Axis systems are automatically retrieved from CAD data or can be created inside SMIRT with simple and intuitive tools. Setting the proper current axis makes it easier to analyze the functionality and the construction techniques for cam slides and complex dies, leading the operator to extract and the correct reference dimensions used for machining operations.
Three families of real time dimensioning tools are used to check the geometry of the die components. "Measure" tools are used to take dimensions between two geometric features (point to point, face to edge, etc.). "Ordinate" tools are used to take coordinate positions referred to the current axis. The ordinate position of drilling holes will also give technological information (tapered hole, tolerance hole, etc.) if defined in the original die design. "HeightMark" is a dimensioning tool to take specific plane position and finishing information. The finish information can be retrieved from the CAD files or can be automatically recognized by special SMIRT algorithm.
Simple techniques let the user cut cross sections on the fly if required and positioned as needed. No support is required from the design department and section cutting is fast and easy (no complex CAD approach is applied). The section plane can be dynamically moved using a slider and different viewing styles can be displayed and combined: section, section and split solids, hatch, filled cut face. Dimensioning, annotation and balloon tools are also available in the section view.
Annotation and information sharing
All views can be completed with floating or flag notes (the text box of a floating note is fixed to the graphics window, while for a flag note, it is linked to a point on a solid). Views with dimensions or notes can be saved and shared on the network with other colleagues or departments. Urgent notes can be defined so that every one who accesses the file will be prompted to check the urgent note itself. All views can be exported as images to external files for documentation / e-mail messages.