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New feature : Weld optimization

Welding optimization with MetalFox

Save time and money by reducing weld lengths and changing weld positions. This option is available on prisms, oblique pyramids and offseted transitions. 

The aim is to save on welding costs by reducing weld lengths as much as possible, but not only …

Indeed, for some parts, such as offseted transitions, it is important to finish flat faces with a right angle.
This makes it easier the manufacturing and the assembly of the sub-parts.

Why did you make this optimization optional?

Because in two cases, weld optimization could be counterproductive:

Firstly, if the part is offseted and one end of the weld is too close to the folds of the opposite section.
This will cause problems during shaping because the “triangles” of the flat parts will then be too thin. It will therefore be very difficult, and maybe impossible, to shape them properly and obtain a flat weld.

Weld optimization usign MetalFox:

Second, for aesthetic reasons.
For example for an oblique square form, placing the weld with at a right angle will create the impression of a wobbly piece.
In this case, it will then be more interesting to have a weld centered on the two opposite sections.

A little advice for the welds:
We recommend that you make these parts in two or even four parts. If possible, position them in an axis of the workpiece that is not offseted. Because these parts are often only offseted in one axis, you should take advantage of this to reduce the length of the weld seams! 

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