Getting Started With Simulation

Navigation Inside the Simulation Window

It is necessary to navigate in the simulation window in order to observe the model and simulation process.


Panning - (2D shift) involves having the geometry traverse across the screen. This can be accomplished by holding and dragging the right mouse button. Any movement of the mouse will traverse the geometry accordingly.


Zooming - involves having the geometry appear closer or farther away on the screen. This can be done by using the mouse wheel to zoom in or zoom out.


Rotation - involves having the geometry spin on the screen. The geometry rotates around the mouse pointer. Rotation can be accomplished by dragging the item (click the item and hold while moving the mouse).


The machining simulation is visualized in two main simulation-modes and three simulation-focus options.


The simulation always uses a combination of one mode and one focus. This gives quick access to one of the simulation components with only the necessary elements on the screen. Select the combination from the following modes and focus.


TPathModeSim.jpg Toolpath Mode - toolpath visible without material removal at this stage.

MaterialModeiconSim.jpg Material Mode - only material removal is visible, no toolpath at this stage.


ToolFocusIconSim.jpg Tool Focus - only tool and workpiece visible. Tool is stationary, workpiece moves around tool.

WorkpieceFocusIconSim.jpg Workpiece Focus - only tool and workpiece visible. Workpiece is stationary, tool moves around workpiece.

MachineFocusSimIcon.png Machine Focus - the full machine is displayed.


RunContSim.jpg Run - starts the simulation.


StepBackContSim.jpgStepForwardContSim.jpg Step Backwards  or Step Forward - step backward  or step forward allows steps through the toolpath to the next or previous single toolpath segment.


PrevOpContSim.jpgNextOpContSim.jpg Previous Operation or Next Operation - the previous operation or next operation allows you to navigate to the next or previous operation.


FastRunContSim.jpg Fast Run - the simulation starts from the selected step and goes to the last step without showing the simulation process in the simulation window. If a collision happens during fast run, it is reported.


ReloadContSim.jpg Reload - the machining starts over again from the beginning.


LoopContSim.jpg Loop - the simulation plays in a repeating cycle.


SpeedContSim.jpg Simulation Speed - allows you to run the simulation faster or slower. Move the slider to the left to decrease the speed, and move it right to increase the speed.

TimeBasedContSim.jpg Timebased Mode - the simulation is displayed with real time feed rate motions. Machine motions are very fluent and machining time is exact.


NCBasedContSim.jpg NC-based Mode - the simulation only uses the tool positions from the move list. The machine motion jumps from one position to the next.


For more information, please view the Description of User Interface.