Articles tagged with: Containment

29
July
2012

Toolpath Trimming

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Toolpath before and after trimming.

HSMWorks provides many different ways to confine the areas being machined (e.g. check surfaces, rest machining, slope, boundaries, and more).

HSMWorks also provides an alternative approach called "Toolpath Trimming" which allows you to remove unwanted cutting passes from the generated toolpath by directly selecting them.

Categories: HSM Tips and Tricks

20
July
2012

Using Before/After Configurations in an Assembly

Often you will find that the early stages of a part corresponds to the actual stock of your part. In such cases, it can be useful to make a configuration called "Before" (or "Stock" or similar) and one called "After" (or "Final" or similar). You can then suppress all the features to be cut from the Before configuration, and use that as the stock for your machining operations.

  • Add the configurations to your part with the appropriate features suppressed in the Before configuration.

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Before configuration

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14
July
2012

Using Slope Angle Confinement

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Contour Finishing
Slope Angle: From 45 to 90deg

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Parallel Finishing
Slope Angle: From 0 to 45deg

Categories: HSM Tips and Tricks

12
July
2012

Touch Check Surfaces

For HSMWorks 2011 we added a new check surface option called "Touch check surfaces" (name subject to change).

Normally you use the check surface feature to avoid machining of selected faces. When you enable this new option machining is instead forced for the selected faces. This can often be convenient as boundaries only confine machining in 2D and not 3D as is the case for the check surface feature. Gouge checking for linking is still done against the entire specified model so the option is safe to use.

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The "Touch check surfaces" option (disabled by default).

Categories: HSM Tips and Tricks

07
July
2012

Check Surfaces

One of the improvements in the new HSMWorks Kernel is the support for check surfaces. Where normal machining surfaces (also known as drive surfaces) are touched by the tool (within the set stock to leave), check surfaces are used to specify which areas of the part the tool may not touch.

You can specify check surfaces for all 3D strategies, by enabling Use check surface in the Geometry group, and use the   check surface selction box to select the surfaces to keep away from. The Check surface clearance sets the closest distance from the tool to the check surfaces.

Categories: HSM Tips and Tricks