Dynamic holes are something every CAM operator or VDC draftsperson should understand. Dynamic holes are set on specific fitting patterns to determine how large and where a hole will be placed on the fitting/product. They were initially created to apply rules for where holes are placed on fittings, so if a fitting has a hole in the model, when it came through to fabrication software, the fabrication software would apply the hole according to that logic. That process introduces constraints, and sometimes those constraints are too rigid or too limited because they only work on certain products.
BCX can apply rules for dynamic holes, but we also don’t limit it. So, if you needed to place a hole on a certain fitting pattern that dynamic holes doesn’t support, we can allow it, if it’s viable. If you want to add a tap, simply place a hole and connect the tap.
Dynamic holes were built for the ‘design line’ tool in the AD CAD world. With a shared fabrication database, they come through into CAM, as well. It is easy to see why dynamic holes were architected for original fabrication products, but they’ve been an issue outside of that shared database. Within BCX, holes can be applied on piping, plumbing, and sheet metal products, as long as they abide by the manufacturing standards. Learn more at buildcentrix.com. ■