Defining Endcuts

This task shows you how to build an endcut. This is usually done by an administrator.

Most of these steps apply to the Structure Functional Design, Ship Structure Detail Design, and Structure Design applications. Certain steps, where indicated, apply to just one or two of the applications.

An endcut is a closed surface or a volume that will be subtracted from the profile (shape/stiffener). This closed surface (or volume) is modeled using a user defined feature (UDF). Both the Wireframe and Surface Design and Generative Shape Design workbenches can be used to create the endcut geometry.

A PKT license is required to build the user defined features.

A GSO license is required if volumes are used to define the endcut geometry.

Starter models are provided to help in the creation of new endcuts. These templates are located in the following folder:


For more information and additional guidelines for defining geometry, see Defining Support Geometry.

  The following explains how to create a basic snipe radius endcut.

1. Open the starter CATPart and save it as a new CATPart.

For organizational purposes, it is recommended that you create all the features used to design the endcut geometry under a geometrical set called UDF Definition.

2. Using the Point command, create a point at the middle of the curve called Shape_Edge_Start_MoldedFlange1.
3. Using the Plane command, create a plane normal to the curve at the new point.
4. Using the Circle command, create a 50 mm circle with the point as origin and the plane as support.
5. In the Generative Shape Design workbench (Start - Shape - Generative Shape Design), select the Volume Extrude command (Insert - Volumes - Toolbar).

Select the circle as profile and the plane as direction.

  If you don't have access to the Volumes toolbar (because you don't have a GSO license), you must create a closed surface.
Create a surface from the circle using the Fill command.
Extrude this surface using the Extrude command.

The result is a closed surface that can be used to define an endcut.


Naming Conventions for Section Characteristics

When you define your endcut UDF, follow these naming conventions:

Inputs corresponding to the profile to be cut (shape/stiffener) have no index in there names. For example:

For a contextual endcut, inputs corresponding to the context have an index in there names. For example:


For more information on naming conventions, see Defining Support Geometry.

Creating the Endcut UDF

6. Select Insert - UserFeature - UserFeature Creation... from the menu bar to define the endcut UDF.

The Userfeature Definition dialog box opens.

Give the endcut UDF a meaningful name. This is the name the user will see when he instantiates the endcut in his design.

Select UDF Definition in the specifications tree.

Select the Inputs tab on the Userfeature Definition dialog box.

If the starter model has been used, all the inputs should follow the naming convention.

As shown above, our UDF has only one input: an edge named Shape_Edge_Start_MoldedFlange1.

7. Select the Parameters tab. Publish the Radius parameter corresponding to the circle created previously by double-clicking it.

NOTE: Only published parameters will be accessible when using this endcut.

8. Select the Outputs tab. Main Result is the Volume Extrude feature (or the closed surface). It must display in the Output Name column. If Main Result does not display, select Add, Remove or Replace, and ensure that it does display.

Click OK when done.

The endcut UDF is created under the Knowledge Templates entry in the specifications tree.

9. Store the endcut UDF in the detailing features catalog. For more information, see Adding Slots, Endcuts and Small Assemblies Templates to a Catalog.

Creating the Catalog Selection Preview Image

  When placing the endcut in the Structure Design application, a preview of this endcut displays in the Catalog Selection for End Cut dialog box.

Follow these steps to create a preview image that is representative of the actual endcut.

Use the Part Design workbench and select the Pocket command.

Create a Pocket in the PartBody by selecting the circle. Apply the standard isometric view to your document. Place all 3-D construction geometry in No-Show, then save the document.

It should look like this:

In the Structure Design application, when you place this endcut, the preview in the Catalog Selection for End Cut dialog box looks like this:


Creating a Bitmap Image

  When placing the endcut in the Structure Functional Design or Ship Structure Detail Design applications, the preview image of the endcut is not used. Instead, a bitmap image displays in the Endcut dialog box. See Placing Endcuts.

You must create an image for each new endcut. The image must be a bitmap file (120 pixels wide by 160 pixels high) to properly fit in the frame of the user interface. It should clearly show the geometry so the user can select the correct detail. It should also clarify the parameters. The image name must match the UDF name.

The location where these bitmap files are stored is defined by a specific PRM resource. This resource is described in List of PRM Resources.

Sample bitmaps, like the ones below, are provided with the product.