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Calculating Thickness for a part using Pro/Toolkit

konjeti_krishna
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Calculating Thickness for a part using Pro/Toolkit

Hi All,

Is there a way (or methods) in Pro/Toolkit that we can use to calculate the thickness of a part. I know for Sheet Metal parts we should look for thickness parameter but not sure about other types. Any ideas are appreciated.

Thank you,
Krishna.




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Krishna,
There is not a concept of "thickness" for standard parts. There is a
thickness for a shell feature but not all parts have shell features. I
would look into measuring the distance between two geometry items (top and

bottom surface of a part). Read the API Wizard under User's
Guide->Core:Geometry->Measurement (WF 4.0). Find the
ProGeomitemDistanceEval() function.

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Krishna Konjeti <-> wrote on 04/06/2010 01:46:40

Hi Patrick,

Thank you for your quick response.

In one of my application where there is a user interaction (by selecting the top surface)I do use the below mentioned call to calculate the distance till it reaches the end surface. But in the new application I am trying to calculate the thickness for all parts in the model tree and do more calculations with that based on user needs and thats where I get in to trouble. I am thinking of acheiving this by calculating the distance in all three directions and considering the least value as thickness and I am not sure whether it is possible or not but its just an idea right now. Any suggestions is appreciated.

Thank you,
Krishna.


Krishna,
You'll want to look at the functions ProSolidOutlineGet() and its cousin ProSolidOutlineComopute() if you need more control over including / excluding non-geometric items such as datums. When you say "thickness" for a model, I assume what you really want is a "bounding box" so you can compare the relative space that each takes in the model tree. These functions will get you want you need.
Good Luck,
Michael Fussy

Michael,

Thank you for your reply. I will read the documentation for the methods you mentioned.

Thank you,
Krishna.




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