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 Post subject: Z-Level finishing of vertical surfaces
PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 3:45 pm 
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:( :? :-( Why oh why won't FeatureCAM machine vertical surfaces as part of z-level machining (or any 3D surface machining). I know there are ways around it with conventional milling and flow line but it would be so useful to include it in other 3D machining options.

I've just machined a revolved component that starts with parallel vertical surfaces at the top and then tapers out with a domed shape at the bottom. Roughing is fine but when it comes to finishing it won't do the top of the component.

Very annoying


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 Post subject: Re: Z-Level finishing of vertical surfaces
PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 11:45 pm 
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I had the same problem. I ended up useing swarf machining. It worked pretty well.


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 Post subject: Re: Z-Level finishing of vertical surfaces
PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 9:31 am 
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Swarf machining, really? I've not used that before, I'll give it a go.

Cheers :D


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 Post subject: Re: Z-Level finishing of vertical surfaces
PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 10:59 am 
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I used swarf and it worked brilliantly, thanks for the advice.


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 Post subject: Re: Z-Level finishing of vertical surfaces
PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 7:42 pm 
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Make sure on the Edges tab of your Surface Feature you have "Cut to Bottom" selected and that if there are any horizontal surface at the bottom of your vertical walls they are set as check surfaces.


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 Post subject: Re: Z-Level finishing of vertical surfaces
PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 4:31 am 
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Same issue with z level finish for me, simple part with a step halfway from 10 mm to 5mm, doesn't touch the 5mm part... frustrating! Swarf isn't working either, its closer but not right


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 Post subject: Re: Z-Level finishing of vertical surfaces
PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:14 am 
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Setting scallop height instead of Z level increment usually eliminates the stepping.


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