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 Post subject: selecting plunge points and simplified curve machining
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:13 am 
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Hi all

Is there an easy way to select plunge points when trying to surface mill?

Reason I ask is I have a very simple part with a diameter 150mm borethat is 30mm deep this is where I want my 32mm insert cutter to begin the feature from so it does not plunge into tthe part.

The part does not need surfacing but I am trying to find a simple way to do a 4mm deep step (counter bore feature) with out dry cutting. I tried to use side but it seems to do a lot of dry cutting.

Previously at my old job I made lots of very simple parts similar to this years ago using master cam V9 (stone ages stuff) and it was a simple as selecting a curve, a side to cut and the amount of stock I want to remove and bang easy as that a super quick 2.5d tool path was processed but for the life of me I cant figure an easy way to do the same thing or similar thing on Featurecam with out 3D or with dry cutting.

Please help. I am sure I am missing some thing really simple here as we do a fair amount of 3d maching no problems normally but I am stumped on a simple part. (I have a temory work around creating multiple finish passes but i am looking for a long term solution to this issue)

Thanks in advance


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 Post subject: Re: selecting plunge points and simplified curve machining
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:38 am 
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have you tried "total stock"? under the rough strategy/milling tab? You might have to add a plunge point as well.


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 Post subject: Re: selecting plunge points and simplified curve machining
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:06 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: selecting plunge points and simplified curve machining
PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 8:59 pm 
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thanks for the pointers guys Ill will give them a try.

cheers :wink:

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