Edit Piece Buffer

The Edit Piece Buffer dialog allows you to define buffers around an entire piece's geometry or part of it.

The buffer can be described as a separator space added to the cutting piece geometry for various purposes.

In the Edit Piece Buffer dialog, you can select more than one piece/size, and you can apply the same buffer to all sizes or selected sizes of the same piece or all pieces.

The Edit Piece Buffer dialog contains a preview window which allows you to see the changes you are making, on the fly.

You can make all your changes and check them using the preview - and then apply them. You can also zoom in or out, using your mouse wheel.

Icon & Location

To edit a piece's  buffer:

1.      Select a piece (either from the Pieces window, or if pieces are placed on the table, select a piece on the table.)

2.      On the Marker menu,  go to Piece > Edit Piece Buffer. The Edit Piece Buffer dialog appears:

3.      Under Sizes, select a size from (multi selection is allowed).

Note: You can choose from one of the following geometry selection options - Closed Contour, Sides Selection, Chain Selection, or Buffer.

4.      Under Closed Contour:

·        the Around option lets you automatically set the buffer which surrounds the piece.

·        The Convex option lets you do the same; however with this option, when concave areas are detected, they are straightened out.

5.      Under Sides Selection you have an advanced algorithm for automatically determining the top, bottom, left, or right parts of the piece.

·        When a certain Side Selection option is chosen, the corresponding side/part(s) of the piece is determined.

·        Once the side of the piece is automatically determined, the buffer is applied to it.

·        You can select any combination of sides to apply the buffer.

Note:  When you select the Closed Contour or Sides Selection options, the previously selected geometry is substituted with a new geometry selected according to the chosen option.

6.      Under Chain Selection:

Note: When one of the Chain Selection options is chosen, the previously selected geometry is deselected, allowing you to re-select necessary segments.

7.      Under Buffer, you should specify the size of the buffer that you want to apply to the selected piece.

  1. The Points options are available only after applying the buffer. You can modify the buffer's contour by:

  1. Apply Options:

The Apply drop-down list provides the following options:

  1. Once the buffer is applied to the geometry, the next buffer definition session automatically starts allowing you to:

Within a single buffer definition session (which is concluded by the Apply button) you could use different geometry selection options.

However, the buffer value is common for all geometry segments selected within the current session.

This way, combining different geometry selection and different buffer values defined through several sessions, you could obtain the composite buffer geometry of any configuration.


Obtaining a composite buffer geometry of different configurations

    1. Choose Up option under Sides Selection

    2. Set the buffer value to 2.

    3. Click the Apply button. The buffer geometry is created for the upper segment.

    1. Choose Chain Selection and select all left segments of the piece.

    2. Set the buffer value to 1.

    3. Click the Apply button:

    1. Select Right and Up under Sides Selection.

    2. Set the buffer value to 3.

    3. Click the Apply button:


Remove Options

The Remove drop-down list provides you with the following options for removing the buffer geometry from the current piece/size.