Clearance Planes or Clearance Cube?

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    What are some of the pros and cons of either Clearance Planes or Clearance cube?
    Any examples when one works better than the other?
    Any thoughts on these?

  • #2
    Simple answer - it depends - more specifically it depends on what your part(s) like.

    I've not used clearance cube much, but it's quite a new feature and has had a few teething issues.

    I quite like clearance planes for the right sort of parts.

    Currently I use mainly move points and avoidance moves (auto feature clearance moves).
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    • #3
      I think that there are some newer features like subroutines (2014) that will not work with clearplanes only clearance cube. So it really depends on what you use. I personally do not use clearance cube.

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      • #4
        I only used clearance cube when I just started out (after learning about it at a Hexagon class) and it consistently gave me problems. It would prehit or retract to the wrong workplane, causing coalitions. I would always have to go though the clearances to make sure it was using the right axis, which got old quick. If I have to go though every single move, that kinda defeats the purpose of the feature.

        Granted, this was PCD 2013 and I was just starting out. Clearance planes were just so much simpler at that time, so I stock with them.

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        • #5
          I use clear planes 99.9 % of the time. The only time I use movepoints is for an end of program move. I was scared away from horror stories with the initial launch of clear cube. At this point, clearplanes set themselves I have been doing it so long.

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          • #6
            I prefer clear planes for their "ease of use"! I have noticed significant differences between using move points over clear planes, with clear planes showing to be far superior in most applications. However, when I have a part where using just clear planes isn't logical, as with most aerospace parts, I will use a combination of both clear planes and move points. But I still find for majority of applications clear planes to be superior.
            Just my take on the subject.

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            • #7
              I like the idea of the clearance cube but I had problems getting it to work correctly and predictably. I like clearplanes though I've never understood how to employ the pass through part of it.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Schlag View Post
                I use clear planes 99.9 % of the time. The only time I use movepoints is for an end of program move. I was scared away from horror stories with the initial launch of clear cube. At this point, clearplanes set themselves I have been doing it so long.
                I'm in the same boat. Clearance Planes most of the time except for the few move points to move far away from the part. I have not used Clearance Cubes.

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