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  1. You can easily start a fire which burns through the bottom of your machine, and continues burning through the concrete, until all the magnesium is consumed in the fire. Fire suppression is a good hedge against risk, but fire prevention is much more important. A Class "D" extinguisher may save the fire from spreading to your entire shop, but it may not save the machine. I worked at a shop which occasionally would build parts from large magnesium casting. These are machined on open-bed Deckel CNC machines (before the merger), and the orders were to "sweep up all the chips/swarf after each and every cut, and transfer the chips to the chip barrel outside, at the far end of the parking lot". Letting the magnesium chips build up and/or moving on to other operations/work before cleaning up the fire hazard, was a terminable offense. When I was young, I thought this was overkill. With the benefit of experience comes wisdom, and now I completely understand and agree with the need for these rules!
    10 points
  2. 100% this! When I teach my multiaxis classes (just did one this morning), I always start with this: Why do you use Multiaxis toolpaths? #1 reason - it looks badass and it makes you look cooler when it comes time for the raise! You paid for the machine, use it all! #2 reason - to avoid hitting the part/machine/fixture. #3 reason - to use the shortest tool possible. I totally agree with Kyle that 90%+ is really just 3+2. And of the remaining 10%, 75% of THAT can be covered with the steps I show in the video above. It's that last 2.5% that can get REeeeeaaaalllll tricky, though Good luck on the interview!
    7 points
  3. Well then we have a PICNIC ("problem in chair, not in computer") issue not a Mastercam issue. Put up your sample file that you cannot achieve it. Don't think you can talk ignorant comments on Mastercam forum and get away with it. I am not called the Crazy^millman for no reason. I am the guy they call to teach SpaceX, AeroJet Rocketdyne, NASA, Air Force and many other companies doing advanced manufacturing. All that said means I no one special just your average guy trying to earn a living. You want help then post a file up and glad to help. Want to pick a fight then bring it on and lets see what Mastercam can and cannot do. I will be waiting for you to respond with a sample file. If not then go pound sand like Time Markoski used to say. Here is the Big Even I was part of. Big Event Here is an interview so you can put a name to the face. Cam Instructor Interview
    5 points
  4. After lots of trial and error this is what I've found. The holes I drilled with through spindle coolant solid carbide drills, stubby first followed by a long drill. 165 sfm @.002 per rev. I started at .006 but the drills started to walk and produce unround holes. Dropping the feed allowed the drills to produce straight holes. I used carbide endmills for roughing and diamond coated tools for finishing, in both cases I ran 300-400 sfm using feeds I would use in aluminum. Seems odd but the material is easy to cut but the time in cut wears the tool, with a higher chip load the tools lasted longer. Overall the stuff is pretty stable, I was able to hit all my .003 true positions on the holes and pockets.
    5 points
  5. There is not currently a way to do this without third party software AFAIK, my company provides solutions like this for a fee for customers, feel free to reach out if you are interested.
    5 points
  6. When I was in my early 20's, maybe 23, I took a hike up to Rattlesnake Ridge, near the town of North Bend in Washington State. I brought along a woman I was dating and really liked was madly in love with. She was gorgeous and I wanted to impress her. I had a friend who was former EOD in the Air Force, and he made some spectacular fireworks. I took a very large, uh, let's say, "firecracker" with me on this hike. It is about a mile to the top of this ledge, about a thousand feet above rattlesnake lake, with the cascade mountains all around. Imagine the most beautiful scenery you've ever laid eyes on, and it was about ten times more beautiful than that. So I waited until there were no other hikers around at the top of this ridge, maybe 30-40 minutes until the coast was clear. I (very carefully) lit the fuse and waited until the wick was uncomfortably short, and chucked this thing off the edge, but behind the ledge, where the view is obscured and close to the 'mountain wall' behind the ledge, because this was likely the safest place to perform this stunt. The initial boom was loud, very loud. Let's call it unreasonably loud and very impressive for me, and my date. What I did not expect was the sound after the initial boom. We stood in awe as the wave front of the boom propagated along the walls of the valley. The mountains on either side reflected some of the sound back to us on the ledge, so we could hear the boom as it both travelled away from us, and echoed its passage back to us. The sound swept up the valley and continued for at least 20-30 seconds, the roar gradually fading into silence. We shared a private moment, and passed a bunch of sheriff deputies heading up the trail when we were almost to the parking lot. Was it foolhardy, dangerous, and illegal? Yes. It was also a magical adventure and a memory I'll treasure forever. I think a Mag. fire on a mountain in winter might also be a magical experience, provided you take the right precautions, and accept the risk & accountability which accompanies such an endeavor. Lighting the fire and "running", I wouldn't recommend. Stand in the shadows and slip away into the night instead after admiring the fruits of your labor.
    5 points
  7. As stated before, it will destroy any water soluble coolant, causing it to separate and become worthless. Plan on draining your tank & putting new coolant in every couple of weeks. There are some makes of coolant which supposedly tolerates the magnesium better, but I have yet to try. We have a reoccurring job once a year that runs for about a month, we add in a couple of days of cleaning and a new drum of coolant into the cost of the job. You gotta get all the magnesium out of the machine or you will be fighting coolant issues till you do. The fire hazard is a real thing. One of the few jobs in the shop where we do not run lights out.
    5 points
  8. I think they are called halon fire extinguishers also keep buckets of sand near by rigorous chip control is required. clean the chips out constantly. fine stringers are particularly dangerous.
    5 points
  9. Ok, you're probably up to date on code formatting. Touch panel machines built after 12/21 can do multiple non overlapping m-codes on the same line, and have a few other pretty awesome functions. Depending on a number of programming paths, plane changes and canned cycles, I've seen 20% reduction in cycle time old vs. new. Sometimes more. Matsuura does have a software update available for the 5-Axis machines built prior to that date. It's not free - I have absolutely no idea of the cost so don;t ask. I don;t even know the ballpark number unfortunately. I do know FANUC and the Matsuura factory needs to get involved which is why it costs. Me, I'm trained to do the Matsuura side software update (I believe I'm the only non-factory guy in the US that can do it) but FANUC needs to come out and update the CNC System Series and Edition software. See below for the machine's requirements top be eligible for an update. In order for any 5-Axis Matsuura to receive this update it must have the following; FANUC-31i-B5 Control Panel-i or iHMI interface FANUC System Software Series G423 or greater FANUC System Software Edition 49.0 or greater Software from Matsuura Software installation from Matsuura (or a factory trained engineer). If items 1 or 2 are not true, then the machine cannot get the update period. If items 3 and 4 are not true, the machine dealer must issue a request to Matsuura USA, Matsuura USA must issue the request to FANUC to update the System Software to the minimum required for the update and Matsuura USA must issue the software request to Matsuura Japan. There would be a charge for the FANUC trip, how much depends on location; the 3 tiers for travel are less Than 4 hours, 4-8 hours, and 8-12 hours. Not sure what Matsuura is charging for the updates. Probably depends on proximity to Minneapolis, Minnesota.
    4 points
  10. Bump someone recently liked this topic and it has some good information in it. The link I shared is still good.
    4 points
  11. That document talks about adding only "G68 single axis rotation". To add G68.2 support, you basically need to set 'top_type' to '5'. This tells MP not to use any of the automatic rotations, and lets you add code to 'pg68' and 'pg68_map', to support the Tilted Work Plane output. Some sample code (without variable definitions, just look at the structure first, to see if you can figure out what is going on). # -------------------------------------------------------------------------- # Mapping mode - # Rotations are always about the zero point # Only toolplane toolpaths by entire toolpath section use mapping mode # Modify according to specific post setup # -------------------------------------------------------------------------- pg69 #Cancel mapping mode if top_map, [ #Add your code to cancel mapping mode... pbld, n$, smap_mode, e$ ] pg68_map #Map the first postion to the machine if p_out | s_out, [ if map_mode = 0, [ tmpmtx_xx = mteq(m1$) #Copy toolplane into temp matrix ##### # Find alpha angle ieul = -atan2(tmpmtx_zy, tmpmtx_zx)-90 ##### # Rotate tmpmtx_xx matrix about wcs z by alpha angle - this should make zx equal zero axisx$ = vequ(caxisx) tmpmtx_xx = rotv(ieul , tmpmtx_xx) tmpmtx_yx = rotv(ieul , tmpmtx_yx) tmpmtx_zx = rotv(ieul , tmpmtx_zx) ##### # Find beta Angle between Tool Z Vector and WCS Z about X axisx$ = vequ(aaxisx) jeul = -atan2(-tmpmtx_zy, tmpmtx_zz) #pay attention to quadrants this is rotated 90 degrees, think of wcs z as an x axis and the vector needs to be measured counter clockwise from there ##### # Rotate tmpmtx_xx matrix about wcs x by beta angle axisx$ = vequ(aaxisx) tmpmtx_xx = rotv(jeul , tmpmtx_xx) tmpmtx_yx = rotv(jeul , tmpmtx_yx) tmpmtx_zx = rotv(jeul , tmpmtx_zx) ##### # Find gamma Angle between rotated Tool Plane X Vector and WCS x about z - tmpmtx_zx should be 0,0,1 axisx$ = vequ(caxisx) keul = -atan2(tmpmtx_xy, tmpmtx_xx) ##### # Rotate tool plane matrix - xx,yy,zz should all be equal to 1 axisx$ = vequ(caxisx) tmpmtx_xx = rotv(keul , tmpmtx_xx) tmpmtx_yx = rotv(keul , tmpmtx_yx) tmpmtx_zx = rotv(keul , tmpmtx_zx) ] if map_mode = 3, [ #Rotate xabs back xabs_s = vequ(xabs) rt_tox = vequ(tox$) axisx$ = vequ(caxisx) xabs_s = rotv(-p_vec_rot, xabs_s) rt_tox = rotv(-p_vec_rot, rt_tox) temp1_nx = vequ(aaxisx) temp1_nx = rotv(-p_vec_rot, temp1_nx) axisx$ = vequ(temp1_nx) xabs_s = rotv(-s_vec_rot, xabs_s) rt_tox = rotv(-s_vec_rot, rt_tox) if add_wrk_sht = 0, map_x = vequ(rt_tox) else, [ map_x = 0, map_y = 0, map_z = 0 #work shift is turned on, rotate around WCS origin ] ] ] pg68 #Enable mapping mode map_mode = one if p_out | s_out, [ if map_mode = 3, #G68.2 P3 Q1,2 - two vector method [ ivec = vequ(m1$) pbld, n$, *smap_mode, "P3 Q1", *map_x, *map_y, *map_z, *ivec, *jvec, *kvec, e$ ivec = vequ(m7$) pbld, n$, *smap_mode, "P3 Q2", *ivec, *jvec, *kvec, e$ pbld, n$, "G53.1", e$ ] if map_mode = 0, # #G68.2 - euler angles [ pbld, n$, *smap_mode, *map_x, *map_y, *map_z, *ieul, *jeul, *keul, e$ ] ] if p_out | s_out, prv_map_mode = one ########################## # Original mapping output # # #Primary mapping output # ivec = vequ(caxisx) # if p_out, # [ # map_r = -p_out # pbld, n$, smap_mode, *map_x, *map_y, *map_z, *ivec, *jvec, *kvec, *map_r, e$ # prv_map_mode = zero # ] # #Secondary mapping output # ivec = vequ(baxisx) # if s_out, # [ # map_r = s_out # pbld, n$, smap_mode, *map_x, *map_y, *map_z, *ivec, *jvec, *kvec, *map_r, e$ # ] # #if p_out | s_out, prv_map_mode = one ##########################
    4 points
  12. Maybe way out of left field, but how long is this long-run job? At 500 lbs/week (upper end of your estimate), that is 26,000 lbs of magnesium chips a year. Even if you're at the low end of your estimate, that is 13,000 lbs. just of swarf. Have you considered a small onsite furnace to melt the chips and pour your own ingots? I know that may seem crazy on the surface, but it is chips and dust that are the fire hazard. Bulk magnesium does not burn unless heated above its melting point (1198F for pure magnesium). It is also suitable for transport once you've condensed it back into a solid. This may make it easier to find a recycler, or maybe even a metals supplier/foundry who would pay you for ingots to use as feedstock, since it would come already alloyed, and likely only require minor adjustments to the elements/ratios. The ingots could also be stored outside. What about a racing wheel manufacturer like Litespeed or Dymag?
    4 points
  13. Heavier finish passes. You don't want thin chips. Like Ron said, no dull tools. Don't leave machine unattended. Make sure you're not piling up chips inside the machine to mitigate issues should a fire start. Water based coolant seems to oxidize the xxxx out of it. Keep that in mind. Preferrable to run straight oil. If this is a machine that you run water based coolant in you'll destroy the coolant pretty quickly as the magnesium causes the hardness to skyrocket and the emulsifiers decide to go home (coolant splits.) Other than that can't think of much. I've machined a fair bit of it without issue.
    4 points
  14. Buckets of sand also. No dull tools and watch for heat in the cut
    4 points
  15. Can't believe I've never noticed this before. If you hover over a button in Mastercam, if there is a programmed hotkey for that button, the letter will be underlined. In the picture, if I want to switch to "edges" selection method, d is underlined so d is the hotkey.
    4 points
  16. You just told one of the guys on this forum who is easily the most experienced and willing to teach guy that he doesn't know what he's doing... Perhaps you should contact the Mastercam reseller that your "boss" bought Mastercam from and have them show you how to use it. You chances of getting help here have just gotten on to VERY thin ice.
    3 points
  17. Actually yes it can. And it's been able to do so far years.
    3 points
  18. I modified a post to post out probing and use a manual entry text file. The block numbers are MB1, ECT so Camplete inserts the gcode into the program. So there is no hand editing. It supports 550 lines of code. I usually add more when I'm bored as it's quite laborious.
    3 points
  19. This is intentional. If you left-click on the Toolpath node of an expanded toolpath, it launches into Backplot, and if you right-click, it launches into Verify. To avoid this behavior, right-click somewhere other than this line:
    3 points
  20. Thanks for the info! Added the D to my hi speed post block and we'll try it out. Saved ~30 sec on a high volume job with M203's recently, we'll see if there are savings for us with the D1 positioning (decent # of holes across 4 offsets). Maybe we can get another cycle for the shift since the run time is only 10 minutes or so. Always another trick to learn! Thanks again!
    3 points
  21. The opinion probably came from the early days (pre- [b]i[/b] Series Controls) when because the function was called "look ahead" and there were not any levels attached to it. It was either on or off. So, it was thought there was no benefit to a "look ahead" for positioning type tool-paths because it was just going from A to B and it wasn't performing any contouring type motion. But with modes and levels, you gain some functions.
    3 points
  22. you can draw the spindle nose as the top segments of the tool holder
    3 points
  23. That's what I'd do... And yeah, in any toolpath (in pretty much every general-use CAM system I'm aware of), it's only going to be using the mathematical model of the tool selected, and then only apply the custom profile after the fact for stock models/verification/etc. Otherwise the math driving the toolpaths would get REALLY complex really quickly!
    3 points
  24. Updated for 30i Series Controls on a Matsuura 5-Axis Machine w/ FANUC 31i-B5 Control (date of test 12/1/2023) Test - mix of G81, G83, and G84 cycles (3:24 - W/ NO HIGH SPEED MODES) (3:11 - W/ G05.1Q1, G05.1Q3, AND G131 D1) (3:07 - W/ ONLY G05.1Q1) (3:06 - W/ G05.1Q1 AND G131 D1) (3:06 - W/ ONLY G131 D1) G131D1 is specific to Matsuura machines and assigns acc/dec values to the appropriate parameters. The D is used for positioning type cutting as opposed to contouring type cutting. So we can definitively say that it IS indeed faster to run your canned cycles with at least FANUC's G05.1Q1 mode active. Hopefully we can finally put that myth to bed.
    3 points
  25. or the guy who just quit, got laid off or was fired
    3 points
  26. How was it tempered? I was machining some 440 Stainless Steel Casting years ago and about every 4th batch would be impossible to machine. I reached out to the casting house and asked them what was the tempering process on the lot that was giving us the issue. He said they were taking them and quenching them in the snow. I asked him to review what was to correct tempering process for the Rockwell specified. He reviewed and said hum I guess we are incorrectly cooling them and making them about 25 Rockwell harder than the spec. I would have the parts Rockwell tested by a lab and see what they come with. i would then go back and review the supplied specifications and see if they are correct. If they are not then all work ha to stop and this has to be sent to the end customer for approval before wasting any more time on the work. They are not to spec then go back to the supplier and ask them how they want to cover the overages on the tooling cost and run time because they are not within spec.
    3 points
  27. One of the great things about the Halocarbon MWF is the performance in improving surface finish. Improvements of 200-500% are possible in Tungsten, Tantalum and Niobium. I've heard serious boosts in tool life for Ti and Inco 718 as well.
    3 points
  28. You're welcome! Let me know if you need some training on the best practices when using the toolpath. There's a few of us here who do it, and it's a fairly involved toolpath.
    3 points
  29. If you machine refractory metals, or Mag, Ti, Inconel, etc., I'd recommend looking into these guys. Their Metal Working Fluid (oil) has shown great performance in some very difficult materials for our government customers. I have no commercial affiliation or business interests with these guys, Phillips does not represent them or warranty their products, and these statements are my own. I just like their products and have heard good things from some guys I trust. But if you do call, tell Dave I gave you his contact! https://halocarbon.com/ Dave Antonuccio | Business Development Director Mobile: (828) 384-6541
    3 points
  30. I've only ever run it dry or with cutting oil and NEVER unattended. If at all possible I highly suggest cutting oil as opposed to coolant. Cutting it with water-based coolant creates hydrogen gas which can be explosive in enclosed areas. Class D Fire extinguisher and sand on hand FTW JM2CFWIW
    3 points
  31. I usually do the file name AND program number prior to posting as a habit. I copy OPs a lot and that does not change the file name.
    3 points
  32. Exporting operations with geometry only really works if you're using simple wireframes and surfaces, at least, that was the way it was the last time I tried a few years ago. The solids & associated toolpath don't seem to survive the trip. If I were you, I'd just copy the original file, delete op1, then merge in the new Op1 geometry and program that...
    3 points
  33. Rough it with optirough, finish with flowline.
    3 points
  34. $$ must be somewhere because we're buying another of the same model
    3 points
  35. This button, starting in 2024, also takes you directly to the Simulation settings page and Stock choice in MGS, which controls both Verify and and Simulate
    3 points
  36. After going down the rabbit hole a little I see some scenarios that it's obviously more efficient if the tool doesn't retract. I'm not sure his given example is one of them.
    2 points
  37. Signed up for the 'beta' program. I'll report back if it seems more interesting than FBM. Curious how it handles defaults, tool libraries, etc. Does it just add it's own stuff? Does it use my tried and tested speeds and feeds? I'm skeptical that it says it will "draft the code to tell a CNC machine how to make it" - this is not power-user language. The whole thing has a sales pitch vibe, but we'll see what it can do if they send anything to work with. Edit: Also, after you sign up there's another video, and it's the first time I've seen someone explicitly call it "Sandvik MasterCam", lol, gave me a chuckle
    2 points
  38. This is the post I made about it https://www.emastercam.com/forums/topic/101640-some-camplete-tricks-i-worked-on/?do=findComment&comment=1298142
    2 points
  39. You've run the same program, the same way on both CNC_MEM and DATA_SV? 300kb is nothing. I routinely run programs 3-4x that without the stuttering you are describing. A note on DATA_SV management, I have seen a performance degradation when there are "a lot" of programs in the root DATA_SV. I always recommend customers to use folders and sub-folders. I don't have a definitive number of programs when the performance degredation starts unfortunately. It was just something I noticed accidentally. So I typically reccommend \\DATA_SV\CUSTOMER_NAME\PART_NUMBER\REV\ for a structure. This keeps things clean. organized and running smoothly... in my experience anyway.
    2 points
  40. That will be it's death knell if you ask me.... This company will NOT utilize software that is subscription based.....Autodesk was already dropped...Materialise is about to hit the curb...if a perpetual license isn't available it won't be here.
    2 points
  41. Did some work for "a biG powEr plant". they outsourced the castings from India. There were noticeable ball bearings and other unconfirmed hard spots inside. Nightmare to machine. NDT failed all 6 parts. These were Ø4' X 5' long, bosses on ends were Ø2' X 8.0". We kept the snake we found in one of the crates in the programming office ( in a terrarium) for like 3 months before the office girls found out.
    2 points
  42. 'top_map' is only the first variable used, to designate that we want to "map toolplane coordinates" to the WCS. The "mechanism" in the Post was first added to support G7 Rotation for 5-Axis Heidenhain controls. 'top_map' is just a "yes/no" (0 or 1) on/off variable. There is a helper variable called 'top_type' which has 5 possible values: 1-4 select different "automatic rotations" (in the locked portion of the Post), for Heidenhain G7 rotation. You don't want 1-4, you want '5' for Top Type. This lets you use two existing Post Blocks, ptop_type_ax and ptop_type_lim, to be able to calculate your rotation values, and set/check limits. How to enable G68 in Mastercam generic 5-axis post? Set variable ‘top_map’ to be 1; Modify the rotary axis settings in post block ‘p_nut_restore’ so that they match with the initial rotary settings right above this post block. Modify the value for variable ‘n_saxisx’, ‘n_saxisy’ and ‘n_saxisz’ if necessary. 5X uses ‘n_saxisx’ variables. Toolplane based toolpaths use ‘saxisx’ variables. Modify the value for variable ‘top_type’. If the value of ‘top_type’ is set to be 5, modify the rotary axis settings in post block ‘ptop_type_ax’ and ‘ptop_type_lim’ accordingly. In ‘ptop_type_ax’, also check the axis label, make sure they are set correctly. Modify the mapping logic in post block ‘pg68_map’ and ‘pg68’. Basically the axis to be rotated around may be modified. In ‘pg68_map’, check ‘axisx$’ and make sure it is set to be the right vector to rotate about. In ‘pg68’, check ‘ivec ‘ and make sure it is set to be the right axis vector to rotate about. Also check variable ‘map_r’ is set to be the correct angle. The sign of this angle may need to be changed depending on rotary axis type. For example, ‘map_r’ should be set to ‘p_out’ and ‘s_out’ for head/head machine. The G code for G68/G69 may be modified if necessary. Add code to turn on spindle for G68 mode in ‘p_goto_strt_tl’ and ‘p_goto_strt_ntl’. This is to fix a bug in our 5x post. Add code to turn on G90 mode in ‘p_goto_strt_tl’. This is to fix a bug in our 5x post. The post block ‘p_goto_strt_tl’ and ‘p_goto_strt_ntl’ should looks similar to code below. p_goto_strt_tl #Make the tool start up at toolchange …… …… if n_tpln_mch > m_one, #Toolplane mapping mode [ #Enter your mapping scheme here... pg68_map #spindle on pbld, n$, *speed, *spindle, pgear, e$ pbld, n$, "G43", *tlngno$, *zabs_s, e$ pbld, n$, *sg00, pwcs, *sgabsinc, "X0.", "Y0.", *zabs_s, e$ pcan1, pbld, n$, *sgcode, *xabs_s, *yabs_s, *p_out, *s_out, strcantext, e$ ] …… …… p_goto_strt_ntl #Make the tool start up at null toolchange …… …… ##### Custom changes allowed below ##### if n_tpln_mch > m_one, #Toolplane mapping mode [ #Enter your mapping scheme here... pg68_map #spindle on pbld, n$, speed, spindle, pgear, e$ pbld, n$, pwcs, sgabsinc, *xabs_s, *yabs_s, *zabs_s, *p_out, *s_out, e$ pg68 pbld, n$, *xout, *yout, *zout, e$ ] …… …… Add code to update work offset at the end of ‘p_goto_strt_tl’ and ‘p_goto_strt_ntl’. !workofs$ The G68 rotation center will always be WCS origin in our current post. This may need to be fixed if customer wants the rotation center to be the tool plane origin. Be aware of misc integer #6, that would affect the output. The fix needs to be related to the settings of ‘mi6$’. pg68_map #Map the first postion to the machine if p_out | s_out, [ #Rotate xabs back xabs_s = vequ(xabs) axisx$ = vequ(caxisx) xabs_s = rotv(-p_vec_rot, xabs_s) axisx$ = vequ(baxisx) axisx$ = rotv(p_vec_rot, axisx$) xabs_s = rotv(-s_vec_rot, xabs_s) if add_wrk_sht = 0, map_x = vequ(tox$) #work shift is not turned on, rotate around tool plane origin else, [ map_x = 0, map_y = 0, map_z = 0 #work shift is turned on, rotate around WCS origin ] ] Add the highlihghted logic below in post block ‘pg69’ as below. pg69 #Cancel mapping mode if top_map & prv_map_mode = one,
    2 points
  43. I spit out my coffee, Thanks Ron for a laugh!!
    2 points
  44. Right off the hop, I'm guessing that's caused by a collision control strategy. Turn off your collision control and then see if it generates the complete pass.
    2 points
  45. Surface High Speed Radial should work. If you need to meet into a shoulder use Blend to cut this area.
    2 points
  46. If you want to be good at 5 axis there are only so many books you can read.... I find the hardest part with people is getting them to think in a "multiaxis" world. A great exercise you can do to get your brain thinking 5 axis is to just grab random objects around you (mouse, pencil, water bottle, shoe, etc) and try to visualize how you would machine this shape on a 3 axis, then a 4 axis, then a 5 axis, then maybe a mill-turn if your brain still has some juice left in it. How can i grip this to access that types of thoughts? How will the part move as I machine material away? How will it relax once I unclamp this crazy widget? and on and on and on... Multi-axis machining is as much of an art form as anything else. You are the artist. The process is your canvas, Cut off an ear and go to town!
    2 points
  47. Cimco support is unmatched...the software just works. The interface is easy and adaptable and easily expandable. I am looking to add DNC early next year, who is coming in, Cimco, period. I don't need to look at anything else. My long experience as a user and on the support side tell me it's the way to go.
    2 points

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