MapBoards Pro Description
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When MBP starts the length, width, thickness and material type are detemined for each component body in the model. The list of all material and thickness pairings are presented allow the targeted board dimensions to be specified. The initial default dimensions filled in will be a size large enough to fit one component, the largest component for each material type. You will needs to updated these dimensions before you run MBP the first time on a model to match the size of the material you plan to use. The dimensions will persist and be included the next time you run MBP on this model. Selecting Save as Default on the option tab will save the dimensions entered for each material type and thickness pairing and used as defaults by MBP with other models. In this example the dimensions for materials Walnut and Mahogany are large enough to contain all components of their material type.
By default all component bodies are included in the created map. Alternatively you can select which component bodies that you want included in the map. By selecting a component occurrence or a component body from the browser tree or a body in the design view a second selection table is displayed. The selected component bodies are displayed in this table. This example shows two components selected of type Walnut allowing their quantities and grain direction to be changed while still allowing the entire model to be included in the created map.
- Include Entire Model - Include all components in model with the modifications made to the selected items.
- Quantity - The selected item's number of copies can be increased from the default of one.
- Grain Direction - When creating the map each component's longest dimension, its length, is placed horizontally matching the targeted board length. This is an attempt to match wood grain direction. This default is changed by toggling the double-arrowed icon on the selected item, horizontal or vertical .
A flat pattern of the created map can be exported as a DXF or SVG file with a number of options including kerf thickness. The DXF file exported is layered as viewed from the top and will include perimeter, cutouts, insets, and labels. Inset layer names will describe either a depth or depth range. The same view is created with an SVG file export with layers represented as lines with selectable colors and adjustable thicknesses.
You can perform the export as part of the map creation in one step or produce a map first then export the flat pattern with tasks from the map object context menu in the browser tree. Since you can manually rearrange the components on the resulting map you may prefer the stepwise process of creating the map, rearrange the map then export the flat pattern.The Export DXF and Export SVG tasks provide the same options for export as MBP using the corresponding Map Type options and produces the same results. The Label Map task will relabel components that have been moved within or between boards. The Label Map options allow you to "play around" with the font type, font size and display units.
- allows components to be manually rearranged before export
- can elect to export one board at a time, useful on large models
- label as a separate step, also useful on large models
- Always ensure the saved assemblies you linked in have MBP created maps removed. Clear the map by invoking MBP and pressing Cancel.
- Name all component and do NOT use Fusion's automatically created component names, i.e. ComponentX. Instead provide your own unique names.
- Remember to save any updates you make to the assembly and refresh the model where linked.
There are a number of options available in the options tab. Trying the different arrangement types, the Can Rotate setting and boards dimensions will result in varied results. All options and dimensions will persist and be includes the next time you run MBP on this model. You can save your option selections as default by pressing Save as Default in the Option tab.
View all available options here. Option Descriptions