In this Tech Tuesday, we will look at four ways to save your CAM settings for faster part programming. We are reviewing BobCAD user favorites like copy and paste, and some newer options released over the last few versions. These time-saving options are available in BobCAD-CAM V34, BobCAM for SOLIDWORKS V9, and BobCAM for RHINO V2.
The first option we are reviewing is Copy and Paste. After creating a Feature in the CAM Tree, you can right-click on that Feature and select copy. You can then go to a different setup or Job, right-click in the CAM Tree, and select Paste Feature. Select your new geometry, review your settings and then compute the toolpath.
What if the Feature you are programming uses the same geometry and settings, just in a new job? Use the New Copy with Geometry,save time by not having to re-select the geometry for your Feature. After copying with or without the geometry, you will right-click inside the new job to paste that Feature.
Next let’s review the Save/Load Feature option. Using copy and paste is a big time saver for moving features around between setups and jobs, BobCAD also allows you to right-click on a feature and select Save Feature. This way you can save Features in a library of all the Features you most commonly use. You can then load any of these Features in new CAM jobs. Save time by re-using common machining features (and their settings) across multiple jobs.
This next Feature can save you plenty of time while creating a more customized CAM Tree environment. You’ll notice when stepping through any machining wizard there is now a button at the bottom-left corner labeled Save Defaults.
When clicking this button, all toolpath settings on that page are saved as the default settings for that specific operation.
For example, when creating a 2D pocketing operation in BobCAD, the default pattern is a standard offset pocket. What if you want the default pocketing pattern to be adaptive? Just change the pocket pattern from offset pocket out to adaptive, then click on the Save Defaults button. Now every time you create a pocket Feature the default pattern will be set to adaptive. No more changing these settings each and every time!
The last option we will be reviewing today is the Job Template option. Before we offered this option, every time you created a new job you started with a blank CAM Tree. You had to pick the job type, tools, stock, and setup location. All these steps need to be taken before you can start creating machining Features.
BobCAD’s New CAM tree templates short cuts this process by saving all the Job settings as a Job Template. The next time you go to create a similar job, you can start with your saved CAM Tree template.
Just right-click on the Job in the CAM Tree and go down to Save as Job Template. You can name it to differentiate the Job Templates you have previously saved.
Then in a new file, you can go to Job from Template to load in a Job Template.
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