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TUTORIAL 10 5 AXIS MULTISURFACE

Page 10-2 . Contact the developer of your post processor for details. To apply these toolpaths to a 5-Axis machine tool. Running the Backplot function by simulating the axis substitution and the rotary axis. a customized post processor for your machine is required. The Student will create a 5 axis milling toolpaths by: Machining the part using the 5 axis multisurface toolpath. The Student will check the toolpath using Mastercam’s Verify verification module by: Defining a 3-dimensional rectangular block the size of the workpiece.4/5-Axis Objectives: TUTORIAL 10 This tutorial covers Mastercam's 4 and 5-Axis toolpath functionality. Running the Verify function to machine the part on the screen. The nature of the additional information required depends largely on your machine's configuration. Your post processor may require certain additional programming information not covered in this tutorial. For instance : You may be required to position your stock in machine space rather than at Mastercam's origin You may be required to use the Misc Values box Your post may also prompt for tool gage lengths. Contact your Mastercam reseller to request post processor services such as multi-axis post development. There are no default 5-Axis post processors included with Mastercam due to the variation in multi-axis machine configurations.

com/files The finished part.zip.4/5-Axis TUTORIAL 10 The geometry file. Page 10-3 . To display the Toolpaths Manager press Alt + O. is also provided on the same location www. Tutorial10_finish.mcx STEP 1: SET UP THE STOCK TO BE MACHINED. Tutorial10_geometry. If a machine definition is already selected see Tutorial # 2 page 2-4 to learn how to change it.emastercam.com/files TOOLPATH CREATION File Open Select the Tut10_5axismultisurface. Select Mill 5-AXIS Table-Head Vertical Otherwise follow next step. can be downloaded from www.zip including the toolpaths. Machine type Mill Select Mill 5-AXIS Table-Head Vertical.emastercam.

Display options allows you to set the stock as Wireframe and to fit the stock to the screen.(Fit Screen) Page 10-4 . Select Stock setup The stock shape should be set to Rectangular Shape Enter the Y. ensuring that you have equal amount of extra stock around the finish part.4/5-Axis Select the plus in front of Properties to expand the Toolpaths Group Properties. Select the plus TUTORIAL 10 Select the Stock setup. X and Z values of the stock size. Set the Stock Origin values as shown Enable Display stock as Wireframe and enable Fit Screen to the stock. The Stock Origin values adjust the positioning of the stock.

Override defaults with modal values enables the system to keep the values that you enter. TUTORIAL 10 Select the OK button to exit Toolpath Group Properties. Change the parameters to match the following screenshot. STEP 2: MULTISURFACE 5 AXIS – ROUGHING THE PART. (First operation ttool number 1. retract rate and spindle speed from the tool definition.4/5-Axis Select the Tool Settings tab to set the tool parameters and the part material. Toolpath Preview: Page 10-5 . etc) Warn of duplicate tool numbers allows you to get a warning if you enter two tools with the same number. Feed Calculation set From tool uses feed rate. Assign tool numbers sequentially allows you to overwrite the tool number from the library with the next available tool number. Second operation ttool number 2. plunge rate.

Select this surface Hit Enter key to end the selection.4/5-Axis TUTORIAL 10 Multisurface 5 Axis generates a 5 axis surface toolpath over a series of surfaces or solids that allows precise control of the scallop height or constant distance stepovers to create a smooth finish. Tool Axis Control allows you to establish the method to control the tool axis orientation. Cut Pattern alows you to establish the surfaces for general cutting area. Cut Surfaces are surfaces to project the tool position to. Tool axis control to the Chain will keep the tool axis oriented to the selected chain. The Output Format is 5 Axis. Toolpaths Multiaxis Multisurface 5 Axis Select the OK button to accept the NC name. Change the parameters for Msurf 5-axis as shown in the following screenshot. Select Surface(s) button as shown in the previous screenshot. Check Surfaces are surfaces to be avoided during machining. to compensate the tool axis vector for gouge protection. Page 10-6 .

Select Comp To Surfaces button as shown in the previous screenshot. [Select tool vector chain]: Select the line as shown. [Select Comp Surfaces]: Click on Select All button. Page 10-7 . Click on the select button in the Toolpath/surface selection. Enable Entire chain per surface in the Chain Option dialog box to allow the tool axis direction to gradually transition along the selected chain one time for the entire surface.4/5-Axis Select Chain button. TUTORIAL 10 Select the line here Select the OK button to exit from Chaining dialog box. Select the OK button to exit from Chain Options dialog box.

TUTORIAL 10 Select the OK button to exit Select All. The top surfaces should be selected as shown below. Page 10-8 . Hit Enter key to end the selection.13 as shown to the right. Select the OK button twice to exit Msurf 5-axis dialog box. Click on Select library tool button and using Filter select 3/8 Ball Endmill. Make all the necessary changes as shown in the following screenshots.4/5-Axis Enable Color and select color magenta no.

4/5-Axis TUTORIAL 10 Select Depth cuts button and change the parameters as shown. Select Entry/Exit button and change the parameters as shown. Select the OK button to exit Multiaxis Depth Cuts. Page 10-9 .

see Flow5ax Parameters. see Curve5ax Parameters.Step direction and Start of the toolpath toggled between the different options (Flip). Ignore Surface Normals it is used when we are using a separate pattern surface to control the cutting direction.Allows you to set the Offset. Select the Flow parameters button. across the magenta surfaces. Across Stepover – Sets the stepover as a Distance between the cutting passes. Cut direction. One way or Spiral Flow parameters . Select Msurf5ax Parameters page and change the parameters as shown. For more details. Cut tolerance – Sets the tolerance in which the toolpath follows the surfaces. Page 10-10 . Cutting method – Sets the toolpath motion to Zigzag. Along Stepover – Sets the stepover as a Distance along the cutting direction. Cut control – Sets the toolpath accuracy. then click on Cut Direction in the Flowline data dialog box. TUTORIAL 10 Tool control – Sets the tool tilt along the cut direction (Lead/lag angle) and to the right or left side (Side tilt angle).4/5-Axis Select the OK button to exit Entry/Exit. For more details. If the flowlines look as shown below.

Page 10-11 . Enter Alt +T to toggle the toolpath display off. TUTORIAL 10 Select the OK button to exit Flowline data dialog box. Select the OK button to exit Multisurface 5 axis parameters.4/5-Axis The cut direction should be along the magenta surfaces as shown below.

Page 10-12 .4/5-Axis TUTORIAL 10 STEP 3: MULTISURFACE 5 AXIS – FINISH THE PART USING AXIS LIMITS. Toolpath Preview: Toolpaths Multiaxis Multisurface 5 Axis Click on Cut Pattern Surface(s) button.

Select the OK button to exit Select All. Hit Enter key to end the selection. The top surfaces should be selected as shown below. TUTORIAL 10 Enable Color and select color magenta no. Page 10-13 .4/5-Axis [Select Tool Pattern Surfaces]: Click on Select All button.13 as shown to the right.

4/5-Axis TUTORIAL 10 Select Check Surfaces button as shown. Hit Enter key to end the selection. [Select Check Surfaces]: Select the two flat surfaces at the top as shown below. Click on Select button. Page 10-14 . Select the OK button twice to exit Msurf 5-axis dialog box. Click on Select library tool button and using Filter select 1/4 Ball Endmill.

4/5-Axis Make all the necessary changes as shown in the following screenshots. TUTORIAL 10 Page 10-15 .

TUTORIAL 10 Select Axis Limits and enable Z Axis and change the angles as shown.4/5-Axis Select Msurf5ax Parameters page and change the parameters as shown. Page 10-16 .

TUTORIAL 10 Point generators role is to add more tool positions for a more accurate toolpath.4/5-Axis Select Point Generators tab and disable Angle and enable Distance as shown. Your part should appear as shown Page 10-17 . Select the OK button to exit Multisurface 5 axis parameters. Distance is a linear distance used by Mastercam to add one or more additional tool position if the distance between two moves exceeds the current value.

Select the OK button to exit Backplot Options. Page 10-18 . Disable Connect Top and Shade. Display tool Display tool TUTORIAL 10 Select the Options button. Enable Simulate Axis Substitution and disable Simulate Rotary Axis.4/5-Axis STEP 4: BACKPLOT THE 5 AXIS MULTISURFACE TOOLPATHS. Select Play button. Make sure that you have only the following button turned on (they will appear pushed down). Click on the Toolpath Group 1 in the Toolpaths Manager to select all operations Select Backplot selected operations button.

Select Step forward button to check it step by step.The toolpath should look as shown below. STEP 5: VERIFY Select Verify selected operations button.4/5-Axis TUTORIAL 10 Change the graphic view to Front and check the second operation only. Select the OK button to exit Backplot. Page 10-19 .