Tech Tuesday is a weekly blog that addresses some of the most common questions and concerns that I hear throughout the previous week from users of BobCAD’s CNC software. Both customers and future customers are more than welcome to leave a comment on what they would like to see covered for the following Tech Tuesday.
Today’s Tech Tuesday is going to bring you up to speed on programming a roughing operation and the features found in BobCAD V33 that will allow you to cut down on cycle time, help the life of the tool by avoiding plunging and the ability to assign stock.
Have you programmed a roughing operation, and are now looking to finish where you left off?
By entering the parameters of the previous tool, BobCAD can identify any areas the previous tool was not able to enter and create that tool path. The software program will avoid any areas
the previous tool was able to enter. This will eliminate all air cutting in a finish operation. This optimizes the time it takes to program your part most efficiently, and it will cut down on cycle time at the machine as well.
Are you looking to program a roughing operation with high-speed machining functionality?
BobCAD has high speed machining options in the 2 1/2 axis and 3 axis pocket operations. Instead of stepping over to reach the next area of stock to be machined, the tool path created from these high speed machining operations will continually keep the tool engaged in the material. These operations will also allow you to start from the side of the stock as an entry option. This will help with the life of the tool instead of plunging the tool down into the stock to enter.
Are you machining from a casting, or only a particular amount of stock remaining from previous milling operations?
BobCAD allows you to define the initial stock before each operation. This gives the programmer the ability to start exactly where the previous operation left off. After a roughing operation is shown in our simulation, you are then able to save this stock as a 3-D solid model. Then in another milling operation, you are able to assign that stock as your operation stock. This gives BobCAD the information of what stock is necessary to be machined in the following operations.
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