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    I would like to configure a new disc probe that is not found on the list. I am using PCDMIS 2017 R1 and in the help section in mentions the Custom Probe Builder accessible from Edit/Preferences, however there is no custom probe builder option. Is this an add-on or is it located in a different place?

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    You do not say what level of pc-dmis you have. The probe builder tool was part of cad++.


    • neil.challinor
      neil.challinor commented
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      You can still create a custom probe definition, but you will have to do it the "old school" way. In the install directory for PC-Dmis, locate the probe.dat file and open it in notepad. You will see that it is a text file that contains definitions for all of the probe components currently available in your version of PC-Dmis. Scroll through until you find a definition that is similar to the one you want to create - in your case, a disc probe. To narrow down your search, make a note of the name of a similar disc probe that currently shows up in the probe utilities window and then search the probe.dat file for that name. Once you've found it, copy that section of code - it will look something like this...

      comment 03969242 TesaTip
      ribcount 10
      color 142 142 142
      cylinder 0 0 0 0 0 -3 3
      cone 0 0 -3 3 0 0 -4 2
      cylinder 0 0 -4 0 0 -6 2
      cylinder 0 0 -6 0 0 -6.55 3
      color 255 0 0
      cylinder 0 0 -6.55 0 0 -8.55 8
      hotspot 0 0 -7.55 0 0 1 8 1.7 disk

      Make sure you grab everything from the "ITEM:TIP" line to the "endtip" line. Paste this chunk into a new text file and name it Usrprobe.dat. You can now edit the definition to suit your new probe. Make sure you change the name or it will replace the original definition that you copied. For help on understanding what to edit, see the probe.dat section of the help files here :

    • neil.challinor
      neil.challinor commented
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      Forgot to say. Once you've created your Usrprobe.dat file, you need to put it in the ProgramData folder for your version of PC-Dmis.

    • ctw00
      ctw00 commented
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      It would be nice if the menu options were still there and greyed out if not available.

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