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About Changing Part Accuracy

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About Changing Part Accuracy


The Accuracy command modifies the computational accuracy of geometry calculations. Part
accuracy is relative to the size of the part. The valid range is 0.01 to 0.0001, and the default
value is 0.0012. Note that if you decrease the value of part accuracy, the regeneration time
also increases.
You should use the default part accuracy unless you need to increase it. In general, you
should set the accuracy to a value less than the ratio of the length of the smallest edge on
the part to the length of the largest side of a box that would contain the part. Even so, use
the default accuracy until you have a reason not to do so.
In the following situations, you may need to change the part accuracy:


Placing a very small feature on a large part.

Intersecting (through merge or cutout) two parts of very different size.


For the two parts to be compatible, they must have the same absolute accuracy. To use
the same absolute accuracy, estimate each part size and multiply each by its respective
current accuracy. If the results differ, enter a value for the accuracy of the parts that
yields the same results for each.
You may need to increase the part accuracy of the larger part by entering a smaller
decimal number. For example, if the size of the smaller part is 100 and the accuracy
is .01, the product of these numbers is 1. If the size of the larger part is 1000 and the
accuracy is .01, the product of these numbers is 10. Change the accuracy of the larger
part to .001 to yield the same product.

Working with Absolute and Relative Accuracy


Absolute accuracy is the smallest size (measured in the current units) that Pro/ENGINEER
can recognize.
To enable the absolute accuracy functionality, set the configuration option
enable_absolute_accuracy to yes. The absolute accuracy functionality improves the
matching of parts of different sizes or different accuracies (for example, imported parts
created on another system).
In general, you should use relative accuracy for most part models. You should consider using
absolute accuracy only when you are doing one of the following:


Copying geometry from one model to another during core operations, such as Merge and
Cutout.

Designing parts for manufacturing and mold design.

Matching accuracy of imported geometry to its destination part.

You can match the accuracies of a set of parts mainly in two ways:


Give them all the same absolute accuracies.

Designate one of them (perhaps the smallest) as the "base" part and assign its accuracy
to the other parts.

See Also
To Specify Absolute Accuracy
To Specify Relative Accuracy

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