Microvellum Q&A Live Stream
Recorded: August 23, 2017:
Class: Basic to Advanced Level
Question & Answer Transcription:
Q. How do I adjust the nesting and sawing optimizer settings?
A. The answer to this question can be found @ 7:15 minutes.
Q. How do I print specific reports to different printers by default?
A. The answer to this question can be found @ 10:15 minutes.
Q. "Nesting Optimization Report" - the older library showed the INDEX # on the different parts. The new library now shows dimensions, part names, and other stuff that totally clog up the image (Everything but the index #). How do I make the change to only show the INDEX #?
A. This is a setting of the processing station. Under the Nest tab at the bottom, there is drawing options. I believe the option called "Text Placement" will allow you to change to back to the index number. There is a processing station setting under the tab Nest>Drawing Options>Text Placement. You can choose if you want TextOnParts or a TextList (below the nested sheet)
Q. I need to change a hinge in a whole project. I don't want to change the geometry or change the info for that part in any other projects. I want it to out put in reports with new part numbers.
A. Project level changes, including changing the hinge type, can be made through the Advanced Project setup. Making the change in advanced project setup will be isolated to the project, and affect all products in the project that are assigned to the specification group.
Q. Can the new path to Mic.Data be on a Network Drive?
A. Yes, it can.
Q. The pre-milling on the saw isn't being accounted for on the cut size dimensions on the report or our labels. However, the drawing is shown to have oversized the part. Is there a way to have the cut size (with pre-milling) show up on the report and labels?
A. Your report is likely looking to CutPartLength/Width when you would like it to display AdjustedCutPartLength/Width. This can be modified in the report designer.
Q. Is there a way to change some of the default settings of products in the library without having to resave the product back to the library as a new product? For example, we would like to turn off the "add sink" prompt which is defaulted on in sink base cabinets, but we don't want to have to go into each product in the library, change the prompt, and save the cabinet back to the library as a new cabinet. I guess we are wondering if there is a master location where basic library products can be edited.
A. Library designer would allow you to make this change to products at the library level. We do have a very powerful tool called Library Designer. This tool allows you to make mass changes to your library. I would recommend getting some training on it before attempting to use it though. Here is a link to a video that was made about library designer for your review. https://microvellum.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/217177066-Library-Designer-Quick-Overview,Here is another https://microvellum.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000165566-v7-Data-Structure-Library-Tools-Part-3
Q. When I turn on Mag Catches and Elbow Catches in a project the machining does not match the catches we use. How do we change the machining so it will match our catches?
A. When in your material file, go to the hardware tab and find the hardware in questions, right click on the hardware and select "Hardware Machine Tokens" The next screen that opens will contain all machining information in relation to that hardware item.
Q. In the product prompts, if you type in a specific decimal (for example 12.3456789) it will automatically change it to the nearest fraction (12 3/8). The product will still be the correct length if you distance it; however, if you go back into the prompts and want to change that decimal by .02 and don't remember that exact decimal, you will have to get the distance again. Is there a way to keep the prompts as a decimal as opposed to it rounding into a fraction?
A. Increasing the Accuracy and changing the setting to decimal in your options page will help this.
Q. When I copy items from the Product List from one DWG to another, the products do not show up in DWG’s. They are highlighted “green”.
A. Green indicates that the product is not drawn in the DWG, it only exists in the Database. Alternately, you can Copy Room to bring products in and then add or take away as needed.
Q. This is an add-on to my previous question about the update. So, let's say we upgrade from the 2015 version to the new 2018 version. Can we do this without installing/updating the library database? Or if we have to upgrade the library, can we carry over our old data onto the new one?
A. If your Library is working in 2015, it should work the same in 2018. As mentioned the best way to test would be to copy your database and create a sandbox environment and then upgrade/update that environment. This will be a good way to test and preserve your old data at the same time. Upgrading does not require installing a new library, but it is always good to test in a sandbox environment. You can import customized products into a new library, but it may require some work on the product as options in the libraries evolve over time, ie. new global variables, removal of global variables, and if the imported product is referring to a global variable that does not exist in the new library then you will need to modify the formula according
Q. What is the best way to export a TRUE CSV? In our reports, we are getting all kind of extra columns depending on the design of data layout. Is there a way to create a CSV output that limits these extra columns?
A. To export a report to CSV is dependent on the layout of the components on the report. You must have the sizing of the components just right, no spaces between components, etc.. The extra columns are created because of spaces between components.
Q. Whats the best way to handle radius and custom angled inside and outside corner cabinets in Toolbox. This is a time-consuming process that usually falls apart as I try to accomplish these cabinets. I usually end up using the solid model analyzer.
A. Not sure if this will totally satisfy your question, but there is a new video recently produced all about corner cabinets: https://microvellum.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/115004080486-Working-with-Corner-Cabinets
Q. The parts that get edge-banded are usually accounted for when it gets sent to the saw/nest but I had a custom product where I had to redraw the tops, bottom, and shelves. Those parts were already labeled for banding but when it got sent to our nest, the cut part was actually the finished size thus grew past the ends after it was banded. Was there a way to prevent this other than accounting for it manually in my drawing?
A. As long as the parts that you redrew had edge-banding on them, It should deduct the edge-banding. It would be best to contact support so we can hook up to your machine and see exactly what happened.
Q. When viewing COMPOSITE drawing of nested parts, you can see which routing tool is selected for a route in the layer name. However, with through boring, the layer name is just VBORE... How can I tell which bit is being selected? We are having trouble with getting 5mm and 5.1mm selections to work correctly.
A. We do not assign tool numbers for vertical drills, just the tool diameter and when they get optimized, it will then pick the best tool based on the way it optimized. The diameters that are listed in the layer name is the best way to see it, it does show exactly what the diameter is. If for some reason it is not picking the correct tool still, we would need to look at it. Contact us in support and we can do some deeper diagnostics on it.
Q. Can we do drawings (e.g. for machining) in metric but keep the elevation drawings in imperial?
A. Look into AutoCAD's alternate units feature. You can display both metric and imperial at the same time.