New and Improved Material Operations
In recent releases of SDS/2, new and improved material operations have been added to make modeling miscellaneous materials more efficient. In version 7.313, Material Cut Layout was improved to allow cutting multiple materials at one time, rather than only one as was permitted in the past. Multiple Material Rotate is a tool that was added in version 7.318, which allows users to pick multiple materials to rotate them all at one time. Version 7.318 also added new functionality to parametrics to aid in creating mirrors and other copies of materials.
Material Cut Layout will work nearly identical as it did in versions prior to version 7.313. Once the command is invoked, users will be prompted to select materials to cut, once all the materials to cut are selected you must right-click and choose OK to confirm your selection or hit Enter on the keyboard. Once the selection is made, pick the layout to be cut. As an example, the picture below depicts cuts in two bent plate materials made at one time using cut layout.
Multiple Material Rotate is a new tool added in version 7.318 which allows users to pick multiple materials and rotate them simultaneously after first picking the axis to rotate the materials about. Not only does this allow users to rotate multiple materials, but satisfies a long standing request to be able to pick a point to rotate materials about. To do this, after the command is invoked, pick the material to be rotated and confirm the selection by right clicking and choosing OK or hit Enter on the keyboard. SDS/2 will now prompt for two axis points. If the same point is picked for both axis points, the material will rotate in the current working plane about that point. The picture below depicts a bent plate material that was rotated 15 degrees about the intersection of the construction lines using Multiple Material Rotate.
The new parametric functionality can be taken advantage of by downloading and using the Material Copy and Material Mirror parametrics from the parametric download page on the SDS/2 support site.
To learn more about the newly added material operations, attend the upcoming support webinar Enhancements and Tips for Modeling Material. Click here to register for this webinar.
If you have questions, please contact your SDS/2 support representative.
Utilizing Reports From the Main Menu in 7.3
Prior to SDS/2 v7.3, reports could not be run directly from SDS/2’s Main Menu. With v7.3, a Reports section has been added to the Main Menu, which makes it easy to access and run reports. This section is also configurable so only reports that are typically used by your company are readily available.
In the Reports section you will find three tabs, the first tab (as shown in the image) displays Detailing. This tab may be different depending on which SDS/2 solution you are running. For example, SDS/2 Fabricating will display Fabricating, SDS/2 Erector will display Erector, and so on. The reports listed under this tab are the reports located in your SDS/2 data directory>reports>corresponding solution folder. Any SDS/2 report can be placed in these folders to be displayed on the Main Menu of the corresponding solution. If any report is added, moved, or deleted from any of these folders while the Main Menu is open, the Refresh button must be clicked to refresh or update the available reports. At any time you wish to run a report, select it from the list, then click Run.
The next tab under the Reports section is the User tab. Reports listed under the User tab are any SDS/2 reports that are located in your SDS/2 data directory>reports>SDS2_User. If any report is added, moved, or deleted from this folder while the Main Menu is open, the Refresh button must be clicked to refresh or update the available reports. At any time you wish to run a report, click it from the list, then choose Run.
The third and final tab under the Reports section is the System tab. The reports listed under the System tab are the typical out-of-the-box reports provided by Design Data. Reports listed under this tab can only be run; there is not a way to modify the list of available reports under this tab.
Users can also run any report not found in the corresponding solution or User tab, by selecting Browse, then browsing to and selecting the desired report in Windows explorer. To access Report Writer, select Design.
If you have further questions on running, creating, or available reports, please contact your SDS/2 support representative by email at email@example.com or by phone at 888-883-2492.
Tech Tip: Project Transfer
SDS/2 version 7.3 has made it much easier to transfer projects with an easy-to-use interface from the Main Menu. Project Transfer will zip and unzip all the necessary files for transferring a project to another office or location.
Inside the Project Transfer window, the Project packing section allows users to choose the job and fabricator folders to be zipped. Choose where the zip file is to be created by selecting the Browse button for Directory: and browsing to the desired location. Specify the name of the zip file to be created in the Packed file name: field.
Advanced options allow users to specify Status configurations, Plugins, or Reports to be included in the zip file. If Status configurations is chosen, SDS/2 will pack all folders and files located in the conf_status folder inside the SDS/2 data directory. If Plugins is chosen, SDS/2 will pack all plugins or custom members located in the plugins folder inside the SDS/2 data directory. Finally, if Reports is chosen, SDS/2 will pack all folders and files located in the reports folder inside the SDS/2 data directory.
Once all the Project packing and Advanced options are chosen and the user selects Pack, SDS/2 will create a zip file with the necessary information. This zip file can then be transferred to another office or location by any means, whether that is through email, ftp site, or any other method.
To unpack a zip file, use the Project Transfer from the main menu. Choose the zip file to unpack and the job repository it is to be unpacked to.
Once Unpack is chosen, SDS/2 will unzip the job and fabricator folders and place them in the appropriate folders for SDS/2 to open them. If any of the Advanced options were chosen when packing the project, a folder corresponding to each item will be found inside the unpacked job folder that contains each of the different items. The job and fabricator can be opened and ran with no issues this way, but if users wish for reports or status configurations to be stored in another location, they must copy them to the new location manually.