2 Axis Turning: Cut Parts with Confidence Using BobCAD’s Feature Type Programming

Posted September 18, 2019 10:07 am   Published by    BobCAD-CAM ">

Today’s topic focuses on 2 axis turning. Let’s take a look at Feature Types and Region options in BobCAD’s Lathe software & how you can use them to program your parts efficiently.
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When using BobCAD’s 2 axis Lathe Wizard for turning cycles, you’ll use your feature parameters to control where on the part you are machining. Listed below are the 4 Feature Types you can choose from:
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1. OD- For programming on the outside diameter of the part.
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2. ID- For programming on the inner diameter of the part.
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3. Front Face- For programming on faces normal to Z+
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4. Back Face- For programming on faces normal to Z.

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Now that you understand where on the part you’ll be creating toolpath, how do you determine the direction of cut? This is what Region 1 and Region 2 are used for. By switching from Region 1 to Region 2, it will switch the direction of the cut (illustrated below).
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In this OD example where we are using Region 1, you can see how the toolpath starts on the right side of the part and works its way to the left side.
If we want to switch the direction of cut, we can change the Region from 1 to Region 2. The toolpath now starts on the left side of the part and works its way to the right side.
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Lathe software from BobCAD-CAM affords users more control over their software. With the Feature Type and Region options, you have full authority over where & what direction cuts are made on your parts. If you are a visual learner, check out the video below!


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