Plate designer. On the left side of the window, under 'Material List', a list of all plate/sheet materials is shown. On the far right side of the window, a list of bending radii for the currently selected material is shown below 'Bending Radius List'.
To access the plate library, click on the Tools menu and click on the Tube Library option in the drop down menu or click the Tube Library option on the task menu.
- Material Name: This title will be used to refer to the material throughout the software. It is recommended to give each a unique, descriptive name to more easily identify each material.
- Weight: The weight of the material per unit can be supplied here. This value is totally optional, but it will be used to calculate the total weight of the part in the part designer interfaces above the results table.
- Units: Plate parts can be measured in either inches or millimeters.
- Material Thickness: The thickness of the plate material will need to be provided here. Enter the value into the field on the part diagram.
- Color: The color of the plate material can be chosen using the Color button. This color will be used to shade the material throughout the software.
Bending Radius List
The bending radius is the radii that the current material can be bent to.
To add a new bending radius to this list, first select a material from the material list then click on the Add New button. Supply an inside radius value and click the OK button. Next, enter a K-factor value and click the OK button. K Factor is defined as the percentage through the inside radius to the neutral bending axis (See image to the right). Basically, this is the location of the line that runs through the bend where there is no stretching or compression, AKA the neutral bending axis. K factor is measured from the inside edge/radius of the bend to the neutral bending axis on a scale of 0 - 100 or 0 - 1 where 0 is the inside edge/radius of the bend and 100 or 1 is the outside edge/radius of the bend. Everything on the inside of the K factor is compressing and everything on the outside is stretching.
To manually add a plate/sheet material to the library, click the Add New button. After this button is clicked, all the attribute fields will be available to enter data into. Once all the required details are provided, click the Save button to add the plate/sheet to the library.
Plate/Sheet libraries from previous versions of the software can be imported into the current plate/sheet library. To do so, a valid plate library.txt file must be located on the desktop of the computer being used to run the software. If done correctly, the import library window will open when the Import button is clicked. On the left side, there will be a list of the current tubes in the die library. On the right, a list of tubes from the imported library will be shown.