Creating and Editing Cut Sections

VMoveCAE provides the ability to create cut-sections. This tutorial describes the procedure for creating cut-sections.

  1. Start VMoveCAE and Load a CAE file: Start VMoveCAE and load the d3plot file provided in the Samples directory.

  2. Click on the “Add Cut-Section” tool: Cut-section window is used to create cut-sections. To enable this window, click on the “Add Cut-Section” tool shown as in the following figure.

    This brings up the cut-section window.

     

  3. Add a cut-section: A cut-section can be added easily by typing its equation and clicking on the “Add” button. The cut-section equation need to be in the form of “AX+BY+CZ=D”. Now change the equation to say “X=50” and click on Add.

    A new item gets added to the Features tree under the “Features/Cut-Sections”.

     

  4. Changing cut-section properties.: Let us now add a second cut-section say “Y=5” by entering it in the text area and pressing Add.

    If you select the cut-section “X=50”, you can observe that value in the text area gets changed to “X=50”. Similarly, clicking on “Y=5” changes the value in the text area again. The cut-section window reflects the properties of the selected cut-section. These properties can be changed by simply changing the value in the text-area. Let us now select the cut-section “Y=5” and change the value to “X-2.4Y+1.6Z=80”.

     

  5. Save CAX: Translate and create a CAx file. Open it in VCollab Professional or VCollab Presenter to visualize the Cax file cut-sections. If any cut-section is out of bounds and not cutting the geometry then VMoveCAE ignores it and the cut-section will be created.

  6. Generation of multiple parallel cut-sections

    VMoveCAE provides the functionality of specifying and generating multiple parallel cut-sections in one go. This can be achieved by specifying a range and number of cut-sections on the right side of the expression instead of a value. VMoveCAE automatically computes the domain boundaries and use them as the limits in the case of user not specifying any limit.

Examples:

  1. A plane equation of "Y = 0:10:5" results in the generation five cut-sections for "Y=1", "Y=3", "Y=5", "Y=7" and "Y=9". Zero represents the lower limit, ten represents the higher limit and the five represents the number of cut-sections.

  2. A plane equation of "Y = :: 5" creates five equally spaced cut-sections along the Y-axis.

  3. User can also specify only one of the limits, letting VMoveCAE compute and use the domain limit for the other limit. Using "Y=:10:5" lets the user use the domain minimum of the Y-coordinate value as the lower limit.

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