Cut-Tools Software Suite

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Overview

Cut-Tools is a handful of routines to aid in the creation of geometry for 2D Profile cutting using cutter / plotters, CNC routers and lasers. Could these tools be useful for your business?

Example
Example

Supported CAD Platforms

The tools can be installed in three leading CAD software environments:

  • AutoCAD
  • BricsCAD
  • ZWCAD

User Interface

Are you a CAD operator who prefers to use the menu? Or ribbon? Or Command Line? You will be pleased to know that Cut-Tools comes complete with a rich user interface.

  • It has a custom ribbon panel:
Ribbon Panel - ZWCAD
Cut-Tools Ribbon Panel – Screenshot from ZWCAD
  • It has a custom menu:
Cut-Tools Menu - Screenshot from BricsCAD
Cut-Tools Menu – Screenshot from BricsCAD
  • Tools can be activated using the Command Line:
Cut-Tools Command Line - Screenshot from ZWCAD
Cut-Tools Command Line – Screenshot from ZWCAD

Overview of the Tools

New tools are being added to Cut-Tools all the time. The following list is incomplete and due to be revised:

Draw Multiline

This tool takes a selection set of LINE and / or ARC elements and converts them in small segments using your chosen settings.

Draw Multiline Tool Window
Draw Multiline Tool Window

Draw Cut with Multiple Gaps

This tool takes a selection set of LINE and / or ARC elements and converts them into a series of CUT segments using your chosen settings.

Draw Cut with multiple Gaps Tool Window
Draw Cut with multiple Gaps Tool Window

Draw Border

This tool takes a selection set and assists you in drawing a border around the entities to a specific size using your chosen settings.

Draw Border Tool Window
Draw Border Tool Window

Draw Single Cut

Use this command to add a single Cut length of a variable length into a Crease line.

The following window is displayed when you start the command for you to enter the Cut length:

Popup window
Specify length of Cut

Then select the (Crease) line and indicate the position where you would like the Cut to be. The position you indicate would be where the middle of the Cut line would be.

It then breaks the line with a gap the length of the Cut line you entered in the dialog and then inserts the Cut line.

Dimensions and Registration Marks

This encompasses three commands:

Draw Dimensions and Register Marks
Draw Dimensions and Register Marks

This example shows both the dimensions and register marks:

Sample dimensions and register marks
Sample
Insert Material

Use this tool to insert annotation on to the drawing. The list of annotation can be customised by adjusting the supplied XML database file.

Insert Material Tool Window
Insert Material Tool Window
Edit Materials

Provides an easy way for you to manage the Materials database:

Edit Materials Tool Window
Edit Materials Tool Window
Show Extents

This tool takes your selection set and calculates the extents for all the supported entity types. It displays the width and height in the status bar.

Add Glue Hatches

To be written.

Create New Viewpor

This tool will take your selection set and create a new paperspace layout with a new viewport.

It automatically sets the following:

  • Printer: Print as PDF
  • Plot area: Window
  • Plot offset: Center on page
  • Scale: 1:1

The intention was to create the required custom page size but this is not possible yet with the available APIs.


This completes the introduction to the routines provided in the Cut-Tools software suite! Could …

  • … your business use these tools?
  • … these tools be refined with new options to fit your company requirements?
  • … an additional tool be developed to meet your specific needs?

Please use the Contact Form if you are interested in trying out this software and would like to purchase it.

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