Using the Tool Pattern to Change the Order of Milling Operations

Introduction

The following examples explain how to use the Tool Pattern Global or Tool Pattern Program dialog boxes to change the milling operations used for milling features. View the help topics for an explanation of the dialog box parameters.

Examples

To Add an Operation:

 

Step 1.    In the Feature list on the left side of the dialog box, select the feature you want to edit.

 

Step 2.    In the Operations list on the right, click the operation that is below the desired location for the new operation.

 

(The new operation is inserted before the selected operation.)

 

Step 3.    In the Select item to edit list, select the new operation to add.

 

Step 4.    Click Insert.

 

The new operation is added to this feature.

 


TIP:   If the Insert button is not available, then the selected operations list already contains the maximum number of operations possible with the selected feature type. In this case you must delete an item from the list before you can insert another operation. (You can also change an existing operation.) An additional operation can be added to a list when the last item in the list is followed by four asterisks: ****.


 

 

To Change an Operation:

 

Step 1.    In the Feature list on the left side of the dialog box, select the feature you want to edit.

 

Step 2.    In the Operations list on the right, select the operation that you want to change.

 

Step 3.    In the Select item to edit list, select the new operation.

 

Step 4.    Click Change.

 

The selected operation is changed to the new one.

 

 

To Remove an Operation:

 

Step 1.    In the Feature list on the left side of the dialog box, select the feature you want to edit.

 

Step 2.    In the Operations list, select the item you want to delete.

 

Step 3.    Click Delete.

 

The selected operation is removed from this feature type entirely.

 

The changes made using any of the previous examples do not affect existing features, you must insert a new feature to use the new settings.

 


NOTE:      In the Feature list, the CBore Hole (Counter Bore Hole) feature, the default tool for the counter bore operation is a counter bore mill, not a counter bore tool. This was done to illustrate the ability to use different tools for the same operation. If a strict counter bore tool is desired, change the CBore Mill, in this pattern, to CBore Tool.