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At this point we will include several remarks which apply to all of the objects described in the "Objects" chapter - be they milling, engraving or macro objects.

Reference point of an object

A reference point is defined for each object, to which its coordinates refer.

The reference point is always fixed for standard objects. Note however the special features for Text engraving as well as for free contours and HPGL engravings.

With grouped objects or macros you have several ways of defining the reference point of the respective group.

Positioning objects and subsequently moving them

When you select an element for the new object, an icon bar opens through which you can choose one of five strategies for determining the coordinates of the reference point of a new object.

As these strategies are identical for placing an object for the first time and for setting the origin, please refer to the relevant sections in the chapter "Flexible Origin".

All of the various ways of subsequently moving, copying or duplicating objects which have already been placed, are described in the chapter "Tools".

Machining object edges

The circumferential edges of all milling elements as well as of the main plate itself can be beveled and/or rounded.

The dialog box for setting the desired edge properties of an element is opened with the "Edge machining >>>" button in the respective properties dialog box.

Placing objects on the reverse side

There is an option for placing objects such as blind holes and cavities, which do not break through the main plate, on the reverse side. These are shown with dashed lines and in gray.

Please note that the additional item "work on reverse side" appears in the price calculation as the main plate has to be re-clamped. Naturally this item only appears once regardless of whether one or more objects are placed on the reverse side.

General constraint on the placement of objects

Please make sure that none of the positioned objects protrudes more than 3 mm over the geometric edge of the main plate, otherwise the production process will be affected.

Determine and subsequently modify object properties

After the coordinates of the reference point of a new object have been determined, the properties dialog box opens where you can make any necessary adjustments. After confirming all of the properties by pressing the "OK" button, the new object is placed on the main plate.

To reopen the properties dialog box for one or more previously placed objects, you have various options:

Double click on the object
Select the object and either press

Alt + Enter

Properties… from the context menu

Selection > Properties

To change object properties, you can also use the "Object Properties" dialog box on the left of the screen. This can also be toggled with Ctrl + o or with View > Object properties .

Please refer to the chapter "Changes" for special features when subsequently changing object properties.

Subsequently scaling objects

Two methods are available for scaling one or more selected objects, i.e. changing their geometric properties:

Via the dialog box Selection > Change size…
By dragging one of the access points from the object's marking area in or out with the mouse.

The program allows all scales, which a) preserve the type of object(s), (e.g. a drilled hole cannot be transformed into an ellipse) and b) comply with specific production-related threshold values.

Milling objects after powder coating

When using a powder-coated main plate, you can check In the properties dialog box for inserted objects that these are not created until the surface finishing is completed. In this way you can ensure that threads or fits are available without any restrictions. A one-off change of set-up for the main plate will be taken into account during the price calculation.

Accept or reject changes to object properties

Pressing the "OK" button in a properties dialog box closes the dialog box and accepts all of the current settings for the object.

Pressing "Cancel" exits the dialog box and all of the changes made to the settings are discarded.

Preview function

Every properties dialog box has a preview feature which shows a sectional drawing of the object with the properties resulting from the current settings of the dialog box.

Declare object as a non-produced element / do not produce object

The following objects can be declared as non-produced elements:

Drilled hole
Curved slot
Rectangular cutout
Free contour
Engraving objects (text, line, rectangle, ellipse, HPGL)
Graphic elements

Non-produced elements are not produced, but rather serve as markers or simply for information purposes. To declare an object as a non-produced element, please check the “do not produce object” box in the properties dialog box of the object. Non-produced elements are not taken into account in the calculation of the price. Non-produced elements are displayed in blue in order to better differentiate them.