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  1. Another tip for the contour parameters...even though you may have separate ops saved for the various options (2D, remachine, ramp, etc) within contour, go into each option and set each type's parameters the way you like them, then disable the option. To clarify, say you have a plain old 2D contour op saved. What if, after you import it, you want to change it to contour-ramp? When you select ramp from the drop down, all of your settings for ramp should be set already. Same with remachine, etc. Every contour operation in your library should be saved so that you can change contour types and those parameters are already setup. Does that make sense. I'm not sure if I'm describing that clear.
  2. Thad

    Top of stock

    99% of the time, when I want to do what you're asking, I select the top hole (at the pocket floor Z level) for my geometry, set top of stock to incremental 0, and my depth to incremental -.5.
  3. If you use standard level names, make a CSV file of your level names, then import the names into your MC file by right click in the levels manager->Get Named Levels.
  4. Why stop at editing your toolpath defaults? Make an operations library. With toolpath defaults, you can only set the parameters for a single pocketing operation or a single contour operation. Don't you want different defaults if you're using a 3/16 end mill versus a 3/4 end mill in a pocketing toolpath? Take lead in/out, for example. Percentages can be OK for some of these settings but I like to define constant numbers for most of those things. You can do that with an ops library, but you can't with the defaults file. Here's a few shots of my library. I have pocketing, contouring, finishing operations for each tool that I use. I also have groups of ops to perform common tasks like reaming, tapping, c'boring. I have all of my spot drill ops go a little deeper than actually needed so that when the hole is complete, there's already a chamfer on the hole. 95% of my programming is covered in my library so I just import the ops and go.
  5. I believe he's merely complaining that there is no wear/control/whatever comp option in the swept 2D toolpath.
  6. Thad

    zoom speed

    That doesn't excuse the painfully slow zoom that MC users at this forum have been complaining about for almost 20 years now.
  7. Wouldn't simply forwarding their email (with the file attached) show them a record of what was sent?
  8. Can you be more descriptive than "NADA"? Do you get an error message? If so, what does it say? If no error message, just a blank screen with no entities? Is it a .SLDPRT or a .SLDASM file? It may not be a version conflict. That's not true.
  9. Yes. Once they're selected, you can do things to them. If you only wanted to see surfaces on the screen, Quick Mask All-Surfaces, then Alt+E. To get everything back on the screen, Alt+E again. To further useful selections, after isolating all surfaces, select the ones you want for op1 (for example) and change them to a different color. Then later, you can QM all color green (or whatever) to select all of those surfaces. Even further, when you want to select all surfaces EXCEPT the green ones...QM all surfaces, then Alt+E. Then QM all color green->Invert selection->Alt+E->Alt+E and you'll have all surfaces that aren't green on the screen that you can easily window. The options are practically endless. With a little bit of practice, you can select/deselect a great number of options very quickly.
  10. One of the joys of the new MC interface....way more mouse clicks to accomplish the same thing.
  11. Thad

    Need help finding an X+ tutorial.

    Also, check out the Important Topics - Please Read Before posting topic pinned at the top of the page. There's a link in there to the X+ discussion thread. Feel free to ask any specific questions.
  12. Thad

    Surfacing the Moon's surface

    You can't window them?
  13. Thad

    Surfacing the Moon's surface

    Jay, Is the FTP still up? A new forum member asked me about it just recently.
  14. Thad

    creating a "spiral" wireframe

    You mention in your topic that you're looking for wireframe. I suspect that you don't want to (not necessarily, anyway) actually create spiral wireframe, but rather a toolpath that will cut in a spiral motion. Correct? If so, try peel mill using 2 lines. You should be able to get a spiral looking toolpath by tweaking your lead in/out radius.

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