Body Integrity

The Body Integrity function in the Analysis menu is highly useful at the very beginning of a project – to scan the part and highlight potential problem areas.  While the function is not new, it received a significant makeover in version 14.  Now all five integrity checks run simultaneously, and a concise chart presents the results.  Different colors are used to highlight open, tolerant, and non-manifold edges on the part.  Areas of self-intersecting solid or narrow knife regions are also called out. 

Visible Stock Size

Rather than use the stock function for each part, most users will set the general preference for Recalculate Part Size and let Cimatron automatically measure part sizes at every save.  Version 14 actually saves two automatic stock sizes for each part, one in the part units and another in the alternate unit. 

In addition, checking the option for Visible Part Size – Manual allows you to manually type in a value for the Visible Stock Size attribute; this value will not be overwritten when the part is saved again.  This is very useful for standard parts or any time you want a specific size called out in the Bill of Materials.

Body Integrity

The Body Integrity function in the Analysis menu is highly useful at the very beginning of a project – to scan the part and highlight potential problem areas.  While the function is not new, it received a significant makeover in version 14.  Now all five of the integrity checks run simultaneously, and a concise chart presents the results.  Different colors are used to highlight open, tolerant, and non-manifold edges on the part.  Areas of self-intersecting solid or narrow knife regions are also called out. 

Direct Modeling

Direct Modeling is a very powerful new function in version 13 that can be used to modify and manipulate part features without editing its parametric features. Some of the edits you can make using the Direct Modeling function include:

1. Changing draft angles without removing adjacent rounds

2. Offsetting faces while extending the neighboring geometry

3. Linear or radial moving of faces while extending the neighboring geometry.

4.Replacing source faces with newly created target faces

Milling Angle

When rough or finish machining with a parallel strategy, a tool trajectory parameter will appear for the milling angle.  Clicking in this row doesn’t just let you type a value, it also allows you to select two points from the screen.  Note the prompt to “pick the first point”.  The angle between the two points as seen from the XY plane will be the new milling angle.

Tangent Surface Extensions

Mold Design is one of several disciplines that often require the creation of surface extensions or patches that are tangent to existing geometry.  But when working from a solid edge, there are surfaces on both sides, which brings up the question which set of faces the tangency will be taken from.  To help with this decision, Cimatron adds the Flip option, which provides a quick preview of each of these options in functions such as Bounded Face and Extend Face.

Resize Rounds

Resize Rounds is an entirely new function in Cimatron 13 which can be applied to any series of round faces, even those that are not truly cylindrical.  The function measures and displays the current value of the round, then offers two different ways to modify it.  You can either define a new radius value, or choose to enlarge or reduce the current round by a specific value.  This offers a significant time-savings compared to manually removing rounds and replacing them with new features.