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SolidCAM Milling User’s Guide ©1995-2006 SolidCAM LTD. All Rights Reserved. Volume #1
SolidCAM Milling User’s Guide ©1995-2006 SolidCAM LTD. All Rights Reserved. Volume #1

SolidCAM Milling User’s Guide

SolidCAM Milling User’s Guide ©1995-2006 SolidCAM LTD. All Rights Reserved. Volume #1

©1995-2006 SolidCAM LTD.

All Rights Reserved.

Volume #1

Content

Contents

SolidCAM2006 Milling User’s Guide

Volume #1

1.

SolidCAM Basics

 

1.1

Installing SolidCAM software

16

1.1.1 System requirements

16

1.1.2 SolidCAM Single License Installation

16

1.1.3 SolidCAM Network License Installation

21

1.1.4 SolidCAM Dongle Update

23

1.2

Basics Concepts

24

1.3

Starting SolidCAM

24

1.4

SolidCAM Interface

25

1.5

Getting Help

27

2.

CAM-Part

2.1

Starting a new Milling CAM-Part

30

2.1.1

The structure of the CAM-Part

32

2.2 Defining Coordinate System

33

 

2.2.1

Multi-Sided CoordSys

33

2.2.2

Define Coordinate System (CoordSys)

34

2.2.3

Add Coordinate System within Multi-Sided Mode

35

2.2.4

Defining the Coordinate Systems for 3-axis CNC machine within Multi-Sided mode

41

2.2.5

Defining the Coordinate Systems for 4-axis CNC machine within Multi-Sided mode

42

2.2.6

Defining the Coordinate Systems for 5-axis CNC machine within Multi-Sided mode

44

2.2.7

Coordinate System definition methods

46

2.2.8

Add Coordinate System within Projections Mode

48

2.2.9

Defining the Coordinate Systems for 3-axis CNC machine within Projected mode

49

2.2.10

Defining the Coordinate Systems for 4-axis CNC machine within Projected mode

51

2.2.11

Defining the Coordinate Systems for 5-axis CNC machine within Projected mode

53

2.2.12

CoordSys data dialog

55

2.2.13

SolidCAM coordinate system

57

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2.3

CoordSys operations (CoordSys Manager)

58

2.4

Stock and Target Model

60

2.4.1

Target model definition

62

2.4.2

Stock Model

63

2.4.3

Associativity of Stock and Target models

67

2.5

Tool options

68

2.6

Mac Options

70

2.7

Work Material

71

2.8

CNC-Controller and Axis type

72

2.8.1

Axis type

72

2.9

Default G-Code numbers

75

2.10

Part Settings

77

2.10.1

Units

78

2.10.2

Update Stock model method

78

2.10.3

Update Stock accuracy

79

2.10.4

Milling Levels

81

2.10.5

Automatic CAM-Part definition

82

2.11

Compressed CAM-Part

84

2.11.1

Compressed CAM-part file format

84

2.11.2

Creating a new compressed CAM-Part

85

2.11.3

Converting CAM-Parts to Compressed mode

86

2.11.4

Opening/Closing Compressed CAM-Parts

86

2.12 Managing CAM-Parts

87

2.13 CAM-Part Documentation

93

 

2.12.1

Documentation Editor

94

3. Tools

3.1

User-defined Tool Types

98

3.1.1 Tool End Mill / Tool Rough Mill

99

3.1.2 Tool

Drill

99

3.1.3 Shaped Tools

100

3.1.4 Slot Mill

100

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3.1.5

Lollipop Mill

101

3.1.6. Taper Mill

101

 

3.1.7 Tap tool

102

3.1.8 Add new Tool Types

103

3.1.9 Tool Type Operations

104

3.2 Tool Libraries

105

3.3 Working with Part Tool Table

106

3.4 Working with Current Tool Library

107

3.5 Managing Tool Libraries

109

3.5.1 Edit Tool Library

109

3.5.2 Create Tool Library

110

3.5.3 Copy Tool Library

111

3.5.4 Delete Tool Library

112

3.6 Tool Table dialog

113

3.6.1 Tools Filter

114

3.6.2 Tool Range

115

3.6.3 Show Tool

116

3.6.4 View

117

3.6.5 Edit

118

3.7 Managing tools

119

3.8 Tool data

124

3.8.1 Tool Type

125

3.8.2 Tool Topology page

126

3.8.3 Default tool data / Operation Tool Data

134

3.9 Tool holding system

137

3.9.1

Tool holders dialog

138

3.9.2 Tool Holder Geometry definition

143

3.9.3 Tool Holder segments

144

3.9.4 Using Tool Holders

146

3.10 Shaped Tools

150

3.10.1 Shape-Tools dialog

151

3.10.2 Shape-tool geometry definition

155

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3.10.3 Shaped Tool segments

156

3.10.4 Using Shaped tools

158

3.11 Feed and Speed default

162

4. Geometry

4.1 Introduction

168

4.2 Adding a new Geometry to your CAM-Part

169

4.3 Drill Geometry

170

4.3.1

Defining a Drill Geometry

171

4.3.2

Edit a Drill Geometry

172

4.3.3

XY Drill Geometry Selection Dialog

172

4.3.4

Around 4th Axis Drill Geometry Selection dialog

177

4.4 3D Model Geometry

180

4.4.1

Defining a 3D Model Geometry

180

4.4.2

Editing a 3D Model Geometry

182

4.4.3

CAD selection

183

4.5 Wireframe Geometry

184

4.5.1 Defining a Profile/Pocket Geometry

185

4.5.2 Defining a Working Area

187

4.5.3 Defining a Slot Geometry

188

4.5.4 Defining a Section Geometry

189

4.5.5 Defining a Limit Geometry

191

4.6 Editing Chain Geometries

192

4.6.1

Geometry Name

192

4.6.2

Configurations

192

4.6.3

Adding a Chain

192

4.6.4

Chain operations

193

4.6.5

Chain Direction

194

4.6.6

Single Entities

194

4.6.7

Auto Select

197

4.6.8

Chain buttons

199

4.6.9

Spline Approximation

200

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4.6.10

Add Multi-Chain

200

4.7. Chain selection dialog

201

 

4.7.1 Chains direction

203

4.7.2 Chains sorting

205

4.8

Operations with Geometries

207

4.8.1 Synchronization of the Wireframe geometry

208

4.8.2 Synchronization of the 3D Model geometry

213

5. Operations

 

5.1 Adding an Operation

216

5.2 SolidCAM Operation dialog Interface

217

 

5.2.1 Geometry

217

5.2.2 Tool

219

5.2.3 Operation name

223

5.2.4 Milling Levels

225

5.2.5 Extra parameters

233

5.2.6 Mirror/Rotate point

233

 

5.2.7 Message

234

 

5.2.8 Operation buttons

234

5.2.9 Calculator

236

5.3 Working with Operations

240

 

5.3.1 Add Operation

241

5.3.2 Add Machining process

242

5.3.3 Edit

242

5.3.4 Calculate/Calculate All

242

5.3.5 G-Code/G-Code All

242

5.3.6 Calculate & G-Code All

242

 

5.3.7 Simulate

242

 

5.3.8 File

243

5.3.9 Operation Group

243

5.3.10

Delete/Delete all

244

5.4 Managing Operations in the CAM-Manager tree

245

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Content

 

5.4.1

Operation Sequence

245

5.4.2

Undo Sequence

245

5.4.3

Split

245

5.4.4

Expand

246

5.4.5

Collapse

246

5.4.6

Indent according to Tools/CoordSys(s)

246

5.4.7

Automatic Sort

247

5.5

Operation Transformations

248

5.5.1

Init

249

5.5.2

Move

249

5.5.3

Translate

249

5.5.4

Rotate

251

5.5.5

Mirror

252

5.5.6

4th Axis

253

5.6

Fixture

 

254

5.6.1

Fixture dialog

255

6. 2.5D Milling

 

6.1

Profile Operation

 

260

6.1.1 Geometry

261

6.1.2 Modify offset

262

6.1.3 Rough

262

6.1.4 Finish

265

6.1.5 Tool Side

265

6.1.6 Compensation

266

6.1.7 Profile Direction

268

6.1.8 Depth

type

268

6.1.9 Fillet size for last cut

271

6.1.10 Z-Entry

 

272

6.1.11 Lead in / Lead out

272

6.1.12 Rest Material/Chamfer

275

6.1.13 Trochoidal milling

280

6.2

Pocket Operation

 

281

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6.2.1 Geometry name

282

6.2.2 Step Down

282

6.2.3 Pocket Types

283

6.2.4 Hatch type

284

6.2.5 Contour type

289

6.2.6 Hatch+Finish type

297

6.2.7 Clear type

298

6.2.8 Plunging Pattern

299

 

6.2.9 Overlap

301

6.2.10 Compensation

301

6.2.11 Offsets

301

 

6.2.12 Finish

302

6.2.13 Fillet size for last cut

303

6.2.14 Rest Material/Chamfer

303

6.2.15 Lead in

310

 

6.2.16 Lead

Out

314

6.3 Drill Operation

317

6.3.1 Geometry name

318

 

6.3.2 Tool

318

6.3.3 Drill depth

319

6.3.4 Drill cycle type

320

6.3.5 Use Chamfer

323

6.3.6 Sequence of drill positions

324

6.4 Slot Operation

329

6.4.1 Geometry name

330

6.4.2 Depth type

330

6.4.3 Constant Depth type

330

6.4.4 Section depth type

332

6.5 Translated Surface Operation

337

6.5.1

Geometry name

338

6.5.2

Define Profile Start Point

339

6.5.3

Profile direction

339

6.5.4

Tool side

339

6.5.5

Geometry on Section

340

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6.5.6 Constraint

341

6.5.7 Process type

342

6.5.8 Surface Data for Translated Surfaces

342

6.5.9 Engraving Data for Translated Surface Operation

345

 

6.5.10 Limits

346

6.5.11 Limit Data for Translated Surface

347

6.5.12 Engraving Limit for Translated Surface Operation

350

6.5.13 Lead in/Lead Out

352

6.5.14 Show surface

352

7. 3D Milling

7.1 3D Milling Operation Overview

354

7.2 Working Area

355

7.2.1

Working area dialog

356

7.2.2

Working area definition via Geometry

357

7.2.3

Working area definition via angle limits

358

7.2.4

Working area definition via Face selection

360

7.2.5

Working area definition via Rest material

363

7.2.6

Tool on working area

366

7.2.7

Tool path trimming

370

7.3 Tolerance

371

7.3.1 Surface tolerance

372

7.3.2 Tool path tolerance

373

7.4 Roughing

374

7.4.1

Overlap

375

7.4.2

Step down

375

7.4.3

Clean flat

375

7.4.4

Offset

376

7.4.5

Fillet size for last cut

377

7.4.6

Complete Z-Level

377

7.4.7

Vertical Wall with fillets

379

7.4.8

Z-Entry

380

7.4.9

Mode (Open Pocket machining)

386

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7.4.10 Rest Material

 

389

7.4.11 Hatch Roughing

396

7.4.12 Contour Roughing

397

7.4.13 Plunging pattern

398

7.5

Semi-Finish/Finish

 

399

7.5.1

Overview

399

7.5.2

Z-Entry

402

7.5.3

Tool path arrangement

405

7.5.4

Semi-Finish/Finish strategies

408

7.5.5

Linear finish strategy

409

7.5.6

Offset Cutting finish strategy

416

7.5.7

Spiral finish strategy

421

7.5.8

Circular Pocket finish strategy

428

7.5.9

Constant-Z Finish Strategy

430

7.5.10 Constant Stepover strategy

439

7.5.11 Pencil milling

 

446

7.6

3D Engraving Operation

451

7.6.1 Geometry name

 

452

7.6.2 Engraving depth

452

7.6.3 Tolerance

452

7.6.4 Engraving geometry name

453

7.6.5 Engraving

technology

453

7.7

3D Drill Operation

457

7.7.1 Geometry name

458

7.7.2 Tool

458

7.7.3 3D Model Geometry name

459

7.7.4 Offset from model

459

7.7.5 Drill cycle type

 

460

7.7.6 Sequence of drill positions

460

8. Simulation

 

8.1

Introduction

 

462

8.1.1

Simulation modes

463

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8.1.2

Simulation Controls

463

8.2 2D simulation mode

464

8.2.1

Simulation Control

464

8.2.2

Simulation toolbar

464

8.2.3

Show Data

465

8.2.4

Projection

465

8.2.5

Show tool

467

8.2.6

Erase on Z change

467

8.2.7

Stop on Next

467

8.2.8

Clear

468

8.2.9

Colors

468

8.2.10 Simulation speed

468

8.3 VerifyPlus simulation mode

469

8.3.1 Simulation toolbar

469

8.3.2 Buttons available in the Setup Mode

471

8.3.3 Buttons available in the Simulation Mode

473

8.4 Host CAD simulation mode

474

8.4.1

Simulation Control

474

8.4.2

Show Data

475

8.4.3

Show Tool

475

8.4.4

Stop on Next

475

8.4.5

Clear

475

8.4.6

Colors

475

8.4.7

Simulation speed

475

8.5 3D simulation mode

476

8.5.1

Simulation toolbar

476

8.5.2

Simulation menu

478

8.5.3

Simulation control

479

8.5.4

Show Data

479

8.5.5

Stop on Next

479

8.5.6

Colors

479

8.5.7

Simulation speed

479

8.6 SolidVerify simulation mode

480

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8.6.1 Simulation Control

480

8.6.2 Show Data

480

8.6.3 Stop on Next

481

8.6.4 Clear

481

8.6.5 Simulation speed

481

8.6.6 Single color/Color by tool

481

8.6.7 Simulation toolbar

482

8.6.8 Selection mode

487

8.6.9 Measurement

489

8.6.10 Updated Stock model

490

8.6.11 Simulation menu

492

8.7

Rest Material simulation mode

499

9. G-Code

9.1 Generate

502

9.2 List

503

9.3 Copy

504

9.4 Print

504

10. SolidCAM Settings

10.1 Introduction

506

10.2 User Directories Settings

507

10.2.1 User Directory for SolidCAM-Parts

507

10.2.2 User Directory for SolidCAM-Tables

508

10.2.3 Fonts

508

10.3

Units Settings

509

10.3.1

Metric/Inch

509

10.3.2 Approximation

510

10.3.3 Chain selection

510

10.3.4 Fillet size for last cut

511

10.3.5 Tool Start and Clearance Levels Setting

512

10.4

Default CNC-controller settings

513

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10.4.1 Post-processor files directory

513

10.4.2 CNC-controllers

514

10.5 Color Setup

515

10.6 Auto-Save settings

517

10.7 External program settings

518

10.8 Editors Settings

519

10.9 DNC settings

520

10.10 Tool path simulation settings

521

10.11 Synchronization settings

522

10.12 Default Geometry Names

524

10.13 Updated Stock & SolidVerify Settings

525

10.14 Tool Settings

527

10.15 Automatic CAM-Part definition

530

10.16

Compressed CAM-Part settings

532

10.17

Milling levels settings

534

Index

537

1

1

SolidCAM

Basics

SolidCAM is a powerful CAM product that has been especially designed for the shop floor. SolidCAM supports the complete range of major manufacturing applications including 2.5D Milling, 3D-Milling, Turning, Turning with Driven tools and Wire EDM, in one integrated solution. Machining operations can be defined on 2D Design Drawings as well as on 3D Solid and Surface Models. SolidCAM has also a powerful general post-processor tool that enables the easy customization of the G-Code file output to various types of CNC controllers

This chapter discusses some basic concepts and terminology used throughout SolidCAM.

Installing SolidCAM

Starting SolidCAM

SolidCAM Basic concepts

SolidCAM Interface

Getting Help

SolidCAM2006 Milling User’s Guide

1. SolidCAM Basics

1.1 Installing SolidCAM software

1.1.1 System requirements

Microsoft® Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 (recommended), Windows 2000 with Service Pack 3 or 4

Intel Pentium® or AMD Athlon™-class processor

512 MB RAM or more (1 GB or more recommended for large CAM-Parts machining)

• Graphics adapter (128 MB RAM recommended)

Pointing device

CD-ROM drive

Internet Explorer version 5.5 or later recommended

1.1.2 SolidCAM Single License Installation

later recommended 1.1.2 SolidCAM Single License Installation 1. Insert the SolidCAM Installation CD into the computer’s

1. Insert the SolidCAM Installation CD into the computer’s CD-ROM drive; the installation will be started automatically.

drive; the installation will be started automatically. You can also start the installation by running the

You can also start the installation by running the setup.exe file. This file is located in the SolidCAMXXXX/Disk1 folder on the SolidCAM Installation CD. (XXXX is the current version of SolidCAM)

2. The Choose Setup Language dialog will be displayed.

2. The Choose Setup Language dialog will be displayed. Choose English language. When you have to

Choose English language.

dialog will be displayed. Choose English language. When you have to install a localized version of

When you have to install a localized version of SolidCAM, choose the appropriate language from the combo-box.

The installation procedure will be continued.

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3. The following message will be displayed.

User’s Guide 3. The following message will be displayed. Close all running applications and confirm the

Close all running applications and confirm the message with the OK button.

4. The Installing SolidCAM dialog will be displayed. Click on the Next button.

dialog will be displayed. Click on the Next button. 5. The Choose Destination Location dialog will

5. The Choose Destination Location dialog will be displayed.

The Choose Destination Location dialog will be displayed. This dialog enables you to choose the destination

This dialog enables you to choose the destination folder for SolidCAM. You have to either confirm the default destination folder (C:\Program Files\SolidCAMXXXX) with the Next button or choose other destination folder with the Browse button and confirm it with the Next button.

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6. The Select Components dialog will be displayed.

Basics 6. The Select Components dialog will be displayed. Choose the necessary SolidCAM component and confirm

Choose the necessary SolidCAM component and confirm your choice with the Next button.

component and confirm your choice with the Next button. Make a note that Program Files component

Make a note that Program Files component can not be unselected.

7. The Select Program Folder dialog will be displayed.

7. The Select Program Folder dialog will be displayed. Confirm the default Program Folder name –

Confirm the default Program Folder name – SolidCAMXXXX with the Next

button.

SolidCAM installation will be continued.

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8. When the installation will be finished, the Choose language dialog will be displayed.

be finished, the Choose language dialog will be displayed. Choose English language and click on the

Choose English language and click on the OK button.

When you install a localized version of SolidCAM, choose the appro-- priate language from the combo-box. - priate language from the combo-box.

9. SolidCAM installs drivers for hardware dongle. When the drivers will be installed, the following message will be displayed.

will be installed, the following message will be displayed. Click on the OK button. 10.The Connection

Click on the OK button.

10.The Connection to CAD system dialog will be displayed. This dialog displays all CAD systems that can be used by SolidCAM.

displays all CAD systems that can be used by SolidCAM. Choose the appropriate Host-CAD systems for

Choose the appropriate Host-CAD systems for SolidCAM.

When SolidCAM found only one CAD system available for connection, this dialog is not displayed. this dialog is not displayed.

Click on the Next button.

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SolidCAM will be connected to the defined CAD systems; the following message will be displayed.

CAD systems; the following message will be displayed. Click on the OK button. 11.The following dialog

Click on the OK button.

11.The following dialog will be displayed.

the OK button. 11.The following dialog will be displayed. Click on the Finish button. The installation

Click on the Finish button.

The installation is finished.

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1.1.3 SolidCAM Network License Installation

SolidCAM enables you to install number of SolidCAM copies through your network. The SolidCAM Network Dongle have to be connected the server. The License Manager will be installed on the net-- work server computer, which will distribute SolidCAM Licenses through client computers.

SolidCAM License SolidCAM Network Dongle SolidCAM SolidCAM License License Server SolidCAM License SolidCAM License
SolidCAM License
SolidCAM
Network Dongle
SolidCAM
SolidCAM License
License Server
SolidCAM License
SolidCAM License
ensiceLMCAlidoS
Server SolidCAM License SolidCAM License ensiceLMCAlidoS SolidCAM Client Computers • Check with which protocol is
Server SolidCAM License SolidCAM License ensiceLMCAlidoS SolidCAM Client Computers • Check with which protocol is
Server SolidCAM License SolidCAM License ensiceLMCAlidoS SolidCAM Client Computers • Check with which protocol is
Server SolidCAM License SolidCAM License ensiceLMCAlidoS SolidCAM Client Computers • Check with which protocol is
Server SolidCAM License SolidCAM License ensiceLMCAlidoS SolidCAM Client Computers • Check with which protocol is

SolidCAM Client Computers

• Check with which protocol is used for your network. SolidCAM enables you to use TCP/IP protocol (recommended) or IPX protocol.

• Install SolidCAM as explained above on the computer that will be used as SolidCAM Li-- cense Server.

TCP/IP Protocol

be used as SolidCAM Li - - cense Server. TCP/IP Protocol 1. Open in a text

1. Open

in

a

text

editor

the

NethaspTCPIP.ini

file

located

in

the

\SolidCAMXXXX\Util

folder.

2. In the [NH_TCPIP] section edit the value of the NH_SERVER_ADDR parame-- ters.

NH_SERVER_ADDR = xx.xx.xx.xx;

3. Type the IP address of the network server instead of xx.xx.xx.xx.

4. Rename the NethaspTCPIP.ini file to Nethasp.ini.

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IPX Protocol

Rename the NethaspIPX.ini file to Nethasp.ini.

Installation of SolidCAM License Server

to Nethasp.ini . Installation of SolidCAM License Server 1. Connect the NetHASP dongle to the parallel

1. Connect the NetHASP dongle to the parallel port of the computer that will be used as SolidCAM License Server.

2. Run the Installation utility of the HASP dongle driver. Choose the Run option from the windows Start menu and type the following command in the Run dialog:

<path for your SolidCAM folder>\Util\hinstall.exe –i”.

The HASP device driver will be installed. Restart the computer.

3. Install

the

NetHASP

License

– folder. The NetHASP License Manager will be installed.

Manager

LMsetup.exe

located

in

the

\SolidCAMXXXX\Util

4. Activate

the

NetHASP

License

Manager.

Choose

the

NetHASP

License

Manager / NetHASP License Manager command from the Programs menu.

/ NetHASP License Manager command from the Programs menu. If the NetHASP License Manager already installed

If the NetHASP License Manager already installed on your server you can use it and don’t need to install another copy of the NetHASP License Manager.

Installation of SolidCAM2006 on Client computers

1. Install SolidCAM on the client computer.

2. Copy

the

appropriate

\SolidCAMXXXX\SolidCAM

3. Run SolidCAM.

NETHASP.INI

folder.

file

from

the

server

to

the

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1.1.4 SolidCAM Dongle Update

In some cases SolidCAM requires the update of SolidCAM dongles. To update the dongle do the following steps:

1.

Make sure that the SolidCAM dongle is connected to the computer.

 

2.

Extract the ZIP-archive <dongle number>.zip supplied by SolidCAM into the

\SolidCAMXXXX\Util

folder

 

3.

Extract the ZIP-archive customer.zip to the same folder.

 

4.

Run the Mak_plag.bat file located in the

\SolidCAMXXXX\Util

folder. It is rec--

ommended to run it with the Command Prompt (Start > Programs > Accesso--

ries) window. When the Command prompt dialog is displayed enter the following commands:

 

Cd <full path for SolidCAM folder>\Util

 

Mak_plag

 
 

By

default,

the

full

path

for

SolidCAM

folder

is

the

following:

c:\Program Files\SolidCAMXXXX

 

5.

The message: Hasp Memory updated OK will be displayed.

 

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1.2 Basics Concepts

Every manufacturing project in SolidCAM contains the following data:

CAM-Part – The CAM-Part defines the general data of the workpiece. This includes the model name, the Coordinate System, tool options, CNC-controller etc…

Geometry – By selecting Edges, Curves, Surfaces or Solids, define WHAT and WHERE you are going to machine. This geometry is associated with the native SolidWorks model.

Operation – A Operation is a single machining step in SolidCAM. Technology, Tool parameters and Strategies are defined in the Operation. In short, Operation means HOW you want to machine.

1.3 Starting SolidCAM

To activate SolidCAM, simply click on the field SolidCAM in the main menu of SolidWorks and choose Milling from the New sub-menu. SolidCAM will be started.

field SolidCAM in the main menu of SolidWorks and choose Milling from the New sub-menu. SolidCAM

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1.4 SolidCAM Interface

After the CAM-Part is loaded, the SolidCAM Manager will be displayed in the left part of the screen.

SolidWorks window

CAM Views To olbar Coordinate System SolidCAM Manager Machining Solid Model
CAM Views To olbar
Coordinate System
SolidCAM Manager
Machining Solid Model

The SolidCAM Manager is the main interface feature of SolidCAM. Complete information about the CAM-Part is shown in the SolidCAM Manager.

CAM-Part Header Tool Header Machining Processes Header Geometries Header Operations Header Operations
CAM-Part Header
Tool Header
Machining Processes
Header
Geometries Header
Operations Header
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The SolidCAM Manager contains the following fields:

• CAM-part field

This field displays the name of the active SolidCAM CAM-Part. By right clicking on it, you can activate the CAM-Part menu to manage your CAM-Parts. Icons for Coordinate System Manager, Target Model and Stock model are located under the CAM-Part field.

Double clicking on this field displays the CAM-Part data dialog.

For more information on CAM-Parts, please refer to Chapter 2.

• Tool field

This field displays the name of the active Tool Table. By right clicking on it, you can acti-- vate the menu to manage the Tool Libraries.

Double clicking on this field displays the Part Tool Table.

For more information on Tools, please refer to Chapter 3.

• Machining Process field

This field displays the name of the active Machining Process Table. By right clicking on it, you can activate the menu to manage the MP Tables.

Double clicking on this field displays the Current Machining Processes Table.

For more information on Machining Processes, please refer to the Chapter 11.

• Geometries field

This field displays all the SolidCAM geometries not used in the Jobs. You can get the list of these geometries by clicking on the “+” icon near the Geometries field. You can display the Geometries managing menu by right clicking on the Geometries field. You can also get the relevant menu by right clicking on each Geometry name.

Double clicking on the Geometry icon displays the selected geometry.

For more information on Geometries, please refer to Chapter 4.

• Operations field

This field shows you all the SolidCAM Operations. The Operations managing menu is available by right clicking on the Operations field. You can get the relevant menu also by right clicking on each Operation name.

Double clicking on the Operation icon enables you to edit Operation parameters with the

specific Operation dialog.

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For more information on Operations, please refer to Chapter 5.

Coordinate System

The Coordinate System is shown on the model. It defines the origin for all the machining operations of the CAM-Part.

For more information on Coordinate Systems, please refer to topic 2.2.

1.5 Getting Help

Coordinate System

refer to topic 2.2 . 1.5 Getting Help Coordinate System The SolidCAM On-Line Help enables you
refer to topic 2.2 . 1.5 Getting Help Coordinate System The SolidCAM On-Line Help enables you

The SolidCAM On-Line Help enables you to get on-line help about different options in SolidCAM. This help is installed in the …/Documentation folder after the standard installation procedure.

folder after the standard installation procedure. This Help is available via the SolidWorks Help menu.

This Help is available via the SolidWorks Help menu. Click on the Help item in the main menu of SolidWorks and choose the SolidCAM Help -> Milling items from the submenu.

SolidCAM Help is fully context sensitive. You can get specific Help topic for the each SolidCAM dialog by pressing the F1 button. To get information about a specific dialog area like field, button etc… you have to click on the question-mark in the upper-right corner of the dialog and then click on the field or button you need.

The On-Line Help will be displayed and then the specific topic will be explained.

The Machining Portfolio is also available in the …/Documentation folder. This document provides an overview of the various features of SolidCAM.

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CAM-Part

In the CAM-Part you have to specify all the information relevant to the machining project or workpiece you want to manufacture. The CAM- Part folder will include all machining geometries, operations definitions and generated G-Code files.

The parameters and values defined at the CAM-Part level, such as Coordinate System, Milling levels and Tools will serve as default values for the separate machining operations. All specified parameters can be changed in single operations.

Starting a new Milling CAM-Part

Managing CAM-Parts

Defining a Coordinate System

Defining Stock Model

Defining Target Model

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2.1 Starting a new Milling CAM-Part

When the SolidWorks Part is loaded SolidCAM Manager is loaded, do the following:

Part is loaded SolidCAM Manager is loaded, do the following: 1. Click on the SolidCAM item
Part is loaded SolidCAM Manager is loaded, do the following: 1. Click on the SolidCAM item

1. Click on the SolidCAM item in the SolidWorks menu. The SolidCAM main menu will be displayed.

2. Choose the New option from the menu to define a new CAM-Part.

3. Choose the type of new CAM-Part – Milling from the submenu.

4. The CAM-Part data dialog will be displayed.

submenu. 4. The CAM-Part data dialog will be displayed. When you start to program a CAM-Part,

When you start to program a CAM-Part, you have to decide on:

• What type of CNC machine you are going to use? (3, 4 or 5 axis).

• Where are you going to clamp this part?

• Where are your Coordinate System positions? (On a 4 or 5 axis CNC machine every clamping position is represented by the Coordinate System to which all additional positioning are related).

In the CAM-Part you have to specify all the information relevant to the machining project or workpiece you want to manufacture. The parameters and values defined at the CAM-Part level will serve as default values for machining levels, etc. Naturally, all parameters can be changed in single machining operations.

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When you create a new CAM-Part, you have to enter a name for the CAM-Part and the model that contains the CAM-Parts geometry.

• Directory

Specify the location of the CAM-Part. The default directory is the SolidCAM user directory (defined in the SolidCAM Settings). You can enter the path or use the Browse button to define the location.

The Use Model file directory option enables

you to automatically create CAM-Parts in the same folder where the original CAD-model is located.

• CAM-Part name

where the original CAD-model is located. • CAM-Part name Enter the name of the CAM-Part. You

Enter the name of the CAM-Part. You can give any name to identify your machining project. By default SolidCAM uses the name of the design model.

• Model name

This field shows the name and location of the SolidWorks design model that you are using for the CAM-Part definition. The name is, by default, the name of the active SolidWorks document. With the Browse button you can choose any other SolidWorks document to define the CAM-Part. In this case the chosen SolidWorks document will be loaded into SolidWorks.

chosen SolidWorks document will be loaded into SolidWorks. Every time the CAM-Part is opened, SolidCAM automatically

Every time the CAM-Part is opened, SolidCAM automatically checks the correspondence of the dates of the CAM-Part and the original SolidWorks design model. When the date of the original SolidWorks model is later than the date of the CAM-Part creation, this means that the SolidWorks original model has been updated. You can then replace the SolidWorks design model on which the CAM-Part is based with the updated SolidWorks design model.

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SolidCAM2006 Milling User’s Guide 2. CAM-Part After the Directory , CAM-Part name and Model name are

After the Directory, CAM-Part name and Model name are defined, click on the OK button to confirm the CAM-Part creation. The CAM-Part will be defined and it’s structure will be created.

2.1.1 The structure of the CAM-Part

The CAM-Part includes the following data (e.g. for a CAM-Part whose name is Cavity):

• A file Cavity.prt is located in the SolidCAM User directory.

• A subdirectory Cavity containing all the data generated for the CAM-Part.

Cavity.prt

Cavity.prt

 

Cavity

   
    Cavity.SLDASM

Cavity.SLDASM

 
 

CAM.SLDPRT

 

DesignModel.SLDPRT

SolidCAM copies the original SolidWorks model to the subdirectory Cavity and creates a SolidWorks assembly that has the same name as the CAM-part (Cavity.sldasm). There are two components in this assembly:

DesignModel.sldprt – copy of the SolidWorks model file.

CAM.sldprt – contains SolidCAM Coordinate Systems and geometry data.

SolidCAM CAM-Part uses the assembly environment of SolidWorks. This enables you to create auxiliary geometries (e.g. sketches) without making changes in the original design model. You can also insert some additional components into the assembly file such as stock model, CNC machine table, clamping and other tooling elements.

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Y Direction 2.2.1 Multi-Sided CoordSys This mode enables you to create CAM-Part defined directly on
Y Direction
2.2.1 Multi-Sided CoordSys
This mode enables you to create
CAM-Part defined directly on the
solid model. You can define the
Coordinate System origin location
and axes orientation by choosing
points on the solid model or
by selecting an already defined
SolidWorks Coordinate System.
the solid model or by selecting an already defined SolidWorks Coordinate System. X Direction Coordinate System

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the solid model or by selecting an already defined SolidWorks Coordinate System. X Direction Coordinate System

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If this option is not chosen (Projections mode) SolidCAM enables you to create the CAM-Part on planar views defined by 2D sketches on the XY plane. In most cases this mode will be used when importing a DXF or IGES file and when you do not want to create a solid model.

IGES file and when you do not want to create a solid model. You can use
IGES file and when you do not want to create a solid model. You can use

You can use this mode to create 3-, 4-, or 5-axis CAM-parts. After defining the Coordinate System on the XY-plane of SolidWorks, you must use the CoordSys Data dialog to manually define the shifts and rotations of the additional positionings, from the defined Coordinate System.

2.2.2 Define Coordinate System (CoordSys)

The Coordinate System defines the origin for all machining operations of the CAM-Part. You can create multiple CoordSys positions and in each machining step select which CoordSys you want to use for the operation. To complete the CAM-Part menu, you must define the Coordinate System.

Coordinate System Projections Mode Multi-Sided Mode
Coordinate System
Projections Mode
Multi-Sided Mode

Click on the Define CoordSys button in the CAM-Part Data dialog.

the Define CoordSys button in the CAM-Part Data dialog . If you define the first Coordinate

If you define the first Coordinate System in the current CAM-Part, the CoordSys dialog will be displayed depending on your Multi-Sided CoordSys settings.

If the CoordSys that you define is not the first, the CoordSys Manager (see topic 2.3.) will be displayed. This dialog enables you to manage your Coordinate Systems.

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2.2.3 Add Coordinate System within Multi-Sided Mode

This mode enables you to define a new 3-4-5 axis CoordSys directly on the solid model. The newly created Coordinate System will automatically receive the next sequential number.

will automatically receive the next sequential number. • Mac CoordSys number – this number corresponds with

Mac CoordSys number – this number corresponds with the built-in controller functions (example: G54, G55 etc… in the Fanuc type controllers). It can be used for different clamping positions (Machine Coordinate Systems) in different operations on the CAM-Part.

Position – this number defines the sequence number of the CoordSys. For each Machine Coordinate System (Mac CoordSys), several Positions are defined for different positionings; each such Position is related to the Machine CoordSys.

each such Position is related to the Machine CoordSys. • In multi-sided machining on 4- and

In multi-sided machining on 4- and 5-axis CNC machines, the SolidCAM postprocessor uses the specific controller Macro language to create the positioning relative to the Machine Coordinate System.

For the Machine Coordinate System you have to define 3 points: Origin /X direction/ Y direction. For the related position (e.g. for 4-axis CNC-machine) you have to define only the Origin and a point on the plane to rotate to; the rotation axis is defined by the type of the 4-axis (_4th_axes_around = X / Y in the Mac file).

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SolidCAM enables you to define the Coordinate System by one of the three methods:

• Select Face

• Define

• SolidWorks Coordinate system

Select Face

SolidCAM enables you to define a new Coordinate System by selecting a face. The face can be one of the following:

• Planar face

In this case the Z-axis of the Coordinate System will be normal to the face.

Z-axis of the Coordinate System will be normal to the face. • Cylindrical/Conical face In this

• Cylindrical/Conical face

In this case the Z-axis of the Coordinate System will be parallel to the axis of the revolution of the specified cylindrical/conical face.

of the Coordinate System will be parallel to the axis of the revolution of the specified

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Pick Face

This button enables you to select the face on the model for the Coordinate System definition. The selected model face will be higlighted.

Change to opposite/Change to original

This button enables you to change the direction of the Z-axis of the Coordinate System to the opposite direction.

Place CoordSys origin to:

• Corner of Model Box

In this case the box surrounding the model will be calculated.

this case the box surrounding the model will be calculated. The upper plane of the model

The upper plane of the model box is parallel to the XY-plane of the defined CoordSys.

The CoordSys will be located in the corner of the model box with the following coordinates (X MIN , Y MIN , Z MAX ).

in the corner of the model box with the following coordinates ( X M I N

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• Center of Revolution Face

The origin will be located at the intersection of the rotation axis of the part and the face of the model box with a maximal Z coordinate (the Z-axis is directed along the rotation axis).

coordinate (the Z-axis is directed along the rotation axis). • CoordSys #1 The CoordSys origin will

• CoordSys #1

The CoordSys origin will be in the same location of the CoordSys #1 origin.

will be in the same location of the CoordSys #1 origin. This option is active only

This option is active only if the first CoordSys is already defined.

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2. CAM-Part SolidCAM2006 Milling User’s Guide Define Origin – Select the origin point on the graphic

Origin – Select the origin point on the graphic screen.

X direction – Select a point relative to the origin that defines the X-axis.

Y direction – Select a point (3rd point) that defines the plane. (The Y-axis will be 90 degrees to the X-axis; the selected point defines the plane).

Pick Origin – This option enables you to define a new location for the CoordSys Origin. The axis direction will not be changed.

Pick X direction – This option enables you to choose a new direction for the X-axis.

option enables you to choose a new direction for the X-axis. After a point is selected,

After a point is selected, the next button is automatically activated. If you miss the selection, you can, at any time, select the button you want to define and continue automatically to the next button.

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Select coordinate system

User’s Guide 2. CAM-Part Select coordinate system SolidCAM enables you to choose the Coordinate System defined
User’s Guide 2. CAM-Part Select coordinate system SolidCAM enables you to choose the Coordinate System defined

SolidCAM enables you to choose the Coordinate System defined in the CAD model file as the SolidCAM Coordinate System.

Flip

SolidCAM enables you to flip the defined CoordSys.

• Flip XY

Pushing this button will rotate the Z-axis 180 degrees by replacing the X and Y between themselves (X becomes Y and Y becomes X).

• Flip X

This button rotates the CoordSys 180 degrees around the X axis.

• Flip Y

This button rotates the CoordSys 180 degrees around the Y axis.

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Finish

Pushing this button will add the CoordSys to the CAM-Part; the CoordSys data dialog will be displayed.

2.2.4 Defining the Coordinate Systems for 3-axis CNC machine within Multi-Sided mode

During the CoordSys definition for 3-axis CNC machine you have to define three points with the

CoordSys dialog.

Origin – Select the origin point on the graphic screen.

X direction – Select a point relative to the origin that defines the X-axis.

Y direction – Select a point (3rd point) to finish the definition of the XY-plane.

Use the mouse to define the origin, X and Y direction. You don’t have to click on the X direction or the Y direction buttons in the CoordSys dialog; they will be automatically selected after you define a point.

CoordSys Origin
CoordSys Origin

Y Direction

(third point)

(first point)
(first point)

X Direction

(second point)

(third point) (first point) X Direction (second point) Coordinate System definition Clamping For the next

Coordinate System definition

X Direction (second point) Coordinate System definition Clamping For the next Coordinate System you also have

Clamping

For the next Coordinate System you also have to define three points.

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(third point)

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X Direction

(second point)

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Y Direction (third point) X Direction (second point) (first point) CoordSys Origin Coordinate System definition
(first point)
(first point)

CoordSys Origin

Coordinate System definition

(first point) CoordSys Origin Coordinate System definition Clamping SolidCAM automatically assigns the new Position

Clamping

SolidCAM automatically assigns the new Position number for the each CoordSys; the Mac CoordSys number can be changed by user for a new clamping (Machine Coordinate System).

2.2.5 Defining the Coordinate Systems for 4-axis CNC machine within Multi-Sided mode

When you define the Machine Coordinate System (Mac CoordSys) for the 4-axis CNC-machine you have to define three points with CoordSys dialog:

Origin – Select the origin point on the graphic screen.

X direction – Select a point relative to the origin that defines the X-axis.

Y direction – Select a point (3rd point) to finish the definition of the XY-plane.

Use the mouse to define the origin, X and Y direction. You don’t have to click on the X direction or the Y direction buttons in the CoordSys dialog; they will be automatically selected after you define a point.

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CoordSys Origin
CoordSys Origin

Y Direction

(third point)

(first point)
(first point)

X Direction

(second point)

(third point) (first point) X Direction (second point) Coordinate System definition Clamping To add a new

Coordinate System definition

X Direction (second point) Coordinate System definition Clamping To add a new Position you have to

Clamping

To add a new Position you have to define only two points:

• The point for the CoordSys origin.

• Point on the plane to rotate to. If the rotation axis is X, you have to define the Y direction. If the rotation axis is Y, you have to define the X direction.

X Direction

(determined

Y Direction automatically) (second point) CoordSys Origin (first point)
Y Direction
automatically)
(second point)
CoordSys Origin
(first point)

Coordinate System definition

CoordSys Origin (first point) Coordinate System definition Clamping SolidCAM automatically assigns the new Position

Clamping

SolidCAM automatically assigns the new Position number for the each CoordSys; the Mac CoordSys number can be changed by user for a new clamping (Machine Coordinate System).

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The rotation axis is defined automatically by SolidCAM according to the Axis type (see topic 2.8).

The Shift and Rotation around parameters will be calculated automatically.

2.2.6 Defining the Coordinate Systems for 5-axis CNC machine within Multi-Sided mode

When you define the Machine Coordinate System (Mac CoordSys) for the 4-axis CNC-machine you have to define three points with CoordSys dialog:

Origin – Select the origin point on the graphic screen.

X direction – Select a point relative to the origin that defines the X-axis.

Y direction – Select a point (3rd point) to finish the definition of the XY-plane.

Use the mouse to define the origin, X and Y direction. You don‘t have to click on the X direction or the Y direction buttons in the CoordSys dialog; they will be automatically selected after you define a point.

X Direction

(second point)

Y Direction (third point)
Y Direction
(third point)
point. X Direction (second point) Y Direction (third point) CoordSys Origin (first point) Coordinate System definition
CoordSys Origin (first point)
CoordSys Origin
(first point)

Coordinate System definition

CoordSys Origin (first point) Coordinate System definition Clamping To add a new CoordSys you have to

Clamping

To add a new CoordSys you have to define three points.

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CoordSys Origin

Y Direction

(third point)

(first point)
(first point)

X Direction

(second point)

(third point) (first point) X Direction (second point) Coordinate System definition Clamping SolidCAM automatically

Coordinate System definition

X Direction (second point) Coordinate System definition Clamping SolidCAM automatically assigns the new Position

Clamping

SolidCAM automatically assigns the new Position number for the each CoordSys; the Mac CoordSys number can be changed by user for a new clamping (Machine Coordinate System).

The rotation axis is defined automatically by SolidCAM according to the Axis type. (see topic 2.8)

The Shift and Rotation around parameters will be calculated automatically.

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2.2.7 Coordinate System definition methods

Coordinate System definition using a sketch

In some cases you cannot define the CoordSys origin position or the direction of the axes without adding a geometry.

or the direction of the axes without adding a geometry. In this case you have to

In this case you have to create a sketch that contains two perpendicular lines; the intersection point of the lines will define the CoordSys origin and the lines define the X- and Y-axis directions.

the intersection point of the lines will define the CoordSys origin and the lines define the

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Choose the origin location at the intersection point of the lines and define the axis direction.

point of the lines and define the axis direction. X direction Y direction CoordSys Origin Coordinate
point of the lines and define the axis direction. X direction Y direction CoordSys Origin Coordinate

X direction

Y direction

CoordSys Origin

Coordinate System definition using a stock box

SolidCAM enables you to automatically generate the stock box surrounding the model with a defined offset. (see topic 2.4.2) The top stock plane will be parallel to the XY plane of the Machine Coordinate System.

will be parallel to the XY plane of the Machine Coordinate System. Define the CoordSys in

Define the CoordSys in the stock box corner.

will be parallel to the XY plane of the Machine Coordinate System. Define the CoordSys in

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Sometimes the model is located in the assembly in such a way that you need to rotate it before using the Stock by box option in order to enable SolidCAM to calculate the optimal stock.

2.2.8 Add Coordinate System within Projections Mode

We will use this method for imported DXF or 2D IGES files. In this exercise the way to work with this mode on 2D sketches of the working views will be explained.

mode on 2D sketches of the working views will be explained. You can use this method

You can use this method for solids only if you are going to mill only from 1 direction and the orientation of the solid is exactly like in the milling position.

In the Projections mode you have to use a lot of imagination and knowledge in the multi-axial positioning in order to define the correct coordinate for the Coordinate System positions.

1.

Define Mac CoordSys number – the Machine Coordinate System number that has to be set in the CNC controller (Mac CoordSys #1 = G54).

has to be set in the CNC controller (Mac CoordSys #1 = G54). • Mac CoordSys

Mac CoordSys number – this number corresponds with the built- in controller functions (example: G54, G55 etc… in the Fanuc type controllers). It can be used for different clamping positions in different operations on the CAM-Part.

Position – this number defines the sequence number of the CoordSys. For each Machine CoordSys, several Positions can be defined for different positionings; each such Position is related to the Machine Coordinate System.

2.

Pick CoordSys position – Pick a point – or enter the X, Y, Z coordinate values of the CAM-Part’s CoordSys position into the Edit bar and confirm by clicking on Enter.

into the Edit bar and confirm by clicking on Enter. 3. After you have entered the

3.

After you have entered the CoordSys position, you have to define the tool movement and material levels i.e. planes. The CoordSys data dialog will be displayed. You can either enter the Z-level values or you can select the values from your model after clicking on the respective buttons.

4.

Confirm and close the dialog by clicking the OK button.

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2.2.9 Defining the Coordinate Systems for 3-axis CNC machine within Projected mode

During the Coordinate Systems definition for 3-axis CNC machine you have to define one point for the CoordSys origin with the CoordSys dialog. The point have to be defined on the top plane of the model in the orientation that will be used for machining. The X and Y axis direction will be determined automatically.

CoordSys #1
CoordSys #1
Y Direction CoordSys #1
Y Direction
CoordSys #1

X Direction

The X and Y axis direction will be determined automatically. CoordSys #1 Y Direction CoordSys #1

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For the next CoordSys Position you also have to define an origin point.

CoordSys #2
CoordSys #2

X Direction

also have to define an origin point. CoordSys #2 X Direction Y Direction CoordSys #2 SolidCAM
also have to define an origin point. CoordSys #2 X Direction Y Direction CoordSys #2 SolidCAM
also have to define an origin point. CoordSys #2 X Direction Y Direction CoordSys #2 SolidCAM

Y Direction

CoordSys #2

point. CoordSys #2 X Direction Y Direction CoordSys #2 SolidCAM automatically assigns the new Position number
point. CoordSys #2 X Direction Y Direction CoordSys #2 SolidCAM automatically assigns the new Position number

SolidCAM automatically assigns the new Position number for the each CoordSys; the Mac CoordSys number can be changed by user for a new clamping.

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2.2.10 Defining the Coordinate Systems for 4-axis CNC machine within Projected mode

During the Coordinate System definition for 4-axis CNC machine you have to define one point for the CoordSys origin with the CoordSys dialog. The point have to be defined on the top plane of the model in the orientation that will be used for machining. The X and Y axis direction will be determined automatically.

X Direction Y Direction CoordSys #1 CoordSys #1
X Direction
Y Direction
CoordSys #1
CoordSys #1
The X and Y axis direction will be determined automatically. X Direction Y Direction CoordSys #1

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To add a new Position you have to define the point for the Coordinate System origin.

CoordSys #2
CoordSys #2

X Direction

for the Coordinate System origin. CoordSys #2 X Direction Y Direction CoordSys #2 SolidCAM automatically assigns
for the Coordinate System origin. CoordSys #2 X Direction Y Direction CoordSys #2 SolidCAM automatically assigns
for the Coordinate System origin. CoordSys #2 X Direction Y Direction CoordSys #2 SolidCAM automatically assigns

Y Direction

CoordSys #2

origin. CoordSys #2 X Direction Y Direction CoordSys #2 SolidCAM automatically assigns the new Position number
origin. CoordSys #2 X Direction Y Direction CoordSys #2 SolidCAM automatically assigns the new Position number

SolidCAM automatically assigns the new Position number for the each CoordSys; the Mac CoordSys number can be changed by user for a new clamping.

You have to define the Shift and Rotation around parameters describing position and orientation of the new Position according to the Machine Coordinate System.

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2.2.11 Defining the Coordinate Systems for 5-axis CNC machine within Projected mode

During the Coordinate Systems definition for 5-axis CNC machine you have to define one point for the CoordSys origin with the CoordSys dialog. The point have to be defined on the top plane of the model in the orientation that will be used for machining. The X and Y axis direction will be determined automatically.

The X and Y axis direction will be determined automatically. Y Direction CoordSys #1 CoordSys Origin
Y Direction CoordSys #1 CoordSys Origin
Y Direction
CoordSys #1
CoordSys Origin

X Direction

The X and Y axis direction will be determined automatically. Y Direction CoordSys #1 CoordSys Origin

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To add a new Position you have to define the point for the CoordSys origin.

CoordSys #2
CoordSys #2
to define the point for the CoordSys origin. CoordSys #2 CoordSys #2 Y Direction X Direction
to define the point for the CoordSys origin. CoordSys #2 CoordSys #2 Y Direction X Direction

CoordSys #2

the point for the CoordSys origin. CoordSys #2 CoordSys #2 Y Direction X Direction SolidCAM automatically

Y Direction

X Direction

origin. CoordSys #2 CoordSys #2 Y Direction X Direction SolidCAM automatically assigns the new Position number
origin. CoordSys #2 CoordSys #2 Y Direction X Direction SolidCAM automatically assigns the new Position number

SolidCAM automatically assigns the new Position number for the each CoordSys; the Mac CoordSys number can be changed by user for a new clamping.

You have to define the Shift and Rotation around parameters describing position and orientation of the new Position according to the Machine Coordinate System.

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2.2.12 CoordSys data dialog

Below is an explanation of the fields of the CoordSys data dialog.

an explanation of the fields of the CoordSys data dialog . • Position defines the sequence

Position defines the sequence number of the Coordinate System. For each Machine Coordinate System, several Positions can be defined for different positionings; each such Position is related to the Machine Coordinate System.

X shows the X-value of the CoordSys.

Y shows the Y-value of the CoordSys.

Z shows the Z-value of the CoordSys.

Machine CoordSys number defines the number of the Coordinate System in the CNC- Machine. The default value is 1. If you use another number, the G-Code file will contain the G-function that tells the machine to use the specified number stored in the machine controller of your machine.

• The Tool start level defines the Z-level at which the tool will start.

• The Clearance level is the Z-level to which the tool rapids when moving from one operation to another (in case the tool did not change).

CAM-Part Upper level defines the height of the upper surface of the part to be milled.

CAM-Part Lower level defines the lower surface level of the part to be milled.

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Tool Z Level is the height that the tool moves to before the rotation of the 4/5 axes to avoid collision between the tool and the workpiece. This level is related to the CoordSys position and you have to check if it is not over the limit switch of the machine. It is highly recommended to send the tool to the reference point or to a point related to the reference point.

Rapid Movements area
Rapid Movements area

Tool Start level

Clearance level

Feed Movements area
Feed Movements area

Part Upper level

Part Lower level

Shift is the distance from the Machine Coordinate System (Mac CoordSys) to the location of the Position in the coordinate system and the orientation of the Mac CoordSys.

Rotation is the rotation angle around the main axes X, Y and Z.

is the rotation angle around the main axes X, Y and Z. • For the first

For the first Position number related to a new Mac CoordSys number, the

Shift and Rotation around parameters will be always 0.

Shift and Rotation for other Position Numbers related to the same Mac

CoordSys number will be determined automatically within Multi-Sided mode. Within Projections mode the Shift and Rotation values must be defined manually.

• The 4-th axis field can be either On or Off. Click the mouse on this field to choose On. The 4th-Axis will then be used when changing from the previous CoordSys to the current CoordSys.

The Machining Plane defines the default plane of work for the operations using this CoordSys, as it is output to the G-Code program. In the SolidCAM CAM module, you must always work on the XY- plane. Some CNC-machines, however, have different axes-definitions and require G-Code output with rotated XY-planes. Choose one of the following options:

XY – The XY plane is the work plane; the Z-axis is the depth (G17).

YZ – The YZ plane is the work plane; the X-axis is the depth (G18).

XZ – The XZ plane is the work plane; the Y-axis is the depth (G19).

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This option will only work correctly when your post-processor has been customized to support this function. Please contact customer support for further details.

Edit CoordSys

This button enables you to change the CoordSys location or orientation of axis with the

CoordSys dialog.

2.2.13 SolidCAM coordinate system

SolidCAM changes the model orientation by setting the model to the Machine Isometric view. This orientation is suitable for machining on a CNC machine (with the Z-axis pointing vertically upwards).

Y Z X
Y
Z
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SolidWorks Coordinate system

Z Y X
Z
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SolidCAM Coordinate system

Use the CAM Views toolbar to see the SolidCAM coordinate system. These views are related to the orientation of the selected CoordSys position.

to see the SolidCAM coordinate system. These views are related to the orientation of the selected

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2.3 CoordSys operations (CoordSys Manager)

The CoordSys commands are available in the SolidCAM CoordSys Manager after the first CoordSys is defined. The CoordSys Manager dialog is available ether with the Define CoordSys button in the CoordSys field of the Milling CAM-Part data dialog or with the icon in the SolidCAM Manager tree.

data dialog or with the icon in the SolidCAM Manager tree. 1. Right click on the
data dialog or with the icon in the SolidCAM Manager tree. 1. Right click on the

1. Right click on the CoordSys name in the CoordSys dialog. The pulldown menu will be displayed.

the CoordSys dialog . The pulldown menu will be displayed. 2. Choose the specific command from

2. Choose the specific command from the menu.

Add CoordSys

This commands enables you to add a new Coordinate System to the current CAM-Part.

Edit CoordSys

This command enables you to change the data of an existing Coordinate System. It also enables you to change the CoordSys position.