|APPLICATION – THICKNESS CHECKER:|
|APPLICATION – SECTION THICKNESS:|
|APPLICATION – DISPLAY:|
|APPLICATION – MISCELLANEOUS:|
|Q : Which versions of Pro/ENGINEER® are supported by GeomCaliper®?
|A : GeomCaliper® currently supports Pro/ENGINEER®,
Wildfire 2, 3 and 4
|Q : Which operating systems can run GeomCaliper®?|
|A : GeomCaliper® works on Microsoft®
Windows® 2000, Windows® XP Professional.
|Q : What is minimum / recommended System configuration?|
|A : GeomCaliper®requires 512 MB of ram with 500
MB or more of free temp space. 1 GB of ram with higher temp space is recommended
for analysis of large parts.
|Q : Is GeomCaliper® an FEA tool ?|
|A : This is not an FEA based tool. It’s a thickness measurement
tool and the color-coded results are displayed for easy understanding.
|Q : What is the difference between GeomCaliper® and the Thickness
Analysis tool provided in Pro/ENGINEER ®?
A: Thickness Analysis tool provided in Pro/ENGINEER®
|Q : Which licensing mechanism is used by GeomCaliper® ?|
|A : GeomCaliper® is secured with FlexNet®
licensing software from MacroVision®
|Q : My license has expired. Where can I Renew the license from
|A : Please contact GC.firstname.lastname@example.org
for license renewal.
|Q : Where can I purchase GeomCaliper®?
|A : Please contact our
local resellers or send email to GC.email@example.com
for purchase and pricing.
|Q : What is ray method / sphere method ? Is this a standard terminology for thickness
|A : Ray method uses a straight ray, to calculate the wall thickness
of a solid body. In this method, when you click on any point of the model, it triggers
a ray, which travels straight before hitting the other side of the surface. The
ray stops the moment it reaches another surface. Ray method is a standard terminology
Sphere method is a non-standard definition which may be applicable for certain application.
Sphere method uses a rolling sphere to calculate the wall thickness of a solid body.
In this method, when you click on any point of the model, it generates a rolling
sphere. This sphere keep rolling till it reaches two surfaces on its two sides.The
locus of the center of all such spheres constitutes the mid-surface (referred as
the medial axis in 2D).
|Q : Why are the results shown by ray method and sphere
method not identical ?
A : Please see definition of Ray Method and Sphere Method
|Q : Which method to chose for thickness analysis?
A : Ray method is useful for inspecting wall thickness in product
design, sheet thickness and checking thickness gradients. Sphere method is useful
for deciding coolant channels, ribbing, weight reduction / coring, runner and raiser
|Q : What is chord length and chord height ? How do they affect
the thickness results ?
|A : By changing the “chord height” value, the distance
of the triangle from the surface changes. If the “chord height” value
is low, triangles are generated closer to the surface and are smaller in size. Hence
the tessellation error reduces. But the number of triangles increases. This can
result in higher accuracy of thickness values but the computation time shall be
higher. By changing the “chord length” value, the length of triangle changes.
A lower “chord length” value will result in triangles with smaller edge
length. This can result in increase in accuracy of results. Please refer to the
image below for “chord height” and “chord length” definition.
If, e.g., a flat surface is present, then increasing the sag will have no effect
|Q : What is “Ignore Thickness at Edges”?|
|A : When using sphere method for thickness computation, the
edges and corners show low thickness values. These low thickness values are not
of concern and it is desired that they are filtered out of the analysis results.
Option in Sphere Method allows the user to specify the maximum thickness value,
which should be ignored at the edges. Figure below shows the effect of the option
of Ignore Thickness at Edges.
|Q : Changing the maximum thickness value to be ignored
in the Ignore Thickness at edges shows no change in the results. Why ?
A : When the limiting thickness value is specified in the ignore
|Hence if thickness value input is beyond the maximum edge condition then any further
increase in the input value will not have any further effect on the display at edges.
The figure below explains the above scenario.
|Q : What is the accuracy of the computed values?|
|A : The accuracy of the results depends on the model resolution
selected while launching GeomCaliper® from within ProE FAQ. Setting
higher resolution would result in higher accuracy, but the analysis time would increase.
|Q : What is difference between 2D thickness at Section and 3D Thickness at Section?
Which one to use when?
|A : 2D thickness at section provides the thickness of the model
at the section boundary. The user can either select the “Ray Method” or
the “Sphere Method”. For 3D thickness at section, thickness is computed
at a point within the section plane. Spherical waves originates from the point (
source) and propagates in 3D till it hits the body. The radius of such a sphere
is the 3D thickness of the model at the given section. Figure below shows how the
3D thickness at section is computed.
2D thickness at Section is used to find thickness on the surface of the model along
a particular section. 3D thickness at section is used to find thickness at any point
within the solid model on the given section.
|Q : Why my application slows down when finding the thickness of the model at mouse
|A : This could be due to graphics card problem. Use “Point
Click”option from Tools->Default Settings->Thickness Meter->Point
Click. Also you can use “Point Click” option from the tool bar when probing
thickness values on model.
|Q : The thickness values at the mouse location flickers and disappears when the
mouse is not moving.
A : This could be due to problem with the graphics card. You need
to change the hardware acceleration. Go to Hardware acceleration ( For Window 2000
Professional version, go to Display Properties->Settings->Advanced->Trouble
Shooting and switch off “Disable cursor and bitmap accelerations”. This
can be done by changing the slider by one unit to the left from full acceleration.
|Q : Why results are asymmetric for symmetric body ?|
A : Please use finer “Model Tessellation” while launching
|Q : Why GeomCaliper version 2.3 shows more number of Grey/White
areas on the model than previous versions?
|A : New feature ‘Improved Accuracy of Thickness Checker tool’ in
version 2.3, displays important and more relevant results only and filters out or
hides the non-critical results.
GeomCaliper works on a tessellated model data. Due to the tessellated domain, thickness
values may be incorrect at certain locations in the model depending upon shape of
the surface and the tessellation quality. This is a known limitation of GeomCaliper.
This feature, now, automatically hides or filters-out such incorrect results and
displays only the correct, relevant and critical thickness values on the model.
Hence there are more number of Grey areas on the model as compared to the previous
The advantage of this feature is while locating the critical regions on model (using
feature ‘Locate Critical Regions’), these filtered-out incorrect thickness values
will be ignored. This will result in finding the real critical regions easily and
avoid the false regions due to incorrect thickness values. The count of critical
regions listed will be reduced drastically thereby making critical region search
and analysis easier.
|Q : How can I customize the report?
|A : GeomCaliper® provides template xsl file in the
GeomCaliper® install directory. By customizing the template xsl file,
the report can be customized.
|Q : Does GeomCaliper® support hot-key for view manipulation
same as in Pro/ENGINEER ®?
A : he hot keys for rotate, pan and zoom are provided in GeomCaliper®.