Today we’ve released a new feature set for Easel that we call “Interactive Tabs.” Some of this functionality has been discussed in another topic. We’re grateful to folks on the forum who have provided feedback and suggestions that have helped us in designing and building this!
The major changes are:
The location of tabs can be controlled. When a shape with tabs is selected, its tabs will be shown as
redyellow regions on the shape’s perimeter on the 2D side of Easel. To move a tab, click on it and drag it to a new location. TIP: It might help to zoom in on the shape first so that you can more easily grab the tab:
Tabs will be previewed in real time on the 3D side. Previously, the location of tabs could only be inspected when showing tool paths.
The length and height of tabs can be specified in the cut settings panel:
When an outline with tabs is not selected, the tabs will be shown using the standard “cut depth grayscale” technique used for all shapes to indicate how deeply they’ll be cut. NOTE: The depth of a tab is equal to the material thickness minus the “tab height” specified (as shown above).
If an object with tabs is copy/pasted, the tabs will be in the same position on the copied object. If you plan to cut several identical objects with tabs, we recommend placing the tabs on a prototype shape first, then copy/pasting the object as required.
We’ll be adding control over the number of tabs on each each element. In the mean time, you can effectively decrease the number of tabs by placing tabs on top of each other. [Update 2/17/16: Tab quantity can now be specified]
With this new feature, the spindle will raise to the safety height when passing over tabs. We’ll work on reducing those lifts to the tab height in a future release. In our testing, these lifts don’t seem to add too much to the job time.
We’re looking forward to your feedback as you use this feature. We have put it through its paces and tested it both with automated software tests and actual job runs. But everyone’s project is different, so if you encounter an issue, or if you have any suggestions, please let us know!