The Utility Tab

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Introduction

The Utility tab of the Multiaxis Wizard contains the following parameters.

Feed Rate Control

 

The Surface Radius Based Feed Rate Optimization dialog box allows you to set different feed rates for four different radius values: two are user defined, one is for flat surfaces, and the last is for no radius. Type a radius value for each user defined radius. Type a percentage of the feed rate to use for each defined radius.

 

 

Feed Control Zone Dialog Box

 

 

Axial Shift

The Axial Shift parameter is an offset applied to the tool along its axis. The result is that different parts of the flute are used for cutting at different parts of the toolpath. The Axial Shift section of the Utility tab is described next.

 

You can select one of the following options for an axial shift.

 

 

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After selecting an option, you must set the distance values for the axial shift. When using Constant for Each Contour, only the To distance value is available since the shift is constant.

 


NOTE:      Positive values cause the tool to retract and negative values cause the tool to plunge (in-feed).


 

CheckBoxSelected.png Select this check box to apply damping to the axial shift. Damping is used to reduce sudden tool shift movements.

CheckBoxCleared.png Clear this check box to turn off damping.

Miscellaneous

CheckBoxSelected.png Select this check box to turn on Y-axis machine limits. Type values in the boxes to set the minimum and maximum Y-axis machine limits.

CheckBoxCleared.png Clear this check box to turn off Y-axis machine limit.

 

 

 

 

Example

 

The following image shows calculations based on tool tip (surface contact point).

 

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The following image shows calculations based on tool center.

 

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