Articles tagged with: 2D Toolpaths

06
May
2013

Check in With Texas A&M Formula SAE Racing

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It is the time of year that SAE teams are getting ready to compete. This month, we checked in with Make McDermott, faculty advisor for the SAE team at Texas A&M.

Mark McDermott has been the FSAE faculty advisor at Texas A&M for 15 years. During this time he has seen CAD/CAM technology use in education evolve. We asked Mark for his perspective.

Categories: HSM Tips and Tricks

02
May
2013

Adaptive Clearing in HSMXpress - The Free CAM Solution for SolidWorks

Key Facts About Adaptive Clearing

  1. Remove material up to 3 times faster
  2. Reduce tool wear by using the full flute length of the cutter
  3. Eliminate tool breaking.
  4. HSMWorks pioneeried modern high-speed machining.
  5. While others have tried to copy us we continue to innovate and remain the leader in high speed machining.

Categories: HSM Tips and Tricks

29
July
2012

Ramping With Compensation

When using both compensation in control (G41/G42) and ramping for 2D contour, the ramp toolpath will also use compensation in control.

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Toolpath preview before and after compensation is applied.


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28
July
2012

Facing With 2D Pocket and 2D Adaptive

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2D Pocket operation

For most applications, the Face strategy is the most appropriate option for facing a part, as this provides a very efficient toolpath for clearing an area with a large cutter. In some cases, however, it may be beneficial to use an alternative strategy for facing, and for this reason it is very easy to set up both the 2D Pocket and 2D Adaptive strategies to face a part.

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28
July
2012

HSMXpress vs. HSMWorks 2D Milling

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HSMXpress Screenshot

HSMXpress essentially is HSMWorks 2D now. The MachineWorks-based solid verification is disabled simply because it js licensed from another company so we cannot give it away. However, HSMWorks has it's own 64-bit Solids based verification (Right click, Show Stock in Simulate) which is very good and continues to be developed. HSMXpress does not include Multi-axis machining or verification.

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28
July
2012

Sharp Corners for 2D Contour (Outer Corner Mode)

When machining outer corners, it may be necessary to avoid rolling around the corner in order to leave the corner perfectly sharp.

The 2D Contour can machine outer corners in three different ways, controlled by the Outer Corner Mode parameter, which has the following settings:

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Roll around corner
Keeps contact with the corner throughout the motion.

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Keep sharp corner
Continues the toolpath to a single point corner, loosing contact with the material temporarily.

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Keep sharp corner with loop
Like Keep sharp corner, but also performs a horizontal lead-out and lead in at the corner.

Categories: HSM Tips and Tricks

28
July
2012

Disabling Feed Height for 2D Contour/Pocket

For 2D contour and pocket toolpaths you have the option to disable the feed height, which causes the tool to rapid down to the lead-in. Simply pick the Disabled option from the Feed height drop down.

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Feed height Disabled setting

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28
July
2012

2D Adaptive "Use Slot Clearing"

Enable this setting to start pocket clearing with a slot along its middle before continuing with spiral motion towards the pocket wall.
This feature can be used to reduce linking motion at corners for some pockets.

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Use Slot Clearing Disabled

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Use Slot Clearing Enabled

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27
July
2012

Extending the 2D Contour Geometry

When selecting geometry for the 2D Contour strategy you may want to start the toolpath further away from the model than what you can directly select on the geometry.
The following screenshot shows an example without any extensions.

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2D Contour toolpath without any extensions.

Categories: HSM Tips and Tricks

27
July
2012

Using "Select Chain" on Sketches

If you have a sketch containing multiple contours, it is possible to choose a subset of these by using SolidWorks' Select Chain function.

Simply right-click on a sketch segment in the sketch, and choose Select Chain. Keeping Ctrl pressed will add the chain to the existing selection.

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