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Manual  Search for unmachined parts: The most important at a glance
Description of function

The Search for unmachined parts detects fitting unmachined parts for the production of finished parts or finished parts which can be produced from a certain unmachined part.

The search detects, whether a part is completely contained in another part: The finished part has to be smaller than the unmachined part, so that it can be produced by removing wasted material. As soon as the extensions of the finished part exceed the ones of the unmachined part only at a certain point, it cannot be used at all or at least badly.

The search calculates the volume of the material to remove (waste). The less material to remove, the higher the ranking in the result list, because this criterion is determining for the manufacturing costs.

In the Part comparison you can compare the finished part with found unmachined parts.

  1. Click on Search for unmachined parts.[56]

    -> The same-named dialog box is opened.

  2. On the left side, under History, select the desired search part.

    • Tabbed page Projects

      If the needed search part is not yet displayed you have to load it in the Part view first.

    • Tabbed page 3D files

      You can use any 3D file as search part:

      • When you click on Geometry from CAD the part or assembly selected in the CAD system is loaded into the dialog.

      • When you click on Load geometry, an Explorer window opens where you can browse to the desired geometry.

  3. Perform the desired Settings:

    • Under Settings, in the list field, select ...

      • Search unmachined parts for finished part

      • Search finished parts for unmachined part

    • Accepted error in finished part

      The error is caused by missing material at the unmachined part.

    • Maximum waste in unmachined part

      The maximum waste defines how much material may be removed from the unmachined part.

    • Resolution: (16 | 32 | 64 | 128)

      The resolution controls the search quality. When choosing a higher resolution more details are gathered, however, the search lasts a little bit longer.

  4. Confirm with Commit.


    Takes over all changes and closes the dialog box.

    Start Search for unmachined parts via Start search.

    Commit and Search

    Closes the dialog box and starts Search for unmachined parts immediately.


    Closes the dialog box without saving any changes.

    -> Search for unmachined parts is displayed with a small preview image now.

  5. Under Search in determine the directory to be searched. Under "for" select the option parts.

  6. Click on Start search.[57]

    -> The search results are listed. The column Search for unmachined parts shows Protrusion and Waste. In the tooltip, the waste is colored.

  7. Optionally, you can load search and compare part into the Part comparison. When moving the mouse over a result line different buttons are displayed.

    Click on the button Compare to search-part.

    In the part comparison, different compare functions are available. Details on the part comparison can be found under Section, “ Part comparison ”.

[56] When searching with one single part call the Search for unmachined parts from the standard search methods area. The advantage is that it can be combined with other methods such as Full-text search (additional information like material), Variables search or Topology search).

When searching with multiple search parts further on use the "Search for unmachined parts" via Purchineering functionality. On this see Section, “ Unmachined / Finished part report ”.

[57] The combination with Geometric search (3D), Sketch search (2D) and Color Search is not possible.