Specifies general properties of the plate part. Some properties displayed duplicate those available on other tabs, such as the Main tab. The property name displays on the left side of the grid and the corresponding property value displays on the right side of the grid.
Specifies the piece mark of the member. Piece marks are typically used when importing and exporting member through CIMsteel. If a piece mark displays, the mark is usually the identity of the manufactured part from the other software package.
Specifies the assembly mark of the member. If the member was imported through CIMsteel, the assembly mark is usually the identity of the manufactured assembly to which this member belongs.
Thickening Technique Requested
Specifies the technique requested to thicken the plate part.
This property affects only the behavior of plate parts derived from systems. The property defaults to Procedural at creation. Changing the value of this property can affect the geometry of the part as described below.
Standalone plate parts initially display nothing for this property. You can change the value, but those changes do not change the part or its geometry. Smart 3D thickens all standalone plate parts, including collars, using procedural thickening.
Undefined (blank) indicates that Smart 3D selects the appropriate technique. Smart 3D automatically changes this value to Procedural.
Procedural indicates the part is thickened using the standard thickening method provided by the ACIS modeler. This works for the vast majority of parts, and you should not change this value unless there is a specific reason to try a different technique.
If the thickening fails using ACIS, and the part is a hull part, the software automatically tries the NonProcedural thickening technique. This option only controls which method the software tries first. You can determine which method Smart 3D actually used from the Thickening Technique Used property.
Procedural with slit is used for parts that have internal slits or discontinuities in the surface of the system that form part of the boundary of parts on the system. The currently-supported example of this is a surface with a combination of split and bent knuckles joined end to end. Because Smart 3D does not support splitting knuckles and changing the properties of different segments, these surfaces must be constructed with the correct geometry to reflect the bent and split portions. Parts that are bounded by the slit, and potentially parts on the system that are within half a meter of the slit, must have this value set to assure a proper trim. Setting this attribute on parts that do not need it should not cause a failure but may cause the part to take more time to detail. The following pictures show an example of this type of surface, first the full surface and then a close-up in the region of the slit or discontinuity.
The plate system in these pictures is split into three parts by the knuckle (shown as white) and the two black seams. You must be sure that a single part does not touch both sides of the slit.
NonProcedural is an infrequently used option. Historically, a much higher percentage of parts failed to thicken with the ACIS modeler, and many designers used a specific hull form definition tool that produced a surface with very specific characteristics. NonProcedural thickening provided a tool that would thicken almost any part on this type of surface, even if the ACIS modeler failed. The ACIS modeler has improved greatly, and the NonProcedural thickening method has not been enhanced to handle the surfaces produced by many of the hull form tools currently in use. Setting this option may solve a failure-to-thicken problem on a hull part.
If NonProcedural thickening fails for a hull shell part, Smart 3D automatically tries to thicken the part using Procedural thickening. This option only controls which method the software tries first. You can determine which method Smart 3D actually used from the Thickening Technique Used property.
Thickening Technique Used
Specifies the technique used to thicken the plate part. This is blank for a standalone plate part, although Procedural is always used for these parts. It displays one of the values defined for Thickening Technique Requested for a system-derived part. The meaning for these values is the same as defined for Thickening Technique Requested.
Specifies the method used to position child objects in the block. The list contains all available values as defined in the reference data for the assigned workcenter, typically Vertical Drop, Drop at angle, Slide, and Default. The list is defined by the BuildMethodData codelist.
Specifies the minimum welding requirement at profile and slot intersections to meet the build method requirements. The list contains all available values as defined in the reference data, typically None, Webleft, Webright, Double, N/A, and Default. The list is defined by the SlotConnectivityData codelist.