set this item to 0.
Memory Space Define the memory space of the NC device.
G25 Power This option allows you to specify whether to output G25.
This option decides which G code, G25 or G27, will be
output for the first reposition during NC data generation.
If Yes is selected, G25 is output for the first reposition
during NC program generation and G27 will be used for
the second time. If No is selected, G27 will be output for
all the repositioning.
CPU Type The type of CPU the machine uses.
Max. Punch Specify the number of trial punches. For the first step
machine, 5000 is defined; for the second step machine,
10000 is defined.
User Memory Specify the memory space of the NC device with the tape
length (0 to 9999).
Max. File Register Amount Specify the maximum number of files that can be
registered in the NC device (0 to 32767).
Output Arc Specify the output type of arc for laser machine.
R Output the arc with R, and if the arc angle is greater than
180 degrees, output it with I and J.
IJ Output the arc using I, J (I is the X-axis dimension from
the start point of the arc to the end point; J is the Y-axis
dimension from the start point of the arc to the end
point).
User Macro Version Define the version of the user macro (3.0 to 5.0). If the NC
device is the FS-16, ignore this item.
3.0 Machine without the Z-axis
4.0 Machine with the Z-axis
5.0 High-speed format
Axis Move Mode This option allows you to determine the method for
moving the laser head axis.
Fixed Move with fixed angle.
Direct Direct move.

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Peripherals

1. Click the to expand the machine list.

2. Select Peripherals to display the window.

See: Oscillator IJP


Take Out Information Loading/Unloading Device
Clamp Information Work Cute Information
Holder Information Tapping Information
MJC

Oscillator

1. Click to expand the Peripherals list, and the Oscillator will be displayed.

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2. Select the Oscillator option and the Oscillator window appears.

Option Description
Oscillator Name Specify the name of the oscillator.
Output (Min) (Max) Specify the maximum and minimum output values of the
oscillator (0 to 9999 W).
Pulse Specify the pulse type.
Frequency (Min)(Max) Specify the maximum and minimum frequencies of the
oscillator (0 to 9999 Hz).

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Duty (Min)(Max) Specify the maximum and minimum duty of the oscillator
(0 to 100%).

Take Out Information

Click the Take-out Information option from Peripherals to activate the Take-out
Information window.

Option Description
Taking Out Yes/No Specify whether the machine is equipped with an
unloading device.
Type of Taking Out
Type of Taking Out Select a TK type from the pull-down list. The are
two types of TK devices: PartRemoverII and
Hyper TK.

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Taking Out Direction Specify the direction in which TK device takes
out parts.
Unloading M Code
Unloading Skeleton Sheet M Code Specify the M code for unloading the skeleton
sheet. For example, 58.
Unloading Micro Joint Sheet M Code Specify the M code for unloading the micro joint
sheet. For example, 59.
Skeleton to Scrap Shear M Code Specify the M code for skeleton to scrap shear.
For example, 57.
Stacking Scheme
Maximum Height Specify the maximum height for stacking pallet
in the table.
Table Size X and Y Specify the X and Y dimensions of the pallet.
Maximum Weight Specify the maximum weight for stacking pallet
on the table.
Arm information
Minimum Arm Opening Specify the minimum space between the TK
arms.
Maximum Arm Opening Specify the maximum space between the TK
arms.
Arm X and Y Size Specify the X, Y arm size.
M Code of Taking Out Specify the Pickup M code. The options in this
section are only available for hyper TK device.
Vacuum > Cut > Pickup Specify the M code during cutting process after
the system vacuums the parts.
Cut > Vacuum > Pickup Specify the M code during cutting process before
the system vacuums the parts.
Pickup M Code Specify the M code that instructs the machine to
pick up the part.
M Code For Moving Waiting Position Specify the M code that instructs the machine to
move the arm to the waiting position.
PR/TK Parameter Specify the PR/TK parameter. The options in this
section will update when Type of Taking Out:
dro- down list in Type of Taking Out section has
changed.
XHome The distance in X-direction from the punch
center to home position of the X-axis (mm).
X Wait The distance in X-direction between center tool
and the arm.
X Stack:0 The distance in X-direction from the punch
center to where the stacking area begins (mm).
XpickMin The minimum distance in X-direction away from
the center of the punch that PR can pick-up
(mm).

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YAHome The distance in Y-direction from the center line
of the tool to suction cup arm A home position
(mm).
YBHome The distance in Y-direction from center line of
the tool to suction cup arm B home position
(mm).
YPickMax The maximum distance in Y-direction from the
tool center line to suction cup arm B that PR can
pick-up (mm).
Information of Station Specify the information of places to stack the
parts. The options in this table are only available
for the Hyper TK device.
Name Specify the name of the place to stack the parts.
Station Type Specify how to take out the parts. There are
three options, Work Chute, Pallet and Conveyor.
M Code Define the M code (0~9999) to take out the parts.
Min X The minimum X dimension of the parts that can
be taken out
Max X The maximum X dimension of the parts that can
be taken out
Min Y The minimum Y dimension of the parts that can
be taken out
Max Y The maximum X dimension of the parts that can
be taken out

Clamp Information

Click Clamp Information option from the Peripherals list to open the Clamp Information
window.

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Option Description
Number Display the number of clamps.
ON/OFF Specify whether to use clamp or not.
Type You can click the down arrow to open the drop-down list and select
clamp type: Thin Sheet, Thick Sheet, Offset or Small.
Clamp Axis The direction of clamp placement: X or Y.
Clamping Width You can define the width of the clamp.
Clamping and You can define the length of the clamp.
Length
Placement Position You can define the X and Y position where the clamp is placed.
X and Y
Placement Position You can define X and Y position to define the placement of clamp.
Limit X and Y
Sensor Placement You can change the sensor placement position by selecting the
Position options in the list box. There are four options: None, Left, Right
and Bi-directional.

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Sensor Size X and You can define X and Y size of the sensor.
Y
Dead Zone X and Y You can specify the Dead Zone of the clamp by typing X and Y
coordinates. Its only available for laser process trace.

Button Description
Add Clamp Click this button to add a new clamp parameter.
Delete Clamp Select a set of parameters that you want to delete and then click
the Delete Clamp button. The system will prompt you to confirm.
Click Yes to delete the parameters.
Refresh Click the Refresh button after you change the parameter to apply
the new settings, and the drawing will be updated.

Holder Information

Click the Holder Information option from the Peripheral list to open the Holder
Information window.

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Option Description
1st, 2nd and 3rd Specify whether to activate the work holder or not.
Type Select the type of the holder by choosing the option from the
drop-down list.
Size Specify X and Y size of the work holder (0.00 to 99.99).
Position Specify X and Y position of the work holder (- 999.99 to 999.99).

MJC

Click MJC option from Peripherals to open the MJC window.


MJC is an acronym for Micro Joint Cutter.
Punching the parts incompletely prevents the parts from falling out of the sheet. The
section, which connects the part with the sheet, is called a joint. The MJC device is used
to process the micro joint (in the corner of a part) and wire joint (in the side of a part) by
the cutter machine.

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Option Description
MJC Specify whether to activate the MJC device or not.
Work and Part
Work Thickness Specify the minimum and maximum thickness of the
sheet for processing.
Work Size X/Y Specify the minimum and maximum dimension of the
sheet in X/Y direction.
Min. Part Size Specify the minimum dimension of the part in X/Y
direction. The part size is specified by rectangular size of
the part shape.
Cutter This section allows you to specify the offset of the cutter
in X and Y directions.
Micro Joint Specify the offset for micro joint.
Wire Joint Specify the offset for wire Joints .
Special Tool Joint Specify the offset for special tool joint.
Driver Type Select one driver type from the drop-down list.

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Cutter Size X/Y Input value to specify the dimension of cutter in X and Y
direction.
Upper Cutter Size X/Y Input value to specify the dimension of upper cutter in X
and Y direction.

IJP

Click to open the IJP window from the Peripheral list.


IJP is an acronym for Ink Jet Printer.
The IJP is used to print information on the parts.

Option Description
NO There are three sets of parameters available. You can set
the parameters in IJP panel of Peripheral section.
IJP Specify whether to activate the IJP device or not.
Maker Specify the manufacturer code for the IJP device.
Max String Size X/Y These fields are used to specify the maximum string size
in X/Y direction. The following figure indicates the string
size in X/Y direction:

Max String Number This field is used to specify the maximum string number

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in a line.
Line Feed Character This field is used to specify the character used for line
feeds. Then the character is the code for the beginning of
a new line. For example, if you specify // as the line feed
character, and then input 123//4567//890 for the ink-jet
marking string, the IJP will print:

Max Number of Lines This field is used to specify the maximum number of lines
that can be printed at one time.
String Pitch X, Y These fields are used to specify the pitch between strings
in the X/Y direction. The following figure indicates the
string pitch in the X/Y direction.

Raster Size ID Specify the character size that will be sent to the Ink-Jet
Printer. The Ink Jet Printer determines the character size
and pitch for printing according to the raster size
information and string size information. (This is used
when hole interference is checked in Simulation. The
actual character size is determined by this information.)
String Size ID Character size information that is sent to Ink-Jet Printer.

Loading/Unloading Device

You can click the Loading/Unloading Device option from the Peripherals list to display
the Loading/Unloading Device window.

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Option Description
Tandem Device Type You can select the tandem device type from the
pull-down menu.
Thickness Command M-Code You can define the M code and its corresponding
range of material thicknesses.
End Position M-Code You can define the M code and its corresponding
range of material X size. Define this option when
you select Standard Type or Centre Locate Pin
from Tandem Device Type pull-down list.
Pad Group Definition M-Code You can define the M code and its corresponding
range of material X, Y size.

Work Chute Information

You can select the Work Chute Information option from the Peripherals list to display
the Work Chute Information window.

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Option Description
1st and 2nd If there is only one work chute, place a check mark in the
1st check box. If there are two work chutes, place check
marks in both the 1st and 2nd check boxes. Place a check
mark in the option to enable the corresponding work
chute information.
Size X and Y Specify the work chute X and Y size(0.00 to 9999.99).
Replacement Specify the work chute X and Y position. This option
Position X and Y indicates the displacement from the punch center to the
upper right point of the work chute. (- 999.99 to 9999.99).
Dwell Time Specify the dwell time. This is the time when the work
chute opens to the time when it closes (0.00 to 9999.99).
Start M Code Specify the M code for opening the work chute (0 to 999).
End M Code Specify the M code for closing the work chute (0 to 999).
Dead Zone Position X and Y Specify X and Y of the work chute dead zone position.
Dead Zone Area X and Y Specify X and Y of the dead zone area.

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Tapping Information

Select Tapping Information option from the Peripherals list to display the Tapping
Information window.

Option Description
Check Boxes 1 through 8 Place a check mark in the check box to activate the
corresponding tapping options.
Placement Position
Size Specify the tapping M diameter.
X Define the X position of the tapping placement position. The
X value is measured from the punch center.
Y Define the Y position of the tapping placement position. The
Y value is measured from the punch center.
Dead Zone

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X Specify the length of the dead zone in the X direction. The
dead zone X is measured from the clamp center towards two
sides of X direction.
Y Specify the height of the dead zone in the Y direction. The
dead zone Y is measured from the material end point.
M Code
Start Specify the starting M code for the tapping process.
End Specify the ending M code for the tapping process.

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Material Parameter
Click the Material Management button in the main window to open the Dr.ABE
Material Management window.
You can define the Material Type Information and Sheet Information for nesting.

See: Material Manager Toolbar


Material Type Information
Sheet Information
Tube Material Information

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Material Manager Toolbar

Button Description
Click to create new Material Types, Sheet Information or Tube
New
Material Information parameters.
Click to modify the selected Material or Sheet information
Edit
parameters.
Click to remove the selected Material or Sheet information from
Delete
the list.
Click to download sheet information from SDD or MiniSDD.
Get Data from
SDD or MiniSDD
Click to specify the Material Parameter Server PC.
Options
Click to backup or restore Material type information, sheet
Backup/Restore
information and tube material information.

See: Create a Material Type


Edit a Material Type
Delete a Sheet Information
Download Material Type From AP100
Option
Backup and Restore Material

Create a Material Type

To create a material type,

Click Mat. Type Information tab first and then click New button on the toolbar to
1. enable the textboxes on the right side of the window.

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2. Specify name and values accordingly in the Material Type, Specific Gravity and
Tensile Strength: textboxes for the new material.

3. Click Add button to add the new material information into the Mat. Type
Information list.

4. Click Done button to exit the edit mode.

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Edit a Material Type

To edit a material type,


1. Select the material type that you want to modify in the Mat. Type Information list.

Click Edit button on the toolbar to enable the textboxes on the right side of the
2. window.

3. Modify the name or values in the Material Type, Specific Gravity and Tensile
Strength: textboxes.

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Click Modify button to save your changes and continue to edit the next material
4. type.

5. Click Add button to register the modified Material Type.


6. Click Done to finish.

Delete a Sheet Information

1. Click the Sheet Information tab and select the sheet information that you want to
delete from the list.

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2.
Click Delete button on the toolbar.
The Dr. ABE Material Management dialog will appear and prompt you to confirm.
Click OK to remove the sheet from the list or click Cancel to cancel.

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Download Material Type from AP100

To download material types from AP100,

1. Click Get Data from SDD or MiniSDD button.


The Material Parameter Download window will appear:

2. Select Only download material code (Sheet Code) of AP100.


The material code of AP100 will be downloaded into the Dr. ABE Material Manager.
3. Select Download AP100 material type, then register the material code of each type
in Standard Sheet Registration window to download all the AP100 material types.
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thickness in Standard Sheet Register window.

4. Click OK to download the material types with check mark(s) into the Dr. ABE
Material Manager.
5. Click Sheet Size Definition button to display the Sheet Size Define window.
You can define different sheet sizes, codes and quantities for the same material type
in the window.
For example, define the settings in Sheet Size Define window as follows:

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6. Click OK.
The system generates Sheet Code based on the three kinds of sheet size as follows:

Option

1. Click Options button on the toolbar to display the Options window.

Specify the new server name in the Material Parameter Serve PC: textbox to
2.
download the material parameter.

Backup and Restore Material

Click the Backup Restore to display the Dr. ABE System Backup&Restore Material
window.
Select the Material Type Information, the Sheet Information or the Tube Material
Information that you want to backup/restore, then click the Backup (Restore) button.

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See: How to Backup Material
How to Restore Material

How to Backup Material

1. In the Dr. ABE Backup&Restore Material window, place a check mark before the
item(s) that you want to backup in the Items to Backup section.
If you click Select All button, these check marks will be placed before all the items.
If you click Clear All button, these check marks that have been placed before the
items will be removed.

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2. Click the Browse button next to the File Name: text box to display the Choose a
backup file window. You can specify the file name and the folder to save it.

3. Click the Backup button to perform the backup process and make the backup zip file
to the destination folder.

How to Restore Material

1. Open the Dr. ABE Backup&Restore Material window.


2. Click the Browse button next to the File Name: text box to display the Choose a
backup file window.
Navigate to the destination folder and choose the backup zip file that you want to
restore.

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3. Click the Open button.
4. Place a check mark before the item that you want to restore.
If you click Select All button, these check marks will be placed before all the items.
If you click Clear All button, these check marks that have been placed before the
items will be removed.

5. Click the Restore button.

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Material Type Information

Click to open the Material Type Information tab from the Material Manager window.

Column Title Description


Material Type Specify the name of the material type.
Specific Gravity Specify the specific gravity of a material.
Tensile Strength Specify the tensile strength of the material.
Tensile strength is the greatest longitudinal stress that a

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substance can bear before failure.

Sheet Information

Click to open the Sheet Information tab from the Material Manager window.

Column Title Description


Sheet Code The Sheet Code: textbox displays the sheet code.
Material Type The Material Type: textbox displays the material type.
Thickness The Thickness: textbox displays the material thickness.
Material Name Display the material name in this textbox.
Sheet Size X/Y Display the horizontal and vertical dimension of the sheet
specified upon the material registration.
Qty. This textbox displays the quantity of the sheets
Place a check mark in Decrease Sheet Quantity When Save NC
textbox of the System Settings window, the sheet quantities in
stock will be decreased when saving NC data.
If you want the sheet quantity to have no limit, type an asterisk
in the Qty. textbox.
Price The unit price of the sheet. You can type a new price in the

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textbox.
Grain Direction Select the direction of the sheet texture: Vertical, Horizontal.
Comment Type the comments for the material in this textbox.
Special Information This section allows you to specify special information for the
material.
There are three options you can select from the drop-down menu.
None, Coated and Colored Steel.
Sheet Type This option allows you to specify the different sheet types.
Click the arrow button and select the type from the drop-down
list: Standard, Remnant, Skeleton or Sketch.
Priority Define the priority for the material.
Sheet Profile This section is used to preview the profile of the sheet.

See: Standard, Remnant, Skeleton and Sketch Materials


How to Create a Remnant Sheet
How to Create a Skeleton Sheet

Standard, Remnant, Skeleton and Sketch Materials

There are four types of sheet types: Standard, Remnant, Skeleton and Sketch.
The system will highlight the Skeleton sheet with pink, while highlight the Remnant
sheet with yellow.

Purchase standard sheet with 4X8, 3X6.


A remnant is an unused rectangular area of a sheet due to the results of the nesting
process. You also can create the remnant manually. The remnant will be registered in
material management after saving the NC data.

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A skeleton is the remaining material after the part(s) on the sheet is/are removed. The
skeleton can be reused for better sheet utilization. The system will register skeleton in
material management after saving the NC data.

Sketch material is a sheet that has the same X/Y size as that of the part, i.e., there can
only be one part per sheet. The method used to process only the notches and holes is
known as the sketch process, and the material used at that time is called the sketch
material.

How to Create a Remnant Sheet

1. Click the Nesting button to display the Nesting window, and then click the Material
Selection tab to display the Material Selection panel.

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2. Select Create Remnant in the Reusable Sheet section, and then define the Pitch,
Min X Size and Min Y Size values.

3. The system will create the remnant based on the reusable sheet condition when
performing auto execute.

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4. The created Remnant sheet will be registered in the Material Management window
after you save the NC data.

How to Create a Skeleton Sheet

1. Click the Nesting button to display the Nesting window, and then click the Material
Selection tab to display the Material Selection panel.

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2. Select Create Skeleton Sheet in Reusable Sheet section, and then specify the Max
Utilization value.

3. The skeleton sheet will be created if the remainder of the sheet is less than the
maximal utilization you have specified.
The Skeleton sheet will be registered in the Material Management window after you
save the NC data.

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Tube Material Information

The Tube Material Information panel allows you to view all the material information for
tube processing.
Note: The tube material is used for Dr.ABE_Tube.

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System Setting
Click the System Setting button in the Dr. ABE main window to display the System
Setting window. The options in this window allow you to set all your preferences for Dr.
ABE.

Click OK to accept the changes and close the window.


Click Cancel to close the window without saving any changes.

See: View
System
Option

View

The View panel allows you to configure the overall views for CAD Data Drawing, Main

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Window and Result View.

See: Main Window


CAD Data Drawing
Drawing
Information Area
Zoom
Utilization Setting

Main Window

The options in this section allow you to define the system settings, such as the machine
and material parameters and message display.

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Machine Manager Setting
Dr. ABE is compatible with AP100.
If MiniSDD or SDD is installed on your PC, two machine parameter databases are
available: Dr. ABE and AP100. However, when you use AP100 machine manager, the
parameters in Dr. ABE are unavailable. Please pay attention to it.
If Dr. ABE Machine Manager is selected from the drop-down list, the Dr. ABE machine
manager will display in the Machine Set window.

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If SDD Machine Manager is selected, the AP100 machine manager will display in the
Machine Manager window.
The machine parameter in AP100 will be downloaded to the Dr. ABE machine parameter
after you close the window.

Note: Select whether to download machine parameter from SDD or MiniSDD.

Material Manager

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Dr. ABE is compatible with AP100.
If MiniSDD or SDD is installed on your PC, two material parameter databases are
available: Dr. ABE and AP100. However when you use AP100 machine manager, the
features in Dr. ABE, such as Material Qty. Manager/Skeleton Nesting/Vinyl assignment,
are unavailable. Please pay attention to it.
If Dr. ABE Material Manager is selected, the Dr. ABE Material Management window
will display.

If SDD Material Manager is selected, the AP100 material manager will display in the
Material Manager window.
After you close the window, the material parameter in AP100 will be downloaded to the
Dr. ABE material manager.

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Note: Select whether to download material parameter from SDD or MiniSDD.

Message at the Completion of Automatic Processing


Input the message in the textbox, and then it will appear after the Auto Execute process
is complete. The default message is Complete!!

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CAD Data Drawing

This section is used to define the display


format of CAD data drawing in the Main
window and the Nesting Schedule window.

The available formats are unfolded drawing


and 3D drawing.

1. In the main window: the display method can switch between 3D and unfolded as
follows:
3D

Unfolde
d

2. In the Nesting Schedule: the display method will switch between 3D and Unfolded
as follows:
3D

Unfolde
d

Nesting Schedule: When you select 3D, the parts will be displayed with solid Image
by default, while when you select Unfolded, the parts will be displayed with plane
Image by default.

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3D

Unfolde
d

Drawing

The options in this section control the display view of the nesting result.

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Option Description
Quality The system will display a result drawing of high quality, but the
running time is longer than that it takes when you select Speed
option. Because it will occupy excessive memory, please dont use it
until your system has a CPU of high speed.
Speed The system will display a simple result drawing that will reduce the
running time.
View Y Size Define the default width of Result View area and the unit is pixel.
Display Setting Click this button to display the Display Setting window.
You can select different colors to display the elements in the result
drawing.
Expand All is This option is used to control whether you can open and close all
done after generated sheet layouts at one time.
Automatic
Max Number of Define the maximum number of generated sheets layouts that you
Open Sheets can open at one time.
Zoom in The Type value in the nearby box to define the magnifying dimension for
Part Edit window in which you can edit part and the unit is pixel.
Display to

See: View Y Size


Difference between Quality and Speed
Display Different Colors for the Elements on the Part
Expand All is Done after Automatic

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View Y Size

Define the View Y Size of Result View window.


1. Set the View Y Size to 300.

2. Click Auto Execution button, Result View will be displayed as follows:

3. Set the View Y Size to 200.

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4. Click Auto Execution button, the Result View will be displayed as follows:

Difference between Quality and Speed

The following pictures indicate the difference between Quality and Speed.
The result view in Quality mode is as below.

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The result view in Speed mode is as below.

Display Different Colors for the Elements on the Part

Click the Display Setting button, the Display Setting window displays.
In this window, you can specify different colors for the items in the table.
Quality Mode Speed Mode

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Items Description
Items The name of the item that you can specify the
color.
Color Specify the color that is used to display the item in
the result view.
Special Options
Punch Tool is Transparent If you want the punch tool is not transparent,
remove the check mark from the check box and
click the rectangle on the right to select the
display colour. This option is only available for
Quality mode.
By Process After Select this option to enable the Process After color
settings.
Setting Click this button to display the Display Setting of
Process After window.
Specify the display colour for Process After (such
as work chute, machine stop).

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Background Color Specify the background color in the result view.
This option is only available for Speed mode.

Example
1. In the Quality Mode, the default color of Lead In is green.
In the result view, the Lead In is displayed in green.

2. Change the Lead In color to blue.


Click to open the Display Setting window. Click the Colour column corresponding
to the Lead In to open the Color window, where you can select the blue colour for it.

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3. Now the lead in is displayed in blue in the Result View.

In the Process After Cutting window, select Machine Stop from the process: drop-
4.
down list as the end value of the inner loop process:

5. In the Display Setting window, select By Process After and then click Setting
button to open the Display Setting of Process After window.
In this window, you can set red for the Machine Stop.

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6. You can see the result is as follow. The inner loop appears in red as follows because
the Process After is set to machine Stop.

Expand All is Done after Automatic

This option is used to control whether you can open and close all generated sheet
layouts at one time after Auto Execute is performed.
1. When the Expand All is Down after Automatic check box remains empty,

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2. The sheet layouts would display without unfolded image after auto-execution.

3. When you place a check mark in the Expand All is Down after Automatic check
box,

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4. The sheet layouts will display with unfolded image after auto-execution.

Information Area

The options in the Information Area allow you to define which information panels will
display in the Result View, and the X size of the information area.
The available information panels include: Parts Info, Error List and NC Data.

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The selected information will display in the Result View according to the Information
Area X Size that have been specified.

Zoom

You can define the Zoom In Ratio and Zoom Out Ratio in the Result View.

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Option Description
Zoom In Ratio Each magnifying operation will enlarge graphic by the
percentage specified here.
Zoom Out Ratio Each reducing operation will reduce graphic by the percentage
specified here.
Auto Scale Clearance This option allows you to define the display margin in Auto
Value Scale operation.
For example, if you set 10% as the Auto Scale Clearance Value,
the distance from parts with bounding box to the four
boundaries of result display area will be not less than 10% when
you use Auto Scale.
Auto Scale Clearance This option allows you to define the clearance value of the errors
Value of Error that display in the Result View.
Click Error Number from the Error List and the Error will be
magnified automatically.
For example, you set 10% as the clearance of displayed error.
The distance from the error section with a bounding box to the
one of four boundaries that is the most close to the error section
is 10%.
When you set Auto Scale Clearance Value to 10%, the system will display the parts as
follows.

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When you set Auto Scale Clearance Value of Error to 10%, the system will display the
parts as follows.

Utilization Setting

You can specify whether to consider holes or tool when the


system is calculating the sheet utilization.

Example
1. We will process the following part with an inner loop.

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2. If we place a check mark in the Holes Include check box.
After auto execution, it shows the utilization is 10.498%, and the inner loop area
is included when calculating the sheet utilization.

3. If we remove the check marks from the Holes Include: check box, after auto
execution, it shows the utilization is 5.863% regardless of holes area.

4. If we place check marks in both the Tool Include: check box and Holes Include:
check box, after auto execution, it shows the utilization is 11.406%, and both the
inner loop area and tool area are included when calculating the sheet utilization.

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5. If we remove the check mark from the Holes Include: check box and place a check
mark in the Tool Include: check box, after auto execution, it shows the utilization
is 6.771%, and the inner loop area is excluded and the tool area is included when
calculating the sheet utilization.

System

In the System panel, you can specify the settings about the system, such as data unit,
language and server, and specify the backup/restore setting.

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See: System Setting
System Information
License Registration
System Backup and Restore
Preference Frame Current Folder
Parameter Processing

System Setting

The options in this section allow you to specify the basic settings for the system, such as
the Import Unit, Display Unit, Language, Database and Simulation.

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Option Description
Import Unit This option is used to specify the import unit.
The available units are Metric and Inch.
Display Unit This option is used to specify the display unit.
The available units are Metric and Inch.
The unit that specified here is used to display the parameter
preference and the NC data that has been output.
Language This option is used to set the system language.
The available languages are Japanese, English, and Simplified
Chinese.
Database Select the database to load parts from: MiniSDD, SDDJ or File.
Simulation This option allows you to determine which program will be used for
simulation: AP100Global, AP100, LINEA5, Dr. ABE Blank or
None.
CAD Editor This option is used to specify the CAD Editor.
The available CAD Editor is AP100 and FabriCAD.
Initial Part You can specify an initial value.
Number The value will be the default quantity of the parts.
See: Initial Part Number
Sheet Select By Two options are used to define sheet select method for nesting.
See: System Determines Sheet by Material Name
Material Name There are some materials of the same type and the same
thickness, but the name of these materials are not the same, select
this option.

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Material/Thickness If there are no materials of the same type and thickness, select this
option.
Use Wizard for If this option is selected, the Sheet Name Set window will display
Sheet Size/Name in auto execution that allows you to choose a sheet used for
processing.
See: Use Wizard for Sheet Size/Name

See: Initial Part Number


System Determining Sheet by Material Name
Use Wizard for Sheet Size/Name

Initial Part Number

1. This value is the default quantity of the parts.


For example, if you type 6 in the Initial Part Number: textbox

2. Click OK to apply the setting. The value you specified will display as the default
Part Quantity in the main window.
Click Select Data and specify the Input Quantity to 6, then click Push into parts
pool button to put the parts into Nesting Schedule. The parts quantity in Nesting
Schedule will be 36(6*6).
The part quantity can be modified in the Part Quantity column of the Nesting
Schedule window.

System Determining Sheet by Material Name

The difference between Material Name and Material/Thickness options here allow you to
determine the way to select the sheet, by Material Name or by Material/Thickness.
1. When the Material Name option is selected, you can select the material by the
material name registered in the Material Manager.

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2. When the Material/Thickness option is selected, you can select the material by the
material type and thickness.

Use Wizard for Sheet Size/Name

You can select which sheet should be used for processing when clicking auto execute
button.
1. Place a check mark in the Use Wizard for Sheet Size/Name check box.

2. The Sheet Name Set window will appear after you click the Auto Execute button.

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3. The material candidate (Standard, Remnant, Skeleton) used to produce the parts
that pushed into Nesting Schedule, will be displayed in the Sheet Name Set
window.
Select one material from the list or remove the material you dont want to use.
If there is more than one material candidate with the same material/thickness, the
system will select a material according to Material Selection Priority.
You can also add new material by clicking the Add New Sheet button.
You can also copy a specific material by clicking the Copy button.
4. Select a material, and click OK to continue the auto execution.

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5. The system applies the selected materials to nest.

System Information

This section lists the version and server of the Dr. ABE components that have been
installed.

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License Registration

Specify a file containing the license key to register.


See: Installation Guide

System Backup and Restore

You can specify a file to save all the preference settings, machine/material parameters,
nesting schedule and nesting result.

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See: How to Backup the Parameters
How to Restore the Parameters

How to Backup the Parameters

1. Click Backup&Restore button in the System Setting window.


Click the item(s) in the Items to backup section that you want to backup.
You can click Select All button to select all the items.
You can click Clear All button to remove all the check marks from the selected
items.

2. Click the Browse button to specify the backup destination folder and file name.

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3. Click the Open button.

4. Click the Backup button to backup the files. The system will perform the backup
process.

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See: How to Restore the Parameters

How to Restore the Parameters

1. Click the Backup&Restore button in System Setting window.


Click the Browse button to open the Choose a backup file window.

2. Select the file or folder you want to restore and click the Open button.

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3. In the Items to restore section, place a check mark before the items that you want
to restore.
The system will select all the items to restore by default.
You can click Select All button to select all the items.
You can click Clear All button to remove all the check marks from the selected
items.

4. Click the Restore button to restore the files.

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See: How to Backup the Parameters

Preference Frame Current Folder

Specify the path of the folder where the preference files are saved.

Parameter Processing

The Dr.ABE will update automatically when machine parameter and material
parameter (material dimension information) are added. Specify At the time of and the
system will update automatically. If you dont specify At the time of, the system will not
update automatically.

Option Description
Machine Parameter Server PC Specify the PC address to download the machine
parameters
Material Parameter Server PC Specify the PC address to download the material

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parameters.
SDD Parameter Automatic Download When the machine parameter and material
parameter (material dimension information) of
SDD are updated, the Dr.ABE parameter will
update automatically. You can specify the
version of Microsoft SQL Server.
If you want the system to update automatically,
you should specify the At the time of option. If
you not specify the At the time of option, the
system would not download automatically.
MiniSDD Parameter Automatic When the machine parameter and material
Download parameter (material dimension information) of
MiniSDD are updated, the Dr.ABE parameter
will update automatically.
If you want the system to update automatically,
you should specify the At the time of option. If
you not specify the At the time of option, the
system would not download automatically.
At the time of Select the preferred download time of the
parameters.
Starting of Dr. ABE If you select this option, the system will
automatically download the machine and
material parameter from the database each time
Dr. ABE is launched. The system will only
download to save the changed parameters,
instead overwrite all the parameters.
Execution of Automatic Processing If you select this option, the system will
automatically download the machine or material
parameter from the database when automatic
processing is executed. The system will only
download to save the changed parameters,
instead overwrite all the parameters.
Data Server PC (AP100/PCL) This section is used to specify the server where
the SDD or MiniSDD is installed.
Click the Access Information Manager button to
display the Access Information Manager
window. The VPSS Access Information Manager
is an application , which is used to manage
Connection Information for the VPSS Solution.

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Decrease Sheet Quantity when Save NC If you select this option, when
automatically executing the process and
saving the NC data, system will
decrease the sheet quantity in the
Material Manager window
automatically.

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Select Skeleton/Remnant to Save when Save If you select this option, when
NC automatically executing the process and
saving the NC data, system will add the
created skeleton/remnant information to
the Material Manager window. If you
remove the check mark, all the
remnant/skeleton will be registered to
the Material Manager window(If you not
select the Create Remnant or Create
Skeleton in Nesting preference window,
no remnant or skeleton would be
registered to the Material Manager.)

See: Decrease Sheet Quantity When Save NC


Select Skeleton/Remnant to Save when Saving NC

Decrease Sheet Quantity When Save NC

To decrease the sheet quantity when saving an NC program:


1. For example, in the Material Manager window, the quantity of the sheet AI1.0-
2438X1219 is 100.

2. Select the Decrease Sheet Quantity When Save NC option.

3. One sheet AI1.0-2438X1219 is used in the processing and the NC data is


generated.

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4. Save NC data.
5. The quantity of AI1.0-2438X1219 is decreased to 99.

6. If you do not select Decrease Sheet Quantity When Save NC, sheet quantity will
remain the same after one piece of sheet is used.

Select Skeleton/Remnant to Save when Saving NC

1. Load several parts to the Nesting Schedule.


2. In the Material Selection panel of the Nesting window, select Create Skeleton Sheet
under Reusable Sheet, and define the preferred Max Utilization.

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3. Select the Select Skeleton/Remnant to Save when Save NC option in the System
Setting panel.

4. Save the NC data after auto-execution. See Save NC data


5. The Save Confirmation dialog box appears, prompting you to check the
skeleton/remnant that needs to be saved.
Click the Save button.

6. The skeleton saved in Material Manager window will be registered.

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Option

The options in this panel allow you to specify the module to import nesting schedule file
from the other computer system, or expert the nesting result to the other computer.
This panel consists of four sections: Start Module before Conversion, Start Module after
Conversion, Open SDD Part Conversion and Interface File Setting.

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Option Description
Start Module This option allows you to specify an application to convert the
before Conversion nesting schedule files.
See: Example 1
Start Module after This option allows you to specify an application to convert the
Conversion result files of Dr.ABE.
See: Example 2
Open SDD Part This option allows you to specify an application to open when you
Conversion are to open part from SDD.
See: Example 3
Interface File In this section, you can specify the CSV format to output the
Setting nesting plan and nesting result.
In production process, you can load the nesting result file as a CSV
format to control part schedule, or transfer the nesting result file
to production process.
Plan File Setting This option allows you to define plan file format.
There are two options below: Amada CSV Format and Custom.
Amada CSV When AMADA CSV Format is selected, the
Format CSV format used in the WinNEST for AMADA
will be applied.

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Custom Select a form from Custom: drop-down list.
You may also click the Detail button to open the
Option window.
See: Option window
Output Plan File This option allows you to define output format for the plan file.
There are two options below: Amada CSV Format and Custom.
Amada CSV When AMADA CSV Format is selected, the
Format CSV format used in the WinNEST for AMADA
will be applied.
Custom Select a form from Custom: drop-down list.
You may also click the Detail button to open the
Setting of Outputting Result File window.
See: Setting of Outputting Result File window.

Example 1
1. Place a check mark in the check box to enable the conversion function.

2. Click Browse button to open the Select Convert Module dialog box.
3. Select an execution file for conversion.
4. When you are to open a plan file in the Nesting Schedule window, the specified
application will be started.

Example 2
1. Place a check mark in the check box to enable the conversion function.

2. Click Browse button to open the Select Convert Module dialog box.
3. Select an execution file for conversion.
4. Right-click in the part result view screen to open the shortcut menu and select
Save Schedule/Output Report or Save NC Data

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Example 3
1. Place a check mark in the check box to enable the conversion function.

2. Click Browse button to open the Select Convert Module dialog box.
3. Select an execution file for conversion.
4. Then when you open part from SDD, the specified application will be started.

Note: You can open part from SDD in the following three ways.

Method 1 In the main view, click Select Data to display Avon Data Selection Dialog
window.
Method 2 In Dr.ABE main window, click the Nesting Schedule button to open the
Nesting Schedule window.

In this window, click Part button to display the Avon Data Selection
Dialog window.
Method 3
In the Manual Edit window, click Add Part button to open Add Part

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screen. Select SDD and the Avon Data Selection Dialog window will appear.

See: Plan File Setting Option window


Setting of Outputting Result File window

Plan File Setting Option window

Option Description
Custom You can define the CSV file format. There are five types.
Starting Reading Line Sometimes some data in the CSV file does not need to be read.
In this case, you can define from which line to begin to read the
data.
Text Qualifier Define text qualifier used to identifying each item in the CSV.

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There are three options: Double Quotation Mark, Single
Quotation Mark and None.
Delimiters Define which kind of mark in the CSV file will be used as
delimiters: Tab, Semicolon, Comma, Space, Other (type other
marks needed in the textbox directly).
Part Path Select the detailed items for the part name.
Save Part Name This option allows you to load parts by part name. Select this
option when the system is loading parts from SDD database.
Save Part File Path This option allows you to load parts by part file path. Select
this option when the system is loading DXF file.
Treat Consecutive If this option is checked, several consecutive delimiters will be
Delimiters as One regarded as one.
Plan Items Define display item in the CSV file.
Select items from Plan items list and then click the Add button
to add it to the Item and sequence of one record list. Click the
priority button to change the order of the items in the Item
and sequence of one record list.
Select items from Item and sequence of one record list and then
click the Delete button to remove it.

Number Specify the part priority by number.


Character Specify the part priority by character. The system will change
the character into number to define the priority automatically.

Setting of Outputting Result File window

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Option Description
Setting of Outputting You can define the CSV file format. There are five types.
Text Qualifier Define text qualifier to identify each item in the CSV.
There are three options: Double Quotation Mark, Single
Quotation Mark and None.
Delimiters Define which kind of mark in the CSV file will be used as
delimiters: Tab, Semicolon, Comma, Space, Other (type other
marks needed in the Other: text box directly).
Output Setting
Output Part and Sheet Select this option to output part and sheet information.
Output Sheet Only Select this option to output sheet information.
Sheet Record You can define the sheet items that will be displayed in sheet
information of CSV file. Select items from Plan items list and

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then click the Add button to add it to the Item and sequence of
one record list. Click the priority button to change the order
of the items in the Item and sequence of one record list.
Select items from Item and sequence of one record list and
then click the Delete button to remove it.
Note:
Sheet name cannot be deleted.
Record Type Input a character to identify the CSV file that contains sheet
information.
Part Record You can define the part items that will be displayed in the
sheet information of the CSV file. Select items from Plan
items list and then click the Add button to add it to the Item
and sequence of one record list. Click the priority button to
change the order of the items in the Item and sequence of one
record list.
Select items from Item and sequence of one record list and
then click the Delete button to remove it.
Note: Part name cannot be deleted.
Record Type Input a character to identify the CSV file that contains sheet
information.

Example:
1. Place a check mark in Output Plan File: check box and select Amada CSV format.

2. Right-click in the nesting result view and shortcut menu appears, and then select
Save NC Data.

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3. The result file will be outputted as follows,

4. Select Custom in the Output Plan File and make settings as follows.

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5. The result file is outputted as follows:

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CAD Data Load
This chapter introduces the way to load CAD data into nesting and how to specify the
part quantities.

See: How to Load CAD Data


Methods for Specifying the Part Quantity
How to Establish a Connection with a Server

How to Load CAD Data

To load DXF data or data from SDD.

See: How to load DXF data


How to load SDD data

How to load DXF data

Method 1: Drag-and-drop the CAD data to the CAD DATA Load button.
1. Locate the parts using Windows Explorer or use some alternative methods to list
DXF files.
2. Drag-and-drop the DXF file that you want to push into the Nesting Schedule to the
Select Data button, and then release it.

3. Type the part quantity in the Part Quantity: text box and then click the button
to push it into the nesting schedule.

Method 2: Drag-and-drop Data to the Nesting Schedule button.


1. Load the parts with Windows Explorer to list DXF files.
2. Drag-and-drop the DXF file that you want to push into the Nesting Schedule to the
Select Data button, and then release it.

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3. You can open the Nesting Schedule window to specify the part quantity.

Method 3: Select data by clicking Insert File in Nesting Schedule window.


1. Open the Nesting Schedule window, and select File option under the Insert button.

2. In the File Open Dialog window, select DXF file that you want to push into the
Nesting Schedule, then click Open button. You can also specify the material type
and thickness here.

3. You can specify the part quantity in Nesting Schedule window.

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How to load SDD data

To load SDD data, you should select SDD as database in System Setting window.

Method 1: Click Select Data button to display the Avon Data Selection Dialog window
and select data here.
1. Click the Select Data button.

2. Select the parts that you want to load into Nesting Schedule in Avon Data Selection
Dialog window and click Open button.

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3. Type the part quantity in the Part Quantity: text box and then click the button
to push it into the nesting schedule.

Method 2: In the Nesting Schedule window, click button to display the Avon Data
Selection Dialog window and select data here.
1. Click the Nesting Schedule button.

2. You can click the Part button to display the Avon Data Selection Dialog window
and select the data. You can also select the data from the Avon Data Selection
Dialog window by clicking Part under the Insert option.

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3. Select the parts that you want to push into Nesting Schedule in Avon Data
Selection Dialog window and click Open button.

4. You can specify the quantity in the Nesting Schedule window.

Method 3: Push the parts into Dr.ABE Nesting Schedule from AP100 data manager.
1. In the AP100 data manager window, select the data you want to push into Dr.ABE
Nesting Schedule and register it to buffer, then select Dr.ABE from Application
option.

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2. The data will be pushed into Dr.ABE nesting schedule.

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3. You can specify the quantity in the Nesting Schedule window.

Methods for Specifying the Part Quantity

You can specify part quantity as follow.

Method 1: Type the quantity in the Part Quantity: text box after loading the part from
CAD Data.
1. When you drag-and-drop the DXF file to Select Data button or load the data from
Avon Data Selection Dialog which appears after clicking the Select Data button, you
can type the quantity in the Part Quantity: text box and click the arrow button.

Method 2: Specify the quantity when you select data in Avon Data Selection Dialog
window.
1. Specify the quantity when you select data in Avon Data Selection Dialog window.
Put a checkmark into Input Quantity: textbox and the Input Quantity dialog will
appear, and then you can type the part quantity here.

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Method 3: Change the number in the Nesting Schedule window. Type the quantity in the
Part Quantity cell.
1. In the Nesting Schedule window, you can specify the quantity in Part Quantity
column, or specify the quantity in Parts Prosperities window.

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How to Establish a Connection with a Server

1. Click the Select Data button to display the Avon Data Selection Dialog window.

2. Click the Add Server button.


The Add/Remove Server window appears.

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3. Input the server name or address in the Server Name or IP Address: text box and
then click the Add button.
The server is added to the list.
4. Select a server name and click Remove button to remove the server name from the
list. .
Click OK to save the changes.
Click Cancel to exit without saving to the Avon Data Selection Dialog window.
Note: Dr.ABE can support the SDD and MiniSDD database. You can load the DXF
file saved in the local hard disk. See: Database

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Nesting Plan
Click the Nesting Plan button to open the Nesting Schedule window.
The nesting plan allows you to define the part properties for each part, including the
quantity, material, nesting conditions etc.

See: Parts Properties Summary


Menus
Toolbars
My Nesting Plan
Parts List
Parts Properties
Parts Properties Advanced

Parts Properties Summary

1. Click the Nesting Schedule button to display the Nesting Schedule window.
Load parts into the Nesting Plan, and then click Nesting Plan button to
display the corresponding window.

2. Select the part you want to push into nesting schedule from Avon Data
Selection Dialog window that appears by clicking the Part button.

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3. Select a part and double-click it to display the Parts Properties window. You
can also right- click the part and select Edit Part Properties from the
shortcut menu to display the Parts Properties window.
Double-click

Right-click

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5. Introduce the function of the buttons.
OK Click OK to confirm the settings and to return to the Nesting Schedule
window.
Cancel Click Cancel button to exit the window without saving.
Apply Click Apply to apply the settings you have specified for the part.
Click Apply to save the setting after you have made the settings for the
selected part. And then click the Previous (P) or Next (N) buttons to edit the
previous or next part in the Nesting Plan.
Advanced Click the Advanced button to open the Parts Properties Advanced window.

Menus

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The menu bar consists of six options: File, Edit, View,
Insert, Tool and Help. These options allow you to edit
the nesting plan.

See: File Menu


Edit Menu
View Menu
Insert Menu
Tool Menu
Help Menu

File Menu

The options on the File menu allow you to create, open, add, save and print a plan.
Option Description
New Erase all the existing data in the nesting
schedule and create a new plan.
Open Open a nesting schedule that was
previously saved.
Save Save the current nesting schedule.
Save As Save the current nesting schedule with a
new name.
Add Plan Add a plan.
Print Print the nesting schedule.
Material Open the Material Manager window,
Manager and you can add, delete, or modify the
material. See Material Manager
Exit Close the Nesting Schedule window and
return to main window.

Edit Menu

The options on the Edit menu allow you to edit the assemblies and parts in the plan.
Option Description
Undo Reverse the previous operation.
Redo Repeat the previously un-done action.
Cut Cut the selected assembly or part to the
clipboard.

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Copy Copy the selected assembly or part to the
clipboard.
Paste Paste the assembly or part that you
previously cut or copied to the clipboard to
the selected assembly.
Delete Delete the selected part.
Select All Select all the parts in your selected
assembly.
Merge of the Merge the same parts in the same
Same Part assembly.
Parts Open Parts Properties window. Please
Properties refer to Parts Properties
Sort By Sort the inputted parts according to their
Input Order input order.

View Menu

The options on the View menu allow you to choose the display mode of the parts.
Option Description
Details Displays detailed information of the
parts.
Details + Displays detailed information and
Graphics Cube Image of the parts.
Thumbnail Displays thumbnails of the parts.

Examples:
If you select the Details option, the parts are displayed as follows:

If you select the Details + Graphics option, the parts will be displayed as follows:

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If you select the Thumbnail option, the parts are displayed as follows:

Insert Menu

The options of the Insert menu allow you to insert a plan, assembly or a part into the
current plan.
Option Description
Assembly This option will insert a previously saved
assembly to your selected assembly.
Part This option will insert a part from the CAD
database to the plan.
File Click the File to display the Avon Data
Selection Dialog window. Select the DXF data
from this window and load it to nesting
schedule.

Tool Menu

The options in the Tools menu allow you to specify the default
part setting and option.
The Assembly Manager is not available at present.

Option Description

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Default Setting Define the default value for selecting parts.
Select Default Setting and the Parts Properties window
appears.

Options in the Parts Properties panel


Option Description
Priority of Calling Data Specify the priority of the data for nesting.
See: Select Data
Assignment data
Figure + Property data
NC data (Its only available for the laser process

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machine)
Figure data
When you call the part, select the data according to the
specified priority. Put a check mark in the textbox of the data
that you want to use.
Set the highest priority for figure data to call parts as
follows. Put a check mark in figure data textbox, and then
the system will nest them.

Quantity Define the Part and Prototype quantity.


See: Quantity
Process
De-Burring ON/OFF Define whether to auto assign the de-burring tool.
SLOT AUTO ON/OFF Define whether to auto assign the slot tool.
Process Forming Down When you want to process the forming down parts, the
system will use laser to process the outer separately, it cuts
outer width before processing forming and cuts outer length
after processing forming. (Its only available for EML-TK.)
Nesting
Priority Specify the priority for nesting. Please refer to Nesting
Nesting Logic1Pattern SettingProduction Schedule
Group ID Change the group ID when dividing the sheet for nesting.
See: Defining the Group ID for Parts.
Rotation Define whether the part rotation is allowed. If its allowed,
specify the rotate method.
See: Rotation with Different Condition.
Common Line Cutting Perform common line cutting. Put a checkmark in the textbox
to specify the method and quantity.
See: Different Result of the Common Line Cutting
Advanced Specify the default settings in Parts Properties Advanced
window.
See: Parts Properties

Options in the CSV File Setting Panel


Option Description
Amada CSV Format When AMADA CSV Format is selected, the CSV format used in
the WinNEST for AMADA will be applied.

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Custom When Custom is selected, setting options are activated. You can
make the setting to define the CSV file format. Form1-Form 5
are available.
Starting reading line Sometimes some data in the CSV file does not need to be read.
In this case, you can define from which line to begin to read the
data.
Text qualifier Define text qualifier used to identifying each item in the CSV.
Three options: Double Quotation Mark, Single Quotation Mark
and None.
Delimiters Define in the CSV file which kind of mark will be used as
delimiters: Tab, Semicolon, Comma, Space, Other (type other
marks as needed in the textbox directly).
Treat consecutive If this option is checked, several consecutive delimiters will be
delimiters as one regarded as one.
Part Path Select the part path here.
Save part name If Save part name is selected, the system will load parts by part
name. Select it when loading from SDD.
Save part file path If Save part file path is selected, the system will load parts by
part file path. Select it when loading DXF.
Plan Items Define contents in the CSV file. Select items from Plan items
and then click Add button to add it to Item and sequence of one

record list. Click the priority button to change the order of the
items in Item and sequence of one record list. Select the items
you want to delete, and then click Delete button to remove it..

Number Use number to display part priority.


Character Use character to display part priority. The system will
automatically convert the character into number to judge part
priority.

Conversion Process Setting

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Options in the Conversion Process Setting panel
Start Module before Specify the application to change nesting schedule file.
Conversion

1. Put a checkmark into the Carry Out Conversion When Loading Plan textbox to
enable this function.

2. Click Browse button to display Select Conversion Module dialog.


3. Select the file to carry out conversion.
4. Start the specified application when opening the plan file in Nesting Schedule
window.

Help Menu

Select Nesting Plan Help from the Help menu to open the help
system.

Toolbars

The toolbars can enhance your interaction with the system. Each button on the toolbar
is associated with an option or command.
You can click toolbar buttons to execute commands rather than navigate the menus for
options.
You should study all the tool buttons on each toolbar and display those toolbars that you
consider the most useful.

File Toolbar
New

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Open
Save
Print

Edit Toolbar
Undo

Redo

Cut
Copy
Paste
Delete
Parts Properties
Sort By Input Order

View Toolbar
View
Note: Click the thumbnail to define the view. See View Menu.

Insert Toolbar
Assembly
Part

Others
Button Description
Automatically nest different parts on one sheet if there is enough space.
Nest different parts on different sheets respectively and generate the NC
code.
This textbox displays the name of the selected assembly. Different
assemblies can share the same name. You can modify or type a new
name in the Assembly Name text box.
Type comments on the selected assembly.
Type lot quantity of the selected assembly.
Note: Total Quantity of Parts = Lot Quantity of Assembly Parts
Quantity.

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My Nesting Plan

Right-click in the My Nesting Plan area to open the


shortcut menu.

Option Description
New Create a new nesting schedule.
Expand All Expand the selected assemblies, including the
subassemblies and display all the parts. Parts in the
subassembly of the selected assembly will also display.
See Expand All.
Expand Expand the selected assembly and display parts and
subassemblies directly under the selected assembly. Parts
in the subassembly of the selected assembly will not
display. See Expand
Collapse Collapse the selected assembly and hide all the parts
from view. See Collapse
Insert Empty Assembly Insert an empty assembly in the selected assembly. See
Inserting an Assembly.
Delete Assembly Erase the selected assembly. If you select this option, the
system will delete the selected assembly without any
confirmation.
Insert Part Load a part from the specified database and insert it to
the assembly. See: To insert a part
Delete Line Delete a selected part.
Cut Cut the selected part or assembly and paste it to the
clipboard.
Copy Copy the selected part or assembly to the clipboard.
Paste Paste the part or assembly from the clipboard.

Example:
Expand All

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1. Select an assembly and choose Expand 2. The selected assembly expands and
All from the shortcut menu. displays all its subassemblies (including all
the parts in them) and parts.

Expand
1. Select an assembly and choose Expand 2. The selected assembly expands and
from the shortcut menu. shows its subassembly and parts.

Collapse
1. Select an assembly that was previously 2. The selected assembly will collapse. The
expanded and choose Collapse from the parts are hidden from view.

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shortcut menu.

Inserting an Assembly
1. Select an assembly and right-click to open the shortcut menu.

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2. Select Insert Empty Assembly and an empty assembly will be inserted in the
selected assembly.

Inserting a Part
1. Select an assembly and right-click to open the shortcut menu.

2. Select Insert Part to open the Avon Data Selection window.

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3. Select one or more parts and click Open. The newly loaded parts will display in the
selected assembly.

Parts List

The Parts List table lists the basic part information for which have been pushed into
Nesting Schedule.

Column Title Description


No. Parts number which is assigned by system.
CAD Display the information for input data.
CAM Display the information for output data.
Part Quantity The quantity of the parts.
Part Comment display the part comment .

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Part Name The name of the part.
Material Type The type of material.
Material Thickness The thickness of material.
Weight (g) Display the weight of the parts.
Unfold X/ Y Size Display the dimensions in X and Y-axis of the parts.
Rectangle Area The outer rectangle area of the unfolding drawing of the parts.
Rectangle Area = Unfold X x Unfold Y.
Area Without Holes For the parts with inner loops, the dimension displays here is the
total area excluding inner loop area.
Area With Holes For the parts with inner loops, the dimension displays here is the
total area including inner loop area.
Filler Quantity The quantity of filler parts.
Process Date The process date of parts. Click the cell to show the arrow button.
Click the arrow to open the drop-down calendar and select the
process date.
Due Date The due date of parts. Click the cell to show the arrow button.
Click the arrow to open the drop-down calendar and select the due
date.

You can click the column headings to sort the parts by ascending or descending order
of the column data.
You can right-click the column title to display a shortcut menu, and then select the
column items you want the system to display and define the order..

To change the column item


1. Right click the column title to open the following shortcut menu:

2. The title list will be displayed.


3. You can select More to open the Define Display Items window. Select the items
you want to display and click Add button to add them to display. If you want to
change the display order, select the items you want to change and click the Up or

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Down button.

Define Display Items Window Buttons


Button Description
Add Add items in All Items column to Item to Display column.
Delete Delete item from Item to Display column.
OK Save the changes and return to Nesting Plan window.
Cancel Cancel the operation and return to the Nesting Plan window.
Up Move upward the selected item in the list.
Down Move downward the selected item in the list.

See: Shortcut Menu


Light Attribute Editor

Shortcut Menu

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Select a part in the Parts List area to highlight it. Right-
click to display the shortcut menu.

Shortcut Menu Options


Option Description
Edit Parts Properties Select this option to open the Parts Properties window in which
you can edit part attribute.
Cut Select this option to cut the selected part to the clipboard.
Copy Select this option to copy the selected part to the clipboard.
Paste Select this option to paste the part previously cut or copied to
the clipboard to the nesting schedule.
Delete Select this option to delete the selected part.
Select All Select this option to select all the parts displayed in this table.
Row Height Type a value in the Row Height textbox to define the height of
rows of the part list table.
Light Attribute Edit Light Attribute Editor allows you to assign lead in/out, Wire
joint, Corner joint to the patterns, and then save them as
attribute data
Update CAD Data Select this command to overwrite the original data in CAD
Editor and update modified data into Nesting Plan.
To CAD Editor Transfer the selected part to CAD mode. Which CAD editor you
will transfer into depends on your setting in System Setting.

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Light Attribute Editor

In the Light Attribute Editor window, you can make settings about the lead in/out, joint,
sequence, cut condition and end value to the pattern and save the result as SY3 file.

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Menu Bar
Option Description
Open Load a SY3 or SY5 file to edit.
Save Save the currently opened file.
Save All Save all opened files.
Save As Save the current opened file with a new
name.
Close Close the currently opened file.

Option Description
Undo Reverse the previous operation.
Redo Repeat the previously un-done action.

Option Description
Zoom out Select this option to reduce the view.
Zoom In Select this option to magnify the view.
Zoom Restore Select this option to fit the pattern to the
window.

Option Description
Insert This function is not available at this moment

Toolbar
Standard View
New Zoom in
Open Zoom out
Save Zoom Restore
Save All Options
Insert
Redo
Undo
Close

The Options window

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Specify the display unit and the interface
language.

See: To Assign attribute data to a pattern

To Assign attribute data to a pattern

1. Load a part into the Nesting Plan.


2. Select the part from the part list and right-click to display the shortcut menu.
3. Select the Light Attribute Editor option to display the Light Attribute Editor
window.

Lead in/Out
You can move the cursor to the desired position and click to assign the lead in/out.

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Or you can type a value in the Offset from the edge: text box to specify the position
to place the lead in/out.

Move the cursor to the pattern, the position which corresponding to the value
specified in Offset from the edge: text box will become a white point. Click to assign
the lead in/out.

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Joint
You can move the cursor to the desired position and click to assign the joint.

You can place a check mark in the Both sides corner tab check box when specifying
the micro joints (the joints will be generated in the corner).

Click one corner to specify the position for generating micro joints.

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Cut Condition
You can click the Cut Condition button to display the Parameter panel where you
can specify the cutting condition and cutting directions. Click the path you want to
specify, and display the picture as follows.

Select E005 from the Cutting Condition: drop-down list, and CCW from the
Direction: drop-down list.

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End Value
You can click the End Value button to display the Parameter panel where you can
click the path and select its end value from the Process pull-down list.

Remove

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You can click the Remove button to delete the joint or the lead in/out.
After editing, you can select Save As from the File menu to save the result as SY3.
You will notice that a symbol mark appears in the CAD column, indicating the
existence of SY3 file.

Parts Properties

Select a part in the Parts List to highlight it, and then double-click to open the Parts
Properties window.
You can also select Edit Parts Properties from the shortcut menu that appears by right
clicking. The options in this window allow you to edit the properties of the part.

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See: Part Name and Comment
Select Data
Quantity
Dates
Material
Process
Nesting
Change Check Boxes

Part Name and Comment

The part name and comment will appear in this section. You can change the comment by
typing new text. When several parts are selected, asterisks (*) will appear in the fields.

Select Data

This section is used to specify the type of data the system will use when nesting parts.
Different icons will appear in the CAD cell of Part List to indicate the different file types.

Option Icon Description


Pattern Select this option and the system will use the CAD pattern
data to process.

Pattern + Select this option and the system will use the CAD pattern
Attribute Data data and Attribute data to process.
Assignment Data Select this option and the system will use the assignment
data that was saved in the Save Part to process.
NC data Select this option and the system will use NC data to
process. (Its only available for the laser machine)
Change See: Change Check Boxes

Note: You can specify data priority using the following method if data exists for several
parts.
To specify the data priority:

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1. Select Default Settings on the Tool menu in Nesting Schedule window. The Parts
Properties window displays.
2. You can specify the priority order of calling data by clicking the upward or
downward arrow. The assignment on the top of the list has the highest priority.
When calling parts, the system will search the data from the higher priority.

Quantity

This section is used to specify the quantity of parts, filler parts and prototypes.
The filler parts quantity is the difference of part quantity range. For example, if you set
the part quantity as 5~20, the quantity of filler parts will be the difference of 5 and 20, is
15.

If you set the part quantity as 1 to 1, no filler parts will be specified.

If the first quantity is larger than the second quantity, the second quantity will update

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to be the same as the first one automatically after you click OK.

To set prototype condition: please refer to Prototype Condition.

Dates

The options in the Dates section are used to specify the start and end time of the process.

Option Description
Process The starting date and time of process.
Due The due date and time of process.
Change See Change Check Box.

Adjusting the Date


1. You can click the arrow to open the calendar change
the date.
2. You can click the right or left arrow to change the
month and year.
Select a date from the calendar and date will
appear in the field.

Adjusting the Time


1. Click the hour, minute or second to highlight it.

2. Click the upward and downward arrow buttons to change the


time or type the time in the field using the HH:MM:SS format.

How Dates Affect the Process


1. Load two parts that use the same material type as follows:

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2. Open the Nesting Plan window and specify a process date (2005-03-10) for one part,
and a later date (2005-03-11) for the remaining part in Dates section.
3. Specify Process Date from the pull-down list of Grouping Priority option in Group
window and put a checkmark into Strictly Enforce Grouping Priority textbox.
According to the settings, the system will group the parts with same process date,
and the parts with different process dates will be assigned to the others sheets.

4. Click the Auto Execute button in the main window and note the result. The two
parts are nested on two different sheets as follows, because they have different

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process dates.

Material

This section is used to specify the material type, thickness and name. To change them,
you could click the arrow button to open the drop-down list and select a type or thickness.
In the System panel of System Settings window, you can decide the sheet to be selected
by which method, Material Name or Material/Thickness.

The items in Parts Properties window will be different by selecting Material Name and
Material/Thickness.
Material
Name

You can select the material by the material name registered in the Material Manager.
You can click the arrow button to open the drop-down list and select a type, thickness or
name.

Material/
Thicknes
s
You can select material by the material type or thickness.

Process

Define the settings for auto assignment process.

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This section is used to display the
laser material name
See: Cutting Condition window
Turret Layout is not available at
present.
Specify whether to use [De-Burring
ON/OF], [SLOT AUTOON/OFF] or
not.

Option Description
De-Burring ON/OFF Define whether to use de-burring or not.
See: De-Burring
SLOT AUTO ON/OFF Define whether to use slot auto or not.
See: Slot2&3
Process Forming Down When you want to process the forming down parts, the
system will use laser to process the outer separately. It cuts
outer width before processing forming and cuts outer length
after processing forming.
Its only available for EML-TK.

Nesting

The options in this section are used to specify nesting priority, rotation and common line
cutting.

Option Description
Priority This item is used to specify the layout priority of parts.
Please refer to Defining the Part Priority.
Group ID This item is used to specify group ID for parts.
Please refer to Defining the Group ID for the Parts.
Rotation This section is used to specify whether parts are allowed to

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rotate when nesting. Please refer to Rotation with different
condition.
Not Allowed If you select this option, parts are not allowed to rotate when
nesting.
Free If you select this option, parts can rotate freely when nesting.

Note: To enable Common Cut and Pair functions, you need to


select Free from the Rotation combo box.
Use Sheets Grain If you select this option, parts will rotate at the sheets grain
Angle+-180 Degrees angle +-180 degrees.
Use Sheets Grain If you select this option, the parts will rotate according to the
Direction grain direction of the sheet specified in the Material Manager
window. If the grain direction is horizontal, the parts will
rotate at 0 or 180 degrees. If the grain direction is vertical,
the parts will rotate at 90 or 270 degrees.
Rotate 90 Degrees If you select this option, the parts will rotate at 90 degrees.
Common Line Cutting If you select this option, the machine system will allow
common line cutting for nesting.
Please refer to Different result of the Common Line Cutting.
Grid Common-cut or common-punch grid parts. To use this
function, you should select Joint as the End Value
X direction Common-cut or common-punch the X-axis edges of the parts.
Y direction Common-cut or common-punch the Y-axis edges of the parts.
ALA Logic If you select this option, the system can common-cut parts
that the system originally cant common-cut by reversing a
certain degree.
ALA Logic (Pair By If you select this option, the system can common-cut parts
Rotation) that the system originally cant common-cut by rotating a
certain degree.
Different Part If you select this option, the system will common-cut different
parts.
Fixed Qty X/Y Specify the parts quantity in X and Y Axis in a grid.
Change See: Change check box

See: Defining the Part Priority


Defining the Group ID for Parts
Different Nesting Result causing by Rotation
Examples of the Common Line Cutting

Defining the Part Priority

1. As for the Priority in Parts Properties window, please refer to the situation when

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specifying Production Schedule in Nesting Logic1 panel of Nesting window.
Specify the Nesting settings as follows.

2. Define different priorities for these two different parts respectively.


The smaller the number is, the greater the priority.
The priority of the larger one is set to 3; the priority of the smaller one is set to 4. The
larger one has higher priority and it is nested first after auto execution. The nesting
result is as follows.

3. If the priority of the larger part is 4 and the priority of the smaller part is 3, the
smaller part is nested first as follow,

Note: If you select the Give Higher Priority to Group of Small Parts in the Group window,
the system will ignore the priority you set in the Part Properties window and strictly
nest smaller parts at first.

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Defining the Group ID for Parts

1. Define different Group ID for parts in nesting schedule. The system will nest the
parts with different group ID on different sheets.
When nesting on different sheets, put a checkmark in Strictly Enforce Grouping
Priority textbox in Grouping Priority. The Group ID of first part is set to 2 and that
of the second one is set to 3.

2. Define the different group ID for the two parts.


3. The parts with different Group IDs will be nested on different sheets.

Different Nesting Result causing by Rotation

In nesting section, click Rotation arrow button to display the drop-down list. The nesting
result will be displayed differently according to the option you have selected as follows:

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If Not Allowed is selected, the parts will not be rotated during the process.

If Free is selected, parts will be rotated according to the other system settings.

If Use Sheets Grain Angle+-180 Degrees is selected, the parts will be rotated at 0 degree
or 180 degree for nesting.
For example, when the grain direction is vertical, the result is as follows.

If Use Sheets Grain Angle is selected, the grain direction is set to 0 degree.
For example, when the grain direction is vertical, the result is as follows.

If Rotate 90 Degrees is selected, parts will be rotated 90 degrees.

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Examples of the Common Line Cutting

When Common Line Cutting is checked, six kinds of common cut methods are activated:
Grid, X direction, Y direction, ALA Logic, ALA Logic (Pair by Rotation) and Different
Part.

When Grid is selected,


The parts will be common cut as grid and nested as follows.

When X direction is selected,:


Parts will be common cut towards the X direction and nested as follows:

When Y direction is selected,


Parts will be common cut towards the Y direction and nested as follows:

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ALA Logic: Common cut the reversed parts.

ALA Logic (Pair by Rotation): Common cut the rotated parts.

Different Part: Common cut between the parts specified by selecting Different Part.

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Change Check Boxes

When you select multiple parts with different conditions for editing, the Change check
boxes will become active. If you need to change any of the conditions, place a check mark
in the corresponding check box to activate the condition for modification. The
modifications will be applied to all the selected parts.

1. In Nesting Schedule window, select multiple parts and open the Parts Properties
window. The part quantity, thickness and rotation of the three parts are different as
follows:

2. If the items of multiple parts are different, the Change textbox will become
available.

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3. Make setting as follows.

4. Part quantity will be changed as follows.

Parts Properties Advanced

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Click the Advanced button and Parts Properties Advanced window appears. You can
specify Special Information, Sketch Nesting and Production User Setting in this window.

See: Material
Special Information
Size Definition
Code Definition
Nesting
Process and User Define
Taking Out Station
Taking Out Part Grid as One Part

Material

Specify the material type, thickness and material name. The options in this section are
the same as those in the Material section in the Part Properties window.

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Special Information

The options in this section are used to specify special information for the material.

Option Description
Auto If you select this option, the system will select the material
automatically according to the settings youve made in Material
Selection panel of Nesting window. When you select this option, the
Size Definition and Code Definition are masked.
Standard If you select this option, the system will only select standard sheets
for cutting. Remnant and skeleton sheets are not available.
Fix If you select this option, you should define the material type in the
drop-down list. There are three types that you can select: None,
Coated and Colored Steel.
None Common type of the material will be used.
Coated Coated steel material will be used.
Colored Steel Colored steel material will be used.

Size Definition

The options in this section are used to specify the correct size of the sheet. These options
are only available when you select Standard or Fix in the Special Information section.

Option Description
Auto If you select this option, the system will select a best utilization sheet size
automatically.
Fix Specify the material definition to use.

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Code Definition

This section is used to set the code of the material. It is only available when you select
Fix in Size Definition section.

Option Description
Auto If you select this option, the system will select the sheet code automatically.
Fix This option is used to specify sheet code. You can select a sheet code from
the drop-down list.

Nesting

This section is used to specify nesting


type.

Option Description
Standard Standard nesting will be used.
Sketch Nesting Sketch nesting will be used.
Grid If you select this option, parts will be nested as many as
possible as a grid. Part quantity setting will be ignored.

See: Standard Nesting


Sketch Nesting
Grid Nesting

Standard Nesting

1. Select Standard in Parts Properties Advanced window.

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2. The system nests the parts as usual, and the nesting result is as follows:

Sketch Nesting

Note: Make sure that the suitable sketch material which matches the settings specified
in Shear to size panel of the Nesting window has been registered to the Material
Manager.
1. Push the part with size 800X500 into the schedule nesting.

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2. Register the sketch with size 800 x 500 to Material Management.

3. Define the Share to size settings.

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4. The parts will be nested as follows:

5. The system will generate the data of sketch nesting as follows:

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Grid Nesting

1. Select Grid in Parts Properties Advanced window.

2. The system will nest the part as grid.

Put a checkmark to On textbox in Output Part-Grid section of Combination


Sequence window to output the grid macro data.

Process and User Define

The options in this section are unavailable if only Dr. ABE Blank is installed on the PC.
The options can only be used when other software products, such as FabriTRAK, are
loaded on your computer. For example, if you load a CSV file generated by FabriTRAK,
some of the user-defined parameters would appear in the fields of this section.

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Taking Out Station

This section is used to specify Taking Out information. The options in this section are
not available unless you have enabled TK device in the Machine Set window.

See: Taking Out Information

Taking Out Part Grid as One Part

This option is only available when you have enabled TK device.


Sometimes the parts we have processed are too small and cannot be taken out.
The Taking Out Part Grid as One Part option allows the system to grid the small parts
in groups, and then takes them out.

1. Load parts to the nesting schedule.


2. Specify the Process After Cutting settings as follows. The process after cutting for
the part becomes joint and cannot be taken out.

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3. Perform nesting and the result is as follows:

4. Put a checkmark in the Taking Out Part Grid checkbox, and make specification as
follows:

5. After nesting, the nesting result is as follows. The parts can be taken out.

Note: If you select the Taking Out Part Grid as One Part option, you should specify
the Process After Cutting of the parts that are adjacent to joints in the rectangle
area.

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Preference File Window
The chapter introduces how to use Preference File window.

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See: Preference Window Overview
Preference Window Menu
Preference Window Toolbar

Preference Window Overview

The Preference window consists of three panes: Tree View, Preference File and Display
Area.
In the Tree View, you can select a machine and its corresponding preference files in the
upper Preference File pane will display.
The information of the selected preference file will appear in the lower Display Area.

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Splitter bar

See: Splitter Bars


Tree View
Preference File
Display Area Pane

Splitter Bars

The panes in the Preference window are separated by splitter bars. To adjust the display
area of each pane, just click and hold the corresponding splitter bar and drag it to the
desired location. Release the mouse button when you have finished resizing the pane.

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Tree View

Tree view provides an expandable view about all the available resources.

Hierarchical Structure

The Tree View presents a hierarchical view of all the


available resources. The minus box before an icon
indicates that its subordinate items are displayed.
For example, in the right figure, the My Preference
node displays the available machines, Public folder
and Recycle Bin.
Click the , and all the subfolders will collapse.
While clicking the , all the sub items will expand.

In the picture A, the before Public folder indicates


there are subordinate items which are not expanded.
In the picture B, the before the Public folder
indicates there are subordinate items which have
been expanded.

Shortcut Menu

Right-click an icon in the Tree View to display the shortcut menu.


If necessary, you can navigate the cascading menu system to select menu options. The
shortcut options you can select are dependent on the machine icons you select.
For example, if you select an EM-L machine, you can only create the preference files

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about EM-L machine. If you right click My Preference icon, you can only select Machine
Folder and Collapse options.

See: Create a new machine folder

Option Description
Expand Expand the subordinate items.
New The New submenu consists of options that allow you to create
new folders and corresponding preference files.
Note: The Material Type Folder, Thickness Folder and Laser
Material Name Folder options only create new folders in the Tree
View pane. The remaining options are used to create files in the
Preference File pane.
Cut Cut the selected item to the clipboard.
Copy Copy the selected item to the clipboard.
Paste the items previously copied or cut to the clipboard to the
Paste
desired place.

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Delete Delete the selected item.
Rename Rename the selected item.

Note: In the Public folder, only Turret Type and Turret Type (PDC) options have shortcut
menus. These shortcut options are used to create a new turret type preference file.

The shortcut menu of Recycle Bin


Right-click the Recycle Bin icon to
display the shortcut menu. The deleted
folders and files in the Preference
window are transferred to the Recycle
Bin.

Option Description
Expand Display all the items in the recycle bin
Delete Delete all the items in the recycle bin.
Restore Restore the selected item to its original place.
Restore All Restore all the deleted items to their original places.
Empty Recycle Bin Empty all the items in the Recycle Bin.

To create a new machine folder:


1. Select My Preference icon and right-click to display the shortcut menu.
2. Select New to Machine Folder.

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In the MachineName window, select the Machine Type and Machine Name from
the drop-down list, and then click Add button to add the machine folder to the
3. Tree View.
Notes: You can only add the machine folders for the machines that have been
registered in the Machine Manager.

4. A new machine folder LCXI is added to the Tree View.

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Preference File

How to display the preference file:


You can use two methods to display preference files: Details and Icon.
The menu is used to toggle between Detail and Icon view.

Details

Icon

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Creating a New File

Select an icon in the Tree View, such as EM-L, and then right click to open the shortcut
menu.
Select New to Nesting Preference. A new Nesting Preference file will appear in the
Preference File pane. The new file name will be New by default.

Right click EM2510 in TreeView, and then select Nesting Preference from New in
1.
the shortcut menu.

The Nesting Preference is added to the list of Preference File.


2. Name the new file NEW. You can change the name when it still displays in
highlight.

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Preference File Shortcut Menu

Select a file from the Preference File pane and right-click to


display the shortcut menu.

Option Description
Cut Cut the file to the clipboard.
Copy Copy the file to the clipboard.
Paste Paste the copied file or cut file from the clipboard to the desired place.
Delete Delete the selected file.
Rename This option allows you to rename the selected item.
Set Default This option will set the selected file as default when there are several
preference files of the same kind in the Preference File pane. When
executing the nesting, the system will refer to the default settings.

Display Area Pane

When you click a file in the Preference File pane, the Display Area will update and allow
you to view the contents. You also double-click the preference file to open the
corresponding window.

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The corresponding window:

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Preference Window Menu

The menu bar consists of five menus: File, Edit, Tools,


Window and Help.

See: File
Edit
Tools
Window
Help

File

You can add new folders and preference files, and then perform backup or restore
operations.

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Option Description
New Select an option from the New submenu to create the relevant file.
Note: The option to display will be different which is based on the icon
or tree you have selected.
Save Click Save to save the settings made in the current file.
Save All Click Save All to save all the settings made in all files.
Backup& Backup or restore the settings defined in each machine folder and
Restore item in Public.
Close Close the Preference window.

Backup&Restore
Backup or restore the settings defined in each machine folder and item in Public.

Select the items you want to backup or restore, and then click the Backup or Restore
button.
Click Browse button to specify the saved path for the backup file.
Backup Machine Parameter Settings At the Backup/Restore the machine parameter
Same Time at the same time when backup the items.
Restore Machine Parameter Settings At the
Same Time

Edit

The options on the Edit menu allow you to edit folders or files.
You can Redo or Undo the operations, cut, copy, delete or rename the files.

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Option Description
Undo Cancel the operation you did just now.
Redo Restore the operation cancelled by clicking Undo.
Cut Cut the file to the clipboard.
Copy Copy the file to the clipboard.
Paste Paste the copied file or cut file from the clipboard to the desired place.
Delete Delete the selected file.
Rename This option allows you to rename the selected item.

Tools

The options in the Tools menu allow you to change the display settings. You can change
the interface languages or hide the toolbar.

Option Description
Option Select Tools to Option to open the Option window. You could check or
modify the system settings. See: Option window.
Tool Bars
Standard Place a check mark before the Standard option to display the standard
toolbar.
View Place a check mark before the View option to display the View toolbar.

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Option Window

Option Description
System Setting Specify the system unit and language.
Display Unit Select the unit to display the window. Two units are
available: Metric and Inch.
Language Select the language to display the window. The
available languages are Japanese, English, Korean
and Chinese (PRC).
Save Confirmation Setting If Display Save Confirmation Window is selected,
when you close the Preference window, a Save
Confirmation window will display; if Dont Display
Save Confirmation Window is selected, no
confirmation messages will display.
Current Folder Specify the path of the folder where the preference
files are saved. Click button to browse folder to
change the default folder to save the preference
files.
The Priority of Folder of Same Specify the priority of folders of same level, you can
Level clicking the up and down arrow button to change
the priority.

Window

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The currently opened file or folder names will appear in the Window drop-down list. A
check mark next to a folder or file name will indicate that its corresponding window is
activated.

Help

Select Preference Help from the Help menu, or press


<F1>, to open the on-line help reference.

Preference Window Toolbar

Each button on the toolbar corresponds to a command on the menu.


You may prefer to click buttons to execute commands and functions, rather than
navigate the menus.

Standard Toolbar
New

Undo

Redo

Cut

Copy

Paste

Delete

Save

Save All

Help

Backup&Restore

View Toolbar

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View

Click the arrow button next to the View button to display a drop-down
menu from which you can select whether to display the preference files
in detail or icons.

Detail

Icon

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Nesting Preference
The Nesting Preference window allows you to define the various nesting parameters to
process parts.
The system will use these parameters to nest the parts as efficiently as possible when
you use the Auto Execute option.

To open the nesting window:


1. Click the Nesting Preference button in the Dr. ABE window to open the Preference
window.

2. Select a machine name (the following picture take the EM-L as a example) from the
Tree View on the left, double-click the Nesting icon in the Preference File pane to
open the Nesting window.

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See: Nesting Logic 1
Nesting Logic 2
Initial Clamp Position
Part-Spacing/Nesting Border
Material Selection
Share to Size

Nesting Logic 1

In Nesting Logic 1 panel, you can review and modify the basic settings for nesting, such
as Nesting Type, Pattern Setting and the Start Point/Direction.

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See: Nesting Type
Pattern Setting
Start Point/Direction

Nesting Type

This section allows you to specify whether


parts are nested according to the
individual shapes or the overall part
boundaries.

Option Description
Free Shape If you select this option, the parts will be nested with its own
shape. The system will nest the parts with the best utilization.
Rectangle If you select this option, the parts will be nested with an outer
rectangle. Within the range of the outer rectangle, system will
not nest other parts even though there is blank area.
Note: If you select Rectangle, the Common Line Cutting option is
disabled.

Example:
1. For example, you want to nest the following part:

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2. If you select Free Shape, system will use the part shape as a parameter in the
nesting process. The system will adjust the layout to achieve the best sheet
utilization and nest the part instances as follows:

3. If you select Rectangle, the system will calculate a rectangular zone according to
the overall part size and include the part within the rectangle:

The system will nest the parts as follows:

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Pattern Setting

This section is used to specify the nesting


order by the area, the dimension in the X-
axis or Y-axis or production schedule.

Option Description
Special The system will ignore the priority setting in the Nesting Plan
and nest parts.
Area Parts with a larger area will be nested first.

X-Axis The parts having a greater dimension along the X-axis will be
nested first.

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Y-Axis The parts having a greater dimension along the Y-axis will be
nested first.

Production Schedule If Production Schedule is selected, parts will be nested according


to the priority set in the Nesting Plan. The higher the production
priority, the lower the nesting priority.
See: How to nest parts by Production Schedule

Nesting Parts by the Production Schedule

1. Set a different Group ID for each part, but set the same priority for the parts in
the Nesting Plan.
2. Enable the Group Nesting function in the Group window.

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3. Select Production Schedule in the nesting window.

4. The three parts are nested on three sheets according to the Group ID.

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5. Set the same Group ID for all the parts, but set a different Priority for each part
in the Nesting Plan window: Part A (Priority: 2), Part B (Priority: 3) and Part C
(Priority: 4). The nesting result displays as follows:

Start Point/Direction

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The options in this section are used to
specify the start point and nesting
direction. You could select a start point
and direction by clicking corresponding
point or arrow. The selected start point
will become yellow and the selected
direction arrow will become green.
You can shift the parts along the
horizontal, vertical and diagonal axis.
Click the directional arrow in the
graphic below Shift After Nesting to
specify the shift direction. The selected
direction arrow will become green.
If you select a shift direction under Shift After Nesting, the Maximum Dimension for X
Shifting or Maximum Dimension for Y Shifting text boxes become available. You can
specify the maximum dimensions to shift the parts in the direction selected. If the X or Y
value of the boundary box of all the nested parts is less than the X or Y shift value you
have specified, parts will be shifted in that direction. The boundary box (the outer
rectangle) is indicated in red:

The boundary box (the outer rectangle) is indicated in red rectangle in the following
picture:

How to Define the Start Point/Direction

1. If you specify the following starting point and direction:

The nesting result will be as follows:

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2. If you specify the starting point and direction as below:

The nesting result will be as follows:

3. If you specify the starting point and direction as below:

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The nesting result would be as follows:

4. If you specify the starting point and direction as below:

The nesting result will be as follows:

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Example of Shift After Nesting

1. The Start Point/Direction is set as follows,

2. If Shift After Nesting is not selected, the nesting result will be as follows.

The part size is as follows.

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And the dimension of the outer rectangle of the four parts will be as follows:

3. If Shift After Nesting in the X direction is enabled, and the maximum shifting
value set at 700, which is greater than the X value of the outer rectangle, the
nesting result will be as follows:

Select Y direction. The maximum shifting value set as 200, also. The parts will be
shifted in the Y direction.

Select X and Y direction. Type 700 as the maximum shifting value for X direction

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and 200 for Y direction. The parts will be shifted both in X and Y direction.

Nesting Logic 2

Click the Nesting Logic 2 tab to activate the Nesting Logic 2 panel. In this panel you can
specify the parameters for the part grid, the dead zone avoidance, the part rotation pitch,
the pair and part in part function, and the line gap that can be ignored.

See: Grid Pattern


Nest Around Clamps
Part Rotation
Utilization

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Grid Pattern
This section is used to activate the part
grid function and nest all the parts as a
grid. If you select Enable Part Grid
option and put a checkmark in On
check box in Output Part-Grid of
section of the Sequence window, the
system will output G98 grid macro.

Example
If Enable Part Grid is selected, the system will create part grids while nesting the same
parts:

If Enable Part Grid is disabled, the system wont grid the parts when nesting:

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Nest Around Clamps
Usually, the system will avoid nesting the
parts on the clamp or dead zone to avoid
any damage to the machine head or
machine. However, if repositioning is
available, you can nest parts in the clamp
area or dead zones for better sheet
utilization. The three options within the
Nest Around Clamps section are used to
specify whether to avoid clamps, the clamp
area and dead zone.

Option Description
Neglect Clamps If you select this option, the system will ignore the clamp and
dead zone information while nesting.
It is not recommended unless repositioning is enabled.

Avoid Clamp Areas If you select this option, the system will nest the parts around the
clamps and avoid the clamp areas.

Avoid Dead Zones If you select this option, the machine system will avoid the clamp
dead zones when nesting.

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Part Rotation
You can select a number from the
Rotation Pitch drop-down list to define
the incremental angle for the part
rotation. Specifying a rotation pitch for
nesting will greatly reduce the nesting
calculation time.
If you select Auto, the system will
rotate the part to any angle. If you
select a number, the system will rotate
the part incrementally according to the
multiple you selected. For example, if
you select 2, the rotation angle will be
4, 6, 8, 10 etc. The system will use the
degree that results in the best sheet
utilization. Selecting 1 will have the
same effect as selecting Auto.

Utilization

This section is used to specify methods to increase sheet utilization including Pair and
Part in Part nesting.

Option Description

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Pair This option is used to nest the parts as pairs. Some
irregular-shaped parts nested as pairs will result in
better sheet utilization.
Part In Part This option allows you to nest parts inside the cutouts of
other parts, whose cutout dimension is bigger than the
value you specified in Minimum Cutout Edge Length
check box. This will increase the sheet utilization.
Note: To enable Part In Part, you need to set the correct
spacing between parts in the horizontal and vertical
direction.
Minimum Cutout Edge Type a value in the text box to define the length of the
Length shortest edge of cutout. If the shortest edge is smaller
than this value, the system will not nest parts into the
cutout.

Pair Example

Note:
To enable Pair, you need to select Free from the Rotation drop-down list in the Parts
Properties window.
If the Pair option is enabled, system will nest the parts as follows:

If the Pair option is disabled, system will nest the parts as follows:

Part in Part Example


1. You want to nest two different parts on the sheet. One of the parts is larger and
has a large cutout. The dimension of the cutout is 400 x 300.

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2. Place a check mark in the Part In Part check box to enable the option. Type 250 in
the Minimum Cutout Edge Length text box.

3. The smaller parts are nested within the cutout of the larger part after auto
execution:

4. Type 400 in the Minimum Cutout Edge Length text box.

5. In this example, one of lines of the cutout is 300, which is smaller than Minimum
Cutout Edge Length you specified. The smaller parts will not be nested within the
cutout of the larger part:

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Initial Clamp Position

Click the Initial Clamp Position tab to activate the Initial Clamp Position panel. The
options in this panel allow you to specify number of clamps and the clamp locations.

See: Number of Clamp


Absolute
Advance

Number of Clamp
Type the number of clamps in the text box, or use the
spin controls to specify the number of clamps. The
maximum number of clamps is determined by the
settings in the Machine Set window. The range is
from 0 to 6.

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Absolute

Use the Absolute option to edit the X value or horizontal position of the clamps in the
diagram.
The clamp locations are all measured relative to the left edge of the sheet.
For example, the illustration below indicates that there are two clamps. The position of
the first clamp is 300.00, while the position of the second is set at 800.00.

Advance

The Advance option is used to define clamp parameters for different materials. The
following table will appear after you select Advance:

Column Title Description


EQ. The equation relationship between Sheet Size X and its
value.
Sheet Size X The X value of the sheet.
Base 1 (or 2) The reference of the clamp position.
MatLeft The X-axis distance from the clamp to the left side of the
material.

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MatRight The X-axis distance from the clamp to the right side of the
material.
Origin The X-axis distance from the clamp to the origin.
Max Process Right The X-axis distance from the right side of the maximum
process range to clamp.
NO.1 (or 2) The distance to clamp NO.1 (or 2).
Value 1 (or 2) The value of the clamp position relative to Base 1 (or 2).
Note:
If Absolute is selected, the settings for clamps in this
section will be available for all the materials.

Example:
1. If you specify the clamp positions as follows:

2. Check the settings you have made in the Machine Set window. The settings
should match those you have made in the Initial Clamp Position panel. The
setting of clamp in Machine Parameter will be ignored.

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3. The nesting result will be as follows.

4. If Advance is selected, you can specify unique settings for different sheets. For
example, you can specify the number of clamps first, and then use the Advance
table for details.

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5. The different clamp settings will be applied to the material of different sizes:

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Part-Spacing and Nesting Border

Click the Part-Spacing/Nesting Border tab to activate the Part Spacing/Nesting Border
panel.
In this panel, you can specify the part spacing and sheet margin.
To specify the part space and sheet margin, type values in the corresponding text boxes
to define the part spacing.

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Option Description
S Specify the space between parts.
L Specify the distance from part to material left edge.
R Specify the distance from part to material right edge.
T Specify the distance from part to material top edge.
B Specify the distance from part to material bottom edge.

Advance

Place a check mark in the Advance check box to display the Advance table.
You can specify the part spacing and nesting borders for material of different types and
thickness.

Example:
1. Set the spacing for two different kinds of material: 10 for AL and 20 for CRS
material:

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2. Load two kinds of parts into the Nesting Plan. Select AL and CRS as the types of
the sheet respectively.

3. The system will nest the Part 2 on the CRS material, and the part spacing is 20.

4. The system will nest Part 1 on the AL material, and the part spacing is 10.

Material Selection

Click the Material Selection tab to activate the Material Selection panel.
The options in this panel allow you to specify the material type to be used and determine
the utilization of reusable sheets.

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See: Automatic Material Selection
Reusable Sheet
Joint Setting Window
How to Create Skeleton Sheet
How to Create a Remnant Sheet

Automatic Material Selection

The options in the Automatic Material Selection section allow you to specify the material
type, selection and sketch material priority.

See: Material Selection Priority


Selection Priority
Use Sketch Material for Non-Sketch Parts
Dont nest parts inside skeleton area

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Material Selection Priority
The options in this section are used to specify the priority
of three material types: Skeleton, Remnant and Standard.
You can select the type of the material to be processed by
placing a check mark in the corresponding check box. If
all the material types are selected, you can click up and
down arrows to adjust the priorities.

Example:
1. If you select all the material types and specify the priority order as follows:

The Standard sheet (3000x1000) will be used.

2. If you select all the material types and specify their priorities as follows:

The Skeleton sheet (3000x1000) will be used.

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3. If you select all the material types and specify their priorities as follows:

The Remnant sheet (3000x840) will be used.

Note: Make sure that the material types exist in the Material Setting, and Auto (auto
select material) in the Part Properties Advanced window has been selected.

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Selection Priority

This section is used to select sheet utilization.

Option Description
Best Sheet Utilization If you select this option, the system will check all the
materials to find the material of the best utilization.
Do Not Consider Utilization If you select this option, the system will not consider
utilization but to select material according to the
material type priorities.
Exceed Minimum Utilization If you select this option, the Minimum Utilization: text
box is enabled. Type a value in the text box to specify
the minimum utilization. The system will select the
material that exceeds the minimum utilization.

Use Sketch Material for Non-Sketch Parts


Select Sketch from the drop-down list of
Sheet Type in Material Management
window, and then the sketch material
cannot be used when nesting. If you select
this option, the sketch material will be
available for regular nesting of smaller
non-sketch parts. The sketch material will
be processed in the same method with the
standard material.

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Dont nest parts inside skeleton area
Any part shape has a minimum size rectangle that
can totally enclose it. And if you place a check
mark in this checkbox, then the program will not
nest any parts in the skeleton area of this
rectangle.

Reusable Sheet

This section is used to specify the type of reusable sheet that the system will create after
completing one nesting. You can select to create skeleton sheets or remnant sheets.

Options Description
None If you select this option, no reusable sheet will be created.
Create Skeleton If you select this option, skeleton sheet will be created if sheet
Sheet utilization is less than the max utilization. See: How to Create a
Skeleton Sheet.

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Max Utilization Specify maximum utilization of skeleton sheet. You can type a
value in the text box or click the up and down arrow buttons to
adjust the value.
Create Remnant If you select this option, remnant sheet will be created. See: How
to Create a Remnant Sheet.
Pitch Define the incremental value for the remnant creation. For
example, if the Pitch value is set to 20, Mini X Size is set to 100,
the possible remnant X size will be 100, 120, 140, 160, etc.
Mini X Size Specify the minimum X dimension of the remnant.
Mini Y Size Specify the minimum Y dimension of the remnant.
End Value Define the end value for remnant creation. M00 (Machine Stop),
Wire Joint and Micro Joint are available.
Joint Quantity Type a value to define the joint quantity.
Joint Value Type a value to define the width of joint.
Process This option is used for Combo machine only. When processing
machine is Combo machine, you can select whether uses laser or
punching process method to cut the remnants.
Type Specify the method to create the remnant.
Horizontal Cut To create a remnant sheet in the X direction.

Vertical Cut To create a remnant sheet in the Y direction.

T Cut To create remnants in the X and Y direction both.

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Rectangle Cut To create remnants of rectangle shape.

Detailed Setting Click the Detailed Setting button to open the Joint Setting
window. You can make detailed setting for joints. See: Joint Setting
window.

Joint Setting Window

In the Material Selection section, click Detailed Setting button to open the Joint Setting
window. You can specify the Remnant Type, Tool Size, Joint Interval, etc.

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Option Description
Remnant Type Click to select how to cut the remnant. When a different
item is selected a different graph will displays, allowing
you to define the Material adjustment amount, Maximum
Joint interval and Process Direction.

Horizontal Cut Vertical Cut

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T Cut Rectangle Cut
Material adjustment Type a value in the textbox to define the place to start
amount creating the remnant. This value represents the distance
from the process-starting place to the sheet edge. If you
select Laser as the process method, a positive value
means the machine will overcut the material, while a
negative value indicates the machine will undercut the
material.
Maximum Joint interval Type a value in the textbox to define the maximum
(Joint interval Max) distance between joints, when multiple joints are placed.
Process Direction Click the arrow button to define the processing direction.
The selected arrow button will turn green.
Nesting Border Specify the distance between the sheet edge and the
remnant edge.
Nesting Border Set Use the settings in the Part-Spacing/Nesting Border
panel to specify the distance between the sheet edge and
the remnant edge. See: Part-Spacing and Nesting Border
Value Type a value to distance between the sheet edge and the
remnant edge.

How to Create Skeleton Sheet

1. Select Create Skeleton Sheet under Reusable Sheet and define the Maximum
Utilization as 50.

2. The sheet utilization is only 8.412%.

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3. Save NC data. See: Save NC Data

4. Save Confirmation window appears. Click Save button.

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5. In Material Management window, skeleton is created.

How to Create a Remnant Sheet


1. In the Reusable Sheet section, specify the settings as follows.

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2. Click the Detailed Setting button, and specify the settings as follows. See: Joint
Setting Window

3. The system will create the remnant in the X direction.

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4. And the system will generate M00 in the NC code.

5. If you specify the settings in the Reusable Sheet section as follows:

The nesting result will be as follows:

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6. If you specify the settings in the Reusable Sheet section as follows:

The nesting result will be as follows:

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7. If you specify the settings in the Reusable Sheet section as follows:

The nesting result will be as follows:

Shear to Size

Click the Shear to Size tab to activate the Shear to Size panel.
In this panel, you can set the tolerance for sketch material, select the sketch type and
specify joint settings.

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See: Sketch Material Tolerance
Sketch Type
Joint

Sketch Material Tolerance


This section is used to specify the
sketch material tolerance.

In the following illustration, the blue pattern represents the part, and the red pattern
represents the sketch sheet.

Text Box Description

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X If the distance in X-axis between sketch material and the part is not within
the tolerance range, the material will not be used for sketch nesting.
+ Specify the maximum tolerance value in the X- axis.
Specify the minimum tolerance value in the X -axis.
Y If the distance in Y-axis between sketch material and the part is not within
the tolerance range, the material will not be used for sketch nesting.
+ Specify the maximum tolerance value in the Y- axis.
Specify the minimum tolerance value in the Y -axis.

Notes:
1. If you want to use sketch material for nesting, make sure sketch material has
been stored in the Material Manager. If there are no sketch materials, create the
sketch material in the Material Manager.
2. Sketch Nesting should be selected in the Part Properties Advanced window.

Example:
1. The following part has the dimensions of 300 x 200.

2. If you specify all the tolerance to zero, no tolerance will be allowed for the sketch
nesting.

Only the sketch material of that is exactly 300 x 200 can be used for nesting the
part.

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3. If you specify the following tolerance values:

The sketch material of 350 x 250 can be used for nesting the part.

4. If you specify the following tolerance values:

The material that is smaller than the part size will be used because a shortage of
0.5 is allowed in the X size.

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Sketch Type

The options in the Sketch Type section allow you to specify conditions to process the
remainder of the sheet having a size that is very close to the part and, having a Y size
that is within the tolerance range, and having an X size greater than part.

Option Description
The Material Whose X Sizes You must select this option to activate the options
do not Correspond is Used below.
Punch Out if Distance < = If the distance between part and material is smaller
than the value in this text box, the remainder will be
punched out. This function is used for punch machine
only.
Shift to Center if Distance > = If the distance between part and material is greater
than the value in this text box, the part will be shifted
to the center of material.
Shift if Element is Not If the longitudinal line of part is not vertical, type value

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Vertical in the text box to specify the shift distance and shift the
part.

Example:
1. Use a 500 x 400 sketch material to nest a 300x 200 part. Specify the tolerance as
follows:

2. The result is as follows.

3. Select Shift to Center if Distance is > = and type 10 in the text box.

4. The result is as follows.

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5. If the part contains lines that are not vertical, you can shift to the distance value
you set.

6. The result is as follows.

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Joint

This section is used to define the placement of joints on the cutting line.
You can only place joints on straight cutting lines.

Option Description

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Joint Interval Max Type value in the text box to define the maximum
distance between joints when multiple joints are placed.
Process Direction Click or to define the processing direction. The
selected arrow button will turn green.
Material Adjustment Type a value in the textbox to define the place to start
Amount creating the remnant. This value represents the distance
from the process-starting place to the sheet edge. If you
select Laser as the process method, a plus value means
the machine will overcut the material, while a minus
value indicates the machine will undercut the material.

Example:
1. Set the Maximum Joint Interval to 50 and the Material Adjustment Amount to
10. The result on the right indicates that the system did not overcut the material.
10

2. Set the Maximum Joint Interval to 100 and the Material Adjustment Amount to
5. The result on the right shows the system lengthens the path and overcuts the
material.

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Laser Tool Assignment
This chapter introduces the outline of the laser tool assignment.
In the Laser Tool Assign window, you can specify the setting about the Pierce Type, Lead
In position, Path Assignment Method, Corner Process and so on.

To access the Laser Tool Assignment window:


1. In Dr.ABE main window, click the Laser Tool Assign Preference button to open the
Laser Tool Assignment window.

2. In the Tree View pane, select FO3015. In Preference File pane, double-click Laser
Tool Assign icon to display the window.

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Notes:
1. Use the options in the Lead In/Out/Pierce panel to specify the lead-in type, lead-in/out
length, direction, and lead-in position etc.
2. Use the options in the Path Assignment Method panel to specify the assignment
methods and cutting conditions for open path, curve lines etc.
3. Use the options in the Tab/Corner Process panel to specify the settings for tabs and
corners.
4. Use the options in the Detail Setting Window to specify the detailed conditions for
lead in/out assignment, cutting conditions based on the size/shape, as well as the
assignment logic.

See: Lead In/Out /Pierce Panel


Path Assignment Method
Tab/Corner Process
Detail Setting Window

Lead In/Out /Pierce Panel

Use the options in the Lead In/Out/Pierce panel to specify the lead-in type, lead-in/out
length, direction, and lead-in position etc.

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See: Lead In/Out
Collision Check Tolerance
Process Pierce First
The Custom Lead In/Out Definition Window

Lead In/Out

The options in the Lead In/Out table allow you to specify the lead-in/out type, lead-in
length and pierce type etc.

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Column Title Description
Object Select the object that the condition setting will be applied to.
(Outer, Inner, Open Path, All, Slit, Common Cut.)

X/Y Specify the dimension of the pattern.


X: Dimension of the longer side.
Y: Dimension of the shorter side.

EQ. Specify the relation between X/Y and Value1/2.


Value 1 / 2 Specify the reference dimension value.
Lead In Specify the lead in length.
Lead Out Specify the lead out length.
Note: The lead length is fixed for macro patterns. The length
settings for the common lead type do not affect the macro.
See Use Machine Macro Shape
Radius Specify the radius of arc of the lead in/out.
This column is only available when Distance Between Pierce
Position and Part is selected in Decision Method of Lead
Length section in the Detail Setting window.
Over Cut Specify over cut value of the lead in/out.
Position Specify the searching starting position for lead-ins.
The lead-in position will be searched from the starting
position.

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Direction Specify the cutting direction of the path.

Lead In Out Specify the lead-in/out types.


There are 3 kinds of lead-in/out type as introduced below,
On line: the type of lead-in/out that is on line
Outside corner: the type of lead-in/out that is on the corner
of outer loop
Inside corner: the type of lead-in/out that is on the corner of
inner hole
Select the lead-in/out type according to the pattern.
Set the lead-in/out type with priority from left to right.

You can select More to open the Custom Lead In/Out


Definition window, and edit the existing lead type or create
a new one. See: The Custom Lead In/Out Definition Window

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Pierce Type Specify the pierce type. (Laser Pierce, Special Pierce, Flying
Pierce, None)

Laser Pierce Select Laser Pierce from the Pierce: drop-down list to
generate a M103 pierce in the NC code.
Special Pierce Select Special Pierce from the Pierce: drop-down list to
define the pierce parameters. The A Value, B Value and
Cond (101-103) parameters become available.
Value A When Special Pierce is selected, set Value A for the M code
that will be output. (0~99999.9999)
Value B When Special Pierce is selected, set Value B for the M code
that will be output. (0~999)
Condition (101-103) Specify the M code (101~103) that will be output.
Example
Select Special Pierce from the Pierce: drop-down list.
Set the A value to 1, B Value to 2, and Cond (101-103) to

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102.
The system will output the following NC code.

Flying Pierce This pierce does not make a pierce hole (M103 is not
output). It is a short laser cut with low speed and great
power so that the pierce time can be shortened. Usually it is
used for the material with a thin thickness. Select Flying
Pierce from the Pierce: drop-down list and specify the Flying
Pierce Length and Flying Pierce Condition

Flying Pierce Length Specify the Flying Pierce Length. (0~999)


Flying Pierce Condition Select a cutting condition (E001~E010) from the drop-down
list.
Example
Select Flying Pierce from the Pierce: drop-down list.
Type 5 in Flying Pierce Length: text box and select E003
from Flying Pierce Condition: drop-down list.
The system will output the following NC code.

None If you select None from the Pierce: drop-down list, the
system will generate an M103A0 and will not use any pierce
processing.

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Collision Check Tolerance

In order to avoid the lead-in/out collisions between parts and nesting borders, we should
specify the collision check range.

See: Collision Check

Type a value in the Collision Check Tolerance: text box to specify the check tolerance.
This value defines the radius of the circle from the pierce center In the following
illustration, the length of the black arrow is with the specified tolerance value.
The collision check is available within the range of the circle (dash line circle as is
indicated in the picture below).

If any part or nesting border is within the circle range of the pierce position, the collision
will occur. The system will apply the specified settings in the Collision Check table to
avoid the collision.

Process Pierce First

During the process of the thick sheet, after performing all pierce processes for the entire
sheet, cutting defect, such as piercing dross, may occur.
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the products.
If you place a check mark in the Process Pierce First: check box, the system will perform
the entire pierce process first and then begin to process the part.
See: Detail Settings for Processing Pierce First

The Custom Lead In/Out Definition Window

In the Lead In/Out table, you can click one cell in the Lead In Out column and select
More to open the Custom Lead In/Out Definition window.

The Custom Lead In/Out Definition window consists of three panels: On Line, Outside
Corner and Inside Corner. You can select, create, modify and delete the lead-in/out types
in this window.

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Creating a Lead-in or Lead-out Type
To create a lead-in/out:
1. Select More from the Lead In Out: drop-down list to open the Custom Lead
In/Out Definition window. Click the On Line tab.

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2. Right-click the drawing area to open a shortcut menu.
3. Select New from the shortcut menu.

4. Select a drawing tool. There are three drawing tools: Straight Line, 180-Degree
Arc and 90-Degree Arc.

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Straight Line 180-Degree Arc 90-Degree Arc
5. Move the pointer into the drawing area to draw a straight line.

6. Right-click to open the shortcut menu.


7. Select Finish the Path.

8. Draw a straight line after the 90-degree arc is drawn.


Right-click to open the shortcut menu and select Finish the Path.

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9. Click the Lead In button and then click a line in the drawing area to set it as
the lead-in line. In this occasion, the other line will be recognized as the lead-out
line automatically.
Click the Lead Out button and then click a line in the drawing area to set it as
the lead-out line. In this occasion, the other line will be recognized as the lead-in
line automatically.

10.
Click or at the bottom of the Drawing Area to specify the direction of
the lead-in/out.
11. Specify a name and click Save to save the lead-in/out type. The new Lead type
will be added to the list.

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Notes:
The lead-in/out drawing starting position varies with on line, outside
corner/inside corner.
If the lead-in/out is On Line, the starting position will be changed as is shown in
the picture below.

If the lead-in/out is on the Outside Corner, the starting position is as follows:

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If the lead-in/out is on the Inside Corner, the starting position is as follows:

Editing a Lead-in or Lead-out


To edit a lead-in or lead-out:
1. Select More from the Lead In Out: drop-down list to open the Custom Lead
In/Out Definition window.

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2. Select a lead-in/out type that needs editing. The diagram of the selected lead-
in/out will be displayed in the Drawing Area.

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3. Click a lead line in the drawing area to select it. Right-click to open a shortcut
menu. Select Delete from the shortcut menu.

4. The selected line segment is deleted.

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5. Select a drawing tool. Move the pointer into the Drawing Area and create a new
segment. After drawing all the segments, right-click on the drawing area and
select Finish the Path to compete the operation.

6. Click the Lead In button and then click a line in the drawing area to set it as
the lead-in line. In this occasion, the other line will be recognized as the lead-out
line automatically.
Click the Lead Out button and then click a line in the drawing area to set it as
the lead-out line. In this occasion, the other line will be recognized as the lead-in
line automatically.

Click or buttons to specify the direction for the lead-in/out.


7. You can change the lead type name and save it as a new one.
You can also click Save to overwrite the existing type.

Deleting a Lead In or Lead Out


To delete a lead-in or lead-out type:
1. Select More from the Lead In Out: drop-down list to open the Custom Lead
In/Out Definition window.
2. Select a lead type and right-click on it to open the shortcut menu.
3. Select Delete from the shortcut menu. The selected lead type is deleted.

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Notes:
You can right-click one lead type in the Lead type list and select Set as Default.
The lead type will be selectable in the Lead In Out column.

Applying a Lead In or Lead Out


To apply a lead-in or lead-out type:
1. Select More from the Lead In Out: drop-down list to open the Custom Lead
In/Out Definition window.

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2. Click the On Line, Outside Corner or Inside Corner tab to activate the
corresponding panel.
3. Select the lead-in/out types one by one from the corresponding panel.
Set the lead-in/out type priority from left to right in the row. The left type has
the higher priority to the right one.

4. When clicking OK, the selected lead-in/out type will be applied.

5. If you select a lead-in/out type in the On Line panel, the lead-in/out will be
created as follows:

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6. If you select a lead-in/out type in the Outside Corner panel, the lead-in/out will
be created as follows:

7. If you select a lead-in/out type in the Inside Corner panel, the lead-in/out will be
created as follows:

Path Assignment Method

The options in the Path Assignment Method panel allow you to specify the assignment
methods for bend lines, and various cutting condition settings etc.

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See: Etch Layout
Open Path
Treat an Open Path as a Slit
Bend Line Etching
Unfold Reference Line
Internal-tab Bend Line
Use Machine Macro Shape
Pre-hole of Extrusion or Tapping
Points
Marking Setting
Cut Condition Table
Reference of Cutting Condition (Size/Shape)
Rectangle Tube

Etch Layer (DXF Data only)

Perform the etching assignment for the elements on the specified layer.
Specify in the form of Layer Group Name Layer Name
For example, GR3-1 (In the layer group name GR3, make the pattern with layer name
1 as the etching object.)
Because this function does not support AP100 CAD data, it is necessary to output the

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DXF data when using it.

Open Path

Specify the assignment method for Open Path. (Cutting, Etching, None)

Examples:
If you select Cutting from the Open Path: drop-down list, the system will cut all
the open paths.

If you select Etching from the Open Path: drop-down list, the system will etch
all the open paths.

If you select None from the Open Path: drop-down list, the system willnot
process the open paths.

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Treat an Open Path as a Slit

Treat an open path that connects the outer loop as a slit.


Specify the tolerance value if you also want to treat an open path away from the outer
loop as a slit.

Tolerance: If the distance from the end point of the open path to the outer loop is within
the tolerance, the open path will be treated as a slit.
The slit will be processed according to the settings in the Cut Condition Table.

Example
1. The following patterns will be used to illustrate the difference between the open
path and the slit.

2. If you remove the check mark from the Slit check box, all the inside elements will be
treated as the open paths.

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3. Select Line/ARC Length under Decision Method of lead Length in the Lead In &
Pierce Details panel. And then specify the lead length as follows in the Lead In/Out
Table.

4. The system will process the elements as follows.

5. The lead-in length of Open Path 1 is 3, and that of the lead-out is 2.


However, the length of lead-in/lead-out for Open Path 2 and 3 has been shortened
due to the collision check, and the warning messages display in the result view.
Please refer to Collision Check Tolerance for details.

6. Place a check mark in the Slit check box, and type 5 in the Tolerance: text box.

7. If you specify a different lead-in/lead-out length for the open path and the slit.

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8. The process result will be as follows.
Open Path 1 is still treated as an open path. However, Open Path 2 and 3 are
treated as slits, and are assigned the lead-ins/lead-outs of lengths different from
those assigned to Open Path 1.

Bend Line Etching

Specify the etching assignment for bend lines. (Full, Dash, Cross, Cup, None)

Bend Line Etching Options


Bend Line Etching (Up Specify the method to etch the bend up lines.
Only)
Bend Line Etching Specify the method to etch the bend down lines.
(Down Only)
Full Select Full to etch the bend lines by full lines.
When you select Full from the Bend Line Etching (Up Only):
drop-down list, the bend line etchings are shown in full lines.
(See the picture below)

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Dash Select Dash to etch the bend lines by dash lines. In the L1: text
box, you can specify the distance from the bend line end piont
to the etching beginning point.
In the L2: text box, you can specify the length of the etching
line.

When you select Dash from the Bend Line Etching (Down
Only): drop-down list, the bend line etchings are shown in dash
lines. (See the picture below)

Cross Select Cross to etch the bend lines by crosses. In the L1: text
box, specify the distance from the bend line end point to the
etching beginning point. In the L2: text box, specify the cross
size.

When you select Cross from the Bend Line Etching: drop-down
list, the bend line etchings are shown in Crosses. (See the
picture below)

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Cup Select Cup to etch the bend lines by the cup shapes. In the L1:
text box, specify the distance from the bend line end point to
the etching beginning point. In the L2: text box, specify the cup
size.

When you select Cup from the Bend Line Etching: drop-down
list, the bend line etchings are shown in cup shapes. (See the
picture below)

None If you select None from the drop-down list, no process will be
assigned to the bend lines.
When you select None from the Bend Line Etching: drop-down
list, the bend line etchings are shown with no assignment. (See
the picture below)

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Unfold Reference Line

The Unfold Reference Line option allows you to specify the assignment method for
unfold reference lines that are created by AP100. (Etching, None)

Examples
1. If you select Etching from the Unfold Reference Line: drop-down list, the system
will etch all the unfold reference lines on the parts.

2. If you select None from the Unfold Reference Line: drop-down list, the system
will not process unfold reference lines.

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Internal-tab Bend Line

The Internal-tab Bend Line option allows you to specify the assignment method for
internal-tab bend lines that are created by AP100. (Cutting, None)

Example
1. We will process the following pattern with internal-tab bend lines.

2. Select Cutting from the Internal-tab Bend Line: drop-down list, the system will
cut all the Internal-tab bend line (See the picture below)
Select None from the Internal-tab Bend Line: drop-down list, no process will be
assigned for the internal-tab bend lines.

Use Machine Macro Shape

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Place a check mark in the Use Machine Macro Shape check box to enable the system use
a macro command to process the pattern.
Place a check mark in the Break Macro check box and then type a value in the Length >
Width X: text box to break the macros with the specified condition.

Note:
If the hole is standard hole drawn in AP100 or the hole can be recognized as standard
hole by the Standard Hole Detection function in the Auto Correction Setup window, the
system will execute the function of Use Machine Macro Shape to create standard hole
macro data.

Example
1. In the following part, the rectangle hole and oblong hole are standard patterns
drawn in CAD.

2. Place a check mark in the User Machine Macro Shape check box.

3. The NC data will be created with the standard hole macro. (Rectangle Hole: G111,
Oblong Hole: G112)

4. Place a check mark in the Break Macro: check box and type 2 in the Length >
Width X: text box. If the length (longer side) of the standard pattern is greater
than 2 times of its width, this macro will not be used. The pattern will be broken
into separate lines or arcs.

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5. In this circumstance, as the rectangular hole does not match the Break Macro
condition, the system still uses macro and generates G111 in the NC code.
While the OB hole is broken into lines and arcs, because its length (longer side) is
greater than twice of its width. The NC data of OB process will be created without
macro.

Pre-hole of Extrusion or Tapping

The Pre-Hole of Extrusion or Tapping options allow you to specify how to process pre-
holes. (None, Hole Process, Center Mark Up) The Center Mark process follows the
Center Mark Up setting below.

Pre-hole of Extrusion or Tapping Options


Pre-hole of Extension or Specify the method to process the pre-holes.
Tapping
None Pre-holes will not be processed.

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Hole Process The system will assign laser trace to the pre-holes.

Center Mark Up (Option) Select Center Mark Up to apply the specified option in
the Center Mark Up: drop-down list below to process
the pre-holes.
Center Mark Up (Drop-Down Specify the method to process upward center mark.
List)
Center Mark Down Specify the method to process downward center mark.
None The system will not process the pre-holes.
Etching Cross Select this option and specify the cross size in the
right-side textbox, the system will make the
assignment as follows.

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Etching Circle Select this option and specify the circle size in the
right-side textbox, the system will make the
assignment process as follows.

Etching Pierce The system will assign as follows.

Pierce Select Pierce and specify the cutting condition in the


right-side drop-down list, the system will make the
assignment as follows:

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Macro (G118) Select this option and specify the E-code in the right-
side textbox, the system will make the assignment as
follows.

Etching Cup Select this option and specify the cup size in the right-
side textbox, the system will make the assignment as
follows.

Points

Specify the assignment method for points. (None, None+Warning, Etching Cross,
Etching Circle, Etching Pierce, Pierce, Macro (G118))

Example
1. If you select None from the Point: drop-down list, the system will not process the
points.

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2. If you select None+ Warning, the system will not process the points, but warning
messages will appear in the result view.

3. If you select Etching Cross, the system will etch the points in the cross shape.

Type a value in the Size: text box to define the cross size. The result will be as
follows.

4. If you select Etching Circle, the system will etch the points in the circle shape.

Type a value in the Size: text box to define the circle size. The result will be as
follows.

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5. If you select Etching Pierce, the system will process the points by etching pierce.

The system will do the assignment as follows.


E010 will be generated in the NC code.

6. If Pierce is selected, the points will be pierced.

Select one cutting condition from the drop-down list.


The selected cutting condition will be output in the NC code as is shown in the
picture below.

7. If Macro (G118) is selected, the system will make macro assignment for the points.

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Specify the E-code in the right-side textbox.
The specified E-code will be output in the NC code.

Marking Setting
Specify the process method for the
strings created by the Marking (Laser)
function in AP100. (None, Etching,
Etching [count]).

Option Description
None If you select None from the Marking Setting: drop-down list, the
marking strings will not be applied.
Etching If you select Etching from the Marking Setting: drop-down list,
the etching process will be used in the marking strings.
Etching [Count] Select Etching [Count] from the Marking Setting: drop-down list
to enable the Etching [Count] settings.
See: Marking Setting for Etching [Count]

Cut Condition Table

The options in the Cut Condition table allow you to define the cutting conditions to
process the specified elements.

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Option Description
Object Specify the object that the cutting condition will be
assigned to. (Outer, Inner, Open Path, All, Slit and
Common Cut)
X/Y Specify the X, Y or special dimension forthe object
pattern. (X, Y, Avg., Cpx., IA1, and IA2)
X The overall horizontal dimension of the geometry.
Y The overall vertical dimension of the geometry.
Avg. Avg. refers to the average length of the individual line
segment of the pattern. In the Cutting Condition panel of
the Detail Setting window, you can decide whether the
line with an extreme long or short length to be included in
this Avg calculation.
CPX CPX is a quotient of the total perimeter value that is
divided by the outer rectangle perimeter value. The
following example illustrates the Cpx. calculation
formula:

Total Perimeter = 560

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Outer rectangle perimeter = 400
560/400 = 1.4
Cpx. = 1.4
Exception to Averaging IA1/2 is the condition that decides whether to include the
(Detail Setting Cutting line with an extreme long or short length in the Avg
Condition) calculation.
IA1/2 IA1: The line with a length shorter than the value will not
be calculated in Avg.
IA2: The line with a length longer than the value will not
be calculated in Avg.
EQ. Specify the relationship between X/Y column and
Value1/2 column. There are five options: <= (less than or
equal to), >= (greater than or equal to), = (equal to), <
(less than) and > (greater than).
Value 1/2 Specify the reference dimension value.
Cutting Select the cutting condition from E001 to E010.
When Size/Shape is selected, it is possible to set the
cutting condition according to the size/shape of the
pattern.
See: Reference of Cutting Condition (Size/Shape)

To define cutting conditions for different patterns


1. Take the following part as an example to explain the cutting condition setting
method

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2. Specify the conditions as follows:

3. The inner loops match Condition 3.


E004 is used to process the inner loops.

4. The outer loop matches Condition 1 and 2.


Because Condition 1 has the higher priority, the system will process the outer
loop by using E003.

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Reference of Cutting Condition (Size/Shape)

In the occasion that Size/Shape is selected in the Cut Condition, specify which Cutting
Condition should be referred to, the cutting condition specified in the Details Option or
the one in the Machine Parameter.

Option Descriptions
Detail Option The system will apply the cutting conditions specified in the
Cut Condition of the Detail Setting window.
Machine Parameter The system will apply the cutting conditions specified in the
Cutting Condition Detail window of the Machine Parameter.
Select this option when importing machine parameter
settings from AP100.

Rectangle Tube (Pipe-Index Device only)

The options in the Rectangular tube section allow you to specify the cutting conditions
when processing the corner section of the rectangular tube.

Option Description

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Corner A/Y Specify the cutting condition to process the corner section if the laser
head does not move in the X-axis direction.

Corner A/X/Y Specify the cutting condition to process the corner section if the laser
head move in the X/Y-axis direction.

Tab/Corner Process

The options in this panel allow you to specify the settings for joints and corners.

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See: Joint length and Lead-In/Out length
Nano Joint
Corner
Common Line Cutting

Joint length and Lead-In/Out length

The options in this section allow you to specify the joint length and lead-in/out length.

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Option Description
Micro Specify the micro joint length.
For example, if you type 0.5 in the Micro: text box, the
system will assign the tab with the specified length as
follows.

Wire Specify the wire joint length.


For example, if you type 0.5 in the Wire: text box, the
system will assign a tab on the line with the specified
wire joint length as follows.

Lead In/Out Length for the Specify the type and length of the lead in/out.
Tab
Apply Customized Lead The system will apply the joint shapes specified in the
In/Out Lead In/Out table.
If the check box remains empty, the system will use the
joint shape as is illustrated in the picture below.

Lead In/Out Length The length of the lead-in/out will follow the settings
specified in the Lead In/Out table
Original Length If you select this option, the system will use the length
values specified in the Lead In: text box and Lead Out:
text box.
Lead In Type a value to specify the lead in length.

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Lead Out Type a value to specify the lead out length.

Example
1. In the Laser Tool Assignment window, click the Lead In/Out/Pierce tab and specify
the lead type. See: Applying a Lead In or Lead Out

2. In the Lead In/Out table, specify the lead in and lead out as follows.

3. Click the Detail button and select Line/Arc length under Decision Method of Lead
Length in the Lead In/Pierce Details panel.

4. Go to the Tab/Corner Process panel, and select Lead In/Out Length.

5. The lead length is determined by the value specified in the Lead Length table. (See
the picture below)

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6. If you select Original Length and specify the Lead In length and Lead Out length
values as follows:

7. The system will create the lead-in/out with the length that specified in the textboxes
as follows:

8. If you place a check mark in the Apply Customized Lead In/Out check box and
select Lead In/Out Length under:

The system will apply the customized lead shape and length specified in the Lead In
Out table to create joints.

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9. If you place a check mark in the Apply Customized Lead In/Out check box and select
Original Length below:

The system will apply the lead type specified in the Lead In Out table, and apply
the lead length specified in the textboxes to create joints.

Nano Joint

Place a check mark in the Use Nano Joint check box to enable the nano joint options.
(Nano joint is a kind of joint created by cutting the joint thickness for a thick material.
Whether this function is available or not depends on supported according to the ANMC
version. Please inquire the local service before using)

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Option Description
Use Nano Joint Place a check mark in the check box to enable this section.
Type 1 If you select this option, a lead-in line will be assigned to the
joint. The system will generate L1 at the end of the G code: G101.
The joint will be created according to the joint settings specified
in the Process After preference window.
The joint position specified in the Lead-In/Lead-Out panel
becomes invalid. The joint length will be in accordance with the
machine settings.

Type 2 If you select this option, the lead-in and the joint will be created
separately. The system will generate L2 at the end of the G Code:
G101.
The lead-in/out will be created according to the settings specified
in the Lead-In/Lead-Out panel. The joint will be created
according to the settings specified in the Process After preference
window.

Lead In Extension Specify the lead-in extension amount.


(It is necessary to extend the lead-in length for the first joint in

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the occasion that nano joint type 1, as well as multiple joints,
exists.)

Process Extended Repeat to process the extension twice when the extension
Section Repeat amount of the lead-in has been specified.
If this check box remains empty, the process of extension will not
be repeated.

Example
1. Load a 50*50 part to the Nesting Schedule.
2. In the Preference File pane, open the ProcessAfter window.
In the Joint tab, select Auto Position and Set the Min Distance between to 10, and
Min Joint QTY to 4.

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4. In the Tab/Corner Process panel, place a check mark in the Use Nano Joint: check
box and select Type 1 in the Nano Joint section.
Type 1 in the Lead In Extension: text box.

6. The system will process the part as follows.

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The system will process the specified 1 mm lead-in extension portion as is shown in
the picture below.

Because nano joint is used, G code will be output as is shown in the picture below.
L1 in the end of the G101 command line represents Type 1.

If the Process Extended Section Repeatedly: check box remains empty, the process
will start from the end point of the extension portion.

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7. In the Tab/Corner Process panel, place a check mark in the Use Nano Joint: check
box and select Type 1 in the Nano Joint section.
Type 1 in the Lead In Extension: text box and place a check mark in the Process
Extended Section Repeatedly: check box.

8. The system will process the parts as follows.

Because a check mark is placed in the Process Extended Section Repeatedly: check
box, the extended lead-in portion will be processed twice.
The system will process the specified 1 mm lead-in extension portion as is shown in
the picture below.

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And the system will process the specified 1 mm Lead In Extension portion as is
shown in the picture below.

9. If you select Type 2 in the Nano Joint section, the lead-in and the Nano joint will be
assigned separately according to the settings.

The assignment is as follows:

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10. In the occasion that the nano joint is used, G code will be output as is shown in the
picture below. L2 in the end of the G101 command line represents Type 2.

Corner

Specify the process type for the corner according to the angle condition.
(Loop, Triangle, Radius, Exact Stop, Dwell, None)

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Option Description
Object There is only one option: Angle.
EQ. Specify the relationship between Object and Angle. There are
three options: <= (less than or equal to), < (less than) and =
(equal to).
Angle Specify the angle degree.
Type Select the process method for the corner. There are 6 options:
Loop, Triangle, Radius, Exact Stop, Dwell and None. See Example.
Value Specify the dimension in the occasion that Loop, Triangle, or
Radius is selected. Specify the dwell time in the occasion that
Dwell is selected.

Example
1. Type 5 in the Value column.
2. If you select Loop from the Type: drop-down list, the system will perform the
following process.

3. If you select Triangle from the Type: drop-down list, the system will perform the
following process.

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4. If you select Radius from the Type: drop-down list, the system will perform the
following process.

5. If you select Exact Stop from the Type: drop-down list, after the first line to form
the corner is cut, the system will generate a G00 command line.

6. Select Dwell from the Type: drop-down list, and type a value in the Value column to
specify the dwell time. After the first line to form the corner is cut, the system will
generate a G04 and dwell time (X) to instruct the machine to pause. ( 4 seconds is
output as dwell time in the example below.)

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7. If you select None from the Type: drop-down list, the corner will not be processed in
any special method.

Common Line Cutting

When the common line cutting is used to process a thick material, defects may occur in
the common section.
In order to avoid such defects, the options in this section allow you to change the cut
condition at both the entrance and exit of the common line section.

Option Description
Crossroad Change Cut Condition Place a check mark in this check box to enable this
section.
You can specify the cut condition for the entrance
and exit of the common line section respectively.
Entrance Cut Condition Specify the cutting condition for the entrance of
the common line section
Length Specify the cut length for the entrance portion.
Exit Cut Condition Specify the cutting condition for the exit of the
common line section.
Length Specify the cut length for the exit portion.

Example

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1. The following parts with common line cutting are used as an example.

2. Specify the following conditions in the Common Line Cutting section:

3. The system will process the parts as follows.

Detail Setting Window

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In the Laser Tool Assignment window, click the Detail button to open the DetailSetting
window. In this window you can specify the cutting conditions, Assignment logic, lead in
and pierce details.

See: Lead In & Pierce Details


Cut Condition Panel
Assignment Logic

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Lead In & Pierce Details

The options in the Lead In&Pierce Detail panel allow you to specify the conditions to
decide the lead position, and lead length.
You can also specify the settings for Processing Pierce First, Marking, and Collision
Check.

See: Decision Method of Lead Position


Decision Method of lead Length

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Detail Settings for Processing Pierce First
Marking Setting for Etching [Count]
Collision Check

Decision Method of Lead Position


The options in the Decision Method of
Lead Position panel allow you to specify
the decision method for the leadin/out
position.
(This setting is applied to the pattern
element without joint)

Option Description
Relative to Part The lead position is assigned on the part (before being
rotated on the sheet) according to the lead-in/out
Position specified in the Lead In/Out/Pierce panel.
If you select this option, lead-in/out position always
remains at the same position of the part, although
part is rotated.
Relative to Sheet The lead position is assigned on the part (after being
rotated on the sheet) according to the lead-in/out
Position specified in the Lead In/Out/Pierce panel.
For the same parts, the lead positions will be different
according to the part layout status.
Example
If you select Center Top from the Position: drop-down
list in the Lead In/Out Table, and select Relative to
Part, the system will assign the lead in/out position as

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follows.

Part is not rotated Part is rotated


If you select Relative to Sheet, the system will assign
the lead in/out position as follows.

Part is not rotated Part is rotated


Avoid Entity <= In order to avoid the lead-in/out being assigned on a
small entity, type a value in the textbox so that the
lead-in/out will not be created on the entity
(line/curve) with a length smaller than the specified
value.

Example
The following part is used as an example.
The conditions specified in the Lead In/Out/Pierce
panel are as follows.
Position: Top Left
Direction: CCW
Lead In/Out (Type): On Line

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If you remove the check mark from the Avoid Entity:
check box, all the entities of the pattern will be
assigned with lead-in/out. The lead-in/out will be
assigned according to the setting specified in the Lead
In/Out/Pierce panel.

If you place a check mark in the Avoid Entity: check


box and type 50 in the Avoid Entity <=: text box, the
system will check the line segments in the CCW
direction from the position selected in the Lead
In/Out/Pierce panel, and assign the lead-in/out on the
entity that matches the condition.

If you type 160 in the Avoid Entity <=: text box,


because none of the line segments matches the
condition, the system will not assign any lead-in/out
and will display an error message in the result view.

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Fixed Lead Position for Create the lead-in/out at the specified position for the
OB&SQ-REC OB and RE patterns.
See: Fix Lead Position for OB and SQ-REC
Note: When this function is used, although a check
mark has been placed in the Use Machine Macro
Shape: check box, the system will not output the
standard hole macro code. Furthermore, if the object
has been set with the joint as process after method in
the Process After preference window, the settings in
Process After window have a higher priority thus
cannot fix the lead-in/out position.

Long Side Fix the lead position on the long side (XL) of the OB
and RE pattern.
Short Side Fix the lead position on the short side (YL) of the OB
and RE pattern.
At Notch You can decide whether to assign the lead-in/out to
the notch that is close to the lead-in/out position.
Priority to Notch Give priority to the notch that is close to the lead-
in/out position and assign the lead-in/out.
Avoid Notch Do not assign the lead-in/out to the notch that is close
to the lead-in/out position.
Corner Offset For the lead-in/out at the corner, place a check mark
in the Corner Offset: check box and specify an offset
amount in the textbox to shift the lead-in/out position
away from the corner and assign the lead-in/out.

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See: To Shift the Lead in/out away from the Corner
Corner Radius Place a check mark in the Corner Radius: check box,
the offset amount specified in the Corner Offset: Text
box is only available to lead in/out on corner radius.

Fix Lead Position for OB and SQ-REC

If you select Long Side, the system will assign the lead-in/out in the way that is shown in
the following picture.
The system applies the same logic to RE and SQ patterns.

Long Side 0 Degrees 45 Degrees 90 Degrees 135 Degrees

Center Top

Center Bottom

Top Left
(Top > Left)

Center Left

Bottom Left
(Bottom > Left)

Top Right
(Top > Right)

Center Right

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Bottom Right
(Bottom >
Right

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When you select Short Side, the system will assign the lead in/out in the way as is
shown in the following picture:
The system applies the same logic to RE and SQ patterns.

Short Side 0 Degrees 45 Degrees 90 Degrees 135 Degrees

Center Top

Center Bottom

Top Left
(Top > Left)

Center Left

Bottom Left
(Bottom > Left)

Top Right
(Top > Right)

Center Right

Bottom Right
(Bottom >
Right

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Example
1. The following part is used as an example:

2. In the Lead In/Out table, select Inner or All as object, select Top Left as lead-in/out
position. Select Relative to Part as the Decision Method of Lead Position.
3. In the occasion that theFix Lead Position for OB&SQ-REC: check box remains
empty, the lead-in/out position will be decided based on the settings in the Lead
In/Out table.

4. If you place a check mark in the Fix Lead Position for OB&SQ-REC: check box and
select Long Side:
The system will assign the lead-in as follows.

5. If you place a check mark in the Fix Lead Position for OB&SQ-REC: check box and
select Short Side:
The system will assign the lead-in/out as follows.

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To Shift the Lead in/out away from the Corner

1. In the Lead In/Out table, select More from the Lead In Out: drop-down list to open
Custom Lead In/Out Definition window.
2. Click the Outside Corner tab to activate the Outside Corner panel.

3. Select a lead-in/lead-out type.

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4. Click OK to close the window.
5. Select Top Left from the Position: drop-down list to assign the lead in/out to the
corner. Select Relative to Part in the Decision Method of Lead Position section.
6. In the Decision Method of Lead Position section, remove the check mark from the
Corner Offset: check box.

The lead-in/out is assigned to the corner as the following picture indicates.

7. Place a check mark in the Corner Offset: check box and specify the offset value as
10:

The lead-in/out is assigned to the corner with the offset of 10.

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8. Place check marks in the Corner Offset and Corner Radius check boxes and type 10
in the text box.

The lead in/out is assigned to the corner, and only the lead in/out on the corner
radius notch is shifted.

Decision Method of lead Length

Specify the decision method for the


lead length that is specified in the
Lead In/Out table.

If you select Line/ARC Length, the length specified in the Lead In/Out table, the length is
measured in the way shown in the picture below. In this occasion, the Radius column in
the table becomes invalid.

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If you select Distance Between Pierce Position and Part, the length specified in the Lead
In/Out table is measured in the way shown in the picture below.
The length of the lead-in/out is the vertical distance between the pierce position and the
part border. Type a value in the Radius column to define the radius of arc when the Lead
In/Lead Out type contains arcs.

Example 1
1. Select Line/ARC Length. Set the length of the Lead In/Lead Out to 5 in the Lead
In/Out table.

2. The lead-in/out will be created as follows.

3. Select Distance Between Pierce Position and Part and keep the settings in the table.

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4. The lead-in/out will be created as follows.

Detail Settings for Processing Pierce First

This section is enabled after a check mark is placed in the Process Pierce First: check
box in the LeadIn/Out/Pierce panel.

If you place a check mark in the


Process Pierce First: check box, the
system will perform the entire pierce
processes first and then begin to
process the part.

Note: If repositioning is performed,


the process sequence is as follows:
process all pierces -> process parts ->
repositioning -> process all pierces ->
process parts.

Option Description
A Value Place a check mark in the A Value check box and type a value
between 0 and 999 in the text box to the right to specify an
existing pierce type that has been configured for the machine.
B Value Place a check mark in the B Value check box and type a value
from 0 to 99999.9999 in the text box to the right to specify the
pierce range.
Condition Place a check mark in the Condition check box and type 101,
102 or 103 to specify the special pierce to output in the NC
code: E101, E102 or E103.

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Machine Stop After If you place a check mark in this check box, the system will
Processing the Pierce output an M00 command line and stop the machine after the
First pierce processing.
NC Comment of End You can type strings in the NC Comment of End Command:
Command text box so that the strings will be output together with the
M00 command line.
Note: You cannot use the High-Speed Shutter Less Setting
options (Laser Sequence/Auto Cutout Avoidance) and the
Process Pierce First options at the same time.

Example
1. Place a check mark in the Process Pierce First check box.
2. Set the A Value to 3.

3. The pierces are processed first (M103A3). M00 with the comment "CLEANING"
is generated after the pierce processing code. (See the picture below)

Marking Setting for Etching [Count]

This section is enabled after you select Etching [Count] from the Marking Setting: drop-
down list in the Path Assignment Method panel.

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Etch count-up/down numbers for the
Judging Code of marking strings
according to the settings of Start No.
and Count.
Example:
On the part with the marking strings:
AP100-####
(Set condition -> Count: + 1, Start
No.: 100, Fix Digits: On)
Start from AP100-0100, the parts will
proceed with the marking of AP100-
0101, AP100-0102)

Option Description
Judging Code Select the symbol as the Etching [count] object from the drop-
down list.
Count Count up/down by the specified value.
Start No. Specify the start no. to count up/down.
Fix Digits Fix digits by filling 0 to the front position of the judging code.

Example
1. If you select None from the Marking Setting: drop-down list, no marking process
occurs. See: Marking Setting

2. If you select Etching from the Marking: drop-down list, the etching process will be
used in the marking strings.

3. If you select Etching [Count] from the Marking: drop-down list, and specify the
conditions in the Marking Setting section as follows.

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The etching is as following:
The judging code ##### becomes the numbers and count-up according to the
specified condition.

The judging code ##### on the first part is etched as 00001.

The judging code ##### on the 4th part is etched as 00004

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Collision Check

Check the collision between lead-in/out and other parts or between lead-in/out and
nesting borders.
Specify the collision check range by typing a value in the Collision Check Tolerance:
textbox in the Lead In/Out/Pierce panel.
In this section, specify the avoid method and set the priority for it when the collision
occurs.
When the collision occurs, the avoidance is decided according to the settings in the
Collision Check table.

The top method in the table has the highest priority. If you want to change the priority of
one method, click to highlight it and then click the button to change its priority.

Option Description
Change Lead Position If any collision occurs, the system will change
the lead-in/out position to avoid the collision.
Change Lead Angle (Changeable =) If any collision occurs, the system will change
the angle of the lead in/out to avoid the
collision. You can specify the maximum
changeable angle in the Value column.

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Change Lead Length (Minimum If any collision occurs, the system will change
Length =) the length of the lead in/out to avoid the
collision. You can specify the minimum
changeable length of the lead in/out in the
Value column.
None Even if a collision occurs, the system will not
avoid it.
You can select whether to display a warning
message or error message for each collision in
the Error Description column.
When No Display is selected, no warning
message or error message will display.

Example
1. The lead-in/out length is set to 10 in the Lead In/Out table.
Type 7 in the Collision Check Tolerance: check box.
The Part Spacing is set to 5.
Set None with the highest priority in the Collision Check table.
The system will not avoid the collision.

The error message will be displayed according to the setting in the Error
Description column as is shown in the picture below.

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2. If Change Lead Position has the highest priority, the system will change the lead-
in/out position to avoid the collision.

3. If Change Lead Angle has the highest priority, the system will change the lead-
in/out angle in the degree bigger than the specified value to avoid the collision.

4. If Change Lead Length has the highest priority, the system will change the lead-
in/out length by the length bigger than the specified value to avoid the collision.

Cut Condition Panel

The options in the Cut Condition panel allow you to specify cutting conditions for
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shapes.
In order to use the settings in this Cutting Condition panel, you must first select
Size/Shape from the Cutting: drop-down list in the Cut Condition table, and select Details
Option under Reference of Cutting Condition (Size/Shape) in the Path Assignment panel.

See: Line/Arc
Macro Shape
Exception to Averaging

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Line/Arc
Specify cut conditions for lines/arcs.
For arcs, you can select either arc length or arc radius
to define the cut condition.

Option Description
EQ. Specify the relationship between the Line/Arc and Value.
Value Specify the reference dimension value.
Cutting Specify the cutting condition. (E001E010)

Example
1. This part has the following dimensions.

2. Select Size/Shape from the Cutting: drop-down list.


Select Details Option under Reference of Cutting Condition (Size/Shape).

3. Then specify the cut conditions for lines/arcs as follows.

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4. E003 is output for the line with the length not less than 20.
E004 is output for the arc with the radius not bigger than 20.

Macro Shape

The Size/Shape (Macro Shape) section allows you to specify the cutting condition for the
macro patterns.
The system supports the following macro shapes: RO (Round), OB (Oblong), SQ-REC
(Square-Rectangle), SD/DD (Single D/Double D), ARC Slot and Polygon.

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Option Description
EQ. Specify the relationship between the pattern dimension and Value.
Value Specify the reference dimension value.
Select the measurement method by clicking the icons above the list.
Cutting Specify the cut condition. (E001E0101)

Option Description
RO Round
Diameter measurement.

Radius measurement.
OB Oblong
Length measurement.

Width measurement.
Polygon Regular polygon
Radius of circumference of the polygon measurement

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Radius of inscribed circle of the polygon measurement.
SQ-REC Square-Rectangle
Length measurement.

Width measurement.
SD/DD Single D and Double D
X direction length measurement.

Y direction length measurement.


ARC Slot Arc Slot
Length measurement.

Width measurement.

Example
1. The following part is used as an example.

Select Size/Shape from the Cutting: drop-down list.


2.
Select Details Option under Reference of Cutting Condition (Size/Shape).

3. In the Cutting Condition panel, specify the conditions as follows.

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4. For RO, E004 is output according to the specified condition.
For OB, E002 is output according to the specified condition.

Exception to Averaging
If you select Avg. from the X/Y: drop-down list in
the Cut Condition Table, you can specify the
condition here to exclude a line that is longer or
shorter than the value you specified in the
associated textbox.

Option Description
IA1: Cutting > The line that is smaller than the value specified in this textbox will be
excluded from the average calculation.
IA2: Cutting < The line that is bigger than the value specified in this textbox will be
excluded from the average calculation.

Example
1. The part has the following dimensions:

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2. In the Cut Condition Table, specify the conditions as follows.

And specify the Exception to Average conditions as follows.

3. Now the condition is: 0 < length of the line segment that is included in the
average calculation < 99999.9999. In this occasion, all the line segments of the
outer shape will be included in the following average calculation:
(100 + 100 + 100 + 35 + 35 + 30 + 5 +5)/8 = 51.25
The outer loop matches Condition 1. The system will process the outer loop by
using E002.

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4. If we change the settings in the Cut Condition table as follows

And type 6 in the IA1: Cutting >: text box.

5. There are two line segments whose length is 5, which is less than the value
specified in the IA: Cutting >: text box. So the segments will be excluded from the
average calculation.
The Avg. value will be calculated as follows:
(100 + 100 + 100 + 35 + 35 + 30)/6 66.67.
In this occasion, it does not match the cut condition 1 (Avg. <=51.25), but match
the cut condition 2 (Avg. > 0).
So the system will process the outer loop by using E003.

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Assignment Logic

In this panel, you can specify the priority for tool assignment.
The item on the top of the list has the highest priority.
If you want to change the priority of one item, click to highlight it and then click the
button to change its priority.

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(Single Joint Position has high priority): In the occasion of specifying a lead-in type on a
straight line, it is possible to change the process method of the single joint to save
material.

ON: Single Joint Position has higher priority.


OFF: Change joint position and lead in assignment.

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Joint ON OFF

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Punch Tool Assignment
The Tool Assignment window provides options to set the preference for tool assignment.
You can specify the methods the system processes the parts, the detailed tool assignment
conditions, etc.

To open the Tool Assignment window:


1. Click any Preference button in the Dr. ABE main window to display the Preference
window.
2. In the Tree View, select the EM machine under My Preference.

3. Double-click the Tool Assign icon in the Preference File pane to display the
Tool Assignment window.

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Tool Assignment window contains the following tabs.
Calculation provides options to set punch conditions.
Tooling Pattern provides options to specify the methods to process the holes
based on the shape and size.

See: Calculation
Tooling Pattern
Edit of Template

Calculation

You can specify basic assignment conditions in the Calculation panel. You can click the
Advance button to open Tool Assign Condition window and specify preferences for tool
assignment.

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Option Description
Nibbling Overlap Specify the maximum and minimum tool overlap when
nibbling is performed.
Protrude Specify the maximum protrusion value when assigning
tools to the notch.
Acute Angle Protrude Specify the maximum protrusion value when assigning
tools to slanted lines.
Tool Width Specify the maximum and minimum size of the tools that
will be used to process the perimeters.
Part Overlap Specify the minimum and maximum protrusion value
when assigning tools to process lines.
Punch Across Notch Specify the maximum width of the notches that can be
treated as lines for tool assignment

Micro Tab Width/ Wire Tab Specify the joint amount.


Width
Nibbling When Nibbling is performed, specify the tool pitch or
scallop height. The system will automatically calculate the

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pitch based on the scallop height.
When the nibbling pitch is defined for a tool, the
specified tool value will be applied.
Pitch Specify the nibbling pitch.
Height Specify the scallop height of nibbling.
Auto The system will automatically adjust the tool pitch or
scallop height.
RE Tool Overlap Specify the minimum overlap value of the tool when
multiple RE tools are assigned to a line.
SQ Tool Overlap Specify the minimum overlap value of the tool when
multiple SQ tools are assigned to a line.
Ignore Trace Punching Specify the notch size in order to punch it.
Min (W<=) If the width W is less than the specified value, the system
will punch out the notch.
L>WX If the length L is larger than the specified multiple of the
width, the system will punch out the notch.
Tool Search Search tools according to the specified conditions.
Rotate Tool in Turret Allow angle change for the tools in turret.
Inventory Search and use the proper tools from the inventory.
Only Single Hit Only search single hit tools in the tool inventory.
Assign
Allow Different Tool Different tool assignments are allowed for the same part.
Only Part Rotate Different assignments are allowed only in the occasion that
the parts of same kind are rotated and laid out in the
nesting,
Pressure Check When the tools are selected for the assignment, the
following items will be checked.
Check the maximum tool Exclude the tools that exceed the pressurization capacity of
the machine from the assignable tools list.
Check the minimum tool Do the minimum tool check according to the tool size and
material thickness conditions.
Tool Size/Mat-Thickness>= If the tool size is less than specified value (times of the
material thickness), this tool will be excluded from the
assignable tools list.

See: Advance - Main


Tool Lap Value
Assignment
Joint
Contouring Assignment
Slit & V Notch
De-burring

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Slot2&3

Advance - Main

Place a check mark in the Advance: checkbox and click the Advance button in the
Calculation panel to open the Tool Assign Condition window. Once the Tool Assign
Condition window is open, the advance settings in this window will be enabled. In the
same time, the settings in the Calculation panel will be disabled.
Click Main tab in the Tool Assign Condition window to open Main panel. You can set
preferences for line unification, assignment changing, turret generation, auto index, and
pressure check.

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Option Description
Unification Process two line segments that are separated
by a notch as a complete line.
See: Process multiple Line Segment as One
Segment
Process Line Unification Place a check mark in the check box to treat
two line segments as one for the tool
assignment.
Max Length If the width of the notch is less than the Max

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Length specified here, the system will ignore
it and continue to process the perimeter as a
line
Process Inclined Line Place a check mark in the check box to treat
two inclined line segments as one for the tool
assignment.
Assign
Assignment Change of the Same Part Allow different tool assignment to the same
part.
When Part is Rotated Allow different tool assignment only when
parts are rotated in the nesting.
Search for Stock Tools Select this option to search the tool inventory
for suitable tools. See: Search for Stock Tools
Perimeter Process Search for tools in the tool inventory to
process the perimeter.
CR Tool Search for CR tools in the tool inventory.
Slit Search for tools in the tool inventory to
process the slit.
Hole (Single Hit) Search for tools in the tool inventory that can
perform single-hit to the holes.
De-burring Search for De-burring tools in the inventory.
Others Search for tools in the tool inventory to
process the other patterns that are not
mentioned above.
The Internal Angle of Turret can be In the occasion that the tool fixation in the
Changed turret cannot be specified, select this option
to change the angle of the tools in the turret.
See: Change the Tool Angle to Process
Perimeter Process Allow changing the tool angle in the turret to
process perimeters.
CR Tool Allow changing the tool angle of CR tools in
the turret to process patterns.
Slit Allow changing the tool angle in the turret to
process slits.
Hole (Single Hit) Allow changing the tool angle in the turret to
single-hit the holes.
De-burring Allow changing the tool angle in the turret to
de-bur the pattern.
Others Allow changing the tool angle in the turret to
process other patterns that are not
mentioned above.
Allow Die Change of Locked Station Dies can be changed for the tools defined as
Fixed in the turret.
See: Change the Die Clearance of the Fixed

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Station
Select Tool from Turret by Priority The tools installed in the turret will be
assigned with higher priority.
Auto Index
Non AI Station is Used by Priority If tools of the same size and shape are used
at 0 degree or 90 degree, normally, AI tools
will be used with higher priority.
However, by selecting Non AI Station is Used
by Priority, if the system uses two tools of the
same size to process the parts at 0 degree and
90 degree, AI station will not be used. The
system will add these two tools to two
ordinary stations instead.
See: Non AI Station is used with higher Priority
Pressure Check The options allow you to decide whether to
check pressure or not.
If a tool is too big so as to exceed the machine
pressurization capability, or if a tool is too
small, it will be excluded from the assignable
tool list then.
Check the maximum tool Check the tool tonnage and exclude the tool,
which is too big so as to exceed the machine
pressurization capability, from the assignable
tools list. Check the maximum tool
Check the minimum tool Check the tool size to decide whether the tool
can be assigned to process the thick material.
If either punch size X or size Y is less than
the minimum tool size, this tool will be
excluded from the assignable tool list.
Minimum Tool Size= Material Thickness x
Coefficient (The value you typed in the Tool
Size/ Thickness>=: textbox)
See Check the minimum tool
Tool Size/Material Thickness >= Type a value in the text box to define the
relationship between the tool size and
material thickness.
For example, if you type 2 in the text box,
tools whose sizes are less than 2 times of the
material thickness will not be assigned.

See Process multiple Line Segment as One Segment


Search for Stock Tools
Change the Tool Angle to Process
Change the Die Clearance of the Fixed Station
Non AI Station is used with higher Priority

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Check the maximum tool
Check the minimum tool

Process multiple Line Segments as One Segment


1. Take the following part for example.

2. If the Process Line Unification check box remains empty, the system will process
this part as follows. Lines and notches are processed respectively.

3. Place a check mark in the Process Line Unification check box, and set Max Length
to 25. The system will treat two horizontal lines as one for tool assignment. It is
same with those two vertical lines.

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4. Place a check mark in the Process Incline Line check box, the system will process
the part as follows. Two inclined lines will be treated as one for the tool
assignment.

5. If you set Max Length to 15, the system will process this part as follows.
Only the two inclined lines are treated as one line for the tool assignment.

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Search for Stock Tools

In the Turret Generation section, we can specify whether to search the tool inventory for
the tool assignment.

Example
1. Take the following part for example.

2. Specify the Turret Generation conditions as follows.

3. The system will only search tools in the turret.


Since no CR tools are installed in the turret, the system will use a RO tool to process
the corner radius.

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4. Place a check mark in the CR Tool check box, and the system will search the tool
inventory and use a CR tool to process the corner radius.

5. Take another part for example.

6. Specify the Turret Generation conditions as follows.

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7. The system will only search tools in the turret and use a 10X2 RE tool to punch the
slit and the inner hole.

8. Place a check mark in the Slit check box, and the system will search the tool
inventory for the slit tools. The system will use a 10X2 RE tool to process the inner
hole and a 5X2 RE tool to process the slit.

Change the Tool Angle to Process

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By selecting The Internal Angle of Turret can be Changed, the system will be able to
change the angle of the tools in the turret to process the patterns if these tools are not
fixed.

Example
1. We will process the following 200x80 rectangle part.

2. In the Turret Layout, one 110x6 RE tool is specified with 90 degree (The possible
process angle is 0 or 90 degree), and another 50x6 RE tool is specified with 90
degree.
3. In the Turret Generation section, specify the setting as follows.

4. The system will use the 50X6 RE tool to process the vertical lines, but the system
will not process the horizontal lines because none of the available tools has the
proper process angle.

5. Place a check mark in the Perimeter Process check box.

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6. The system will change the process angle of the tools in the turret for the tool
assignment. The system will assign the 110x6 RE tool to the horizontal lines.

Change the Die Clearance of the Fixed Station

Clearance is defined as the space between the punch and die.


The clearance has a major effect on finished products as well as tool wear.
To select a proper clearance, material thickness, material type and tool type should be
considered.

Different material requires different clearance for tool assignment. The tool assignment
features check the die clearance before assigning each tool, and only the tools with the
proper clearance will be used in the assignment.
See: Clearance

By selecting Allow Die Change of Locked Station, the system will change the die of tools
in fixed stations during tool assignment.

Example
1. Take an 80x80 part for example.
Two kinds of material (SPC, A1050) will be used.
Two kinds of material require different clearance for tool assignment.
About material clearance. See: Clearance

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2. There are two RE tools in the fixed station.

The clearances for both RE tools are set to 0.2. See: Clearance
3. In the occasion that Allow Die Change of Locked Station is not selected, the RE
tools will be assigned to process the SPC material only. No tools will be assigned to
the A1050 material.

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The error message below indicates that the tool clearance does not match the
material clearance setting.

4. In the occasion that Allow Die Change of Locked Station is selected, the system
will automatically change the die clearance for the tool assignment.
As a result, the RE tools are assigned to process both the SPC and A1050 material.
This time, the tool clearance for SPC is 0.2, while the tool clearance for A1050
material is changed to 0.3.

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Non AI Station is used with higher Priority

If tools of the same size and shape are used at 0 degree and 90 degree, the priority of AI
tools are higher.
By selecting Non AI Station is Used by Priority, AI station will not be used.
The system will add these tools with same size to ordinary stations for tool assignment.

Example:
1. Lets take a 200x100 part for example. The system will assign the following two RE
tools to process the part. The process angles for both tools are set to 0 and 90. And
both tools can be used as Auto Index tools.

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2. If Non AI Station is used with higher Priority is selected, the system will add these
tools to two ordinary stations for the tool assignment.

3. If Non AI Station is used with higher Priority is not selected, the system will put
one RE tool to the AI station during the tool assignment.

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Check the maximum tool

Pressure caused by tool = C*Thickness*Tensile/100 (Unit: KN)


C: the perimeter of the tool.
Thickness: the thickness of the material
Tensile: the tensile strength of the material

If the pressure caused by the tool exceeds the machine pressure capacity, the system will
not assign this tool.
1. Take the following part for example.

2. The material is SPC. The thickness is 3.5.

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3. The Tensile Strength of SPC material is 32.

4. Remain the Check the maximum tool: check box empty.

5. The system arranges a RE tool 110X6 to cut the two vertical lines.

6. Calculate the pressure of the too RE 110X6. The perimeter of the tool is 226. The
thickness and tensile strength of the material is 3.5 and 32 respectively.

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So the pressure is: 232*3.5*32/100=259.84kn. This value is larger than the Available
Pressure of the machine: 200kn. So if you place a check mark in the Check the
maximum tool: check box, the system will not assign tool RE110X6.

7. Place a check mark in the Check the maximum tool: check box.

8. The system will assign tool RE 70x5 to cut the two vertical lines.

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Check the minimum tool

Minimum Tool Size = Material Thickness x Coefficient (The value you typed in the Tool
Size/ Thickness>=: textbox)
1. Take the following part as an example.

2. The material is SPC. The thickness is 3.5.

3. Remain the Check the minimum tool check box empty.


4. The system arranges a RE tool 70X5 and a RE tool 50X5 to process the part.

5. Place a check mark in the Check the minimum tool check box and type 2 in the Tool

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Size>=Material Thickness X: text box.

7. According the formula, minimum tool size=3.5*2=7. The Y size of the two RE tools is
smaller than the value, so the system will arrange another tool, RE 20X7, to process
the part.

Tool Lap Value

The options in the Tool Lap Value panel allow you to specify minimum overlap value or
length percentage of tools. The smaller value will be used as the minimum tool lap value.

The system will only assign the tools that match the minimum overlap value.

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Option Description
Square
Minimum Specify the minimum overlap value or the length percentage of
square tools.

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Rectangle
Minimum Specify the minimum overlap value or the length percentage of
rectangle tools.

Round Punch
Nibbling Lap Value Specify the minimum overlap value or the size ratio of RO
tools for the nibbling process.
Punch Out Lap Specify the minimum overlap value or the size ratio of RO
tools for the punch out process.

Etc
Minimum Specify the minimum overlap value or the size ratio of tools
other than square, rectangle, and RO tools.

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Nibbling Pitch
Note:
The settings in the Nibbling Pitch section are not available if
you have defined the pitch value for the tool in the Attribute 1
panel. See: Special Pitch

Pitch Specify the distance (Pitch) between tool hits when nibbling.
Note:
The Pitch value should always be greater than the sheet
thickness except Contouring tools and De-burring tools.
Scallop Height The scallop height is the distance formed by the scallop of
nibbling tools.
For round tools, Scallop Height allows you to define the height
of the scallop formed during nibbling. The smaller the value,
the smaller the scallop. And system will automatically
calculate the nibbling pitch.
Auto Select this to activate Default MIN option and Default MAX
option
Default MIN Select this and input a value in the MIN DX: text box, the
system will calculate the default minimum pitch value.
Default MAX Select this and input a value in the MAX DX: text box, the
system will calculate the default maximum pitch value.
MIN Pitch=Tool X Size * Input value (%)
MAX Pitch=Tool X Size * Input value (%)
As for tools of special shape, the longer side of the tool is tool X
size.

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Assignment

Sometimes protrusions will occur from the perimeter when the tools are assigned to the
part perimeter, notch, etc. The options in the Assignment panel allow you to define the
protrusion conditions for the tool assignment.
In the condition table, you can select a cell and type a value to modify. You can right-
click any blank area to open a shortcut menu, and select Add to add a new blank row, or
select Delete to remove the selected row from the condition table.

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Option Description
Slit Specify the conditions to punch the slits, and it can prevent
the slit area from being extremely slim. See: Slit Tool
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Length (B) The depth range of slit area.
Minimum Width (A) The minimum width between tools that process slot.
Protrusion Value 1 Specify the Min/Max protrusion value for Perimeter B
assignment, as well as the Min/Max width of the tools used
to process the perimeters. See: Perimeter Tool Assignment

Length (B) The range of the perimeter length.


Protrusion (A) The range of the protrusion.
Width (C) The width range of the tools to be assigned.
Perimeter Protrusion Specify the notch depth (B) and the maximum protrusion
Value 2 (Angle=0 or 90) value (A) to assign single hit tools to process the notch.
Note:
For notch tool assignment, the system will first search for a
single hit tool to process the pattern. If there is no such a
single tool matches the condition, the system will assign
tools to shear-proof the slit based on the Slit conditions.
See: Tool Assignment for the Vertical or Horizontal Notch

Length (B) The range of the notch depth


Protrusion (A) Max The maximum protrusion value
Perimeter Protrusion Specify the tool assignment line length (B) and the
Value 3 (Angle! =0 or 90) maximum protrusion value (A) to assign single hit tools to
process the notch with an angle.
Note:
For inclined notch tool assignment, the system will first
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no such a single hit tool matches the conditions, the system
will assign tools to shear-proof the slit based on the Slit
conditions.
See: Tool Assignment for Slanted Notch

Length (B) The range of the notch tool assignment length.


Protrusion (A) Max The maximum protrusion value.

See: Slit Tool Assignment


Perimeter Tool Assignment
Tool Assignment for the Vertical or Horizontal Notch
Tool Assignment for Slanted Notch

Slit Tool Assignment


1. We will process the following part with a slit of 60x40.

2. In the Assignment tab of the Tool Assign Condition window, specify the Slit conditions
as follows.

3. The system will assign a RE tool (20x5) to process the slit based on the Slit settings.

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4. If you set the Minimum Width (A) to 60.

Since no tools match the conditions for the slit tool assignment, the system will use
an SQ tool (10 x 10) to punch out the slit.

Perimeter Tool Assignment


1. We will process the following part.

2. In the Assignment tab of the Tool Assign Condition window, specify the Protrusion
Value 1 conditions as follows.

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3. The system will assign the following tools to process the part.

The system assigns a RE tool (30x3) to process Perimeter 2, and assigns a RE tool
(28x2.5) to process Perimeter 1, their protrusion value is as follows, larger than 2,
less than 3.

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For Perimeter 3, 4, 5, 6, other tools will be assigned according to their lengths and
corresponding condition.
4. If we specify the Protrusion Value 1 settings as follows.

5. The system will assign the following tools to process the part.

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The system assigns a RE tool (30x3) to process Perimeter 2, and assigns a RE tool
(28x2.5) to process Perimeter 1, their protrusion value is as follows, larger than 2,
less than 3.

And the system assigns a RE tool (110x6) to process Perimeter 3, and assigns a RE
tool (70x5) to process Perimeter 4, their protrusion value is as follows, larger than 5,
less than 6.

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6. If we specify the Protrusion Value 1 settings as follows. Change the Minimum Width
to 3.

7. The system will assign the following tools to process the part. The RE tool (28x2.5) is
replaced with a RE tool (28 x3.5).

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Tool Assignment for the Vertical or Horizontal Notch
1. We will process the following part.

2. If we specify the Perimeter Protrusion Value 2 (Angle=0 or 90) settings as follows.

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A RE tool (30x10) is assigned to single-hit the notch. The protrusion value is 2.

3. If we set the Protrusion (A) Max to 1,

Since no tools match the settings defined in the Slit and Perimeter Protrusion Value 2
(Angle=0 or 90) table, the system will use a SQ tool (10x100) to punch out the notch.

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Tool Assignment for Slanted Notch
1. We will process the following part.

2. If we specify the Perimeter Protrusion Value 3 (Angle! =0 or 90) settings as follows.

A RE tool (20x5) is assigned to single-hit the notch. The protrusion value is 5.657.

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3. However, if we specify the Perimeter Protrusion Value 2 (Angle! =0 or 90) settings as
follows.

Since there is no suitable tool, the system will process the slit by using the conditions
defined in the Slit table.

Joint

The options in the Joint tab of the Tool Assign Condition window allow you to specify the
joint width and set conditions to assign special tools to create joints.

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Option Description
Joint Specify the width of micro joints and wire joints.
Width of Micro Joint The width of the micro joints.
Width of Mire Joint The width of the wire joints.
Special Tool
Assign Special Tool for Joint Place a check mark in the check box to create joints with
special tools. See: Use Special Tool to Create Joints

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Only for Wire Joint Only assign tools to create wire joints, not to create
micro joints.
One Side If you select this option, only one side (bottom) of the
special tool could be used to create joints. When One
Side is selected, four angles, 0, 90, 180 and 270 degrees,
are available.
Two Sides If you select this option, two sides (top and bottom) of
the special tool could be used to create joints. When Two
Sides is selected, only 0-degree and 90-degree angles are
available.
Width of Micro Joint The width of the micro joints when special tools are
used.
Width of Mire Joint The width of the wire joints when special tools are used.
Management Name The name of the special tool used to create joints. You
can type the tool name in the cell directly. This name
should be the same with that of the special tool
registered in the tool inventory.
Process Angle The angle of the special tool for punching process.
Length (A) The distance between the center point and the left-most
point of the tool.
Length (B) The distance between the center point and the right-
most point of the tool.
Length (C) The distance between the center point and the
uppermost point of the tool.
Length (D) The distance between the center point and the lowest
edge of the tool.
Lap (%) The overlap percentage. The system will determine the
overlap value using this formula: Overlap= Lap (%) x
Total Tool Length
Use Auto Index Place a check mark in the check box to place joints tools
in the AI stations.
Note: If you have specified two special tools or more, and
select Use Auto Index, only one special tool (The default
tool angle is 0) will be assigned to create joints.

Use Special Tool to Create Joints


1. We will use the following special tool to create joints.

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2. If we specify the Special Tool settings as follows. The process angle of the SP tool is
set to 0 degree.

3. The system will assign this SP tool to create joints as follows.

If we set the process angle of the SP tool to 90 degrees.

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The system will assign this SP tool to create joints as follows.

4. If you place a check mark in the Use Auto Index check box,

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The system will add the SP tool to the AI station and create joints as follows.

Contouring Assignment

Contouring Assignment provides options to specify the conditions to assign contouring


tools to process lines, inside Arcs, and outside Arcs.

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Option Description
Assign Tools to the Pattern This function is not available now.
Specified
Assign to the Line Allow assigning contouring tools to the line. You can
specify the length range for contouring tool assignment.
Only Assigned to the Only assign contouring tools to the slant line
Slanted Line
Display Warning Message When you assign contouring tools, the system will display

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warning messages in result view.

Assign to Arc Inside Allow assigning contouring tools to the inside of arcs. You
can specify the length and radius range for contouring tool
assignment.
Display Warning Message When you assign contouring tools, the system will display
warning messages in result view.
Assign to Arc Outside Allow assigning contouring tools to the outside of arcs.
Display Warning Message When you assign contouring tools, the system will display
warning messages in result view.

Example
1. We will process the following part.

2. A 3x3 RO tool is used as the contouring tool.

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3. Specify the Contouring Assignment settings as follows.

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4. The system will assign the 3x3 RO contouring tool to process the slanted line and
two arcs.

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Slit & V Notch

The options in the Slit & V Notch tab allow you to specify the conditions for slit and V
notch tool assignment.

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Option Description
Slit
Use Tolerance Place a check mark in the check box to enable this section.
The system will assign tools to process slits by considering
tolerance.
Part-Spacing of Slit You can type a value in the text box to specify the maximum
Process W <= width of the slit that the tolerance setting will be applied.
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specified, the system will assign tools that meet the tolerance
range to process the slit.
Tolerance Specify the tolerance for slit tool assignment.
Assign Pattern Select tool assignment method.
The system will assign the tool to process the slit as is indicated
in the left picture.
The center of the tool and the center of the slit have the same X
coordinate.
The system will assign the tool that fits the longer side of the slit
to process it just as is indicated in the left picture.

The system will assign the tool that fits the shorter side of the
slit to process it just as is indicated in the left picture.

Tool Select Select to use RO, RE or SQ tool to process the slit.


V Notch
Assign V Notch Place a check mark in the check box to enable this section.
Portion
Assign Pattern Select tool assignment method.
The system will assign tools to process the V notch as follows.

The system will make the tool center point correspond to the V
notch pointy portion.
Select RO tool, the system will assign tools to process the V
notch as follows.

Select RE&SQ tool, the system will assign tools to process the V
notch as follows.

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Select this option and the system will make the tool bottom edge
correspond to the V notch pointy portion.

Select RO tool, the system will assign tools to process the V


notch as follows.

Select RE&SQ tool, the system will assign tools to process the V
notch as follows.

Tool Select Select to use RO, RE or SQ tool to process the V notch.


Specify the maximum size of the tools to be used.
RO Select RO tool to process the V notch
X Size <= Type value in the X Size <=: text box to specify the maximum
diameter of the RO tools that can be assigned.
Extend Assign Place a check mark in the check box and type a value in the
Extend Assign: text box to specify the range in which the system
can assign nibbling with RO tools.

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RE&SQ Select RE&SQ tool to process the V notch
X Size <= Type value in the X Size <= and Y Size <=: text boxes to specify
Y Size <= the maximum X/Y dimensions of the RE or SQ tools that can be
assigned.

Process the Slit


1. There is a part with a slit. The slit width is 1. Tolerance is set to 1.5.
Make the settings as follows to allow tolerance when processing the slit.

2. Select RO tool to process slit.

3. A RO 2.2 is used to process the slit.


The system will use different processing mode according to the selected method.

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4. Select RE& SQ tool to process the slit.

De-burring

The options in the De-burring tab of the Tool Assign Condition window allow you to
specify the conditions for de-burring tool assignment.

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Option Description
De-burring
Enable Place a check mark in the check box. Then the system will assign de-
Deburring burring tool to process the outer shape of the part.
Tool
Processing
During Outer
Shape
Processing

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Imbalanced Place a check mark in the check box to enable imbalanced processing if
Processing the deburring tool is smaller than the outer shape tool.
Enable Place a check mark in the check box and then the system will assign de-
Deburring burring tool to process the hole of the part.
Tool
Processing
During Hole
Processing

Imbalanced Place a check mark in the check box to enable imbalanced processing if
Processing the deburring tool is smaller than the outer shape tool.
Disable Place a check mark in the check box and type a value in the X<=: text
Deburring box and Y<=: text box, the system will not assign De-burring tools to
when size process the hole whose X dimension or Y dimension is equal to or
smaller than the input value.
Wire joint Place a check mark in the check box to specify the compensation amount
compensation from the wire joint.
amount

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Micro joint Place a check mark in the check box to specify the compensation amount
compensation from the micro joint.
amount

It Is Allowed Place a check mark in the check box and the system will use RO de-
To Assign burring tool to process straight line.
Tool At
Straight Line
Portion De-
burring-
Round

SQ Deburring Tool RO Deburring Tool


If you place the check mark, the result will be as follows

Only Place a check mark in the check box and the system will use RO de-
Diagonal burring tool to process only inclined line.
Line Is
Allowed
If you place the check mark, the result will be as follows

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Perform The In the occasion the option is not selected, the sequence of Joint and
Fixed Process Deburring process is: Joint G90 -> De-burring.
Sequence To Place a check mark in the check box, the system will perform the fixed
Joint G90 process sequence of: De-burring -> Joint G90
and De-
burring

Note: To enable this function, you should place a check mark in the De-Burring ON/OFF:
check box in the Parts Properties window.

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Slot2&3
The options in the Slot2&3 tab of the Tool Assign Condition window allow you to specify
the conditions to assign slot tool.
SLOT2&3 tool is delicate, and it may easily break due to various reasons such as wrong
process direction and lap amount of each tool path.
Specify the appropriate parameters in this panel.

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Option Description
Slot2&3
Use slot tool at the Place a check mark in the check box and you can make
time of skip-process on detailed settings for using slot tool at the time of skip-process
outer shape on outer shape.
Slot tool can be only used to process the outer perimeter of the
part. Holes and slits are not the targets. . In the picture below,
red lines represent the line objects assigned with slot tool.

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Minimum Assigned Specify the minimum length. If the line length of the part
Element Length outer perimeter is shorter than the specified value, the system
will not assign slot tool to process it.
Stating/Ending Point Specify the overlap amount of starting /ending point. The
Overlap Amount minimum value is 0.001mm and the maximum value is
99.999mm.
The overlap value is The overlap value is 8mm
0.0001mm

Note: To assign slot tools, you should place a check mark in the [SLOT AUTO ON/OFF]:
check box in the Parts Properties window first.

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Tooling Pattern

The Tooling Pattern panel provides options to specify the conditions to process holes
based on the shape and size.

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The Tolerance options allow you to specify whether to apply tolerance settings to tool
assignment.
If tolerance setting is applied, select Value and specify the tolerance range for the tool
assignment.
You can click Advance button to open the Shape Condition window to specify the
detailed settings based on shape and size of the hole. The Shape Condition window
consists of two panels: Tool Style and Match To Line.

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You can also remove the check mark from the Advance: checkbox and specify the tool
assignment priority for the specified template in the simple mode.

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See: Simple Tool Assignment Setting for the Specified Template
Fit Tool Style Panel
Match To Line

Simple Tool Assignment Setting

In the Tool Pattern panel, you can specify the tool assignment priority based on standard
shapes.
This panel lists seven system template patterns.
They are RO, RE, RR, OB, DD, SD and Irregular Holes. As the following picture
indicates, for the tool assignment of irregular holes, the method of joints attachment by
punching out the pattern has the highest priority. While for the rest 6 patterns, the
assignment of single-hit process has the highest priority.
You can click the Advance button to open the Shape Condition window and specify the
detailed settings for the tool assignment based on shapes and sizes.

To set the tool assignment priority based on the shape:


1. Remove the check mark from the Advance: check box, and click a pattern to open
the Pattern List window. For example, if you click the RO pattern, The Pattern List
will display all the tool assignments for the round hole. Different patterns

represent different tool assignments. For example, represents single-hit

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tool assignment.

2.
In the Pattern List window, select one pattern, and click button to change
the position. The pattern on the top left corner of the list indicates the
corresponding tool assignment that has the highest priority. As is shown in the
following window, the punch out assignment method B that uses 2 kinds of tools

has the highest priority. Click to save the settings.

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3. In the simple tool assignment screen, the assignment methods with the highest
priority are displayed as follows.

Fit Tool Style Panel

The options in the Fit Tool Style panel allow you to specify tool assignment based on the

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shape and size of the pattern.
You can specify the size and the assignment pattern after you have selected the shape.
Moreover, it is also possible to create new templates with new required shapes.

Options Description
Hole Pattern List Display the information that is registered in the standard
system pattern and templates.
The Info. of the Display the information of the selected template pattern, such
Pattern Being as Name, Comment, Type, and Dimensions. Usually, two
Selected dimensions: X and Y are displayed, however, some special
templates have an R dimension, such as RR and CR, which will
be displayed as well.

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Assignment Pattern Display candidate patterns with tools assigned.
List
Edit Template Create and modify the template pattern. See Edit Of Template
Detail Setting Specify pattern size and tool assignment condition.
The higher ID level is, the higher its priority will be. The
system will apply the conditions from top to bottom.
Priority Pattern ID Specify the tool assignment priorities.
Level

See: Hole Pattern List


Pattern Information and Assignment Pattern List
Template Detail Settings

Hole Pattern List

The Hole Pattern List shows all the available templates. You can click the arrow button
to open the drop-down list and filter patterns and display them.

Options Description
All Display all the templates.
System Only display prepared system templates.
Hole Only display the hole templates.
Notch Only display the notch templates.
Corner Notch Only display the corner notch templates.

Right-click the Template list area to open a shortcut menu.


The options on this shortcut menu allow you to add, delete, insert or edit the system
template.

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Shortcut Menu Description
Add of Template Data If the pattern you need is not on the pattern list, you can
add the template data.
Delete of Template Delete the selected template.
Data
Insert of Template Select Insert of Template Data to insert patterns before the
Data selected row.
Edit of Template Data For the selected shape, when there are not enough
patterns with tools assigned, you can select Edit of
Template to modify the selected template.
Notes:
The template of system type cannot be edited.

Pattern Information and Assignment Pattern List

Pattern Information area displays the relevant information of the selected template. The
Assignment Pattern List displays all the relevant tool assignment methods.

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Template Detail Settings

In the Detail Setting section, you can specify the conditions for the tool assignment of
the selected template.

Column Description
Symbol Click the Symbol cell to display the options for Symbol
Setting.

Note:
These options vary with different templates.
Please select the necessary items according to the
parameter contents that are displayed in the Pattern
Information panel.
Eq. Specify the relationship between the pattern and the
assignment method. There are six options: < (less than),
<= (less than or equal to), > (greater than). >= (greater
than or equal to), == (equal to), and != (unequal to).
Value Specify the reference dimension value.

In the Priority Pattern ID Level area, you can specify tool assignment priority. The
smaller the number is, the higher its tool assignment priority is.
In the case that the pattern/size of a part matches the conditions here, the system will
assign tools based on the specified priority.

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Example
1. We will process the following part.
The diameter of Hole A is 16 and the diameter of Hole B is 31.

2. In the Fit Tool Style panel, select the RO template and specify the detail settings as
follows.

3. Since the diameter of Hole A matches Condition 1, the single hit process of tool
assignment pattern A will be applied with higher priority. In the case that the tool
which can perform single hit process does not exist, the system will apply the next
method based on the tool assignment priority to process the hole. In this example,
Hole A is processed by a 16- RO tool.
The diameter of Hole B match Condition 2, the single hit process of tool assignment
pattern A will be applied with higher priority. In the occasion that the tool which can

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perform single hit process does not exist, the system will apply the next method
Pattern D based on the tool assignment priority to process the hole. In this example.
Hole B is processed by an 8- RO tool.

4. If we set the tolerance as follows in the Tooling Pattern panel.

The system will use a 30 RO tool to single-hit Hole B.

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Match To Line

In the Match To Line panel, you can specify line segments to be used in the SP tool
process (Single Hit, Punch Out).

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Option Description
Match to Line Place a check mark specify line segments to be processed
according to SP tools. (Single Hit, Punch Out).
It Process before Template After checking pattern elements according to the SP tool
setting, the system will assign tools according to the
template setting.
It Process After Template After assigning according to the template setting, the
system will assign tools according to the settings in
Match to Line.
List of Tool Display the list of specified SP tools.
Add Add special tools from the tool inventory.
See: Tool Inventory
Delete Delete the special tool.
Tool Information Display the information of the selected SP tool.
Shape Tool shape.
Range Tool ranges.
X/Y/R Size The X/Y/R size of the tool.
Forming Up/Down Display the forming up/down type.

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Shape Sub Code In the occasion that Contouring tools, Nesting tools, etc,
are tools of special type, display these types.
Comment Tool comments
Assign Setting Specify the assignment methods of tools.
Inner Place a check mark in the check box in the occasion that
the inner process is performed.
Outer Place a check mark in the check box in the occasion that
the outer process is performed.
For Acute Place a check mark in the For Acute: check box to assign
a triangle tool, etc to the acute angle portion on the
pattern.
The SP tool selected here can only be used in the specified
angle.
Cancel All Cancel all the previous operations.
Save Save the modifications.

Assign SP Tool to Process Line Segment

In the Match To Line panel, we can specify the conditions to assign SP tool to process the
parts.
1. We will process the following part with a corner radius of 10.

2. In the Match To Line panel, click Add to open the Tool window.
Select one SP tool and click Add to add the SP tool to the displayed tools list.

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3. In the Assign Setting preview area, click one element to be used to process the part.
The selected element will be highlighted in red. If the selected element of the SP
tool matches the pattern, the system will assign the SP tool to process this pattern.

4. Place a check mark in the Outer: check box to assign SP tools to process the outer
perimeter. Type the pattern name in the text box, and then click Save. The specified
assignment pattern will be displayed in the right-side column.
If it is necessary, you can register more than 2 line segments. When you select the
registered SP tool from the list, the content of registered pattern will be displayed in

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the same screen.

5. Since the specified element of the SP tool includes the pattern radius, the system
will process the arc by using this SP tool.

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Edit of Template

In the Fit Tool Style panel, click the Edit of Template button to open the List Of
Template window.
You can select an existed template in the template list or input the template name
directly in the File Name: text box, and then click the Edit button to open a template
edit screen and edit the template in it.
You can also type a new name in the File Name: text box and click the Edit button to
create a new template.

Option Description
In this drop-down list, 4 template types are
displayed. You can select which template type you
want to display in the list below.
All: Display all templates;
Hole: Display Hole templates only;
Notch: Display Notch templates only.
Corner Notch: Display Corner Notch templates
only.
The file name of the selected template is
displayed.
Click the Edit button to open the Template pane.

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File Name You can type the name of a registered template in
the template list.
You can also type a new name to create a new
template.
Example: 123.notch
123 represents the template name. notch
represents the type. If you do not input the
template type, the default type will be Hole.

Edit Click this button to open the Template pane.


Cancel Click this button to cancel your setting and close
the List Of Template window.

See: Template Edit


Pattern Window

Template Edit

In the List OF Template window, click Edit button to open the Template window. You can
edit an existing template or create a new one.

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1. Template Menu
2. Template Toolbar
3. Template Icon
4. Template Parameter
5. Shape Edit area
6. Template Parameter
7. Edit of Path
8. Edit of Elements
9. Edit Additional Elements Information

See: Template Menu


Template Toolbar
Template Icon
Template Parameter
Shape Edit area
Generate data

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Edit of Path
Edit of Elements
Edit Additional Elements Information

Template Menu

The menu bar consists of contains four items: File, Edit, View, and Help.

Template Toolbar
The buttons on the toolbar correspond to the commands on the menus.
File Toolbar
Create a new template
Open an existing template. Click this button to open the List Of Template
window. Select the target template and click the Edit button to edit it. If you click
the Open CAD button, you can select CAD data such as DXF or DWG.

Download user template (template shape files which are freely registered in
AP100) files from AP100
Save template
Edit Toolbar
The following 8 buttons are the basic edit buttons.

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Cancel the previous operation.
Repeat the previously un-done action.
Cut the specified object
Copy the specified object
Paste the object from the clipboard to the specified place.
Delete the specified object
Draw dimension line
Example:
1. The following is a basic shape of template without dimension.

2.
Click and then the mouse becomes a cross-shape pointer in the Shape
Edit area. A message appears prompting you to designate the first point of
dimension line.

3. Specify the first point on the dimension line. If the mouse is close to the end
points or middle point, a green point will be displayed automatically.

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4. Click to confirm the first point and then drag the cross-shape pointer to
select the second point. The first point becomes red and a green point will
move with the pointer. A message appears prompting you to designate the
second point of dimension line.

5. Click to confirm the second point. A number appears to designate the


dimension between the two points.

6. Specify the dimension line by selecting A, B, C or D from the drop-down list.


You can also select by pressing the <Up> and <Down> arrow key on
keyboard.

7. In order not to overlap dimension lines, specify the display position by


dragging the mouse.

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8. You can also move the pointer to change the position of the designated
dimension name.

9. You can also use the default dimension number. In that occasion, the
dimension name cannot be changed. The display position of dimension line
is specified as is.

10. Use the same way to designate other dimensions.

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11. The designating dimension line corresponds with the reference sizes in the
Parameter pane. You can click the arrow button next to each text box to
select a name for the reference size or type a name for it. For example, the
default name for Reference Size A is SMAXX, while the default name for
Size B is SMAXY.

12. Referece Size A,B, C and D corresponds with the optoins displayed in the
Shape Condition window.

Select all elements of the basic shape, including dimension lines.


The following four buttons are drawing buttons.
Select command. Use the pointer to draw a frame. The object in the frame will be
selected.

Draw lines (one by one). When you finish drawing, click to exit.
Draw continuous lines. After drawing is finished, right-click and select Pointer to
confirm your operation or click directly to confirm your operation.

Draw arc. When you finish drawing, click to exit.


The following 9 buttons are main editing buttons.

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Rotate the selected element.
Example:
1.
Select an element as rotating object and click . In the Shape Edit area,
the mouse becomes a cross-shape pointer. A message appears prompting you
to designate a basic point. Click to confirm a basic point.

2. Drag the pointer and you can see a dashed line rotate round the basic point.
The value in the text box updates automatically to remind you the rotate
angle when you drag the pointer. Also you can press or key and
then type rotate angle directly in the text box.

3. Click to confirm your operation if you are satisfied with the rotation. (Press
<Enter> key to confirm your operation if you rotate the element by typing
value in the text box.) A dialog box appears asking you whether to remain
the original object.

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4. Click Yes to remain the original object. Click NO to delete the original
object.

Mirror (Copy/Move) the selected element.


Example:
1.
Select an element as rotating object and click . In the Shape Edit area,
the mouse becomes a cross-shape pointer. A message appears prompting you
to designate the first point of mirror line. Click to confirm the first point.

2. A message appears prompting you to designate the second point of the


mirror line. Click to confirm the second point. A dialog box appears asking
you whether to remain the original object, as appears in rotating operation.
Click Yes to remain the original object. Click NO to delete the original
object.

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Create tangent corner radius. When you finish drawing, click to exit.

When you click , a message will appear to prompt you select the first object.
Click the first element of the corner where corner radius will be created. When
the second message appears to prompt you select the second object, click the
second element after the radius is specified.

Create inner corner radius. When you finish drawing, click to exit.
Use the same way as you create tangent corner radius to create inner corner
radius.

Create outer corner radius. When you finish drawing, click to exit.
Use the same way as you create tangent corner radius to create outer corner
radius.

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Line grid
Example:
1.
Select an object and click . In the Shape Edit area, the mouse becomes a
cross-shape pointer. A message appears prompting you to input grid number
in the text box. Type a value in it and press <Enter> key to confirm.

2. After input the value, click to confirm a base point. Drag the pointer to form
grid and the values in the two text boxes update automatically. You can also
type values in them respectively. (Press<Tab> key to switch between the two
boxes.)

3. Click to confirm your operation. (Press <Enter> key to confirm your


operation if you type values directly.)

Parallel grid

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Use the same way as you create line grid to create parallel grid. Under this
circumstance, you should first input grid number in X direction and then input
grid number in Y direction in the boxes appearing during your operation.

Annular grid
Example
1.
Select an object and click . In the Shape Edit area, the mouse becomes a
cross-shape pointer. A message appears prompting you to designate a base
point.

2. Click to designate a base point and then drag the pointer or type values in
the text boxes to specify grid length, angle and number respectively.

3. Confirm your operation by using the same way as you do to confirm line
grid.

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Arc grid
Use the same way as you create annular grid to create parallel grid.

Trim the selected element


Example:
1. Suppose we want to trim the redundant sections of the two overlong lines in
the following pattern to form a triangle.

2.
Click and the mouse becomes a cross-shape pointer in Shape Edit area.
A message appears prompting you to select an object.

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3. Draw a frame with the pointer and select the symmetrical pattern. The
selected pattern in the frame will become red. Click the mouse wheel button
to finish the selection.

4.
Click the pattern that you want to trim off. Click to confirm.

Extend an element to another element.


Example:
1. In the following basic shape, select E5.

2.
Click and the mouse becomes a cross-shape pointer in the shape edit
area. A message appears prompting you to select an object to extend.

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3. Select E2 as the object to extent and you will see that E2 is extended to E5.
Click to confirm.

Frame line. The system can recognize notch and corner notch easily by using
frame line.
How to create frame line
1. Take the following corner notch as an example

2.
Click and the mouse becomes a cross-shape pointer in the Pattern Edit
area. A message appears prompting you to select a frame line. The first
selected line will become green. The second line will become orange. Click
to confirm your operation.

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Note:
In Template Edit mode, when you select to save a template, the system
will generate frame lines automatically if you select notch or corner notch as
template save type.
Elongate an element.
Example:
1.
Click and the mouse becomes a cross-shape pointer in the Shape Edit
area. A message appears prompting you to select an object to elongate.

2. Select an object, such as E3. A message appears prompting you to enter


elongating value in the text box. You can also drag the pointer to elongate
ad the value in the text box will update automatically.

3. Press <Enter> key to confirm your operation if you type values in the text
box directly. Click to confirm your operation if you elongate by dragging the
pointer directly. Click to finish.

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View Buttons
Display grid in the Shape Edit area.

Display relationship between elements.

Parallel

On the same line

Vertical

Horizontal

Right angle

Same size
Display elements

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Display points

Display align dimension

Maximize all pattern elements to fit the Shape Edit area. (Auto Scale)

Template Icon

The left area of the Template pane is the Pattern Assignment Display area. You can
right-click the icons here to add or delete patterns.

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The first icon is the basic shape of the template. Right-click
it and select Add to add a new template-processing pattern.

The following icons represent different processing patterns.


Right-click any one of them and select Add to add a new
processing pattern or select Delete to delete it.

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Template Parameter
The options in this section allow you
to specify the following template
parameters: Rotation, Flip,
Dimension Line, Element Number
and Path Number.

Option Description
Rotation Place a check mark in the Rotation: check box to allow template
rotation.
Flip Place a check mark in the Flip: check box to allow template flip.
Type1 The options in this section allow you to specify the template type
that you want to create.
Type 2 The options in this section allow you to specify whether the
template consists of a single path or multiple paths. But
currently, the system only supports single path.
Name The name of the template.
Comment The comment of the template.
Generate Data After finish drawing or editing in the Shape Edit area, click this
button to generate element and path data.

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Detail Place a check mark in the Detail: check box to display the Edit of
Path table, Edit of Element table and the Edit Additional Element
Information table.
Add Click Add button to enter another Template pane to edit
template-processing method.
Apply Click Apply button to apply the shape in the Shape Edit area as a
template.
Reset Click Reset button to redraw basic shape in the Shape Edit area.

Shape Edit area

You can draw or edit the shape of a template in the Shape Edit area by using the icons
on the toolbar. You can right click to open the short-cut menu and select the options on it
to edit as well.

Generate data

After you finish your drawing or editing in the Shape Edit area, click the Generate Data
button to generate data in the Edit of Path, Edit of Element and Edit Additional
Element Information tables.

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Edit of Path

Option Description
Standard Shape This option is currently unavailable.
Basic Coordinates X This option is currently unavailable.
Basic Coordinates Y This option is currently unavailable.
Start Point Min/Max Increased To define the range of the increased angle of start
Angle point (the angle between the first line and the
horizontal line).
Start Point Increased Angle Specify angle mark for the specific angle range.
Mark Click the cell to display the Increased Angle Mark
window. If the angle range is 90, the corresponding
mark should be 4.

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End Point Min/Max Increased To define the range of the increased angle of end
Angle point (the angle between the last line and the
horizontal line).
End Point Increased Angle Mark Specify the angle mark for the specific angle range.
Click the cell to display the following window. If the
angle range is 90, the corresponding mark should be
4.

Line Element Number The number of line element.


Arc Element Number The number of arc element.
Consult Path Number This option is currently unavailable.
Standard Shape X Shape This option is currently unavailable.
Standard Shape Y Size This option is currently unavailable.

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Option Description
#ID The element number.
Element Type The type of element.
Increased angle min The minimum increased angle.
Increased angle max The maximum increased angle.
Increased angle mark The mark of increased angle.
Click this text box to open the Increased Angle Mark
dialog.

Select a desired increased angle mark value and click OK.


Parallel number The number of parallel element.
Same line The number of the same line.
Same length The number of the same length element.

Edit Additional Elements Information

The information that appears in the Edit Additional Element Information table is
coincident with the selected element.
The information that displays for a line will be different from that of an arc.
In the following example, a Line has been selected in the drawing area.
The Edit of Elements table displays the basic information for the line. If you select any
element ID# in the Edit of Elements table, the corresponding information will appear in
the Edit Additional Elements Information table.

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Option Description
#ID The element number.
Min Line Length Minimum line length.
The default value is 0. You can double-click to edit it.
Max Line Length Maximum line length.
The default value is 9999. You can double-click to edit it.
If you select an Arc in the drawing area, the corresponding information for the selected
arc is listed in the Edit Additional Element Information window.

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Option Description
#ID The element number.
Radius Min/Max To define the range of the arc radius.
Arc Start Angle Min/Max To define the range of the arc start angle.
Arc Start Angle Mark The mark of arc start angle. If you click the cell, the
Increased Angle Mark window will appear.

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Arc Center Angle To define the range of the arc center angle.
Min/Max
Arc Center Angle Mark The mark of arc center angle. If you click the cell, the
Increased Angle Mark window will appear.

Rotation Direction To define rotation direction of the arc: clockwise or counter-


clockwise.

Pattern Window

After the data is generated, you can click the Add button to open the Pattern Edit pane
and begin pattern edit.
You can also right-click the basic shape icon or pattern icon in the Shape Display area
and select Add to open the Pattern Edit pane and begin pattern edit.

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In Pattern Edit, you can assign tools directly to the selected element or you can assign
tools by using assistant lines. See Draw Assistant Line

Example:
1. Take the following pattern as an example. The system has a special tool with the
same shape of this pattern.

2. Click the Single Hit button in the right-side Basic Shape Pattern pane. The
existing special tools will be listed automatically. Select the tool that matches the
pattern.

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3. In the Pattern Edit area, the tool appears automatically and will move as the
mouse moves.

4. Click to select a point as the base point and click the Single Hit button again. Then
the selected special tool is assigned to single hit the pattern.

5. You can also specify the line elements of the pattern and make assignments for
them. Click Add to save the assigned pattern.

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6. Select RO as the tool type and select Shear Proof in the Basic Shape Pattern pane.

7. The system will assign a RO tool to shear proof the selected line element.

8. Use the same method to assign tools on other lines. The system will assign a RO
tool to shear proof the pattern line by line.

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9. Click Apply button to save it.

Draw Assistant Line


1. Take the following template as an example. In the pattern edit area, right-click and
select Draw Assistant Line.

2. The mouse becomes a cross-shape pointer and a message appears prompting you to
design the first point of the assistant line.

3. Another message appears prompting you to designate the next point of the
assistant line and click to designate. You can also input the length and angle of the
assistant line directly in the text boxes and click to confirm.

4. In this example, we use an assistant line to divide the shape into two rectangles.
Right-click and select Decompose Pattern to finish your operation.

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5. Select Select Edge.

Note: Select Edge is selected by default.


6. Select two lines to define the range.

7. Specify tool shape and select a basic shape pattern in the right pane. If you select
SQ as tool shape and Rectangle as basic shape pattern, the system will use SQ tool
to process this rectangle area.

8. Use the same method to assign tools to other elements.

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9. Choose Select Base Shape to use different colors to display the assignment.

10. Select one base shape in the Pattern Edit area, and right-click to select Set Color.

Note: You can select Delete to delete this assignment here.


11. The Color dialog appears. Select one color and click OK.

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12. The result is as follows.

13. The system will generate data automatically in the Base Shape table

See: Tool Assignment Pane


Basic Shape
Shape Data

Tool Assignment Pane

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Option Description
Specify tools to be used in the pattern
assignment.

Select basic shape patterns. Rectangle,


Triangle, Arc Internal and Arc External belong
to sketch process and you can choose to make
the assignment in Shape Data. See Shape Data
Name The name of the template.
End Value Specify the end value. There are four options
here: None, M00, Work Chute and Joint. Only
None and M00 are available.
Comment Type pattern comments in the textbox.
Element Separation This option is currently unavailable.
Assign Changeable This option is currently unavailable.
Add If you select an existing pattern in the left
pattern list area, click this button to add a new
pattern.
Apply Click this button to apply pattern.
Reset Click this to exit this pane and return to the
previous pattern.

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Basic Shape
The information in the table is generated automatically after you have created the
process template.

Option Description
Type The type of the pattern.
Sequence ID The ID of the sequence.
Continuous Sequence The ID of the continuous sequence.
Interference flag Place a check mark in the check box and the system will
check interference automatically. This option is currently
unavailable.
Sketch process To use the sketch material to process.
Start Point The start point of the sketch process. This option is
currently unavailable.
Direction The direction of the sketch process. This option is
currently unavailable.
Normal Process Use the normal material to process.
Start Point The start point of the normal process. This option is
currently unavailable.
Direction The direction of the normal process. This option is
currently unavailable.
Extrusion
Left Place a check mark here and the system will execute
extrusion on left side of the element.
Right Place a check mark here and the system will execute
extrusion on right side of the element.

Shape Data
The Shape Data table lists the information of the selected item type in the Base Shape
table.

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The Sequence ID displayed in Shape Data table will update with the Sequence ID you
select in Basic Shape table.
With The type in the Basic Shape table, the Options to be shown in the Shape Data will
vary.
Single Hit Line Shear Proof Arc Shear Proof
Rectangle Triangle Arc Internal Arc External
Laser Path

Rectangle:

Option Description
Sequence ID The ID of the sequence.
Tool Shape Display the tool shape.
Punch Out flag Place a check mark here and the system will execute the
punch out process for this basic shape.
1-4 X and Y point of the four points of the rectangle. The
system will use the four points indicate L1-L4 Coordinate.
L1-L3 Tolerance The range of the L1-L4 extrusion.
L1-L4 Coordinates The Coordinate of the L1-L4.

Triangle:

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Option Description
Sequence ID The ID of the sequence.
Tool Shape Display the tool shape.
Punch Out flag Place a check mark here and the system will execute the
punch out process for this basic shape.
P1-P3 Coordinates The Coordinate of P1-P3.
L1-L3 Tolerance The tolerance value of L1-L3.
L1-L3 Extended The range of the L1-L3 extrusion
L1-L4 Coordinates The Coordinate of the L1-L4.

Single Hit:

Option Description
Sequence ID The ID of the sequence.
Tool Shape Display the tool shape.
ManagementName The name of the tool
Method to Decide This option is currently unavailable.
Coordinates
BaseX The X Coordinate of the base point.
BaseY The Y Coordinate of the base point.
Offset X The X offset value of the center point of the pattern. Click this
text box to open the Tool Offset Setting dialog.

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Offset Y The Y offset value of the center point of the pattern.

X Range The range of tool X size.


Y Range The range of tool Y size.
R Range The range of tool R size.
Angle The angle of the tool.
Select M Code This option is currently unavailable.

Line:

Option Description

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Sequence ID The ID of the sequence.
Pattern Place a check mark here and the system will execute the
punch out process for this basic shape.
Tool Shape X and Y point for arc center.
ManagementName The name of the tool
Start Point X and Y point for start point.
End Point X and Y point for end point.
Start Point Method Decide This option is currently unavailable.
Coordinate
End Point Method Decide This option is currently unavailable.
Coordinate
Tool X Range The range of tool X size.
Tool Y Range The range of tool Y size.
Tool R Range The range of tool R size.
Tool Angle The angle of the tool.

Shear Proof:

Option Description
Sequence ID The ID of the sequence.
Tool Shape Place a check mark here and the system will execute the
punch out process for this basic shape.
Slitting On/Off This option is currently unavailable.
P1-P2 Coordinates The Coordinate of P1-P3.
Start Point Extrusion The range of the start point extrusion.
End Point Extrusion The range of the end point extrusion.
Wire Joint Number The number of wire joint
Wire Joint Assignment Type Assignment type of wire joint
Process Coordinate Processing coordinate
Tool Size X The range of tool X size.
Tool Size Y The range of tool Y size.

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Arc Shear Proof:

Option Description
Sequence ID The ID of the sequence.
ToolShape X and Y point for arc center.
Arc Base The X and Y point of arc base point.
Start Point X and Y point of start point.
End point X and Y point of endpoint.
Rotation Direction The direction of the rotation.
Internal/external Process Type internal/external process value.
Start Point Extrusion The range of the start point extrusion.
End Point Extrusion The range of the end point extrusion.
Wire Joint Number The number of wire joint.
Wire Joint Layout Position Layout position of wire joint.

Arc Internal:

Option Description
Sequence ID The ID of the sequence.
Punch Out (Slug- Out Area) Place a check mark here and the system will execute the
punch out process for this basic shape.
Arc Center X and Y point for arc center.
Start Point X and Y point for start point.
End Point X and Y point for end point.
Rotation Direction The direction of the rotation.
Start Point Extrusion The range of the start point extrusion.
End Point Extrusion The range of the end point extrusion.

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Arc External
If you select Arc External, the options are same as those of Arc Internal.

Laser Path:

Option Description
Sequence ID The ID of the sequence.
End Value Select a value from the drop-down list as the End Value to separate
finished parts from the sheet. (M00, Auto, Chute and Joint)

Z Axis Height Type a height value in Z-axis.


Rotation Select a rotation direction from the drop-down list. CC(clockwise)
Direction and CCW(counter-clockwise) are available.

Element Number Type a serial number for element.


Path Kind Select a path kind from drop-down list. Open path and Close path
are available.

Element ID Displays the ID for element.


Start Point X Displays starting point in X direction.

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Start Point Y Displays starting point in Y direction.
End Point X Displays ending point in X direction.
End Point Y Displays ending point in Y direction.

Combo Tool Assignment


This chapter introduces the outline of the ComboTool Assignment preference.

To open the Combination Tool Assignment window:


1. Click any Preference button in the Dr. ABE main window to display the Preference
window.
2. In the Tree View, select a combo machine (e.g. EM-L).

3. Double-click the COMBI icon in the Preference File pane to display the
Combination Tool Assignment window.

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The Combination Tool Assignment window contains the following tabs.
Main allows you to set preference for Laser Assignment, methods to process
perimeters, corner notch and notch, etc.
Calculation allows you to set punch conditions.
Tooling Pattern allows you to specify the methods to process the holes based
on the shape and size.

See: Main
Detail Setting
Laser Assignment
Calculation
Tooling Pattern
Edit of Template

Main

In the Main panel, you can specify the method to process the perimeters, corner notch,
and notch. You can define the laser assignment conditions, set preferences for allowing
different assignment on the same part.

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See: Assign
Laser Pierce
Selection by Overview
Percentage of Laser and Punch

Assign

Option Description
Allow different Place a check mark in this check box and the system might use
Assignment on the quite different tool assignment to process two same parts.
Same part

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When Part is Place a check mark in this check box and the system will rotate
Rotated part in order to utilize sheet best, though different tool is to be
assigned to the two same parts.

Laser Pierce
Place a check mark in the Punch Pierce:
check box, and the system will use a
punch tool to pierce during the process.

Set a tool as punch pierce tool


1. In the SubInventory window, double-click the tool you want to use to perform punch
pierce process.

2. In the Tool window, place a check mark in the Punch Pierce: check box.

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3. In the Combination Tool Assignment window, place a check mark in the Punch
Pierce check box. The system will consider using punch tool to perform pierce
process.

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4. The following illustrations indicate a RO tool of 1.3 is used to perform pierce
process.

Notes:
1. The system can perform punch pierce within the punch process range. See:
Punching Process Range
2. But for the tools that are installed in the outer track or inner track of the turret,
their punching ranges are different. When the system perform punch pierce, OTX
and OTY will be taken into consideration. If it exceeds the punch tool process
range, the system will use laser pierce instead.
3. If multiple tools are defined as the punch pierce tools, the tools assigned to the
sheet will have higher priority. Among these tools, the smallest tool has the
highest priority.

Example
1. A RO tool is added to Station 107, which is located in the inner track of the turret.
And this RO tool is set to work as a punch pierce tool. See: Set a tool as punch
pierce tool
Since the RO tool is located in the inner track, its process range will shift 40 along
the Y- axis, the grey rectangle area indicates punch process range of station 200
(station no.), while the blue rectangle indicates the punch range of the RO tool in
T107.

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2. When the system perform piercing to process the following part, because the Y
distance from pierce hole A to the sheet edge is 20, less than 40, the system will
use laser to pierce this hole, while the Y distance from pierce hole B to the sheet
edge is larger than 40, the system will use punch tool to pierce the hole.

Hole B is processed by punch Hole A is processed by laser pierce


pierce

Selection by Overview

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Selection by Overview provides options allow you to specify the process method for
perimeters, notch, and corner notch.
You can click Detail Setting or Laser Assignment button to set the detailed preferences.

See: Process the Perimeters


Process Corner Notch
Process Notch

Process Perimeters

You can specify the process methods to process the perimeters in the Selection by
Overview section.

Example
1. Take the following part for example.

2. Select Laser option under All Perimeters.

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3. In the Process After window, specify the conditions to cut the outer objects. See:
Process After Cutting

4. The system will cut the perimeters as follows.

5. Select Punch option under All Perimeters.

6. In the Process After window, specify the conditions to punch the outer objects.

7. The perimeter is punched as follows.

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Notes
The settings in the Process After window have higher priorities than those
in All Perimeters. Therefore, even if Punch is selected, the system will still
perform the laser assignment according to Process After settings.
You can select Laser and Punch at the same time, and the system will
determine the perimeter process methods based on the corresponding
settings in the Process After window.
Corner Notch and Notch options will not be available unless both Laser and
Punch are selected.

Process Corner Notch

You can specify the process methods to process corner notches in the Selection by
Overview section.

Example
1. Lets take the following part for example.

2. Select Laser under Corner Notch.


3. Set the proper preferences in Process After Cutting Table of the Process After
window.
4. The system will process the part as follows, and cut the two corner notches by
laser.

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5. If you select Punch under Corner Notch.
6. The system will process the part as follows, and punch the two corner notches.

7. If you select both Laser and Punch under Corner Notch.


8. The system will cut or punch the corner notches based on other relevant
preferences. Please refer to the following illustrations.

Process Notch

You can specify the process methods to process notches in the Selection by Overview
section.

Example

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1. Lets take the following part for example.

2. Select Laser under Notch.


3. Specify the preferences in Process After Cutting Table of the Process After window
properly.
4. The system will process the part as follows, and cut 2 notches by laser.

5. If you select Punch under Corner Notch.


6. The system will process the part as follows, and punch 2 notches.

7. If you select both Laser and Punch under Notch.


8. The system will cut or punch the notches based on other relevant preferences.

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Percentage of Laser and Punch

The options in this section are not available currently.

Detail Setting

In the Main tab of Combination Tool Assignment window, click Detail Setting button to
open the Detail Setting window, the options here allow you to specify the conditions for
combination process.

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See: Laser/Punch-1 (Perimeter and Notch Setting for Combination Process)
Laser/Punch-2 (Line and Arc Setting for Combination Process)

Laser/Punch-1 (Perimeter and Notch Setting for Combination Process

In the Laser/Punch-1 panel, you can specify the combination process conditions for
perimeter, notch, and corner notch.

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Option Description
Perimeter Specify the combination process for perimeters. If the perimeter
length is within Min and Max length range, and the punch hits is
within the specified max hits, the system will punch the
perimeters. If the conditions are not met, the system will laser cut
the perimeters. In the occasion that the conditions specified here
do not fit the part, and the system will perform the laser
assignment for this part.
Note:
This setting is only available for straight lines.

Length (A) Specify the minimum and maximum length for


outer perimeter.
Hits (Max) Specify the maximum punch hits.
Notch and Corner In the occasion that total notch length meets the condition in
Notch Length <=:text box, the system will perform laser assignment to
the notch.
rst. In the occasion that the sum of L1+L2 of notch is within the
specified Min and Max range, and the punch hits number is
smaller than the Max hits number, the system will perform punch
assignment to the notch. If the punch hits number is bigger than
the Max number, the system will break up the pattern into arcs
and lines, and then decide the methods to process the elements
based on the following conditions.

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Length Specify the minimum and maximum length for
(A=L1+L2) the notch.
Hits (Max) Specify the maximum punch hits.

Example of Processing Perimeter


1. Take the following part for example. One line segment of the outer perimeter is 35.

2. Select both Laser and Punch under All Perimeter, and then click Detail Setting
button to specify the conditions of Perimeter and Line (Angle=0 or Angle=90) as
follows.

Since the system cannot find a tool to punch the line based on the above
conditions, the system will laser cut this line segment instead.

3. If specify the conditions Perimeter and Line (Angle=0 or Angle=90) as follows. The
Max hit is set to 1,

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In the occasion there is a tool that can single hit the line segment, the punch
assignment will be performed.

Example of Processing Notches


1. One notch of the following part is 50x80. Its total length is 180.

2. Select both Laser and Punch under All Perimeter, and then click Detail Setting
button to open the Detail Setting window. Type 200 in the Length <: text box.

3. Since the total length of notch is less than 200, the system will laser cut this
notch.

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4. If you type 150 in the Length <: text box,

5. Specify the notch conditions as follows.

6. In the occasion there is a tool that can punch out the notch by less than 3 hits, the
punch assignment will be performed.

Laser/Punch-2 (Line and Arc Setting for Combination Process)

When the pattern to be processed does not meet the conditions in the Laser/Punch-1
panel, it will be broken into various lines or arcs, and processed according to settings in
the Laser/Punch-2 panel.

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In Laser/Punch-2 panel, you can specify the combination process conditions for lines and
arc.
If the line or arc objects meet the conditions defined in this panel, the system will use
punch to process. Otherwise laser will be used.

Option Description
Line (Angle=0 or In this section, you can specify conditions for the vertical or
Angle=90) horizontal line.

Line (Angle! =0 and In this section, you can specify conditions for the oblique line.
Angle! =90)

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Arc (Process Outside In this section, you can specify condition for the convex arc.
R)

Arc (Process Inside In this section, you can specify condition for the concave arc.
R)

Example
1. Lets take the following part for example.

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2. If we specify the conditions of Arc (Process inside R) as follows

3. Laser assignment is performed to process the arc.

4. Type 100 to specify the maximum punch hits.

5. If the system can punch the arc with no more than 100 punch hits, the punch
assignment will be performed.

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Laser Assignment

Click the Laser Assignment button to open the Laser Tool Assignment window.
The options in the Laser Tool Assignment window allow you to specify the cutting
parameters, such as the cutting direction, the lead-in/lead-out type, the process type
after cutting and the cutting.

See: Lead In/Out /Pierce Panel

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Path Assignment Method
Tab/Corner Process
Detail

Lead In/Out /Pierce Panel

The Lead In/Out /Pierce panel provides options to specify the conditions to assign the
lead in, the lead out, the lead length, the lead type, pierce and tolerance to check the
collision. See: Lead In/Out /Pierce Panel

Path Assignment Method

The options in the Path Assignment Method panel allow you to specify the assignment
methods for bend lines, and various cutting condition settings etc.
See: Path Assignment Method

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Tab/Corner Process

The options in this panel allow you to specify the settings for joints and corners.
See: Tab/Corner Process

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Detail

In the Laser Tool Assignment window, click the Detail button to open the DetailSetting
window. In this window you can specify the cutting conditions, Assignment logic, lead in
and pierce details. See: Detail

Calculation

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You can specify basic assignment conditions in the Calculation panel.
You can click the Advance button to open Tool Assign Condition window and specify
preferences for tool assignment. See: Calculation

Tooling Pattern

The Tooling Pattern panel provides options to specify the conditions to process holes
based on the shape and size.
See: Tooling Pattern

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The Tolerance options allow you to specify whether to apply tolerance settings to tool
assignment.
If tolerance setting is applied, select Value and specify the tolerance range for the tool
assignment.
You can click Advance button to open the Shape Condition window to specify the
detailed settings based on shape and size of the hole.
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You can also remove the check mark from the Advance checkbox and specify the tool
assignment priority for the specified template in the simple mode.

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Edit of Template

In the Fit Tool Style panel, click the Edit of Template button to open the List Of
Template window.
You can select an existed template in the template list or input the template name
directly in the File Name: text box, and then click the Edit button to open a template
edit screen and edit the template in it.
You can also type a new name in the File Name: text box and click the Edit button to
create a new template.
See: Edit of Template

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Laser Sequence
This chapter introduces the outline of the Laser Sequence preference.
In the Laser Sequence windows, you can specify the setting about Sequence, Auto
Cutout Avoidance and Part-grid.

To open the Laser Sequence window:


1. Click the Laser Sequence Preference button in the Dr. ABE main window to open the
Preference window.
2. Select a laser machine (e.g. FO3015) in the Tree View pane and then double-click
Laser Sequence icon to open the window.

See: Sequence
Auto Cutout Avoidance
Part-Grid

Sequence

The options in the Sequence panel allow you to specify settings for the Laser Sequence.

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See: Effect Setting
Starting Point/Direction
Sequence by Dividing the Sheet
Distance between Tooling
Sequence Processing Object
Change Lead In for Shorten Traverse
Flip Macro Pattern for Shorten Traverse
Sort by Process after Cutting

Effect Setting

The options in the Effect Setting section allow you to specify the decision method for the
laser process sequence.

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Option Description
Sheet Process objects with the entire sheet as a unit.
Etchings (sheet) -> Holes + Open Paths (sheet) -> Outer loops
(sheet).

Each Part Process objects part by part.


Etchings (part) -> Holes + Open Paths (part) -> Outer loops
(part).
Process parts one by one.
Machine Stop for In order to inspect the prototype, M00 will be generated to stop
Prototype the machine after finishing processing the.
You can take out the prototype after the machine stops.
Process Prototype Part M00 will be generated each time after one prototype is
by Part finished.
You can take out the prototype one by one.
Output only one M00 M00 will be generated only one time after all prototypes are
finished.
All Etching First Process all etchings of the entire sheet first.

See: Sheet and Each Part


Machine Stop for Prototype
All Etching First

Sheet and Each Part

Specify the process sequence by Sheet or by Each Part.


1. When select Sheet.

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2. The result is as the sequence shown in the picture below:
Etchings (0-2) -> Holes + Open Paths (3-8) -> Outer Loops (9-11).

3. When select Each Part.

4. The result is as the sequence shown in the picture below:


Etching (1st Part) -> Hole + Open Path (1st Part) -> Outer Loop (1st Part) ->
Etching (2nd Part) -> Hole + Open Path (2nd Part) -> Outer Loop (2nd Part) ->

Machine Stop for Prototype

Specify the output of M00 output to direct machine stop for prototype.

Examples of different Machine Stop settings.


1. Set prototype quantity in the Part Properties window.

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2. Place a check mark in the Machine Stop for Prototype: check box.

3. All prototypes are processed in the sequence: Etchings (All Prototypes) -> Holes +
Open Paths (All prototypes) -> Outer Loops (All prototypes).
M00 is generated each time after finishing one prototype.

4. Place a check mark in the Process Prototype Part by Part: check box.

5. Prototypes are processed one by one.


M00 is generated each time after finishing one prototype.

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6. Place check marks in both Process Prototype Part by Part and Output only one
M00: check boxes.

7 Prototypes are processed one by one.


M00 is generated after the last prototype is finished.

8. Remove the check mark in the Process Prototype Part by Part check box.
Keep the check mark in the Output only one M00 check box.

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9. All prototypes are processed in the sequence: Etchings (All Prototypes) -> Holes +
Open Paths (All prototypes) -> Outer Loops (All prototypes).
M00 is generated after the last prototype is finished.

All Etching First

Process all etchings first.


1. Select Etching from the Open Path: drop-down list in the Path Assignment Method
panel of the Tool Assignment window.

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2. If the All Etching First check box remains empty, the sequence will be as follows:

3. If you place a check mark in the All Etching First check box, all etchings will be
etched first.

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Starting Point/Direction

Specify the process starting position (one of the 4 corners) and direction
(horizontal/vertical) by clicking an arrow in the graphics.

For example, if you select the arrow as follows, the system will start to process from the
top left of the sheet and in the X-axis direction.

Sequence by Dividing the Sheet

According to the specified value, the sheet is divided into several areas with the same
width.
The starting point of a process (Lead-in/out) is where the previous process ends
according to the direction specified in the Starting Point/Direction section so as to shorten
the process traverse.

For example, if you type 5 in the text box, according to the specified starting
point/direction, the sheet will be divided into 5 areas as follows.

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The process sequence is decided by shortening the traverse in each area.

Option
The Option panel allows you to define the processing sequence. There are three options
available.
If you select Distance-based option, the system will process parts according to the
distance between the pierce positions or the centers of processing track (It depends on
the sequence processing object);
If you select Direction-based option, the system will process parts according to the
absolute values of X-axis or Y-axis (It depends on the starting point/direction);
If you select both Direction-based option and One Side Direction option, the system will
process parts according to the absolute values of X-axis or Y-axis in just one direction.

Example:
1. In Sequence panel, select Each Part option.

2. Specify the top left of the sheet as the starting corner, with the plus X-axis as the
processing direction. Type 3 in the Sequence by Dividing the Sheet textbox to divide
the sheet into 2 areas.

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3. Select Pierce Position as the sequence of processing object.

4. If you select Distance-based option, the system will process the pattern with shorter
distance between the patterns pierce point and the starting pierce point first. After
processing the inner loop, the system will process the outer loop part by part.

6. If you select Direction-based option, the system will process the pattern with smaller
x value in plus X-axis. After processing the inner loop, the system will process the
outer loop part by part.

7. If you select both Direction-based option and One Side Direction option, the system

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will process the pattern with smaller x-axis absolute value and just in one direction.
After processing the inner loops, the system will process the outer loop part by part.

Distance Between Tooling

In order to avoid the problem that is caused by overheating during cuttings of close
patterns, specify the minimum distance value between two cut paths in the textbox.
If the distance between two cut paths is less than the specified value, the system will
skip the process of the 2nd path and move on to the next one.

For example:
1. If the check mark from the Distance Between Tooling check box remains empty,
the system will process the parts in the following sequence.

2. If you place a check mark in the check box and type 60 in the text box next to it,
the system will process the parts in the following sequence.

Sequence Processing Object

Specify the reference point of the part so as to decide the distance between two

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neighboring parts when decide the process sequence.

Pierce Position: The pierce position of the part is taken as the reference point.
Center of Processing Track: The center point of the part is taken as the reference point.

Example
1. Specify the starting point and direction as follows:

2. Type 4 in the Sequence by Dividing the Sheet: text box to divide the sheet into 4
areas.

3. If you select Pierce Position, the system will process in the sequence as is shown
in the picture below.
Although Part 1, Part 2, and Part 5 span over Division 1 and Division 2, their
pierce positions are all in Division 1.
Therefore, the process traverses of Part 0~5 are shortened in Division 1 according
to the reference of their pierce positions.

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4. If you select Center of Processing Track, the system will process in the sequence
as is shown in the picture below.
Although Part 3, Part 6, and Part 7 span over Division 1 and Division 2, the track
centers of them are all in Division 2.
Therefore, the process traverses of Part 3~8 are shortened in Division 2 according
to the reference of their track centers.

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Change Lead In for Shorten Traverse

In the occasion that Center of Processing Track is selected, you can optimize lead-in
positions so as to shorten the process traverse.
(This function is not available when Pierce Position is selected.)

Option Description
Change Lead In for Shorten Optimize lead-in positions for standard holes.
Traverse
Outer Optimize lead-in positions for outer loops.
Special Shape Optimize lead-in positions for special shapes.

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Open Path Optimize lead-in positions for open paths.

Note: If the Change Lead In for Shorten Traverse check box remains empty, the system
will apply the settings specified in the Lead In/Out table to decide lead-in/out positions.

Example
1. If the Change Lead In for Shorten Traverse check box remains empty, the system
will apply the settings specified in the Lead In/Out table to decide lead-in/out
positions and process in the sequence as follows.

2. When you place check marks in the Change Lead In for Shorten Traverse and
Outer check boxes, the system will change the lead in position to shorten the
process traverse as follows.

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Flip Macro Pattern for Shorten Traverse

This function enables the system to change the reference point and process direction of
the macro pattern automatically so as to shorten the process traverse.
The reference point and process direction of a macro pattern is created during the
graphic construction phase by using AP100, etc. The process data is created according to
this.
Place a check mark in the Flip Macro Pattern for Shorten Traverse: check box to enable
the system to change the reference point and process direction of macro patterns so as to
shorten the traverse.

Example
1. Place a check mark in the Use Machine Macro Shape: check box in the Path
Assignment Method panel of the Laser Tool Assignment window.

2. If the Flip Macro Pattern for Shorten Traverse check box remains empty, the system
will process the macro pattern according to the logic on the left side of the graphics.

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3. If you place a check mark in the Flip Macro Pattern for Shorten Traverse check box,
the system will process the macro pattern according to the logic on the right side of
the graphics.

Sort by Process after Cutting

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their process after settings.
Patterns with the same process-after settings will be processed together.
Click to change the sequence priority of the selected process-after measurement.

Note: It is necessary to specify the settings in the Process After window first.

Example
1. The following part is used as an example:

2. Open the Process After preference window and specify the conditions as follows.

3. According to the conditions specified in the Process After preference window, the
process-after measurements are decided as follows:
10: None

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30: Chute
50: Machine Stop
4. In the Sequence panel of Laser Sequence window, select Distance-Based and specify
the starting point/direction as follows.

5. If both the Sort Holes by Process and Sort Outer by Process: check boxes remain
empty, the sequence will be as follows according to the settings specified,:

6. Place a check mark in the Sort Holes by Process: check box and specify the Process
Order as follows.

7. The process sequence will be the following:of process-after measurement: Machine


Stop -> Chute -> None.

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Auto Cutout Avoidance

The options in this panel are used to prevent the laser head from crossing over previous
processed holes or parts

For skid type machines such as FO, sometimes scraps may rise if the cutouts of
processed holes do not drop into the skid pitch.
In order to avoid the collision between the laser head and risen scraps, we need to create
data to prevent the laser head from crossing over such holes or parts.

It is necessary to enable the auto cutout avoidance function when applying High-Speed
shutter less option. Otherwise, the process will be stopped due to the Z-axis OT error
when the Z-axis sensor trying to move across the blank area of the processed holes or
parts.

See: Auto Cutout Avoidance


Target Traverse
Traverse Setting
High-Speed Shutter Less Setting

Auto Cutout Avoidance

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Place a check mark in the Auto Cutout Avoidance check box to enable this function.

Example
1. If the Auto Cutout Avoidance: check box remains empty, the axis movement will be
as follows.

2. If you place a check mark in the Auto Cutout Avoidance: check box, the axis
movement will be changed as follows:

Target Traverse

Specify the target traverse that the auto cutout avoidance will be applied to.

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Option Description
All Axis Movement All traverses are specified as the avoidance targets.
Etching Patterns Only The system will avoid all the objects except the etched
patterns.

Example
If the Auto Cutout Avoidance check box remains empty, the axis movement will be as
follows.

If you place a check mark in the Auto Cutout Avoidance check box and select All Axis
Movement, the axis movement will be as follows.

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If you place a check mark in the Auto Cutout Avoidance check box and select Etching
Patterns Only, the axis movement will be as follows.

Traverse Setting

The options in the Traverse Setting section allow you to specify the avoidance conditions.

Additional Width (For Material, Process Range)

This option allows you to define an avoidance range of the laser head when performing
the auto avoidance movement.
Type a value in the Additional Width (For Material, Process Range): text box. The
system will use this value to specify the distance that the laser head should keep away
from the sheet edge.

The following picture shows the specified avoidance range.

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Additional Width (Traverse)

This option allows you to define an avoidance range around the processed traverse. The
laser head cannot move in this range when performing the auto avoidance movement.
Type a value in the Additional Width (Traverse): text box to specify the avoidance range.

Do Not Avoid if Distance is Greater than Times of Original

Type a value in the text box, and if the specified cutout avoidance traverse is greater
than the specified times of the original movement, the system will not perform the

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cutout avoidance during the cutting process.
You can eliminate the excessive traverse by using this option. The laser head will cross
over the risen cutouts.

Do Not Include the Cutting Smaller than

This option allows you to specify minimum X and Y dimensions of the cutout to be
avoided.
The auto avoidance will not be performed if the cutout meets the condition.

Note: This function is available when both X and Y dimensions of the cutout are smaller
than the specified values respectively.

Do Not Include the Cutting Bigger Than

This option allows you to specify maximum X and Y dimensions of the cutout to be
avoided.
The auto avoidance will not be performed if the cutout meets the condition.

Note: This function is available when both X and Y dimensions of the cutout are smaller
than the specified values respectively.

Example
1. The following part is used in this example.

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2. If the Auto Cutout Avoidance check box remains empty, the axis movement will be
as follows.

3. If you place a check mark in the Auto Cutout Avoidance check box and specify the
settings as follows:

4. The system will avoid all the cutouts as follows:

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5. Change X and Y values in the Do not include the cutting bigger than: text boxes as
follows.

6. Only the rectangle cutout (50*15) meets the condition and thus is not avoided.
The laser head will cross over it.

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7. Change X and Y values in the Do not include the cutting bigger than: text boxes
again as follows.

8. The condition is only met when both X and Y dimensions of the cutout are bigger
than the specified values respectively.
The X dimension of the rectangle 50 is bigger than the specified value 30, but the Y
dimension 15 is smaller than the specified value 20. So the system will avoid all the
cutouts as follows

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Do Not Avoid Cutout with Joint

If there are microjoints applied to the parts, the parts will be removed only after all the
work pieces are processed. It is therefore unnecessary for the laser head to travel a
greater distance to avoid the cutouts with joints.

Example
1. If the Do Not Avoid Cutout with Joint check box remains empty, although the
cutouts with joints will be avoided.

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2. If you place a check mark in the Do Not Avoid Cutout with Joint check box, the
system will not avoid the cutouts with joints.

High-Speed Shutter Less Setting

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time by omitting M104/M103. (The normal sequence of the laser head movement after
finishing one cutting loop is: Shutter Close (M104) -> Laser Head Ascend -> Move ->
Laser Head Descend -> Shutter Open (M103)).
In the High-Speed Shutter Less mode, the laser head keeps in a low position and move
among cutting paths without closing the shutter. In this case, auto avoidance should be
applied to holes in order to avoid collisions between the laser head and risen scraps.

Note: When the High-Speed Shutter Less function is applied, even if there is a check
mark in the Use Machine Macro Shape check box in the Laser Tool Assignment
preference window, the standard hole macro cannot be used.

Example
1. If the Use High-Speed Shutter Less (Eliminate M103/104): check box remains
empty, M103/M104 will be generated for each loop.

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2. If you place a check mark in the Use High-Speed Shutter Less (Eliminate
M103/104) check box only, M103 (Process Start) and M104 (Process End) will be
generated only once during the process of one part. M103, M104 generated during
the middle process of each part in the normal mode will now be omitted. (Each Part
is selected in the Sequence panel.)

3. If you place check marks in both the Use High-Speed Shutter Less (Eliminate
M103/104) and Use High-Speed Shutter Less between Parts: check boxes, when the
laser head finishes one outer loop of the part and be ready to move to the next part,
the M103 code will be omitted.

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4. M103 A0 is generated for the lead-in process without pierce.
When the Use High-Speed Shutter Less check box remains empty, M103 A0 will be
generated for all loops with such lead-ins.

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5. If you place check marks in both the Use High-Speed Shutter Less (Eliminate
M103/104) and Use High-Speed Shutter Less for M103A0 check boxes, only one
M103 A0/M104 (or M103/M104) will be generated for each part.
All other M103 A0, M103, M104 generated during the middle process of each part
in the normal mode will now be omitted.
M103A0 (Process Start with pierce)
M103 (Process Start)
M104 (Process End)

Part-Grid

The options in the Part-Grid panel allow you to specify the conditions for part-grid and
common line cutting process.

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See: Output Part-Grid
Common Line Cutting

Output Part-Grid

The options in this section allow you to specify the conditions for part-grid process.

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Output Part-Grid:
Place a check mark in the On: check box to use G98 part-grid macro in the NC data.

Note:
In the Nesting Logic 2 panel of the Nesting preference window, you must place a check
mark in the Enable Part-Grid: check box first to enable the part-grid function.
In the Nesting Logic 2 panel of the Nesting preference window, if Avoid Clamp Areas or
Neglect Clamps is selected, for machine with repositioning function, the repositioning
will occur in order to avoid the clamp deadzone. In this case, the part-grid macro will be
broken and output.

Use Macro:
Place a check mark in the On: check box to use G93 for the reference point of the
Processing start point of an object in the NC data. The Process NC data of each part will

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also be bound in UV macros. The NC data length will be shortened accordingly.

Start Position:
Specify the Start Position (Q Value) for the part-grid macro.

Option Description
Top Left Start processing from top left. Output Q3 for G75/G76.
Top Right Start processing from top right. Output Q4 for G75/G76.
Bottom Left Start processing from bottom left. Output Q1 for G75/G76.
Bottom Right Start processing from bottom right. Output Q2 for G75/G76.
Auto If there is only one sheet to part-grid, the start position will refer to the
position specified in the Start Point/Direction graphics of the Sequence
panel.
If there are multiple sheets to part-grid, the start position will be the
position that is close to the process end position on the last sheet.
The machine will start processing from the automatically selected
position.

Process Direction:
Specify the process direction (G75/G76) for the part-grid macro.

Option Description

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X-Axis The machine will process the parts in the X-axis direction. The system
will generate G75 in the NC code.
Y-Axis The machine will process the parts in the Y-axis direction. The system
will generate G76 in the NC code.
Auto The machine will automatically choose the process direction based on
the Sequence settings. See Starting Point/Direction.

Example
1. Place a check mark in the Enable Part Grid check box in the Nesting Logic 2 panel
of the Nesting preference window.

2. Specify the conditions for part-grid as follows:

3. The nesting result is as follows.

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4. G98 part-grid macro is generated.
G75W1Q3 indicates the start point and process direction of the part grid.

Common Line Cutting

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Specify the sequence for common line
cutting.

Option Description
Start Position Specify the starting position for common line cutting.
Auto If Auto is selected, the start position will be the position that
is close to the last process end position.
Fixed Direction The system will perform the common cutting process always
in one direction.
Direction to Process First Specify which direction to process first. (X, Y, Longer,
Shorter)
X Perform the common line cutting in the X-axis.
Y Perform the common line cutting in the Y-axis.
Longer Longer common lines will be processed first.
Shorter Shorter common lines will be processed first.
Image View Display the setting result.
Start Position Fixed Direction Direction to Image View
Process First

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Top Left OFF X

Top Left ON X

Top Right OFF Y

Top Right ON Y

Bottom Left OFF Longer

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Bottom Right ON Longer

Bottom Left OFF Shorter

Bottom Right ON Shorter

Example
1. In the Parts Properties window, place a check mark in the Common Line Cutting
check box.

2. Specify the conditions for Common Line Cutting as follows:

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3. The process sequence is decided as follows.

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Punching Sequence
This chapter introduces the outline of the Punch Sequence preference.
In the Punch Sequence windows, you can specify the setting about Sequence, Clamp
Position, Repositioning and Part-grid.

To open the Punch Sequence window:


1.
Click the Punch Sequence Preference button in the Dr. ABE main window to
open the Preference window.
2. Select a punch machine (e.g. EM2510) in the Tree View pane. The preference icons of
the punch machine appear in the Preference File pane.

3.
Double-click the Sequence icon in the Preference File pane to open the Punch
Sequence window.

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See: Sequence
Clamp Setting
Clamp Avoidance
Repositioning
Part-Grid

Sequence

The options in the Punch Sequence panel allow you to specify the parameters for the
punch sequence.

See: Part as Process Unit


For Reducing Bits of Vinyl
AI Tool Angle Sort
Tool Sorting
Process Unit Sorting

Part as Process Unit

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Specify the process sequence
method in the Part as Process
Unit panel.

Option Description
Sheet Finish all patterns of one kind on a sheet with one tool and then
process patterns of the other kind with another tool. The entire
sheet is processed on a tool-by-tool basis.
Each Part The entire sheet is processed part by part with tools being
changed according to part.
Machine Stop for In order to inspect the prototype, M00 will be generated to stop
Prototype the machine after finishing the prototype.
You can take out the prototype after the machine stops.
Process Prototype M00 will be generated each time after one prototype is finished.
Part by Part You can take out the prototype one by one.
Output only one M00 M00 will be generated only one time after all prototypes are
finished.
Process Order Specify the sequence for forming process.

See: Sheet and Each Part


Machine Stop for Prototype
Process Order

Sheet and Each Part

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Specify the process sequence
method in the Part as Process
Unit panel.

Option Description
Sheet Finish all patterns of one kind on a sheet with one tool and then
process patterns of the other kind with another tool. The entire
sheet is processed on a tool-by-tool basis.
Each Part The entire sheet is processed part by part with tools being
changed according to part.
Machine Stop for In order to inspect the prototype, M00 will be generated to stop
Prototype the machine after finishing the prototype.
You can take out the prototype after the machine stops.
Process Prototype M00 will be generated each time after one prototype is finished.
Part by Part You can take out the prototype one by one.
Output only one M00 M00 will be generated only one time after all prototypes are
finished.
Process Order Specify the sequence for forming process.

Machine Stop for Prototype

Examples of different Machine Stop settings:


1. Set the prototype quantity in the Part Properties window.

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2. Place a check mark in the Machine Stop for Prototype check box.

3. The system will process prototype parts on a tool-by-tool basis and generate an
M00 line after the last tool process for each prototype.

4. Place a check mark in the Process Prototype Part by Part check box.

5. The system will process the prototype part by part and generate M00 each time
machine finishes processing a prototype part is finished.

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6. Place check marks in both the Process Prototype Part by Part and Output only
one M00 check boxes.

7 The system will process prototypes part by part and generate only one M00 after
the process of the last prototype.

8. Remove a check mark in the Process Prototype Part by Part check box.

9. The system will process the prototype part on a pattern-by-pattern mode and
generate only one M00 program stop after machine finishes processing all
prototype part.

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Note:
The system will take the shortest tool path into consideration during processing.

Process Order

Specify the sequence for forming process.

Example:
1. Select Forming Down

2. Click the upward arrow to change the process order of Forming Down.
The sequence is now: Remnant Forming Down Forming Up.

For Reducing Bits of Vinyl

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For coated material (See Special Information), in order to avoid material pasting
tool, the system will output escape (G70) after the process of G66 and G28.

The escape amount is the multiple of tool X-direction size. If you type 2 in the
textbox, escape amount is 2 times of tool size.

Specify the direction to execute escape. Multiple selection is allowed.

AI Tool Angle Sort

In the occasion Auto Index tools are used, organize the process of the same angles.

Option Description
All Range Place a check mark in the All Range: check box.
The system will use the AI tools in all range and organize the process of
the same angles.
Example;
Assign an AI tool to process the following outer loop.
In the occasion AI Tool Angle Sort is specified, the system will organize

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the process of the same angles as follows.

In the occasion AI Tool Angle Sort is not specified, the process sequence
is not decided according to the angle. The system will take track
shortening into consideration.

Range A - Specify range size of AI tools, and perform the AI tool sort.
Range F

Note: In the case C Axis Sort Off is specified for a tool, although AI Tool Angle Sort is
specified for this tool, sorting (C Axis sort) cannot be performed.
See: C Axis Sort Off

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Tool Sorting

Specify sorting method for the tools that are in the same process sequence group and
with same process sequence numbers.
In the occasion Angle of Turret is selected:
The process is performed by sorting turret angle from small to big. For tools in turrets of
the same angle, they are used from inner ones to outer ones. Compared with normal
sorting of tools, this can reduce turret rotation.

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Example
1. We will process the following part.

2. Assign single-hit process for the following holes in the part: 40, 15, 20, 6.
A same process sequence group is specified for these RO tools so that they have
the same sequence number.

3. Set the tools to stations as follows: 15 - T303, 20 T305, 40 T206, 6


T309. In this occasion, the station with the minimum turret angle is T303, and
the station with the maximum turret angle is T309.

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4. If Angle of Turret is not selected, the process sequence for holes will be as follows:
The process sequence is not decided according to the turret angle but to the
distance. The system will take track shortening into consideration.

5. If Angle of Turret is selected, the process sequence for holes will be as follows:
tools are sorted from the one with a smaller turret angle.

In the occasion both Angle of Turret and Mix are selected, although the process sequence
of tools will be from the ones of smaller turret angles, for the tools with same turret
angle, tool changes will take place to ensure the process tracks shortening.

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1. The following part is taken as an example.

2. Set the tools that will be used for the holes in stations with a same turret angle.

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3. In the occasion Angle of Turret is selected, tools are used from inner to outer.

4. In the occasion both Angle of Turret and Mix are selected, for the tools with a
same turret angle, tool changes will take place to ensure the process tracks
short.

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Process Unit Sorting

Specify tool-sorting method.

Option Description
Tool Order Logic Sort tools by the specified order, which refers to the sequence
group of inventory tools and the sequence number in the group.
Last Tool Logic For each part, choose the one with the biggest size from the tools
assigned to process the outer loop of the part as the last tool.
For the entire sheet, choose the one with the biggest tool size from
the tools assigned to process the outer loops of the parts on the
sheet as the last tool.

Clamp Setting

In the Clamp Setting panel, you can specify clamp removal and make setting for
changing clamp position.

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See: Clamp Removal (Clamp # 3)
Clamp Position Change

Clamp Removal (Clamp # 3)

For a machine with more than three clamps,


specify whether or not to allow clamp removal
from the material during reposition.

Example
1. In the occasion a check mark is placed in the check box. Reposition will be performed
although the third clamp is away from the material.

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Before Reposition After Reposition
2. If you remove the check mark from the check box, in the occasion the 3rd and other
following clamps are away from the material during the reposition, an OT error will
occur.

Before Reposition After Reposition

Clamp Position Change

In the occasion to use clamp position, specify


where to output clamp position commands
in the NC program.

To make the options function in this panel, a


check mark should be placed in the
Positioner: check box in the Machine
Information panel of Machine Set window
first.

Option Description
Initial Position (User- Output G05 at the beginning of the NC code according to the
Defined Coordinates) clamp position that is specified in the Initial Clamp Position
panel of the Nesting preference window.
Auto Calculation (Fixed Auto calculates the initial clamp position and output G05. In
During the Process) the occasion dead zone avoidance takes place, reposition will
be performed. The distances between any of the two clamps
are kept same before and after the reposition. In the occasion
dead zone avoidance does not take place, the system will
output G05 at the beginning of the NC code according to the
clamp position that is specified in the Initial Clamp Position
panel of the Nesting preference window.

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Auto Calculation Use G05 and avoid dead zone by changing the distance
(Movements Exist in between clamps. In the occasion dead zone avoidance does
G05) not take place, the system will output G05 at the beginning of
the NC code according to the clamp position that is specified
in the Initial Clamp Position panel of the Nesting preference
window.

Example
1. If Auto Calculation (Fixed During the Process) is selected, the system will perform
the reposition to avoid the dead zone and output G05.

Before Reposition After Reposition


2. If Auto Calculation (Movements Exist in G05) is selected, the system will generate
G05 command, change the clamp position and avoid dead zone. The distance between
two clamps changed.

Before clamp position is changed After clamp position is changed

Clamp Avoidance

Click the Clamp Avoidance tab to open the Punch Clamp Setting panel, you can decide
whether or not to avoid dead zone.
Furthermore, you can decide whether or not to enable Passage Avoidance in the Turret
When Move Axis and how to avoid.

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See: Avoid DZ
Passage Avoidance in the Turret When Moving Axis

Avoid DZ

You can specify whether or not to perform the reposition


to avoid the dead zone. Furthermore, when Avoid DZ is
enabled, you can specify whether or not to take track
offset into consideration and how.

Option Description
Avoid DZ To avoid the collision of turret and clamp dead zone, create data to
perform reposition to avoid the dead zone.
Track Check Add track offset value (40mm) to the dead zone value to create a range
to avoid the dead zone.

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300 Track0 mm (Tool offset -40Track offset 40)
200 Track40 mm (Tool offset 0 Track offset 40)
100 Track80 mm (Tool offset 40 Track offset 40)

Example
1. In the example below, parts are laid out in the clamp dead zone.

2. If Avoid DZ is not selected, the system will process the parts in the clamp dead
zone without avoidance.

3. If Avoid DZ is selected, the system will process the portions of those parts outside
the initial clamp dead zone.

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After the reposition is done, the system will then process the portions that are
previously unprocessed in the initial clamp dead zone.

Passage Avoidance in the Turret When Moving Axis

To prevent clamps from passing through the turret, specify the movement path based on
G70 (No Punch).

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When the clamp moves through within the specified range for each track, the specified Y
coordinate and X-direction avoidance amount will be output in G70 line.

Example
1. Specify the conditions as follows.

2. Two parts are laid out on both sides of the clamp as the following illustration
indicates. The distance from the center of the round hole to the sheet border is
69. The system will assign a round tool in station T303 (on the most outer
track) to process this round hole.

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3. Since the distance from the center of the round hole to the sheet border is 69,
which is greater than the specified 60, the clamp can move through the turret
in this case.

4. If the same parts are laid out on both side of the clamp as follows, but the
distance from the center of the round hole to the sheet border is 59, the system
will assign the same tool in station T303 (on the most outer track) to process
these two holes,

5. Since the distance from the center of the round hole to the sheet border is 59,
which is smaller than the specified 60, the system will perform the axis
movement to the specified avoidance position according to G70 command to
avoid the clamp moving through the turret,.

By doing this, the clamp movement through the turret will be avoided.

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Repositioning

In the Repositioning panel, you can specify the methods to perform reposition and
process parts.

See: Repositioning Type


Process Majority of Parts
Process Direction
Return to First Position

Repositioning Type

Decrease of reposition times can shorten the process time. Decrease of part divisions can
improve the process precision. Here you can specify in which way the reposition should
be performed.

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See: Minimum
No Divide of Parts

Minimum

If Minimum is selected, reposition will be performed as few times as possible during the
process. Decrease of reposition times can shorten the process time. The system will
process the parts within the initial process range, then perform the reposition and
process the parts within the range after the reposition.
Take an example with the following pictures. The white dashed frame indicates the
process range.

Process all parts in the initial process range.

Process all rest parts in the range after reposition.

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The part portion in the red frame is the overlapping portion before and after reposition.

The process of the part in the red frame is divided by the reposition.

The green arrow indicated the trace being processed.


1:

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2:

3:

After reposition, process the other portion of the divided trace.


1:

2:

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3:

No Divide of Parts

If No Divide of Parts is selected, no part is divided to process before or after reposition.


But more repositions are needed.

Parts completely within this range will be processed.

After the first reposition, parts completely within the range after the first reposition are
processed.

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The remaining parts are processed in the third reposition.

Process Majority of Parts

Specify when to process the overlapping parts portion: before or after a reposition.

Option Description
Before Process the patterns located in the process range overlap area before the
reposition is performed.
After Process the patterns located in the process range overlap area after the
reposition is performed.

Example

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1. White frame indicates the process range before the reposition.
Green frame indicates the process range after the reposition.

2. If you select Before, portions within the process range overlap area will be
processed before the reposition.

3. If you select After, portions within the process range overlap area will be processed
after the reposition.

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Process Direction

Select to process from the left to the right or from the right to the left while repositioning.

Option Description
Left to The process will be performed from left to right as normal.
Right
Right to The process will be performed with reposition being done in the beginning
Left and returning position after that.

Example
If you select Left to Right,
1.
White dashed frame indicates the process range. The parts in the process range are
processed with the clamps at the initial position.

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2. After the first reposition, the parts in the process range are processed.

3. After the second reposition, the parts in the process range are processed.

If you select Right to Left,

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1. The white frame indicates the process range.

2. Before the process takes place, the reposition will be done so that the parts on the
most right side will be in the process range.

After the first returning position is done, the parts in the process range will be
processed.

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After the second returning position is done, the parts in the process range will be
processed.

Return to First Position

Specify whether or not to enable Return to First Position when the last reposition is
finished.

Part-Grid

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In the Part-Grid panel, you can specify the preferences about start position, process
direction, etc for grid process.

See: Part-Grid Conditions


Output Outside of UV

Part-Grid Conditions

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Specify the conditions such as start
position, process direction for the G98
grid macro.

Option Description
Output Part-Grid Use G98 Grid macro and create the NC data.
Notes:
1) In order to output G98 grid macro, a check mark should be
placed in the Enable Part Gird: checkbox in the Nesting Logic 2
panel of the Nesting preference window.
2) In the Nesting Logic 2 panel of the Nesting preference window, in
the case that Avoid Clamp Areas or Neglect Clamps is selected, for a
machine with reposition function, the reposition will be done in
order to avoid the clamp dead zone. In this case, grid macro will be
broken and output.
Start Position Specify the start position (Q value) for the grid macro.
Option Description
Top left Output Q3 in G75/G76 to instruct the machine to
process the part grid from the top left.
Top Right Output Q4 in G75/G76 to instruct the machine to
process the part grid from the top right.
Bottom Left Output Q1 in G75/G76 to instruct the machine to
process the part grid from the bottom left.
Bottom Output Q2 to instruct the machine to process the

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Right part grid from the bottom right.

Auto If grid is done only on one sheet, the grid process will be performed
according to the specified Start Position and Process Direction.
If grid is done on multiple sheets, the start position on the next
sheet will close to the end position of last sheet.
Process Direction Specify the preferred process direction of the grid macro (G75/G76).
Option Description
X-Axis Create data of grid in X-axis direction (G75).
Process the gridded parts in the X direction
(Horizontal).
Y-Axis Create data of grid in Y-axis direction).
Process the gridded parts in the Y direction
(Vertical).
Auto Use specified Start Point/Direction settings in the Nesting Logic 1
panel of the Nesting preference window.
See: Start Point/Direction

Example
1. In the Nesting logic 2 panel of the Nesting window, place a check mark in the
Enable Part Grid check box.

2. In the Part-Grid panel of the Sequence window, specify the settings as follows.

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3. The part grid data is created as is shown in the picture below.

The NC data is output as is shown in the picture below.

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Output Outside of UV

In the occasion the inside of UV macro is


created by one type of tool, output M code (Air
Blower, Energy-Save, Press Pattern, P&F, Mild
Mode, Work Chute Closed Code), T number, and
F value (Axis Speed) outside of UV macro so
that the process time can be shortened.
Furthermore, when T NO is output outside, it is
not separate, but as G70X Y T.

Example
1. Place check marks in the T NO, Press Pattern check boxes as is shown in the
picture below.

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2. The NC data will be created as follows.

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Combi-Sequence
This Chapter introduces the outline of the Combi-Sequence preference.

To open the Combination Sequence window:


1. Click one preference button in the Dr. ABE main window to open the Preference
window.
2. Select EM-L machine in the Tree View pane.

3.
Double-click the combi-sequence icon in the Preference File pane to display the
Combination Sequence window.

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See: General Sequence
Repositioning
Clamp Setting
Laser Sequence
Auto Cutout Avoidance
Punch Clamp Setting
Punch Sequence
Part-Grid

General Sequence

The options in the General Sequence panel allow you to specify settings for the Combi
sequence.

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See: Effect Setting
Starting Point/Direction
Sequence by Dividing the Sheet
Distance between Tooling
Sort of Laser & Punch
Sort by Process after Cutting

Effect Setting

The options in the Effect Setting section allow you to specify either the entire sheet or
the individual parts as the sequencing unit.

Option Description
Sheet Process objects with the entire sheet as a unit.

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Punches -> Etchings (sheet) -> Holes + Open Paths (sheet) ->
Outer loops (sheet).

Laser is Each Part In the occasion this option is selected, the system will perform
the laser cutting process part by part after the entire punching
processes on the sheet are finished.

If Laser is Each Part is selected, the system will perform the


cutting process as follows. The system will not perform cutting
process on the next part until it has finished all the cutting
processes of the previous one.

If Laser is Each Part is not selected, the system will performs the
cutting process as follows. The system will perform the cutting
process pattern by pattern.

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Each Part Process objects part by part.
Punches -> Etchings (part) -> Holes + Open Paths (part) -> Outer
loops (part).
Process parts one by one.
Machine Stop for In order to inspect the prototype, M00 will be generated to stop
Prototype the machine after finishing processing prototype.
You can take out the prototype after the machine stops.
Process Prototype M00 will be generated each time after one prototype is finished.
Part by Part You can take out the prototype one by one.
Output only one M00 will be generated only one time after all prototypes are
M00 finished.

See: Sheet and Each Part


Machine Stop for Prototype

Sheet and Each Part

The following demonstrates the difference between the Sheet and Each Part options.
1. Select Sheet.

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2. The result the sequence shown in the picture below:
Etchings (0-2) -> Holes + Open Paths (3-8) -> Outer Loops (9-11).

3. Select Each Part.

4. The result is shown in the picture below:


Etching (1st Part) -> Hole + Open Path (1st Part) -> Outer Loop (1st Part) ->
Etching (2nd Part) -> Hole + Open Path (2nd Part) -> Outer Loop (2nd Part) ->

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Machine Stop for Prototype
Specify to output M00 to direct machine stop for prototype.
See: Machine Stop for Prototype

Starting Point/Direction
See: Starting Point/Direction

Sequence by Dividing the Sheet


See: Sequence by Dividing the Sheet

Distance Between Tooling


See: Distance Between Tooling

Sort of Laser & Punch


In the Sort of Laser & Punch section, we can specify the sequence to process the parts
with outer laser loops, inner laser holes and forming.
In the Process list, you can select one item and click or to change the sequence
priority, and the item on the top of the list has the highest priority.

Example:
If the sequence setting is defined as follows, Inner Laser Hole has the highest priority.

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The system will process the part in the following sequence. The system will perform all
the punch processes first, then cut the inner holes, perform forming processes, and
finally cut the outer loop.

If the sequence setting is defined as follows, Forming has the highest priority.

The system will process the part in the following sequence.

If the outer loop is processed by punch, and you specify the setting as follows,

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The system will process the part in the following sequence. The system will perform all
the punch processes first, then process the inner loop and finally perform the forming
process.

If you specify the setting as follows, and remove the check mark from the Combine
Normal Punch with Last Punch Tool check box,

The system will process the part in the following sequence. The system will perform
punch process first, then process the inner loop, punch the outer loop, and finally
perform the forming process.

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Sort by Process after Cutting
See: Sort by Process after Cutting

Repositioning

The repositioning refers to the clamps movement in order to prevent the process from
exceeding the range and to avoid dead zones.
Machines use clamps to shift the sheet to process the parts out of a processing range. In
the Repositioning panel, you can define the reposition type, processing direction, etc.

See: Repositioning Type


Minimum Lap Amount
Process Majority of Parts
Process Direction
Return to First Position

Repositioning Type

Decrease of reposition times can shorten the process time. Decrease of part divisions can
improve the process precision. Specify in which way the reposition should be performed.

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See: Minimum
No Divide of Parts
Method of Dividing Long Parts

Minimum
See: Minimum

No Divide of Parts
See: No Divide of Parts

Method of Dividing Long Parts

This function is only available for laser process. If you select No Divide of Parts in the
Repositioning Type section, although the system will increase the reposition times, it
will not process the parts by dividing them.
However, parts with an X-axis dimension that is greater than the working ranges
cannot be processed if the part is not divided. To solve this problem, you can select Sheet
or Each Part under Method of Dividing Long Parts to divide the part.

Option Description
Sheet Select this option to process the sheet portion within the process range as
a unit. For the parts of the same length, the system will divide them at
the same X coordinate on the sheet and then perform process.
For example, when the following parts are processed, the system will
perform the portion till the red points before the reposition takes place.

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After the reposition, the system will perform the pierce process at the
same X coordinate, and process the rest segments.

Each Part Select this option to process each individual part as a unit. For the parts
of the same length, the system will divide them at the same length
position of the part, and perform the process.
For example, when the following parts are processed, the system will
perform the portion till the red points before the reposition takes place.

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After the reposition, the system will perform the pierce process at the
same X coordinate, and process the rest segments.

Minimum Lap Amount

This function, which is only used for laser, allows you to specify the minimum overlap
amount before and after the reposition.

In the following diagram, the white frame indicates the laser process range before
repositioning; the yellow frame indicates the process range after the reposition. The red
arrow line indicates the overlap amount.

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Process Majority of Parts
See: Process Majority of Parts

Process Direction
See: Process Direction

Return to First Position


See: Return to First Position

Clamp Setting

In the Clamp Setting panel, you can specify ON/OFF for the 3rd clamp removal, and the
settings regarding clamp position.

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See: Clamp Removal (Clamp # 3)
Clamp Position Change

Clamp Removal (Clamp #3)


See: Clamp Removal (Clamp #3)

Clamp Position Change


See: Clamp Position Change

Laser Sequence

The options in the Laser Sequence panel allow you to specify the laser sequence
parameters According to the settings, the process traverse can be shortened.

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See: Sequence Processing Object
Change Lead In for Shorten Traverse
Flip Macro Pattern for Shorten Traverse

Sequence Processing Object


See: Sequence Processing Object

Change Lead In for Shorten Traverse


See: Change Lead In for Shorten Traverse

Flip Macro Pattern for Shorten Traverse


See: Flip Macro Pattern for Shorten Traverse

Auto Cutout Avoidance

The options in this panel are used to prevent the laser head from crossing over previous
processed holes or parts
For skid type machines such as FO, sometimes scraps may rise if the cutouts of
processed holes do not drop into the skid pitch.

In order to avoid the collision between the laser head and risen scraps, we need to create
data to prevent the laser head from crossing over such holes or parts.

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It is necessary to enable the Auto Cutout Avoidance function when applying High-Speed
shutter less option. Otherwise, the process will be stopped due to the Z-axis OT error
right after the Z-axis sensor tries to move across the blank area of the processed holes or
parts.
See: Auto Cutout Avoidance

Punch Clamp Setting

In the Punch Clamp Setting panel, you can decide whether or not to avoid dead zone.
Furthermore, you can decide whether or not to enable Passage Avoidance in the Turret
When Move Axis and how.

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See: Clamp Avoidance

Punch Sequence

The options in the Punch Sequence panel allow you to specify the tool priority and tool
assignment conditions.

See: Angle of Turret

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AI Tool Angle Sort
Sort Function

Angle of Turret

Specify sorting sequence for the tools that are in the same process sequence group and
with same process sequence numbers.
In the occasion Angle of Turret is selected, tools are sorted according to turret angle from
small to big. For tools of the same turret angle, they are used from inner ones to outer
ones. Compared with normal sorting sequence, this can reduce turret rotation.

Example
1. We will process the following part.

2. Assign single-hit process for the following holes in the part: 40, 15, 20, 6.
Same process sequence group is specified for these RO tools so that they have
the same sequence number.

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3. Set the tools to stations as follows: 15 - T303, 20 T305, 40 T206, 6
T309. In this occasion, the station with the minimum turret angle is T303, and the
station with the maximum turret angle is T309.

4. If Angle of Turret is not selected, the process sequence for holes will be as
follows: The process sequence is not decided according to the turret angle but to
the consideration of track shortening.

5. If Angle of Turret is selected, the process sequence for holes will be as follows:
tools are sorted from the one with a smaller turret angle.

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Mix Sequence within

In the occasion both Angle of Turret and Mix are selected, sorting sequence of tools will
also be from the ones of smaller turret angles. Besides, for the tools of the same turret
angle, tool changes will take place to ensure to shorten the process tracks.

1. The following part is taken as an example.

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2. Tools assigned to process the holes are in stations of the same turret angle.

3. In the occasion Angle of Turret is selected, tools are used from inner to outer.

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4. In the occasion both Angle of Turret and Mix are selected, for the tools with the
same turret angle, tool changes will take place to shorten the process tracks.

AI Tool Angle Sort

In the occasion Auto Index tools are used, organize the process in same angles.

Option Description
All Tool Place a check mark in the All Range check box, .the system will use the

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Angle AI tools in all range and organize the process of same angles.
Example;
Assign an AI tool to process the following outer loop patterns.
In the occasion AI Tool Angle Sort is specified, the system will organize
the process in same angles as follows.

In the occasion AI Tool Angle Sort is not specified, the process sequence is
not decided according to the angle but to the consideration of track
shortening.

Range A - Specify range size of AI tools, and perform the AI tool sort.
Range F

Note: In the occasion C Axis Sort Off is specified for a tool, although AI Tool Angle Sort is
specified for this tool, sort (C Axis sort) cannot be performed.

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Sort Function

This function is not available at this moment.

Part-Grid

In the Part-Grid panel, you can specify the preferences about start position, process
direction, etc for grid process.

See: Part-Gird Condition


Common Line Cutting
Output Outside of UV

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Part-Gird Condition

Specify the conditions such as start position,


process direction for the G98 grid macro.

Option Description
Output Part Grid Use G98 Grid macro and create the NC data.
Notes:
1) In order to output G98 grid macro, a check mark should be
placed in the Enable Part Gird checkbox in the Nesting Logic 2
panel of the Nesting preference window.
2) In the Nesting Logic 2 panel of the Nesting preference window, in
the occasion Avoid Clamp Areas or Neglect Clamps is selected, for a
machine with reposition function, the reposition will be done in
order to avoid the clamp dead zone. In this case, grid macro will be
broken and output.
Starting Position Specify the starting position (Q value) for the grid macro.
Option Description
Top left Output Q3 in G75/G76 to instruct the machine to
process the part grid from the top left.
Top Right Output Q4 in G75/G76 to instruct the machine to
process the part grid from the top right.

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Bottom Left Output Q1 in G75/G76 to instruct the machine to
process the part grid from the bottom left.
Bottom Output Q2 in G75/G76 to instruct the machine to
Right process the part grid from the bottom right.
Auto If grid is done only on one sheet, the grid process will be performed
according to the specified Start Position and Process Direction.
If grid is done on multiple sheets, the start position on the next
sheet will close to the end position of last sheet.
Process Direction Specify the preferred process direction of the grid macro (G75/G76).
Option Description
X-Axis Create data of X-grid direction (G75).
Process the gridded parts in the X direction
(Horizontal).
Y-Axis Create data of Y-grid direction (G76).
Process the gridded parts in the Y direction
(Vertical).
Auto Use specified Start Point/Direction settings in the Nesting Logic 1
panel of the Nesting preference window.
See: Starting Point/Direction

Example
1. In the Nesting logic 2 panel of the Nesting window, place a check mark in the
Enable Part Grid check box.

2. In the Part-Grid panel of the Combi-Sequence window, specify the settings as


follows.

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3. The part grid data is created as is shown in the picture below.

The NC data is output as is shown in the picture below.

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Common Line Cutting
See: Common Line Cutting

Output Outside of UV
See: Output Outside of UV

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NC Generate
This chapter introduces the outline of NC Generate preferences.
In the NC Generate preference window, you can specify the conditions for G codes, etc, to
be output in the NC program.

Click the NC Generate Preference button in the main window to open the
Preference window. In the Preference window, select a combo machine (e.g. EML) from

the left Tree View pane, and then double-click the NC icon in the top Preference
File pane to display the NC Generate window. (The following is an example of Combo
machine.)

See: Vinyl Cutting


Use G41/G42
Z Height M104
Z Offset G93
Is G01 Continued
Output G93
Output M105 at Power Pierce
Use Setup Sheet

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Setup Sheet (1=top, 0=Bottom)
Line Number Type
Loading/Unloading Device
Use Percent End
Origin Return (G130) Before Cut
Output Auto Repeat (M97)
Clear Macros
Material
Percent After G50
Output work size comment at the end of G92 command line
Unloading Skeleton M Code
M 108 After M104 Code
Loading/ Unloading Thickness M-Code
Loading/ Unloading End Position M-Code

Vinyl Cutting

Use the special information in Material Manager for nesting


the material registered by vinyl, and output the M134 instead
of M103 for piercing. In order to specify the same setting for
AMNC-F, M134 cant be used in the NC data set in the AMNC-
F generally.

Use G41/G42

This function is only available for Laser and Combo


machine. Select it when compensating the tool diameter
(compensate the right/left along the process direction).
Select ON generally. If you select OFF, the parts size will be
smaller than that of beam. If you process the minute
element, for example, the drawing and character, the
overcut alarm will be outputted. If you set Use G41/G42 to
OFF, in order to set the drawing line to the centre of beam,
though the accuracy of laser diameter is declined, the
system will process parts without alarm.
Set the Use G41/G42 to ON, the system will cut the
drawing after offsetting the beam diameter. The NC code
output is either G41 or G42 as follows.

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G41 is along the cutting process direction to compensate by
shifting the tool center towards the left side.
G42 is along the cutting process direction, to compensate by
shifting the tool center to the right side.
The red point displays the laser beam on the left:

Set Use G41/G42 to On, according to the path type


(hole/outer) and rotate direction, the direction of
compensation will be defined automatically.
If the system cuts an outer loop in the clock-wise direction,
the system will generate a G42 in the NC code.

If the system cuts an outer loop in the counter clockwise


direction, the system will generate a G41 in the NC code.

If the system cuts an inner loop in the clockwise direction,


the system will generate a G42 in the NC code.

If the system cuts an inner loop in the counter-clockwise


direction, the system will generate a G41 in the NC code.

Z Height M104

This function is only available for Laser machine. Select it to


specify the height of rising head when outputting the M104.If you
place a check mark in the Z Height M104 check box, the system
will generate a Z value after the M104. This will close the shutter
and raise the cutting head to a specific height after the patterns
are cut.
Note: The Z or height value is specified in the Process After Cutting panel of the Laser
Tool Assignment window as below:

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Z Offset G93

This function is only available for Laser


machine when you choose to use the Pipe
Index device.
Select it to specify the Z offset value when
outputting the G93 (specify the original offset
point).
The specified Z offset is the distance between
the laser head and the work sheet, and the Z
value of G93X_Y_Z will be outputted.(The
input number must be the integer.)

For example, if you type 30, the system will


output Z30 after G93.X_Y_Z30.

Is G01 Continued

This function is only available for Laser machine. Select


whether to output the G01 each time or not, when unifying
the G01. (Unification Command)
If you place a check mark in this check box, the system will
generate the NC code on the left. G01 wont be omitted.

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If you remove the check mark from this check box, the
system will omit the G01 command when the straight-line
cutting process is repeated.

Output G93

Shift the original coordinate by G93, and specify the


local coordinate while generating the data.
When generating the item data and processing the
parts arranged freely in the blank space of sheet, its
easy to modify the program.

Output M105 at Power Pierce

This function is only available for Laser machine. Specify it when using the Power
Pierce.
If you specify the Power Pierce (A=3) by special pierce, the system will output M105
after the pierce command.

Example
To output an M105 Power Pierce
Open the LeadIn/Out pierce panel in Laser Tool Assignment window. Select Special
1.
Pierce from the drop-down list of Pierce Type, and set the Value A to 3.

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2. Place a check mark in the OUTPUT M105 AT POWER PIERCE (1=YES 0=NO)
check box to output M105 after the pierce command.

Use Setup Sheet

Select it to output the sheet information (Such


as the material, thickness, and the clamp
position) as comment to the NC code. You can
also select to output the setup sheet at the
beginning of the NC program, or at the end of it.
See Setup Sheet (1=Top 0=Bottom)
You can output the setup sheet at the end of NC
program as the picture on the left.

Setup Sheet (1=Top, 0=Bottom)

The setup sheet can be outputted at the beginning or at the end of NC data according to
the selection youve made. (The output contents at the beginning are different from those
at the end.) Note:
If outputting the setup sheet at the end of NC data, you must input a check mark in the
SETUP SHEET text box first. If you remove the check mark, the setup sheet will be
regarded as NC data when loading to NC device.

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Line Number Type

This function is only available for Laser machine. Select it when you want to output line
number type in the NC code.

Example
1. Place a check mark in the Line Number Type (1=LINE, 2=LOOP, 3=PART,
4=PART+E/M NUMBER) check box, then select the output method.
2. The system will output the corresponding line number type for each line.

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3. The system will output the corresponding loop number for each loop.

4. The system will output the corresponding line number for each part.
Note: Open the Laser Sequence window, and select the Sheet of Effect Setting in
the Sequence panel. In this case, the line number cant be outputted even if you
have selected the part in Line Number Type.

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5. If you select Part+E/M NUMBER, the system will output line number for each
part, while outputting the cutting condition at the same time. When the system
begins to process the second part after the first part, the system will output the
cutting condition without omitting, even though the cutting condition the same
as the first part.
Select this setting when restarting the process being interrupted.

Note: Open the Laser Sequence window, and select the Sheet of Effect Setting in
the Sequence panel. In this case, the line number can not be outputted even if
you have selectd Part E/M NUMBER in Line Number Type

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Loading/Unloading Device

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This option allows you to output an M code
for a loading/unloading device specified in
Loading/Unloading Device of Machine Set
window.

Note: Click the Machine Setting icon to open the Machine Set window. The function is
available only when the Loading/Unloading Device has been specified in Tandem Device
Type of Loading/Unloading Device. Make sure Pallet Changer (AS) is selected from the
Tandem Device Type drop-down list in the Machine Set window.

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Use Percent End

This function is only available for Laser machine.


Place a check mark in the Use Percent End check box
to generate a percent (%) character as the end-of-
record code.
When memory transfers the NC data, the NC device
will recognize the data end according to the % of G
code. When outputting the Setup Sheet at the end, %
must be outputted.

Origin Return (G130) Before Cut

This function is only available for Laser machine.


Place a check mark in this check box to output a G130
to return to origin command in the NC program. This
option is used with Loading/Unloading Device. If you
place a check mark in this check box, the NC code will
be generated as follows.
This function allows you to output G130 to return to
the original command before processing.

Output Auto Repeat (M97)

This function is only available for Laser machine.


This option is used for the High Speed Shuttle Table
(LST) for loading/unloading and auto repeat (M97).

Clear Macros

This function is only available for Laser and Combo machine. If you place a check mark
in the Clear Macros (1=YES 0=NO) check box, only when the macro number is set to 1,
the macro could be enabled.
If you remove the check mark from this check box, the system will generate the macro
number from 1 to 50.
Place a check mark in the Clear Macros check box, the NC data will be outputted as

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follows:

If you place a check mark in this check box, only the first macro can be used. The
system will output the NC data as follows.

Note: In order to output the Part Grid of G98, generate the NC data by putting the check
marks in Enable Part Grid check box in Nesting Logic2 panel and On check box in Part
Grid panel.
Step1: Nesting Nesting Logic2 Grid Pattern Enable Part Grid
Step2: Laser Sequence Part Grid Output Part-Grid On

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Material

This function is only available for Punch and Combo machine. Specify the material
number to be output in G06 (VIPROS material setting) line. (0=SPC, 1=SUS, 2=AL)
In the occasion 2 is specified, the B value in the G06 line
will be 2 (AL). A indicates the material thickness. B
indicates the type of the material.

Percent After G50

This function is available for Punch and Combo


machine. Place a check mark in the check box to
enable the system to generate a percent symbol
(%) as the end-of-record code.
When NC data is being transmitted to the
memory, the NC device will recognize the percent
symbol as the end-of-record code.
In the occasion the Setup Sheet Information is
output at the bottom of the code, make sure this
option is enabled so that a percent symbol will be
output at the end of NC data.

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Output work size comment at the end of G92 command line

This function is available for Punch and Combo machine.


Output a comment of the minimum work size that is
necessary for the process at the end of G92 command line.
(In the example shown in the left picture, X54.Y88. is the
minimum process work size.)

Unloading Skeleton M Code

This function is available for Combo machine.


This option allows you to output an M code to
unload the skeleton material when program is
over.
Place a check mark in the Unloading Skeleton M
Code: check box and specify the M code in the
right-side textbox.
If you type 380 in the textbox, an M380 will be
output in the NC code as is shown in the left
picture.

Note: Make sure a loading/Unloading device is selected from the Tandem Device Type:
drop-down list in the Machine Set window. See: Loading/Unloading Device

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M 108 After M104 Code

This function is available for Combo machine.


In the occasion that Work Chutes are used, you
can use this option to output M104 and M180
in the same row.
Set ON to enable it.

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Loading/ Unloading Thickness M-Code

This function is available for Punch and Combo machine. Specify whether or not to
output the thickness M code, which is used for the detection of taking 2 pieces of sheet.

Note: Make sure a loading / unloading device is selected from the Tandem Device Type:
drop-down list in the Machine Set window.

Example
1. Specify the NC generate settings as follows.

2. Select Cycle Loader (ASR-CR, ASR-M) from the Tandem Device Type drop down
list. See Loading/Unloading Device
The material thickness is 1.

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3. The system will output the M24 in the NC code as follows.

Loading/ Unloading End Position M-Code

This function is available for Punch and Combo machine. Specify whether or not to
output the End Position M code.

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Note: Make sure a loading / unloading device is selected from the Tandem Device Type:
drop-down list in the Machine Set window.

Example
1. Specify the NC generate settings as follows.

2. Select Cycle Loader (ASR-CR, ASR-M) from the Tandem Device Type drop down
list.
The blank sheet size used in this example is 2438*1219.

3. The system will output the M57 in the NC code as follows.

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Process After
In the Process After window you can specify the methods to process the parts after the
cutting process is finished.
You may want to separate the parts from the sheet, process the part corners, keep joints
or use work chute to retrieve parts or scraps, etc.

To display the Process After window:


1. Click one icon in Dr.ABE main window to display the Preference window. Select a
machine in Tree View of Preference window, and then click the ProcessAfter icon in
Preference File to display the ProcessAfter window.

See Process After Cutting Table


Joint

Process After Cutting Table

The Process after Cutting table allows you to specify the next process that will occur
after the system completes a cutting process. You can specify the conditions according to
parts dimension.

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Process After Cutting Table Items
Column Description
You can click the Process Type arrow button
and select a process type from the drop down
list. And then the table will list all the process
after conditions of that type you have selected.
The system will display the type according to
you selection.
Object Specify the objects that the settings will be
applied to. There are four options: Inner, Outer,
Open Path, All and Notch. Select All, and
settings will be applied to all the objects,
including the open path, outer loop, inner loop
and notch. See: Object
Process Type The process method to process the object
specified. The system will automatically decide
the process method based on the Object type
and Process After method you have selected.
For example, if you select TK Station 1 in the
Process column as the process after method, the
system will automatically use Laser as the
method to process the object you have specified.
This function in only available for Combo
machine.
X/Y The dimensions of the object. There are seven
options: X, Y, R, CPX, Area, Width and Length.
See: X/Y/R/CPX/Area/Length/With Explanation.
EQ Specify the relationship between the option in
X/Y column and the values in Value1/2. There
are five options: <=, >=, =, < and >.
Value 1/2 Specify the reference dimension value.
Process Specify a process after method for the objects
that match the settings defined in the Process
After Cutting table.
Joint Create micro-joints or wire-joints according to
the conditions.
Chute 1/2 Output work chute open/close command. (Only

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available after set Workchute Information in the
Peripherals of Machine Set window.)
Machine Stop M00 is generated after processing.
Chute Tool Select Chute Tool as the end value.
Use a chute tool to perform the final punch of
the last outer loop process.
None (Cut Plate) Specify the hole with a size that can drop onto
the cut plate.
The system will stop processing when the
cutting is finished. The end value is same as
None.
Drop Through Specify the hole with a size that can drop onto
the pin table.
The system will stop processing when the
cutting is finished. The end value is same as
None.
TK Station 1-5 Specify TK device to perform take-out. (Only
available after set Take-Out Information in the
Peripherals of Machine Set window.)
None The system will stop processing when the
cutting is finished.
JointName When Joint is selected in Process, specify the
joint condition to be used.
Z Value Specify the height of the laser head when the
process is finished.
Note:
In the NC Generate preference window, if Z
Height M104Zx is on, the value specified in the
Process After preference window will be output
as M104Zx. (x=specified value)
See: How to Output the Z Value.

See: Object
X/Y/R/CPX/Area/Length/With Explanation
How to Output the Z Value

Object

Select from Open Path, Outer, Inner, Notch, or All as the object that the specified
condition will apply to.

Option Description
Open Path As the following red patterns indicate, an open path does not

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create a closed shape.

Outer An outer loop is the contour or perimeter of a part as the following


red pattern indicates.

Inner An inner loop is the contour or perimeter of a hole or pattern


inside a part.

Notch A notch is a cut on the outer loop.

All This option Includes all the open paths, outer loops and inner
loops.

X/Y/R/CPX/Area/Length/Width Explanation

After a part is laid out on a sheet, X is the X-axis dimension of this part.

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After a part is laid out on a sheet, Y is the Y-axis dimension of this part in the sheet.

R is the radius of the smallest circle that can enclose the part.

CPX is the complexity of the part. (CPX= Outer Loop Total Length / Outer Shape
Rectangle Perimeter)
CPX calculation example is as follows.

Outer Loop Total Length = 560 Outer Shape Rectangle Perimeter = 400
CPX = 560/400 = 1.4

Area: The area of the rectangle for the object.

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Length: The longer side of the part.

Width: The shorter side of the part.

How to Output the Z Value

1. Open the NC Generate window.


2. Place a check mark in the Z HEIGHT M104Zx (1=YES 0=NO) check box.
The number in the right cell becomes 1.

3. Open the Process After window. Define the Process After Cutting conditions as
follows.

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4. M104Z5 is output when the outer loop process is finished.
After this, the machine stops (M00). See: Process After Cutting Table

Joint

Specify the joint creation priority, joint types, and other joint conditions.
It is possible to specify multiple conditions for joint creation by selecting which joint
condition to use according to the setting in the Process After Cutting table.

See Fixed Position


Auto Position
Basic Joint Setting
Joint Type Table
Detail Settings
Joint Setting Condition
Cut Slug condition

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Fixed Position

Fixed Position: Specify the joint creation position on the graphics.

To fix the joint position:


1. Select the Fixed Position option to open the associated section as follows.

2. In the Search Position from graphics, specify the search start position for joint
creation.

3. To add a joint, click in the position that you want to create it.
The joint position will be searched from the specified position (red point) according
to the joint type.
Click on the created joint again to delete it.

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4. Specify the search range in Detail Setting window.

Example:
1. Specify the joint Search Position as is shown in Picture A, and specify Micro
Joint with the highest priority in Joint Type section.

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2. The system will assign joints for the pattern shown in Picture B. The system
will search the position to generate Micro Joint that has the highest priority
from the search starting position. The result is shown in Picture C:

Note: If you select Fixed Position, the Min Joint QTY will be the same as the
quantity you have specified in graphics.

Auto Position

Based on the joint type priority, the system will automatically search the joint position
from the specified search start position.

Specify the search start position:


1. Select the Auto Position option to open the associated section as follows.

2. In the Search Position from graphics, specify the search start position for joint
creation.

3. Specify the search start position by clicking on the corner (red point) where you
want to create a joint.

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Click one corner to specify the position from which the system will start to assign
joints. A red point will display to indicate the starting position.

Example
Lets explain the procedure of the settings as follows:

1. When the system searches for the possible positions to assign the micro joints,
which has the highest priority from the upper right corner, and this searching
process wont stop until the searching result matches the Min Joint QTY settings.
2. Only when the searching result cannot match the Min Joint OTY settings, will the
system start to consider the Wire Joint settings in the Joint Detail Setting window
and start to search for the possible places to assign wire joints that are close to
corner. The settings here has the second priority.
3. If the searching result cannot match the Min Joint OTY settings, the system will
search for the possible places to assign wire joints.
4. If the result does not match the Min Joint OTY settings, No Process will be
performed, in other words, no joints will be assigned, error displays in the Result
View.

Basic Joint Settings

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If you select the Auto Position option, you can specify the basic setting to assign joints,
such as the minimum joint quantity, the minimum distance between joints, and the
maximum distance between the corner joints.

Min Distance between Corner

Specify the minimum distance between the corner joints.


If the distance between two corner joints is less than the value specified, the system will
automatically remove one of the two joints.

Example
1. We will assign joints to a 100*80 part.
2. Select Joint as the process method.

3. Specify the basic joint settings as follows.

4. Click the Auto execute button, eight joints will be assigned to the pattern as follows.

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5. Type 90 in the Min Distance between Corner: text box.
Because the original distance between 2 corner joints is shorter than 90, the system
will delete some corner joints. As a result, only 6 joints are assigned on the pattern.
As the Min Joint QTY condition is not met, an error message is displayed in the
result view.

6. Change the joint search position as follows.

7. Because the distance between 2 corner joints cannot be smaller than 90, only 6
joints are created on the pattern.

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The joint creation position is changed as follows according to the search position.

Min Distance between Wire

Specify or select the minimum distance between the wire joints. If the distance between
two wire joints is less than the value specified, the system will automatically remove one
joint.

For example, if you specify the Min Distance as 10, but the pitch is only 8, then one joint
will be removed. See the illustrations below.

Min Distance = 10, but Pitch = 8

One joint is removed.

Example
1. We will assign joints to a 100*80 part.
2. Select Joint as the process method.

3. Specify the basic joint settings as follows.

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4. Click Auto execute button, ten joints will be assigned to the pattern as follows.

5. Type 50 in the Min Distance between Wire: text box.


Because the distance between 2 corner joints is shorter than 50, the system will
delete some wire joints. As a result, only 8 joints are created on the pattern. As the
Min Joint QTY condition is not met, an error message is displayed in the result view.

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Min Joint Qty

Specify the minimum joint quantity. (If the minimum quantity joints cannot be created
due to the restriction of the pattern, error messages will be displayed in the result view.)

Max Distance for Corner Joint

Specify the maximum distance between corner joints.


If the distance between two corner joints is greater than the specified value, the system
will add corner joints.

Joint Type Table

Specify the priority of joint types (Micro/Wire


Joint, etc.).
For the corresponding process, specify whether
to display the error/warning message.

The top one has the highest priority.


Select one joint type to highlight it, and then
click
or to change its priority.

Detail Settings

This function specifies the detailed conditions for joint creation.

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See Common Setting
Corner Joint Setting
Wire Joint Setting
Chute(L) Setting
Chute Tool

Common Settings

The options in the Common panel allow you to specify common conditions for all joint
types.

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Option Description
Ignore CAD Place a check mark in Ignore CAD Joint check box, the system will
Joint ignore the joints created in AP100CAD designing phase.
Place a check markEven if the joints were assigned to the parts
during the CAD designing phase, select this option and the system
will ignore the joint information, and assign joints based on the
settings in Process After Cutting Table.
Remove the check markEven if the joints were assigned to the
parts during the CAD design phase, the system will use these joints
and ignore the settings defined in Process After Cutting Table. If there
are no joints assigned to the parts during the CAD design phase,
the system will assign joints based on the settings in Process After
Cutting Table.
Example:
1. Load two different parts. Part A has 2 joints, while Part B has
no joints.
2. Select the Joint option in the Process column. And Type 4 in the
Min Joint OTY text box.
3. Select the Ignore CAD Joint option, and the system will assign
joints to the parts as follows.

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4. Remove the check mark from the Ignore CAD Joint check box,
and the system will use the joints assigned during the designing
phase and assign the joints to the parts as follows.

Center of Gravity Joint positions are decided by the gravity center of the part.
has higher
Priority
Example
1. Select the Joint option in the Process column.

2. And Type 4 in the Min Joint OTY: text box.

3. If you place a check mark in the Center of Gravity has Higher


Priority check box, the part will be processed as follows.

4. If you remove the check mark from the Center of Gravity has

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Higher Priority check box, the part will be processed as follows.

Display Warning This function is Not available at this moment.


when Joints are
Unbalanced
Range of The value you specified in the text box is the ratio of the part length,
Searching Joint which is the range of searching joint. If Fix Position option is
Position selected, the system will assign joint according to the associated
position you specified in the Search Position from graphics with this
range.
Position Priority Specify the position priority of single side micro-joint.
Long Side Generate joints on the length side of part.
Width Side Generate joints on the width side of part.
Longer Edge Due to joint creation, a line will be divided into two sections.
The joint will be created on the longer segment of the line.
Notch Avoid Specify a value in the Notch Avoid Length: text box.
Length If the length of a notch is smaller than the specified value, joints will
not be assigned on this notch.

Corner Joint Settings

The Corner Joint panel allows you to specify the corner joint types and joint position
restrictions etc.

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Option Description
90 Degree Corner Specify the corner joint type at 90-degree corners. (Both Sides, One
Side None)
One Side Place a joint on one side of the corner.

Both Sides Place joints on both sides of the corner.

None When None is selected, no joint will be assigned at the 90-degree


corners.

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Non-90 Degree Specify the corner joint type at Non-90 degree
corners. (One Side, Both Sides, None)
One Side Place a joint on one side of the corner.

Both Sides Place joints on both sides of the corner.

None When None is selected, no joint will be assigned at the non 90-
degree corners.
Corner of Specify the corner joint type at corners of arc and line. (One Side
Arc&Line On Line, Both Sides, None)
One Side On One Place a corner joint on the line side of the corner.
Line

Both Sides Place corner joints on both sides of the corner.

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None When None is selected, no corner joint will be assigned to the
corners of line and arc.
No corner joint Specify the minimum length of the line for corner joint creation.
when line <= If the length of one line is less than or equal to the specified value,
no corner joint will be assigned on that line.
Example
1. A 100 x 80 part is used as an example.
2. Specify the settings in the Process After table as follows.
And type 8 in the Min Joint QTY text box.

3. In the Common panel of the Detail Setting window, select


Width Side from the Position Priority: drop-down list.
In the Corner Joint panel, select One Side from the 90 Degree
Corner: drop-down list. The joints will be assigned as follows.

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4. Type 90 in the No corner joint when line <=: text box.
Because the width is 80, the corner joints will be removed from
the wide side. The joints will be assigned as follows.

Exclude C notch If you place a check mark in this check box, although the length of
from Min Length C notch line segment is less than the specified value in No Corner
Setting Joint when Line <=: text box, corner joints will be assigned on the
C notch still.
No Corner Joint Specify the minimum arc length for corner joint creation.
when Length of If the arc length is less than or equal to the specified value, no
Arc <= corner joint will be assigned on that arc.
Example
1. Take a 100 x 80 part with R corners (R: 15.7) as an example.

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2. Specify the settings in the Process After table as follows.
Type 8 in the Min Joint QTY: text box.

3. In the Joint Detail Setting window, click Corner Joint tab and
select Both Sides from the Corner of Arc&Line: drop down list.
Type 0 in the No Corner Joint when Length of Arc <=: text box.
The joints will be assigned as follows:

4. Type 16 in the No Corner Joint when Length of Arc <=: text

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box.
Joints will not be assigned on the 15.7 corner.
The joints are assigned as follows:

No Corner Joint Specify the minimum angle of the corner for corner joint creation.
when Angle of If the angle is less than or equal to the specified value, no corner
Corner <= joint will be assigned on that corner.
Example
1. Take the following part as an example.

2. Specify the settings in the Process After table as follows.


Type 3 in the Min Joint QTY: text box.

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3. In the Joint Detail Setting window, type 0 in the No Corner
Joint when Angle of Corner <=: text box. The system will
assign joints as follows.

4. If you type 45 in the No Corner Joint when Angle of Corner <=:


text box, joints will not be assigned on 31.89-degree corner.
Joints will be assigned as follows.

Wire Joint Setting

The options in the Wire Joint panel allow you to specify the offset amount and joint
creation restrictions etc.

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Option Description
Wire Joint Close to Specify the offset amount for the wire joint that is close to a
Corner corner.
Offset Amount Specify the offset amount of the wire joint. This function is
available to laser machine.
Punch Length For punch machine, the offset amount is the length of the tool
assigned to process the line on which joint should be created.
Corner with CR Select this option, and there will be no joint offset when CR tool is
tool is assign to process the corner. The joint position will be close to the
Exception CR tool as is shown in the right picture.
No Wire Joint Specify the minimum length of the line for wire joint creation.
when Line <= If the length is less than or equal to the specified value, no wire
joint will be assigned on that line.
Example
1. Take a 100*80 part as an example.
2. Specify the settings in the Process After table as follows.
Type 8 in the Min Joint QTY: text box.
In the Joint Type table, set the Wire Joint the highest
priority.

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3. If you type 200 in No Wire Joint when Line <=: text box, the
system will assign the joints as follows.

4. Type 90 in the No Wire Joint when Line <=: text box. Joints
will not be assigned on the line of 80. Joints are assigned as
follows.

No Wire Joint Specify the minimum arc length for wire joint creation.
when Length of Arc If the arc length is less than or equal to the specified value, no
<= wire joint will be assigned on that arc.

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Example
1. Take the following part as an example. The length of arc in
this part is 78.5.

2. Specify the settings in the Process After table as follows. And


type 5 in the Min Joint QTY: text box. In the Joint Type
table, specify Wire Joint with the highest priority.

3. If you type 50 in No Wire Joint Length of Arc<= text box, the


system will assign the joints as follows.

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4. Type 80 in the No Wire Joint when Length of Arc <=: text
box.
Joints will not be assigned on the R25 arc with a length of
78.5.
Joints will be assigned as follows.

No Wire Joint Specify the minimum angle of the corner for wire joint creation.
when Angle of If the angle of the corner is less than or equal to the specified
Corner <= value, no wire joint will be assigned on that corner. Corner.

Chute (L) Setting

In the Detail Setting window, click Chute tab to open the Chute panel to specify the
conditions to control the work chute.

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Option Description
Left Margin (A) Specify the distance between the part and left margin of the
work chute.
Center of gravity offset Specify the offset amount for the gravity center of the object
(B) (Outer, Inner) from the right margin of the work chute.
After Open Work Chute Specify the action right after the work chute opens.
(None, Machine Stop, Dwell)
None No process will be performed.
Machine Stop Output the machine stop NC code.
M80
M00
M81
Dwell The period of time from opening the work chute until closing
it. Specify the dwell time, the system would stop axis
movement during the specified duration.
M80
G04X1.
M81
Dwell Time Select Dwell from the After Open: drop-down list, and type a
value in the Dwell Time: text box to define the time for

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stopping axis movement. (Unit: Second)
Cutting End Position Specify the cutting end position.
Rotate Direction Specify the cutting direction. Clockwise or counter-
clockwise.
Material-taking Size Specify the movement amount for materials so that they can
be dropped into the chute easily.
X X-axis movement amount.
Y Y-axis movement amount.
Rotate Part for Outer Place a check mark in the check box to allow part rotation
Loop Using Chute for the parts whose end value is chute. These parts will be
rotated according to the setting in the Parts Properties
window during the nesting process.
If the check box remains empty, the parts will not be rotated
even if rotation has been specified in the Parts Properties
window.

Chute Tool

Chute panel allow you to specify the settings for the chute tool.

Option Description

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Cut X Specify the dimension of the cut section l in the X-axis.
Cut Y Specify half of the dimension of the chute tool in the Y-axis. As a
general rule, if you use SQ5 to cut the section, the Cut Y should
be set to 2.5mm.
Offset Y Specify the distance from the center of the die to the position of
the final hit.
3 (D station) is 32mm
4(E station) is 50mm
Tool Name Specify the management name of the chute tool. The name of the
chute tool should exactly match the name of the special tool in the
Tool Inventory.

Joint Setting Condition

This function specify conditions for creating, editing and deleting joint,

Creat a new joint condition:


Specify the joint condition and type a name for it in the text box.
Click New to create this joint condition.

Edit an existing joint condition:


Select a joint condition from the drop-down list that you want to edit.
Click Save to update the condition after you finish editing.

Delete a joint condition:


Select a joint condition from the drop-down list that you want to delete.
Click Delete to delete it.

To delete a joint setting condition, select one joint condition from the drop-down list and
click Delete.

Cut Slug condition

If you select None (Cut Plate) or Chute from the drop-down list of the Process, the
system could generate the data to cut the hole scrap.
If the cutting scrap area is smaller than the pincushion or cut plate, the system will
attempt to cut the scrap into small pieces. You can select cut method in this panel.

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Option Description
Cut Slug to fit to Cut Place a check in the Cut Slug to fit to Cut Plate/Work
Plate/Work Chute Chute check box, the system will generate the cut slug
data.

Cutting Method Specify the cutting method.

Vertical cutting

Horizontal cutting

Cross cutting

Cup -shape cutting (Forming down)

Lead In Method Specify the approach method for the cutting line.

Central pierce

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Edge pierce

Straight line approach

Arc approach

Specify the settings of Max Size for Slug and Space for Laser Head Approach Method.
The parameter setting items will be different according to the Cutting Method and
Approach Method you have selected.
A: Max Size for Slug (X Input the maximum value for scrap in X direction.
Direction) The system will not create the scrap whose X value is
bigger than the specified value.
B: Max Size for Slug (Y Input the maximum value for scrap in Y direction. The
Direction) system will not create the scrap whose Y value is
bigger than the specified value.
C Space for Lead In Input the space amount between the pierce point and
the perimeter of the remnant sheet.

Options of Cut Slug to fit to Cut Plate/Work Chute

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Param A: Max Size for B: Max Size for A: Max Size for A: Max Size for
eter Slug (X Slug (Y Direction) Slug (X Slug (X Direction)
Direction) C: Space for Lead Direction) B: Max Size for
C: Space for In B: Max Size for Slug (Y
Lead In Slug (Y Direction)
Direction) C: Space for Lead
C: Space for In
Lead In

Note: Cup-shape cutting and central pierce cant be combined together.

For example:
1. Take the following part as an example:

2. Select relevant options and specify relevant values in the Process After Cutting
panel as follows.

3. Place a check in the Cut Slug to fit to Cut Plate/Work Chute check box. Click cross
cutting in Cutting Method and straight line approach in Lead In Method. Click
Apply button to save the setting.

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4. The system will generate the data to cut slug the holes as follows. And you can
confirm the process sequence of cut slug in simulation mode.

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Peripherals
The options in the Peripherals window allow you to specify the parameters for
generating the peripherals data that has been defined in Machine Setting.

Open the Peripherals window


In the Dr.ABE main window, click a preference button to open the Preference
window. Select a machine name from TreeView, and then click peripherals icon in
Preference File to open the Peripherals window.

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See: MJC
IJP
Parts Removal Sequence
Take Out
MJC/IJP Sequence
Schedule

MJC

Specify the parameters to generate the data of MJC device.


MJC is an acronym for Micro Joint Cutter. The MJC device is used to remove the joints
after the sheet process is complete.

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See: MJC Setting
Laser Joint

MJC Setting

If you want to generate the data of MJC device, place a


check mark in the Yes/No check box, The MJC data is
generated or saved as a *.sy2 file with the IJP data. It
cannot be displayed in NC code.
Note: Its only available for the machines with MJC device.
You must first enable the MJC device option in the
Machine Set window before you can use this option.

To enable the MJC device function:


1. Open the Machine Set window.
2. Click the desired machine, such as EM-L in the Tree View pane to display the
subfolders of the machine. In the MJC panel, place a check mark in the MJC
Yes/No check box, and then specify the parameters.

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Laser Joint

The Laser Joint cannot be cut utilizing the normal method because there is no space to
insert the cutter.
The Laser Joint requires a pierce cutout that is greater than the cutter in the X and Y
dimension to insert the cutter. The Laser Joint panel allows you to specify the cutout
dimensions.

Its not available at present.


The principle of the MJC to cut joint is the same as you use a scissors. When cutting
the joint generated on the laser tool path, you must make sure that the cutter can be
inserted to the generated.
In order to let the cutter can be inserted thoroughly, please set the cutout size bigger
than the cutter.

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The dimensions of Cutter X and
Cutter Y are as the left picture shows.

In order to let the cutter can be


inserted thoroughly, please set the
cutout size bigger than the cutter.

IJP

Specify the parameters to generate the data of IJP device.


IJP is an acronym for Ink Jet Printer.
This IJP device is used to print part information, such as part name, comment, part size
and so on, on the parts.

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See: IJP Setting
IJP Position
IJP Strings

IJP Setting

Place a check mark in the Yes/No check box, if you


want to generate the data of IJP device.
The MJC data is generated or saved as a *.sy2 file
with the IJP data. It cannot be displayed in NC code.
Note: Its only available for the machines with MJC
device. You must first enable the MJC device option in
the Machine Set window before you can use this
option.
Option Description
Yes/No Place a check mark in the Yes/No check box to generate the data of IJP
device.
No Select the device number that has been specified in the Machine Set
window from the pull-down list. You can specify three IJP devices in the
Machine Set window.

To enable the IJP device function:


1. Open the Machine Set window.

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2. Click the desired machine, such as EM-L in the Tree View pane to display the
subfolders of the machine. In the IJP panel, place a check mark in the IJP Yes/No
check box, and then specify the parameters.

IJP Position

The options in the IJP Position section allow you to specify the position of the IJP print.

Option Description
Auto If you select Auto, the system will calculate and determine

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the position to print the IJP information automatically.
Click the rectangle in the right picture to specify the IJP
printing position. The selected rectangle will become
green.
Fix Position You can use the Position X and Position Y to specify the
Fix Position for IJP print.
Position X Type the X coordinate for the fixed position.
Position Y Type the Y coordinate for the fixed position.

IJP Strings

The options in the IJP Strings section allow you to specify the items you want to print on
the part. Double click an item in the list to add it to the text box below.
You can select multiple items and each item that you select will be printed on the part.
You can also type the common part information in the text box.

Option Description
Part Name Print the part name.
Comment Print the part comment.
Size of Part Print the part size.
Due Date Print the due date of the part.
Process Date Print the process date of the part.
User #1 - User #5 Print User #1 to User #5 that you previously specified
in Parts Properties of the Nesting Plan window. Please
refer to User Define for details of these items.
Line Feed The Line Feed code is used to divide strings into
several rows. The Line Feed code is specified in the
Machine Set window.

Parts Removal Sequence

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The options in the Part Removal Sequence panel allow you to specify the sequence to
take out parts.

Option Description
Start Position/Direction Specify the starting position and direction to take out
the parts.
Repositioning Area Direction Specify the priority direction after repositioning.
One Direction The system will always take out parts in one
direction.
Width for Sequence The system will divide the process range into equal
smaller areas according to the value you have
specified, and define the sequence for taking out parts
based on the settings specified in Start
Point/Direction section.
Type 210 in the textbox to specify the number that
the process range should be divided. The blue arrow
in the graphics indicates the process direction.

Take Out

The options in the Taking Out section allow you to specify the taking out conditions and
stack distance.
A TK device is a device using vacuum and magnets to adsorb the part and take out it
from sheets onto stacking pallets.

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See: Taking Out Conditions
Stack Distance
Taking Out

Taking Out Conditions

Specify the parameters to generate the data for taking out device.

Option Description
Taking Out On/Off Place a check mark in the Taking Out On/Off check box to
generate the data of Taking Out device.
Laser Z Axis Reference Specify the stand by coordinates of laser Z axis (the height of
Point the laser head) after final process. For example, if you type
100 in the textbox, the system will output Z100 in the NC
code.
See: Take Out Information
Cutting is Divided The system will perform process in the sequence of
Cut>Vacuum>Last Cut. If you remove the check mark from

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this check box, the system will perform process in the
sequence of Last Cut>Vacuum.
Prevent from dropping Prevent the small parts from dropping to cutting plate before
to the cutting plate absorbed by TK.
Part Size<= Specify the part dimension to offset the approach position.
If the part dimension is smaller than the value you have
specified here, the system will offset the approach position.
Offset Amount Change the offset amount of the approach position.

Stack Distance

The options in the Stack Distance section allow you to specify the part spacing and the
stacking border for stacking parts on the pallet.

Option Description
Auto Stack On The system will separate the parts and stack them
automatically.
The Balance of One Table Different kinds of parts will be stacked in different places
and parts of the same kind will be stacked in the same
place. But if theres spare room on the pallet, parts of the
same kind will be dispersed and stacked at multiple
places.
Stacking Scheme Type Specify the stacking pallet type number. There are four
types available. The stacking scheme type information will
be saved in the *.sy2 file.
X= Y= Type a value in the text box to specify the spacing between
the parts in the X and Y directions.
L=R=U=B= Type a value in the text box to specify the distance
between the stacking border and the table edge.

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Example
Option Description
Auto Stack On The system will separate the parts and stack them automatically.
ON

Auto Stack On The system will stack the parts on pallets according to the situation
OFF that they have been laid out in sheets.

The Balance of If theres spare room on the pallet, parts of the same kind will be
One Table ON dispersed and stacked at multiple places.

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The Balance of Only the parts of the same kind can be stacked in the same place
One Table
OFF

Taking Out

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The TK uses vacuum cups or
magnets to adsorb the parts and
take out them.
You can use the vacuum system to
remove both ferrous and non-
ferrous materials, but you can only
use magnets to remove ferrous
materials. The Taking Out section
allows you to specify the ferrous
material types that the TK can
take out.

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Example
1. Click the Select from Mat. Parameter button to display the Material Type window.
2. Select a material type that can be adsorbed by magnet.

3. Click OK button and the selected material type will be displayed in the Taking Out
table.
4. In the Taking Out section, you can right-click the row header and select New from
the shortcut menu. A new blank row is added to the end of the Material Type: drop-
down list, and you can type the material name in it.

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5. To delete a material type, just select a material type, right-click to open the shortcut
menu, and select Delete.

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MJC/IJP Sequence

The options in the MJC/IJP Sequence panel allow you to Specify the MJC/IJP sequence.

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Option Description
Start Click an arrow in Start Point/Direction section to select the
Position/Direction MJC/IJP starting point and processing direction. The selected
direction arrow will become green.
Width for Place a check mark in the Width for Sequence check box and type a
Sequence value in the text box to divide the process area into equal smaller
areas. The system will perform MJC/IJP process in the first area
and then the adjacent area based on the settings defined in the
Start Point/Direction section.
Note: The location of the part center determines in which divided
area this part is processed. According to the part centers divided
area, the system will determine the process sequence of parts in the
area.

How to specify the Width for Sequence


If you specify 4 in the Width for Sequence textbox.

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Start Position: Upper Right
Direction: X axis

Red arrows indicate the process sequence.


If you remove the check mark from Width for Sequence check box
Starting Point: Upper Right
Direction: No referring to the direction
The MJC/IJP sequence will be decided by the
shortest path from the start position.

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Red arrows indicate the process sequence.

Schedule

Output the accumulation pallet exchange instruction in schedule file.


The accumulation exchange instruction is usually performed in AMNC-F, but there are
some situations, such as separate the nesting units into different parts, which is easy for
the system to output the accumulation pallet exchange instruction in each schedule.

The system outputs the pallet exchange instruction in First Line or Last Line of the
schedule when saving the schedule to SDD database.

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Option Description
Output accumulation pallet Select this option to output the pallet exchange
exchange instruction instruction in the First Line or the Last Line.

Group
You can also specify the Grouping Priority, Prototype Condition, and Filler Parts in
Group window.

To open the Group window


Click any preference button in Dr.ABE main window to open preference window. In the
Preference window, select a machine (e.g. EM-L) and double-click the Group icon to
display the Group window.

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See: Grouping Priority
Prototype Condition
TK Process Type
Filler Parts

Grouping Priority

When you assign parts on sheet, you can divide them into group and then nest according
to the condition such as process date, due date, product unit, and prototypes.

Option Description
Grouping Priority Select grouping condition.
Process Date The system will group the parts according to the process date.
Due Date The system will group the parts according to the due date.
Give Higher The system will group the parts according to the product unit.
Priority to Product

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Unit
Give Higher If you select this and place a check mark in the Strictly Enforce
Priority to Grouping Priority check box, the system will firstly nest
Prototypes prototypes on one sheet and then nest other parts on another
sheet.
None Parts will not be grouped during the nesting process.
Note: Prototypes will be nested together.
Strictly Enforce Place a check mark in this check box to enable the system strictly
Grouping Priority apply the grouping priorities that you have selected in the above
drop-down list.
Parts with the same grouping conditions will be processed on the
same sheet.
Note:
The check mark is placed in the check box by default. The
grouping priority will NOT take effect when the check mark is
removed.
Give Higher Generally, the system will always nest the larger parts before the
Priority smaller ones.
to Group of Small If you place a check mark in this check box, the system will nest
Parts the smaller parts first

Example:
1. Suppose to nest the following three types of parts. Part B and C have the same
process date, while Part A has a different one.

2. Select Process Date and remove the check mark in the Strictly Enforce Grouping
Priority check box.

3. The nesting result is the following:

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3. Select Process Date under Grouping Priority, and place a check mark in Strictly
Enforce Grouping Priority.

4. The nesting result is the following:

5 Select Process Date under Grouping Priority, and place a check mark in Strictly
Enforce Grouping Priority. Also, place a check mark min the Give Higher Priority
to Group of Small Parts check box.

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6. The nesting result is the following:

Prototype Condition

The options in the Prototype Condition section allow you to define the prototype
conditions so as to decide whether to put the prototype parts into the total part quantity
or not.

Option Description
Nest One Product Unit During the nesting process, the prototype quantity will
be the quantity of the parts in the assembly instead of
the quantity specified in the Part Properties window.

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Prototype Quantity is The prototype quantity will be included in the total part
Included quantity.
The quantity of the prototype is the exact quantity you
set in the Parts Properties window.
Prototype Quantity Extra The prototype quantity will be excluded from the total
quantity of parts.
The quantity of the prototype is the exact quantity you
set in the Parts Properties window.

Example:
One Product Unit
1. Take the following three parts as example.
As a whole, the lot number is 2. Part B and C belong to one assembly. For the
assembly, the lot number is 2.

2. Select Nest One Product Unit in the Prototype Condition section.

3. Select Give Higher Priority to Prototypes under Grouping Priority, and place a
check mark in Strictly Enforce Grouping Priority check box to nest prototypes on
other sheet.

4. Nesting result will be as following.


Since you select Nest One Product Unit in the Prototype Condition section, the
prototype you set in Part Property window (0) is not effective. The system will
create one prototype for each part in one assembly. In this example, the lot number
is 2 for the assembly, so two prototypes are created for part B and Part C
respectively.
Because Give Higher Priority to Prototypes is selected and a check mark is placed
in Strictly Enforce Grouping Priority check box, the prototypes and other parts will

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be nested on different sheets respectively.
Note: The prototype quantity is included in the total part quantity.

Prototype Quantity is Included/Prototype Quantity Extra


1. Take the following part as example. Set the Part Quantity and Prototype Quantity
as following:

2. You can also set in the Part Property window:

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3. Select Prototype Quantity is Included in the Prototype Condition section.

4. Nesting result will be as following.


Prototype quantity 2 is included in quantity 5. Total quantity is 5.

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5. Select Prototype Quantity Extra in the Prototype Condition section.

6. Nesting result will be as following.


Prototype quantity 2 is not included in Part quantity. The total quantity is 7.

TK Process Type

This function is not available for Punch machine. The options allow you to specify how to
layout micro-joint-parts and TK carry-outable parts in sheets. You can shorten the
process of Process After by not mixed layout micro-joint-parts and TK carry-outable
parts.

Note: This section is only available when you put a check mark in the Taking Out Yes/No
check box of Take-out information panel in Machine Set window.

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Option Description
Put a frame on a The system will layout micro-joint-part in a rectangle frame,
micro-joint-part and it will be treat as TK carry-outable parts.
Layout a micro-joint- Layout micro-joint-parts and TK carry-outable parts on the
part in the different different sheets respectively.
sheet

Layout a micro-joint- Layout micro-joint-parts and TK carry-outable -parts on the


part and TK-part in same sheet.
the same sheet.

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Filler Parts

The options allow you to specify the conditions for filler parts.
The system will attempt to nest the filler parts on the sheet to improve the sheet
utilization. You can define the filler parts in the Parts Properties window.
As the following picture shows, the quantity of filler parts is the difference of text box B
and text box A. The quantity = 10-2 = 8

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Note: For sheets that can be reused, the filler parts will not be assigned.

Option Description
None No filler part will be nested even though you have

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specified filler parts in the Parts Properties window.
Quantity Specified for Each Part The maximum quantity of the filler parts is what
you specified in Parts Property window. If there is
not enough space in the sheet, the system will
reduce the quantity automatically.
Note:
The lots will be ignored.
Total Quantity for the Assembly The quantity of the filler parts is that the quantity
you specified in part Property widow multiple lot
number.
Give Equal Priority to all Filler All the filler parts, ignoring the size and priority you
Parts specified in the Parts Properties window, will have
the same priority.
Note:
This function is currently unavailable.

To specify filler parts quantity:


1. Open the Nesting Schedule window.
You can define the filler part quantity by typing in the Filler Quantity column.

2. You can also specify filler part quantity in the Parts Properties window by typing in
the Part: text boxes.
The filler part quantity is the difference of the right side value minus the left side
value.
As in the example below, the filler part quantity is 3. (52=3).

To nest filler parts on sheets


1. Load Part A and Part B and specify the nesting schedule as follow.

2. Select Quantity Specified for Each Part in the Filler Parts section.

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3. The nesting result is the following:

4. Select Total Quantity for the Assembly in the Filler Parts section.

5. The nesting result is the following:

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Clearance
Clearance is defined as a gap or space between the punch and die. For example, if you
are using a 10.3mm die with a 10mm punch, the clearance is 10.3mm-10mm=0.3mm.
The clearance has a major effect on the quantity of the finished product as well as tool
wear. Improper clearances may result in the excessive breakaway and tool damage.
Its necessary to consider material thickness, types of material and types of tools being
used and select proper clearance. You can specify Clearance parameter in Clearance
window.

To open the Clearance window:

1. Click the NC Generate Preference button on the main window to open the
Preference window.
Select a punch machine or a combo machine (such as EM-L) in the Tree View pane,
2. and then double-click the Clearance icon in the Preference File pane to display the
Clearance window.

See: Clearance Setting

Clearance Setting

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In the Clearance Setting table, you can complete material type information to define the
clearance for each material type. Click the last row in the table to add a new row.

Option Description
Material Type the material type here.
Thickness Type value in the corresponding cell to define the thickness range of this
(Min-Max) material type.
Clearance Type a value in the cell to define the clearance range of this material
(Min-Max) within the defined thickness range. Range: 0~999.999, Initial value: 0.0
Clearance If you place a check mark in the check box, and the size of tools is the
Selection same, the system will select tools within specified clearance range
(Min/Max) according to the following sequence: from tool with larger clearance to
the tool with smaller clearance. If you remove a check mark from the
check box, the system will select tools within defined clearance range
according to the following sequence: from tool with smaller clearance to
tool with larger clearance.
Process Speed You can select a process speed in the drop-down list. There are four
options. F1 represents the highest speed.

Example:
1. Set the material clearance as follows:

2. There is a RE 110X6 in the tool inventory. Do not set any die clearance for this tool.

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3. The tool can be assigned to both kinds of material type.

4. Set 2.0 as the die clearance of this tool.

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5. In this case, the tool RE 110X6 can be assigned to SECC but cannot be assigned to
SPC. Another tool is assigned to SPC.

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Turret Layout
The Tool Inventory window lists the tools that are available for your machines.
You can add or remove inventory tool. You can import tools to update your tool inventory
or modify the tool information to meet your needs.

To open the Turret Layout window:


1. Click one preference button on the Dr. ABE main window to open the Preference
window. In the Tree View pane, click an EML machine or a punch machine (such
as EM-L).

2.
In the Preference File pane, double-click one turret file icon , such as,
HA445E, to open the Turret Layout window.

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Note: In the Preference File pane, if there are several turret layouts, you can right-click
one turret layout file, and select Set Default and the system will use this turret layout
file by default.

To create a Turret layout file:


1. In the Machine Set window, specify the turret type for an EML machine or a punch
machine, and here select EML. See Turret Name

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2. In the Tree View pane, right-click EM-L under My Preference, select New to Turret
Layout Preference option to create a turret layout file.

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3.
A new turret layout file is created in the Preference File pane.

Note:
You can select New to Turret Layout(PDC) Preference to create a Turret.

Layout(PDC) file in the Preference File pane.


Before you create a Turret Layout (PDC) file, you must select a storage type for
the machine. See: Storage Name

See: Import AP100 Turret Layout


TurretLayout Window
Turret Section

Import AP100 Turret Layout

You can select an EML machine or a punch machine under My Preference in the Tree
View pane (such as EM2510), right-click and select Import Turret layout to import a
turret layout file.

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Import the Turret Layout files for the specified machine:
1. In the System Setting window, select SDD Parameter Automatic Download and
type Apserver in the Data Server PC(AP100/PCL): text box to specify the PC to
download the parameters. See: Parameter Processing

2. In the Tree View, select EM2510 under My Preference. Right-click and select
Import Turret Layout.

3. Click OK to continue.

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4. In the Tool Inventory Setting window, select the destination turret layout
(e.g.HA445) and click OK to continue. You can select more than one turret file at a
time.

5. A turret layout file HA445 is imported to Dr ABE.

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Turret Layout Window

The Turret Layout window is a graphical representation of all the tools and stations
available for your machine. Take an EML machine for example.

The turret section displays the information for each station, such as Station, Range,
Shape, Size X, Size Y, etc. You can add tools to the turret in this window. You can filter
the display of stations by Shape or by Range. See: Turret Type

Note: You can also display the turret station (PDC) in this window. See: Turret Type (PDC)

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The Tool Inventory section lists the information for each tool in the inventory, such as
Shape, Size, Type, Air Blower, etc. You can filter the display of tools by Shape or by
Range.
You can import tools to update your inventory or modify the tool information to meet
your needs. See: Tool Inventory

Turret Section

The turret section displays the information for each station, such as Station, Range,
Shape, Size X, Size Y, etc. You can add tools to the turret here. You can filter the display
of stations by Shape or by Range.
About the details for Turret (PDC), please refer to Turret Type (PDC).

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See: Turret Section Toolbar
Range and Shape buttons
View Buttons
T No.
Search Stations
Turret Picture
Turret Station List

Turret Section Toolbar

The buttons on the toolbar allow you to display the stations based on the shape and
range. You can select the method to display the Turret, Turret list, or Inventory.

Range and Shape buttons

Click a range buttons to filter the display of corresponding turret stations. The
button is selected by default and stations of all the ranges will be displayed.

Click a shape button to filter the display of corresponding tools. The button is
selected by default and tools of all the shapes will be displayed.

View Buttons

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Option Description
Turret Display the turret.
Turret Inventory Display the turret and tool inventory.
Inventory Display the tool inventory.
Turret List Display the list of turret stations.
Turret Picture + Display the turret illustration and the
list list of the turret stations.
Turret Picture Display the turret illustration.

T No.

In the T No. textbox, you can type the number of


the station you want to display.
Click the T NO. arrow button to select the tool to
be displayed from the drop- down list.
Option Description
All Display all the stations
Blank Display all the stations without
Station tools added.
Station Display all the stations with tools
with tool added.
Fixed Display all the fixed stations.
Station Note:
If a station with a tool
assigned is set to Fixed, no
other tools are allowed to
assign to it.
If an empty station is set to
Fixed, no tools are allowed
to assign to it.
Free Display all the free stations
Station

Search Stations

Click Search button to open the Advanced Filter window.


The options in this window allow you to filter the results by Name, Shape, Range, etc.
For example, if you type a C in the Range text box, and the system will search the
current turret and list the stations that are installed tools of C range.

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Turret Picture

The turret illustration shows the turret


layout. The system uses different colors to
show the station status.
Pink Color Display the station that
has been assigned a tool.
Green Color Display the station that
has been assigned
candidate tools.
Orange Display the assigned
Color tools and candidate tools
that are in same station.
Blue Color Highlight the station
that has been selected.
You can specify the turret layout in two
methods, Turret Load Setting and
Effective Station Setting.

Option Description
Turret Load Setting Specify the turret tools by using the Tool Inventory. See:
Assign tools in the Turret Load Setting mode

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Effective Station Specify the station to assign tools when using inventory tools.
Setting See: Assign tools in the Effective Station Setting mode

See: Assign tools in the Turret Load Setting mode


Assign tools in the Effective Station Setting mode

Assign tools in the Turret Load Setting mode

1. In the Turret Layout window, select Turret Load Setting, and then select one tool in
the tool inventory section.

2. Drag and drop the selected tool or use button to the desired station in the station
list, for example, Station 217.

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The selected tool is assigned to Station 217.

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3. You can also directly drag and drop the tool to the desired station in the Turret
picture.

As the following picture indicates, the selected tool is assigned to Station 217.

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Note: Tools can only be assigned to the stations of the same ranges if adapter is not
available .

Assign tools in the Effective Station Setting mode

1. In the Turret Layout window, select Effective Station Setting, and then select one
tool in the tool inventory section.

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2. Drag and drop the station to the desired station. For example, Station 107, If you
drop the tool to the row marked with an asteroid, the selected tool will be regarded
as one candidate tool. You can assign more than one tool to the same station.

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Note:
You can right-click one candidate tool, and select Remove Effective Setting to
remove the candidate tool from the station.
You can right-click one tool in the Tool Inventory list and select Assign
Station to display the Station Selection window, click to select one station,
and the selected tool be treated as the candidate tool for that station.
3. You can drag and drop a tool to the yellow row of the desired station, for example,
Station 107, to add the tool to that station.

Note: You can also directly drag and drop the tool to the desired station in the
Turret picture. For example, Station 217.

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4. As the following picture indicates, the selected tool is assigned to Station 217.

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Turret Station List

The station lists the detailed information for each station, such as the station range,
dead zone range, etc. You can display the stations by Station Range, select the items to
display, or modify the station dead zones, etc.
See: Turret Type Window Items

In the turret station list, right click to display the shortcut menu.

Option Description
Remove Tool Select this option to remove the tool from the station.
Set Fix Select this option to set the fix.
Remove Fix Select this option to remove the fix.
Assign Station Only available for PDC. Assign a turret station to the selected
the storage on PDC. See: Assign Station to a Storage
Detach Station Break the link between the turret station and the storage on
PDC.
Remove Effective Remove the candidate tools from the selected stations.
Setting

Assign Station to Storage


1.
In the Preference window, double-click one Turret Layout (PDC) icon in the
Preference File pane to open the Turret Layout window.
2. In the In the turret station list, select Storage 601, and right click to display the
shortcut menu.

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3. In the Assign Station window, select Station 107 and click OK to continue.

4. As you can see Station 107 is assigned to Storage 601.

Note:

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You can select Storage 601, right-click and select Detach Station to break the link
between Station 107 and Storage 601.

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Dead Zone
The Dead Zone window lists all the available station process ranges, and you can add,
delete or modify the station ranges.
The station range will be considered during the sequencing. If a tool hit is too close to
the clamps, and the tool guide might collide with the clamps, repositions will occur.

To open the Dead Zone window:


1. Click any preference button in the main window to display the Preference window.
2. In the Tree View, select Dead Zone under Public to display the Dead Zone icon in
the Preference File pane.

3. Click the DeadZone icon to open the Dead Zone window.

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Option Description
DZNo The number of the dead zone range.
X Size of Range The X dimension of the dead zone range. Usually, it is
the diameter of the guide.
Y Size of Range The Y dimension of the dead zone range. Usually, it is
the diameter of the guide.
4. You can right-click anywhere in the window and select Append to add a new
range.
And you can select Delete to delete the range you have highlighted.

See: Dead Zone of the Station

Dead Zone of the Station

The dead zone of each station is different from the clamp dead zone specified in the
Machine Set window.
You can determine whether the system will perform reposition to prevent a tool hit or
cutting path from entering the dead zone.

Example
1. In the Preference window, select Turret Type under Public, and double-click one
turret type (e.g. HA445E) in the Preference File to display the Turret Type window.

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2. The Turret Type window lists the detailed station information, such as Station,
Range, DZ range, etc.

Note:
You can select one station, right-click and select Append Dead Zone from the
shortcut menu. In the Dead Zone window, select one station range to be applied and
click OK. The selected station range will be applied to the station specified.

3. Lets take Station 224 for example. We set the Y dimension of the Station 224 (DZY)
is 116.665. If the tool in this station is assigned to process a pattern. To prevent the
tool guide colliding with the clamps, the minimum distance of the tool center from
the material edge will be DZ Y/2 + Clamp Length. In this case, the minimum
distance will be DZ Y/2 + Clamp Length=116/2 + 10=68. See: Clamp Information

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4. In the Preference window, select a combo or punch machine (e.g. EML), and double-
click the Sequence icon to display the Combination Sequence window.
5. In the Combination Sequence window, click the Clamp Avoidance tab.
6. Place a check mark in the Avoid DZ check box. And the system will consider the
dead zone area during the sequencing.

7. If the distance from the tool hit center to the material edge is less than 68, as the
following left picture shows, the system will automatically perform a reposition
during the process.

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Before Repositioning After Repositioning
8. If the distance from the tool center to the material edge is more than 68, as the
following picture shows, no reposition will occur.

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Schedule
The Schedule window allows you to specify names for the sheets, schedules, and to
specify the schedule priority.

To open the Schedule window:


1. In the Dr. ABE main window, click the Schedule Preference button to open the
Preference window.

2. In the Preference window, select the Schedule under Public, and double-click
Schedule in Preference File to display the Schedule window.

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See: Sheet Name
Schedule Name
Scheduling Priority

Sheet Name

The options in the Sheet Name tab allow you to configure the sheet name for the
schedule.
You can choose the items used in the sheet name from Sheet Name Items, and specify
sheet names.

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See: Sheet Name Items
Nesting Name
Date
Sequence Number
For Combination Process, Change Sheet Name Based on the Machine
Sheet Name

Sheet Name Items

In the Sheet Name Items list, you can select the


items to constitute the sheet name. The selected
items will appear in the Sheet Name text box.

Items Description
Nesting Name The name of the nesting schedule. You can assign different
nesting names to distinguish between the nest jobs. See Nesting
Name
Process Date The date to process part. If a part has a different processing date,
the earliest date will be used.
Deadline The part process due date. If a part has different process
deadlines, the earliest one will be used.
Machine Name The machine name.
Material Name The material name.
Thickness The sheet thickness.
Todays Date The current date.
Sequence Number Select this item and the system will use a series of sequential
numbers to name the sheets. Make sure to type a starting
sequence number in the Start Number: text box. See Sequence
Number.
Note:
This item is selected by default and cannot be removed from the
Sheet Name: text box. See Sheet Name

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Material Type The material type.
Planned File Name When loading the saved nesting plan and do nesting, planned file
name will be outputted. When the new planned file name is not
set, nothing will be outputted.

Nesting Name

This section allows you to specify the creating method of nesting names.

Option Description
Auto Assign Select this option to use a number as the nesting name.
Notes:
1. You can only type a number in the Auto Assign: text box.
2. If you select this option, the system will automatically update the
nesting name and assign it to the next nesting after you save the NC
data of the nesting result. And the schedule name will change
accordingly if the Nesting Name option is selected to constitute the
schedule name. See Schedule Name for details.
Special Select this option to use a special string as the nesting name. You can
Name type a nesting name in the text box or select a name from the drop down
list.
Note:
When you type a number in the Special Name: text box, the system will
regard it as characters. No changes will be made to create the next
nesting name even though you save the NC data of the current nesting.

Example
1. In the Sheet Name panel, specify the conditions as follows.

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2. The sheet names are 10001, 10002, and 10003 after the nesting process is
completed.

3. Click the Main Preference button to open the System Setting window and change
the database to File and then return to the main window. Select the nesting results
and right-click the row headings to display the shortcut menu. Select Save NC data
from the menu to display the Input O Number dialog box.

4. Click the Auto Execute button again, and in the result view you will find the sheet
names are changed: 20004, 20005 and 20006.

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Date

This section allows you to specify the date format. Y = Year, M = Month and D = Date.

Note:
Y: Year (e.g. yy means 08, yyyy means 2008)
M: Month (use JanDec to indicate month)
D: Date

Example
1. In the Sheet Name tab, specify the conditions as follow.

2. The sheet name will be as follows after the nesting process is completed.

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Sequence Number

This section allows you to specify the starting sequence number.

Note: The Sequence Number item is selected by default and the "&[Sequence Number]"
cannot be removed from the Sheet Name text box.

Example
1. In the Sheet Name panel, specify the conditions as follow.

2. The sheet names are as follows after the nesting process is complete.

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For Combination Process, Change Sheet Name Based on the Machine

If you use both the FO and EM machines to process the same sheet, and if you enable
this option, the system will assign two different names to the same sheet.
This option is only valid for combination machines.

Sheet Name

Make up the items from Sheet Name Items list to specify sheet name.

Notes:
1. The Sequence Number item is selected by default and the "&[Sequence Number]"
cannot be removed from the Sheet Name: text box.
2. If you select the Nesting Name item from the Sheet Name Items list, you should
define the nesting name. See Nesting Name.
3. You cannot use the following characters, such as \, /, :, *, ?, ", <, >, or |, to
specify the sheet name.

Example
1. Select the Material Name item in the Sheet Name Items list, and it will appear in
the Sheet Name: text box.

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2. You can type strings in the Sheet Name: text box. For example, type AAAA in the
text box.

3. Click OK to close the Schedule window.


4. The sheet name will be as the follow after the nesting process is complete.

Note: Part number of SDD cannot use the dot (.). So when you save NC data, the
dot (.) used in thickness will be removed. (e.g. SPC1.0 will be output in SPC10.)

Schedule Name

The options in the Schedule Name panel allow you to configure the schedule names for
the schedule.
You can choose the items that constitute the schedule name, and specify the starting
number and date format.

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See: Schedule Name Items
Sequence Number
Date
Schedule Name

Schedule Name Items

In the Schedule Name Items list, you can select the


items to constitute the schedule name. The selected
item will appear in the Schedule Name: text box.

Option Description
Nesting Name The name of the nesting schedule. You can assign different

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names to distinguish from the different nest jobs. See Nesting
Name.
Process Date The date to process part. If different processing dates are
assigned to one part, the earliest date will be used.
Machine Name The machine name.
Material Name The material name.
Thickness The sheet thickness.
Today's Date The current date.
Sequence Number Select this item and the system will use a series of numbers to
name the sheet. Make sure to type a starting number in the Start
Number: text box. See Sequence Number
Note:
This item is selected by default and cannot be removed from the
Sheet Name: text box. See Schedule Name
Material Type The material type.
Planned File Name When loading the saved nesting plan and do nesting, planned file
name will be outputted. When the new planned file name is not
set, nothing will be outputted.

Sequence Number

This section allows you to specify the starting


sequence number.

Note: The Sequence Number item is selected by default and the "&[Sequence Number]"
cannot be removed from the Schedule Name: text box.

Example
1. In the Schedule Name tab, select the Nesting Name item.

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2. Specify the conditions as follow.

3. Click OK and perform the nesting process. The sheet names will be as follow.

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4. In the result list, select and right-click one row heading to display the shortcut
menu. Select Save Schedule/Output Report from the menu to display the Save
Schedule window.

5. In the Save Schedule window, the default schedule name is AAAA0001, which
consists of the nesting name and the sequence number that you defined. You can
modify the schedule name in the text box.

Date

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This option allows you to define the date
format: Y = Year, M = Month and D = Date.

Note:
Y: Year (e.g. yy means 08, yyyy means 2008)
M: Month (use JanDec to indicate month)
D: Date

Example
1. In the Schedule Name panel, specify the conditions as follow.

2. Click OK to perform nesting. Select and right-click a row heading in the Result list
to open the shortcut menu. Select Save Schedule/Output Report from menu to
display Save Schedule window.
3. The default schedule name is 2007010250001 in Save Schedule window. You can
also input other schedule name in the text box or modify it.

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Schedule Name

Make up the items from Schedule Name Items list to specify schedule name.
You can insert characters, and the characters can be only capital half-width
letter/number, hyphen and plus. If you input other characters, they will be omitted when
saving SDD.

Notes:
1. The Number item is selected by default and the "&[No]" cannot be removed from
the Sheet Name: text box.
2. If you select the Nesting Name item from the Schedule Name Items list, you
should define the nesting name. After you save the NC data of the nesting result,
the system will automatically change the nesting name to create a new nesting
name for the new nesting process. And the schedule name will change
accordingly. See Nesting Name
3. Special letters \/:*?"<>and |can not be used in schedule
name.

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Example
1. In the Schedule Name tab, specify the conditions as follow.

2. In the Sheet Name tab, specify the Nesting Name settings as follow.

3. Click OK to perform nesting.

4. Select the nesting results and right-click the row heading to open the shortcut

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menu. Select Save Schedule/Output Report from the menu to display the Save
Schedule window.

5. In the Save Schedule window, the default schedule name is 10001, which consists
of the nesting name and the sequence number. And you can directly input another
schedule name in the text box and modify it.
Note: Due to the limitation of SDD, the dot (.) used in thickness will be removed.
(e.g. SPC1.0 will be outputted in SPC10)

Scheduling Priority

Click Scheduling Priority tab to display schedule priority.

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See: Priority
Separate Schedule

Priority

In the priority list, you can choose items used to sequence the schedules (sheets) by
placing check marks in the check boxes of the priority items.
You can click the arrow buttons along the right to sort the schedules (sheets) by the
ascending or descending order.
You can also click the arrow buttons below the list to move the selected item upward or
downward in the list.

Notes:
1. The higher the position of the item, the higher the priority.
2. Only the Laser Material Name, Material Thickness, Material Type and Material
Size items are currently available.

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Option Description
Clearance Sequence the schedules (sheets) by the clearance value of
the punching tools.
This option is not available for the moment.
Material Type and Sequence the schedules (sheets) by the material type and
Thickness thickness. If you place a check mark in the check box, the
system will sort the schedules by material type. For the
same type of material, the system will sort the schedule by
thickness.
Material Size Sequence the schedules (sheets) by the material size.
Sheet Type Sequence the schedules (sheets) by the material type. If
you place a check mark in the check box of this option, set
the ascending order as the sort order, the system will sort
the schedules (sheets) by the material type, and in the
order of Sketch, Skeleton and Standard. If the sort order is
the descending order, the system will sort the schedules
(sheets) in the order of Standard, Skeleton and Sketch.
Shorten the Combination Sequence the schedules (sheets) to reduce the combination
Process Time processing time.
This option is not available for the moment.
Tool Layout Name Sequence the schedules (sheets) by the tool layout name of
the punch.
Tool Setup Sequence the schedules (sheets) by the tool setup. When a
tool setup is required for the same tool layout in punching,
configure the tool setup.
This option is not available for the moment.
Laser Material Name Sequence the schedules (sheets) by the material name to
determine the laser cutting conditions.
Laser Lens Type Sequence the schedules (sheets) by the lens type for the
laser processing.
This option is not available for the moment.

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Utilization Sequence the schedules (sheets) by sheet utilization.

Example
1. In the Priority list, place a check mark in the Material Size: check box.

2. Set three sheets of different sizes and types.


3. In the Dr. ABE main window, click the Auto Execute button to perform the nesting
process. You will find the nesting schedules are sorted by the material size in the
ascending order.

4. Return to the Scheduling Priority panel; click the button to change it into , and
then save the change.
5. In the Dr. ABE main window, click the Auto Execute button to perform the nesting
process. You will find the nesting schedules are sorted by the material size in the
descending order.

Separate Schedule

The schedule can be divided into multiple schedules according to the selected items from
Separate Schedule.

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Option Description
Tool Setup Specify whether to separate schedule or not by each turret. After
performing nesting, right-click in the part layout area to open short cut
menu. Select Display Group Tools to open Tool List For Schedule
window. In the window you can confirm the result of separate
schedule.
Remove the check mark. The Schedule list will be as the following.

Place a check mark in the check box, and then the Schedule list will be
the following.

Material Specify whether to separate schedule or not by each material. After


Type/Thickness performing nesting, right-click in the part layout area to open short cut
menu. Select Display Group Tools to open Tool List For Schedule
window. In the window you can confirm the result of separate

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schedule.
Remove the check mark. The Schedule list will be the following.

Place a check mark in the check box, and then the Schedule list will be
the following.

Note: Place a check mark in the two check boxes, the system will schedule according to
both turret and material.

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Example:
1. Set Priority and Separate Schedule as follows.

2. Sort sheet by Material Type/Thickness first specified in Separate Schedule.

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Tool Inventory
The Tool Inventory window lists all the tools that are available for your machines.
You can update your tool inventory as you purchase new tools or remove broken tools.
You can import tools from AP100 to update your tool inventory or modify the tool
information to meet your needs.

To open the tool inventory window


1. Click one preference button on the Dr. ABE main window to open the Preference
window. In the Tree View pane, click Sub Inventory under Public.

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2.
In the Preference File pane, double-click the Tool Inventory icon to open the
Sub Inventory window.

See: Sub Inventory Window


Tool Inventory Table
Tool Inventory Table Shortcut Menu

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Tool Window

Sub Inventory Window

The Sub Inventory window is a graphical representation of all the tools suitable for your
machine. The Tool Inventory table lists the information for each tool in the inventory,
such as Shape, Size, Type, Air Blower, etc.
You can filter out the display of tools by Shape or by Range.
You can import tools to update your inventory or modify the tool information to meet
your needs.

See: Sub Inventory Window Toolbar


Range and Shape buttons
Import Buttons
View Buttons
Advanced Filter Window
Machine Type

Sub Inventory Window Toolbar

The buttons on the toolbar allow you to display the tools based on the shape and range.

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You can import AP100 tools or import the tool designs of DXF/DWG format as SP/FM.

Range and Shape buttons

Click a range button to display tools of that range. The button is selected by default
and tools of all the ranges will be displayed.

Click a shape button to display the tools of that shape. The button is selected by
default and tools of all the shapes will be displayed.

Import Buttons

The import buttons allow you to import AP100


tools, export or import the inventory
information. And you can also import the tool
designs saved in DXF/DWG format and convert
them into SP/FM tools.

Button Description
Import Global Inventory Import AP100 tools into the Dr. ABE tool inventory.
See: Import Ap100 tools into Dr ABE tool inventory
Import Global SP/FM Shapes Import AP100 tools into the Dr. ABE tool inventory.
See: Import Ap100 SP/FM tools into Dr. ABE tool inventory
Import File Import the *.xml files of tool inventory
Export File Export the tool inventory as *. xml files.
Import DXF/DWG SP/FM Import the tool designs saved in DXF/DWG format and

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Shapes convert them into SP/FM tools.
See: Import DXF/DWG SP/FM Shapes

Import AP100 tools into Dr ABE tool inventory

1. In the System Setting window, type the PC name or address in the Data Server
PC (AP100/PCL): text box to specify the PC from which we will download the
AP100 tools. See: Parameter Processing

2. Specify the group to import tools. Click the Import Global Inventory button.

3. Click OK to continue.

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If you click Original, the following window displays, and you can specify the
button and specify the initial tool angles after the tools are imported.
If the tool angle is not defined, the default tool angle will be 0 degree.

4. AP100 tools are successfully imported into Dr. ABE tool inventory.

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Import AP100 SP/FM tools into Dr. ABE tool inventory

1. In the System Setting window, type the PC name or address in the Data Server
PC (AP100/PCL): text box to specify the PC from which we will download the
AP100 SP/FM tools. See Parameter Processing

2. Specify the group to import tools. Click the Import Global SP/FM Shapes button.

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3. In the Tool Load window, select one SP or FM tool, and click Open to continue.
Note:
You can select more than one tool each time.

4. SP and FM tools are successfully imported into Dr. ABE tool inventory.

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Import DXF/DWG SP/FM Shapes

1. In the Sub Inventory window, Specify the group to import tools and then click
Import DXF/DWG SP/FM Shapes button.

2. Browse and select the DXF file to import. After specifying the Tool Center Position
and Type of Tool, click Open.

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Options Descriptions
Tool Center Point
Image Center CAD data center will be the punch center.
Image Point One point of the CAD graphic will be the punch center.
Coordinate X=0 Y=0 The coordinates (0.0) of the CAD graphic will be the punch
center.
Auto Condition Setup Setup the conditions to import the CAD files.
Type of Tool
SP Select this option to convent the CAD file into special tool.
Forming Select this option to convent the CAD file into forming
tool.
3. This DXF file is imported into the tool inventory and converted to a FM tool.

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View Buttons

You can select the way to display the tools and tool
information.

Option Description
Tool List List all the available tools.
Tool List +Property List all the available tools, and display the Tool window. You can
select a tool and display its detailed tool information in the Tool
window. See: The Tool Window

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Advanced Filter Window

Click Search to open the Advanced Filter window.


The options in this window allow you to filter the results by Name, Shape, Range, etc.
For example, if you place a check mark in the Nibbling check box and select Turret as
the tool type. The system will search the current tool inventory and display all the
nibbling tools of Turret type.

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Machine Type

Select a machine to display its tool inventory.

Tool Inventory Table

The Tool Inventory table lists information for each tool, such as the Sequence, Shape,
Range, Type, etc.
You can display the tools by Shape or by Range. The shortcut options allow you to sort,
copy, edit the tools, etc.
Tools are categorized into 10 groups. Tools in Gr1 will be first processed, and Gr10 will
be processed last.

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Tool Inventory Table Columns
Items Description
ID The ID number of the tool. It is automatically assigned by the
system.
Name The tool name.
Enable A check mark indicates the corresponding tool can be assigned.
The removal of the check mark will disable the tool assignment.
Sequence The Sequence column displays the sequence numbers of the tools.
Tools with smaller sequence numbers will have higher priority
than the tools in the same sequence group during the assignment.
Shape Tool shape.
Range The tool guide range. Tool guide ranges from A to M. A tool cannot
be placed in a station unless both ranges can match.
A 0 ~ 12.7 mm B and G 12.7 mm ~
31.75mm
C and H 31.75mm ~ 50.8mm D 50.8mm ~ 88.9
mm
E 88.9 mm ~ 101.6 F 101.6 ~152.4 mm
mm
M More than 152.4
mm
Size X The X size of the tool.
Size Y The Y size of the tool.
Size R The radios of the corner of RR and CR tools. Size R is specific for
RR and CR tools. The following figures indicate the R dimension
for these tool types.

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CR Tool RR Tool
Type Select the type of station that the tool will be placed. Currently
only Turret and Attached Tapping options are available.
Air Blower If the tool has the air blower configuration , place a check mark in
the check box.
Note:
To use this function, you must enable the Air Blower function
first. See: Air Blower

Shape Sub Code Supplemental information for deburring tools, nesting tools, etc.
Note:
Tool Shape Shape Sub code
RE /OB /CR Standard, Slot, Nesting
RO Standard, Contouring
TP TPII, TP Unit, TP Tool
SP Key, Non-Key, Slot II, Burring Tool
(RE/SQ), Burring Tool (RO)
FM Key, Non-Key, Slot II
Triangle Isosceles triangle, Right triangle and
others.

After importing SP/FM/TR, specify the shape sub code.

Energy Save If NEX tool exists, place a check mark in the check box.
Tooling Note:
To use this function, you must enable the Energy Save function
first. See: Energy Save

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Comment Tool comments

Customize of Tool Inventory Table


Right-click the column header, and select the item to display by placing a check mark in
the corresponding check box.

You can click the Customize option to display the Tool Inventory Item window.

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You can place a check mark before
the item and display it. You can

select one item and click or

button to change its position in


the inventory table. You can type a
value in the Width of Select Column
(in pixels): text box to specify the
width of column.

Tool Inventory Table Shortcut Menu

In the Tool Inventory table, right-lick to open the shortcut


menu. The options on the shortcut menu allow you to edit, sort,
copy, and append the parts. You can also modify the group of
part sequences.

Option Description
Edit Group Specify the tools of the selected group as standard tools or forming
tools.
Auto Sort Sort the tools.
Append Append a new tool to the selected group. The tool window displays
the Tool Name, Shape, Size, Guide, etc. See: The Tool Window
Copy Use the tool information of the selected tool and create a new tool
in the same group. A unique ID will be automatically assigned to

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the new tool.
Linked Copy Use the information of the selected tool and create a new
associated tool in the same group. The modification of either the
original tool or the associated tool will be automatically reflected
on the other one.
Edit Display the Tool window to edit the tool information. See: The Tool
Window
Delete Delete the selected tool.
Remove Link Remove the links between the associated tool and the original
tool.
Same Sequence Select this option, and all the selected tools will be assigned the
same sequence number.
Sequence Select this option, and the system will automatically use the
consequential number to define the sequence numbers for the
selected parts.
Assign Station Assign the station to the selected tool. See: Assign Station to a
Storage

See: Edit Group


Auto Sort

Edit Group

Inventory tools can be classified into 10 groups, from Gr1 to Gr10. Tools in Gr1 will be
sorted first.
Right-click one sequence group, and select Edit Group to display the Tool Group
Condition window.

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Tool Group Condition Options
Option Description
Standard Specify the tools in this group as standard tools.
Downward Forming Process Specify the tools in this group as downward forming
Group tools. And the system will process the parts from the
clamped side to the opposite side as the following picture
shows.

Include All One Direction Type a value in the text box to specify the process range

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Tool with in width. The system will process all the parts within that
range in one direction.
Forming Process Group Specify the tools in this group as upward forming tools.
When you define the tools as upward forming tools, the
system will process the parts as follows. The system will
perform repositions to avoid damaging the parts.

Process the Pre-punch Hole Select this option, and the system will perform pre-
at the Same Time punch hole during the process.
If this option is not selected, the system will process as
follows.

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If this option is selected, the system will process as
follows.

Repositioning before Select this option, and the system will perform
Grouping Tool Processes reposition before conducting forming process.
For example, if the system uses the RO tools in Gr1, RE
tools in Gr2 and forming tools in Gr7 to process the
following parts, select this option, and the system will
process the parts as follows. The symbol indicates
the downward forming process.

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Auto Sort

In the Tool Inventory Table, right-click one sequence group, and select Auto Sort to
display the AutoSort Setting window. You can sort the registered tools based on the auto
sort settings.

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Option Description
Set Priority Specify the sort orders.
Shape=> Size Select this option, and the system will sort the tools by Shape,
and then by Range.
Size=> Shape Select this option, and the system will sort the tools by Range,
and then by Shape.
Shape Sequence Specify the sequence to sort the tools by Shape. The system will
sort the tools from the shape on the top to the shape on the
bottom.
Size Sequence Specify the sequence to sort the tools by Range. The system will
sort the tools from the range on the top to the range on the
bottom.
Auto No. Step Specify the incremental value for the sequence numbers when
sorting the tools.
Apply to All Groups Select this option to apply the Auto Sort Settings to all the
groups.

Example
1. In the Tool Inventory Table, the tools in Gr2 are displayed as follows.

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2. Select group 2, and right-click to display the shortcut menu. Select Auto Sort to
display the AutoSort Setting window.

3. In the AutoSort Setting window, specify the settings as follows.

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4. Since tools in group are all RO tools, the system will sort the tools by range from A
to C, and the sequence numbers are reset with the incremental step value of 2,
and the starting number is 2.

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Tool Window

To display the Tool window, you can double-click the tool ID of certain tool, or right-click
on the Tool Inventory table, and select Edit from the shortcut menu.
The tool window allows you to append or modify the tool information. Tool Name, Shape,
Size, Guide, Tool Type, Sub Code, and other information are displayed in the window.

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See: Basic Tool Information
Attribute 1
Attribute 2
Codes
PDC Operation

Basic Tool Information

The Basic Tool Information section of the Tool window display the basic tool information,
such as Tool Name, Shape, Size, Guide, Tool Type, Sub Code, etc.

Option Description
Tool Name The tool name.
Shape Tool shape.

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Guide The tool guide. Tool guide ranges from A to M. A tool cannot be
placed in a station unless both ranges can match.
A 0 ~ 12.7 mm B 12.7 mm ~
31.75mm
C 31.75mm ~50.8mm D 50.8mm ~ 88.9
mm
E 88.9 mm ~ 101.6 F 101.6 ~! 152.4 mm
mm
M More than 152.4
mm
Size X The X size of the tool.
Size Y The Y size of the tool.
Size R The radius of the corner of RR and CR tools. Size R is specific for
RR and CR tools. The following figures indicate the R dimension
for these tool types.

CR Tool RR Tool
Comment Tool comments
Air Blower If the tool has air blower configure , place a check mark in the
check box.
Note:
To use this function, you must enable the Air Blower function
first. See: Air Blower

Tool Type Select the type of station that the tool will be placed. Only Turret
and Attached Tapping options are available currently .
Sub Code Supplemental information for burring tools, nesting tools, etc.

Tool Shape Shape Sub Code

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RE /OB /CR Standard, Slot, Nesting
RO Standard, Contouring
TP TPII, TP Unit, TP Tool
SP Key, Non-Key, Slot II, Burring Tool (RE/SQ),
Burring Tool (RO)
FM Key, Non-Key, Slot II
TR Isosceles triangle, Right triangle and others

Set shape sub code when importing SP/FM/TR.


Share Setting Share the same tool conditions among the machines that use the
same machine drivers. See: Share the tool conditions among
machines
NEX If NEX tool exists, place a check mark in the check box.
Note:
To use this function, you must enable the Energy Save function
first. See: Energy Save

Enable A check mark indicates the corresponding tool can be assigned.


The removal of the check mark will disable the tool assignment.

Share the tool conditions among machines

The Share Setting button in the basic tool information section allows you to share the
same tool conditions among machines that use the same machine drivers

Example
1. We have two EM machines, EM-111 and EM2510.

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2. Select Sub Inventory under Public to display Tool Inventory file icon in the
Preference File pane.

3. Double-click the Tool Inventory file icon to display the Sub Inventory window.

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4. Double-click the ID cell of one tool to display the Tool window. The Tool window lists
all the available punch and combination machines. Click the tab of one machine, for
example, EM- machine. And then click Share Setting button.

5. The Share Setting lists the machines that have the same machine driver as EML11

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machine. Select the machine you want to share the tool conditions. Click Close to
continue.

6. EML and EM-111 share the same tab, which means both machines share the same
tool conditions.

Note:
You can click Share Setting button, and remove the check mark from the check box
of the shared machines to stop sharing the tool conditions.

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Attribute 1

The options in the Attribute 1 panel allow you to specify tool condition.
You can specify whether adapter can be used or not when placing a tool in the station
with a larger range.
You can specify the Max Lap Amount for the tool assignment, and you can specify the
usage of the tool, for example, whether the tool can be used as a nibbling tool or not.

Option Description
Allow Use Adapter When we place a tool in a station, the tool range (or the guide
range) should match the station range, otherwise the tool cannot
be installed properly.
Select this option if sleeve can be used to place tools of one range
to the stations of larger range.
Shear Angle Place a check mark in the check box if the tool can be used as a
shearing tool. You can specify the shearing angle in the text box.
Note:
This option is only available for RE, RO, RR and SQ tools. If a
shearing tool has shear angle, it can reduce the punch pressure
and the chances that tools get damaged when processing thick
material will be small.

A tool without shear angle A tool with shear angle


Allow use Shorter This option is only available for rectangle tools.
Edge When shearing or punch a line, the system will use the shorter
edge of the tool to process.

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If this option is selected, the system will use the shorter edge of
this rectangle tool to process if no other appropriate tools can be
used.

Max Lap Amount (%) Specify the maximum overlap amount for the rectangle and
square tools.
Note:
If the tool length x (1+1-A%) is less than the line length, the tool
can be assigned.
If the tool length x (1+1-A%) is more than the line length, the
tool cannot be assigned to process the line.
Sheet Saver When a tool is assigned, to prevent the tool guide colliding with
the clamps, the minimum distance from the tool center to the
material edge will be DZ Y/2 + Clamp Length, otherwise the
system will have to perform repositions to avoid colliding.
This option is only available for the nesting tools. Type
minimum distance value in Sheet Saver text box.
See: Specify the Sheet Saver for the nesting tools to avoid reposition

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Nibbling Select this option, and the selected tool can be used as a nibbling
tool. You can type a value in the text box to specify the pitch
value for the tool applying special pitch like contouring.
Match Tool Shape Select this option to make the SP tool match the pattern.
Special Pitch You can type a value in the text box to specify the pitch for
nibbling process.
Note:
If the Special pitch is not defined here, the system will use the
pitch settings defined in Tool Lap Value windows.
Punch Pierce Select this option, and the selected tool can be used to perform
piercing process.
Only Slit & Single Select this option, the tool selected can only be assigned to
Hit punch slit and perform single hit.
Auto Index Select this option, and the selected tool can be placed in the AI-
Station.

Specify the Sheet Saver for the nesting tools to avoid reposition

For the nesting tools, you can type a value in the Sheet Saver text box to shorten the
minimum distance from the tool center to the material edge, so that reposition can be
avoided.
See: Sheet Saver

Example
1. To process the following line segments close to the clamp, the system will assign the
tool of Station 224 of E range to process. We notice that the Y dimension of the
Station 224 (DZY) or the guide diameter is 116.665.
If the tool in this station is assigned to process a pattern. To prevent the tool guide
colliding with the clamps, the minimum distance from the tool hit center to the
material edge will be DZ Y/2 + Clamp Length. In this case, the minimum distance
will be DZ Y/2 + Clamp Length=116.665/2 + 10=68.333. While the actual distance
from the tool hit center to the sheet edge is 65, therefore the system will perform a
reposition when processing the line segments.

Note:
You must place a check mark in the Avoid DZ check box in the Clamp Avoidance tab
of the Punch Sequence window.

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Before Reposition After Reposition
2. If we put a nesting tool in the same station to process the same patterns.

3. When the system assign the same tool to process the line segments, although the
distance from the tool center to the sheet edge is still 68, while the minimum
distance has changed to DZ Y/2 + Clamp Length - Sheet Saver=116.665/2 + 10 -
40=28.333. The system will process the following line segments without
repositioning.

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Note:
1. Only RE, RR and OB tools can be defined as nesting tool.
2. If a tool is defined as the nesting tool, and Sheet Saver has been specified, the
minimum distance that the reposition wont be conducted will vary with the tool hit
angle.
Lets take the tool in the station of E range for example. The Sheet Saver is set to
40.

If the tool hit angle is If the tool hit angle is If the tool hit angle is 145 degree,
0 degree, the 90 degree, Sheet the minimum distance will be
minimum distance Saver setting has no 116.665/2.8=41.667
will be 116.665/2 40 effect on the minimum
+10=28.333 distance, which will be
116.665/2 +10=58.333

Attribute 2

The options in Attribute 2 panel allow you to specify the clearance, process angle,
sequence group, sequence number and other settings for a tool. In addition, you can also
specify the process direction, starting point for each tool in the Advance window.

Option Description
Clearance Specify up to 5 die clearances for the tool selected.
Selecting the proper die clearance is very important. The die clearance
affects tool life, tonnage requirements and the burr. Meanwhile it
varies with the material thickness.
Process Angle Specify available angles for a tool. And the tool can only be used in the
specified angles for the punching process.
C Axis Sort Off Place a check mark to disable the C Axis Sort function, and the system
wont use the selected tool to process the parts by angle.

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See AI Tool Angle Sort in the Punch Sequence panel of Combination
Sequence window.
Escape This option is used for forming down tools. The system will generate
G70 to instruct the machine to shift the sheet without punching.
Proc. Gr. Edit the Sequence Group of the tools selected.
Order Edit the Sequence No of the tool selected.
Advance Click the Advance button to open the Customize window. You can
specify the Start Position, Direction for the tool selected. See: The
Customize Window

The Customize Window

Click the Advance button in the Attribute 2 panel to open the Customize window.
You can specify the Start Position, Direction for the tool selected.

Option Description
Start Position Specify the starting position for the tool selected.
If you remove the check mark from the Start Position check
box, the system will automatically determine the starting
position according to the shortest path.

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Direction Specify the process direction for the tool selected.
If you remove the check mark from the Direction check box,
the system will determine the process direction according to
the shortest path.
X Process in the X direction.
Y Process in the Y direction.
One Direction Select this option, and the system will process the patterns
in one direction.
It is strongly recommended to select this option for the
forming down tool, so that the system can prevent the die of
the forming down tool going into the forming parts.
Divide Sheet for Optimize This option is used to divide the processing range into equal
areas for the sequence. The system will punch the patterns
in the first area and then will process the patterns in the
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Direction section.
Note:
The Number of Divide option is only available when you
select either X or Y direction in the Direction section.

Example
1. We will assign a RO tool to process the holes with a single hit. In the Tool
Inventory table, select this RO tool and edit the process conditions in the
Customize window.
2. If you specify the Start Position as follows.

3. The system will process the holes as follows.

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Codes

The options in the Codes tab allow you to specify the M code value and the output
location when the selected tool is assigned to process the patterns.

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Item Description
ON/OFF Place a check mark in the corresponding check box if you want to
specify the value and location for an M code.
Name The name of the M code. See: M Code
Value 1/Value Specify the output value.
2
Code Output Select the position to output M code.
Time Before: output the code before the corresponding tool is assigned.
After: output the code after the corresponding tool is assigned.
After All: output the code after the last hit of the corresponding tool is
performed.
Material Specify the M code based on the material and thickness. You can select
Setting the material type, and input min and max thickness. M code
corresponding to the material and thickness will be set in the right
window.

View Details Click this button to display all the M codes and the relevant options in
the Details of Codes Setting window.

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M Codes

In the Codes tab, you can specify the value and location to output the M code when the
corresponding tool is assigned to process the patterns.

Code Description
FEED RATE (1-4) Specify the axis feed rate for the selected tool. The system
will generate F1 to F4 in the NC code to control the feed
rate. F1 is the fastest rate while F4 is the slowest. The
system will generate the F code at the selected location
each time the tool is assigned.
Note:
If you do not enable this function, the system will only
generate the default feed rate F1. When the tool to which
you have assigned a feed rate has finished punching, the
system will generate F1 to restore the machine to the
default condition.
FEED RATE CANCEL (F1) Cancel the feed rate you have specified and return the feed
rate to F1.
MILD MODE ON M120 Select this option to turn on the acceleration/deceleration
control in the X/Y axis.

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MILD MODE OFF M121 Select this option to turn off the acceleration/deceleration
control in the X/Y axis.
PUNCH W/FLAT EDGE Generate an M500 to specify the punching mode with a
(M500) standard punch of a flat edge.
PUNCH WITH SHEAR Generate M501 to specify the punching mode with a
ANGLE (M501) standard punch having a shear angle.
PROGRAM STOP Output an M00 program stop to stop the machine during
operation. A stop sign appears on the sheet at the location
of the last hit.
OPT PROGRAM STOP Output an optional M01 stop command in the desired
location of a program. A stop sign appears on the sheet at
the location of the last hit. M01 is used to stop machine
the same as M00. OPT PROGRAM STOP requires
intervention from the machine operator. Then operator
can press the stop key on NC control panel to continue
process. You can do process ignoring M01 based on the
setting of controller side.
PUNCH DELAY ON (M08) Generate M08 to enable a punch delay for the tool. Punch
Delay Mode is mainly used for forming process, marking
knockout, and processing thick sheets. If you want to
disable the punch delay after the tool is assigned, select
PUNCH DELAY OFF or PRESS MODE CANCEL (M13)
for the selected tool.
PUNCH DELAY OFF Generate M09 to cancel the punch delay for the tool.
(M09)
PRESSURE IGNORE ON The system uses pressure sensor to detect the completion
(M694) of the sheet process. Select this option and the system will
generate M694 to instruct the machine to ignore the signal
from the pressure sensor, and the machine will keep
punching the sheet with a decelerated speed until the
punch contacts the die.
If you want to disable the Pressure Ignore function after
the tool is assigned, select PRESSURE IGNORE OFF or
PRESS MODE CANCEL (M13) for the selected tool.
PRESSURE IGNORE OFF Generate M695 to cancel the pressure ignore mode after
(M695) the tool is assigned.
FORMING MODE + M08 Specify the M code for the selected forming tool. The M
(M510-M559, M800-M999) code value ranges from 510 to 559 and from 800 to 999.
Select this option, and when this forming tool is used, the
system will generate the corresponding M Code and M08.
Note:
Do not select FORMING MODE + M08 (M510-M559,
M800-M900) and FORMING MODE - M08 (M510-M559,
M800-M900) at the same time.
This option is only available for the forming tools
FORMING MODE - M08 Specify the M code for the selected forming tool. The M

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(M510-M559, M800-M999) code value ranges from 510 to 559 and from 800 to 999.
Select this option, and when this forming tool is used, the
system will generate the corresponding M Code and M08
is not generated.
Note:
Do not select FORMING MODE + M08 (M510-M559,
M800-M900) and FORMING MODE - M08 (M510-M559,
M800-M900) at the same time.
This option is only available for the forming tools
MARKING MODE + M08 Specify the M code for the selected marking tool. It allows
(M560-M569) you to mark parts using center punch tools. You can use
the tools to mark characters on the sheet. The M code
range value ranges from 560 to 569. The codes specified
here will be used as the standard Marking Code.
Select this option, and when this marking tool is used, the
system will generate the corresponding M Code and M08.
Note:
Do not select MARKING MODE + M08 (M560-M569) and
MARKING MODE - M08 (M560-M569) at the same time.
This option is only available for the CP (Center Punch)
tools.
MARKING MODE - M08 Specify the M code for the selected marking tool. It allows
(M560-M569) you to mark parts using center punch tools. You can then
use the tools to mark characters on the sheet. The M code
value ranges from 560 to 569. The codes specified here will
be used as the standard Marking Code.
Select this option, and when this marking tool is used, the
system will generate the corresponding M Code and M08
is not generated.
Note:
Do not select MARKING MODE + M08 (M560-M569) and
MARKING MODE - M08 (M560-M569) at the same time.
This option is only available for the CP (Center Punch)
tools.
KNOCK OUT MODE + Specify the M code for knockout tools. The M code value
M08 (M502-M505)(M570- ranges from 502 to 505 and from 570 to 575. Please refer
M575) to your programming manual for more information.
Select this option, and when this knockout tool is used, the
system will generate the corresponding M Code and M08.
Note:
If you need to cancel the knock out mode after the
corresponding tool is assigned, select PRESS MODE
CANCEL and select the After All as the Code Output
Time.
KNOCK OUT MODE - M08 Specify the M code for knockout tools. The M code value
(M502-M505)(M570-M575) ranges from 502 to 505 and from 570 to 575. The M code
value for some machines ranges from 570 to 575. Please

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refer to your programming manual for more information.
Select this option, and when this knockout tool is used, the
system will generate the corresponding M Code and M08
is not generated.
Note:
If you need to cancel this mode after the tool is used, select
PRESS MODE CANCEL and select After All as the Code
Output Time.
PRESS MODE CANCEL Generate an M13 to cancel the press modes for the
(M13) selected tool. Press Modes are modes defined for a specific
tool, such as MILD MODE, PUNCH DELAY, PRESSURE
IGNORE, etc.
DWELL TIME G04 Select this option to generate the G code of dwell time.
SLOTTING MODE (M506- Select this option to generate the slotting mode code.
M509)
SURFACE TABLE Generate an M288 to instruct the machine to move the
FUNCTIONALITY ON table downwards, so that there will be no interference
(M288) with the turret rotation and axis movement for the
downward forming process.
Note:
If you want to disable this function after the corresponding
tool is used, select SURFACE TABLE FUNCTIONALITY
OFF (M289) or PRESS MODE CANCEL (M13) for the
selected tool.
SURFACE TABLE Generate an M289 to cancel the Surface Table
FUNCTIONALITY OFF Functionality for the selected tool.
(M289)
OUTPUT M687 AFTER Select this option to output M687 after forming. Based on
FORMING this, stroke becomes long when forming, and then will
return to normal stroke.
P & FM code Specify the M code for the forming conditions. The M code
value ranges from 590 to 592, and each represents one of
the following forming conditions.
M590: Punch moves and die doesnt.
M591: Punch moves and Die also moves.
M592: Die moves and Punch doesnt.
Before using this option, please select P/F Structure in
Machine Set window, and specify the FORMING MODE +
M08 (M510-M559) and PRESS MODE CANCEL (M13).

PDC Operation

The options in this panel allow you to specify the tool type relevant to PDC operation.

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Option Description
Ordinary Once set, it will be resident in turret no matter whether there exists
process or not.
Non-resident If you define the tool as a non-resident tool, it will be set in turret
before processing, and will return to the PDC when punching process
is finished.
If several non-resident tools (the same range) are used to process one
sheet, all these non-resident tools will have the same station number.
Substitute Define the tool as a substitute tool. After the punching process is
performed, and the non-resident tool returns to PDC, the substitute
tools will be placed in the turret so that no stations will be empty.
These substitute tools have higher priority to be used for the sheet.

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Remnant/Skeleton Name
The Remnant/Skeleton window allows you to specify the names for remnant and
skeleton material.

To open the Remnant/Skeleton window:


1. Click any preference button in the main window to display the Preference window.
2. In the Tree View pane, select Remnant/Skeleton Name under Public.

3. In the Preference File pane, double-click the Remnant/Skeleton Name icon to


display the Remnant/Skeleton Name window.

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See: Remnant Name
Skeleton Name

Remnant Name

The options in the Remnant Name tab allow you to configure the names for the
remnants.
You can choose the items that constitute the remnant name, assign a name
automatically, or specify a special name.

See: Remnant Name Items


Special Name

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Date Format
Sequence Number
Remnant Name

Remnant Name Items

In the Sheet Name Items list, you can select the


items to constitute the remnant name. The selected
items will appear in the Remnant Name: text box.

Items Description
Special Name You can type a specify name in the text box to define the
remnant name.
Machine Name The name of the machine.
Material Name The name of the material.
Thickness The thickness of the sheet.
Rectangle X The X dimension of the remnant.
Rectangle Y The Y dimension of the remnant.
Rectangle Area The rectangle area of the remnant.
Create Date The date when the remnant is created.
Sequence No Select this item and the system will use a series of sequential
numbers to name the remnants.
Make sure to type a starting sequence number in the Start
Number: text box.
See: Sequence Number
Material Type The material type.
Sheet name The sheet name.

Special Name

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Set specified name here. Input characters into the text box to specify the name, and it
will be outputted when selecting Specify Name from Remnant Name Items.
The former characters will be remembered, and can be selected from the drop down list.
Note: When you type a number in the Special Name: text box, it will not be counted up.

Date Format

Specify the output order and digits of date.

Note:
Y: year (e.g.2008, 08 indicates yy, and 2008 indicates yyyy)
M: month (use JanDec to display the month)
D: date

Sequence Number

This section allows you to specify the starting sequence number.

Note: The Sequence Number is the necessary item in Remnant Name. If sequence
number is not selected from remnant name lists, "&[Sequence NO]" will be usually
displayed in Remnant Name: text box.

Remnant Name

Compose the items of Remnant Name Items to specify remnant name.


You can directly input any character in the text box. In this case, the character only can
be capital half-width letter/number, and hyphen. If you input other characters, it will be
omitted while saving SDD.

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Notes:
1. The Sequence Number item is selected by default and the "&[Sequence NO]"
cannot be removed from the Remnant Name: text box.
2. You cannot use the following characters, such as \, /, :, *, ?, ", <, >, or |, to
specify the remnant name.

Example
1. In the Remnant Name tab, select the following items to constitute the remnant
name. Set the Sequence Number to 0001.

2. In the Preference window, double-click the Nesting icon to display the Nesting
window. Click Material Selection tab, and select Create Remnant and Vertical Cut
in the Reusable Sheet area.

3. Load parts as follow, and assign different Part ID to those parts so that those parts

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will be nested in three sheets.

4. After auto execution, you can nest parts in the following three sheets respectively.
Right-click and select Save NC data from the shortcut menu.

5. After specifying the place to save the NC data, Save Confirmation window displays.
Remnant name will be outputted as following.
Click Save to register the remnant name.

6. The remnants that the system created are saved in the Material Manager window.
Their names are made up of the creation data, special name, the X size of the
remnant and the sequence number.
The saved remnant will be registered in Material Manager window. Remnant name
is made up of creation data, special name, the X size of the remnant and the
sequence number.

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Skeleton Name

The options in the Skeleton panel allow you to configure the names for the skeletons.
You can choose the items that constitute the skeleton name, assign a name automatically,
or specify a special name.

See: Skeleton Name Items


Special Name
Date Format
Sequence Number
Skeleton Name

Skeleton Name Items

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In the Skeleton Name Items list, you can select the
items to constitute the skeleton name.
The selected items will appear in the Skeleton
Name: text box.

Items Description
Special Name You can type a specify name in the text box to define the skeleton
name.
Machine Name The name of the machine
Material Name The name of the material.
Thickness The thickness of the sheet.
Rectangle X The X dimension of the skeleton.
Rectangle Y The Y dimension of the skeleton.
Rectangle Area The rectangle area of the skeleton
Create Date The date when the skeleton is created.
Sequence No Select this item and the system will use a series of sequential
numbers to name the skeletons.
Make sure to type a starting sequence number in the Start
Number: text box.
See: Sequence Number
Material Type The material type.
Sheet name The sheet name.

Special Name

To use the Special Name to define the skeleton names, you must select Special Name
from the Skeleton Name Items list.
You can type a special name in the text box or select a name from the drop down list.

The former characters will be saved, and can be selected from the drop down list.
Note: When you type a number in the Special Name: text box, it will not be counted up.

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Date Format

Specify the output order and digits of date.

Note:
y: year(e.g.2008 year, 08 indicates yy, and 2008 indicates yyyy)
m: month (use JanDec to display month)
d: date

Sequence Number

This section allows you to specify the starting sequence number.

Note: The Sequence Number is the necessary item in Skeleton Name. If sequence
number is not selected from Skeleton name lists, "&[Sequence NO]" will be usually
displayed in Skeleton Name: text box.

Skeleton Name

Compose the items of Skeleton Name Items to specify Skeleton name.


You can directly input any character in the text box. In this case, the character only can
be capital half-width letter/number, and hyphen. If you input other characters, it will be
omitted while saving SDD.

Notes:
1. The Sequence Number item is selected by default and the "&[Sequence NO]"
cannot be removed from the Skeleton Name: text box.
2. You cannot use the following characters, such as \, /, :, *, ?, ", <, >, or |, to
specify the skeleton name.

Example

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1. In the Skeleton Name tab, set the following items.
Set the Sequence Number to 0001.

2. Open Material Selection tab of Preference window, and select Create Skeleton Sheet
in the Reusable Sheet area.

3. Put the three parts into nesting plan. Assign different Group ID to those parts so
that those parts will be nested in three sheets.

4. After auto execution, select all the three sheets.


Right-click and select Save NC data from the shortcut menu.

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5. After save the NC data, Save Confirmation window displays. Skeleton name will be
output as following.
Click Save to register remnant.

6. The skeletons that the system created are saved in the Material Manager window.
Their names are made up of the special name, creation data, and the sequence
number.

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Turret Type
You can create a new turret type file to meet your special needs, and modify the current
turret specification in the Turret Type window.

To open the Turret Type window


1. Click the Combo Tool Assign Preference button in the main window to open the
Preference window.
2. In the left Tree View pane, click Public and select Turret Type.
3. In the Preference File pane, click one turret file to open the Turret Type window.

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See: Turret Type Window Items
Create a New Turret Type
Adding a New Station
Turret Type Window Short Cut Menu

Turret Type Window Items

The Turret Type window lists information for each station, such as the station range,
dead zone range, etc. You can display the stations by Station Range and modify station
settings.

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Toolbar Buttons

Click one button to filter display the stations of specified range. Click All to display all
the stations.

Turret Type Table Columns


Items Description
ID Display the ID number of the station. It is automatically assigned
by the system.
Station Display the station number.
Location Display the location of station. 1,2,3 respectively indicate inner
track, center track, and outer track of station.

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Original Place a check mark in this check box, which indicates this station
is the original station. The turret angle of the original station is 0.
Note:
As standard station, one station can only be set in one turret type.
Range Select the station size from drop-down list. Usually the station size
range will be specified as follows:
A 0 ~0.5 inch B and G 0.5 ~1.250 inch
C and H 1.250 ~ 2.000 inch D and I 2.000 ~ 3.500 inch
E and J 3.500 ~4.500 inch F and K 4.500 ~6.000 inch
M 6.000 ~ 999.999 inch
Note:
G, H, I, J, K are for the AI (Auto-Index) Stations.
OTX Display the X-axis distance between the station position and the
original point. Usually it is set to 0.
OTY Display the Y-axis distance between the station position and the
original point. Usually for Amada machines, it is 40 for the station
on the inner track, 0 for the station on the center track, and 40
for the station on the outer track.
AI Place a check mark in this check box, which indicates this station
is an Auto Index station.
Key Place a check mark in this check box, which indicates this station
is a keyed station. Only shaped tools, such as rectangle and
square tools, can be installed in keyed stations. Non-keyed
stations are available for round, center punch and burring tools.
ATC Zone Select the ATC zone from drop-down list for each station, if the
machine is equipped with ATC.

Exchange Display the station number when tools are exchanged.


Type Select a station type from drop-down list. Turret is usually
selected.

Turret Angle Display the station angle. The angle of the original station is 0

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degree.

DZ Dead zone number.


DZX X range of the Dead Zone.
DZY Y range of the Dead Zone.

Create a New Turret Type

To create a new empty turret type file


1. Click Public and select the Turret Type in the left Tree View pane.
2. Right-click to display the shortcut menu. Select New to Turret Type Preference.

3. A new turret type file New is created. You can change the file name and click it to
add stations. See: Adding or Delete a Station.

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To remove a turret type:
1. In the top Preference File pane, right click a turret type you want to delete and a
shortcut menu will display.

2. Select Delete and a message box will appear.

3. Click OK button.

Adding a New Station

Click a turret type in the Preference File pane and the correlative stations information
will display in the Display Area pane below.
Alternatively you can double click a turret type, the Turret Type window will appear.

Add Station
1. Double click the last station and input station number.

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2. Double-click the Station cell in the last row, and type a number to define the
station number. After specifying the relevant station information, click <Enter>
to confirm your changes.
Note: The station number you type must be unique; otherwise the system will
display following warning message.

Remove Station
1. Right click the station you desire to open a shortcut menu.

2. Select Delete and a message box will prompt.

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3. Click Yes button to delete the selected station.

Turret Type Window Short Cut Menu

In the Turret Type window, you can append or remove a dead zone for a station.
Right click a station you desire and a shortcut menu appear.

Option Description
Append Dead Zone Select this option to display the Dead Zone dialogue.

Select a dead zone and click Add button to assign the dead
zone for the selected station.
Remove Dead Zone Select this option to delete the dead zone settings for the
selected station.

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Click Yes button to confirm.

Turret Type (PDC)


You can create a new turret type file to meet your special needs, and modify the current
turret specification in the Turret Type (PDC) window.

To Open the Turret Type (PDC) window


1. Click the Combo Tool Assign Preference button in the main window to open the
Preference window.
2. In the left Tree View pane, click e Public to expand submenu and select Turret Type
(PDC).
3. In the Preference File pane, click one turret file to open the Turret Type (PDC)
window.

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See: Turret Type (PDC) Window Items
Create a New PDC Turret Type
Adding a New PDC Station
Turret Type(PDC) Window Short Cut Menu

Turret Type (PDC) Window Items

The Turret Type (PDC) window lists information for each station, such as the Location,
Range, Location Angle, etc.
You can display the stations by Station Range and modify station settings.

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Toolbar Buttons

Click one button to filter display the stations of specified range. Click All to display all
the stations.

Turret Type Table Columns


Items Description
ID Display the ID number of the PDC station. It is automatically
assigned by the system.
Station The station number of PDC storage.
Location The location number of the PDC stations. There are 9 locations.
Range Specify the station size. Usually the station sizes are as follows:
A 0~12.7mm B and G 12.7mm~31.75mm
C and H 31.75mm~50.8mm D and I 50.8mm~88.9mm
E and J 88.9mm~101.6mm F and K 101.6mm~152.4mm
M More than 152.4mm
Note:
G, H, I, J, K are for the AI (Auto-Index) Stations.
Type Set station type such as Turret, Sub-Punch, and Attached TP.

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OTX OT of X direction.
OTY OT of Y direction.
Key Place a check mark in this check box, which indicates that this
station is a keyed station. Only shaped tools, such as rectangles
and squares, can be installed in keyed stations. Non-keyed
stations are available for round, center punch and burring tools.
Location Angle Display the location station angle. The angle of the original station
is 0 degree.
DZ Dead Zone number.
DZX X range of the Dead Zone.
DZY Y range of the Dead Zone.

Create a New PDC Turret Type

You can create a new PDC turret type, and specify stations according to different needs.

To create a new empty turret type (PDC) file


1. Click Public and select Turret Type (PDC) in the left Tree View.
2. Right-click to display the shortcut menu. Select New to Turret Type (PDC)
Preference.

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3. A new turret type file New is created. You can change the file name and click the
icon to add stations. See: Adding a New PDC Station

To remove a turret type (PDC):


1. Right click a turret type you want to delete and a shortcut menu will display.

2. Select Delete and a message box will appear.

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3. Click OK button and the object turret type will be removed.

Adding a New PDC Station

Click a turret type in the Preference File pane and the correlative stations information
will display in the Display Area pane below.
Alternatively you can double click a turret type, the Turret Type (PDC) window will
appear.

Double-click the Station cell in the last row, and type a number to define the station
number. After specifying the relevant station information, click <Enter> to confirm your
changes

Notes: The station number you type must be unique; otherwise the system will display a
warning message.

To delete a station, right click the station you desire and a shortcut menu will appear.

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Select Delete and a message box will prompt.

Click Yes button to delete the selected station.

Turret Type (PDC) Window Short Cut Menu

In the Turret Type (PDC) window, you can append or remove a dead zone for a station.
Right click a station you desire and a shortcut menu appear.

Option Description
Delete Remove the selected station.
Append Dead Zone Select this option to display the Dead Zone window.

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Select a dead zone from the list and click Add button, and it will
be set to the selected station.
Remove Dead Zone Select this option to delete the dead zone settings for the selected
station.

Click Yes button.

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Result View
The main window will expand and display the results when the nesting process is
complete.
In the Result View area, you can preview many nesting details, such as utilization, time
study and the sheet layout, etc.
You can also manually edit the nesting result and generate new NC code here until you
are satisfied. Here take an EML machine for example.

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Example
1. There are three executing methods as following for nesting auto process (sheet
mode).
Click Auto Execute button, and select Auto Execute (Nesting) from shortcut
menu.
Click Auto Execute button.
Click Make Sheet button in Nesting Schedule window.
The following nesting result window appears when the sheet mode nesting process is
complete.

2. There are two executing methods as follows for Individual Parts (parts mode).
Click Auto Execute button, and select Auto Execute (Individual Part) from
shortcut menu.
Click Make Part button in Nesting Schedule window.
The following nesting result of single part window appears when the part mode
nesting process is complete.

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3. Auto Execute (Pre-Nesting) will be done as following order.
Right-click the Auto Execute button and select Auto Execute (Pre-Nesting) from the
shortcut menu, the system will run in pre-nesting mode.
The following nesting result window appears when the pre-nesting process is
complete. NC code will be created.

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See: Nesting Result List
Result View Window Shortcut Options
Information Panel

Nesting Result List

Nesting Result List displays various nesting information, such as Sheet Name, Material
Type, Sheet Size, Utilization, Time Study, etc.
You can change the items display position by dragging and dropping them.
You can also right-click on any column heading to display the shortcut menu and decide
which items you would like to display on the Nesting Result List.
See: Column Heading Shortcut Menu

Column Heading Description


No The number of the nesting result.
Select a No cell. The selected cell will be highlighted.
Then right-click this cell to display the shortcut menu. The options
on the menu allow you to save NC data, schedule or display other
nesting information, etc.
See: No. Column Shortcut Menu
Mouse Position Display the coordinates of the current mouse pointer in the layout
area.
Sheet Name The name of the sheet.
You can specify the sheet name in the Schedule Preference window.
See: Sheet Name
Result The result of the nesting process.
Tick symbol indicates the nesting is successful.
The exclamation symbol indicates there are errors during the
process.
You can click the exclamation symbol to display the Warning
Information window.
See: Warning Information Window

Nesting successful Nesting error


Utilization The utilization rate of the sheet.

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Time Study The total time of processing the sheet.
You can click the cell to display the Time Study Information window
and view the detailed time information.
See: Time Study Information Window
Qty. The quantity of the sheet that will have the same nesting results.
You can click the cell and specify the quantity by typing an integer
directly or using the up/down arrow button.
Machine The name of the machine that is used to process the sheet.
Mat. Code The code of the material.
Mat. Type The type of the material.
Thickness The thickness of the material.
Distance Between The distance between the two points that you click in the part
Two Points layout area.
Sheet X The horizontal dimension of the sheet.
Sheet Y The vertical dimension of the sheet.
Due Date The due date of the process.
Process Date The start date of the process.
Setup Info. #1 Display the Turret Name.
Setup Info. #2 Display laser material name.
Setup Info. #3 Display the Material Name.
Setup Info. #4 Display the Sheet Comment.
Setup Info. #5 It is NOT available now.

See: No. Column Heading Shortcut Menu


Customization of List Window
Warning Information Window
Time Study Information Window

No. Column Heading Shortcut Menu

Right-click No Column to display the shortcut menu. The menus of sheet mode and part
mode are different.

Sheet Mode Auto Execute (Nesting)

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You can save NC data and schedule, and
display material information and plan
information.

Part ModeAuto Execute (Individual Part)


You can save NC data and schedule.

Option Description
Save NC data Save the NC data of the selected sheet.
See: Save NC data
Save Sy4 Save all current nesting results except the preferences.
See: Save SY4
Save Save the nesting result schedule and output report.
Schedule/Output See: Save Schedule/Output Report
Report
Output Report This option allows you to decide which information to output by
placing a check mark in the corresponding check box in the Report
Output window.
You can also right-click to display the shortcut menu in the part
layout area, and then select Output Report to open the Report
Output window.
See: Output Report
Delete Sheet Delete the sheet you have selected.
See: Delete Sheet
Display Material Display the Material Info.
Info See: Display Material Info.
Display Plan Info Display the Plan Info.
See: Display Plan Info
Row Height Adjust the height of the row.
See: Row Height
Save Part Save the tool assignment information for the part to the database

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you have selected.
See: Save Part
Save SY5 as File Save the tool assignment information for the part as a *.SY5 file.
See: Save SY5 as File
Save Sy5 to Apply the tool assignment information for the part to the nesting
Nesting Plan plan.
Assignment data mark will appear in the CAD column of the
Nesting Schedule window.

See: Save NC data


Save SY4
Save Schedule/Output Report
Output Report
Delete Sheet
Display Material Info
Display Plan Info
Row Height
Save Part
Save SY5 as File

Save NC Data

Save NC data of the selected sheet.

Note: You can save the NC data either to the disk or to the database. See: System Setting

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To save the NC data, there are two methods to open Save NC data menu.
1-1. Select Save NC data from the menu.

1-2. Right click in result view area and select Save NC data from shortcut menu.

2. Avon Data Insertion Dialog window displays. Navigate to the save folder, click
Save button to save NC data. (When Database is SDD.)

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Note: According database setting (SDD, MiniSDD and file), the display window
will be different.
See: System Setting

Save SY4

This function is used to save nesting plan and nesting result.


1. Select Save Sy4 from the shortcut menu.

2. Avon Data Insertion Dialog window displays. Navigate to the save folder, and click
Save button to save Sy4. Program No will be displayed as NESTEDRESULT, so
change it if necessary (When Database is SDD.).

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Note: According to database setting (SDD, MiniSDD and file), the window will
display differently.
See: System Setting
3. Click Select Data button to load the saved sheet information from nesting plan.

4. Place a check mark in Save Sy4 check box in Avon Data Insertion Dialog, only sy4
information will be filtered to display. Select sheet information to be loaded and
click Open button, and then the saved nesting plan and result will be loaded.

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Save Schedule/Output Report

Select Save Schedule/Output Report from the menu to save the schedule and output the
report.

There are two methods to open Save Schedule/Output Report menu.


1-1. Select Save Schedule/Output Report from the shortcut menu.

1-2. Right click in result view area and select Save Schedule/Output Report from
shortcut menu.

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2. The Save Schedule window will appear.
Specify a name in the Schedule Name: text box and place a check mark in the
Save Schedule check box, then click OK to proceed.

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3. If you enable Save the Turret Information function in the Save Schedule window,
the Save Turret window will appear. Just click OK to continue.

4. Avon Data Insertion Dialog window displays. Navigate to the save folder, and click
Save button to save NC data.

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Note: According to database setting(SDD, MiniSDD and file), the window will
display differently.
See: System Setting
5. After Schedule Save has been finished, the following dialog will appear. Click OK.

6. Report window will appear after saving schedule.


7.
Click All Print button to input all reports. You can select the specified items,
and input it by Print button.

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Option Description
Schedule Name Display the schedule name. Set the create method of schedule name in
Schedule Preference.
You can directly input schedule name in Save Schedule dialog box.
Sheet List Display sheet list used in schedule. Place a check mark in check box,
and select a sheet.
You can also right-click the column heading to display the shortcut
menu and place check marks before the items you want to display in
the Sheet List. See: Nesting Result List

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Report Output Output report. Place a check mark in Report Output check box to
display the following options. You can decide what report to be output
by placing a check mark in the corresponding check box. See: Output
Report

XML Output Output the XML information.

Save the Turret You can select to save the turret information automatically or

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Information manually.

Automatic If you select the Automatic option, click the Detail button to continue.

The Save the Turret Information dialog box appears. You can select to
overwrite the original turret settings or save the turret settings as the
new. Then click OK to continue.

Manual Select If you select the Manual Select option, click the Select button to
continue.

The Save the Turret Information window appears. You can place a
check mark before the turret item that you want to save. You can also
select to input the turret name at the bottom left. Then click OK to
continue.

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Select All Click this button to select all the sheets in the Sheet List.
Reset All Cancel all the sheets selected in sheet list.
OK Save the schedule data.
Cancel Cancel all the settings you have made.

Output Report

Output the report.

There are two methods to open Output Report menu.


1-1. Select Output Report from the menu.

1-2. Select Output Report from the right-click shortcut menu in result view area.

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2. The Output Report window appears.
Specify a name in the Schedule Name: text box and place check marks in the
check box of each item you want to output, then click OK to proceed.

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3. The Report window appears.
You can preview different report pages by clicking the corresponding items in the
Report tree view pane.

4. Click All Print button to input all reports. You can select the specified item,
and input it by Print button.

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Delete Sheet

Delete the selected sheets.

1. Select the numbers of the sheet in the No column that you want to delete.
Right-click to open the shortcut menu and select Delete Sheet.

2. A warning message will appear.

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3. Select Delete after saving the missing part plan to delete sheets after saving.
Select Delete Sheets to delete sheets without saving.
Select Cancel to cancel the operation.

Display Material Info

Display the material information of the selected sheet.

1. Select Display Material Info from the No. column right-click menu.

2. The Material Info window will appear. Material code, material size, time study etc.
used in schedule will be displayed.
You can view various material information and sort the list by clicking the
corresponding column heading.

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Display Plan Info

Display the information about parts quantity set in plan and quantity of actual nesting
result.

There are two methods to open Display Plan Info menu.


1-1. Select Display Plan Info from the menu.

1-2. Select Display Plan Info from the result view right-click menu.

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2. Plan Info window appears. Part Name, Play Qty, Result Qty etc will be displayed.
You can click column heading to sort list. If Result Qty is less than Plan Qty, plan
can be saved as the missing part.

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Column Heading Description
No The number of the part.
Part Name The part name.
Size The part size.
Plan Qty (A) Display plan quantity set in nesting schedule.
Result Qty (B) Display result quantity nested.
B-A The value of Result Qty (B) minus Plan Qty (A).
Filler Part The filler parts quantity that defined for the part.
Comment The comments for the part.

Row Height

Adjust the row height of list.

1. Select Row Height from the No. column right-click menu.

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2. The Row Height dialog appears.
Type a value in the Row Height: text box to change the height of the row.
Click OK to save.

Save Part

Save assignment information of part. When assignment is changed in Manual


Assignment, edit result can be applied to nesting next time by saving assignment
information.

Note: This menu will be displayed when executing nesting with Auto Execute (Part
Individual).

1. Select Save Part from the No. Column right-click shortcut menu.

2. Avon Data Insertion Dialog appears. Navigate the save folder, and click Save to save
part assignment information (When database is SDD.).

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Note:
According to the database setting (SDD, MiniSDD and File), the window will
display differently.
See: System Setting
3. Assignment data mark will be added to CAD column of nesting plan.

Save SY5 as File

Save the tool assignment information of the part as *.sy5 file.

Note: This menu will be displayed when execute nesting by Auto Execute (Part
Individual).

1. Select Save SY5 as File from the No. column right-click menu.

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2. The Browse For Folder dialog will appear.
Navigate to the destination folder, and click OK to save the tool assignment
information for the part as an SY5 file.

Customization of list column

In the nesting result list, you can right-click any column heading to display this shortcut
menu. You can place check marks before the options in the menu to display them in the
nesting result list.

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1. Select More from the shortcut menu to display the Choose Details window.

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2. Place a check mark in the item to be displayed in list. You can change the display
order by Move Up and Move Down. And you can set item width in Width of Selected
Column (in pixels).

Warning Information Window

If the nesting process is successful, the star or the tick symbol will appear in the
Result column.
If any error occurs, the exclamation symbol will appear.

You can click the exclamation symbol to open the Warning window.

If you click an error No., the error position will be auto enlarged. See: Error No.
Please confirm the warning information and modify it.

Time Study Information Window

Click one Time Study cell to display the Time Study Information window.
The window lists the detailed time information and the punch tool usage information
during the process.

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Result View Window Shortcut Menu

Right click in result view area to display shortcut menu.

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Option Description
Zoom In When you select this option, the mouse pointer becomes a crosshair.
Move the pointer into the layout area and click to zoom in. You can
also draw a frame and zoom in the selected area.
To change the zoom in ratio. See: Zoom In Ratio
Zoom Out When you select this option, the mouse pointer becomes a zoom
pointer. Move the pointer into the layout area and click to zoom out.
You can also draw a frame and zoom out the selected area.
To change the zoom out ratio. See: Zoom Out Ratio
Note:
You can also use the mouse wheel to zoom in or out.
Move When you select this option, the mouse pointer becomes a move
pointer. Move the pointer into the layout area and hold on the left
mouse button to move the sheet.
Zoom All Select this option to display the entire sheet to fit the part layout
area.
Auto Scale Select this option to display all the parts to fit the part layout area.
Maximize Select this option to maximize the current layout area window.
Window
Shorten Select this option to restore the maximized layout area window.

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Display Select the options in the Display submenu to display the
corresponding information in the layout area.

Display All Select this option to display all parts drawing for grid in Auto-
Parts Drawing Execute (Pre-Nesting) Mode.
For Grid
Display All Parts Drawing For Grid OFF

Display All Parts Drawing For Grid ON

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Move Draw the movement path.

Arrow of Draw process direction.


Direction

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Sequence Display the processing sequence number.
Number

Parts Number Display the parts number.

Error No Display the error numbers.


See: The Warning Information Window

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Bend Line Mark Display the bend line mark.

Macro Pattern Display the process direction of macro pattern. This is only available
Direction for tool track.

Joint Mark Display the joint mark.

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Show part To only show outside profile of the part. Simplify the drawing to
outside profile accelerate the drawing process speed.
only
Show part outside profile only Show part outside profile only
ON OFF

Print Result Print result view.


View
In the part layout area, you can right-click to display the shortcut
menu. Select Print Result View from shortcut menu and click OK to
print.
Option Description
Printer Specify the printer information, such as name,
status, type, location, and comment.
Print Range Specify the print range.
Copies Specify the number of copies.
Properties Specify the printer properties in the aspects of
advanced, paper/quality, finishing, effects, and
destination.
Save Save schedule and print report.
Schedule/Output
Report
1. In this window, you can specify the schedule name and save the
scheduling information for one sheet or several sheets. You can also
decide the information to be output and the method to save the
turret information. After making settings, click OK to continue.
Place a check mark in Save Schedule. If you want to output report,
place a check mark in Report Output, and select the report items to
be outputted.
2. The Save Turret dialog box appears. Click OK to continue.

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Avon Data Insertion Dialog appears. Navigate to the destination
folder and click Save button to save NC data.

Note:
Depending on the database you select (SDD, MiniSDD or File),
different windows will display. See: System Setting
After complete saving schedule, the following dialog appears. Then
click OK.

After saving schedule, report window will display.

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To AP100 CAM This function is not available for the moment.
To Simulation Move to Simulation. Go to the simulation program you selected in
the System Setting window, to perform the NC program simulation.
Display Parts Display the Part Info window, which displays the part information of
Info the selected sheet such as the part size, the quantity of the parts
scheduled to be processed, the quantity of the parts actually
processed, etc. In the Part Info. window, click the Save Missing Part
Plan button to save the part into an Assemble or another ideal
folder. When you place check marks in the Consider the quantity of
sheets processed and register the part quantity when saving the
missing part plan check box, the system will consider the sheet
quantity when saving the part plan. For example, the part quantity
is 5 and the sheet quantity is 3, so the saved part quantity is 5X3
=15.

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Display Plan Info Displays the part information, such as the quantity of the parts that
are scheduled to process and the quantity of the parts actually
processed. See Display Plan Info.
Display Group Display the list of group tools. All of the tools are on the generated
Tools turret for this sheet processing. Select this option to display the Tool
List For Schedule window. This window shows the schedule
information, such as Machine Name, Material Name, Material Size,
Turret Stations, and tools used for each sheet. This option isnt
available for laser machines. See: Tool List For Schedule

Display Tools Display the tools and tool information used. This option isnt
Info available for laser machines.

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Sequence Setting Display Sequence Setting window. You can change the sequence
setting to re-execute nesting. More details see: Sequence

Tool Sequence In Tool Sequence Setting window, you can set sequence for each tool.
Setting This option isnt available for laser machines.
Grouping Group selected multiple tools. Regard the multiple grouped tools as
one tool, and consider Path Shorten to decide process sequence while
converting tools. You can click the Grouping button to group the
tools to be grouped. This option isnt available for laser machines.

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Ungroup Ungroup the grouping tools. This option isnt available for laser
machines.

Tool Sort
Click the arrow button ( or ) to change tool sequence. This
option isnt available for laser machines.

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Process by You can select the start position of each tool during process. This
each tool option isnt available for laser machines.

Direction Select process direction. This option isnt available for laser
machines.

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4. You can define the Start Position or End Position by selecting one
from the following five radio options.
5. You can select the direction from the Direction drop-down list:
Auto, X or Y. You can see the divide number of sheet. And you can
also play the check mark in One Direction and AI Sort by Angle
check box.
6. After finishing settings, you can click OK to continue.
7. The following dialog box appears. You can click Yes to re-sequence
now.

Begin TK Edit This function is used to edit TK and IJP. Before using this function,
you should enable TK and IJP device for the machine. See Begin TK
Edit
Save SY5 In You can save the tool assignment information of the part as a *.SY5
Sheet file in the Result View list. To save SY5 in sheet:
1. In the Nesting Result list, click the plus button to display the
part layout you have specified. In the part layout area, right-click to
display the shortcut menu and select Save SY5 in sheet.

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2. Click one part to open the Save As window (the pattern of the part
you select will turn orange) and select the destination folder in Save
in dialog. Name the file you want to save in the File name dialog box
and click Save button.

Note:
Depending on the database you select (SDD, MiniSDD or File),
different windows will display. See: System Setting
Edit Select this option to go to the Manual Edit Mode. See Manual Edit

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Mode

See: Save MJC Data


Do Stack
Begin TK Edit

Save MJC Data

In the result view, you can select Saving MJC Data from the shortcut menu to save the
MJC, IJP, and TK data.

Note: Make sure you have selected File as the Database type in the System Setting
window.

Do Stack

Edit stacking.

Begin TK Edit

This function is used to edit TK and IJP. Before using this function, you should enable

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TK and IJP device in the Machine Set window, and select Take Out as the process after
method.
See: Taking Out Conditions and IJP

To edit TK Settings
1. Right-click in the part layout area, and select Begin TK edit to switch to the TK
edit mode.
2. Part name is listed on the left side of the Edit Pickup/IJP window. Select the edit
object part from list.
3. Drag the TK arm to the proper position, and click the Vacuum cups with which you
want to absorb the part. You can re-click the active vacuum cups to deselect.
If you select Auto Edit, the pat will be auto decided.
If you select Ignore Hole, the part can be vacuumed to the small hole less than
specified size.
4. Select the reflecting method of editing result.
An edit result is reflected in the same part on all sheets.
An edit result is reflected in the same part on the same sheet.
None
5. Click Close after all edit has been finished.

To edit IJP
1. Right-click in the part layout area, and select Begin TK edit to switch to open Edit
Pickup/IJP window.
2. Select IJP Edit.

3. Move the pointer over the IJP, and drag it to the ideal place.

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4. Select the reflecting method of editing result.
An edit result is reflected in the same part in all sheets.
An edit result is reflected in the same part on the same sheet.
None
5. Click Close after all edit has been finished.

Edit of Pickup/IJP Information window

In the Edit of Pickup/IJP Information window, you can change the IJP position. And you
can also specify the TK arm position, and decide which cups or magnets will be used to
absorb the parts. See: Begin TK Edit

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Options Descriptions
Vacuum cups available

The vacuum cups that have been selected to absorb the part.

Magnet available

The Magnets cups that have been selected to absorb the part.

Single ARM Move Select this option, and you can move the two TK arms respectively.
Both ARM Move Select this option, and you can move both TK arms at the same
time.
VX Display the distance in X direction from the part origin (Lower left
corner) to the origin of the left arm (Lower left corner).
VY Display the distance in Y direction from the part origin (Lower left
corner) to the origin of the left arm (Lower left corner).
VDIS1 Display the distance between the base points of two arms.

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VDIS2 This is not available now.
Increment Increment value to alter VX, VY or VDIS1
Auto Detect Automatically decides how to pick up the part.
Ignore Hole Place a check mark in the check box and type a value in the Size:
text box, the system will ignore hole whose largest dimension is
equal or smaller than the value in the text box.
IJP Edit Edit the IJP position
Pick Up Edit Edit the TK position.
An edit result is Apply the modification results to the same parts in all the sheets.
reflect in the
same part in all
sheets
An edit result is Apply the modification results to the same parts on the current
reflect in the sheet.
same part on the
same sheet
None Only apply the modification results to the current parts.

Information Panel

Information Panel is displayed on the right side of the Parts Layout area. In this panel,
you can view the parts information, the error information and the NC code.

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See: Parts Information Panel
Error List Panel
NC Panel

Parts Information Panel

1. Display the information of parts nested in sheet.

2. You can right-click the title to open shortcut menu, and then set items and display
order.

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Select More from shortcut menu.
Select items in All Items list to be displayed, and click Add. To change the display
order, you can click Up and Down to select items.

Note: You can also right-click the part layout area to display the shortcut menu, and
select Display Parts Info to display the Parts Info window.

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Error List Panel

Click the Error List tab to display the error information.


See Warning Information Window

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NC Panel

Click the NC tab to display the NC information. In this panel you can edit the NC
program.

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To edit an NC program:
1. Right click the NC program area to display the shortcut menu. Select Edit Mode to
get into the Edit mode to modify the code.

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2. In the Edit mode, edit the NC program.

3. After editing the NC program, right-click to display the shortcut menu. Select Save
and End the Modification to save the changes. Select Ignore and End the
Modification to exit the Edit Mode without saving the edit result.

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Manual Edit Mode
Dr.ABE Blank allows you to edit part layout manually.
After auto execution, you can right-click on the Part Layout area in the sheet mode to
open shortcut menu, and select Edit from the shortcut menu to enter the Manual Edit
mode.

Punch & Combo Laser

If you select Auto Execute (Individual Part) to perform nesting process in part mode, you
can select Manual Tool Assign or Laser Edit from the shortcut menu to switch to the
Part Edit mode.

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Punch & Combo Laser

Note: You can also click (Part Edit) button in Manual Edit mode to switch to Part
Edit mode.

See Manual Edit Mode Shortcut Menu


Manual Edit Mode Parameter Panel
Confirm/Display Setting
Move
Add Part
Remove
Remnant Edit
Change Material
Part Grid
Sequence Edit
Reposition Command
Conform Schedule Tool
Add New Sheet

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Option

Manual Edit Mode Shortcut Menu

Right-click part layout area in the Manual Edit mode, and the following shortcut menu
will appear.

Option Description
Zoom In Select this option to magnify the view of the selected area.
Zoom Out Select this option to reduce the view of the selected area,
allowing you to see the whole sheet area.
Move Select this option to move the part.
Zoom All Select this option to get an entire view of the sheet.
Auto Scale Select this option to display all the parts to fit the view.
Maximize Window Select this option to cover the window to full screen.
Shorten Select this option to restore the maximized window.
Display Parts Info Select this option to display the information of the parts
nested on the sheet you have specified. The Parts Info window
displays the part name, part quantity, part comment, material
name, material type, material thickness, weight, size, group
ID, priority etc. See Part Properties

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Undo Select this option to cancel your last operation.
Redo Select this option to execute your last operation again.
Display all parts Select this option to draw all parts for gird.
drawing for Grid
Display Joint Mark Select this option to display the joint mark.
Show part outside Select this option to display part outside profile only. As for
profile only complex part, you may use this option to reduce memory
usage of the system.

Manual Edit Mode Parameter Panel

There are toolbar and parameter section in the Parameter panel.


The toolbar consists of Sheet Edit toolbar and Part Edit toolbar (Click Part Edit button
to show Part Edit toolbar and enter Part Edit mode.).
The Parameter section is where you can specify detailed settings for each option in the
toolbar.

Sheet Edit Toolbar

Icon Button Name Description


Confirm/Display This option allows you to display and confirm
Setting part/trace/pattern specified.
Move This option allows you to move, rotate and copy part as
you set in Parameter section.
Add Part This option allows you to add part from SDD or file.

Remove This option allows you to delete part or trace.

Part Edit Click this button to enter Part Edit mode. See Manual
Tool Assignment
Remnant Edit This option allows you to cut/edit remnant for better
utilization purpose.
Change Material This option allows you to change size and sheet code of
material.
Part Grid This option allows you to specify the conditions to
process part grid.
Sequence Edit This option allows you to define the sequence to process
the parts.

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Reposition Command This option allows you to add reposition in sheet for
clamp.
Confirm Schedule This option allows you to check tools in use and station
Tool status of a sheet or a schedule. This option is not
available for laser machines.
Add New Sheet This option allows you to append a new sheet when you
are editing a sheet.
Option This option allows you to select whether specified
message displays or not when exiting Edit mode,
control window size and check collision.
Scrap Cutting This option allows you to define scrap-cutting method in
order to take out heavy skeleton more conveniently.
This function is not available for EM-L machine.

Part Edit Toolbar

Icon Button Name Description


Confirm/Display This option allows you to display and confirm
Setting part/trace/pattern specified.
Save Template This option allows you to save settings as template and
use this template to process similar pattern in the
future more conveniently.
Delete Trace This option allows you to delete specified process trace.

Joint Edit This option allows you add or edit joint.

End Value This option allows you to modify the process after
methods for the laser process.
Sequence Command This option allows you to change process sequence by
in Part mouse command or list command.
Lead In Edit This option allows you to edit Lead In/Lead Out
settings, such as length, angle and position.
Change the Tool This option allows you to modify tool assignment for
Assignment specified pattern.
Assign Tools-Lines This option allows you to assign single D or double D
tools to specified line.
Layout Between This option allows you to assign single hit tools to the
Single Hit pattern composed of intersection line.
Merge This option allows you to assign tools to match tool
element with pattern element.
Stretch This option allows you to lengthen process path along
moving direction and modify process angle on pattern-
by-pattern basis.

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Shift This option allows you to move tool along the pattern
edge in positive or negative direction.
Direct Assignment This option allows you to assign tool of specified shape
to punch out.
Move/Copy Tool This option allows you to move or copy the specified tool
assignment.
Apply Assignment to This option allows you to apply the assignment in
the Same Inner specified inner to all the same inner or the same inner
you specify.
Fix Sequence Order This option allows you to fix the sequence in processing
one loop.
Change the Nibbling This option allows you to modify moving pitch when
Pitch nibbling tool is processing pattern.
Laser Hole Division This option allows you to specify cutting method and
Lead In method for laser hole division.
Show Tool This option allows you to view the tool assigned in
specified pattern.
Option This option is the same with that in Sheet Edit Toolbar.

Confirm/Display Setting

In the Manual Edit mode, click button to open the Confirm/ Display Setting panel.

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Item Description
Click this button to save the setting, and exit Confirm/Display
Setting.
Click this button to remove the setting selected.

Parameter Display the parts information, trace and pattern.


Part Selected Part to display the basic information of the selected part,
including Part Name, Size X, Size Y, Sheet Pattern Quality and
Weight.

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Trace Select Trace to display the information of the selected trace,
including Pattern, Base Point X, Base Point Y, C-axis Value, T No,
Management Name, Shape, Angle, Dim X, Dim Y, Axis Speed, M
Code and Delay.

If you select laser trace, the following information will appear:

Pattern Select Pattern to display CAD information of the selected line.

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Item Display Select the item to be displayed.
Settings
Every Hit View If you select this option, all the tool hits will display in pattern
processed. This option is not available for laser machines.

Every Hit View disabled. Every Hit View enabled.


Process Direction Place a check mark in the check box, the system will mark the
process direction with arrows.

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Joint Mark If you place a check mark in the check box, the joint mark will be
displayed.

Not set Set


Display Tools by Place a check mark in the check box, the system will use color to
Color display either tools of specified shape or the specified tool. This
option is not available for laser machines.
Detail You can customize color to display tool shape and individual tool.
See Example

Detail:
Set Color by Tool Shape
1. Click Detail button and the Tool Shape window appears by default.

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2. Click the cell before SQ to open Color dialog.

3. Select one color and click OK.

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4. The cell you clicked will show the color you set in Color dialog.

5. Place a check mark in the Display Tools by Color check box and patterns
processed by SQ tool are displayed by color you selected.

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Set Color by Individual Setting
1. Click Detail to open a dialog, and select Individual Setting/Cutting Condition
button.

2. Click the cell of T NO to open Color dialog.

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3. Select one color and click OK.

4. The cell you clicked will display the color you set in Color dialog.

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5. Place a check mark in the Display Tools by Color check box, and the system will
display the result by color according to the tool shape.

Set Color by Cutting Condition


1. Click Detail to open dialog, and select Tool Shape/Cutting Condition button or
Individual Setting/Cutting Condition button.

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2. Click the cell of T NO to open Color dialog.

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3. Select a color and click OK.

4. The color set in Color dialog will be applied to the following dialog. Click OK to
complete.

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5. Place a check mark in Display Tools by Color check box, system will display result
by color according to the cutting shape.

Move

In the Manual Edit mode, click button to open Rotate/Move/Copy the Part panel.

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Option Description

Move Pitch X Move part to specified position in X direction. You can click the
arrow button next to Move Pitch X: text box to specify the value
or type a value in the box directly. See Move part
Move Pitch Y Move part to specified position in Y direction. You can click the
arrow button next to Move Pitch Y: text box to specify the value
or type a value in the box directly. See Move part

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Rotate Pitch Rotate part by specified angle. Click the arrow button next to the
Rotate Pitch: text box to change degree or type a value in box.
See Rotate part
Copy the Part Place a check mark in this option to copy specified part. See Copy
part
Adjacent Mode If you select this option, the system will move the part to the
ideal place that is adjacent to a part or the sheet border. In this
case, the sheet will be processed economically. You cannot,
however, move the part to overlap the other parts or move it off
the sheet.
Display Part- Set part-space when adjacent assigning. The option is only
Spacing available when selecting adjacent mode.

Move Part

1. Select one part you want to move in Part Layout area.


2. Click arrow button next to Move Pitch X: drop-down list to set move distance value
in X direction.

3.
Click or button and the system will move the specified part right or left.

Note:
You can also use the same method to move part upwards or downwards in Y
direction.

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Rotate Part

1. Select one part you want to rotate in part layout area.


2. Click arrow button next to Rotate Pitch: text box to set rotate angle value.

3.
Click button to rotate the part clockwise to specified degree. Or click

button to rotate the part counter-clockwise to the specified degree.

Note: If Part rotation affects tool assignment and end value, the following message
box will appear.

Change to the angle that ensures tool assignment


Check: part will be rotated to the specified degree here.
Not Check: rotate part according to the setting you specified in Rotate Pitch: text
box.
Note: You can also move pointer to the center point of the part you want to rotate.
Rotate part to any degree directly when the pointer shape turns into Rotate

Point . The number next to Rotate Point indicates the rotation degree.

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Supplement: Rotate method of key operation
<Shift> Arrow <> key: rotate by 90 degree
<Shift> Arrow <> key: rotate by 180 degree
<Shift> Arrow <> key: rotate by 270 degree

Copy Part

1. Place a check mark in Copy the Part check box and select a part you want to copy.
2.
Hold down the left mouse button. When the point shape turns into , you can drag
the copied part to a position you want.

Supplement: Even if you dont place a check mark in Copy the Part check box, you
can also drag mouse to copy it while pressing <Ctrl> key.

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Add Part

In the Manual Edit mode, click button to open the Add Part panel. These options
allow you to append new parts from SDD/MiniSDD database or by opening file.

Add parts by opening a file:


1. Click icon to open Add Part panel in Manual Edit Mode.

2. Click File option in the Add Part panel to open the File Open Dialog window.

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Note: DXF, .DWG, .PRT, .IGA, .SY4, .BMF etc. file can be added.
3. You can select multiple files to be added. Click Open to add to the current sheet.

Add parts from SDD database


1. Click icon to open Add Part panel in Manual Edit Mode.

2. Click SDD and the following dialog will be displayed. Select one or more parts.

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Sy4 file
Sy5 file
IGA file
File from AP100
NC data file
Note: If you select MiniSDD in System Setting, the MiniSDD Read window will be
the following when you select SDD to add parts.

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3. Click Open (in the case of SDD) button or click OK (in the case of MiniSDD), and
the part will be added to the current sheet.

Example:
1. Select SDD in System Setting. See: System Setting.

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2. The following sheet is after nesting.

3. Click icon in manual edit mode, and select SDD from the displayed Add Part
panel, the following dialog appears.

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4. After checking Input Quantity, click Open button, and the following dialog appears.
You can manually input quantity, or click the number in dialog. If you dont check
it, click Open, the Input Quantity dialog will not be displayed.

Note: If the part to be added is different from the original part, the following dialog
will be displayed.

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5. Click OK and the part will be added to sheet.

Remove

You can remove parts in Edit Mode. Click to open Delete Part panel.

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Items Description
Remove Object: Define the object to be removed.
Inside Frame Select this option to delete parts within the specified frame.
See To delete part inside the specified frame
Outside Frame Select this option to delete parts outside the specified frame.
See To delete part outside the specified frame
Mouse Command Method: Define mouse command.
Mouse Command Define the command of the mouse.
All Selection The selecting frame must include the whole part. See All
Selection
Partial Selection The part is selected though it is not completely included in
the selecting frame. See Partial Selection
Select Same Parts At the Place a check mark in the box. If you select one, other same
Same Time parts can also be selected See Select Same Part at the Same
Time
Only Same Angle Place a check mark in the check mark box. If you select one,
other same parts with the same angle can also be selected.
See Only Same Angle
Click this button to remove the selected part.

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To delete part inside the specified frame

1. Select Inside Frame.

2. Click and drag the mouse to form a frame.

3. The part within the frame is selected and becomes orange. Click to delete.

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To delete part outside the specified frame

1. Select Outside Frame.

2. Click and drag the mouse to form a frame.

3. The parts outside the frame are selected and become orange. Click to delete.

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All Selection

1. Select Inside Frame and All Selection.

2. Click and drag the mouse to form a frame. The frame must cover the parts to be
selected completely.

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3. The parts within the frame are selected and become orange. Click to delete.

Partial Selection

1. Select Inside Frame and Partial Selection.

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2. Click and drag the mouse to form a frame. It is not necessary for the frame to cover
the parts to be selected completely.

The parts can be selected although the frame does not cover them completely. Click
3.
to delete.

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Select Same Part at the Same Time

1. Place a check mark in the Select Same Parts At the Same Time check box.

2. Use the frame to select one part

3. The other same parts are selected

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Only Same Angle

1. If you place a check mark in the Only Same Angle check box.

2. Use the frame to select one part

3. Other same parts with the same angle are selected

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Remnant Edit

In the Manual Edit mode, click button to open the Remnant Cutting/Edit panel.
You can create, edit or remove remnant cutting.

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Add Remnant Cutting

1.
In Manual Edit mode, click to open Remnant Cutting/Edit panel.
2. Place a check mark in Add Remnant check box.

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Note: You also can do adding by right-click mouse menu.

3. Select the process method.

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4. When Laser is selected as the process method, you should specify cutting condition.

5. When Laser is selected as the process method, you should specify cutting method.

6. After cutting process, you can set information such as tool size, starting cutting
shape etc.
7. Specify cutting position of remnant as following.
Note: you can manually input data, or click radio button to set value.

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You can use mouse to specify cutting condition as follows.
8.
Click button or select Apply from mouse right menu, and remnant cutting will
be added.

Edit Remnant Cutting

1.
In Manual Edit mode, click to open Remnant Cutting/Edit panel.
2. Remove a check mark from Add Remnant check box.

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3. Select a trace of the edited object.

4. Edit the position.


5.
When you change parameter or edit in the following panel, click button or
select Apply from the right-click menu, the change will be applied.

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Remove Remnant Cutting

1.
In Manual Edit mode, click to open Remnant Cutting/Edit panel.
2. Remove a check mark from Add Remnant check box.

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3. Select a trace of edit object.

4.
If you select a trace, click button, the selected cutting trace will be removed.
You also press <Delete> key to remove the selected cutting trace.

Items Description
Place a check mark in this check box to activate Add Remnant
function.
Process Method This option is used to define Process Method. You can decide to use
laser or punch to create remnant.

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Cutting Condition This option is available when you select Laser option as Process
Method. You can select from E001 to E003 as process method.

Cutting Method This option is used to define which remainder of the sheet will be
created as a remnant.

Vertical Select this option to create a remnant sheet with a vertical cutting.

Horizontal Select this option to create a remnant sheet with a horizontal


cutting.

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T Cut-Vertical Select this option to create a remnant with shape cutting.
Left

T Cut-Vertical Select this option to create a remnant with shape cutting.


Right

T Cut- Select this option to create a remnant with shape cutting


Horizontal Top

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T Cut- Select this option to create a remnant with shape cutting.
Horizontal
Bottom

Rectangle Select this option to create a rectangle shape remnant.

L shape This option is used to create an L shape remnant. There are four
optional shapes and click the icon next to this option to change
shape.

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When a cutting method is selected, a different graph comprised of
various parameters will appear in the upper area of the panel.

This graph is where you can define distances from process-starting


point or process-ending point to the sheet edge, distances between
cutting line and sheet edge, and specify the process direction.
You can type or select a value in these text boxes. Alternatively, you
can move the pointer to the green line and drag the line in any

direction when the pointer changes into a double-headed arrow .


With the movement of the pointer on the sheet, these values in
these text boxes update.
Example:
Select T Cut-Vertical Left as Cutting Method. Set the graph as this:

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The remnant in the following illustration is generated according to
settings above.

Note:
A positive value means the machine will over cut the material,
while a negative value indicates the length of the material the
machine fail to cut.
Process After Specify a process after method from the drop down list. See Process
Cutting After

Laser Punch
Joint Amount This option will be available only when Micro Joint or Wire Joint is
selected in Process After Cutting: drop down list. Type or select a
value in this text box to specify joint size.
Joint Number This option will be available only when Micro Joint or Wire Joint is
selected in Process After Cutting: drop down list. Type or select a
value in this text box to specify joint number.
Horizontal Type or select a value to specify quantity of joint you want to create
in X direction.
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in Y direction.
Tool Size X/Y This option will be available when you select Punch as process
method. These options allow you to specify the size range of a tool
that is used to cut the remnant. Type or select a value in the first
box to define the minimum value and a value in the second box to
define the maximum value. Tool with X/Y size within this range will
be used to process remnant.
Cutting start This option is used to decide cutting start form. There are two
Form options. This option is available when you select Laser option as
Process Method.
Cutting without lead-in.

Cutting with lead-in. Click this button to active Approach length:


text box.

Type or select a value in the Approach length: text box to decide the
length of lead-in.

No pierce Place a check mark in the check box and the system will execute
cutting without pierce. This option is available when you select
Laser option as Process Method.
Cutting Start without pierce

Cutting Start with pierce

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This option is used to delete the existed cutting line.

Note: If the cutting line intersects with clamp as follows, when you click button, a
warning message box will appear.

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Change Material

In the Manual Edit mode, click button to open the Change Sheet Size panel. You can
change sheet size by Input Size and Sheet Code option.

Change material by auto-calculation

The Auto Calculation button is designed to calculate the part size automatically and
generate a new sheet whose size matches the parts the most.

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1.
In Manual Edit mode, click to open Change Sheet Size panel. Current sheet is
displayed in green rectangle.

2. Click Auto Calculation button in parameter panel. The newly generated sheet is
shown in the green rectangle, while the red rectangle indicates the original sheet.

3. Meanwhile the new size is displayed in the in Width: text box and Height: text box.

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4. Click the button to save change and exit.

Input size to change material

You can directly stretch the sheet in the left part layout area to change the sheet size,
alternatively you can type or select a size in Width: text box and Height: text box.
1. You can change sheet size by stretching sheet as follows.

2. You can input a number in the Width: text box and Height: text box directly to
change sheet size.

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Select sheet code to change material

Select the Sheet Code option to change material size.

Items Description
Sheet Code Click this drop down list to display all sheets that have the same
thickness and material type as the sheet in use.
Rotate Sheet This option allows you to rotate the sheet selected according to sheet
code. Place a check mark in the Rotate Sheet check box to activate this
option and select a degree from Rotate Angle: drop down list. There are
four options: 0 degree, 90 degree, 270 degree, 360 degree.
Note:
Only when the Sheet Type is Remnant, is this option available. See
Sheet Information
Rotate angle When rotating skeleton to use, you can rotate sheet by selecting angle.
pull down list There are 0 degree, 90 degree, 180 degree and 270 degree in the drop-
down list.

Note: A warning message will appear if the sheet size is not big enough.

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Part Grid

In the Manual Edit mode, click button to open the Part Grid panel.

Item Description
Grid Parts Method There are five options in drop down list: General Grid Parts,

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Common Punch, Single Part Common Cut, ABE Common
Cut and Common Cut +WC.

General Grid Parts Select this option to perform part grid. See General Grid Parts
Common Punch Select this option to perform common line punch. See
Common Punch
Note:
To use this method, you should select Joint as the Process
After method.
Single Part Common Select this option to perform common line punch part by
Cut part. After you finish your operation, right click to open a
shortcut menu in Result View mode. See Part Layout Shortcut
Options Select To Simulation to simulate the process. You can
find that the system execute common cut part by part. See
Single Part Common Cut
Note:
You must use laser to process.
ABE Common Cut Select this option to perform common line punch part by
part. After you finish your operation, right click to open a
shortcut menu in Result View mode. See Part Layout Shortcut
Options Select To Simulation to simulate the process. You can
find that the system execute common cut part by part. You
can use the same way as you make Single Part Common Cut
to make ABE Common Cut and simulate the process. See
Single Part Common Cut
Note:
You must use laser to process.
Common Cut + WC Select this option, the system will use chute tool as the last
process after performing common cut and other process.
After you finish your operation, right click to open a shortcut
menu in Result View mode. See Part Layout Shortcut Options
Select To Simulation to simulate the process. You can find
that the system execute common cut part by part. You can
find that the system execute common cut part by part. You
can use the same way as you make Single Part Common Cut
to make Common Cut + WC and simulate the process. See
Single Part Common Cut
Note:
You must use laser to process.
Output G98 Place a check mark in this option and the system will output
G98 to instruct the machine to process the grid. Output G98
in the NC code to indicate the use of part grid macros.
System uses this macro when the same part will be

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processed.

Nesting Priority There are two options: X First and Y First. If you select X
Direction first, system will nest parts in X coordinate first. Otherwise
system will nest parts in Y coordinate first.

Nesting Reference These options in drop down list are used to specify nesting
Position start point. The drop down list has four options: Bottom Left,
Bottom Right, Top Left and Top Right.

Select X first option in Nesting Priority Direction. In


following illustrations, the green line with arrow indicates
process direction.

Bottom Left Bottom Right

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Top Left Top Right
Part-Spacing This option allows you to type or select the horizontal space
and vertical space between parts. Default space value is
defined in Part Spacing/Nesting Border of Nesting preference.

Quantity This option allows you to type or select the number of the
horizontal or vertical repetitions for the part.

Total This option displays total number of grid part in part layout
area.

Click this button to calculate the optimum part numbers in


the sheet automatically.
Select an existed grid and click this button to separate the
grid.
Click this button to cancel current operation before execution

Click this button to start current nesting.

Click this icon to switch between Release Group and Group.


Select Release Group you cannot choose different parts to
execute part grid.

This option allows you to choose different parts to execute


part gird.

General Part Grid

1. Click part you want in the left part layout area. When part frame becomes green, it
indicates that the part is selected.

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2. Select General Grid Parts from Grid Parts Method: drop down list.

3. Specify Nesting Priority Direction and Nesting Reference Position to determine


process direction and process start point.

4. Click arrow button next to Quantity option to change number in X/Y coordinate.
Also you can type part number in Quantity X/Y: text box.

5. Click arrow button next to Part-Spacing option to reduce or increase space between
parts, if necessary.

6. Place a check mark in Output G98 check box to generate G98 in NC code.

7. Following illustration show part grid result according to settings you specify above.

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8. Click Execute button to complete current operation.

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Click to save change and exit.

Common Punch

1. Select Common Punch from Grid Parts Method: drop down list.

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2. Select the part want to make part grid in the left Part Layout area. The selected
part will be green.

3. Set the parameters as following:

4. Select a cutting tool you want to use to cut the common line. The selected tool in Y-
axis will be blue and the selected tool in X-axis becomes orange.

5. Click Execute button, or right click to open shortcut menu and click Complete
option. Parts with common line will be processed as follows.

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Single Part Common Cut

1. Select Single Part Common Cut from Grid Parts Method: drop down list.

2. Select the part want to make part grid in the left Part Layout area. The selected part
will be green.

3. Click arrow button next to Quantity option to specify the number of grid in X/Y
coordinate. Also you can type part number in Quantity X/Y: text box.

4. Click Execute button to finish your operation.

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5. In Result View mode, right click to open a shortcut menu. See Part Layout Shortcut
Options Select To Simulation to simulate the process. You can find that the system
execute common cut part by part.

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Sequence Edit

In the Manual Edit mode, click button to open the Sequence Command in Sheet
panel.
The options in the Sequence Command in Sheet panel allow you to define the sequence
to process the part and then take it out.

Specify the range

Sequence can be automatically decided according to the setting.

Item Description

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Click this button to apply the settings.

Click the Details button to display the Sequence Setting window. You can
specify the setting to sequence the parts in detail. See Sequence
Starting Specify the starting position to sequence the parts. There are four options,
Position Upper Right, Lower Right, Upper Left and Lower Left.
If you select Upper Right, the part in the upper right corner of the sheet
will be processed first.

If you select Upper left, the part in the upper left corner of the sheet will
be processed first.

Sheet Specify the direction to process the parts. There are four options,
Division Direction X, Direction Y, Single Direction X, and Single Direction Y.
Direction
Specify the settings as follows and click Execute button.

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The system will sequence the parts as follows.

Specify the settings as follows and click Execute button.

The system will sequence the parts as follows. All the parts in each
division area will be processed in the same direction.

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Sheet This option allows you to type or select a number in Sheet Division
Division Command: text box to divide the part layout area into equal areas for the
Quantity processing sequence. The system will process the parts in the first area,
and then go on to process the parts in the adjacent area.
Sheet Division DirectionX Sheet Division Quantity3

Example: Sheet Division DirectionY Sheet Division Quantity3

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Mouse Command

Use mouse to set sequence of parts. There are two methods: specify according to orders
from No.1 and replace No.

Items Description
Click this button to complete the modification.

Click this button to cancel your previous operation.

Click this button to give up all the modifications and restore the
process sequence to its original state.
Insert Place a check mark in the check box to enable the Insert functions.
Before Select this option and click the first part, then click the second part.
In that case, the sequence of the second part you click will be
processed earlier than the first one.
After Select this option and click the first part, then click the second part.
In that case, the sequence of the second part you click will be
processed later than the first one.

Example
1. Parts have been processed in the left part layout area as follows.

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2. Select Mouse Command option.

3. Click the part, it becomes red, and number on the part will become 1.
Example: No.11 No.1

4. Click the rest part orderly and system will assign the sequential number to each
part.

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5. Click Complete button. The part frame will restore to original color.

6. Place a check mark in the Insert check box and select Before option.

7. Click the fourth part.

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8. Click the fifth part. The fifth part will be processed earlier than the fourth part and
the numbers on the part will update automatically.

9. Click Complete button to confirm.

List Command

Use part list to change sequence.

1. Select List Command.

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Part names are displayed in the list. List No indicates sequence.
2.
Select a part, and click button or button to change sequence. At the same
time, the change will be applied to No of part layout area.

Reposition Command

In the Manual Edit mode, click button to open the Indicate Reposition panel.

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Basic Reposition Operation

These options allow you to add/remove a reposition, edit the reposition movement values,
modify the holder positions, and change the reposition positions.

Confirm Reposition

Click Confirm Reposition button to open the Confirm Reposition screen.

Example:

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Click to open Indicate Reposition panel.
Note: When parts are nested outside the process range, the following message will
display.

2. Right click the cell of the No column of the original clamp and select Add to add a
new reposition.

3. In the Part Layout area, drag the mouse to move the new reposition to the position
you desire. Click to confirm the position.

4. Click again to confirm the position of the holder.

Each reposition is assigned a number that appears along the bottom.

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5. In the Parameter panel on the right, correlative data will update automatically.

6. Select No.2 reposition and type values to change the data directly.

Changes will be reflected in the left Part Layout area.

7. Click the Amount button. In the Part Layout area, the original reposition turns
yellow and a new reposition is shown in white color. Drag and drop the new
reposition to a place you desire.

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8. Select one reposition and then click Holder button. In the Part Layout area, drag
the mouse to move the selected holder to a new position.

9. You can also right click the cell of the No. column of one reposition to open a
shortcut menu and then select Insert option to insert a new reposition before the
selected reposition.

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The number of new reposition will take place the number of the selected reposition,
meanwhile the selected reposition is assigned a new number in sequence.

You can also remove an existing reposition by selecting Remove option in a shortcut
10. menu except for No.1 reposition.

Manual Reposition

Click Manual Reposition button to clear all the existed repositions except No.1
reposition. A dialog appears when you click this button, reminding you the settings you
made will be canceled.

You can click OK button to remove reposition you add and Cancel button to return to

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Confirm Reposition screen. When you click OK, the Manual Reposition screen will be
available.

In this screen, you can add new repositions and edit them as you do in the Confirm
Reposition screen.
If you want to switch to the Confirm Reposition screen, the following dialog will appear.

Divide Reposition

Click Divide button to open the Divide section.


These options in the section are used to divide process trace and split part-grid.

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Item Description
Select a horizontal trace, click this button when selected trace
becomes blue. In the left Part Layout area, and a vertical line
appears. Drag mouse to move this line in horizontal direction to any
place you desire.

Right click to open a shortcut menu and select Complete to divide the
selected trace as follows.

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Select a vertical trace, click this button when selected trace becomes
blue. In the left Part Layout area, a horizontal line appears. Drag
mouse to move this line in vertical direction to any place you desire.
Right click to open a shortcut menu and select Complete to divide the
selected trace.

This function is not available now.

This function will be supported in next version.


Place a check mark to divide part-grid, and then the corresponding
Divide Part-Grid section appears as follows.

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This option is used to divide part grid in horizontal direction. Select a
part, click this button when the part frame becomes blue. In the left
Part Layout area, a vertical line appears. Drag mouse to move this
line in vertical direction to any place you desire.

Right click to open a shortcut menu and select Complete to execute


division as follows.

This option is used to divide part grid in vertical direction. Select a


part, click this button when the part frame becomes blue. In the left
Part Layout area, a horizontal line appears. Drag mouse to move this
line in horizontal direction to any place you desire.

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Right click to open a shortcut menu and select Complete to execute
division as follows.

Note: The center point of each part decides which grid the part belongs to. The part will
be placed in the grid in which its center point is located.

Group Reposition

As for the trace located in the position where work zones overlap with each other or one
another, system can process the trace in one of repositions automatically.
Also you can insert this trace to another reposition. Click Group button to open the
Group section.

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Suppose there are two repositions in the left Part Layout area as follows. The color of the
trace is corresponding to that of process area. The red trace will be processed in the No.1
reposition, while the yellow trace will be processed in the No.2 reposition.

Select a trace that can be processed in either of the two repositions and the selected
trace will be blue.

Select No.2 reposition in the right Parameter panel, and then click the Insert to the
selected reposition group button.

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This trace turns to yellow. It indicates that the trace will be processed in No.2 reposition.

Confirm Schedule Tool

In the Manual Edit mode, click button to open the ToolList For Schedule window.
This function is not available for laser machines.

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This window consists of five elementary sections: Toolbar, Schedule list, Turret and tool
information table, Turret image and Display Station.
These options allow you to review the schedule information, such as Machine Name,
Material Name, Material Size, Turret Stations, and tools used for each sheet.

Toolbar

There are four toolbars in this section: Range toolbar, Shape toolbar, Search toolbar and
View button.

Range toolbar

Click a range button to display turret stations of that range. The button is selected
by default and stations of all the ranges will be displayed. More information.

Shape toolbar

Click a shape button to display the tools of that shape. The button is selected by
default and tools of all the shapes will be displayed. More information.

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Search toolbar

Button Description
Click Search button to open the Advanced Filter window.

These options in this window allow you to filter the results by Name, Shape,
Range, etc. For example, if you type a C in the Range: text box, and the system
will search the current turret and list the stations that are installed tools of C
range.
In the Schedule List pane, right-click to open the Display Setting window.

Alternatively you can click in the toolbar to show this window.

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There are three panels: Situation Color, Schedule Color and Sheet Color. These
options in this window allow you to set the colors for corresponding Station
Situation, Schedule and Sheet.

View menu

You can click the View menu and select the way to display tools and turret.
Option Description
Used tool only Display the tools used.
Tool for sheet Select this option, and the system will display
Sheet Tool columns on the right and show
which tools are used for each sheet.
Tool for schedule Display the tool for the schedule specified.
Turret Image Select this option to display the Turret image.
See Turret Image Pane

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Schedule list

The Schedule list on the left of the window displays the schedule information.
Shows the Machine Name.
Shows the Material Name and Material Size.
Shows the schedule.
Shows the sheet.

You can click one item to display all the tools used for the corresponding schedule or
click one item to show all the tools for the corresponding sheet.

Turret and tool information table

The turret and tool information table list all the stations and tools in use.

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Right-click the column heading and select or remove the check marks to show or hide
the corresponding columns.

You can also select Customize to open the Tool Inventory Item window.

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Select the item in the list and click the upward /downward button to change
the displaying order.
You can type a value in Width of Select Column: text box to adjust the width of