Translates the geometry of selected manufacturing data exchange formats and stores this information in a specified file. The manufacturing data is not saved in the Model database. This command is located on the Tools > Manufacturing Export menu.
XML is the default manufacturing data format provided with the software and is used by third-party nesting software. Other formats may be user-defined.
Before finalizing the information, the XML is parsed through an adaptor. The adaptor is a user-defined rule which parses through the default XML schema and allows you to make replacements, modifications, and deletions of entries before finalizing the XML output. This allows customization of the data for different nesting applications.
For built-up profiles, you can generate the profile XML for the web and flange independently of one another.
You can nest webs or flanges as either plates or flat bars.
Material type, grade, and thickness are included in the output XML.
Material type is exported appropriately for the needed nesting software.
If an object has custom properties, those properties are included in the output XML. For example:
<SMS_CUSTOM_PROPERTY NAME="Build Method" VALUE="5" UNITS_TYPE="long" PRIMARY_UNITS="undefined" CODELIST="BuildMethodData" CODELIST_VALUE="VerticalDrop"/>
<SMS_CUSTOM_PROPERTY NAME="Slot Connectivity" VALUE="4" UNITS_TYPE="long" PRIMARY_UNITS="undefined" CODELIST="SlotConnectivityData" CODELIST_VALUE="Double"/>
Custom XML is created for the part the XML represents, for the detailed part, for connected detailed objects, for holes, bevels, and margins.
Free edge treatments on profiles and plates are included in the output XML.
For more information about the XML generated, see the documentation delivered to the [Product Folder]\Shared Content\XML\StructManufacturing\Doc folder.