Drop-down lists for material group, semi-finished product and surface treatment

In this section, you will learn how to define the material group, semi-finished product and the surface treatment for the calculation of a part.

Material group

The material group is selected based on the material groups stored in classmate CLOUD and the material group stored in a model. If the material is not stored in a model or could not be found by classmate CLOUD, the material group is automatically completed as Steel (unalloyed).

You can also define the material group for the model manually by selecting a material from the material group drop-down list. The selection of material group has an effect on which machines are considered when performing calculations on parts. The list of material groups can be viewed and edited in the classmate CLOUD settings. See: Editing material group data

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Semi-finished product

The semi-finished product is selected based on the semi-finished products stored in classmate CLOUD depending on the type and dimensions of the model and the selected material group. For bending parts, for example, the required metal sheet thickness is determined automatically and sheets with this thickness will be given. For round parts with a continuous inner shape, suitable pipes are suggested.

You can also define the semi-finished product for the model manually by selecting a semi-finished product from the drop-down list. The selection of the semi-finished product has an effect on which machining processes are considered when performing calculations on a part. The list of semi-finished products can be viewed and edited in the classmate CLOUD settings. See: Modifying semi-finished products data

Note: In classmate CLOUD, the semi-finished product type FLAT is not sawed but milled across the width. This is why the flat material can only be used for the calculation of a part if its width is less than the width times 1.5 of the selected model. See: Semi-finished products
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Blank as semi-finished material

Instead of a predefined semi-finished product, you can also define one or more additions and costs for a blank. Select Define custom blankin the drop-down list of semi-finished products.

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Surface treatment

Die Surface treatments are not selected automatically. You can select one or more surface treatments for the entire model from the drop-down list. The available surface treatments depend on the selected material group. The list of surface treatments can be viewed and edited in the classmate CLOUD settings. See: Modifying surface treatments

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