How to Create Multiple Machine Setups for Machining Parts

Introduction

The Machine Setup in the CAM Tree is used to define each setup (or position) of the part on the machine. To define multiple machine setups, in this example, you first create stock for the part and define the first Machine Setup. After these steps, the remaining Machine Setup is added to the CAM Tree. This tutorial is designed to guide you through the setup process.

Part 1) Create Stock for the Part

The part used in this example is shown first. Once the part is oriented in the workspace, the stock can be created. Be aware that you do not need to orient the part in any special way. The stock and the machining origin are aligned to the part in the Workspace.

 

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Step 1.    To open the Stock Wizard, in the CAMTabIconBBCD.png CAM Tree, right-click MllingStockIconWhite.png Milling Stock, and click Stock Wizard.

 

Step 2.    In the DataEntryTabIcon.png Data Entry tab, click Rectangular and click RightArrowNextButton.png next.

 

Notice that the stock is automatically detected by the default Auto From Workspace option, and the stock coordinate system is placed at the top and center of the stock.

 

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Step 3.    The stock is now defined, click RightArrowNextButton.png next to go to the Machine Setup dialog box.

Part 2) Defining the Machine Setup

The next step is to define the initial Machine Setup. This includes the Work Offset and the Clearance Plane value that are used to set the default for all features that are inserted from this MachineSetupIcon.png Machine Setup in the CAM Tree.

 

Step 1.    When the Machine Setup dialog box is opened, the stock is outlined with bounding entities that are automatically created for you to select the machining origin on the part.

 

(You are not required to use these entities, you can use other geometry in the Workspace.)

 

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Step 2.    To set the first machining origin (or work offset) used for the part, in the Origin group, click Origin.

 

This enables selection mode for you to select geometry in the Workspace to set the origin.

 

Click the point at the top and center of the stock. The machining origin is now defined.

 

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Step 3.    The next step is to define the Work Offset and Clearance Plane value. For this setup, the default Work Offset # 1 and the Clearance Plane of 0.100 is used.

 

The values defined here are automatically set for milling features that are inserted from the selected Machine Setup.

 

Step 4.    To finish defining the Machine Setup, click OK.

Part 3) Create the Second Machine Setup

At this point, you are now ready to create milling features for the first orientation of the part. For the purposes of this tutorial, you are going to define the second setup before creating milling features. So, in this part of the tutorial, you create a second Machine Setup in the CAM Tree, and then edit the Machine Setup to define the second orientation of the part on the machine.

 

Step 1.    To create the next MachineSetupIcon.png Machine Setup, in the CAMTabIconBBCD.png CAM Tree, right-click MllingStockIconWhite.png Milling Stock, and click Add Setup.

 

A new MachineSetupIcon.png Machine Setup is added to the CAM Tree.

 


TIP:   You can right-click Machine Setup and click Rename to type a new name for the setup.


 

Step 2.    To edit the new Machine Setup, right-click MachineSetupIcon.png Machine Setup - 2, and click Edit.

 

The Machine Setup dialog box is displayed in the DataEntryTabIcon.png Data Entry tab.

 

The bounding entities are displayed in the Workspace to aid in the machining origin selection.

 


NOTE:      You can edit any of the Machine Setups in this location, by selecting the Machine Setup from the list at the top of the Machine Setup dialog box.


 

Step 3.    In order to set the origin, the part must be rotated. To rotate the part, in the View menu, click Rotate.

 

Point to the part, and click and drag the mouse pointer up to rotate the part.

 

When you can see the bottom of the part, release the mouse button.

 

Step 4.    To set the machining origin for this side of the part, in the Origin group, click Origin, and select a point to define the origin.

 

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Step 5.    Notice that the Z-axis direction is not correct. To change the Z-axis direction, in the Origin group, next to Y Direction, click ReverseAxisDirectionIcon.png.

 

The direction of the Z-axis for the setup is now correct.

 

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Step 6.    For this example, the default Work Offset and Clearance Plane values are not modified, so the machining origin is now defined.

 

To accept the changes and close the Machine Setup dialog box, click OK.

A Final Note on Adding Milling Features

Now that a Machine Setup is defined for each side of the part, you are ready to add milling features. When adding features to the CAM Tree, be sure to right-click the appropriate MachineSetupIcon.png Machine Setup.

 

It is important to understand that the parameters in the Machine Setup dialog box must be set first, before adding milling features, in order to have the appropriate values automatically set in the feature wizard.

 


TIP:   The method shown in this example was used in order to provide certain key points. There is one change that can be made to the process that may save time. You can first add multiple machine setups to the CAM Tree before running the Stock Wizard. This way when you reach the Machine Setup, you can simply define the parameters for each Machine Setup at the same time. The parameters are applied to the Machine Setup that is selected at the top of the dialog box.


 

This concludes the example.