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Grooving on Panels

Grooving positions are specified relative to the side that you are specifying them on:

Length 1 = Left side, starting at the bottom.

Width 1 = Top side, starting at the left.

Length 2 = Right side, starting at the top

Width 2 = Bottom side starting at the right

Refer to the image below while reading about the different ways of specifying a groove:

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Simple Format “offset”

The simplest way to specify holes on a panel is to provide the offset for that grooving. This is the distance away from the side that the grooving will appear. For example: specifying the grooving text of “50” on the Length 2 will draw a grooving 50 away from the right of the board with the default width and depth that are specified in your settings, and for the full length of the side. (Indicated by the pink arrow in the image above)

Text Format “any text”

Another simple way to specify grooving is to type some text. For example: “yes”. In this case all the defaults specified in your settings are used. (Indicated by the yellow line in the image above)

Full Format “offset,width,depth,length”

The full format used to specify a hole is: offset,width,depth,length. For example: 25,5,4,250 specified on Width 2 will draw a grooving that is 25 away from the bottom side, has a width of 5 and a depth of 4 and is 250 long, starting from the right side. (Indicated by the blue arrow in the image above)

Partial Format “offset,width,depth”

In the case that the length is omitted, the grooving will assume the full length of the side that it is specified on.

Partial Format “offset, width”

The partial format of “offset,width” will assume the depth from the defaults and that the length is the full length of the side. For example: “50,20” specified on the Width 1 will draw a grooving 50 away from the top for the full length of the side. The width will be 20 and the depth will be taken from the default specified in the grooving settings. (Indicated by the red arrow in the image above)

Specifying Multiple Grooves on one side

Multiple grooves can be specified on the same side, each groove must be separated by a semi-colon “;”. An example can be seen in the image below on the Length 1 “20;50;80;110” (Indicated by the red, blue, pink and yellow lines).

Mixing syntax

When specifying multiple grooves, any combination of the described syntax’s is acceptable. For example add;130;135,3,5,100 will result in 3 grooves. Groove 1: “add” = this groove will get all its values from the default grooving settings. The length will be the full length of the side. Groove 2: “130” = this groove will have a offset of 130 from the side at the full length of the side with width and depth taken from the default settings. Groove 3: “135,3,5,100” = this groove will be offset at 135 from the side, with a width of 3 and a depth of 5 and a length of 100. Since this is a full format no values are assumed from the defaults.

Configuring Defaults

Default values can be set by going to Settings -> Layout -> Grooving Settings

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Results

Grooves will show in the following parts of the program:

The panel preview diagram when adding a panel

On the screen optimization layout

Layout Reports

Dxf Cut lines export

Labels with visual edging (as a representation)

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