Model Design

Model Creator Plateless ModelWatch the video tutorial: Model Creator Plateless Model

Model Design: Models without Plate

When using the model without plate, the next step of the model creator is building the model and separate dies which fit within the model. The wizard is now in the model design and has two tabs, DIES and SETTINGS.

Dies

The Dies tab parameters are:

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  • 1 The height of the key pin. See cut view section (a)

  • 2 Determines how far the preparation margin is extruded vertically towards the bottom plane above the concavity. See cut view section (b)

  • 3 Width of the bottom seating area of the dies. See cut view section (c)

  • 4 Excludes the pins from the dies. See image Omit die Pin

  • 5 Remove or Add the concavity below the margin preparation. See image Add Concavity

  • 6 Reset the insertion axis of the dies.

  • 7 Set insertion axis of all the dies from the view into a common direction.

  • 8 Click Run after changing a parameter, in order to re-calculate the model.

  • Here's an illustration of the areas affected by the respective parameters:

    DieSettings.png


    • Omit die Pin
    OmitDiePin.png


    • Add Concavity
    NoConcavity.png


    Once the calculation has finished, the output .stl files will be saved in the Project Directory.

    TipAs an end user of the software, you shouldn't have to fiddle with the parameters at all. You should get optimal results using the default presets provided by your system integrator, or using the presets provided by the supplier of the manufacturing equipment or production center. If not, please let your system integrator and/or manufacturing equipment vendor know!


    Settings

    The Settings tab parameters are:

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    ModelBaseSettings-02.png
  • 1 Spacing between a die and the model base in horizontal (x and y) direction. See cut view section (d)

  • 2 Spacing between a die and the model base in vertical (z) direction. See cut view section (e)

  • 3 The mounted base height. See image Pedestal Height

  • 4 Determines the width of the ditch around the stump. See cut view section (f)

  • 5 Determines the average depth of the ditch around the stumps. Since the bottom of the ditches is made almost flat, the depth cannot be met exactly everywhere. See cut view section (g)

  • 6 Determines the average height of the ditch around the stumps.

  • 7 Adds indentations in the base of the model exposing the pins for easier removal. See image Add pin Grooves

  • 8 Click Run after changing a parameter, in order to re-calculate the model.

  • 9 Determines the width (i.e. x and y direction) of the pin grooves on the bottom of the model. See cut view section (h)

  • 10 Determines the depth (i.e. z direction) of the pin grooves on the bottom of the model. See cut view section (i)

  • 11 Wall thickness of the model. If the wall thickness is 0, the model will be solid. You can also achieve that by unchecking the Hollow model.The positive number means the model will be hollow and will define the material thickness. Negative value is invalid. See image Wall thickness.

  • 12 Adds an extension in wall thickness towards the bottom of the model. This increases surface area in contact with a printer build plate and adds strength to the model walls. Value of 0 removes the still feature. See image Bottom sill

  • 13 Determines the size of a ball that needs to fit into the cavity of a hollow model. Any region where such a ball would not fit is filled with material. Negative values are invalid.

  • 14 Tool diameter compensation. Determines the size of the bevel at the bottom of the separate dies and the holes in the model basset allow for milling residue in the opposite part. This will be displayed as Anticipate Milling. See cut view section (j)

  • 15 Smallest tool diameter slider. Available only when Anticipate milling box is checked.

  • Here's an illustration of the areas affected by the respective parameters:

    SettingsParameters.png


    • Pedestal Height
    PedestalHeight.png


    • Pin Grooves
    PinGroove.png


    • Bottom sill
    Sill.png


    • Wall thickness
    WallThickness.png