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    Special Cutouts
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    The Cabinet Machining > Special Cutouts page of the Cabinet Machining category makes it possible to add one special cutout to each cabinet component.

    When you first look at this screen it can feel a little bewildering. However, once familiar with it, it is not as bad as it looks.

    We will first discuss the rules and then the options associated with each selection and examples of cutouts.

    Special Cutout Rules

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    Use

    Turn on to Use Additional Flatbed Machined Cutouts to apply required cutout.

    Up to five separate cutouts can be applied to each cabinet.

    Type

    These cutouts can either be Circles (half circles and quarter circles), Rectangles or Slots.

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    Circles and Rectangles

    Specify the dimensions and the position of the centre.

    • The centre of a Rectangle, Circle, or the end point of a Slot is specified either as exact co-ordinates or relative positions on the component, from a chosen starting corner.

    Example of Position

    For example a centre may be positioned 100mm across a component from its bottom left and half way up, by selecting BotL as the start position, 0 as the x Fraction, 100mm as the x Pos and 0.5 as the y Fraction.

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    Depending on their position, Circles are reduced to arcs if the circle would otherwise be part of the component. If the centre is within the radius of an edge, the centre automatically moves itself to be on the edge. Thus only full, half or quarter circles are actually cut.

    A similar approach is taken for Rectangles, as for Circles, regarding their size (using the Width or Height instead of the Radius). For rectangles, the radius is applied to the corners.

    Slots

    Specify (1) the Width, (2) Side i.e. which edge it is cut from and (3) the x,y location of its end.

    Example

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    Slots are always cut with a semicircular end, beyond the selected end point.

    Other Rules

    The centre of a Rectangle, Circle, or the end point of a Slot is specified either as exact co-ordinates or relative positions on the component, from a chosen starting corner.

    Example

    For example, a centre may be positioned 100mm across a component from its bottom left and half way up, by selecting ‘BotL’ as the start position, ‘0’ as the ‘x Fraction’, ‘100mm’ as the ‘x Pos’ and ‘0.5’ as the ‘y Fraction’.

    Holes for centres placed off the component will be positioned as if centred on the edge of the component.

    If a specified width, height or radius exceeds the width or height of the component, it will be ignored.

    These cutouts are undertaken without any regard to any other machining options (for example screw holes drilled to fix the component to another). The user is therefore responsible for the effect this may have.

    Cutouts applied to Shelves will be applied to ALL shelves in the cabinet.

     

    Options

    Part

    To which part (component) the cutout is to be applied.

    Layer

    What layer name to use for machining, this can be selected from the drop down list, or typed manually.

    Through

    Will set depth to Part thickness plus machine penetration value.

    Depth

    If Through is unchecked, then you can specify the depth of the layer.

    Radius

    Required by the Circle and rectangles corners.

    Width

    Required by the Rectangle and Slot.

    Height

    Required by the Rectangle only.

    Side

    Required by Slots only. Determines the side in which the slot is cut from.

    Start

    The start position from where to calculate the centre/end point.

    The options are ‘TopL’, ‘TopR’, ‘BotL’ or ‘BotR’. These refer to the corners of the component as it is viewed from the chosen machining face defined on the Mach.General > Face page.

    x Fraction

    One way of specifying the position of the centre/slot end point.

    It represents a fraction of the component’s width, from the chosen start position. Values can be between 0 and 1.

    Example of x Fraction

    Example: Here the resulting position would be halfway across the component (regardless of the components size.)

     

    Regardless of the start position, the ‘x Fraction’ always positions away from the chosen start point, there is no need to try and use negative numbers. (e.g. 0.5 from TopR would result in the same position as from TopL).

    x Pos

    The alternative method of specifying the position of the centre/slot end point. It represents an actual distance from the chosen start position.

    Example of x Post

    Example: Here the resulting position would be 100mm from the bottom left hand corner.

     

    Regardless of the start position, the ‘xPos’ always positions away from the chosen start point, there is no need to try and use negative numbers. (e.g. 100mm from Top Right would result in a position 100mm towards the Top Left).

    xPos can be combined with x Fraction.

    Example of x Pos with x Fraction

    Example: To centre circle 30mm from the centre use ‘0.5’ as x Fraction and ‘30mm’ as xPos, from the appropriate starting corner.

     

    y Fraction

    Similar to x Fraction but dealing with the position of the centre/slot end point in relation to the component’s height.

    y Pos

    Similar to xPos but dealing with the position of the centre/slot end point in relation to the component’s height

     

     Examples of Special Cutouts
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    To view cutouts for Machining in the Preview Pane either ...

    • select options on the Cabinet Machining > View page i.e. turn on the View checkbox and select part to view from the drop list.
    • or by using the Preview Pane, available on all pages i.e. from the Preview Pane menu select Machining and then use the drop list.
    Cabinet Machining > View page  - Click to see both the View page and Preview Pane options

    Cabinet Machining > View page  - Click to see both the View page and Preview Pane options

    Circle

    Use options Radius, Start, x Pos, y Pos:

    This would cut a circle of radius 50mm in the Left End.

    The centre of the circle being 200mm to the left of and 400mm down from the top right corner of the component.

    Semi Circle

    Use options Radius, y Pos:

    Similar to the example above, but this would cut a semicircle of radius 50mm in the Left End.

    The centre being 200mm to the left of the top right corner and on the edge of the component.

    This is because the yPos is less than the radius, so the circle would have been cut off. As mentioned in the ‘Rules’ above, when this happens the centre is placed on the edge of the component.

    Slot

    Use options Type, Width, Side:

    Cuts a slot in the Back component, of width 30mm, down from the Top of the component to a position 100mm below the top and halfway along.

    Rectangle 1

    Use options Type, Radius, x / y Fractions, yPos

    Cuts out a rectangle into the Bottom part component, 75mm wide and 100m high, centred 20mm above the middle of the component. The corners being cut with 20mm radius.

    Rectangle 2

    Use options Type, Radius, Start

    As the centre of the rectangle is the bottom left hand corner, this results in a cutout from the part of only 37.5mm wide and 50mm high. The corners being cut with 20mm radius.

     Export to Custom Tables

    The Export to Custom Tables button, when pressed, opens a Wizard which allows the user to select the cutouts they which to export.

    Cutouts without a Type or of the "Slot" type cannot currently be exported.

    Which cutouts would your like to save?

    Enable by ticking the Use checkbox of the cutout that you want to save.

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    Change the Cutouts Enable

    Cutout radio button

    Allows the user to select the cutout to edit.

    • In this example, as we only selected 1 cutout in the previous step, only Cutout 1 radio button available.

    Enable Conditions

    With no alteration, the cutouts enable will be "yes".

    Users edit the enabled condition by adding terms, as discussed below. When complete, press Next.

    Add Condition

    To add a new Condition, press the  (green plus button)

    Condition

    To build a Condition select the drop list left to right do the following:

    1. the Property to check -
      • in this example, Part Thickness
    2. the Comparator
      • in this example, not used but could be 'Greater than' or 'Less than' etc
    3. the Value to compare to (depending on the Property can be a drop list or edit box)
      • in this example, 1000mm was typed into edit box.

    AND / OR

    Additional selection boxes allows the user to chain conditions with AND or OR.

    Remove

    To remove a Condition, press the  (red minus button). A confirm 'remove' message will be presented, click Yes if you wish to continue.

    Choose FileName for Export

    Type in your required filename. 

    • In this example the File name typed in is 'Sample My Cutout'
    • This file will be exported with this name to the <your CabMaster folder>\Table\Machining\Custom\ folder.
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    Press Next and you will be asked to confirm 'export'. Click Yes if you wish to continue.

    Export Complete

    If export is successful, open the export using the Open Table button.

    Open Table to view. Click Finish when completed.

    Open Table to view. Click Finish when completed.

    Open Table

    This file will be located in <your CabMaster folder>\Table\Machining\Custom\ folder.

    Table Example

    Example of file created.

    Applying Custom Cutout

    You can now use this Custom Table and apply settings to other cabinets parts in any cabinet on your drawing/job by going to the Cabinet MachiningCustom page.

    Follow the link to the topic on Cabinet Machining > Custom page where we will apply settings in 'Sample My Cutout' table to another cabinet part. 
           

     

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