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About Design Rules

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Design rules are guidelines for your design. Examples include minimal slot widths and depths based on the materials and manufacturing process for your part. Design rules can be ignored during the design process, if desired.

You enter specific design standards into a rule table and assign the table to your part. You can develop as many tables as you need. And you can edit the table data at any time. The standard rule table contains the following default sheet metal design rules:

MIN_DIST_BTWN_CUTS—Checks the distance between two cuts or punches. (Default: 5T)

About Design Rules SHOW NAVIGATION << >> Design rules are guidelines for your design. Examples include

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2T or 3T or Greater

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Stock Thickness (T)

MIN_CUT_TO BOUND—Checks the distance between a part edge and a cut or punch. (Default: 2T)

MIN_CUT_TO_BEND—Checks the distance between a bend-line and a cut or punch. (Default:2.5*T+R)

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Where, H = Distance between the lowest edge and the hole T = Sheet metal thickness R = Bend radius Min H = 1.5*T+R MIN_WALL_HEIGHT—Checks the minimum bend height of formed walls. (Default: 1.5*T+R) MIN_SLOT_TAB_WIDTH—Checks the minimum width of the slot. (Default: T) MIN_SLOT_TAB_HEIGHT—Checks the minimum length of the slot. For example, both MIN_SLOT_TAB_WIDTH and MIN_SLOT_TAB_HEIGHT are shown in the following figure:

1 Slot Height 2 Slot Width (T) MIN_LASER_DIM —Checks the minimum distance between contours that have
  • 1 Slot Height

  • 2 Slot Width (T)

MIN_LASER_DIM—Checks the minimum distance between contours that have to be laser cut. (Default:

1.5*T).

The design rules above are standard rules. You cannot add new rules or change the names of the existing rules. However, you can customize your design rules by setting up Pro/ENGINEER relations.

After you define and assign a design rules table you can test your part design against the assigned design rules table with the Design Check command. The design check displays design rule violations along with the rule name, formula, and dimensional values to help determine why your criteria was not met. Use your industry judgement for acceptable and unacceptable design rule violations.

Note:

You can only check design rules for planar surfaces.

In order to save the part size, Pro/ENGINEER does not store comments of the rule table.

See Also

About Reports

About Setting Up Sheetmetal Design

To Define the Design Rules

To Delete the Design Rules To Edit the Design Rules

To Show the Design Rules

To Write the Design Rules To Assign the Design Rules To Unassign the Design Rules

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