The CAM Tree is where all machining programs start in BobCAD-CAM. The CAM Tree is used to define system settings, including the system defaults and job settings as defined by the user. It is also used to create and edit machining jobs, tools, stock, and features. Today’s article will explain where to find the CAM Tree manager initially, setting defaults & creating jobs and the different CAM jobs that are available to you in the software.
The CAM Tree Manager
The CAM Tree Manager is located, by default, on the left side of the application, docked with the Data Entry Manager, the CAD Tree Manager, and the BobART Manager. The location of the CAM Tree Manager, however, can be adjusted to preference, as explained in the “How to Use Your Docking Panes” article. The CAM Tree Manager is what gives you access to the CAM Tree itself, the basics of which, is explained in the following section.
Setting Defaults and Creating Jobs
The CAM defaults and new jobs are handled using the top folder in the CAM Tree labeled ‘CAM Defaults’. This item is always available in the CAM Tree. The CAM Defaults include the Current Settings, Cutting Conditions, Tool Pattern, Tool Library, Thread Library, Stock Material Library, Adapter Library, and Tool Holder Library. You start with the CAM Defaults to define the system settings as you need them. This includes machine creation and setup, tool data, operation defaults, and stock materials. You can also use CAM Defaults to start a new machining job.
All CAM Jobs start with the Machining Job dialog box. Simply select the Job Type and the machine you’re using for the job. You can then start the Stock Wizard, Lathe Stock Wizard, or the Nesting Wizard to begin creating the program. Before you create a job, the CAM Tree will only contain the CAM Defaults folder. When you create a CAM job, it is added to the CAM Tree with all the items that you need to start creating the program. The following information shows what items are added to the CAM Tree for each job type.
The following items are added to the CAM Tree when you create a Milling job.
The following items are added to the CAM Tree when you create a Turning job.
Mill Turn Job
The following items are added to the CAM Tree when you create a Mill Turn job.
Wire EDM Job
The following items are added to the CAM Tree when you create a Wire EDM job.
The following items are added to the CAM Tree when you create a Nesting job.
There you have it. Now that you have an idea how your CAM Tree manager works, starting, editing and finishing jobs should be fairly easy to navigate. If you don’t have our latest CNC software, click the link below for a full trial version & see the difference BobCAD can make in your shop.
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