Articles tagged with: Optimizing Toolpaths

13
July
2012

Analyze Toolpath

The toolpath node in the HSMWorks operation manager shows some basic info about the toolpath, namely the size of the toolpath in kilobytes. This information is often helpful when handling large documents, as it gives you an idea of the complexity of the operation.

If you wish to view more detailed information about the toolpath, you can either create a setup sheet, or alternatively use the analyze toolpath function. To analyze a toolpath, simply navigate to the toolpath node of an operation, right-click on it, and choose Analyze...:

Categories: HSM Tips and Tricks

13
July
2012

Up/Down Milling

HSMWorks allows you to specify when the tool should do up and down milling, or only one or the other.

In the strategy specific parameter group on all 3D finishing strategies, except Horizontal and Contour (that is Parallel, Radial, Spiral, Projection, Scallop and Pencil), you can choose the up/down milling mode by selecting the preferred milling type.

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Controlling up/down milling

Categories: HSM Tips and Tricks

13
July
2012

Thin Wall Machining

HSMWorks include special support for machining thin walls with the contour finishing strategy.

On a part with thin walls, running the contour finishing with default settings will create a toolpath which is ordered by area. In the case of a thin walled pocket, this can cause the wall to break when machining one side completely before the other side.

The problem can be avoided by enabling the order by depth option, which will finish an entire Z-level before moving to the next.

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Left: Order by Area (default) / Right: Order by Depth

Categories: HSM Tips and Tricks