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Rules-based Costing

You can customize machining templates to more accurately reflect the manufacturing process for creating parts. The machining templates include customizable rules for handling special geometry cases such as large holes or stock body selection.

The List of Rules under the Rules tab includes:
  • IF:
    • CONVERT large drilled holes to milled circular pockets IF the hole diameter is a certain size: Mills certain holes that are larger than a specific diameter rather than drill them.
    • ADD material to the machining stock body IF machining is selected: Sets an amount of additional stock to always add to the machining stock body.
    • ADD material to the cylinder stock body IF machining method is selected: Sets an amount of additional stock to add to the cylinder stock body.
    • Select a larger plate thickness for plate stock body IF machining method is selected: Sets a larger plate thickness to use for the plate stock body.
  • IF/THEN
    • IF a material is chosen, THEN add a custom operation: Adds a custom operation like painting or inspection whenever you choose a specific material.
    • IF a material is chosen, THEN add a markup/discount to the total material/cost: Adds a markup or discount to the total cost or cost of material whenever you choose a specific material.
    • IF no appropriate drill tool is available, THEN use a different tool: Lets you choose a tool for drilling operations if a tool is not available in the template.
    • IF no appropriate mill tool is available for roughing, THEN use a different tool: Lets you choose a tool for milling operations if a tool is not available in the template.
    • IF no appropriate mill tool is available for finishing or semi-finishing, THEN use a different tool: Lets you choose a tool for finishing and semi-finishing operations if a tool is not available in the template.


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