What is a Map?

MapBoards Pro (MBP) will create a map which is the arrangement of component bodies in a model on one or more boards or layout. The arrangement is done with copies of the bodies leaving the model in tact. Placement of the bodies is based on a tight retangular bounding box for the bodies. This provides quick results and reasonable nesting.

Try something simple...

Select a simple design at first with only a few components to become familar with the options available. Launch MBP and enter the desired board or layout dimensions for each material type listed. Don't worry, MBP will not modify your model. The map created is a separate component, named map, found in the browser tree at the root which is cleared with each run of MBP or removed by pressing cancel when running MBP.

There are a number of options available in the Options tab. When trying the various options it is a good idea to select Report for the Map Output Type option which is the first option at the top of the Options tab page. It will create an html file which includes a view of the map, cut-list, required materials and the MBP options selected to create the map. This can be useful when comparing the effects of the different options. Just select a unique report name for each run.

Experiment with the following option to get the results you desire.
  • The arrangements accounts for the amount of component spacing and trim on board specified in options. Minimizing their size helps.
  • You can move components within or between boards in the resulting arrangement.  Rearrange Map

There are a number of tasks that can be performed on the created map object. It is more efficient and recomended to create the map first then execute tasks on that map.  The tasks available include labeling, exports of SVG, DXF, cutlist and report.  A description of the tasks can be found here.  Post-Mapping Tasks

Fusion 360 additive manufacturing

If you plan to use the Fusion additive manufacturing workspace to complete the cutting with a CNC Router the following steps are suggested for a starting point. I would also suggest to always try the default options for toolpaths with simulation first.

  • Create a map with MBP with the Create boards as glass turned off
  • Switch to the manufacture workspace
  • Select New Setup from the Setup dropdown
  • Select your preferred Work Coordinate System, use default if you don't know
  • Under Model select one or more Board bodies along with at least one component on the board to provide thickness. The default shows "Nothing".
  • Under the Stock tab select Relative size for the Mode and No additional stock for Stock Offset Mode
  • Select OK to complete the setup creation.
  • Create one or more toolpaths then simulate to validate

Note: For simple body cutouts the 2D Contour toolpath is a good choice.

The full list of available options can be found here.  Options

For an overview of MapBoards Pro features and options watch this video.