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 Post subject: Mirroring an electrode
PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 2:17 pm 
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Hi guys,

we often need for our moulds mirrored electrodes.
Right now, we always mirror the solid and convert it later into an electrode.
So we have always an ongoing numbering of our electrodes.

Since the new PowerMill, you can mirror whole projects.

Now, we want to mirror the electrodes in PowerSHAPE, and PowerSHAPE should treat this as a " new " electrode , not as a copy.

Is something like this possible?

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 Post subject: Re: Mirroring an electrode
PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:02 pm 
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That is the existing behaviour.

If you use General edits to create a mirror of an electrode, the first mirror is treated as a new "parent" electrode. Subsequent mirrors are treated as copies of the first mirror rather than the original they were mirrored from.


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 Post subject: Re: Mirroring an electrode
PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:17 am 
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Hello JonH,

when I mirror an existing electrode it shows up with the ending "_1". So it is treated like a copy of the original one.
But a mirrored electrode isn't a copy. It is a whole new electrode.
When I move or turn an electrode, then it is the SAME electrode.

I want to mirror an electrode (nr.1) and the mirrored one should be nr.2, not nr.1_1.

I hope you understand what I mean.


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The GS is the mirrored electrode.
It should be seperated, now it is the parent electrode.

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 Post subject: Re: Mirroring an electrode
PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2016 3:27 pm 
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eisi6000 wrote:
Hello JonH,

when I mirror an existing electrode it shows up with the ending "_1".

Correct. This is the default behaviour of any general edits operation.

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So it is treated like a copy of the original one.

No. Don't let the name deceive you. Mirrors are treated as separate electrode geometries.

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But a mirrored electrode isn't a copy. It is a whole new electrode.

Yes. That's what happens.

eisi6000 wrote:
When I move or turn an electrode, then it is the SAME electrode.

Yes. That's also what happens.

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I want to mirror an electrode (nr.1) and the mirrored one should be nr.2, not nr.1_1.

I hope you understand what I mean.

Is this just a naming issue? If so why not just rename the electrode after the mirror operation?


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 Post subject: Re: Mirroring an electrode
PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 7:24 am 
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No. Don't let the name deceive you. Mirrors are treated as separate electrode geometries.

I am pretty sure the behaviour is like I said. The mirrored electrode is not stand-alone, but treated like a copy.

You can see it in my attached picture. The mirrored and the original electrode are linked up.

I contacted Delcam Germany. I think I'll get an answer soon.
I'll keep you guys up to date...and thanks for helping!!!

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