3 Replies Latest reply on Apr 5, 2011 9:04 PM by Jerry Steiger

    Exporting tapped hole data

    David Demaria

      Does anyone here have any opinions on which neutral file format offers the most loyal translation of tapped hole data. I regularly send out STEP files but have to suppliment these with detailed PDF drawings to indicate tapped hole requirements. Are STEP files the best choice in this regard?

        • Re: Exporting tapped hole data
          Scott McFadden

          David,

          Are you getting feedback from where ever you are sending your files to that the

          thread data is not coming through? Are you using hole wizard to create your threaded holes?

            • Re: Exporting tapped hole data
              David Demaria

              I first discovered the issue after having components sent back with holes cut to what what was actaully the tapping size with no subsequent tapping operation performed. Is this a limitation of the STEP file format or are there in fact no neutral file formats that will translate tapped hole detail that CNC based machinery are able to recognize?

               

              The attached SW2010 file demonstrates a disc with a single M10 hole located in the centre (created as a metric hole wizard feature). The second file is the STEP214 version. THe hole now only measures 8.5mm (tapping size). The supplier has no way of knowing that this is infact a tapped M10 without referring to the supplemented PDF drawing.

                • Re: Exporting tapped hole data
                  Jerry Steiger

                  David,

                   

                  The world is moving towards model based data, but it isn't there yet. You either need to send a drawing to show the tapped holes or work out a system with the people trying to use your model to make the parts, say by color coding holes. Either the standards aren't set yet or SW isn't following them.

                   

                  Jerry Steiger