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Did you know about supporting geometry

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Did you know about supporting geometry

Sometimes small geometries have to be manufactured which create a thin neck if extended to FREE_FACE. The manufacturing of those electrodes is difficult since the blank can break or bend. It's adviseable to add supporting geometry to stablilize the blank.

For example this is disadvantageous:      2016-09-12_020.png

This looks much better:                          2016-09-12_019.png

 

How to create supporting geomtry in SMARTElectrode

Add supporting geometry before base

1. Select top surfaces which should be considered for the support. 2016-09-12_021.png2016-09-12_022.png
2.

Select "Attach and add support" to connect solid with FREE_FACE.

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3.

Result

The dimensions of the feature can be adjusted if necessary.

2016-09-12_024.png

 

Add supporting geometry later

2016-09-12_025.png

 

What happens if a support has to be added to an electrode which has a base already ?

This is also no problem! Just follow the short instruction below...

1. Suppress the whole base group in modeltree or move the insert mark in front of the base. 2016-09-12_026.png2016-09-12_027.png
2. Select top surfaces which should be considered for the support. 2016-09-14_003.png
3.

Select "Attach and add support" to connect solid with FREE_FACE. SMARTElectrode recognizes that the solid is already connected to FREE_FACE and adds only the support.

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4.

Cancel insert mode.

Result

2016-09-12_028.png

 

Related SMARTElectrode options

ATTACH_EXTRUDE_OFFSET Defines the default offset from the boundary of selected surfaces. 2016-09-14_005.png
ATTACH_EXTRUDE_DEPTH

Defines the default depth for the extrusion.

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