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Costing Toolbar Button and Menu Command

You can run the Costing tool for sheet metal or machined parts with the same command. You are no longer required to choose between the sheet metal or machining Costing tools.

Click Costing Tool_Costing_Tools.png (Tools toolbar) or Tools > Costing.


You can drag and drop items into other valid locations in the CostingManager. For example, you can drag a hole pattern to the No Cost Assigned FM_folder.gif folder. You can also drag and drop operations between Setup FM_folder.gif folders.

You can also multiselect (Ctrl + select or Shift + select) items in the CostingManager to apply a common option to the selected items. For example, you can multiselect two setup operations and apply the same cost override value to them.

You can dissolve library features on sheet metal bodies. If you need to manufacture a library feature with a laser or water jet machine, you can dissolve the library feature so the Costing tool can calculate the cost based on the length to be cut, not on a per-stroke basis. In the FeatureManager design tree, right-click the library feature and click Dissolve Library Feature. The library feature is converted to cut paths for the Costing tool to evaluate.

You can move items between various Setup FM_folder.gif folders. This is helpful if you have machines that can make parts with fewer setups. For example, when you start Costing for a machined part, the Costing tool might create two setup operations because there are machining features on two side faces of the part. However, you may have a machine that can manufacture both features without changing the setup. Therefore, you can move the features from Setup Operation 2 setup_operation_folder.gif to Setup Operation 1 setup_operation_folder.gif to reduce the cost by eliminating Setup Operation 2 setup_operation_folder.gif.

You can use the keyboard to navigate the CostingManager.

When you right-click a folder in the CostingManager, you can Expand All or Collapse All.

Costing Templates

On the Machine node of the Costing Template Editor for a machining template, you can specify drill, mill, and turn machine types.

On the General node of the Costing Template Editor for a machining template, you can set values that contribute to the cost calculation, including the Setup time, the amount of time it takes to set up turning for the part.

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