Posted May 15, 2018 3:03 pm   Published by    BobCAD-CAM ">

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When drilling in 3 Axis, users can drill holes that start and stop at different Z levels with BobCAD’s V30 CAM software. When creating a job in V30, we will always utilize the Data CAM Tree Manager. No time to waste, let’s jump right in and start setting up our drilling cycle.
Data CAM Tree Manager
Standard Drill Cycle
As we begin setting up our drill cycle, go into your Data CAM Tree Manager and right-click on the ‘machine setup’ option. Select ‘mill drill hole’, followed up by the ‘select geometry’ button.
Mill Drill Hole option in CNC software


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Next, we will select the cylindrical faces we want to drill out by clicking them on the screen. As we do this, you will notice that the software is reading our hole geometry in the ‘geometry’ window. Hit OK to move forward with your drill cycle.

standard drill hole selection in CAD-CAM
Our hole parameters, diameter & depth, have already been addressed for us by the software, so we hit ‘next’. This will lead us into the Hole Groups window.
set CAD-CAM hole parameters
Since we are dealing with holes that start and stop at different locations, we will see them show up in the Hole Groups window. Simply set the numeric values that you want to drill your holes at, hit ‘next’ and that will lead us to the Machining Strategy window.
CNC software hole groups
After we compute our machining strategies and compute the defaults, we now have the ability to easily drill holes that are at different Z levels, and even better, drill to different Z levels.
set your CAD-CAM machine strategy

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Tech Tuesday: Drilling 3 Axis Holes With V30 CAM Software
When drilling in 3 Axis, users can drill holes that start and stop at different Z levels with BobCAD’s CAM software. Learn how to set up a Standard Drill Cycle by following this tutorial.
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