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Copyright
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Contents
Copyright ................................................................................................................................2
Conventions Used in This Guide.............................................................................................6
Supported Operating Systems ................................................................................................7
System Requirements for Edgecam and Part Modeler ...........................................................8
Minimum Specifications .................................................................................................................................8
License Restrictions ................................................................................................................9
Example Part Files ..................................................................................................................9
Trainee Notes .......................................................................................................................10
What is Edgecam? ................................................................................................................11
The CAD/CAM life-cycle ............................................................................................................................. 11
The Edgecam Program Group ..............................................................................................12
Edgecam Part Modeler ............................................................................................................................... 12
Edgecam..................................................................................................................................................... 12
What’s New ................................................................................................................................................ 12
Edgecam Tutorials ...................................................................................................................................... 12
Code Generator .......................................................................................................................................... 13
Code Wizard ............................................................................................................................................... 13
Editor .......................................................................................................................................................... 13
Utilities ........................................................................................................................................................ 13
Comms Setup ............................................................................................................................................. 13
Sample Lathe ............................................................................................................................................. 13
Sample Mill ................................................................................................................................................. 13
Sample Wire ............................................................................................................................................... 13
Job Manager ............................................................................................................................................... 13
Technology Assistant ................................................................................................................................. 13
Toolkit Assistant ......................................................................................................................................... 13
Toolstore Administrator .............................................................................................................................. 13
Toolstore ..................................................................................................................................................... 13
Job Reports ................................................................................................................................................ 13
Getting Started ......................................................................................................................14
Opening Edgecam for the First Time ....................................................................................15
Understanding the Edgecam Screen Layout ........................................................................16
Selecting Menu Options ........................................................................................................17
Entering Data .............................................................................................................................................. 18
Entering Data Directly................................................................................................................................. 19
Using Checkboxes ...................................................................................................................................... 19
Using Radio Buttons ................................................................................................................................... 19
Drop Down Menus ...................................................................................................................................... 20
Browse to a File .......................................................................................................................................... 20
Configuring Your Environment ..............................................................................................21
Selecting the Environment.......................................................................................................................... 21
Specifying Workspace Preferences ......................................................................................22
Setting System Defaults ............................................................................................................................. 23
Exercise 1 – Creating User Defined System Defaults ................................................................... 24
Setting CPL Marker Size ............................................................................................................................ 26
File Locations ........................................................................................................................27
Exercise 2 – Selecting System Defaults ....................................................................................... 28
Changing the Screen Background Colour .................................................................................................. 29
Understanding Edgecam Toolbars........................................................................................30
Standard Toolbar ........................................................................................................................................ 30
Design Toolbar ........................................................................................................................................... 30
Edit Toolbar ................................................................................................................................................ 30
Display Toolbar ........................................................................................................................................... 30
Input Toolbar .............................................................................................................................................. 30
Dimensions Toolbar .................................................................................................................................... 31

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Solids toolbar .............................................................................................................................................. 31
Main Toolbar ............................................................................................................................................... 31
Operations Toolbars ................................................................................................................................... 31
Mill Tools Toolbar ........................................................................................................................................ 31
Mill Cycles Toolbar ...................................................................................................................................... 31
Turn Tools Toolbar ...................................................................................................................................... 32
Turn Toolbar................................................................................................................................................ 32
Spindles Toolbar ......................................................................................................................................... 32
Tool Graphics Toolbar ................................................................................................................................ 32
Rotary Design Toolbar ................................................................................................................................ 32
Rotary Toolbar ............................................................................................................................................ 33
Surface Toolbar .......................................................................................................................................... 33
Wire Design Toolbar ................................................................................................................................... 33
Wire Toolbar................................................................................................................................................ 33
Probing Toolbar .......................................................................................................................................... 33
Five Axis Simultaneous Milling Toolbar ...................................................................................................... 33
Manipulating Toolbars ................................................................................................................................. 34
Toolbar Groupings ...................................................................................................................................... 34
The Line Command Group ......................................................................................................................... 34
The Chain Command Group ....................................................................................................................... 34
Add/Remove Buttons .................................................................................................................................. 35
Reset Toolbar.............................................................................................................................................. 35
Window Toolbars ........................................................................................................................................ 36
Detachable Windows .................................................................................................................................. 36
Feedback Window ...................................................................................................................................... 37
The Context Menu in the Feedback Window .............................................................................................. 37
Profiles ........................................................................................................................................................ 37
Status Bar ................................................................................................................................................... 37
Exercise 3 – Creating Your Own Profile ....................................................................................... 38
Customise ................................................................................................................................................... 41
Commands .................................................................................................................................................. 41
Edgecam Mouse Control ...................................................................................................... 42
Mouse Key Usage ................................................................................................................ 43
Exercise 4 – Mouse Key Functions .............................................................................................. 43
How to Create and Position Entities ..................................................................................... 44
Positioning Entities ...................................................................................................................................... 44
Assigning Entity Attributes .......................................................................................................................... 45
Understanding Co-ordinates ....................................................................................................................... 45
Exercise 5 – Positioning Entities Using the Cursor. ...................................................................... 46
Exercise 6 – Positioning a Component Using Co-ordinates.......................................................... 49
Manipulating Your View ........................................................................................................ 51
Selecting a View Orientation ....................................................................................................................... 51
Splitting the Graphics Area ......................................................................................................................... 52
Changing View Ports .................................................................................................................................. 53
Exercise 7 - View Control ............................................................................................................. 54
Using Intellisnap ................................................................................................................... 55
Using Intellisnap to defining co-ordinates ................................................................................................... 55
Using Intellisnap to analyse geometry ........................................................................................................ 55
Tab Key ....................................................................................................................................................... 55
Exercise 8 - Using Intellisnap ....................................................................................................... 56
Layer Control ........................................................................................................................ 57
Creating Layers ........................................................................................................................................... 57
Active Layer ................................................................................................................................................ 58
Exercise 9 - Working With Layers ................................................................................................ 59
Selecting Multiple Entities ..................................................................................................... 61
Window Drag Selection ............................................................................................................................... 61
Exercise 10 – Windowing Entities ................................................................................................ 62
Selecting Entities Using the Nchain & Normal Command..................................................... 64
Exercise 11 - Chaining Entities .................................................................................................... 65
Keyboard Selection & Entity Types ............................................................................................................ 67

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Exercise 12 - Deleting Entities ...................................................................................................... 68
Measuring Distances and Verifying Entities ..........................................................................70
Solid Machinist ......................................................................................................................71
Supported CAD Formats ............................................................................................................................ 71
Solid CAD Systems and Edgecam Licenses ........................................................................72
CAD Integration .......................................................................................................................................... 73
Understanding Solid Models .................................................................................................74
Solid Body Entities ...................................................................................................................................... 74
Edge ........................................................................................................................................................... 74
Face ............................................................................................................................................................ 74
Loop ............................................................................................................................................................ 75
Vertex ......................................................................................................................................................... 75
Solid ............................................................................................................................................................ 75
Installation Notes for Solid Machinist ....................................................................................76
Solid Machinist Prerequisites (CAD) .......................................................................................................... 76
Autodesk Inventor ....................................................................................................................................... 76
Support for SolidWorks 2010 and above.................................................................................................... 76
Edgecam CAD Links .............................................................................................................77
Advantages for Using CAD Links ............................................................................................................... 77
In-line Activation Command........................................................................................................................ 77
Reloading Pro/ENGINEER Files (Creo Parametric) .................................................................................. 78
Launch Button ............................................................................................................................................ 78
Associative Reloading of Solid Part Files..............................................................................79
Reporting Design Changes ........................................................................................................................ 79
Best Practices for CAD Designs ................................................................................................................. 79
Leaving Edgecam ....................................................................................................................................... 81
Getting Further Help ................................................................................................................................... 81
Index .....................................................................................................................................82
Document Revision Control ........................................................................................................................ 83

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Conventions Used in This Guide


To enable you to use the information in this guide effectively, you need to understand the used in the
guide to represent different types of information.
Buttons on the screen are represented as the button text in square brackets.
For example: Click on [OK].
Keys on the keyboard are represented as bold lettering in between <> characters.
For example: Press <Enter>
Menu options are represented as a path with the main menu in Bold UPPER case with sub menus
Capitalised and separated with a vertical bar
For example: Select FILE | Open
Field names are represented as Bold text. And the value to be entered will be represented by Bold
Text.
For example: Enter the value 50 in the Offset field. Or
When prompted for the X, Y or Z values type X100Y50Z0 <Enter>

Denotes a Left Mouse Button Click


Denotes a Right Mouse Button Click

 This is a note. It contains useful or additional information.

 This is a reference. It directs you to another part of the user guide.

This is a thought box. It is generally used in exercises and contains a question for
you to consider.

 This is a warning, it contains information that you must not ignore.

 This is a tip. It is generally used in exercises and offers further advice.


1. This is the first line of a number list item
2. This is the second item of the numbered instructions, which you must
3. Follow in sequence.

• This is a list

• of items, in which

• The order is not important.

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Supported Operating Systems


We recommend you install the latest service packs for the supported operating systems.
Microsoft Windows XP Professional (SP3 required)
Microsoft Windows Vista Business*/ Enterprise*/ Ultimate*
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
*Installations on Windows Vista require SP1 we recommend you install the latest service pack.
When installing on Windows Vista or Windows 7:
We recommend that you update to the latest security key drivers (if a security key is fitted).
You may experience problems with the driver supplied by your graphics card manufacturer - check
for the latest driver updates on the web site for your card.
Notes
Edgecam will install and run on 64-bit versions of these operating systems, where applicable (note
however that Edgecam is a 32-bit application).
Edgecam and Part Modeler will install and run on the 'home' editions of these operating systems.
However this is not recommended and we cannot guarantee to fix any Edgecam or Part Modeler
issues specifically related to these operating systems.
The Sentinel RMS license server runs as a system service on Windows XP, Vista, Server 2003,
Server 2008 and Windows 7. Sentinel RMS network licenses can be installed on virtual servers
provided that they are locked to a Safenet Computer ID USB key. Standalone (single seat) Sentinel
RMS licenses cannot be locked against the new keys for use on a virtual server.
It is not recommended to have multiple Edgecam versions installed on the same computer when the
user has limited rights or UAC is ON as this may potentially cause problems with Simulator.
(Simulator self-registers when being run, requiring administrator rights. This should not be necessary
once Edgecam has been installed on a PC as the installer also registers Simulator. This means a
user with limited rights can run Simulator without the need for self-registration. However, on a multi-
user environment with multiple Edgecam versions, this may cause problems. For example, if
Edgecam 2010 R2 is installed as last software, the 2010 R2 Simulator will be registered. If a limited
user then tries to run version 2010 R1 and Simulator on that machine, Simulator will attempt to be
self-register. With UAC ON, this would require an administrator to enter the password before
Simulator can be run.)
The Edgecam installer will install the following items if they are not already present on your system:
.NET Framework version 2
.NET Framework version 4
Microsoft SQL Server Express 2005 SP4 (for Edgecam ToolStore)
Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Setup
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Setup
Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Setup
Microsoft XML 6.0

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System Requirements for Edgecam and Part Modeler


Minimum Specifications
32 or 64-bit Intel Pentium 4 processor (2 GHz or faster), Intel Xeon, Intel Core, AMD Athlon 64, AMD
Opteron, AMD Phemnom or later, in single, dual or quad core versions.
1 GB RAM for Windows XP, 2 GB for Windows Vista/Windows 7 and 4GB for 64-bit operating
systems.
To make the most of background processing and multi-threading, we recommend a 64-bit operating
system and 2GB RAM for each processor as a minimum.
10 GB free disk space for the Edgecam installation
Graphics card
- OpenGL compliant
- Minimum 128 MB memory for wireframe systems
- Minimum 256 MB memory for solid model systems
- 32 Bit Colour Depth
17" Colour monitor (1280 x 1024 screen resolution)
Mouse including wheel (Intellimouse)
SpaceMouse/SpaceBall (optional)
Network card
Internet Explorer 6 or above
Internet connection for license activation/updates
USB port for the Edgecam security key (unless using keyless licensing)

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License Restrictions
You may discover that you are unable to work with some of the exercises due to license restrictions.
In order to remove any license restrictions, you can set Edgecam to run in Homework Mode. To
activate Homework Mode, Right click over the CLS in the windows task bar notification area, and
select the option from the menu.
Homework Mode enables the user of a licensed system to run Edgecam with access to all
functionality except for NC code generation.
Homework mode emulates the educational Homework license.
Useful when training for example, to evaluate higher levels of license than currently in use.
Homework Mode is only available on licensed Edgecam installations

Homework Mode allows you to experience all available licenses in Edgecam. This feature will allow
you to save files. The file extension is not a standard .PPF extension but is an .EPF.
You will not be able to re-load an .EPF file into a licensed version of Edgecam.

 You cannot generate CNC data from an .EPF File.

 If you require a Homework license to run on any unlicensed PC contact your salesman or
support.

Example Part Files


There are a number of sample part files mentioned within this training guide. This data can be
accessed either from a Training CD or specified folder.
If from a CD the path will be D:\ Getting Started Parts Used

Some files may not be opened away from the classroom due to licensing restrictions.

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Trainee Notes

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What is Edgecam?
Edgecam is a CAD/CAM system that enables you to design and plan the manufacture of
components. Edgecam allows you to:
Create Design models and/or import 3rd party format files.
Select the machine and tools required to produce the component.
Simulate the production process.
Generate the CNC code required to operate the selected machine.
Communicate with machine tool controllers.
Manage a tooling database.

The CAD/CAM life-cycle


This is the typical Edgecam process cycle. It demonstrates the sequential chain of events that must
occur in order to produce CNC code from Edgecam.

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The Edgecam Program Group


Edgecam consists of various applications that interact with each other.
This is the Edgecam program group. (Start >All Programs> Edgecam (Version)). All applications
are separated into their respective folders.

Root Folder

Edgecam Part Modeler


Edgecam’s 3D solid modelling module that is used to create and design parts along with stock and
fixturing to take into Edgecam.

Edgecam
The main Edgecam module that is used to design and manufacture components.

What’s New
A help file, that amongst other things, contains a list of new or improved functionality released in this
particular version of Edgecam.

 It is recommend that you always read the What’s New help files after you have updated
Edgecam to a later version so you are aware of any changes.

Help Folder

A folder containing various links to aid the installation, licensing and the using of Edgecam.

Edgecam Tutorials
A shortcut to the on-line tutorials that contain step by step instructions on how to use Edgecam.

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Programs Folder

Code Generator
This option is used to compile custom post processors. It is license dependant and requires you to
have written a suitable source file fit for compilation.

Code Wizard
This option will allow you to create and modify your own post processors using supplied templates
shipped with Edgecam. The Code Wizard comes with all systems.

Editor
Opens the Edgecam Editor to allow you to view and edit text files.

Utilities
An option that allows you to configure system settings such as language and license settings.

Comms Folder

Comms Setup
A utility to configure RS 232 communications to machine tool controllers.

Sample Lathe
Launches an example RS232 communications link for a typical lathe.

Sample Mill
Launches an example RS232 communications link for a typical milling machine.

Sample Wire
Launches an example RS232 communications link for a typical Wire EDM machine.

Toolstore Folder

Job Manager
Launches the Toolstore module that enables you to create and manage tool kits for jobs in Edgecam.

Technology Assistant
A module of the Toolstore that allows you to define and assign cutting data to tools.

Toolkit Assistant
A module of the Toolstore that allows you to assign tools to specific Edgecam jobs.

Toolstore Administrator
You are able to Select, modify, or delete SQL Toolstore databases used for Toolstore, Material
Technology & Toolkit Assistant.

Toolstore
Opens Toolstore database. Used to store all tool of any type used within Edgecam.

Job Reports
Launches the web browser and displays HTML reports for Jobs created in the Job Manager.

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Getting Started
To start Edgecam you can do one of the following:
Double Left Click on the Edgecam icon on your desktop:

Select the Edgecam icon from the Windows Start menu.

You see the Edgecam main screen, which automatically opens in design mode. You are now ready
to start work in Edgecam.
 The standard Edgecam Group name is Edgecam (version). Other group names are
only required if more than one version is installed is on the same PC.

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Opening Edgecam for the First Time


Upon opening Edgecam on the first occasion a Windows dialogue will appear.

This Window will appear after every new installation of Edgecam, an update in the software or if
Factory Settings has been selected from Utilities in the Edgecam program group.

It is strongly recommended to register online to get the full benefit of support. This includes help with
machining parts after a course has been attended or to booking your next course online. On this
occasion Left Click, [I do not wish to register].

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Understanding the Edgecam Screen Layout


The Edgecam main screen is your main workspace, in which you design and plan the manufacture of
components. The Edgecam main screen consists of the following main features:

Menu Bar
Title Bar

Toolbars

Dockable
Windows

Graphics Area

CPL (Datum) Marker

Status Bar

View Selection Menu

 The above example shows a typical screen layout. Your screen may not contain all
these features when you first enter Edgecam. This can be done by re-configuring
your workspace.

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Selecting Menu Options


When using Edgecam, you select the tasks you want to perform by selecting options from a menu.
The menu bar contains the titles of a number of menus that provide a general description of the
options contained within each menu. For example, the Geometry menu contains geometry creation
tasks and the Operations menu contains machining operations.
The menus available on the menu bar depend on the mode in which you are working and the
software licences. The menu bar displays design-related menus in design mode and machining-
related menus in manufacture mode.
Click on a menu name to display a list of menu options. Some menu options contain a further list of
sub-options. This is indicated by an arrow to the right of the menu option, like this:
Menu Option Sub-options

Left Click on a menu option to select it.


 Many of the commands you select via the menu bar are also available as buttons on
a toolbar.
 The commands that are displayed in the Toolbars and Menus are dependent on the
Edgecam licenses that you have purchased.

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Entering Data
Once you have selected a menu option, or Left Clicked on a toolbar button, Edgecam typically
displays a dialog. This is an example of a dialog:

A dialog is a data entry window that allows you to enter details relating to the selected command.
When a dialog appears on the screen, it takes priority over everything else. You must exit a dialog
before you can work anywhere else on the screen, by clicking on one of the following buttons:
[OK], to confirm the details you have entered and continue the command [Cancel], to abandon the
details you have entered and cancel the command.
Edgecam dialogs contain one or more tabs, as shown in the example above, that contain a group of
related fields. You can access a tab, and the details contained in the tab, by clicking on the tab name
you require.
Within each tab, you can enter data:
• directly
• using checkboxes

• using radio buttons

• drop down menus

• browse to a specific system file or file location

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Entering Data Directly


You enter data directly within a dialog by clicking in the required field, then typing the information into
the field.
 You can also press the [Tab] button on the keyboard to move the cursor between fields.
Using Checkboxes
You use checkboxes to select and deselect options in Edgecam. A ticked checkbox indicates that an
item is selected. An empty checkbox indicates that an item is not selected.
You can select more than one checkbox. For example, you can select the toolbars to display and
how to display them by checking the necessary checkboxes:

Using Radio Buttons


You use radio buttons to make a selection from a list of options. You can select only one option. For
example, in the instance below you can specify to work in either the XY or ZX environment, and in
either inches or millimetres.

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Drop Down Menus


An alternative to radio buttons would be a drop down menu as shown below:

Browse to a File
In some instances you may also need to use the Browse option to select a file. In this instance it is
the location for a folder for a Solid in which to insert.

Using the [Browse…] option will launch a standard window such as the option below.

Locate and select the file you require then hit the [Open] or <ENTER> button to return to the
Edgecam menu.

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Configuring Your Environment


You can change the features of your workspace in the following ways:
• Selecting the work mode.
• Mouse wheel sensitivity.

• Autosave.

• Setting system defaults.

• Selecting workspace preferences.

• Changing the screen background colour.

• Splitting the graphics area.

• The manner in which IGES and DXF files are loaded.


The above can be permanently saved to a default file.

Selecting the Environment


When you first enter Edgecam you are automatically in design mode. To access Manufacture mode,
you can.
Click on the Switch to Manufacture Mode button on the Standard toolbar. (Top right hand corner).

Select OPTIONS | Manufacture.

 You can select the environment in which to work using the XY / ZX toggle on the
Status bar, or loading a specific defaults file.

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Specifying Workspace Preferences


To specify various workspace preferences, from the drop down menu, select OPTIONS | Preferences.

You will see the General tab of the Preferences dialog.

 You can also select the environment in which to work by selecting either the XY or
ZX radio button in the Environment section.

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The key options on the General Tab that you may wish to configure are Part Units, Environment,
Autosave (number of Edgecam commands between automatic saves).On the Interface tab, Mouse
Wheel Sensitivity (any +ve value).

• System: to specify the tolerance at which objects exist and are saved in Edgecam.

• Display: to specify the tolerance at which Edgecam draws objects on the screen.

• Autosave : Specifies the number of commands after which an automatic save (Autosave)
occurs. Zero disables the Autosave functionality. To load the automatically saved part, select
the Open Autosave (File menu) command.

• Mouse Wheel Sensitivity: Adjust the mouse wheel sensitivity by entering a value which will
act as the zoom factor applied on each 'click' of the wheel.

 When the value used in the Mouse Wheel Sensitivity is smaller than 1, Edgecam’s zoom
command will change its direction.
• Import: Edgecam supports two alternative IGES and DXF/DWG export systems. Select your
preferred option.

Setting System Defaults


You can set system defaults to define the unit of measurement, system and display tolerances and
port setup that are loaded when you open parts in Edgecam. Edgecam provides two sets of defaults
- one for imperial measurements, the other for metric.

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Exercise 1 – Creating User Defined System Defaults


The following exercise will demonstrate how to manipulate Edgecam in such a way that the system
recognises a user’s own individual preference settings. In this instance the user wishes to work in
Mill (XY) mode and use metric units.

1. Select the OPTIONS | Preferences command.


2. Set the following parameters.
General Tab
Part Units: Millimetres Environment: XY Autosave: 5 Display: .01

Tool Libraries Tab


Display Toolchange: Checked

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Selection Tab
• Show Help On Tooltip: Checked Entity Tooltips: Checked

• Intellisnap: All Checked Show Tool On Cursor: Checked Free Picks Only: Checked

Interface Tab
• Mouse Wheel Sensitivity: .9

3. Dismiss the dialog box by selecting [OK].

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Setting CPL Marker Size


4. Position the cursor over the View Caption (Bottom left-hand corner of the Graphics Area).

 Left or Right click the mouse and from the context menu, select Properties. The
Configure View dialogue box will appear.

5. Activate the Axes check-box. Select [OK] to dismiss the dialog box. The CPL marker will
now extend the axis image.

 The Default file will also remember the View Port configuration.

6. In order to allow Edgecam to remember the above settings, we will now create a Default
file. Select the OPTIONS | New Defaults. Type in a name for the .dft file. Your
name_Mill_mm for example. Select [OK].

7. Edgecam has now saved your personalised preference settings.

 A Default file will not only save Preferences settings but will also remember the
position of the screen and the number of active View Ports. Ensure you are satisfied
with the View Ports BEFORE creating a default file.

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File Locations

Default locations can be set within Edgecam through the File Locations command. This can be found
either in OPTIONS | File locations or from the Utilities area of Edgecam within the Edgecam program
group. Locations that can be changed here are such places as the Network location, if the user
wants to store shared files across the network, such as Post processors, PCI’s. Toolstore files etc.
Strategy manager file locations can also be set here.
These default locations allow Edgecam to run without the requirement of the user being a local
administrator.

 Locations that are greyed out can only be changed within the system registry.

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Exercise 2 – Selecting System Defaults


In reference to the previous exercise, you will now be shown how to select your Default file.
Remember that many more users could be using Edgecam. Therefore, in order to guarantee that the
system operates in a preferred manner, a user would set Edgecam to use their own Defaults.
 A typical default location would be
C:\Users\Edgecam\Documents\Planit\2012.10\Edgecam\cam\Support.

1. Select the OPTIONS | Select Defaults command.

2. From the drop down list select your file created in the last exercise.

 You will observe that there are other Default files in this list. These files represent
other Edgecam Users settings or the system defaults.

3. New Part Defaults will be Selected File. This will update all defaults when you load a
part.

 Select the No change option to load the selected default file, but not to change the
defaults loaded automatically with the part.

4. Click on the [OK] button to accept the changes.


5. To guarantee that your settings are being used, you should not only notice that the XY
Metric environment is being used, but also that the CPL maker is extended.

 When loading a 3rd party format file such as an IGES or Solid file, the units of the
model will be determined by the units of the active defaults file.

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Changing the Screen Background Colour


You can change the colour of the screen background in Edgecam by selecting the OPTIONS | Colours
command. You will see the Colour Configuration dialog.

Click on the [Define...] button to the right of the Background field to select a different colour.

We will change Rapids & Normals, High Feed and Leads once in Manufacturing.
 You can also change the colour Edgecam uses to Intellisnap with, by setting
Highlight and Flyover colours.
 Ensure that the Background, Flyover and Highlight colours are dissimilar to each other.

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Understanding Edgecam Toolbars


Many of the commands you select using menus are also available as buttons on a toolbar.

 Not all menu commands are represented by a toolbar button.

The commands available on many of the toolbars depend on the mode in which you are working. For
example, the main toolbar displays commands relevant only to Manufacturing mode.
One method of selecting toolbars is to click on the View menu and select from the list.

This section provides an overview of some the toolbars you will use most often within Edgecam.

Standard Toolbar
The Standard toolbar provides general commands such as opening, saving, printing designs and
switching between the design and manufacture modes.

Design Toolbar
The functions on the Design toolbar allow you to create Wireframe designs

Edit Toolbar
The functions on the Edit toolbar allow you to manipulate the design.

Display Toolbar
The functions on the Display toolbar allow you to alter the view of the component part.

Input Toolbar
The Input Options toolbar provides you with advanced facilities for selecting entities and specifying
co-ordinates.

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Dimensions Toolbar
The Dimensions Toolbar allows you to Dimension entities.

Solids toolbar
The Solids toolbar enables you to create Features and geometry from a solid model

 Solids Toolbar is only available under the Solid Machinist licence and, when a solid
part file is loaded.

Main Toolbar
The Main toolbar provides the basic commands you require in Manufacturing Mode.

Operations Toolbars
The Operations toolbar enables you to specify machining operation commands. The commands
available depend on whether you are working in the milling or turning environment.

 You can access the Operations toolbar only in the Manufacture mode.

Mill Tools Toolbar


The Mill Tools Toolbar gives you the ability to select Milling tools or define a Tool in either the Mill or
Turn environments.

 You can access the Mill Tools Toolbar only when in manufacturing mode.

Mill Cycles Toolbar


The Mill Cycles toolbar enables you to specify machining commands. The commands available
depend on whether you are working in the milling or turning environment.

 You can access the Mill Cycles toolbar when in manufacturing mode and when
there is a tool selected.

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Turn Tools Toolbar


The Turn Tools Toolbar gives you the ability to select Turning tools or define a Tool in the Turn
environment.

 You can access the Turn Tools Toolbar only when in manufacturing mode.

Turn Toolbar
The Turn Toolbar enables you to specify Turn Cycles whilst in the Turn environment. These can be
for 2 axis and/or 4 axis lathes dependant on the post processor selected

 You can access the Turn Toolbar when in manufacturing mode and when there is a
tool selected.
 The Toolbars below you will become more aware of in later courses, dependant on
your level of license.

Spindles Toolbar
The Spindles Toolbar gives you the ability to select and move Sub-Spindles in the Turn environment.

 You can access the Spindles Toolbar when in Manufacturing mode and when you
have a post processor with a Sub-spindle selected. License dependant

Tool Graphics Toolbar


The Tool Graphics Toolbar gives you the ability to create custom tool, shank and holder graphics for
collision checking within simulator.

Rotary Design Toolbar


The Rotary Toolbar gives you the ability to create Rotary designs on an unwrapped envelope and
warp these designs back around a cylinder.

 You can machine rotary designs only when you have a post processor with a 4th
Axis.

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Rotary Toolbar
The Rotary Toolbar gives you the ability to select between Rotary and Planar mode when working
with a rotary axis, along with Move Angular & lathe index.

 You can access the Rotary Toolbar when in Manufacture mode and when you have
a post processor with a 4th Axis or BAxis.

Surface Toolbar
The Surface Toolbar allows you to create surface designs

 You can only create surfaces in the mill environment with the relevant license.

Wire Design Toolbar


The Wire Design Toolbar allows you to create Wire EDM designs.

 You can only machine Wire EDM designs with the relevant license.

Wire Toolbar
The Wire Toolbar allows you to machine Wire EDM designs.

 You can only machine Wire EDM designs with the relevant license.

Probing Toolbar
The Probing Toolbar allows you to use Edgecam Probing cycles.

 You can only use the Edgecam Probing toolbar whilst in Manufacture mode and
with the relevant license

Five Axis Simultaneous Milling Toolbar


The Five Axis Simultaneous Toolbar allows you to use Edgecam Five Axis Operations.

 You can only use the Edgecam Five Axis toolbar whilst in Manufacture mode and
with the relevant license

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Manipulating Toolbars
To move a toolbar, position the cursor over the far left hand side of the toolbar (dotted edge), left
click here and hold then Drag & Drop the toolbar into the desired position.

 Observe how the cursor changes appearance.

Toolbar Groupings
You will observe that on some of the icons, Edgecam displays a dark triangle symbol. This condition
indicates that the icon in question contains several more commands that are common to one
another.

The Line Command Group

The Chain Command Group

 Edgecam will set the symbol of the icon to that of the last used function.

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Add/Remove Buttons
Digitising on the far right hand side of a toolbar will give you access to the Add or Remove Buttons
command. When you Left click on this you can modify the toolbar to display more or less icons.

 To move icons around in the interface hold down the [Alt] Key and drag the button to the
desired position. If you drop the icon in the graphics area it will disappear.

Reset Toolbar
Selecting Reset Toolbar will remove any customisation from the Toolbar. The icons will be
positioned in their Factory set positions.

 Edgecam will warn the user if Reset Option has been used.

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Window Toolbars
Edgecam offers a number of specialist toolbars know as Windows (the name is derived from
Microsoft’s® Windows™ pane)
These toolbars are dedicated to display individual information throughout the system.

Detachable Windows
The window tabs can be dragged off and dropped where required. In other words instead of shutting
down the Window one can temporarily suspend the Window by placing it on the side of the screen
(very much like Maximize\Minimise in normal Windows applications)
This feature will give the user the ability to obtain more screen/port space.
In order to temporarily hide the Window Edgecam offers a Pin icon, found on the top right hand side
of the Window. In order to wake up the Windows the user would then hover over each tab in turn

 Clicking over the Pin icon with a combination of <CTRL> key and Left click will
automatically hide all Windows, placing them to the side of the screen.

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Feedback Window

The feedback window in Edgecam is used to display information for various Verify commands. The
window is also used for the on-screen display of the Strategy Manager Log file and feedback such
as Solid Model Tolerance and the results of Feature Find.

The Context Menu in the Feedback Window


The context menu ( Right click) in the Feedback Window offers the following commands:
Copy: Highlight the required text to copy
Clear: Clears all text from the Window

Profiles
Similar to Default files (.dft), Edgecam allows the user to create and save their own individual toolbar
and screen position settings. These are known as Profiles and like Default files are located in the
Edgecam \support folder.
 Profiles carry the .config extension.

Five standard Profiles are shipped. These are Generic Profile, Mill Profile, Turn Profile, Mill/Turn
Profile and Wire Profile. The default is set at installation.
To select a configuration Left click VIEW | Profiles, a configuration type then a config file from that
category

Status Bar
Status Bar refers to the command prompt which is displayed on the bottom left hand side of the
Edgecam screen. A command prompt will only appear when a transaction is being created (i.e.
Create a Line, Rapid Move etc.) otherwise Ready will be visible.
Command Prompts can be de-activated by switching off Status Bar, found under the View menu.
Refer to the on-line help for instructions on how to create new toolbars

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Exercise 3 – Creating Your Own Profile


This exercise demonstrates how to manipulate the appearance of Edgecam’s interface by
manipulating toolbars. Furthermore, having customised the toolbars, you will be instructed how to
save these alterations by creating a Profile.
 Ensure that you have completed the previous exercise before attempting this one.
1. Edgecam and select a Mill/Metric environment.
2. Select VIEW | Toolbars | Profiles | Generic Profile | default.config.

 Default.config is a factory set Profile which is found in Edgecam installations.

3. As indicated below, move the two vertically docked toolbars so as they occupy the space
next to the Solids toolbar.

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4. Remove the Zoom Extents icon from the View Toolbar. Hold down the <Alt> key, Left
click then drag & drop the icon into the view port.

5. Save the current screen layout by creating a new Profile Right click over a Toolbar
area and select [Customise...] from the Toolbars menu.

6. Select the Configurations tab and select [Create...].

7. Enter your first name into the New Configuration dialog box and select [OK].
8. Select [Close] to dismiss the Customise Dialogue box.

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9. You will discover that Edgecam has created your own Profile. The Profile can be activated
from the Toolbar menu.

 Refer to the on-line help for further instructions on how to select and save toolbar
configurations.

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Customise
Edgecam allows the user to thoroughly alter and customise the interface to one’s own individual
needs. Due to this functionality it is true to say that there is no Standard interface to Edgecam.
Herewith examples of what can be achieved by using the customise function.
• Browser Fly Outs and detachable windows
• XP style Toolbars

• XP style dialogs

• Icons in the menu

• Powerful toolbar & menu customisation

• Toolbar & menu command groupings

• Possibility to display text on icons

• PDI & PCI customisation support

• Improved keyboard accelerator functions

• Configurations are portable across systems


Separate Profiles for design and manufacture. This means it remembers where you were before you
switched. Stored together in the one Profile file.
Invalid icons are shown as greyed and are not removed from the interface

Commands
The Commands area allows the user to add & remove functions from either the toolbars or the
menus. With customise selected any command can be removed from the menu by simply dragging it
into the graphics area.
To add a command to a menu or toolbar select a command from one of the command categories
and position it where required.

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Edgecam Mouse Control


The mouse controls in Edgecam are detailed below:

 Depending on which mode you are in or at what point in a command you are up to,
the mouse control may differ.

 It is easier to manipulate designs if you have a mouse with a wheel.

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Mouse Key Usage


You will discover that both the Left and Right mouse keys have multi-functions. Certain
transactions require a single mouse key click, whereas others, require a double mouse key click.
Not only do the mouse keys play an important role with design and manufacturing transactions, but
both the keys and the wheel are used to manipulate the view.

Exercise 4 – Mouse Key Functions

1. Place the cursor over any Edgecam toolbar. Right click. You will observe a drop-down
menu which enables the user to alter the Toolbar.

2. Position the cursor anywhere within the View Port. Right click. You will observe
another drop-down menu. This is called the Short-cut Menu (containing a History List).

3. Activate Intellisnap with a Left click.


4. In both cases, the transaction was Right click. However, due to the position of the
cursor, Edgecam produced two different results.

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How to Create and Position Entities


Whilst working inside Edgecam you will come across many different types of Entities, an entity is
perceived as any item created within either the Design or Manufacture mode.
Examples are:

• Points

• Lines

• Circles and arcs

• Curves

• Surfaces

• Solids

• Continuous entities

• Toolpaths

 Refer to the Edgecam Design User Guide for further information on the different types of
entity.

Positioning Entities
Whether you are creating, moving or deleting an entity, it is essential that you understand how to
correctly manipulate the command. Examples of such commands are:
• Create a line/arc and locate it correctly on the screen
• Move (linear feed/rapid) a milling cutter

• Locate the datum position on a component

• Identify an item for deletion


All such cases require a select/position command. The three most commonly used commands are:
• Free Digitise: places an entity in no specific position
• Entity Digitise: accurately select a specific position

• Co-ordinate Input: specifically position an entity using X,Y & Z co-ordinates

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Assigning Entity Attributes


You can use different colours, layers and styles to help you to distinguish between different entities
within a complex design.
You use the following fields on the Standard toolbar to assign colours, layers and line styles to
entities:
Colour
Select a colour from the drop-down list.
Layer Select a layer from the list in the Window or
from the drop-down list. Alternatively, enter a
new layer name into the Window.
Style
Select a line style from the drop-down list.

Understanding Co-ordinates
You can use Cartesian, Polar or Angular co-ordinates in Edgecam. It is assumed throughout this
guide that you will use Cartesian co-ordinates.
 Remember you will either be working in XY environment (milling) or, ZX environment (turning)
You can check which co-ordinate mode you are working in by viewing the bottom right hand
corner of the Edgecam screen.
You can enter co-ordinates by:

Clicking on the Co-Ordinate Input button on the Input Toolbar.


Pressing X, Y or Z on the keyboard.

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Exercise 5 – Positioning Entities Using the Cursor.


1. Start a new session of Edgecam.

 Ensure that Intellisnap is switched on.


 Refer to the previous exercise on switching on Intellisnap.

 Observe the bottom right hand corner of your screen, ensure that Free Digitise is active.
Left click to select it.

2. Select GEOMETRY | Line.

3. Observe the dialog box. You can now describe the character of the line. Set the following
parameters:

• Horizontal: Checked Length: 100mm

4. Dismiss the dialog box by selecting [OK], Follow the prompt at the top of the window or
from the bottom left hand corner of the screen

• Point through which line will pass.

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5. Place the cursor anywhere on the screen and Left click. You are now executing a Free
Digitise. Create several more random lines.
6. Place the cursor over the CPL maker (datum marker found in the centre of the screen,
this is position X0Y0) Left click this. You are now executing an Entity Digitise.

7. Complete this command by Right clicking or clicking the


8. Select GEOMETRY | Arc.

9. Observe the dialog box and set the following parameters.

• Centre Point: Checked Diameter: 25

10. Dismiss the dialog box by selecting [OK]. Observe the prompt from top of the window or
the bottom left hand corner of the screen,

• Centre Point for Arc.

11. Place the cursor anywhere on the screen and Left click. You are now executing Free
Digitise. Create several more random Arcs.

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12. Place the cursor over the start, middle or end of an existing line. Observe the Entity Tool
tip.

13. Whilst the Entity Tool tip is present, digitise the line either at the mid-point or an end
point. You are now digitising using Intellisnap.

14. Complete this command by Right clicking or clicking the

15. Click on the Delete icon .Follow the prompt.

• Digitise entity to delete.


16. Place your cursor over any line or arc and Left click. You are now executing an Entity
Digitise.
17. Left clicking on Free or Entity in the bottom right hand corner of your graphics area
will toggle between the two types. Whichever is highlighted Red is the active type.

18. Select either a line or arc to create once more. Follow the prompt.

• Point through which line will pass or Centre Point for Arc.

 Left click on Entity at the bottom right hand corner of the screen.

19. You are now unable to select a point in space and can only select a line or Arc entity.
20. Complete this command by Right clicking.

 Edgecam will always prompt you to perform the appropriate steps within the selected
command. Always observe Picking Banner, the status bar at the bottom of the screen or Help
on Tool tip , if activated.

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Exercise 6 – Positioning a Component Using Co-ordinates


The object of the next exercise is to accurately load a component onto a simple fixture. Two
Edgecam part files are used, one to represent the fixture and the other the component.
This exercise will introduce you to using co-ordinates.
1. Open the part file ‘6 - Fixture.ppf’.

2. Select FILE | Insert | Part.

3. Using the [Browse...] command select the part file called ‘6a - The Component.ppf’.
4. Activate the Origin check-box.

5. Dismiss the dialogue by select [OK].


6. Observe the command prompt, Digitise location at which to insert part.

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7. Select the Co-ordinate Input icon and type the following values X50Y40Z-10.

 As an alternative to using icon for summoning co-ordinates, strike the <X> key on your
keyboard and type in the values X50Y40Z-10.
8. Complete the procedure by Right clicking or by pressing the [Enter] key.

9. Close the part without saving.

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Manipulating Your View


You can view your component on the screen in different ways by:

• Zooming into and out of a design

• Rotating the view

• Panning the view

• Selecting a view orientation

• Using a 3D motion controller

There are a set of dedicated icons which are used to manipulate the view. However, you will discover
that it is far more efficient to use the mouse functions.
To zoom in and out, roll the mouse wheel forwards to and backwards.
Double click the mouse wheel to Zoom Extents.
To rotate the view, hold down the Right mouse button and move the mouse accordingly.
Edgecam rotates the view of the design in the direction of the mouse movement.
You pan the view of the component by holding down the mouse wheel and moving the mouse.
 Edgecam, by default, will always zoom and rotate around the centre of the solid.
Selecting a View Orientation
The blue view status bar at the bottom left-hand corner of the graphics area shows the view
orientation currently on display. To select a view orientation, click on the blue view status bar, and
then select a new view orientation from the menu that is displayed:

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Splitting the Graphics Area


You can split the Edgecam graphics area horizontally and vertically, to create more than one window
in which to view a component. This is particularly useful if, for example, you want to display two or
more different view orientations at the same time, or to zoom in on a specific part while keeping the
original view on display.
You have several options available to you for splitting the graphics area:
Right click in the graphics area and select the Horizontal Split or Vertical Split option from the
shortcut menu that is displayed.
Selecting from the symbols found in the bottom right corner of the graphics port.

Edgecam splits the graphic area into two windows:

Horizontal split Vertical split

Edgecam automatically sets the size of the view port, you will discover that the split will be equal in
proportion. You can alter the size of the port by placing the cursor on the split line, observe the
cursor alters its appearance to a double headed arrow. Hold down the Left Mouse button and
move the mouse.

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Changing View Ports


Edgecam allows you to alter the direction of the view port by selecting on the dialog box found on the
bottom right hand side of the View Port.

 Turning and Milling ports use a different naming convention.


 You may alter the view ports and split the graphics area in to any combination.
Depending on the option you choose, the screen might look like this.

To close a window, Right click anywhere in the appropriate window, then select the Close
Window option from the shortcut menu that is displayed:

Alternatively, one may select the X symbol found on the bottom right hand side of the port.

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Exercise 7 - View Control


This exercise will allow you to practice manipulation of components in the screen area.

1. Open the file ‘7 - Long Part.ppf’.


2. Practice panning, zooming and rotating.

 The component is clearly a turned part –observe the name of the view ports are
uniquely different to that of a milling environment.

3. Try the advanced zoom and rotate options. This will allow you to specify the point around
which the part will move. Use the suggested points on the model as digitise points.
4. Place you cursor over the part, hold down the <CTRL> key and Right click. Observe
the part will jump to the current cursor position.

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Using Intellisnap
Using Intellisnap to defining co-ordinates
The Intellisnap feature allows you to define a position within the graphics area by selecting an
existing entity. For example, you can define the start point for a new entity or machining command as
the end point of an existing line.
You can select the:
• Ends of entities Mid-points of entities Centre points of circles and arcs.
To use Intellisnap, simply move the cursor near the end, mid or centre point of an existing entity.
Edgecam highlights the selected entity in the Intellisnap flyover colour, displays a square, cross or
circle in the flyover colour at the selected point, and displays information about the selected point in a
tool tip, like this:

End of Entity Mid-Point of Entity Centre Point of Circle

Left click while the flyover square, cross or circle is displayed to define the position.
 Change the colour of the Intellisnap flyover using the Colour Configuration dialogue.

Using Intellisnap to analyse geometry


Intellisnap can be used as a design aid, and also as a means of interrogating entities that are in a
part file. Activate Intellisnap by Right clicking anywhere in the view port and selecting Intellisnap
from the drop down menu.

With Intellisnap activated, when the cursor is placed over an entity it will highlight and return
information to the screen in a tool tip type box.
By pressing the <V> key whilst the information is being displayed this will extend the dialog box to
show more data relating to the entity

 The larger information box will stay active until the <V> key is pressed again.

Tab Key
When there are many entities near the cursor, the <Tab> key sign appears on the cursor to inform
you of this situation. The information box will then carry a numerical reference to the number of
entities present at the cursor location. Use the tab key to scroll through these entities.

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Exercise 8 - Using Intellisnap
The exercise is designed to familiarise you with Intellisnap.
1. Open the file ‘8 - Intellisnap.ppf’.
2. Ensure that you have got Intellisnap activated.

3. Pass your cursor over the model and notice the tool tip feedback

4. When there is a tool tip showing, press the <V> key on the keyboard to expand the
information window:

5. When there is more than one entity in the immediate region of the cursor, the <TAB> key
symbol will appear. Press the <TAB> key to scroll through the entities.
6. Close the part without saving.

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Layer Control
Layers allow you to segregate entities onto different layers so they can be made visible or invisible.
This helps you manage your designs and toolpaths more effectively.
The Layer Window is a quick and effective way of managing the layer control and tasks such as
creating, showing and editing layers are all straight forward.

Creating Layers
To create a new layer, perform a Right click anywhere in the Layers Window. This will display a
menu where you can say New.
This will present the following dialog box where a name can be entered. The Show check box allows
you to say whether the layer should be visible or not.

A new layer will appear in the Window when [OK] is selected.

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Active Layer
Within any part file there can only be one active layer. This is the layer that appears in the Window
with a red coloured background on the layer icon. To change the active layer, Double left click
over the layer icon that you wish to be active. The red marker will then appear on the chosen layer.
An alternate method of making a layer active would be to highlight a layer by Left clicking it, then
Right clicking so the drop down menu appears. From this menu select the option Make Active.

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Exercise 9 - Working With Layers


This exercise will familiarise you with layer control and the Layers Window.
1. Open the file ‘9 - Layers.ppf’.
2. Ensure the Layers Window is active. Observe the layers that are present and the entities
that are displayed on the screen.

3. Double left click the Yes word on one of the layers and observe what happens to the
relevant entities on the screen, they should be made invisible. They are not deleted, they
are hidden.
4. Highlight the Arcs layer and Right click. Select the Show Only option from the menu.

5. Only the 3 arcs should now be shown on the screen


6. Right click anywhere in the Layers Window and select the Show All option. This will
make all layers visible and display all the entities on the screen.

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7. Select the EDIT | Transform | Translate command. Observe the dialogue box. Fill in the
parameters as shown. Ensure that you type a new name into the Layer field. Edgecam
will automatically create this layer as it completes the transaction.

• Copy Checkbox: Checked Layer: Translate Values in X, Y & Z 0

8. Dismiss the dialog box by selecting [OK]. Observe the command prompt,

Digitise the Arc and Rectangle entities.


9. Right Click to Finish.

 Left Click to pick the Arcs and Double Left click to Chain the Rectangles.

10. Observe the Layers Window. Notice how a new layer called Translate has been created.
11. Place the cursor over this layer, Right click and select Show Only from the drop down
menu.
12. Edgecam will now only display the entities on this layer. You have learnt not only how to
create a layer but also how to copy entities.

13. Close Edgecam without saving the part


14. The method of selecting the entities in the last exercise was quite slow consider
alternative methods of quickly selecting entities.

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Selecting Multiple Entities


In a previous chapters of this training Guide, you have been advised on how to select singular
entities (Entity Digitise) and also how to chain wireframe profiles. You will find it necessary to be
able to quickly and efficiently select numerous entities in one transaction, this chapter deals with this
matter.
You can select multiple entities by:-
• Left clicking on each entity

• Left clicking and dragging a window, to encompass the entities you want to select.

• Using the Nchain & Normal chain command.

• Using the keyboard shortcut <CTRL>< A>.

Window Drag Selection


By holding down the Left mouse button and dragging a window around the entities is a quick way
of selecting entitles. The direction in which you create the window does have an effect on what
entities are selected.
Dragging the window from the top left hand corner to a bottom to a bottom right hand position will
select entities that are only fully enclosed in the window
Dragging the window in the reverse direction, from bottom Right hand corner to the top Left hand
corner will select any entities that are either fully enclosed or are touched by the window.

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Exercise 10 – Windowing Entities


1. Open the part file called ’10 - Windowing.ppf’.
2. Click on the view in the bottom left hand corner of your screen and select Top.

3. Perform a Zoom Extents by Double clicking the scroll Wheel.


4. Click on the Delete button and observe the command prompt. Digitise entity to delete.

5. Place your cursor over the position marked X, Holding down the Left hand mouse
button, diagonally slide the cursor towards the Y position. Let go of the mouse button.

6. Observe the window being created and the amount of highlighted (selected) entities.

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7. Complete the transaction Right clicking. The entities will be removed.
8. Recover the entities by using the Undo command

9. Repeat the above transaction, except this time form the window in the OPPOSITE
direction, from Right to left.

10. Notice the difference in the amount of entities selected.

11. Complete the transaction by clicking the Right click.


12. Close the part without saving.

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Selecting Entities Using the Nchain & Normal Command


The Chain command is a very efficient method of quickly selecting a number of entities. The
command is launched by Double left clicking.
The Nchain command, found on the Input toolbar, allows you to select any number of contiguous,
i.e. touching, entities. For example, you would use the Nchain command to select the top profile
(from A to B) of this turning component:

 You use the Nchain command as part of another command, for example to select a
profile to machine or a collection of entities to delete.
 The Nchain button is disabled until you select another command for which the
Nchain command is appropriate.

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Exercise 11 - Chaining Entities


This is a brief exercise that demonstrates how to edit a line of entities using the Chain command.
You will further learn how to change the characteristic of the entities.
1. Open the file ’11 - Chaining.ppf’.
2. Select EDIT | Entity Data | Apply To All command. Alternatively, Left click the icon on the
Edit toolbar.

3. Place your cursor over the section of the profile which represents the turned component
(solid font drawing) and Double left click.

4. Observe how the whole profile is selected but not the section of the drawing representing
the chuck jaw (dashed font drawing).
5. Complete the transaction by Right clicking.
6. Observe the dialogue box. Alter the Layer, Name and the Colour.

7. You will notice that Edgecam has changed the colour of the profile plus, a new layer has
been created which exclusively contains the Turn profile entities.

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8. Select the Apply to All command once more. Before selecting an entity, on the Input
toolbar Left click Nchain on the Input Toolbar.

9. Zoom in on the front chamfer and digitise somewhere between the midpoint of the line
and the bottom right hand side of the line.

10. Zoom out and now digitise between the midpoint and the top left hand end of the upper
chamfer. Right Click. This will now chain only between these 2 selected points.

 Digitising a different part of the first line entity will chain the profile in the opposite
direction.

11. Alter the colour once more.


12. Close Edgecam without saving the part.

 Double Left click on an entity. This is a quick method of altering the characteristic of an
individual entity.

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Keyboard Selection & Entity Types


In the previous exercise you have learnt how to select multiple entities. We shall now use the Entity
Types option to filter the entities you wish to select, whilst making a multiple selection. Whilst making
a selection of entities we can filter out entity types that we don’t want to select. We do this by
checking or un-checking options within Entity Types. This command is found on the Input Toolbar
 Entity types that are inappropriate to the command will be greyed out.

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Exercise 12 - Deleting Entities


The following exercise will show you how to use the Entity Types command and further
demonstrates the use of the window command in conjunction with the Entity Types filter.
The object of the exercise is to remove all traces of text, including drawing dimensions.
1. Open the file ’12 - Entity Types.ppf’.

2. Select the Delete command.

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3. You are prompted Digitise entity to delete. As you wish to only delete dimensions
entities activate the Entity Types filter and un-check all boxes except Dimensions.

4. Select [OK].
5. As an alternative to the window function you can hold down the keys <CTRL> & <A> on
your keyboard. Edgecam will highlight only the Dimensions and only these will be
removed. Right Click to Finish.

6. Complete the command by Right clicking.


7. Close the part without saving.

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Measuring Distances and Verifying Entities


You can measure the distance between any two points or verify an entity by:

Clicking the Measure Distance button on the Standard toolbar.

Click on the Verify Entities button on the Standard toolbar.


Once you have reacted to the command prompts (selected first and second positions, or, digitised
any entity) the information is displayed in the Feedback Window:

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Solid Machinist
Edgecam Solid Machinist provides the user the ability to load and machine Solid components
designed in various parametric CAD packages, without the need for file translation. The Edgecam
Solid Machinist license allows the direct loading of native CAD files. This eliminates any possible
translation errors that occur when using file translators. Another benefit of using the native solid CAD
file is that it has the ability to remain associative to the master model allowing the machining
strategies to update when any modifications are made to the solid design.

Supported CAD Formats


The Solid Machinist module is licensed in various ways depending upon the user requirements. The
table below details the licensing configurations and the associated file extensions:

Product License Description File Formats & Extensions


Code
ENSM0-G Solid Machinist for Granite Pro/Engineer (.prt)
Pro/Desktop (.des)
Creo Parametric

ENSM0-I Solid Machinist for Inventor Autodesk Inventor (.ipt,iam)

ENSM0-C Solid Machinist for CATIA CATIA V5 (.catpart,.catproduct)


V5
ENSM0-A Solid Machinist for ACIS ACIS (.sat, sab)
Spaceclaim (.scdoc)

ENSM0-S Solid Machinist for Edgecam Part Modeler (.pmod)


Parasolid SolidWorks (.sldprt)
SolidEdge (.par)
Step (.stp)
KOMPAS-3D (.a3d, .m3d)
Native Parasolid formats (.x_t, .x_b,
.xmt_txt, .xmt_bin)
UGS NX (.prt)
ENSM0-M Solid Machinist Max Combination of ENSM0-I & ENSM0-S

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Solid CAD Systems and Edgecam Licenses


The table lists the file formats from the Solid CAD systems and the licences required to load them
into Edgecam.
Solid CAD system File types supported Licence required

Autodesk Inventor *.ipt, *.iam Solid Machinist for Inventor or


Solid CAD/CAM or
Solid Machinist Max

CATIA V5 *.CATpart, *.CATproduct Solid Machinist for CATIA V5

Edgecam Part Modeler *..pmod Solid Machinist for Parasolid or


Solid CAD/CAM or
Solid Machinist Max

SolidWorks *.prt, *.sldprt, *.sldasm Solid Machinist for Parasolid or


Solid CAD/CAM or
Solid Machinist Max

Solid Edge *.par Solid Machinist for Parasolid or


Solid CAD/CAM or
Solid Machinist Max

Pro/DESKTOP, *.prt, *.des, *.pdt, *.g, *.asm Solid Machinist for Granite
Pro/ENGINEER up to and
including Wildfire 5
Creo Parametric

UGS NX *.prt Solid Machinist for Parasolid or


Solid CAD/CAM or
Solid Machinist Max

STEP *.stp Solid Machinist for Parasolid or


Solid CAD/CAM or
Solid Machinist Max or
Edgecam Part Modeler

SpaceClaim *.scdoc Solid Machinist for ACIS or


Solid CAD/CAM or
Solid Machinist Max or
Solid Machinist for CATIA V5

KOMPAS-3D *.a3d, *.m3d Solid Machinist for Parasolid or


Solid CAD/CAM or
Solid Machinist Max

Native ACIS files *.sat, *.sab Solid Machinist for ACIS or


Solid CAD/CAM

Native Parasolid files *.xmb, *.xmt, *.x_t, *.x_b Solid Machinist for Parasolid or
Solid CAD/CAM or Solid
Machinist Max

IGES files loaded as Parasolid *.igs Solid Machinist for Parasolid


bodies and Part Modeler or Solid
CAD/CAM

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CAD Integration
This diagram below shows how the various solid CAD packages integrate with Edgecam. Only solid
files that are loaded using the Solid Machinist license will have the associative link to the CAD model.
Surface files such as IGES are not loaded through the solid machinist interface, and therefore are
not associative to the master model.

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Understanding Solid Models


Solid Body Entities
When a solid part is loaded into Edgecam, it does not contain any wire frame or surface entities.
Solid bodies contain a different set of entity types that are only relevant to solid part files.
Using Intellisnap to interrogate the component is a useful method to gain an appreciation of the
entities that are contained within the Solid Model.
 To activate Intellisnap, Right click the mouse and Left click Intellisnap from the
menu.

Edge
A single line that forms the edge on a solid part.

Face
A face on the solid part.

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Loop
A series of edges that form a continuous closed loop around a solid face.

Vertex
An intersection point where edges meet.

Solid
This is the entire solid body itself.

 Use the <V> key & <Tab> key to help you interrogate the solid body.

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Installation Notes for Solid Machinist


Solid Machinist Prerequisites (CAD)

Autodesk Inventor
To load an Autodesk Inventor file into Edgecam, one of the following products must be installed on
the same PC.
Autodesk Inventor, or
Inventor View. A free utility that can be installed from the Autodesk Inventor DVD. Or from the
Autodesk website.
If neither product is installed, you see an error message on attempting to load an Autodesk Inventor
file into Edgecam.

Support for SolidWorks 2010 and above


Note: To load SolidWorks 2010 files and above it is necessary to have the latest version of
SolidWorks Document Manager installed.
If you have SolidWorks 2012 installed on your PC you will automatically have the latest SolidWorks
Document Manager installed.
If you are loading SolidWorks 2012 files but do not have SolidWorks installed, you will need to install
SolidWorks Explorer 2012 (free download - see below), which will update the SolidWorks Document
Manager.
You can download SolidWorks Explorer 2012 from http://www.solidworks.com/sw/downloads.htm.
(This will work for 32 and 64-bit versions.)

 Solid Machinist users who have purchased either the Granite or Parasolid license do NOT
need to install any additional programs to their Edgecam PC’s.

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Edgecam CAD Links


Edgecam CAD Links can be installed by your CAD designer onto his/her computer. When he saves
the part for you he automatically saves two files - one is the standard CAD part file the other provides
extra information to help you machine it faster!

Advantages for Using CAD Links


If your designer installs CAD Links you will save: Threads, Construction Planes, Coordinate Planes
and Sketch Planes.
With all this extra information you will be able to glean more information from the Solid CAD file and
machine the part with all the information given by the CAD designer.

In-line Activation Command


Solid Works™, Solid Edge™ and Inventor, all have in-line activation icons. That is to say that within
each of these products, you will find an icon that launches Edgecam directly from the product and, at
the same time, loads the part file.
The detection of Solid CAD systems and the installation of the links to Edgecam are achieved by
running a separate utility which can be located on the Edgecam Install CD.

When this utility is executed, the installation routine will automatically detect the presence of CAD
software and advise the user accordingly.

 You do not have to run this routine for Edgecam Part Modeler. However to find CAD
Link information, such as threads, this option must be checked in Feature Finder.

 You do not have to install Edgecam on CAD PC’s to run the CAD Links executable. The
CAD Links program can be installed on CAD PC’s and run independently from Edgecam.
It is not subject to any licensing and can be installed on as many PC’s as you like.

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Reloading Pro/ENGINEER Files (Creo Parametric)


It is possible for a Pro/ENGINEER file to have additional version number extensions (i.e. model.prt.1,
model.prt.2, model.prt.3 etc). When reloading files into Edgecam all files with the same base name
and extension are checked and the latest write time (if later than the write time of the original file) is
used for the reload prompt and subsequent reload.

Launch Button
The Edgecam utility will install the link icon within the CAD software.

Launching Edgecam in this method not only offers an efficient method of accessing the system, but
enables the user to manipulate data already stored in the CAD file. Below is a table explaining the
various CAD features transferred into Edgecam.

 When Edgecam is launched from the CAD package, the link will save the native CAD file
AND another reference file containing additional information such as thread data and
coordinate systems. This file (an *.xml file) will be referenced when the solid file is
loaded into Edgecam, so it MUST reside in the same file location as the solid file.

Cad Table - Parts

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Associative Reloading of Solid Part Files


One of the main benefits of using Edgecam Solid Machinist is that the model file remains associative
to the CAM instructions. If design changes take place AFTER the component has been
manufactured, the machining sequences can be easily updated to reflect the changes.
This method of CAD/CAM integration is achieved using parametric data stored in the solid CAD file.
The characteristics of the component and its features are held in a series of unique identifiers for
every entity in a body (face, loop, edge and vertex). These unique identifiers are normally referred to
as ‘Solid Keys’. When a feature is identified, Edgecam holds a cross-reference to the relevant solid
key. When a body is reloaded, Edgecam will first try and match the current features to the incoming
CAD model. If a match is found, the feature and any associated CAM instructions are automatically
updated. New features will be generated for any additional pockets, bosses or holes on the reloaded
body.

Reporting Design Changes


Edgecam will detect if a solid part has been modified by the designer. When an alteration is found,
Edgecam will acknowledge this fact by displaying the following information message:

The Designer may make an alteration but re-save the file under a different name. This would be the
case if a twin component is required that possesses subtle design changes.
In this instance, Edgecam will not automatically inform the user. The user must manually re-load the
revised solid part.

Best Practices for CAD Designs


It is important to fully understand and realise that the method employed to modify the solid design
can affect the way features are updated in Edgecam. For example, if a pocket in a body is moved,
stretched or edited this will generally result in an updated feature because the cross-reference is
maintained. However, if a pocket is deleted and a new pocket placed in the same area, the cross-
reference maybe lost, as the pocket will not contain the same unique identification as the initial
pocket, although the Solid Machinist engine may decide that the new feature is a Best Match to the
original design and apply the machining instructions to the new feature.
It is advisable wherever possible to parametrically modify solid CAD files as this ensures greater
integration with CAM instructions.

 Advise your designers that you are using the solid models for manufacturing, and that the
resulting CAM data is linked to the master model.

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Trainee Notes

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Leaving Edgecam
Once you have finished working with Edgecam, you must exit the system and return to the Windows
desktop. To exit the system:
Complete and save your work.

 Edgecam warns you that you have not saved your work if you try to leave Edgecam
without saving. Click on the Yes button to save any changes before leaving
Edgecam, or click on the No button to exit without saving the changes.
Select the Exit option from the File menu. You return to the Windows desktop.

Getting Further Help


This training guide is designed to help you become familiar with Edgecam, introducing you to the
concepts and skills you need to design and machine different types of component.
You can refer to the following sources of information for further help on any aspect of Edgecam that
is not covered in this training guide:
• Edgecam Design User Guide
• An Edgecam Manufacturing User Guide

• Edgecam on-line help.

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Index
Angular
Angular ............................................................... 50 in Edgecam .......................................................... 9
Angular co- co-ordinates ........................................ 50 Intellisnap ................................... 32, 48, 62, 63, 85
Arc ........................................................... 52, 54, 67 Job ....................................................................... 13
Associative ......................................................... 90 Layer ........................................... 50, 64, 65, 67, 73
Autodesk Inventor ....................................... 81, 87 Layers ..................................................... 64, 66, 67
Autosave ................................................ 21, 23, 24 Line .................................. 37, 41, 51, 52, 55, 67, 73
Axis ............................................................... 35, 36 Menus ................................................................. 20
Buttons ......................................................... 19, 38 Milling ...................................................... 34, 36, 59
CAD................ 11, 81, 82, 83, 87, 88, 89, 90, 92, 97 Mouse wheel sensitivity ................................... 21
Cartesian ............................................................ 50 New feature ........................................................ 90
Cartesian co- co-ordinates ..................................... 50 Offset ..................................................................... 6
CATIA ................................................................. 81 Opening................................................................ 15
Chaining ............................................................. 73 Operations .............................................. 17, 34, 36
Changing ................................................ 21, 32, 59 Orientation .......................................................... 57
Circle ................................................................... 62 part.....................................................................
part 2, 9
CNC code ........................................................... 11 Part ........................ 9, 12, 23, 24, 55, 61, 81, 88, 90
Colour ................................................32, 50, 62, 73 Part Modeler........................................... 12, 81, 88
Command..........................................37, 41, 72, 88 PCI ....................................................................... 45
Commands......................................................... 45 Points .................................................................. 49
Configurations ............................................... 43, 45 Polar .................................................................... 50
Configure ............................................................. 28 Pro/ENGINEER ................................................. 89
Configuring......................................................... 21 Properties ............................................................. 28
Continuous ......................................................... 49 Rotary............................................................ 35, 36
Continuous entities ........................................... 49 Rotary design ..................................................... 35
Co-
Co-ordinates ................................................ 50, 55 Selecting ................... 17, 21, 31, 38, 57, 58, 69, 72
CPL ......................................................... 28, 31, 52 Setting ..................................................... 21, 23, 28
Creating .................................................. 24, 42, 64 Solid .. 31, 34, 41, 81, 82, 83, 85, 86, 87, 88, 90, 92
Cursor ................................................................. 26 Solid Machinist.....................
Machinist 34, 81, 83, 87, 90, 92
Curves ................................................................ 49 SolidWorks ......................................................... 81
data ........................................................................ 9 Splitting ......................................................... 21, 58
Data......................................................... 18, 19, 73 standard ................................................................ 9
Defaults .................................................. 23, 24, 31 Standard ..................................... 21, 33, 45, 50, 80
Defined ............................................................... 24 Status bar ........................................................... 21
Deleting .............................................................. 77 Strategy...............................................................
Strategy 41
Design..............................11, 33, 35, 36, 49, 90, 94 Sub-
Sub-spindle ........................................................ 35
Digitising ....................................................... 38, 74 Surface.......................................................... 36, 83
Dimensions .................................................. 34, 78 Surfaces.............................................................. 49
DXF files ............................................................. 21 Text........................................................................ 6
Edgecam ....2, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, Time ..................................................................... 15
20, 21, 23, 24, 28, 31, 32, 33, 36, 37, 38, 39, 41, Tolerance............................................................ 41
42, 44, 45, 47, 48, 49, 50, 54, 55, 57, 58, 59, 62, Tool.............................................. 24, 26, 34, 35, 54
67, 68, 74, 75, 78, 81, 82, 83, 85, 87, 88, 89, 90, Toolbars .............. 17, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41, 42, 43, 45
91, 92, 94, 97 Toolchange........................................................... 24
Edgecam Part Modeler ........................ 12, 81, 88 Toolpaths ............................................................ 49
Edgecam Solid Machinist .......................... 81, 90 Tools.............................................................. 34, 35
Entities .......................49, 69, 70, 72, 73, 77, 80, 85 Turn profile .......................................................... 74
Entity ........ 26, 49, 50, 52, 54, 62, 69, 73, 76, 77, 78 Turning .......................................................... 35, 59
Entity
Entity Digitise ....................................49, 52, 54, 69 Types.......................................................
Types 76, 77, 78
Entity types ........................................................ 76 Verifying .............................................................. 80
Environment........................................... 21, 23, 24 Vertical ................................................................ 58
Example ............................................................... 9 windows ................................................................ 9
Feature ......................................................... 41, 88 Windows ................................. 2, 14, 15, 39, 40, 94
Geometry ..............................17, 51, 52, 55, 67, 73 Wire ......................................................... 13, 36, 41
Horizontal ..................................................... 51, 58

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Document Revision Control


Rev.1-3 - Various Updates.
Rev.4.0 - Updated for Edgecam V2009 R1 01 December 2008
Rev.5.0 - Updated for Edgecam V2009 R2 April 2009
Rev.5.1 - New Edgecam Logos Added June 2009
Rev.5.2 - Front Page, Copyright and Index Added July 2009
Rev.6.0 - Updated for V2010 R1 October 2009. Screen Shots updated for CAD package versions
page 74, 76, 77. Minor issues, left and right icons for mouse button clicks added in various areas.
Some grammar to suit. Modified by SBL.
Rev.7.0 – July 2010 Updated for V2010 R2. New Planit Template. Exercises 1 & 2 re-written to take
into account new functionality File locations added. Minor changes elsewhere. SBL.
Rev.7.1 – August 2010. Minor Grammar changes throughout and renumbering corrected. SBL.
Rev.8.0 – December 2010. Updated for V2011 R1. Minor Grammar changes throughout. All screen
shots updated to suit new colour scheme. No new exercises. SBL.
Rev 9.0 - November 2011 Updated for V2012R1.Screen shots only, no new exercises. AWA. SBL.

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