As is, I find clearance cube to be more hassle than it is worth in most situations that I encounter, but with some improvements it could be a valuable tool. I definitely prefer to use clearance planes, avoidance moves, move points, etc. over clearance cube. I understand it was created as a way to automate the programming process but it may be able to improve the manual programming process.
I've outlined some areas where I think this could be improved:
- Make clearance cube smart enough to be able to adjust the status for each feature if a clearance plane is not needed. It is very time consuming to have to go in and click through all the menu items to adjust the active, start, and end status definition for each feature to get an efficient program. This adds quite a bit of time to the process, especially if there are a lot of features to adjust.
- Make it easier and quicker to adjust settings on the fly. Maybe a dock-able window that shows all the clearance cube settings for any specific feature that you can have visible at all times.
- Add clearance cube settings to the auto feature dialogue.
- Make clearance cube settings editable within features in the edit window.
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