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SmartCluster: Strip Cut

Strip cut clusters can be created by SmartCluster and are usually used for long and/or narrow parts, as a way to prevent the parts bowing or “banana-ing”.  The idea is to do the long cuts first leaving the parts attached at the ends to help constrain them to their intended shape.  The end cuts are performed last.  It is also a good starting point for applying MultiCut processing (using two or more torches at once along the lengthwise cuts)

An example of using strip cut
An example of a strip cut cutting sequence

Strip Cut is fairly similar to common line cutting, however the outer cuts are done separately instead of as a single cut.

Cutting Tool and Kerf Offset

Select your cutting tool in the Cutting Tool combo box.  (If the part was already processed with a cutting tool, the same cutting tool will be populated for you). The kerf offset should automatically be filled in from the selected tool, but can be changed if you want. In order to get back to the default value after changing it, simply select another tool (or re-select the same tool) in the cutting tool option.

Alternate Common Line Direction

There is also a tick box with the label ‘alternate common line directions’. This gives the option for cutting each common line in alternating directions, which can reduce the rapid movement between cuts, and therefore time, required.

Constant common line direction
Alternating common line direction

Align Column

For columns, there are the options to align leftrightmax commonline, or in place. You can also use rows of parts, with the options of top or bottom instead of left or right. However, this is far less common than using columns. Max commonline will align the parts centrally in order to maximize the length of the common line, whereas in place attempts to preserve the original positioning as much as possible.

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