Post-Mapping Tasks

Once a map with component bodies is created there are a number of tasks which can be executed on the created map. To access these tasks right-click on the map component in the browse tree to bring up the context menu as shown here. A description of each task follows.

Export SVG

This task will export a flat panel design from the created map as a multi-colored SVG file.  The colors represent loops taken from the top view of each component in the map.  The colored loops include parimeter, insets, and cutouts. You can also include component labels with part numbers, descriptive name and dimensions.

Export DXF

This task will export a flat panel design from the created map as a multi-layered DXF file.  The layers created will represent a top view of each component in the map.  The layers include parimeter, insets, cutouts and labels with descriptive name that include depth relative to the top and a diameter for holes. For inset features such as chamfers a depth range is provided.

The Tabs option when selected will modify the perimeter in the DXF export to include tabs which are represented as breaks in the perimeter loops. The size of the breaks and distance apart are based on the provided options Width and Distance respectively.  The Height option, when not set to zero, will result in an additional tabs layer being created. The layer name will include a depth in default units. This could be useful with CNC users wanting to include tabs of a certain height.

Sketch Map

The Sketch Map task will create perimeter, cutout and inset sketchs of the components as they are placed in the map. The perimeter and cutout sketches are useful when creating a 2D Contour toolpaths in additive manufacturing. The sketches created can be found in sketches under each Board component in Map on the browser tree. You can select these sketches when adding contour selections in geometry tab.

The resulting sketches can be hidden or shown. If you are planning to use additive manufacturing you will want to select hide. This leaves the board and components visible needed when creating the setup.

Export Cutlist

The Export Cutlist task will create a cutlist of the components in a created map. The cutlist will be a CSV file which can be viewed, modified or imported into applications which handle the common format. This task includes the following options.

Group common dimensions
compress list by grouping to a single line components with common dimensions
Unit type
allow selecting which unit type to use
Display Format
Fractional or Decimal
Display Percision
either fractional or decimal precision

Label Map

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, display units. Options are available to include or exclude part number, component name or both. Sliding the size to the far left will remove that element of the label.

Map Report

The Map Report task will create an HTML document viewable with a browser on any platform from large screen desktops to mobile devices and can easily be shared as an email attachment. There are a number of options to customize the report as seen in the image below.

For labels both Part # and Name are optional and any combination is valid. The size controls the combination you select. Sliding the size to the far left will remove that element of the label.

The Report Output option includes the following:
  • View - view the report with the default web browser when the report generation is complete
  • Print - view a printable report with the default web browser print option which will allow the creation of a PDF output file or a printout
  • HTML Only - generate the report HTML file without viewing in the web browser

Group common dimensions
compress list by grouping to a single line components with common dimensions
Use Full Path Name
Component names will include the entire unique full path as seen in the brower tree

The report will include the following views.

Map - displays the list of boards and clicking on each board will display an image of the corresponding mapped board.
Cutlist - displays a cut list of components sorted by Board, Width and Length. Components with matching width and length on the same board will be grouped into a single entry with the appropriate quantity.
Materials - displays a list of board type and quantities required to manufacture the model. A board type is determined as a unique material and thickness pairing. The material is either the physical material or the material appearance if the Use Appearance option has been specified when the map was created.
Options - displays the list of options used by MapBoards Pro to create the map. This can be useful when compairing the effect options have on the resulting map created. Just save the report with different meaningful name.

Sample Report

Use the Map, Cutlist, Materials and Options links to navigate through the report. The Help link is disabled in this sample since it displays this help. While viewed in a browser, pages from the report can be saved to PDF or printed.

MapBoards Pro Report

Box 1 (3.87)

Board 1 - Pine Southern 6.000in x 9.500in x 0.15in

2.362in x 3.937in bottom 2.362in x 3.937in top 0.635in x 3.632in front 0.635in x 3.632in back 1.770in x 3.344in holderheart 1.753in x 3.328in holder 2.349x0.927 left 2.349x0.927 right
Board Qty Name(s) Material Width Length Thickness
1 1 holder Pine Southern 1.753 3.328 0.152
1 2 left,right Pine Southern 0.927 2.349 0.152
1 2 bottom,top Pine Southern 2.362 3.937 0.152
1 1 holderheart Pine Southern 1.770 3.344 0.152
1 2 front,back Pine Southern 0.635 3.632 0.152
Material Qty Width Length Thickness
Pine Southern (0.152 in) 1 6.000 9.500 0.152

Selected options:  ()

  • Arrange Type: Matching Lengths Vertically
  • Can Rotate Components: True
  • Unit Type: Inch
  • Decimal Precision: 3
  • Component Spacing: 0.135
  • Trim on Board Edge: 0.250
  • Ignore Thickness: False
  • Use Appearance: False
  • Labels: Apple Chancery - Size 16%
This option will display the help you are currently viewing when Help is selected in a generated report.