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RhinoCAM Getting Started Guide
Welcome to RhinoCAM Getting Started Guide ..................................................... 4
About this Guide......................................................................................... 4
Where to go for more help ........................................................................... 4
Tutorial 1: Machining a Gasket......................................................................... 5
Introduction ............................................................................................... 6
Preparing the part for Machining ................................................................... 6
Create Tools .............................................................................................15
Create/Extract Regions ...............................................................................18
Create Machining Operations .......................................................................20
2 ½ Axis Profiling.......................................................................................21
Creating a 2 ½ Axis Profile for the Outer Region.............................................32
Reports ....................................................................................................35
Post Processing .........................................................................................37
Tutorial 2: Machining a Slotted Gear ................................................................39
Introduction ..............................................................................................40
Preparing the part for Machining ..................................................................41
Create Tools .............................................................................................48
Create Regions for Machining ......................................................................51
Create Machining Operations .......................................................................55
2 ½ Axis Profiling.......................................................................................55
Creating an Engraving Operation..................................................................67
Post Processing .........................................................................................73
Tutorial 3: Machining a Shaft Base ..................................................................75
Introduction ..............................................................................................76
Preparing the part for Machining ..................................................................77
Create Tools .............................................................................................87
Create Machining Operations .......................................................................89
2 ½ Axis Facing .........................................................................................89
2 ½ Axis Pocketing ....................................................................................94
Hole Pocketing Operation .......................................................................... 109
2 ½ Axis Engraving Operation ................................................................... 120
2 ½ Axis Profiling..................................................................................... 123
Post Processing ....................................................................................... 128
Tutorial 4: Simple V-Carving......................................................................... 129
Introduction ............................................................................................ 130
Preparing the part for Machining ................................................................ 131
Create Tools ........................................................................................... 140
Create Machining Operations ..................................................................... 143
V-Carving ............................................................................................... 143
Post Processing ....................................................................................... 152
Tutorial 5: Embossing .................................................................................. 155
Introduction ............................................................................................ 156
Preparing the part for Machining ................................................................ 157

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Create Tools ........................................................................................... 168
Create Machining Operations ..................................................................... 172
V-Carving Roughing ................................................................................. 172
V-Carving ............................................................................................... 181
Post Processing ....................................................................................... 187
Tutorial 6: Chamfering................................................................................. 188
Introduction ............................................................................................ 189
Preparing the part for Machining ................................................................ 189
Create Tools ........................................................................................... 192
Create Machining Operations ..................................................................... 194
Chamfering............................................................................................. 194
Post Processing ....................................................................................... 204
Tutorial 7: 3 Axis Milling............................................................................... 206
Introduction ............................................................................................ 207
Preparing the part for Machining ................................................................ 207
Create Tools ........................................................................................... 218
Create Machining Operations ..................................................................... 220
3 axis Horizontal Roughing........................................................................ 221
3 axis Parallel Finishing ............................................................................ 228
3 axis Horizontal Finishing......................................................................... 232
Post Processing ....................................................................................... 238
Tutorial 8: Profiling with Bridges (Tabs).......................................................... 239
Introduction ............................................................................................ 240
Preparing the part for Machining ................................................................ 240
Create Tools ........................................................................................... 253
Create Machining Operations ..................................................................... 256
2 ½ Axis Profiling..................................................................................... 256
Post Processing ....................................................................................... 269
Tutorial 9: Hole Making ................................................................................ 271
Introduction ............................................................................................ 272
Preparing the part for Machining ................................................................ 272
Create Tools ........................................................................................... 281
Create/Extract Regions ............................................................................. 283
Create Machining Operations ..................................................................... 285
Hole Machining ........................................................................................ 285
Creating the Drill operation for the 0.25” Holes ............................................ 296
Post Processing ....................................................................................... 298
Tutorial 10: Re-Machining a 3D Mold.............................................................. 299
Introduction ............................................................................................ 300
Preparing the part for Machining ................................................................ 300
Create Machining Operations ..................................................................... 301
3 axis Pencil Tracing................................................................................. 301
3 axis Valley Re-Machining ........................................................................ 310
Post Processing ....................................................................................... 313
Tutorial 11: Machining a Ring ....................................................................... 315
Introduction ............................................................................................ 316
Preparing the part for Machining ................................................................ 316
Create Tools ........................................................................................... 329
Create Machining Operations ..................................................................... 331
4 axis Roughing....................................................................................... 331
4 axis Finishing ....................................................................................... 339
Post Processing ....................................................................................... 343
Tutorial 12: Engraving on a Cylinder .............................................................. 344

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Introduction ............................................................................................ 345
Preparing the part for Machining ................................................................ 345
Create Tools ........................................................................................... 355
Create Machining Operations ..................................................................... 357
4 Axis Engraving...................................................................................... 358
Post Processing ....................................................................................... 366
Tutorial 13: Machining a Ring ....................................................................... 368
Introduction ............................................................................................ 369
Preparing the part for Machining ................................................................ 369
Create Tools ........................................................................................... 381
Create Machining Operations ..................................................................... 384
4th axis Roughing ..................................................................................... 385
4th Axis Roughing operation #2.................................................................. 392
4th axis Finishing...................................................................................... 397
Post Processing ....................................................................................... 401
Tutorial 14: Pocketing and Drilling on a Ring ................................................... 402
Introduction ............................................................................................ 403
Preparing the part for Machining ................................................................ 403
Create Tools ........................................................................................... 414
Create Machining Operations ..................................................................... 417
4 Axis Drilling.......................................................................................... 417
4 axis Pocketing ...................................................................................... 427
Post Processing ....................................................................................... 434

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Welcome to RhinoCAM Getting Started Guide
Welcome to RhinoCAM and thank you for choosing one of most powerful and easy to
use complete CAD/CAM packages on the market today.
RhinoCAM is a unique CAM product plug-in that runs inside of Rhinoceros 4.0. Plugins can be considered as independent applications that can be loaded and unloaded
on demand from the host program, which in this case is Rhinoceros 4.0 (Rhino).
This fully integrated RhinoCAM plug-in seamlessly integrates Rhino’s CAD
functionality with toolpath generation and cutting simulation/verification, in one
package that is both easy and fun to use.
You can work with the native Rhino design data as well as use any of the data types
that can be imported into Rhino such as solids, surfaces and meshes. Then you can
use RhinoCAM with its wide selection of tools and toolpath strategies to create
machining operations and associated toolpaths. These toolpaths can then be
simulated and verified, and finally post-processed to the controller of your choice.

About this Guide
Welcome to the RhinoCAM getting started guide. This file contains various tutorials
to help you get started with learning RhinoCAM. Each tutorial lesson has two
associated Rhino files that you can find located in the Tutorials folder under the
installation folder of RhinoCAM. The first file is a completed file that contains all of
the completed toolpaths and machining operations and represents the file that you
should end up with after working through the tutorial. The other file is a starter file
that contains only the geometry. Use the completed file as a reference. Copy the
starter file and use this file to begin each tutorial.
Good luck and have fun!

Where to go for more help
Apart from the on-line help system you can download tutorials and projects from
MecSoft Corporation's web site at www.mecsoft.com. This will help you get started
with using RhinoCAM.
If you need additional help, or if you have any questions regarding RhinoCAM, you
may contact us via e-mail at support@mecsoft.com
MecSoft offers Online training as well as personalized full day training sessions.
Please look up our website or email us at sales@mecsoft.com for further details
Please do continue to visit our home page to learn about the latest updates to
RhinoCAM and any other help material.

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Tutorial 1: Machining a Gasket

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Introduction
This tutorial will illustrate machining of a simple prismatic part such as this gasket
using 2-1/2 milling operations. Even though we have created a 3-D representation of
the gasket, it will be seen later on that we can machine this using just 2-D curves.
The reason we are able to do this is because of the prismatic nature of this model.
The stepped instructions are accompanied by explanatory and introductory text.
Reading this text will help you understand the tutorial methodology and provide
information about additional options available.
Don’t forget to save your work periodically! You may want to save the file under a
different name so that the original file will be preserved.

Strategy to Machine the Gasket


We will machine the Gasket by using a 2-½ axis machining operation called
Profiling.
The part will be machined out of a 8 ½ x 5 x ¼ inch poplar wood sheet using
a ½ inch Flat End Mill.
The wooden sheet will be held to the machine table or the spoil sheet on the
table using double-sided tape.

Main Programming Steps

In creating programs for each setup, the following steps will be followed:








Create the Stock geometry
Set the Machine zero point or Locate geometry with respect to the machine
coordinates
Create / Select the tool used for machining
Set the feeds and speeds
Set the clearance plane for the non-cutting transfer moves of the cutter
Select the machining regions for containing the cutter to specific areas to cut
Select the machining operations and set the parameters
Generate the toolpath
Simulate the toolpath.

You may have to repeat either all or part of these steps for subsequent operations.

Preparing the part for Machining
Loading the Part Model
“Part” refers to the geometry that represents the final manufactured product. You
can create parts within Rhino.
To load a part:
1. Select File / Open from the Menu, or click the Open icon from the Standard
bar.

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2. From the Open dialog box, select the Gasket.3dm file from the Tutorials folder
in the RhinoCAM 2.0 installation folder. (C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4.0\Plugins\RhinoCAM 2.0\Tutorials)
The imported part appears as shown below

Note: You can import solid models, Stereo-Lithography (both ASCII and binary)
format files. Surfaces can be imported from IGES, STEP or Rhino 3DM. Faceted
(triangulated) models can be imported from VRML, Raw Triangle, DXF / DWG facet
data, or Rhino Mesh.

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Setup Tab
1. Go to the RhinoCAM- MOps browser and click on the Setup tab

2. Select Machine Setup from the setup tab.

3. Set the Machine type to 3 axis

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com 9 .0\Posts Copyright 1998-2008+. Set the current post processor that is on your controller. Set the posted file extension type to .RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft. We will select Haas as the post processor for this exercise.nc Note: By default post processor files are located under C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4. www.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 4. Select Post from the setup tab to specify the post processor options 5.

mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. This would output the G code to a notepad. www.0 Getting Started Guide The program to send the posted output is set to notepad. Create Stock Geometry 1.com 10 . Select Create/Load stock from the setup tab and create a Box Stock Copyright 1998-2008+.

125. The stock geometry is now created.0 Getting Started Guide 2. 3. Leave the other parameters as default and Click OK.00 and Height (H) = 0. and a semi-transparent stock box is displayed on top of the part geometry. Copyright 1998-2008+.mecsoft.com 11 . Width W = 5. MecSoft Corporation. Set the Length (L) = 8. This brings up the Box Stock parameters.50.RhinoCAM 2. www.

MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft. Post Processor.0 Getting Started Guide 4. The setup tab now displays the following information: Machine Type. 1.RhinoCAM 2. Select Locate WCS from the Setup tab Copyright 1998-2008+. Locate Machine Zero The steps below help you determine the machine home (also know as machine zero or tool touch off point) for the part/stock geometry. www. and Stock type as show below.com 12 .

MecSoft Corporation. www.0 Getting Started Guide 2. Under Set WCS Origin. and Zero Position to South West corner.RhinoCAM 2.com 13 . This sets the machine home to the top of the stock material and the southwest corner of the part geometry. choose Set to Stock Box.mecsoft. the Zero Face to Highest Z. Copyright 1998-2008+.

RhinoCAM 2.com 14 . 1.mecsoft. As we have set the Machine zero to the Stock Box. Set to Object to Move as Move Part. we will now move the part relative to the stock. Align Part and Stock In this process. MecSoft Corporation. Select Align Part and Stock from the Setup tab 2. we can align the part and the stock geometry. www. Z alignment to Top and XY alignment to Center Copyright 1998-2008+.0 Getting Started Guide Note: You can change the stock model transparency under standard mode by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located at the bottom of the MOps browser.

Go to the RhinoCAM-Tools browser that is located below the RhinoCAMMOps browser and select Create/Edit Tools. www. The file is now saved with extension 3dm.RhinoCAM 2.com 15 . MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008+. Select the Tool Type to Flat End Mill. Click Save to save the work and specify a file name as Gasket-Rev1.0 Getting Started Guide The part geometry is aligned to the center of stock in XY and top in Z. 1.mecsoft.5”) Flat End Mill. Create Tools To machine the above part we will now create a ½ inch (0.

0 Getting Started Guide 2. Tool Diameter = 0.mecsoft.com 16 . MecSoft Corporation. Set the tool name as FlatMill-0. Copyright 1998-2008+. www. Under the Properties tab set Tool Number = 1.5.5.RhinoCAM 2.

com 17 . Copyright 1998-2008+. In this exercise.RhinoCAM 2. The tool is now created and listed under Tools in Library. 3. 4.mecsoft. You can create additional tools by assigning a different name and specify the tool parameters. www. MecSoft Corporation. The created tools are now listed under the RhinoCAM-Tools browser. Click OK to close the dialog. Switch to the Feeds & Speeds tab inside the create/select tool dialog.0 Getting Started Guide Setting Feeds and Speeds You can assign Feeds & Speeds to a tool or you can load from a table. Click Save as New Tool. Note: You can edit the tool properties and click Save Edits to Tool to save the changes. 5. Use the following settings for feeds and speeds. we will assign feeds and speeds to the tool.

Copyright 1998-2008+. The layer manager is now open. 1. Close the Layer Manager. From the Curves menu under Rhino Toolbar menu select Curve from Objects and Duplicate Face Border. MecSoft Corporation. Select the Layer Manager from the Standard bar. www. 3.mecsoft.com 18 . 2. Set the Layer01 as the active layer.RhinoCAM 2. 4. we need to extract the curves from the 3d model to select them as machining regions.0 Getting Started Guide Create/Extract Regions In order to machine the Gasket.

MecSoft Corporation.com 19 .mecsoft. Browsing through the selection tree will highlight the surface that corresponds to the selection. A selection list will display the geometries that can be selected.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008+. Select the top face (surface) on the Gasket. The command bar will now prompt the user to select surfaces or faces for duplicate border. www.0 Getting Started Guide 5. 6.

MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. Note: You can toggle the stock model display by selecting Stock Visibility that is located at the bottom of the RhinoCAM-MOps Browser Create Machining Operations In this process we will create a 2. Copyright 1998-2008+. www.5 axis profiling operation.0 Getting Started Guide 7.mecsoft. Switch to the Create Operations tab in RhinoCAM-Mops browser.com 20 . 1. 8. The curves are now created and displayed in red on the part geometry. Press the Enter key on your keypad to accept the selection.

0 Getting Started Guide 2 ½ Axis Profiling 1.5 Axis Mill and choose Profiling This brings up the 2 ½ Axis Profiling Operations dialog. www. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft. Select 2. Select Machining Features/Regions 2.RhinoCAM 2. We will go over the steps for creating the profile operations for the inner features of the Gasket.com 21 . Go to the Machining Features/ Regions tab and click Select Curves as Regions Copyright 1998-2008+.

Now select the 3 inner circles by using the left mouse click starting from left to right.0 Getting Started Guide 3. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008+.mecsoft.com 22 . www.RhinoCAM 2.

RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 4. The selected regions are now displayed under Machining Regions Copyright 1998-2008+. MecSoft Corporation.com 23 . 5.mecsoft. Right mouse click or select enter from the keypad to complete the selection. www.

RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Selecting the Tool 6. 7. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008+. The 0.5.mecsoft. www. Select the FlatMill-0.com 24 .5” Flat End mill is now selected as the active tool and the Tool parameters are displayed to the right of the Tools window. Switch to the Tools tab inside the 2 ½ Axis Profiling operation.

RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Set Feeds and Speeds 8.com 25 . RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft. www. Select Load From Tool. Copyright 1998-2008+. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab. 9.

Set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane.0 Getting Started Guide Clearance Control 10.mecsoft.com 26 . MecSoft Corporation. www. Copyright 1998-2008+. Setting Cut Transfer to Clearance Plane would apply the automatic Z clearance between transfers when the tool moves from a machining region to another. 11. RhinoCAM will determine a safe Z height for the Entry & Exit when set to automatic. Switch to Clearance Tab.RhinoCAM 2.

Copyright 1998-2008+.com 27 . MecSoft Corporation. 14.mecsoft. Alternatively you can also use Determine using 3D model. Select the Cut Levels Tab and specify the Total Cut Depth = 0.0 Getting Started Guide Specifying Cut Parameters 12. Set the Stock = 0 and under cut start Side check Use Outside/Inside for Closed Curves and select Inside.RhinoCAM 2. The cut depth is always set as an absolute value. Switch to Cut Parameters tab 13. www.125.

com 28 .RhinoCAM 2. www.0 Getting Started Guide Copyright 1998-2008+. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft.

www.com 29 .0 Getting Started Guide Entry/Exit 15. Copyright 1998-2008+. Click Generate.RhinoCAM 2. The 2½ Axis Profile toolpath is now generated and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. 16. Note: Toolpath display can be turned on/off by selecting Toolpath Visibility under the MOps browser. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft. Switch to Entry/Exit Tab and Set the Entry and Exit Type to None.

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Switch to the Simulate tab in the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. The simulated part is as shown below. 3. www. 2. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008+. 1.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Simulate Toolpath The generated toolpath can now be simulated.com 31 . Select the 2 ½ Axis Profiling Operation and click to Simulate. Note: You can adjust the simulation speed by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located to the bottom right corner of the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.

8.mecsoft. select Remove All. Under Feeds/Speeds select Load from Tool. 3. Now click on Select Curves as Regions and select the Outer profile of the Gasket as the region. MecSoft Corporation. 7. Under Machining Features/ Regions. Creating a 2 ½ Axis Profile for the Outer Region 1. www. Switch to Tools tab and select FlatMill-0.com 32 . Right mouse click to complete the selection. Select Profiling from the 2 ½ Axis operations menu.RhinoCAM 2. Switch to the Create Operation tab. 6. 2. Copyright 1998-2008+.0 Getting Started Guide To exit the Simulation mode.5 as the active tool. pause the Simulation and click Exit Simulation. Set the Clearance control to Automatic. 5. This switches back to the Create Operations tab. 4.

125. 12.0 Getting Started Guide 9. Copyright 1998-2008+. and set the Cut Start Side to Outside 10.mecsoft. Switch to Cut Parameters tab.RhinoCAM 2. check Use Outside/Inside for Closed Curves. MecSoft Corporation.com 33 . 11. Go over to Cut Levels and set the Total Cut Depth = 0. www. The 2 ½ Axis Profile Operation is now created and is listed in the MOps Browser. Click Generate to Create the 2 ½ Axis Profile Toolpath.

0 Getting Started Guide 13.mecsoft. and click to simulate toolpath. Switch to Simulate Tab. select 2 ½ Axis Profiling.com 34 .RhinoCAM 2. www. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008+.

com 35 . Switch to Create Operations Tab. Copyright 1998-2008+. 2.RhinoCAM 2. This provides the estimated machining time for the operations created under MOp Set1. www.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Reports 1. MecSoft Corporation. Note: You can also go over to Machining Operations and right click and select information determine the estimated machining time for all the MOp Sets. Select the MOp Set1 and right click and select Information.

This is saved as an html file and can be printed and handed over to the operator in preparation for the part to be machined on the CNC. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft. www. Copyright 1998-2008+.0 Getting Started Guide Shop Docs Shop documentation can be generated selecting Machining Operations under the Create Operations tab. Right mouse click and Shop Documentation. User can select from one of the 2 templates and generate shop documentation.RhinoCAM 2.com 36 .

RhinoCAM 2. Select Machining Operations from the Create Operations tab and right click and select post process. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008+. 2. Specify the File Name as Gasket.com 37 . www.0 Getting Started Guide Post Processing 1.nc and click Save.mecsoft.

mecsoft.com 38 .RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide The post by default is set to Haas as specified under the Post processor setup. MecSoft Corporation. The posted g code by default will be saved to the folder where the part file is located. End of Tutorial 1! Copyright 1998-2008+. You can change the post processor by selecting a different one from the drop down menu in the list. www.

mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Tutorial 2: Machining a Slotted Gear Copyright 1998-2008+.RhinoCAM 2. www. MecSoft Corporation.com 39 .

mecsoft. the following steps will be followed: • • • • • • • • • Create the Stock geometry Set the Machine zero point or Locate geometry with respect to the machine coordinates Create / Select the tool used for machining Set the feeds and speeds Set the clearance plane for the non-cutting transfer moves of the cutter Select the machining regions for containing the cutter to specific areas to cut Select the machining operations and set the parameters Generate the toolpath Simulate the toolpath. The wooden sheet will be held to the machine table or the spoil sheet on the table using double-sided tape. Main Programming Steps In creating programs for each setup. MecSoft Corporation. The part itself will be machined out of a 3 inch x 3 inch x ½ inch poplar wood sheet. if you prefer to work straight through the steps without any additional reading.RhinoCAM 2. However. we could machine this entirely by using just 2-D curves due to the prismatic nature of this model. This is because of the computational efficiency as well as the accuracy of this method.com 40 . You may have to repeat either all or part of these steps for subsequent operations.3dm part file. even though the part file contains a 3-D geometry representing the part. The stepped instructions are accompanied by explanatory and introductory text. Strategy to Machine the Slotted Gear • • • • • We will machine the gear completely using 2 ½ axis-machining operations. The part will be machined using a single ¼ inch flat end mill. look for the following symbol: ) Don’t forget to save your work periodically! You may want to save the file under a different name so that the original file will be preserved.0 Getting Started Guide Introduction This tutorial will introduce the usage of 2 ½ axis profiling and Engraving Machining Operations of RhinoCAM. Reading this text will help you understand the tutorial methodology and provide information about additional options available. Copyright 1998-2008+. www. The engraving option is preferred in situations where the cutter can be driven to create a slot that conforms to the shape of the tool trajectory. We will be using the Gear. We will use the Profiling operation to cut the outer shape of the gear and the Engraving operation to cut the slots. It should be noted that.

or click the Open icon from the Standard bar.3dm file from the Tutorials folder in the RhinoCAM 2. Select File / Open from the Menu. You can create parts within Rhino.mecsoft. From the Open dialog box.com 41 . MecSoft Corporation.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2. www. Copyright 1998-2008+.RhinoCAM 2. (C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4. 2.0 installation folder. select the Gear. To load a part: 1.0\Tutorials) The imported part appears as shown below.0 Getting Started Guide Preparing the part for Machining Loading the Part Model “Part” refers to the geometry that represents the final manufactured product.

com 42 . Select Machine Setup from the setup tab. Go to the RhinoCAM. Set the Machine type to 3 axis. Copyright 1998-2008+.RhinoCAM 2.MOps browser and click on the Setup tab. 2. www. 3. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide Setup Tab 1.mecsoft.

0 Getting Started Guide 4. www. Note: By default post processor files are located under Copyright 1998-2008+. We will select Haas as the post processor for this exercise. 5.com 43 . Set the current post processor that is on your controller. Select Post from the setup tab to specify the post processor options. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft.

RhinoCAM 2.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2.0\Posts The program to send the posted output is set to notepad.com 44 .0 Getting Started Guide C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4. www.mecsoft. Create Stock Geometry 1. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008+. Select Create/Load stock from the setup tab and create a Box Stock. This would output the G code to a notepad.

Set the Length (L) = 3. www. Leave the other parameters as default.00.RhinoCAM 2.com 45 . Copyright 1998-2008+. and a semi-transparent stock box is displayed on top of the part geometry.00. MecSoft Corporation. and click OK.0 Getting Started Guide 2. This brings up the Box Stock parameters. Width W = 3.mecsoft. 3.25. and Height (H) = 0. The stock geometry is now created.

Copyright 1998-2008+. 1.RhinoCAM 2. Locate Machine Zero The steps below help you determine the machine home (also know as machine zero or tool touch off point) for the part/stock geometry. MecSoft Corporation. Post Processor.com 46 . Select Locate WCS from the Setup tab. and Stock type as show below.0 Getting Started Guide 4. www.mecsoft. The setup tab now displays the following information: Machine Type.

MecSoft Corporation. and Zero Position to South West corner. Copyright 1998-2008+. the Zero Face to Highest Z.0 Getting Started Guide 2.mecsoft.com 47 . choose Set to Stock Box. This sets the machine home to the top of the stock material and the southwest corner of the part geometry. www. Under Set WCS Origin.RhinoCAM 2.

25”) Flat End Mill.mecsoft. set Tool Number = 1. www. Copyright 1998-2008+. 1. Go to the RhinoCAM-Tools browser that is located below the RhinoCAM-MOps browser and select Create/Edit Tools. Create Tools To machine the above part we will now create a ¼ inch (0. Set the tool name as FlatMill-0.25. MecSoft Corporation.25. Under the Properties tab. Select the Tool Type to Flat End Mill. 2.RhinoCAM 2.com 48 .0 Getting Started Guide Note: You can change the stock model transparency under standard mode by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located at the bottom of the MOps browser. Tool Diameter = 0.

com 49 .RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Copyright 1998-2008+.mecsoft. www. MecSoft Corporation.

3. The tool is now created and listed under Tools in Library. Use the following settings for feeds and speeds. Click OK to close the dialog.com 50 . 5. www. Note: You can edit the tool properties and click Save Edits to Tool to save the changes. Switch to the Feeds & Speeds tab inside the create/select tool dialog. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Setting Feeds and Speeds You can assign Feeds & Speeds to a tool or you can load from a table. 4. The created tools are now listed under the RhinoCAM-Tools browser. In this exercise we will assign feeds and speeds to the tool.RhinoCAM 2. You can create additional tools by assigning a different name and specify the tool parameters. Copyright 1998-2008+. Click Save as New Tool.

A selection list will display the geometries that can be selected. 4. 2. MecSoft Corporation. Set Layer 01 as the active layer. 1. Turn off stock model visibility from the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.com 51 .mecsoft. The layer manager is now open. Select the top face (surface) on the Gear. 7. Browsing through the selection tree will highlight the surface that corresponds to the selection. 3. The flat area curves are created and displayed on top of the part geometry. Copyright 1998-2008+. From the Curves menu under Rhino Toolbar menu select Curve from Objects and Duplicate Face Border.RhinoCAM 2. Select the Layer Manager from the Standard bar. 6. 5. www. Close the Layer Manager.0 Getting Started Guide Create Regions for Machining In the steps below we will extract regions from the 3D model and create curves for engraving. The command bar will now prompt the user to select surfaces or faces for duplicate border.

13.5 as the center coordinates and hit the enter key. Radius 10.com 52 . 12. Specify 1. 15. Center of Circle 11. snap to the quad point on the circle as show below. Switch to the Top view and select Line from the Curve menu and pick Create Line->Single Line. Turn on the Snap.0 Getting Started Guide 8. For the first coordinate. 9.mecsoft.0 as Diameter) of the circle and hit the enter key We will now create lines.0 as the radius (or 2.5. Switch to the Top view and create a circle using Center and Radius. www. MecSoft Corporation. From the Curves menu under Rhino Toolbar menu select Circle->Center. 14. which can be selected for engraving the slots on the gear.RhinoCAM 2.1. Center Point and Quad Point snap from the status bar and turn off the other snaps. Specify 1. Copyright 1998-2008+.

0 Getting Started Guide 16.com 53 .mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation. www. snap to the center of the arc as shown below.RhinoCAM 2. A line is now created at the center of the slot. Copyright 1998-2008+. For the second coordinate.

5. Array->Polar 19.com 54 .0 Getting Started Guide We will now array the line across other slots on the gear. Select the line 18.mecsoft. Go to the menu at the top. and select Transform. Copyright 1998-2008+. a. 17.5 (hit enter) b. Use the following settings. www. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. Center of polar array: 1. Number of items: 6 (hit enter) c.1. Angle to fill or first reference point: 360 (hit enter) 20. The lines created and shown below.

Copyright 1998-2008+. MecSoft Corporation. Save the file using File->Save. We will go over the steps for creating the profile operations. This brings up the 2 ½ Axis Profiling Operations dialog. Select 2. 2 ½ Axis Profiling 2. www.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide We have now created the regions for machining. Switch to the Create Operations tab in RhinoCAM-Mops browser.5 Axis Mill and choose Profiling. 1. Create Machining Operations In this process we will create a 2.5 axis profiling operation.mecsoft.com 55 .

mecsoft. Now select the inner circle first by using the left mouse click and then the outer circle. MecSoft Corporation. Use ctrl key to deselect a region Copyright 1998-2008+.0 Getting Started Guide Select Machining Features/Regions 3.RhinoCAM 2. www. Go to the Machining Features/ Regions tab and click Select Curves as Regions 4. Note: Hold the shift key down to select multiple regions.com 56 .

6.0 Getting Started Guide 5. Copyright 1998-2008+. Right mouse click or select enter from the keypad to complete the selection. The selected regions are now displayed under Machining Regions.RhinoCAM 2. www.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation.com 57 .

The 0.25.0 Getting Started Guide Selecting the Tool 7.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008+. Select the FlatMill-0.com 58 .25” Flat End mill is now selected as the active tool. Switch to the Tools tab inside the 2 ½ Axis Profiling operation. 8. and the Tool parameters are displayed to the right of the Tools window. www. MecSoft Corporation.

Copyright 1998-2008+.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Set Feeds and Speeds 9. MecSoft Corporation.com 59 .RhinoCAM 2. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined. www. 10. Select Load From Tool.

com 60 . Set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane.0 Getting Started Guide Clearance Control 11. 12. www. Copyright 1998-2008+.mecsoft. Switch to Clearance Tab. MecSoft Corporation. RhinoCAM will determine a safe Z height for the Entry & Exit when set to automatic.RhinoCAM 2. Setting Cut Transfer to Clearance Plane would apply the automatic Z clearance between transfers when the tool moves from a machining region to another.

com 61 . MecSoft Corporation. www. Copyright 1998-2008+.RhinoCAM 2. Switch to Cut Parameters tab. Set the Stock = 0.mecsoft. 14. cut start Side as Determine using 3D Model.0 Getting Started Guide Specifying Cut Parameters 13.

25. Select the Cut Levels Tab and specify the Total Cut Depth = 0. Rough Depth/Cut = 0. Copyright 1998-2008+. This would cut the profile in 2 cuts of each 0. This would profile the inner circle and then the outer profile.mecsoft.com 62 . MecSoft Corporation.125.0 Getting Started Guide 15.RhinoCAM 2. www. Make sure the cut level ordering is set to Depth First.125”.

com 63 . Switch to Entry/Exit Tab. www. Copyright 1998-2008+. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. and Set the Entry and Exit Type to None.0 Getting Started Guide Entry/Exit 16.

Toolpath display can be turned on/off by selecting Toolpath Visibility under the MOps browser. and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008+. www. MecSoft Corporation. The 2½ Axis Profile toolpath is now generated.0 Getting Started Guide 17.RhinoCAM 2. Click Generate.com 64 .

com 65 . 2. Select the 2 ½ Axis Profiling Operation and click to Simulate. Switch to the Simulate tab in the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. www. Copyright 1998-2008+.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Simulate Toolpath The generated toolpath can now be simulated. 1.

Copyright 1998-2008+. www.0 Getting Started Guide 3. The simulated part is as shown below. MecSoft Corporation.com 66 .RhinoCAM 2. Note: You can adjust the simulation speed by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located to the bottom right corner of the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.mecsoft.

As already mentioned. This switches back to the Create Operations tab. 1. www. 2. and click Exit Simulation.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide To exit the Simulation mode. Creating an Engraving Operation Now we will use engraving operation to cut the slots of the gear by driving the 0. Select Engraving from the 2 ½ Axis operations menu. Switch to the Create Operation tab.25 inch tool in the slot. the most efficient way of machining slots is to use the Engraving option and drive the cutter along the center of the slot. pause the Simulation. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008+.com 67 .

RhinoCAM 2. 6. 4. Right mouse click to complete the selection. The 6 selected regions are listed under the Machining Features/Regions Copyright 1998-2008+.0 Getting Started Guide Select Machining Regions 3. Under Machining Features/ Regions click on Remove All to deselect any regions that could have been selected from the previous machining operation.com 68 . www. MecSoft Corporation. 5. Now click on Select Curves as Regions and select the 6 lines on the slotted gear as shown below.mecsoft.

0 Getting Started Guide Select Tool 7. Specify Engraving Cut Parameters 10.RhinoCAM 2.25.25.125. Under Feeds/Speeds.com 69 .mecsoft. and Rough Depth/Cut = 0. MecSoft Corporation. Set the Clearance control to Automatic. Switch to Cut Parameters tab. 9. Under Cut Depth Control. Rough Depth = 0. set the Total Cut Depth = 0. Copyright 1998-2008+. Switch to Tools tab and select FlatMill-0. 8. select Load from Tool. www.25 as the active tool.

MecSoft Corporation. The Engraving Operation is now created and is listed in the MOps Browser.com 70 .RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 11. Click Generate to Create the Engraving Toolpath. www. Copyright 1998-2008+. 12.mecsoft.

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MecSoft Corporation. Switch to Simulate Tab.mecsoft. select Engraving.0 Getting Started Guide Simulate Toolpath 13.com 72 . www. Copyright 1998-2008+.RhinoCAM 2. and click to simulate toolpath.

0 Getting Started Guide Post Processing 5. right click.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008+. MecSoft Corporation.com 73 .nc and click Save. Select Machining Operations from the Create Operations tab. Specify the File Name as Gear. and select post process. 6. www.

RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide The post by default is set to Haas as specified under the Post processor setup. www. MecSoft Corporation. End of Tutorial 2! Copyright 1998-2008+.com 74 . The posted g code by default will be saved to the folder where the part file is located.mecsoft. You can change the post processor by selecting a different one from the drop down menu in the list.

0 Getting Started Guide Tutorial 3: Machining a Shaft Base Copyright 1998-2008+.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation.com 75 .RhinoCAM 2. www.

Determining the sequence of machining operations o As the part thickness is 0. Don’t forget to save your work periodically! You may want to save the file under a different name so that the original file will be preserved.0 Getting Started Guide Introduction This tutorial will illustrate machining of a prismatic part such as this Shaft Base using 2-1/2 milling operations. o The 2 inner holes can be drilled using an engraving operation to its depth. o We are now down to the level where the step holes need to be machined.625. o Finally we will cut out the shape of the part from the rectangular using a contour toolpath. As the thickness of material to be removed is not the same for both the areas we would have to use 2 separate operations to clear the material. Reading this text will help you understand the tutorial methodology and provide information about additional options available. This is accomplished using a 2 ½ axis Profiling Operation which separates the finished part from the stock material. This tutorial will introduce the usage of 2 ½ axis machining for a simple one sided part. www.75 to 0. The part will be machined using a single ¼ inch flat end mill. To carry out this operation we will use the 2 ½ axis Facing Operation as the toolpath extends past the region. As the holes are circular we will use 2 ½ axis Hole Pocketing operation to machine the holes to its depth in 2 separate operations.5 x 3. We will use profiling. o The next step would involve machining the areas around and inside the boss. MecSoft Corporation.25 x 0. The wooden sheet will be held to the machine table or the spoil sheet on the table using double-sided tape. Even though we have created a 3-D representation of the part. it will be seen later on that we can machine this using just 2-D curves.com 76 . The starting material for the Shaft Base is soft wood and the size is 5. the following steps will be followed: • • • Create the Stock geometry Set the Machine zero point or Locate geometry with respect to the machine coordinates Create / Select the tool used for machining Copyright 1998-2008+.RhinoCAM 2. The reason we are able to do this is because of the prismatic nature of this model. The stepped instructions are accompanied by explanatory and introductory text.75 inches. Strategy to Machine the Shaft Base • • • • • We will machine the shaft base completely using 2 ½ axis-machining operations.625” thick and the available stock is 0. We will use 2 ½ axis Pocketing Operation which is ideal removing material inside a specified region.mecsoft. Main Programming Steps In creating programs for each setup. pocketing and hole pocketing operations.75” the first operation would involve reducing the thickness of the stock over the entire area from 0.

mecsoft. You may have to repeat either all or part of these steps for subsequent operations.RhinoCAM 2. You can create parts within Rhino. The imported part appears as shown below Copyright 1998-2008+. or click the Open icon from the Standard bar. To load a part: 1.0\Tutorials) 3.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide • • • • • • Set the feeds and speeds Set the clearance plane for the non-cutting transfer moves of the cutter Select the machining regions for containing the cutter to specific areas to cut Select the machining operations and set the parameters Generate the toolpath Simulate the toolpath. Preparing the part for Machining Loading the Part Model “Part” refers to the geometry that represents the final manufactured product. Select File / Open from the Menu. 2. (C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4.com 77 . www. MecSoft Corporation. From the Open dialog box.0 installation folder. select the ShaftBase.3dm file from the Tutorials folder in the RhinoCAM 2.

0 Getting Started Guide Setup Tab 1.RhinoCAM 2. Go to the RhinoCAM.mecsoft. 3. 2. Copyright 1998-2008+. Select Machine Setup from the setup tab.com 78 . www. MecSoft Corporation.MOps browser and click on the Setup tab. Set the Machine type to 3 axis.

5.0\Posts Copyright 1998-2008+.0\ Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2. www. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide 4.com 79 . We will select Haas as the post processor for this exercise. Set the current post processor that is on your controller.RhinoCAM 2. Note: By default post processor files are located under C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4. Select Post from the setup tab to specify the post processor options.mecsoft.

Create Stock Geometry 1. Copyright 1998-2008+.com 80 . www. Select Create/Load stock from the setup tab and create a Box Stock.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. This would output the G code to a notepad.0 Getting Started Guide The program to send the posted output is set to notepad.

0 Getting Started Guide 2. Copyright 1998-2008+. 3. The stock geometry is now created.25.50. Width W = 3.75. and a semi-transparent stock box is displayed on top of the part geometry. MecSoft Corporation.com 81 . This brings up the Box Stock parameters. www.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. Leave the other parameters as default. and click OK. Set the Length (L) = 5. and Height (H) = 0.

The steps below help you determine the machine home (also know as machine zero or tool touch off point) for the part/stock geometry.0 Getting Started Guide 4. and Stock type as show below. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. Post Processor. Locate Machine Zero 1. Select Locate WCS from the Setup tab.mecsoft. The setup tab now displays the following information: Machine Type. Copyright 1998-2008+. www. 2.com 82 .

mecsoft. Under Set WCS Origin. This sets the machine home to the top of the stock material and the southwest corner of the part geometry.com 83 . choose Set to Stock Box. and Zero Position to South West corner.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide 3. Copyright 1998-2008+. the Zero Face to Highest Z. www.

0 Getting Started Guide Note: You can change the stock model transparency under standard mode by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located at the bottom of the MOps browser.RhinoCAM 2.com 84 . MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft. www. Copyright 1998-2008+.

com 85 . we will position the part to the bottom of the stock and center in XY.RhinoCAM 2. Select Align Part and Stock from the Setup tab. Z alignment: Bottom and XY Alignment: Center. 2. we will align the part inside the stock geometry. 1.Object to Move: Move Part. www.0 Getting Started Guide Align Part and Stock During this step. MecSoft Corporation. In this step. Use the following settings .mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008+.

mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide 3. Front View Top View Copyright 1998-2008+. www.com 86 . The part is now aligned inside the stock as shown below.RhinoCAM 2.

25”) Flat End Mill. Select the Tool Type to Flat End Mill.RhinoCAM 2. Under the Properties tab. MecSoft Corporation. Go to the RhinoCAM-Tools browser that is located below the RhinoCAMMOps browser and select Create/Edit Tools. www.0 Getting Started Guide Create Tools To machine the above part we will now create a ¼ inch (0. Set the tool name as FlatMill-0.25.mecsoft. 2. set Tool Number = 1. Copyright 1998-2008+.25 and Tool Diameter = 0. 1.com 87 .

www. MecSoft Corporation. Switch to the Feeds & Speeds tab inside the create/select tool dialog. 3.0 Getting Started Guide Setting Feeds and Speeds You can assign Feeds & Speeds to a tool or you can load from a table. Use the following settings for feeds and speeds.RhinoCAM 2. we will assign feeds and speeds to the tool.com 88 . Click OK to close the dialog. You can create additional tools by assigning a different name and specify the tool parameters. 4.mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008+. Note: You can edit the tool properties and click Save Edits to Tool to save the changes. 5. In this exercise. The tool is now created and listed under Tools in Library. The created tools are now listed under the RhinoCAM-Tools browser. Click Save as New Tool.

625”.5 Axis Milling and choose Facing. Hole Pocketing and Engraving. We will now go over the steps for creating the toolpath.com 89 .0 Getting Started Guide Create Machining Operations We will machine the Shaft Base using 4 different machining operations – Facing. This brings up the 2 ½ Axis Facing Operation Dialog. 2 ½ Axis Facing 1. www. Select 2. The stock geometry has a thickness of 0. 1.125” thickness of material from the stock geometry. MecSoft Corporation. Switch to the Create Operations tab in RhinoCAM-Mops browser.RhinoCAM 2. We will create a 2. 2.75” and the finished part is 0. Copyright 1998-2008+.mecsoft.5 axis facing operation to mill the 0. Pocketing.

Switch to the Tools tab inside the 2 ½ Axis Facing operation and select FlatMill-0.25. 4. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab and select Load From Tool. 3. 5. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined.com 90 . Switch to the Clearance Tab and set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane. Go to the Machining Features/ Regions tab and click Select Curves as Regions. www. Region1 is now listed under Machining Features/Regions. Copyright 1998-2008+.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Select Machining Features/Regions 1. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft. 2. Select the Rectangle and right mouse click to complete the selection.

Click on the Roughing tab.com 91 . Cut Pattern to Island Offset Cuts. 3.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Specify Cut Parameters 1. Copyright 1998-2008+.01. 2. MecSoft Corporation. Switch to the Cut Levels Tab. and Step Distance to 50 (% Tool Diameter). Set the Tolerance to 0. Stock to leave to 0. www.RhinoCAM 2.

Switch to the Entry/Exit tab and set the Entry and Exit parameters to none. we would need to start the first cut from Z =0).125. www. The 2½ Axis Facing toolpath is now generated. b. MecSoft Corporation. Click Generate.125.mecsoft.com 92 . 6. and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.0 Getting Started Guide 4. a.125”. Use the Following Settings. Rough Depth = 0. 5. Copyright 1998-2008+.RhinoCAM 2. Pick Top = 0 (As the selected region at Z = -0. and Rough Depth/Cut = 0. Total Cut Depth = 0.0625.

and click Simulate to run the simulation. Select 2 ½ Axis Facing. www. Copyright 1998-2008+.mecsoft. Switch to Simulate tab.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 7. MecSoft Corporation.com 93 .

0 Getting Started Guide 2 ½ Axis Pocketing We will now use 2½ axis Pocketing operation to machine the area inside the boss. www. Copyright 1998-2008+.RhinoCAM 2. 1.com 94 . Open Layer Manager and Select Layer 01 as the Active Layer.mecsoft. Turn off the Stock Model and Toolpath Visibility from the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. Preparing the part for Pocketing In Preparation for the pocketing Operation. we will now create regions by extracting curves from the 3D model. MecSoft Corporation. 2.

com 95 . Pick the flat area as shown below. From the Curves menu under Rhino Toolbar menu select Curve from Objects and Duplicate Face Border.mecsoft. 5. Close the Layer Manager. MecSoft Corporation. 8. www. 4.RhinoCAM 2. The command bar will now prompt the user to select surfaces or faces for duplicate border. Curves are created and are on Layer 01. 6. The command bar would now prompt the user to select surfaces or faces to extract the curves 7. Copyright 1998-2008+.0 Getting Started Guide 3.

9. www.com 96 . Switch to the Create Operations tab.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide We are now ready to create the pocketing operation for the inner region.mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008+.

3. From the Create Operations tab. www. 5. Select the curve and right mouse click to complete the selection. Switch to the Tools tab inside the 2½ Axis Pocketing operation and select FlatMill-0. Copyright 1998-2008+. Go to the Machining Features/ Regions tab and click Select Curves as Regions.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. 2.com 97 . select 2½ axis Milling and Pocketing. Switch to the Clearance Tab and set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane. We will go over the steps for creating the pocketing operation. This brings up the 2 ½ Axis Pocketing Operations dialog. 6. 4.0 Getting Started Guide Creating the Pocketing Operation #1 1. MecSoft Corporation.25. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab and select Load From Tool. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined. Region1 is now listed under Machining Features/Regions.

Switch to the Cut Levels Tab. Cut Pattern to Offset Cuts. and Step over distance to 25 (% Tool Diameter). 3. Copyright 1998-2008+. 2. Set the Tolerance to 0.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation. Click on the Cut Parameters tab.001.RhinoCAM 2. Stock to leave to 0.0 Getting Started Guide Specify Cut Parameters 1. www.com 98 .

Set the Rough Depth = 0. e. a.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide 4. Turn on the End Point Snap from the Status bar. This will minimize the Pocketing Operation parameters dialog. Select the Depth measuring tool located to the right of Total Cut Depth. f.25.com 99 .05. d. The pocketing operation dialog shows up and determines Total Cut Depth = 0. Copyright 1998-2008+. Pick the top of the boss as the start point and the bottom of the boss as the end point as shown below. Location of Cut Geometry at Bottom (As the selected region is at the bottom of the part. www. b.25 and Rough Depth/Cut = 0. Use the Following Settings. c.RhinoCAM 2. and we need to cut above it). We will determine the Total Cut Depth from the 3D model by snapping at 2 points.

0 Getting Started Guide This would machine the pocket in steps of 0. Copyright 1998-2008+. MecSoft Corporation.05 resulting in 5 cut levels. Note: You can also specify the Total Cut Depth by entering the depth values under Total Cut Depth.RhinoCAM 2. www.mecsoft.com 100 .

Use the following settings for Entry/Exit. 7. Make sure to check Apply Entry/Exit at all cut levels. www. Switch to the Entry/Exit tab.com 101 . Note: You can rearrange the operations in the MOps browser by selecting the operation and dragging and dropping.0 Getting Started Guide 5.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. 6. Copyright 1998-2008+. Click Generate. The 2½ Axis Pocketing toolpath is now generated and the Operation is listed under the 2 ½ Axis Facing Operation in the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. MecSoft Corporation.

0 Getting Started Guide 8. select 2 ½ Axis Pocketing. Copyright 1998-2008+. Switch to Simulate tab.com 102 .mecsoft. and click Simulate to run the simulation. www. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2.

www.mecsoft. 2.0 Getting Started Guide Creating the Pocketing Operation #2 We will now create a 2nd pocketing operation for machining the region around the boss. 3. From the Curves menu under Rhino Toolbar menu select Curve from Objects and Duplicate Face Border.com 103 . Pick the flat area as shown below. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008+. 4. Open Layer Manager and select Layer 01 as the active layer. 1. Switch to the Create Operations tab. The command bar would now prompt the user to select surfaces or faces to extract the curves 5.

This would create a copy of the 2 ½ axis Pocketing Operation listed below the first pocketing operation as show below. www. 4. and select Copy. Right click and select Paste.mecsoft. Select the 2 ½ axis Pocketing Operation created from the previous step. Switch to the Create operations tab. Copyright 1998-2008+. 3. MecSoft Corporation.com 104 . 2. right mouse click.0 Getting Started Guide Copying a MOp 1.RhinoCAM 2.

RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 5. www.com 105 . Expand the 2 ½ Axis Pocketing-1 folder and double click on Machining Features. Copyright 1998-2008+.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation.

com 106 . Copyright 1998-2008+. Select the rectangle and curve and right mouse click to complete the selection.0 Getting Started Guide 6.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation. www. 7. Click Remove All under Machining Features and click Select Curves as Regions.

mecsoft.375 c. 10.com 107 .375 and Rough Depth /Cut = 0. MecSoft Corporation. 9. Location of Cut Geometry – Select Pick at Top = – 0. a. Click Generate. Double click under Parameters and switch to the Cut Levels Tab.05 d. Length = 0. Total Cut Depth – Set this to 0.1 and Angle = 0 e. Set the Rough Depth = 0. Switch to the Entry/Exit tab and set the Retract Motion to Linear.0 Getting Started Guide 8.RhinoCAM 2. The pocketing toolpath is now created and displayed in the MOps browser. Copyright 1998-2008+. Use the Following Settings.125 b. www. Region1 & Region2 are now listed under Machining Features/Regions. 11. Click Save to Close the Machining Regions Dialog.

com 108 . MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008+. and click Simulate to run the simulation.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 12. www.mecsoft. Switch to Simulate tab. select 2 ½ Axis Pocketing-1.

The command bar would now prompt the user to select surfaces or faces to extract the curves Copyright 1998-2008+.mecsoft. 3.RhinoCAM 2. we will now use 2 ½ axis hole pocketing operation. Preparing the part for Machining 1. www. Open the Layer manager and Make Layer 03 as the active layer. MecSoft Corporation. 2. Hole Pocketing Operation In order to machine the 6 holes.0 Getting Started Guide Note: To turn on/off the toolpath and stock model visibilities use the controls located at the bottom of the MOps Browser.com 109 . From the Curves menu under Rhino Toolbar menu select Curve from Objects and Duplicate Face Border.

Switch to the Create Operations tab. Copyright 1998-2008+. 5.mecsoft.com 110 . Select the 6 circles and right mouse click to complete the selection. 4.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 4. Select 2 ½ Axis Milling and Hole Pocketing. Creating the Hole Pocketing Operation #1 1. Switch to the Tools tab inside the Hole Pocketing operation and select FlatMill-0.25. Go to the Machining Features/ Regions tab and click Select Curves as Regions. Curves are created and are on Layer 03. MecSoft Corporation. www. 3. 2. Regions 1 to 6 are now listed under Machining Features/Regions. 6. We are now ready to create the pocketing operation for the inner region. Pick the flat area as shown below.

Check Cleanup Pass at Each Z Level.RhinoCAM 2. c.0 Getting Started Guide 5. MecSoft Corporation. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab and select Load From Tool. Hole Depth (H) =0. Tolerance to 0. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined. Specify Cut Parameters 7. g. d. Uncheck Use 3D model to Detect Depth. Use the following Settings a. www. Cut Direction = Climb (Down Cutting). Step Down Control (dZ) = 50 (% Tool Diameter). 8. f. 6. Copyright 1998-2008+. Switch to the Clearance Tab and set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane. Click on the Cut Parameters tab. Hole Diameter (D) = 0.com 111 .001. b.0625. e. Step over distance = 25 (% Tool Diameter).mecsoft.5.

25. Switch to the Entry Exit Tab and set the Helix Diameter = 0. Copyright 1998-2008+.com 112 . MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. www.0 Getting Started Guide 9.mecsoft.

www.com 113 . select Hole Pocketing.mecsoft. and click Simulate to run the simulation. Click Generate. 11. The simulated part is shown below. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008+.RhinoCAM 2. 12. Switch to the Simulate tab. The Hole Pocketing operation is now created and is listed under the MOps browser.0 Getting Started Guide 10.

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right mouse click.mecsoft.com 115 . www.RhinoCAM 2. Select the Hole Pocketing Operation created from the previous step. The curves are now created and are located on Layer 04. The command bar would now prompt the user to select surfaces or faces to extract the curves 11. 9. 8. Open Layer Manager and select Layer 04 as the active layer. Pick the flat areas as shown below. From the Curves menu under Rhino Toolbar menu select Curve from Objects and Duplicate Face Border.0 Getting Started Guide Creating the Hole Pocketing Operation #2 7. and select Copy. Creating the Hole Pocketing Operation 13. Switch to the Create Operations tab. 10. Copyright 1998-2008+. MecSoft Corporation. 12.

This would create a copy of the Hole Pocketing Operation listed below the first Hole Pocketing operation as show below. 18.com 116 . Expand the Hole Pocketing-1 folder and double click on Machining Features. Select the 6 inner circles and right mouse click to complete the selection. Copyright 1998-2008+.RhinoCAM 2. 16. 17. Right click and select Paste.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide 14. www. Click Remove All under Machining Features and click Select Curves as Regions. MecSoft Corporation. 15.

www.RhinoCAM 2.315. 20.065 Copyright 1998-2008+. Switch to the Entry/Exit tab and set the Helix Diameter to 0. MecSoft Corporation. Click Save to Close the Machining Regions Dialog.mecsoft.1875. 21. Hole Diameter = 0.0 Getting Started Guide 19.com 117 . Regions 1 to 6 are now listed under Machining Features/Regions. Double Click under Parameters and set the Hole Depth = 0.

0 Getting Started Guide 22. The Hole Pocketing Operation for the inner holes is now created.mecsoft. select Hole Pocketing-1.com 118 . and click Simulate to run the simulation. Copyright 1998-2008+. www. 23.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. Click Generate. Switch to the Simulate tab.

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3. From the Create Operations tab. Go to the Machining Features/ Regions tab. Select the 2 points as regions for engraving. click Remove All under Machining Features. select 2 ½ Axis Milling and Engraving.0 Getting Started Guide 2 ½ Axis Engraving Operation Now we will use engraving operation to drill the 2 holes. Preparing the part for machining Turn on the Center Point Snap from the status bar and turn off the other snaps.RhinoCAM 2. 1. and click Select Curves as Regions. This can also be accomplished by using a drilling operation that is available under Hole Machining.mecsoft. The command bar will now prompt the user to specify the location of point object. www. MecSoft Corporation. select Point Object-> Single Point 2. We will now use the pick option by creating a point that snaps to the center of the circles as show below. Right click to complete the selection. 2. From the Curve menu in Rhino. Copyright 1998-2008+. Creating the Engraving Toolpath 1.com 120 .

05.RhinoCAM 2. www. Set the Entry and Exit to None under the Entry/Exit tab. Switch to the Clearance Tab and set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane. and click Simulate to run the simulation. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab and select Load From Tool.375.com 121 .375 and Rough Depth/Cut = 0. Click Generate. Switch to the Cut Parameters tab and use the following parameters Tolerance = 0.0 Getting Started Guide 4.mecsoft.25. The Engraving operation is now created. 9. 6. 7. 5. Rough Depth = 0. Location of Cut Geometry At Top. Switch to Simulate tab. 10.001. MecSoft Corporation. select Engraving. Total Cut Depth = 0. Copyright 1998-2008+. 8. Switch to the Tools tab inside the Engraving operation and select FlatMill0.

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4.mecsoft. Set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane. MecSoft Corporation.25.0 Getting Started Guide 2 ½ Axis Profiling 1. And select Load From Tool. Copyright 1998-2008+.RhinoCAM 2. Switch to the Create Operations tab and select 2. 7. and click Select Curves as Regions. Switch to the Tools tab inside 2 ½ Axis Profiling operation and Select the FlatMill-0. Select the outer curve. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined. 2. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab. Switch to Clearance Tab. click Remove All under Machining Features. 3. The selected region is now displayed under Machining Features/Regions. Go to the Machining Features/ Regions tab. Right mouse click or select enter from the keypad to complete the selection. 6. www.5 Axis Milling and choose Profiling. 5.com 123 .

RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. c.com 124 . Cut Start Side.Check Use Outside/Inside for closed curves and pick Outside. Tolerance = 0.0 Getting Started Guide Specifying Cut Parameters 8. Copyright 1998-2008+. Switch to Cut Parameters tab and use the following Settings a. www.001. b.mecsoft. Stock = 0.

www.25. Click Generate. MecSoft Corporation. Select the Cut Levels Tab and specify the Total Cut Depth = 0. Toolpath display can be turned on/off by selecting Toolpath Visibility under the MOps browser. Copyright 1998-2008+. 10. The 2½ Axis Profile toolpath is now generated and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.0 Getting Started Guide 9.com 125 . 11. Switch to Entry/Exit Tab and Set the Entry and Exit Type to None.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. Rough Depth/Cut = 0.05.

0 Getting Started Guide 12. MecSoft Corporation. www. Copyright 1998-2008+. Select the 2 ½ Axis Profiling Operation and click to Simulate.com 126 . The simulated part is as shown below.RhinoCAM 2. 13.mecsoft. Switch to the Simulate tab in the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.

pause the Simulation.0 Getting Started Guide Note: You can adjust the simulation speed by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located to the bottom right corner of the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008+.com 127 . MecSoft Corporation. To exit the Simulation mode. and click Exit Simulation. www.mecsoft.

com 128 .RhinoCAM 2. 2. Select Machining Operations from the Create Operations tab and right click and select post process. End of Tutorial 3! Copyright 1998-2008+. You can change the post processor by selecting a different one from the drop down menu in the list.0 Getting Started Guide Post Processing 1. Specify the File Name as Shaftbase.nc and click save. MecSoft Corporation. www.mecsoft. The posted g code by default will be saved to the folder where the part file is located. The post by default is set to Haas as specified under the Post processor setup.

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Tutorial 4: Simple V-Carving

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Introduction
This tutorial will illustrate machining a Sign using 2-1/2 axis-engraving operations.
We can engrave the sign using 2-D curves. This tutorial will introduce the usage of 2½ axis simple V Carving using V bit.
V carving refers to a cutting strategy employed by sign makers to create sharp
corners. V carving is performed using a tapered bit or conical tool (as shown below)
usually known in the industry as a V Bit.

The V-bit is made to rise from the cutting depth to the top of the surface at the
corners in such a way that the tapered sides of the cutter are always in contact with
the corners. When the cutter finally reaches the top surface, only the bottom tip of
the tool will be in contact with the corners, thereby creating clean and crisp cuts at
the corners.
The stepped instructions are accompanied by explanatory and introductory text.
Reading this text will help you understand the tutorial methodology and provide
information about additional options available.
Don’t forget to save your work periodically! You may want to save the file under a
different name so that the original file will be preserved.

Strategy to Machine the part



V carving is performed using the 2 ½ axis Machining Operation.
The part itself will be machined out of a 10.75 inch x 4 inch x ½ inch poplar
wood sheet
The part would be machined using a single V-Groove bit.
The wooden sheet will be held to the machine table or the spoil sheet on the
table using double-sided tape.

Main Programming Steps

In creating programs for each setup, the following steps will be followed:



Create the Stock geometry
Set the Machine zero point or Locate geometry with respect to the machine
coordinates
Create / Select the tool used for machining
Set the feeds and speeds

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Set the clearance plane for the non-cutting transfer moves of the cutter
Select the machining regions for containing the cutter to specific areas to cut
Select the machining operations and set the parameters
Generate the toolpath
Simulate the toolpath.

You may have to repeat either all or part of these steps for subsequent operations.

Preparing the part for Machining
Loading the Part Model

“Part” refers to the geometry that represents the final manufactured product. You
can create parts within Rhino.
To load a part:
1. Select File / Open from the Menu, or click the Open icon from the Standard
bar.

2. From the Open dialog box, select the V-Carve1.3dm file from the Tutorials
folder in the RhinoCAM 2.0 installation folder. (C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros
4.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2.0\Tutorials)
The imported part appears as shown below.

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Setup Tab
1. Go to the RhinoCAM- MOps browser and click on the Setup tab.

2. Select Machine Setup from the setup tab.

3. Set the Machine type to 3 axis.

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4. Select Post from the setup tab to specify the post processor options.

5. Set the current post processor that is on your controller. We will select Haas
as the post processor for this exercise.
Note: By default post processor files are located under
C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4.0\ Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2.0\Posts
The program to send the posted output is set to notepad. This would output the G
code to a notepad

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Create Stock Geometry
1. Select Create/Load stock from the setup tab and create a Box Stock.

2. This brings up the Box Stock parameters. Set the Length (L) = 10.75, Width
W = 4.00 and Height (H) = 0.5. Make sure to set the corner position to
Southwest corner Top of Stock as shown below.

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3. The stock geometry is now created, and a semi-transparent stock box is
displayed on top of the part geometry.

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4. The setup tab now displays the following information: Machine Type, Post
Processor, and Stock type as show below.

Locate Machine Zero
1. The steps below help you determine the machine home (also know as
machine zero or tool touch off point) for the part/stock geometry.
2. Select Locate WCS from the Setup tab.

3. Under Set WCS Origin, choose Set to Stock Box, the Zero Face to Highest
Z, and Zero Position to South West corner. This sets the machine home to
the top of the stock material and the southwest corner of the part geometry.

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www.0 Getting Started Guide Note: You can change the stock model transparency under standard mode by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located at the bottom of the MOps browser.mecsoft.com 138 . MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008+.RhinoCAM 2.

Copyright 1998-2008+. we can align the part and the stock geometry. Z alignment to Top. MecSoft Corporation. and XY alignment to Center.mecsoft. www.RhinoCAM 2. Set to Object to Move as Move Part. Select Align Part and Stock from the Setup tab. we will now move the part relative to the stock. 2. 1. As we have set the Machine zero to the Stock Box.com 139 .0 Getting Started Guide Align Part and Stock In this process.

Flute Length = 0. Copyright 1998-2008+.4. Taper Angle = 30. MecSoft Corporation. Go to the RhinoCAM-Tools browser that is located below the RhinoCAM-MOps browser and select Create/Edit Tools. 1. Click Save to save the work and specify a file name as VCarve-Rev1. Note: You can toggle the stock model display by selecting Stock Visibility that is located at the bottom of the RhinoCAM-MOps Browser Create Tools To machine the above part.mecsoft. 2. Under the Properties tab set Tool Number = 1. we will now create a 60-degree Taper Tool. Select the Tool Type to VeeMill.0 Getting Started Guide The part geometry is aligned to the center of stock in XY and top in Z. The file is now saved with extension 3dm.RhinoCAM 2.com 140 . Tool Length = 2. www. Set the tool name as VeeMill1.

Copyright 1998-2008+. www. For example a 60degree taper tool would have a included angle of 30 degrees.com 141 .mecsoft. If you have a taper tool with a diameter select Chamfer Mill or Taper Mill under Create/Select Tool. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Note: Taper Angle represents the included angle for a taper tool.

Switch to the Feeds & Speeds tab inside the create/select tool dialog. In this exercise we will assign feeds and speeds to the tool. 3. You can create additional tools by assigning a different name and specify the tool parameters. The created tools are now listed under the RhinoCAM-Tools browser.0 Getting Started Guide Setting Feeds and Speeds You can assign Feeds & Speeds to a tool or you can load from a table. Click Save as New Tool. Click OK to close the dialog. 4. www. Copyright 1998-2008+. 5. Use the following settings for feeds and speeds. MecSoft Corporation. Note: You can edit the tool properties and click Save Edits to Tool to save the changes.RhinoCAM 2.com 142 .mecsoft. The tool is now created and listed under Tools in Library.

5 Axis Mill and choose V-Carving. We will go over the steps for creating the toolpath.mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008+. This brings up the V-Carving Operations dialog. Switch to the Create Operations tab in RhinoCAM-Mops browser.5 axis operation.RhinoCAM 2. www.com 143 .0 Getting Started Guide Create Machining Operations In this process we will create a 2. Select 2. V-Carving 2. 1. MecSoft Corporation.

If the Copyright 1998-2008+. www. not by letters) and must be selected separately.mecsoft. Now. MecSoft Corporation. Make sure to get the inner curves on the letters ‘e’ and ‘o’. select the text by using the left mouse click.0 Getting Started Guide Select Machining Features/Regions 3.RhinoCAM 2. Each curve is separate (by curves. starting from left to right. Go to the Machining Features/ Regions tab and click Select Curves as Regions. 4.com 144 .

mecsoft.com 145 . MecSoft Corporation. Right mouse click or select enter from the keypad to complete the selection.0 Getting Started Guide 5.RhinoCAM 2. The selected regions are now displayed under Machining Regions. www. 6. Copyright 1998-2008+.

8. Copyright 1998-2008+.com 146 .0 Getting Started Guide Selecting the Tool 7. VeeMill1 is now selected as the active tool and the Tool parameters are displayed to the right of the Tools window. Switch to the Tools tab inside the V-Carving operation. www. Select VeeMill1.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2.

RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined. Select Load From Tool.com 147 . 10.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. www.0 Getting Started Guide Set Feeds and Speeds 9. Copyright 1998-2008+. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab.mecsoft.

Copyright 1998-2008+.0 Getting Started Guide Clearance Control 11. Switch to Clearance Tab. MecSoft Corporation.25 and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane.com 148 .mecsoft. Setting Cut Transfer to Clearance Plane would apply the Absolute Z value clearance between transfers when the tool moves from a machining region to another. Set the Clearance Plane Definition to Absolute Z Value = 0. www. 12.RhinoCAM 2.

0 Getting Started Guide Specifying Cut Parameters 13.RhinoCAM 2.001. Total Cut Depth = 0. Rough Depth = 0. 15. Copyright 1998-2008+. Switch to Cut Parameters tab. Cut Side = Inside. The V-Carving toolpath is now generated and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. Click Generate. www.com 149 .25. Note: Toolpath display can be turned on/off by selecting Toolpath Visibility under the MOps browser.05.25 and Rough Depth/Cut = 0.mecsoft. Set the Tolerance = 0. Location of Cut Geometry = At Top. 14. MecSoft Corporation.

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2.mecsoft. 1. Copyright 1998-2008+. www. Switch to the Simulate tab in the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. Note: You can adjust the simulation speed by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located to the bottom right corner of the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.com 151 . The simulated part is as shown below. Select the V-Carving Operation and click to Simulate. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Simulate Toolpath The generated toolpath can now be simulated. 3.

mecsoft. and click Exit Simulation. Select Machining Operations from the Create Operations tab and right click and select post process.RhinoCAM 2. Post Processing 1. www. Copyright 1998-2008+. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide To exit the Simulation mode. This switches back to the Create Operations tab.com 152 . pause the Simulation.

com 153 .mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. You can change the post processor by selecting a different one from the drop down menu Copyright 1998-2008+.nc and click Save. MecSoft Corporation. Specify the File Name as V-Carve.0 Getting Started Guide 2. The post by default is set to Haas as specified under the Post processor setup. www.

End of Tutorial 4! Copyright 1998-2008+.mecsoft. www.RhinoCAM 2. The posted g code by default will be saved to the folder where the part file is located. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide in the list.com 154 .

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only the bottom tip of the tool will be in contact with the corners. The V-bit is made to rise from the cutting depth to the top of the surface at the corners in such a way that the tapered sides of the cutter are always in contact with the corners. We can engrave the sign using 2-D curves. thereby creating clean and crisp cuts at the corners. V carving refers to a cutting strategy employed by sign makers to create sharp corners. The part itself will be machined out of a 20 inch x 4 inch x 1 inch poplar wood sheet The part would be machined using a Flat End Mill and a V-Groove bit. Main Programming Steps In creating programs for each setup. Reading this text will help you understand the tutorial methodology and provide information about additional options available.0 Getting Started Guide Introduction This tutorial will illustrate machining a Sign using 2-1/2 axis-engraving operations. The wooden sheet will be held to the machine table or the spoil sheet on the table using double-sided tape. Don’t forget to save your work periodically! You may want to save the file under a different name so that the original file will be preserved.mecsoft. V carving is performed using a tapered bit or conical tool (as shown below) usually known in the industry as a V Bit. www. the following steps will be followed: • • • • Create the Part Create the Stock geometry Set the Machine zero point or Locate geometry with respect to the machine coordinates Create / Select the tool used for machining Copyright 1998-2008+.com 156 . When the cutter finally reaches the top surface. MecSoft Corporation. This tutorial will introduce the usage of 2½ axis V Carve Roughing with a Flat End Mill and V Carving using V bit.RhinoCAM 2. The stepped instructions are accompanied by explanatory and introductory text. Strategy to Machine the part • • • • Embossing is performed using the 2 ½ axis Machining Operations.

25.0 Getting Started Guide • • • • • • Set the feeds and speeds Set the clearance plane for the non-cutting transfer moves of the cutter Select the machining regions for containing the cutter to specific areas to cut Select the machining operations and set the parameters Generate the toolpath Simulate the toolpath. specify the First Corner of rectangle as 0. or click the New icon from the Standard bar.75.75. Specify the Other Corner as 20. Select Text Object located under the Main1 toolbar in Rhino. You may have to repeat either all or part of these steps for subsequent operations. Alternatively you could type TextObject under the command bar. 6. To create a part: 1. This creates a new session of Rhino.RhinoCAM 2.25 and Second Corner as 19. MecSoft Corporation. Create a 2nd rectangle with the First Corner as 0. 3. 2.0.3. www.4. Preparing the part for Machining Creating the Part Model “Part” refers to the geometry that represents the final manufactured product.mecsoft.com 157 . Create a rectangle by selecting the Curve ->Rectangle Corner to Corner. Under the Command bar.0. 5. Select File / New from the Menu. Copyright 1998-2008+. By default this toolbar is located to your left side in Rhino. Create Text geometry 7. 4. Switch to the Top View by double clicking on the label Top under the Viewport.

RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008+. Use the Following Settings. This brings up Text Object Create Dialog. Use Text to Create = RhinoCAM. Click OK once you have the above settings.com 158 . uncheck Bold & Italic. The text would now appear on the screen and would expect the user to specify the Start point of text. Select Curves under Create. 10.0 Getting Started Guide 8. 11. 9. www. Font Name = Verdana. Text Size = 2. Check Group objects.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation.5.

The text is now created and displayed as shown below. Note: You can skip the above steps for creating the part geometry by loading Embossing. MecSoft Corporation.0. The part geometry is now created.RhinoCAM 2.com 159 . 13. From the File Menu. www.75 as the insertion point under the command bar. We are now ready to generate toolpath to machine the part. select Save and save the file under the Tutorials Folder as Embossing1.3dm. 14.0 Copyright 1998-2008+.3dm file into Rhino.0 Getting Started Guide 12. We will now switch to the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.25. This is available under the Tutorials folder in RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. Specify 1.

Go to the RhinoCAM.MOps browser and click on the Setup tab.RhinoCAM 2. Set the Machine type to 3 axis. Copyright 1998-2008+. MecSoft Corporation.com 160 . Select Machine Setup from the setup tab. 3.mecsoft. 2.0 Getting Started Guide Setup Tab 1. www.

www. Note: By default post processor files are located under C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4. MecSoft Corporation.0\Posts Copyright 1998-2008+.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide 4.0\ Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2. Set the current post processor that is on your controller. Select Post from the setup tab to specify the post processor options. 5. We will select Haas as the post processor for this exercise.com 161 .RhinoCAM 2.

www.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide The program to send the posted output is set to notepad.com 162 . Create Stock Geometry 1. Select Create/Load stock from the setup tab and create a Box Stock. Copyright 1998-2008+. This would output the G code to a notepad.

and a semi-transparent stock box is displayed on top of the part geometry. 4. Post Processor and Stock type as show below.0.0 Getting Started Guide 2. The stock geometry is now created.00. Width W = 4. This brings up the Box Stock parameters and set the Length (L) = 20.mecsoft. Make sure to set the corner position to Southwest corner Top of Stock as shown below. Copyright 1998-2008+. 3. www. The setup tab now displays the following information: Machine Type.com 163 . MecSoft Corporation.00 and Height (H) = 1.RhinoCAM 2.

the Zero Face to Highest Z and Zero Position to South West corner. 2.mecsoft. This sets the machine home to the top of the stock material and the southwest corner of the part geometry. choose Set to Stock Box. MecSoft Corporation. 3. Select Locate WCS from the Setup tab.RhinoCAM 2. www.com 164 . Copyright 1998-2008+. Under Set WCS Origin. The steps below help you determine the machine home (also know as machine zero or tool touch off point) for the part/stock geometry.0 Getting Started Guide Locate Machine Zero 1.

Align Part and Stock In this process. www. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008+. we will now move the part relative to the stock.0 Getting Started Guide Note: You can change the stock model transparency under standard mode by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located at the bottom of the MOps browser. As we have set the Machine zero to the Stock Box.com 165 .RhinoCAM 2. we can align the part and the stock geometry.mecsoft.

Z alignment to Top.com 166 . and XY alignment to Center. Click Save to save the work and specify a file name as Embossing-Rev1. Note: You can toggle the stock model display by selecting Stock Visibility that is located at the bottom of the RhinoCAM-MOps Browser Copyright 1998-2008+. 2. The part geometry is aligned to the center of stock in XY and top in Z. The file is now saved with extension 3dm. Set to Object to Move as Move Part. Select Align Part and Stock from the Setup tab. www.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide 1.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.

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mecsoft. 1.125”) Flat End Mill for the V Carve Roughing operation and a VeeMill for the V Carve (finishing) operation.125 and the Tool Diameter = 0.0 Getting Started Guide Create Tools To machine the above part. set Tool Number = 1. Copyright 1998-2008+.125.RhinoCAM 2.com 168 . Select the Tool Type to Flat End Mill. 2. Under the Properties tab. Go to the RhinoCAM-Tools browser that is located below the RhinoCAM-MOps browser and select Create/Edit Tools. MecSoft Corporation. we will now create a 1/8th inch (0. www. Set the tool name as FlatMill-0.

we will assign feeds and speeds to the tool.RhinoCAM 2. Click OK to close the dialog. Switch to the Feeds & Speeds tab inside the create/select tool dialog. You can create additional tools by assigning a different name and specify the tool parameters. 5. The created tools are now listed under the RhinoCAM-Tools browser. Click Save as New Tool.com 169 . MecSoft Corporation. Use the following settings for feeds and speeds. 4.mecsoft. Note: You can edit the tool properties and click Save Edits to Tool to save the changes. 3. The tool is now created and listed under Tools in Library. www. In this exercise. Copyright 1998-2008+.0 Getting Started Guide Setting Feeds and Speeds You can assign Feeds & Speeds to a tool or you can load from a table.

Set the tool name as VeeMill1.com 170 . and Tool Length = 2. Note: Taper Angle represents the included angle for a taper tool.4. For example a 60degree taper tool would have a included angle of 30 degrees.mecsoft. Under the Properties tab. 7. Switch to the Feeds & Speeds tab inside the create/select tool dialog and use the following settings for Feeds/Speeds for the VeeMill1. Flute Length = 0. Create a 2nd tool of type VeeMill. Taper Angle = 30. set Tool Number = 2.0 Getting Started Guide 6. 8. MecSoft Corporation. If you have a taper tool with a diameter select Chamfer Mill or Taper Mill under Create/Select Tool. www.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008+.

Click OK to close the dialog.0 Getting Started Guide 9. The tool is now created and listed under Tools in Library.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008+. www. Click Save as New Tool. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft.com 171 .

1.mecsoft. we will create two 2 ½ axis-machining operations.0 Getting Started Guide Create Machining Operations In this process.RhinoCAM 2. www. V-Carving Roughing 2. This brings up the V-Carve Roughing dialog.5 Axis Mill and choose V-Carve Roughing. MecSoft Corporation.com 172 . Switch to the Create Operations tab in RhinoCAM-Mops browser. We will go over the steps for creating the toolpath. Copyright 1998-2008+. Select 2.

not by letters) and must be selected separately.com 173 .RhinoCAM 2. Go to the Machining Features/ Regions tab and click Select Curves as Regions. Each curve is separate (by curves. Be sure to include the inner curves for the letters ‘R’ and ‘A’ as well as the dot for the letter ‘i’. starting from left to right. MecSoft Corporation. Now. 4. Copyright 1998-2008+. select the inner rectangle and text by using the left mouse click. www.0 Getting Started Guide Select Machining Features/Regions 3.mecsoft.

mecsoft.125 is now selected as the active tool and the Tool parameters are displayed to the right of the Tools window.com 174 . FlatMill-0.0 Getting Started Guide 5. Select FlatMill-0. 8. Selecting the Tool 7. Copyright 1998-2008+.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. 6. Right mouse click or select enter from the keypad to complete the selection. www. Switch to the Tools tab inside the V-Carve Roughing operation. The selected regions are now displayed under Machining Regions.125.

RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008+. 10.0 Getting Started Guide Set Feeds and Speeds 9.mecsoft. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab. www. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined. Select Load From Tool.com 175 . MecSoft Corporation.

mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Clearance Control 11. Copyright 1998-2008+. 12.RhinoCAM 2. Switch to Clearance Tab.25 and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane. Setting Cut Transfer to Clearance Plane would apply the Absolute Z value clearance between transfers when the tool moves from a machining region to another. MecSoft Corporation. www. Set the Clearance Plane Definition to Absolute Z Value = 0.com 176 .

Cut Type = Offset. 14. Copyright 1998-2008+. www. Switch to Cut Parameters tab.001. Stock = 0. 15. the Taper Angle would be 30 degrees.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation. Note: V-Carve Finishing Tool Taper Angle represents the included angle of the Vbit that would be used after the V-Carve Roughing Operation. Check the Corner Cleanup option.RhinoCAM 2. If you have a 60 degree V-Bit. V-Carving Finish Tool Taper Angle = 30.0 Getting Started Guide Specifying Cut Parameters 13. Switch to the Cut Levels tab and use the following settings.com 177 . and Cut Direction = Mixed. Set the Tolerance = 0.

Note: Toolpath display can be turned on/off by selecting Toolpath Visibility under the MOps browser.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. Rough Depth = 0.25. Total Cut Depth = 0. Specify Location of Cut Geometry = At Top.com 178 .25. Click Generate. www.0 Getting Started Guide 16. and Rough Depth/Cut = 0. MecSoft Corporation.125. Copyright 1998-2008+. The V-Carving toolpath is now generated and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAMMOps browser.

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0 Getting Started Guide Simulate Toolpath The generated toolpath can now be simulated. Switch to the Simulate tab in the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.RhinoCAM 2. 3. www. The simulated part is as shown below. 2.com 180 . Note: You can adjust the simulation speed by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located to the bottom right corner of the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. Copyright 1998-2008+. 1. MecSoft Corporation. Select the V-Carving Operation and click to Simulate.mecsoft.

The selected regions are now displayed under Machining Regions Selecting the Tool 5. MecSoft Corporation. Select VeeMill1. We will go over the steps for creating the toolpath. VeeMill1 is now selected as the active tool and the Tool parameters are displayed to the right of the Tools window. We will now generate V Carve Finishing to finish the sign with a Taper Tool. If the regions are not listed under Selected Machining regions use single select and select the inner rectangle and the Text as shown below. 6. This brings up the V-Carving Operations dialog.0 Getting Started Guide To exit the Simulation mode. The regions from the previous operations stay selected and the Machining Features would list the 13 regions. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab. V-Carving 1. Select Machining Features/Regions 2. Select 2.mecsoft. This switches back to the Create Operations tab. 3. Right mouse click to complete the selection.RhinoCAM 2. Switch to the Tools tab inside the V-Carve Roughing operation.5 Axis Mill and choose V-Carving. 4. www. pause the Simulation and click Exit Simulation. Go to the Machining Features/ Regions tab. Set Feeds and Speeds 7. Copyright 1998-2008+.com 181 .

0 Getting Started Guide 8. MecSoft Corporation.com 182 . www. Copyright 1998-2008+. Select Load From Tool. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft.

Set the Clearance Plane Definition to Absolute Z Value = 0.RhinoCAM 2.25 and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane.mecsoft. 10.com 183 . www. Switch to Clearance Tab.0 Getting Started Guide Clearance Control 9. Copyright 1998-2008+. MecSoft Corporation. Setting Cut Transfer to Clearance Plane would apply the Absolute Z value clearance between transfers when the tool moves from a machining region to another.

13.0 Getting Started Guide Specifying Cut Parameters 11. Location of Cut Geometry = At Top. and Rough Depth/Cut = 0. The V-Carving toolpath is now generated and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.RhinoCAM 2. Note: Toolpath display can be turned on/off by selecting Toolpath Visibility under the MOps browser. Click Generate. Set the Tolerance = 0. Copyright 1998-2008+. www. 12.25.mecsoft.com 184 .25. Total Cut Depth = 0. Cut Side = Inside. Switch to Cut Parameters tab. Rough Depth = 0.25. MecSoft Corporation.001.

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mecsoft. www.0 Getting Started Guide Simulate Toolpath The generated toolpath can now be simulated.com 186 . 1. Copyright 1998-2008+.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. 2. The Simulated part is as shown below. Switch to the Simulate tab in the RhinoCAM-MOps browser and Select the V-Carving Operation and click to Simulate.

MecSoft Corporation. Select Machining Operations from the Create Operations tab and right click and select post process.nc and click Save. The post by default is set to Haas as specified under the Post processor setup.com 187 .RhinoCAM 2. 2. Specify the File Name as Embossing. End of Tutorial 5! Copyright 1998-2008+. You can change the post processor by selecting a different one from the drop down menu in the list.mecsoft. www.0 Getting Started Guide Post Processing 1. The posted g code by default will be saved to the folder where the part file is located.

MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide Tutorial 6: Chamfering Copyright 1998-2008+.RhinoCAM 2.com 188 .mecsoft. www.

The stepped instructions are accompanied by explanatory and introductory text. In this example. You can create parts within Rhino. You may have to repeat either all or part of these steps for subsequent operations. www. Copyright 1998-2008+.RhinoCAM 2. Main Programming Steps In creating programs for each setup. To load a part: 1. Select File / Open from the Menu. We plan to chamfer the edges of the part using a 30 degree taper tool that has 0 radius at the tip. Strategy to Machine the part • • • Chamfering is performed using the 2 ½ axis Chamfer Machining Operation. A tapered tool is suitable for this purpose. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft. The part would be machined using a single V-Groove bit. Preparing the part for Machining Loading the Part Model “Part” refers to the geometry that represents the final manufactured product.0 Getting Started Guide Introduction This tutorial is intended to show an easy way to chamfer and smooth sharp corners by using 2 ½ axis Chamfering operation. Reading this text will help you understand the tutorial methodology and provide information about additional options available. or click the Open icon from the Standard bar. the following steps will be followed: • • • • • • • • • Create the Stock geometry Set the Machine zero point or Locate geometry with respect to the machine coordinates Create / Select the tool used for machining Set the feeds and speeds Set the clearance plane for the non-cutting transfer moves of the cutter Select the machining regions for containing the cutter to specific areas to cut Select the machining operations and set the parameters Generate the toolpath Simulate the toolpath.com 189 . Don’t forget to save your work periodically! You may want to save the file under a different name so that the original file will be preserved. the chamfer is not modeled in the part.. The wooden sheet will be held to the machine table or the spoil sheet on the table using double-sided tape.

MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2.3dm file from the Tutorials folder in the RhinoCAM 2.0 installation folder.0 Getting Started Guide 2. select the Chamfer. From the Open dialog box.com 190 .0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. (C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4.0\Tutorials) The imported part appears as shown below Copyright 1998-2008+. www.

5” Flat End Mill. The Machining Operation information is listed in the MOps browser as shown below.mecsoft.com 191 . The loaded part has the stock model defined and includes a 2 ½ axis Facing Operation with a 0.0 Getting Started Guide Setup Tab 1. MecSoft Corporation.MOps browser and click on the Setup tab. Copyright 1998-2008+. Go to the RhinoCAM. www.RhinoCAM 2.

For example a 60degree taper tool would have a included angle of 30 degrees.0 Getting Started Guide Create Tools To machine the chamfer.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. we will now create a 60-degree Taper Tool. Taper Angle = 30. and Tool Length = 2. Note: Taper Angle represents the included angle for a taper tool. If you have a taper tool with a diameter select Chamfer Mill or Taper Mill under Create/Select Tool. 2. www. Select the Tool Type to Chamfer. Set the tool name as ChamferMill1.com 192 . Under the Properties tab. 1. Copyright 1998-2008+. set Tool Number = 2. Go to the RhinoCAM-Tools browser that is located below the RhinoCAMMOps browser and select Create/Edit Tools. Flute Length = 1.

Use the following settings for feeds and speeds. The tool is now created and listed under Tools in Library. Switch to the Feeds & Speeds tab inside the create/select tool dialog. The created tools are now listed under the RhinoCAM-Tools browser.com 193 . 5. In this exercise. 4. You can create additional tools by assigning a different name and specify the tool parameters.RhinoCAM 2. 3. MecSoft Corporation. www. Copyright 1998-2008+.mecsoft. Click Save as New Tool.0 Getting Started Guide Setting Feeds and Speeds You can assign Feeds & Speeds to a tool or you can load from a table. Click OK to close the dialog. Note: You can edit the tool properties and click Save Edits to Tool to save the changes. we will assign feeds and speeds to the tool.

Select 2.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation.5 Axis Mill and choose Chamfering.com 194 . This brings up the Chamfering Operations dialog.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008+.0 Getting Started Guide Create Machining Operations Switch to the Create Operations tab in RhinoCAM-Mops browser. We will go over the steps for creating the toolpath. Chamfering 1. www.

0 Getting Started Guide Select Machining Features/Regions 2. Copyright 1998-2008+.com 195 .mecsoft. Now. Click Select Curves as Regions. MecSoft Corporation. Go to the Machining Features/ Regions tab and click remove all if any Machining regions are listed. 3. 4. select the curve that follows the profile of the spanner as shown below. www.RhinoCAM 2.

6.com 196 .mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. www.0 Getting Started Guide 5. Copyright 1998-2008+. Right mouse click or select enter from the keypad to complete the selection. The selected region is now displayed under Machining Regions. MecSoft Corporation.

ChamferMill1 is now selected as the active tool. Select ChamferMill1. Switch to the Tools tab inside the Chamfering operation. 8. and the Tool parameters are displayed to the right of the Tools window. www. Copyright 1998-2008+.0 Getting Started Guide Selecting the Tool 7. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2.com 197 .

Select Load From Tool.com 198 . MecSoft Corporation. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. www. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined. Copyright 1998-2008+. 10.0 Getting Started Guide Set Feeds and Speeds 9.

0 Getting Started Guide Clearance Control 11.mecsoft. www.25 and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane. Set the Clearance Plane Definition to Absolute Z Value = 0. 12.RhinoCAM 2. Setting Cut Transfer to Clearance Plane would apply the Absolute Z value clearance between transfers when the tool moves from a machining region to another.com 199 . Switch to Clearance Tab. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008+.

The Chamfering toolpath is now generated and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. Click Generate. MecSoft Corporation.125.RhinoCAM 2. Max Depth/Cut = 0. 14.com 200 .0 Getting Started Guide Specifying Cut Parameters 13. Copyright 1998-2008+. Stock = 0.001. www. Switch to Cut Parameters tab. Cut Side = Outside. Set the Tolerance = 0.025. Chamfer Parameters use Chamfer Width = 0.mecsoft.

MecSoft Corporation. This would move the Chamfer MOp below the Facing MOp. 1. 2. Chamfer toolpath is now generated and is displayed below. Copyright 1998-2008+.mecsoft.com 201 .0 Getting Started Guide Note: Toolpath display can be turned on/off by selecting Toolpath Visibility under the MOps browser.RhinoCAM 2. Minimize all MOps inside the Mop Set1. you can reorder the MOp using the steps below. Reorder a Machining Operation If the chamfer operation is created above the 2 ½ axis Facing operation. www. Select the Chamfering MOp and drag it over the 2 ½ axis Facing MOp.

Once the Facing operation is simulated. MecSoft Corporation.com 202 .0 Getting Started Guide Simulate Toolpath The generated toolpath can now be simulated. www.RhinoCAM 2. Select the 2 ½ Axis Facing Operation and click to Simulate. 3. Copyright 1998-2008+. 1.mecsoft. select the Chamfering Operation and click Simulate to run the simulation. 2. Switch to the Simulate tab in the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.

Note: You can adjust the simulation speed by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located to the bottom right corner of the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide 4. Copyright 1998-2008+. www.com 203 .mecsoft. The simulated part is as shown below.

Specify the File Name as Chamfering. www. This switches back to the Create Operations tab. Select Machining Operations from the Create Operations tab and right click and select post process. 2. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008+.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft.com 204 . Post Processing 1.0 Getting Started Guide To exit the Simulation mode.nc and click Save. pause the Simulation and click Exit Simulation.

mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide The post by default is set to Haas as specified under the Post processor setup.RhinoCAM 2. The posted g code by default will be saved to the folder where the part file is located. www. MecSoft Corporation. You can change the post processor by selecting a different one from the drop down menu in the list. End of Tutorial 6! Copyright 1998-2008+.com 205 .

0 Getting Started Guide Tutorial 7: 3 Axis Milling Copyright 1998-2008+. www.com 206 .mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.

To load a part: 1.125” ball end mills.0 Getting Started Guide Introduction This tutorial will illustrate machining this Mold using 3 axis-milling operations. Preparing the part for Machining Loading the Part Model “Part” refers to the geometry that represents the final manufactured product. The stock may be held to the machine table or the spoil sheet on the table using double-sided tape or by clamps. the following steps will be followed: • • • • • • • • • Create the Stock geometry Set the Machine zero point or Locate geometry with respect to the machine coordinates Create / Select the tool used for machining Set the feeds and speeds Set the clearance plane for the non-cutting transfer moves of the cutter Select the machining regions for containing the cutter to specific areas to cut Select the machining operations and set the parameters Generate the toolpath Simulate the toolpath. The part will be machined using 0. 0. Main Programming Steps In creating programs for each setup. Reading this text will help you understand the tutorial methodology and provide information about additional options available.com 207 . You may have to repeat either all or part of these steps for subsequent operations. www. This tutorial will introduce the usage of several 3-axis operations such as horizontal roughing.mecsoft.25” & 0. Copyright 1998-2008+. parallel finishing. You can create parts within Rhino.5 inch x 1. Select File / Open from the Menu.5” flat end mill. Strategy to Machine the mold • • • • We will machine the mold completely using 3 axis-machining operations.5 x 6. MecSoft Corporation. and horizontal finishing.25-inch wood block. The part itself will be machined out of a 5. or click the Open icon from the Standard bar. Don’t forget to save your work periodically! You may want to save the file under a different name so that the original file will be preserved. The stepped instructions are accompanied by explanatory and introductory text.RhinoCAM 2.

com 208 . select the 3Axis_Example1.0 installation folder. From the Open dialog box.0 Getting Started Guide 2.RhinoCAM 2.0\Tutorials) The imported part appears as shown below Copyright 1998-2008+.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft.3dm file from the Tutorials folder in the RhinoCAM 2. (C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4. www.

Go to the RhinoCAM. 2. www.mecsoft. Set the Machine type to 3 axis.RhinoCAM 2. 3. MecSoft Corporation.MOps browser and click on the Setup tab.com 209 . Copyright 1998-2008+.0 Getting Started Guide Setup Tab 1. Select Machine Setup from the setup tab.

mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation. 5. Set the current post processor that is on your controller.0\ Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2. Select Post from the setup tab to specify the post processor options. We will select Haas as the post processor for this exercise.com 210 .0\Posts Copyright 1998-2008+. www. Note: By default post processor files are located under C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 4.

Create Stock Geometry 1. This would output the G code to a notepad. www. MecSoft Corporation. Select Create/Load stock from the setup tab and create a Box Stock.com 211 .mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008+.0 Getting Started Guide The program to send the posted output is set to notepad.RhinoCAM 2.

mecsoft. Leave the other parameters as default and click OK. MecSoft Corporation. 3. www.50. and Height (H) = 1. and a semi-transparent stock box is displayed on top of the part geometry.com 212 .RhinoCAM 2. Set the Length (L) = 5. Copyright 1998-2008+.25.50. The stock geometry is now created. Width W = 6.0 Getting Started Guide 2. This brings up the Box Stock parameters.

Copyright 1998-2008+. The setup tab now displays the following information: Machine Type.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide 4. and Stock type as show below. MecSoft Corporation.com 213 . Post Processor. www. Locate Machine Zero 1.RhinoCAM 2. The steps below help you determine the machine home (also know as machine zero or tool touch off point) for the part/stock geometry.

com 214 .0 Getting Started Guide 2. 3. choose Set to Stock Box. Under Set WCS Origin.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008+. and Zero Position to South West corner. the Zero Face to Highest Z. MecSoft Corporation. Select Locate WCS from the Setup tab. www. This sets the machine home to the top of the stock material and the southwest corner of the part geometry.

MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide Note: You can change the stock model transparency under standard mode by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located at the bottom of the MOps browser.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. www.com 215 . Copyright 1998-2008+.

0 Getting Started Guide Align Part and Stock During this step.mecsoft. Use the following settings. Select Align Part and Stock from the Setup tab In this step. www. 2. we will position the part to the bottom of the stock and center in XY. Object to Move: Move Part. Z alignment: Bottom and XY Alignment: Center.RhinoCAM 2. 1. MecSoft Corporation.com 216 . Copyright 1998-2008+. we will align the part inside the stock geometry.

The part is now aligned inside the stock as shown below.com 217 . www.mecsoft. Front View Top View Copyright 1998-2008+.0 Getting Started Guide 3.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.

RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. Set the tool name as FlatMill-0. Go to the RhinoCAM-Tools browser that is located below the RhinoCAMMOps browser and select Create/Edit Tools. www.25”) Flat End Mill. 2.5.com 218 . 1.5 and Tool Diameter = 0. Under the Properties tab.0 Getting Started Guide Create Tools To machine the above part.mecsoft. we will now create a ¼ inch (0. Copyright 1998-2008+. Select the Tool Type to Flat End Mill. set Tool Number = 1.

a.0 Getting Started Guide Setting Feeds and Speeds You can assign Feeds & Speeds to a tool or you can load from a table. c. Tool Name: BallMill-0. 6. Switch to the Feeds & Speeds tab inside the create/select tool dialog. 5. www. 4. Click Save as New Tool. Use the following settings for feeds and speeds.mecsoft. we will assign feeds and speeds to the tool. Note: You can edit the tool properties and click Save Edits to Tool to save the changes. Create a Ball End Mill with the following parameters. approach feed = 40 ipm. b. MecSoft Corporation. Set the Transfer Feedrate to Use Rapid. Switch to Feeds & Speeds tab set Spindle Speed = 5000 rpm. cut feed = 45 ipm. You can create additional tools by assigning a different name and specify the tool parameters.com 219 . 3.RhinoCAM 2.25. Copyright 1998-2008+. In this exercise. Tool Number = 2. The tool is now created and listed under Tools in Library. plunge & approach feed = 35 ipm. Click Save as New Tool. retract and departure feeds = 50 ipm.

mecsoft.com 220 .RhinoCAM 2. The created tools are now listed under the RhinoCAM-Tools browser. and Horizontal Finishing.0 Getting Started Guide 7. plunge & approach feed = 35 ipm. approach feed = 40 ipm. d. Create Machining Operations We will machine the mold using 3 different machining operations – Horizontal Roughing. Set the Transfer Feedrate to Use Rapid. www. Parallel Finishing. Tool Name: BallMill-0. MecSoft Corporation. Switch to Feeds & Speeds tab set Spindle Speed = 5000 rpm. f.125. e. Create another Ball End Mill with the following parameters. Tool Number = 3. Click Save as New Tool. retract and departure feeds = 50 ipm. Copyright 1998-2008+. cut feed = 45 ipm.

2.com 221 . This type of machining is very efficient for removing large volumes of material and is typically performed with a large tool. Copyright 1998-2008+. Switch to the Tools tab inside the 3 axis Horizontal Roughing operation and select FlatMill-0. Select 3 Axis Milling and choose Horizontal Roughing. Roughing is typically followed by semi-finishing or finishing toolpaths. 3. This brings up the 3 Axis Horizontal Roughing Operation Dialog.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. We will now go over the steps for creating the toolpath. Switch to the Create Operations tab in RhinoCAM-Mops browser. www.0 Getting Started Guide The first step in machining the mold will be a roughing operation.5. MecSoft Corporation. 3 axis Horizontal Roughing 1.

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RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008+. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab and select Load From Tool.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide 4. MecSoft Corporation. www. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined.com 223 .

com 224 . www.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. Switch to the Clearance Tab and set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide 5. Copyright 1998-2008+.

Cut Direction = Mixed. Set the Intol and Outol = 0.com 225 . 9. Stock to leave =0. 10.0 Getting Started Guide Specify Cut Parameters 8.01. Switch to the Cut Levels Tab.025. Click on the Cut Parameters tab. MecSoft Corporation. Cut Pattern to Stock Offset.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. www. Step over distance = 40 (% Tool Diameter). Copyright 1998-2008+.

Copyright 1998-2008+. Switch to the Engage/Retract tab and leave the entry/exit parameters as default. MecSoft Corporation. Step Down Control (dZ) = 50 (% Tool Diameter).mecsoft. 13. Click Generate.0 Getting Started Guide 11.com 226 . Use the Following Settings.RhinoCAM 2. a. Check Clear Flats under Cut Levels. and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. b. The 3 axis Roughing toolpath is now generated. www. 12.

select Horizontal Roughing.0 Getting Started Guide 14.RhinoCAM 2. and click Simulate to run the simulation.com 227 . Copyright 1998-2008+. Switch to Simulate tab.mecsoft. www. MecSoft Corporation.

25. A 2D linear zigzag pattern is generated on the XY plane above the part geometry. We will go over the steps for creating the pocketing operation.25” Ball End Mill. select 3 axis Milling and Parallel Finishing. following the contours of the part geometry below. 1. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008+. Switch to the Tools tab inside the Parallel Finishing operation and select BallMill-0. 2. typically used when part surfaces are relatively flat. www.0 Getting Started Guide 3 axis Parallel Finishing We will now use 3 axis Parallel Finishing operation to pre-finish the part using a 0. This brings up the Parallel Finishing Operations dialog.mecsoft. This is an efficient method of finishing or pre-finishing. From the Create Operations tab.com 228 . 3. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab and select Load From Tool. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined. The tool moves along this cut pattern.

RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. Stock to leave =0.001. Copyright 1998-2008+. www. Click on the Cut Parameters tab. 6. Specify Cut Parameters 5. Cut Direction = Mixed. Set the Tolerance to 0. Step over distance = 15 (% Tool Diameter). Switch to the Clearance Tab and set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane.mecsoft.com 229 .0 Getting Started Guide 4.

MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft.com 230 . and the Operation is listed under the 3 Axis Horizontal Roughing Operation in the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. Switch to Simulate tab. and click Simulate to run the simulation.RhinoCAM 2. 8. Copyright 1998-2008+. www.0 Getting Started Guide 7. Click Generate. select Parallel Finishing. The Parallel Finishing toolpath is now generated.

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2. Click on Grid.25 inches.com 232 .RhinoCAM 2. Preparing the part for Horizontal Finishing In preparation for the Horizontal Finishing operation. 4.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide 3 axis Horizontal Finishing We will now create a Horizontal Finishing operation for machining steep area regions. we will now create regions by extracting curves from the 3D model. Grid Snap spacing 0.25 inches. 3. Copyright 1998-2008+. MecSoft Corporation. This method is used for pre-finishing or finishing in constant Z levels. Switch to the Top View by double clicking on the Top under the Viewport. Use Minor Grid Lines every 0. www. Turn off the Stock Model and Toolpath Visibility from the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. Turn on the grid snap from the status bar and pick the first corner and second corner by snapping to 2 points on the grid as shown below. Create a rectangle by selecting the Curve ->Rectangle Corner to Corner. Note: To set Grid spacing select Tools->Options. typically used when the part has large vertical surfaces and when Parallel Finishing will not yield satisfactory results. Major lines every 4 minor grid lines. 1.

RhinoCAM 2. Switch to the Create Operations tab. We are now ready to create the horizontal finishing operation.mecsoft. 2. Select 3 axis Milling and Horizontal Finishing. www.com 233 .0 Getting Started Guide 5. 1. The created rectangle is displayed on top of the 3d model. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008+.

Select the rectangle as machining region and right click to complete the selection.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. 4. www. Copyright 1998-2008+. Go to the Machining Features/ Regions tab and click Select Curves as Regions.0 Getting Started Guide Select Machining Features/Regions 3.mecsoft.com 234 .

Click on the Cut Parameters tab. 7.RhinoCAM 2. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab and select Load From Tool. Copyright 1998-2008+. Set Intol. Specify Cut Parameters 8. Cut Direction = Climb/Conventional. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined. Switch to the Tools tab inside Horizontal Finishing operation and select BallMill-0. 6.0 Getting Started Guide 5. 9.125.mecsoft. Switch to the Clearance Tab and set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane.001. Outol = 0. MecSoft Corporation.com 235 . www.

0 Getting Started Guide 10. 13. 12. Switch to the Cut Levels tab. Set the Step Down Control (dZ) = 15 (% Tool Diameter). The Horizontal Finishing operation is now created and is listed under the MOps browser. MecSoft Corporation. www. Leave the entry/exit parameters at default.mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008+. 11. Click Generate.RhinoCAM 2.com 236 .

MecSoft Corporation. The simulated part is shown below.0 Getting Started Guide 14.mecsoft. select Horizontal Finishing. 15.RhinoCAM 2. Switch to the Simulate tab. and click Simulate to run the simulation.com 237 . Copyright 1998-2008+. www.

0 Getting Started Guide Post Processing 1. 2.nc and click save.mecsoft. Specify the File Name as 3axisMold. Select Machining Operations from the Create Operations tab and right click and select post process. The posted g code by default will be saved to the folder where the part file is located.RhinoCAM 2.com 238 . www. MecSoft Corporation. End of Tutorial 7! Copyright 1998-2008+. You can change the post processor by selecting a different one from the drop down menu in the list. The post by default is set to Haas as specified under the Post processor setup.

mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide Tutorial 8: Profiling with Bridges (Tabs) Copyright 1998-2008+.com 239 . www.

We will define bridges so that the parts do not fall off the sheet once its cut to its full depth.0 Getting Started Guide Introduction This tutorial will illustrate machining of multiple parts on a single sheet of stock using 2-1/2 milling operations. You may have to repeat either all or part of these steps for subsequent operations.mecsoft. To create a part: 1. The stepped instructions are accompanied by explanatory and introductory text.25 inch Flat End Mill. The wooden sheet will be held to the machine table or the spoil sheet on the table using fixtures/clamps. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. Don’t forget to save your work periodically! You may want to save the file under a different name so that the original file will be preserved. This creates a new session of Rhino. or click the New icon from the Standard bar. Preparing the part for Machining Creating the Part Model “Part” refers to the geometry that represents the final manufactured product. The part will be machined out of a 36 x 24 x ½ inch poplar wood sheet using a 0. Main Programming Steps In creating programs for each setup. Reading this text will help you understand the tutorial methodology and provide information about additional options available. the following steps will be followed: • • • • • • • • • • Create part geometry Create the Stock geometry Set the Machine zero point or Locate geometry with respect to the machine coordinates Create / Select the tool used for machining Set the feeds and speeds Set the clearance plane for the non-cutting transfer moves of the cutter Select the machining regions for containing the cutter to specific areas to cut Select the machining operations and set the parameters Generate the toolpath Simulate the toolpath. Strategy to Machine the part • • • • We will machine the part using a 2-½ axis profiling operation. www.com 240 . Copyright 1998-2008+. Select File / New from the Menu.

4. 7.mecsoft. Select Tools->Options from the menu bar and click on Grid. To check the model units select Tools>Options and click Units. Create a rectangle by selecting the Curve ->Rectangle Corner to Corner.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. Use the following grid settings. 3. Specify the second corner as 36. Switch to the Top View by double-clicking on the Top under the Viewport. Under the Command bar. We will now set the Grid Preferences. specify the first corner as 0. Use the following settings. 6. The part will be modeled in Inches. 5.24.com 241 . www.0. Copyright 1998-2008+.0 Getting Started Guide 2.

2.0 Getting Started Guide 8. a. Under the command bar.4.5.0. This represents the extents of our stock model in XY plane.5. c. MecSoft Corporation. specify the following parameters. Create Rounded Rectangle We will now create the part geometry to be cut out inside the sheet.5. 1. Create a rectangle by selecting the Curve ->Rectangle Corner to Corner.RhinoCAM 2.5).com 242 . A rectangle of 36” X 24” is now created and displayed on the screen. Specify First corner as 0.4 (or you could specify in absolute dimensions as 3.mecsoft. Using the mouse pointer select Rounded as shown below. Specify second corner as @3. Copyright 1998-2008+. www. b.

RhinoCAM 2. 3.25.com 243 . From the Transform Menu.0 Getting Started Guide d. select Array->Rectangular 2.25. 1. Select Objects to array: Pick the rounded rectangle. Specify Number in X direction = 9 Copyright 1998-2008+. Create Rectangular Array We will now create multiple copies of the rounded rectangle to fit it to a sheet of 36 x 24. MecSoft Corporation. This creates a rounded rectangle of size 3 x 4 and a radius of 0. www. 3.mecsoft. Right click or hit the enter key to complete the selection. Set the radius to 0.

0 Getting Started Guide 4. Specify Number in Z direction = 1 6. Set the Unit Cell or Z Spacing = 1. Set the Unit Cell or Y Spacing = 4. www.RhinoCAM 2.75 7. Set the Unit Cell or X Spacing = 3. Press Enter to accept the array. Specify Number in Y direction = 5 5.com 244 .75 8. Copyright 1998-2008+. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft.

This is available under the Tutorials folder in RhinoCAM 2.3dm file into Rhino. A total of 45 parts on a sheet of 36 x 24 9. We are now ready to generate a toolpath to machine the part. www.0 Copyright 1998-2008+. Note: You can skip the above steps for creating the part geometry by loading Profile_Tabs. The part geometry is now created. select Save and save the file under the Tutorials folder.com 245 . We will now switch to the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. From the File Menu. We now have 5 rows and 9 columns of the rounded rectangle. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide 4. 5.

2. Select Machine Setup from the setup tab.0 Getting Started Guide Setup Tab 1. Copyright 1998-2008+. 3. www.RhinoCAM 2.com 246 . Set the Machine type to 3 axis. MecSoft Corporation.MOps browser and click on the Setup tab.mecsoft. Go to the RhinoCAM.

5. Select Post from the setup tab to specify the post processor options. www. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft. We will select Haas as the post processor for this exercise. Note: By default post processor files are located under C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4. Set the current post processor that is on your controller.0\Posts Copyright 1998-2008+.RhinoCAM 2.com 247 .0\ Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 4.

Select Create/Load stock from the setup tab and create a Box Stock. Create Stock Geometry 1.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. This would output the G code to a notepad. Copyright 1998-2008+. www.com 248 .0 Getting Started Guide The program to send the posted output is set to notepad. MecSoft Corporation.

and Height (H) = 0. This brings up the Box Stock parameters.0 Getting Started Guide 2. and a semi-transparent stock box is displayed on top of the part geometry. The stock geometry is now created. www.com 249 .RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008+. Make sure to set the corner position to Southwest corner Top of Stock as shown below.mecsoft. Width W = 24. Set the Length (L) = 36. 5. 3. MecSoft Corporation.

0 Getting Started Guide 4.com 250 . Copyright 1998-2008+. www. The setup tab now displays the following information: Machine Type. 2. Locate Machine Zero 1. and Stock type as show below. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. Post Processor. The steps below help you determine the machine home (also know as machine zero or tool touch off point) for the part/stock geometry. Select Locate WCS from the Setup tab.mecsoft.

and Zero Position to South West corner.mecsoft. Under Set WCS Origin.com 251 .RhinoCAM 2. This sets the machine home to the top of the stock material and the southwest corner of the part geometry. choose Set to Stock Box. Copyright 1998-2008+. www.0 Getting Started Guide 3. the Zero Face to Highest Z. MecSoft Corporation.

0 Getting Started Guide Note: You can change the stock model transparency under standard mode by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located at the bottom of the MOps browser. and XY alignment as Center. 1.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation. we will now move the part relative to the stock. Copyright 1998-2008+.com 252 . 2. Select Align Part and Stock from the Setup tab.RhinoCAM 2. As we have set the Machine zero to the Stock Box. we can align the part and the stock geometry. Z alignment as Top. Align Part and Stock In this process. Set Object to Move as Move Part. www.

Select the Tool Type to Flat End Mill.25”) Flat End Mill.RhinoCAM 2. www. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008+. Click Save to save the work and specify a file name. Create Tools To machine the above part. The file is now saved with extension 3dm.com 253 .mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide The part geometry is aligned to the center of stock in XY and top in Z. 1. we will now create a ¼ inch (0. Go to the RhinoCAM-Tools browser that is located below the RhinoCAM-MOps browser and select Create/Edit Tools.

Under the Properties tab.25.0 Getting Started Guide 2.RhinoCAM 2. set Tool Number = 1. Copyright 1998-2008+.com 254 . Set the tool name as FlatMill-0.mecsoft. www. MecSoft Corporation.25 and Tool Diameter = 0.

Use the following settings for feeds and speeds. In this exercise. 4.0 Getting Started Guide Setting Feeds and Speeds You can assign Feeds & Speeds to a tool or you can load from a table. You can create additional tools by assigning a different name and specify the tool parameters. Note: You can edit the tool properties and click Save Edits to Tool to save the changes. www. 3. Copyright 1998-2008+. Switch to the Feeds & Speeds tab inside the create/select tool dialog.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation. 5. Click OK to close the dialog. The created tools are now listed under the RhinoCAM-Tools browser.com 255 . we will assign feeds and speeds to the tool. The tool is now created and listed under Tools in Library. Click Save as New Tool.

MecSoft Corporation. 1.0 Getting Started Guide Create Machining Operations In this process.RhinoCAM 2.5 axis profiling operation. Copyright 1998-2008+.5 Axis Mill and choose Profiling. We will go over the steps for creating the profile operation. we will create a 2.mecsoft. Select 2. Switch to the Create Operations tab in RhinoCAM-Mops browser. www. 2 ½ Axis Profiling 2.com 256 . This brings up the 2 ½ Axis Profiling Operations dialog.

4. and click Select Curves as Regions.RhinoCAM 2. select the all the rounded rectangles. www. MecSoft Corporation. Go to the Machining Features/ Regions tab. Copyright 1998-2008+.com 257 . click Remove All. Right mouse click or select enter from the keypad to complete the selection.mecsoft. From the Top View drag a window from upper left corner to the bottom right corner that encloses all the rounder rectangles. Now.0 Getting Started Guide Select Machining Features/Regions 3.

www. The selected regions are now displayed under Machining Regions.com 258 .RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008+.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide 5.

The 0. Switch to the Tools tab inside the 2 ½ Axis Profiling operation.0 Getting Started Guide Selecting the Tool 6.mecsoft. www.25” Flat End mill is now selected as the active tool and the Tool parameters are displayed to the right of the Tools window. Select the FlatMill-0.com 259 . Copyright 1998-2008+. 7. MecSoft Corporation.25.RhinoCAM 2.

mecsoft. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined. MecSoft Corporation. www. Select Load From Tool. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab.RhinoCAM 2.com 260 . Copyright 1998-2008+. 9.0 Getting Started Guide Set Feeds and Speeds 8.

0 Getting Started Guide Clearance Control 10. Setting Cut Transfer to Clearance Plane would apply the automatic Z clearance between transfers when the tool moves from a machining region to another. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008+.RhinoCAM 2.com 261 . RhinoCAM will determine a safe Z height for the Entry & Exit when set to automatic. Switch to Clearance Tab. 11. www.mecsoft. Set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane.

Set the Stock = 0. Under Cut Start Side. check Use Outside/Inside for Closed Curves and select Outside.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Specifying Cut Parameters 12. www.com 262 . 13.RhinoCAM 2. Switch to Cut Parameters tab. Copyright 1998-2008+. MecSoft Corporation.

5. We will generate the toolpath to cut to a depth of 0.51.5” in thickness.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008+.mecsoft.125.51to ensure that the part is cut to its full depth. Select the Cut Levels Tab and specify the Total Cut Depth = 0. Rough Depth/Cut = 0.0 Getting Started Guide 14. The cut depth is always set as an absolute value. www. Note: The stock material is 0.com 263 . MecSoft Corporation. Rough Depth = 0.

MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008+. www.com 264 .mecsoft. Switch to Entry/Exit Tab and set the entry and exit type to None.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Entry/Exit 15.

mecsoft. In the next step. 17. MecSoft Corporation. Switch to Advanced Cut parameters tab and check Use Bridges/Tabs. and # of Bridges on each part = 4.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008+.1. we will sort the order of machining the parts.com 265 . www. Specify bridge height = 0. bridge length = 0.6.0 Getting Started Guide Advanced Cut Parameters 16.

This would sort the toolpaths along X and then along Y. 19. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide Sorting 18. Copyright 1998-2008+.RhinoCAM 2. Note: Toolpath display can be turned on/off by selecting Toolpath Visibility under the MOps browser. 20. The 2½ Axis Profile toolpath is now generated and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.mecsoft. Set Start Angle = 0 and traverse pattern to ZigZag. www.com 266 . Switch to the Sorting tab and use Directional Sort. Click Generate.

com 267 .mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide Copyright 1998-2008+. www.RhinoCAM 2.

Note: You can adjust the simulation speed by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located to the bottom right corner of the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. The simulated part is as shown below. Copyright 1998-2008+. 3. Select the 2 ½ Axis Profiling Operation and click to Simulate. Switch to the Simulate tab in the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. www.mecsoft. 2.0 Getting Started Guide Simulate Toolpath The generated toolpath can now be simulated.com 268 . 1.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.

www.RhinoCAM 2.com 269 . This switches back to the Create Operations tab. Post Processing 1. and click Exit Simulation. Select Machining Operations from the Create Operations tab and right click and select post process. Copyright 1998-2008+. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide To exit the Simulation mode. pause the Simulation.

www. Specify the File Name as Profile_Tabs.com 270 .mecsoft.nc and click Save.0 Getting Started Guide 2. MecSoft Corporation. The posted g code by default will be saved to the folder where the part file is located. The post by default is set to Haas as specified under the Post processor setup.RhinoCAM 2. End of Tutorial 8! Copyright 1998-2008+. You can change the post processor by selecting a different one from the drop down menu in the list.

com 271 .0 Getting Started Guide Tutorial 9: Hole Making Copyright 1998-2008+.mecsoft. www. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2.

The stepped instructions are accompanied by explanatory and introductory text. MecSoft Corporation. the following steps will be followed: • • • • • • • • • Create the Stock geometry Set the Machine zero point or Locate geometry with respect to the machine coordinates Create / Select the tool used for machining Set the feeds and speeds Set the clearance plane for the non-cutting transfer moves of the cutter Select the machining regions for containing the cutter to specific areas to cut Select the machining operations and set the parameters Generate the toolpath Simulate the toolpath. it will be seen later on that we can machine this using just 2-D curves. You may have to repeat either all or part of these steps for subsequent operations. The wooden sheet will be held to the machine table or the spoil sheet on the table using clamps. www. The part will be machined out of a 7. Select File / Open from the Menu. Don’t forget to save your work periodically! You may want to save the file under a different name so that the original file will be preserved.com 272 . Even though we have created a 3-D representation of the part.5” and 0. Strategy to Machine the part • • • We will machine part by using a Hole machining operation called Drilling.25” Standard Drill bit.RhinoCAM 2. You can create parts within Rhino. Preparing the part for Machining Loading the Part Model “Part” refers to the geometry that represents the final manufactured product. Copyright 1998-2008+. The reason we are able to do this is because of the prismatic nature of this model. or click the Open icon from the Standard bar.0 Getting Started Guide Introduction This tutorial will illustrate machining holes using Drilling operations. To load a part: 1.5 x 0.25 x 8. Reading this text will help you understand the tutorial methodology and provide information about additional options available. Main Programming Steps In creating programs for each setup.mecsoft.75 inch poplar wood sheet using a 0.

com 273 .0\Tutorials) The imported part appears as shown below Copyright 1998-2008+.3dm file from the Tutorials folder in the RhinoCAM 2.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2. (C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4. www.mecsoft. select the Bitholder.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 2. From the Open dialog box. MecSoft Corporation.0 installation folder.

Copyright 1998-2008+. www. MecSoft Corporation. Select Machine Setup from the setup tab.com 274 .0 Getting Started Guide Setup Tab 1. Set the Machine type to 3 axis. 3. 2.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2.MOps browser and click on the Setup tab. Go to the RhinoCAM.

Select Post from the setup tab to specify the post processor options.mecsoft. 5.0\Posts Copyright 1998-2008+.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2.RhinoCAM 2.nc Note: By default post processor files are located under C:\Program Files \Rhinoceros 4. Set the posted file extension type to . MecSoft Corporation. We will select Haas as the post processor for this exercise.0 Getting Started Guide 4. Set the current post processor that is on your controller.com 275 . www.

This would output the G code to a notepad.com 276 .0 Getting Started Guide The program to send the posted output is set to notepad. Copyright 1998-2008+.mecsoft. www. Create Stock Geometry 1. Select Create/Load stock from the setup tab and create a Box Stock. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2.

mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008+. The stock geometry is now created.75. Width W = 8. and Height (H) = 0.50.RhinoCAM 2. Leave the other parameters as default and Click OK. MecSoft Corporation.com 277 . www.00. and a semi-transparent stock box is displayed on top of the part geometry.0 Getting Started Guide 2. 3. Set the Length (L) = 7. This brings up the Box Stock parameters.

3. Under Set WCS Origin. the Zero Face to Highest Z and Zero Position to South West corner. This sets the machine home to the top of the stock material and the southwest corner of the part geometry. Select Locate WCS from the Setup tab. choose Set to Stock Box. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008+. Locate Machine Zero 1.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. The setup tab now displays the following information: Machine Type. 2. Post Processor.0 Getting Started Guide 4. and Stock type as show below. www.com 278 . The steps below help you determine the machine home (also know as machine zero or tool touch off point) for the part/stock geometry.

RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008+. www.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Note: You can change the stock model transparency under standard mode by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located at the bottom of the MOps browser. MecSoft Corporation.com 279 .

Z alignment as Top. As we have set the Machine zero to the Stock Box.mecsoft. Select Align Part and Stock from the Setup tab 2. we can align the part and the stock geometry. Set to Object to Move as Move Part.RhinoCAM 2. www.0 Getting Started Guide Align Part and Stock In this process.com 280 . MecSoft Corporation. we will now move the part relative to the stock. 1. and XY alignment as Center Copyright 1998-2008+.

MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft. Go to the RhinoCAM-Tools browser that is located below the RhinoCAM-MOps browser and select Create/Edit Tools.RhinoCAM 2. 2. 1.0 Getting Started Guide The part geometry is aligned to the center of stock in XY and top in Z.5 and Tool Diameter = 0. Copyright 1998-2008+. www.5.com 281 . Set the tool name as Drill-0. The file is now saved with extension 3dm. Under the Properties tab. we will now create 2 tools. Click Save to save the work and specify a file name. set Tool Number = 1. Select the Tool Type to Drill Tool. Create Tools To machine the above part.

RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide

Setting Feeds and Speeds
You can assign Feeds & Speeds to a tool or you can load from a table. In this
exercise, we will assign feeds and speeds to the tool.
3. Switch to the Feeds & Speeds tab inside the create/select tool dialog.
4. Use the following settings for feeds and speeds.

5. Click Save as New Tool. The tool is now created and listed under Tools in
Library.
Note: You can edit the tool properties and click Save Edits to Tool to save the
changes. You can create additional tools by assigning a different name and specify
the tool parameters.
6. Create a second tool of type Drill. Set the Tool Name as Drill-0.25, Tool
Number = 2. Use the same settings for the other parameters and click Save
as New Tool. Click OK to close the dialog.

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The created tools are now listed under the RhinoCAM-Tools browser.

Create/Extract Regions
In order to machine the holes, we need to extract the curves from the 3d model to
select them as machining regions.
1. Select the Layer Manager from the Standard bar

2. The layer manager is now open. Set the Layer 01 as the active layer.

3. Close the Layer Manager.
4. From the Curves menu under Rhino Toolbar menu select Curve from
Objects and Duplicate Face Border.
5. The command bar will now prompt the user to select surfaces or faces for
duplicate border.

6. Select the top face (surface) on the part.

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7. The curves are now created and displayed in red on the part geometry.

Note: You can toggle the stock model display by selecting Stock Visibility that is
located at the bottom of the RhinoCAM-MOps Browser

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Create Machining Operations
In this process, we will create a 2.5 axis profiling operation.
1. Switch to the Create Operations tab in RhinoCAM-Mops browser.

Hole Machining
2. Select Hole Machining and choose Drilling.

This brings up the Drilling Operations dialog. We will go over the steps for
creating the toolpath.

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Select Hole Features

3. Go to the Hole Features tab and click Select Drill Points/Circles.

4. Switch to the Top view and select the larger radius circles by using the
rectangular selection as indicated below.

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5. Right mouse click or select enter from the keypad to complete the selection.
6. The selected regions are now displayed under Hole Features.

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Selecting the Tool
7. Switch to the Tools tab inside the Drilling operation.

8. Select the Drill-0.5. The 0.5” Drill is now selected as the active tool and the
Tool parameters are displayed to the right of the Tools window.

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Set Feeds and Speeds

9. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab.

10. Select Load From Tool. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds
information that was set when the tool was defined.

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RhinoCAM 2. Set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Clearance Control 11. Copyright 1998-2008+. MecSoft Corporation. 12. Switch to Clearance Tab. Setting Cut Transfer to Clearance Plane would apply the automatic Z clearance between transfers when the tool moves from a machining region to another. RhinoCAM will determine a safe Z height for the Entry & Exit when set to automatic. www.com 290 .

Switch to Cut Parameters tab. Check Add Tool Tip to Drill Depth. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide Specifying Cut Parameters 13. Note: Adding Tool Tip to Drill Depth adds the taper height of the drill tool to the drill depth to make it a through hole.com 291 . Location of Cut Geometry – At Top. and Approach Distance = 0. Drill Depth = 0. Set the Drill Type to Standard Drill. Copyright 1998-2008+. www.mecsoft.1.75.RhinoCAM 2. 14.

The holes will now be sorted row first starting from the lowest point moving up in Y in a ZigZag pattern. MecSoft Corporation. 16. Secondary Sort direction (s) – Low to High and Traverse Pattern to ZigZag. Select the Sorting Tab. leave the primary sort direction Start Angle = 0. Use Directional Sort. Click Generate. and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. The Drilling toolpath is now generated. Note: Toolpath display can be turned on/off by selecting Toolpath Visibility under the MOps browser. Copyright 1998-2008+.0 Getting Started Guide 15.com 292 .RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. www.

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Note: You can adjust the simulation speed by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located to the bottom right corner of the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Simulate Toolpath The generated toolpath can now be simulated. www. MecSoft Corporation. 1. Select the 2 ½ Axis Profiling Operation and click to Simulate.mecsoft.com 294 . 2. The simulated part is as shown below. Switch to the Simulate tab in the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. Copyright 1998-2008+. 3.

Copyright 1998-2008+. pause the Simulation and click Exit Simulation.RhinoCAM 2. This switches back to the Create Operations tab.mecsoft. www.com 295 . MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide To exit the Simulation mode.

6.0 Getting Started Guide Creating the Drill operation for the 0. Select the Standard Drill Operation created from the previous step. www. Copyright 1998-2008+. Switch to the Create operations tab 2. right mouse click. Now use Select Drill Points/Circles and select the smaller radius circles using the rectangular select as shown below.mecsoft. 5. Right click and select Paste. 3. Click Remove All from the Hole Features Dialog to remove all the regions from the list. MecSoft Corporation. 7. Double click on the Standard Drill-1 to edit the Hole Features. 4.com 296 . This would create a copy of the Drilling Operation and lists below the first pocketing operation as show below.RhinoCAM 2.25” Holes 1. and select Copy.

10. 12. Copyright 1998-2008+. 9.25. Switch to Simulate tab and select Drill Operation-1 and click to simulate toolpath.RhinoCAM 2.com 297 . The toolpath for Drill Operation-1 is now generated. Click Generate. The selected regions are now displayed under Hole Features.mecsoft. www. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide 8. Switch to the Tools tab under the Drilling Operations dialog and select Drill0. Right mouse click or select enter from the keypad to complete the selection. 11.

MecSoft Corporation. www. End of Tutorial 9! Copyright 1998-2008+.0 Getting Started Guide Post Processing 1. 2. Select Machining Operations from the Create Operations tab and right click and select post process.com 298 . Specify the File Name as Drilling.mecsoft. The post by default is set to Haas as specified under the Post processor setup. The posted g code by default will be saved to the folder where the part file is located.nc and click Save.RhinoCAM 2. You can change the post processor by selecting a different one from the drop down menu in the list.

www. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Tutorial 10: Re-Machining a 3D Mold Copyright 1998-2008+.com 299 .RhinoCAM 2.

Select File / Open from the Menu.0 Getting Started Guide Introduction This tutorial will illustrate machining this Mold using advanced 3 axis-milling operations.5 x 5 inch x 1. However. The stepped instructions are accompanied by explanatory and introductory text. Preparing the part for Machining “Part” refers to the geometry that represents the final manufactured product.5” flat end mill. if you prefer to work straight through the steps without any additional reading. Strategy to Machine the mold • • • • We will machine the mold completely using 3 axis-machining operations. Reading this text will help you understand the tutorial methodology and provide information about additional options available. You can create parts within RhinoCAM. The part will be machined using 0. 1. or click the Open icon from the Standard bar. Main Programming Steps In creating programs for each setup. The part itself will be machined out of a 5. The stock may be held to the machine table or the spoil sheet on the table using double-sided tape or by clamps. MecSoft Corporation. 0. Copyright 1998-2008+. You may have to repeat either all or part of these steps for subsequent operations.25” & 0. but it is more typical to import geometry created in another CAD system.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2.25-inch wood block.com 300 . This tutorial will introduce the usage of advanced 3-axis operations such as pencil tracing & valley remachining. look for the following symbol: Don’t forget to save your work periodically! You may want to save the file under a different name so that the original file will be preserved.125” ball end mills. www. the following steps will be followed: • Create the Stock geometry • Set the Machine zero point or Locate geometry with respect to the machine coordinates • Create / Select the tool used for machining • Set the feeds and speeds • Set the clearance plane for the non-cutting transfer moves of the cutter • Select the machining regions for containing the cutter to specific areas to cut • Select the machining operations and set the parameters • Generate the toolpath • Simulate the toolpath.

This would ensure the next machining operation created would below the Parallel Finishing toolpath. We will now use remachining to finish the mold using 2 different machining operations – Pencil Tracing and Valley Re-Machining. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft. From the Open dialog box.0\Tutorials) Create Machining Operations Note: The part is pre-programmed with 2 machining operations.3dm file from the Tutorials folder in the RhinoCAM 2.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2. Highlight the Parallel Finishing operation in the Create operations tab. select the 3Axis_Example2. Copyright 1998-2008+.com 301 .0 installation folder. 3 axis Pencil Tracing 1. Switch to the Create Operations tab in RhinoCAM-Mops browser. Horizontal Roughing and Parallel Finishing. (C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4.0 Getting Started Guide 2. www.RhinoCAM 2.

MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008+. www. Select 3 Axis Milling and choose Pencil Tracing. 4.125.0 Getting Started Guide 2. This brings up the 3 Axis Pencil Tracing Operation Dialog. Switch to the Tools tab inside the Pencil Tracing operation and select BallMill0.com 302 . We will now go over the steps for creating the toolpath.RhinoCAM 2. 3.

com 303 . RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008+. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide 5. www. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab and select Load From Tool.mecsoft.

RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008+.com 304 .0 Getting Started Guide 6. Switch to the Clearance Tab and set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft. www.

Set the Intol and Outol = 0. 2. Copyright 1998-2008+.0 Getting Started Guide Specify Cut Parameters 1. Select Do multiple cuts and set Number of Cuts = 2 and Step over control = 20 (% Tool Diameter).001.RhinoCAM 2. Stock to leave =0. Cut Direction to Climb.0. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft. Click on the Cut Parameters tab. www.com 305 .

RhinoCAM 2.com 306 . www. Copyright 1998-2008+. a. Limiting Steep Angle = 90 and Maximum included angle =180. Use the Following Settings.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide Advanced Cut parameters 3. 4. Switch to the advanced cut parameters Tab.

0 Getting Started Guide Entry/Exit 5.com 307 . www.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. Switch to the Entry/Exit tab and use the following settings. Copyright 1998-2008+.

mecsoft. 7.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008+. The 3-axis Pencil Tracing toolpath is now generated. Switch to the Exit Tab and set the Retract motion length = 0. Click Generate.025 and Angle = 10. www.0 Getting Started Guide 6. and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.com 308 .

www.0 Getting Started Guide 8.mecsoft. Switch to Simulate tab.com 309 . and click Simulate to run the simulation. select Pencil Trace. Copyright 1998-2008+.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.

www.0 Getting Started Guide 3 axis Valley Re-Machining We will now use 3 axis Valley Re-Machining operation to finish the part using a 0. Switch to the Clearance Tab and set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane. Specify Cut Control 1. 2. 1. Click on the cut control tab. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab and select Load From Tool.125. This brings up the Valley Re-Machining Operations dialog. MecSoft Corporation. 6. Under Reference Tool Parameters set Tool Diameter (D) = 0. Stock to leave =0. 2.RhinoCAM 2. 5. We will go over the steps for creating the pocketing operation.com 310 . select 3 axis Milling and Valley Re-Machining. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined. 4.25 (This is the diameter of the tool that was used for parallel finishing). Set the Tolerance to 0.mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008+. Click on the Cut control tab. Switch to the Tools tab inside the Parallel Finishing operation and select BallMill-0.125” Ball End Mill. 3. From the Create Operations tab.001.

Use Split Cuts under slope Control. Select Output Flat and Steep Cuts.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.com 311 . 2. Specify the Cuts Split Angle (A) = 10 3.mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008+.0 Getting Started Guide Specify Cutting Parameters 1. Click on the Cutting Parameters tab. www.

Select Cut Pattern as Across. 7.mecsoft. 5. www. Cut Direction as Along.0 Getting Started Guide 4. Select Flat Cut Parameters.RhinoCAM 2.com 312 . Select Steep Cut Parameters. Cut Direction as Along. Cut Direction as Mixed and specify Step Over control = 20 (% tool diameter). Select Cut Pattern as Along. MecSoft Corporation. Cut Direction as Mixed and specify Step Over control = 20 (% tool diameter). 6. Copyright 1998-2008+.

Post Processing Copyright 1998-2008+. and the Operation is listed in the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 8. and click Simulate to run the simulation.com 313 . MecSoft Corporation. www.mecsoft. Switch to Simulate tab. Partial view of the Valley Re-machining toolpath 9. select Valley Remachining. The Valley Remachining toolpath is now generated. Click Generate.

mecsoft. www.nc and click save.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. You can change the post processor by selecting a different one from the drop down menu in the list. Select Machining Operations from the Create Operations tab and right click and select post process.0 Getting Started Guide 1. End of Tutorial 10! Copyright 1998-2008+. 2.com 314 . Specify the File Name as 3axisMold2. The posted g code by default will be saved to the folder where the part file is located. The post by default is set to Haas as specified under the Post processor setup.

com 315 .0 Getting Started Guide Tutorial 11: Machining a Ring Copyright 1998-2008+. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft. www.RhinoCAM 2.

The part itself will be machined out of a cylindrical blank. Main Programming Steps In creating programs for each setup.RhinoCAM 2. Don’t forget to save your work periodically! You may want to save the file under a different name so that the original file will be preserved. Select File / Open from the Menu. To load a part: 1. You can create parts within Rhino. www.0625” ball end mills. the following steps will be followed: • • • • • • • • • Create the Stock geometry Set the Machine zero point or Locate geometry with respect to the machine coordinates. This tutorial will introduce the usage of several 4-axis operations such as 4 axis roughing and finishing.125” and 0.0\Tutorials) The imported part appears as shown below Copyright 1998-2008+. Reading this text will help you understand the tutorial methodology and provide information about additional options available. Strategy to Machine the ring • • • • We will machine the ring completely using 4 axis-machining operations. You may have to repeat either all or part of these steps for subsequent operations.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2. (C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4. MecSoft Corporation. 2. Preparing the part for Machining Loading the Part Model “Part” refers to the geometry that represents the final manufactured product. The stock will be held to the machine table using a rotary chuck. or click the Open icon from the Standard bar. The stepped instructions are accompanied by explanatory and introductory text. The part will be machined using 0.3dm file from the Tutorials folder in the RhinoCAM 2. Set the rotary axis and rotary center. select the RingExample_1.0 installation folder.com 316 . Create / Select the tool used for machining Set the feeds and speeds Set the clearance plane for the non-cutting transfer moves of the cutter Select the machining operations and set the parameters Generate the toolpath Simulate the toolpath.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Introduction This tutorial will illustrate machining this Ring using 4 axis-milling operations. From the Open dialog box.

MOps browser and click on the Setup tab. www.com 317 .0 Getting Started Guide Setup Tab 1. 2. MecSoft Corporation. Go to the RhinoCAM. Select Machine Setup from the setup tab. Copyright 1998-2008+.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2.

Copyright 1998-2008+. Set the Machine type to 4 Axis and Rotary Axis to X Axis. We will set the Rotary Center once we determine the Machine Zero.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation. For most controllers rotation along X represents A axis and rotation along Y represents B axis. www. Select Post from the setup tab to specify the post processor options. 4.com 318 .0 Getting Started Guide 3.RhinoCAM 2.

com 319 .0 Getting Started Guide 5. We will select Haas as the post processor for this exercise. Copyright 1998-2008+. MecSoft Corporation. www. Create Stock Geometry 1.RhinoCAM 2. Note: By default post processor files are located under C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4.0\ Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2.0\Posts The program to send the posted output is set to notepad. Set the current post processor that is on your controller. Select Create/Load stock from the setup tab and create a Cylinder Stock. This would output the G code to a notepad.mecsoft.

Leave the other parameters as default and click OK. MecSoft Corporation.866142.56” and Length (L) = 0. Radius = 0.com 320 . www.0 Getting Started Guide 2. The stock geometry is now created. Copyright 1998-2008+. and a semi-transparent stock is displayed on top of the part geometry. This brings up the Cylinder Stock parameters.RhinoCAM 2. 3.mecsoft. Set the Axis (rotary) = X.

0 Getting Started Guide Perspective (Isometric) View Front View 4. www.mecsoft. You must switch the simulation model to Polygonal model to run 4 axis simulations. MecSoft Corporation. Select Preferences->Simulation Preferences from the Setup Tab and switch the simulation model to Polygonal if set to Voxel.com 321 .RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008+.

0 Getting Started Guide 5. MecSoft Corporation. Post Processor. and Stock type as show below.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. www.com 322 . Copyright 1998-2008+. The setup tab now displays the following information: Machine Type.

Select Locate WCS from the Setup tab. 3. 2. The steps below help you determine the machine home (also know as machine zero or tool touch off point) for the part/stock geometry. Copyright 1998-2008+. MecSoft Corporation. This sets the machine home to the top of the stock material and the right most edge of the part geometry.0 Getting Started Guide Locate Machine Zero 1.mecsoft. and Zero Position to East.com 323 . www. choose Set to Stock Box. the Zero Face to Highest Z.RhinoCAM 2. Under Set WCS Origin.

0 Getting Started Guide Perspective View Front View Copyright 1998-2008+.mecsoft.com 324 .RhinoCAM 2. www. MecSoft Corporation.

www. Copyright 1998-2008+. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft. Align Part and Stock During this step.0 Getting Started Guide Note: You can change the stock model transparency under standard mode by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located at the bottom of the MOps browser.com 325 . Select Align Part and Stock from the Setup tab In this step. 1. we will align the part inside the stock geometry.RhinoCAM 2. we will position the part to the center of the stock in XY & Z. Object to Move: Move Part. 2. Z alignment: Center and XY Alignment: Center. Use the following settings.

RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 3. www.com 326 .mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008+. The part is now aligned inside the stock as shown below. MecSoft Corporation.

Set the rotary center in X and Y = 0 and Z = -0.12”. www.com 327 . 2.0 Getting Started Guide Perspective View Front View Specify Rotary Center In this step we will determine the rotary center for the part geometry. The rotary center must pass thro’ the entire part geometry. Select Machine Setup from the setup tab. 1. RhinoCAM will not compute a toolpath if the part/feature is below the rotary center as this is considered as an undercuts in the part. the stock diameter is 1. In the above example.RhinoCAM 2. The rotary center is represented by an arrow and displayed on the part geometry when the Machine Setup Dialog is invoked. MecSoft Corporation.56 which is the center of the stock geometry. Copyright 1998-2008+.mecsoft.

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MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide Create Tools To machine the above part. 1. set Tool Number = 1. Under the Properties tab.RhinoCAM 2. Go to the RhinoCAM-Tools browser that is located below the RhinoCAM-MOps browser and select Create/Edit Tools. we will now create a 0. Copyright 1998-2008+.0625” Ball End Mill.125 and Tool Diameter = 0.com 329 .125” Ball End Mill and a 0. 2. www. Select the Tool Type to Ball End Mill.125. Set the tool name as BallMill-0.mecsoft.

4. Switch to Feeds & Speeds tab set Spindle Speed = 5000 rpm. The created tools are now listed under the RhinoCAM-Tools browser. Set the Transfer Feedrate to Use Rapid. The tool is now created and listed under Tools in Library. Click Save as New Tool.0625. retract and departure feeds = 20 ipm. 6. Switch to the Feeds & Speeds tab inside the create/select tool dialog. You can create additional tools by assigning a different name and specify the tool parameters. we will assign feeds and speeds to the tool. b. MecSoft Corporation. cut feed = 30 ipm.mecsoft. www.0 Getting Started Guide Setting Feeds and Speeds You can assign Feeds & Speeds to a tool or you can load from a table. Click Save as New Tool. 3. Tool Number = 2. plunge. Tool Name: BallMill-0. In this exercise. Note: You can edit the tool properties and click Save Edits to Tool to save the changes. c. Copyright 1998-2008+.com 330 . approach & engage feed = 20 ipm.RhinoCAM 2. a. 5. Use the following settings for feeds and speeds. Create a 2nd Ball End Mill with the following parameters.

Select 4 Axis Milling and choose Roughing. The first step in machining the ring will be a roughing operation. Copyright 1998-2008+. The spacing between these levels are specified by the user. In this cut method.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Create Machining Operations We will machine the ring using 2 different machining operations – 4 axis Roughing and Finishing. 4 axis Roughing 1.com 331 .mecsoft. the tool cuts the stock in successive levels. MecSoft Corporation. This type of machining is very efficient for removing large volumes of material and is typically performed with a large tool. www. Switch to the Create Operations tab in RhinoCAM-Mops browser. Roughing is typically followed by semi-finishing or finishing toolpaths.

com 332 . Switch to the Tools tab inside the 4th axis Roughing operation and select BallMill0.RhinoCAM 2. Note: You can check Do no show this dialog again to stop the warning message appearing again when you create/edit a 4 axis machining operation.0 Getting Started Guide If the rotary center is not set to the same location as the Machine Zero. 3. Copyright 1998-2008+. This brings up the 4 Axis Roughing Operation Dialog.125. MecSoft Corporation. Users can override this message by clicking OK in the dialog. We will now go over the steps for creating the toolpath.mecsoft. a warning message dialog would be displayed at all times when a 4 axis machining operation is selected. 2. www.

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4. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab and select Load From Tool. RhinoCAM will now
get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined.

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5. Switch to the Clearance Tab and set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic
and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane.

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Specify Cut Parameters
6. Click on the Cut Parameters tab.
7. Set the Intol and Outol = 0.001, Stock to leave =0.005, Cut Pattern to Across
Axis, Zig Zag and Low to High, Cut Containment Low Value = -0.866142,
High Value = 0 (as the machine zero is set to the right edge of the stock/ part),
Step over distance = 25 (% Tool Diameter).

8. Switch to the Step Down Control Tab.

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Step Down Control

9. Use the Following Settings.
a. Cut Levels, Check Top (T) and specify Top (T) = 0.56 (radius of
stock material)
b. Step Down Control (dR) = 75 (% Tool Diameter).

10. Click Generate. The 4th axis Roughing toolpath is now generated, and the
Operation is listed under the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.

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11. Switch to Simulate tab, select 4 Axis Roughing, and click Simulate to run the
simulation.

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4 axis Finishing
We will now use 4th Axis Finishing operation to finish the part using a 0.0625” Ball
End Mill.

In this method, the tool is always normal to the axis of table rotation (continuous
mode). The tool motions can be parallel to or normal to the rotation axis.
From the Create Operations tab, select 4 axis Milling and 4 Axis Finishing.

This brings up the Finishing Operations dialog. We will go over the steps for
creating the pocketing operation.
1. Switch to the Tools tab inside the 4 Axis Finishing operation dialog and select
BallMill-0.0625.

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2. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab and select Load From Tool. RhinoCAM will now
get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined.
3. Switch to the Clearance Tab and set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic
and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane.

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Specify Cut Parameters
4. Click on the Cut Parameters tab.
5. Set the Tolerance to 0.001, Stock to leave =0, Cut Pattern = Along Axis, Zig
Zag, Low to High, Set Cut Containment Low Value = -0.7, High Value = -0.1,
Step over distance = 10 (% Tool Diameter).

6. Click Generate. The Finishing toolpath is now generated, and the Operation is
listed under the 4th Axis Roughing Operation in the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.

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RhinoCAM 2. Select Machining Operations from the Create Operations tab and right click and select post process. End of Tutorial 11! Copyright 1998-2008+.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Post Processing 1. www. MecSoft Corporation. 2. The posted g code by default will be saved to the folder where the part file is located. Specify the File Name as Ring. The post by default is set to Haas as specified under the Post processor setup.com 343 . You can change the post processor by selecting a different one from the drop down menu in the list.nc and click save.

mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Tutorial 12: Engraving on a Cylinder Copyright 1998-2008+. MecSoft Corporation. www.RhinoCAM 2.com 344 .

Main Programming Steps In creating programs for each setup. or click the Open icon from the Standard bar.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2. (C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4.0 installation folder. Create / Select the tool used for machining Set the feeds and speeds Set the clearance plane for the non-cutting transfer moves of the cutter Select the machining operations and set the parameters Generate the toolpath Simulate the toolpath. select the 4Axis_Engrave. The stock will be held to the machine table using a rotary chuck. You may have to repeat either all or part of these steps for subsequent operations. You can create parts within Rhino. Strategy to engrave text on a cylinder • • • • We will machine the ring completely using 4 axis-machining operations. From the Open dialog box. www. The part itself will be machined out of a cylindrical blank.com 345 .mecsoft. Preparing the part for Machining Loading the Part Model “Part” refers to the geometry that represents the final manufactured product. Set the rotary axis and rotary center.0 Getting Started Guide Introduction This tutorial will illustrate engraving text on a cylinder using a 4 Axis Engraving operation. MecSoft Corporation. The part will be machined using 15deg V-Bit.0\Tutorials) The imported part appears as shown below Copyright 1998-2008+. The stepped instructions are accompanied by explanatory and introductory text.RhinoCAM 2. Select File / Open from the Menu.3dm file from the Tutorials folder in the RhinoCAM 2. Don’t forget to save your work periodically! You may want to save the file under a different name so that the original file will be preserved. To load a part: 1. Reading this text will help you understand the tutorial methodology and provide information about additional options available. 2. the following steps will be followed: • • • • • • • • • Create the Stock geometry Set the Machine zero point or Locate geometry with respect to the machine coordinates.

0 Getting Started Guide Setup Tab 1.MOps browser and click on the Setup tab. Go to the RhinoCAM.mecsoft. 2. Copyright 1998-2008+. www.RhinoCAM 2.com 346 . Select Machine Setup from the setup tab. MecSoft Corporation.

We will set the Rotary Center once we determine the Machine Zero. For most controllers rotation along X represents A axis and rotation along Y represents B axis. We will select Haas as the post processor for this exercise.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. Set the current post processor that is on your controller. 4. www.0 Getting Started Guide 3. Set the Machine type to 4 Axis and Rotary Axis to X Axis. Note: By default post processor files are located under Copyright 1998-2008+.mecsoft.com 347 . Select Post from the setup tab to specify the post processor options. 5.

com 348 . www.RhinoCAM 2. Create Stock Geometry 1. Radius = 1” and Length (L) = 8”. Leave the other parameters as default and click OK.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation. Select Create/Load stock from the setup tab and create a Cylinder Stock.0 Getting Started Guide C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4. Copyright 1998-2008+.0\Posts The program to send the posted output is set to notepad. 2. This would output the G code to a notepad. Set the Axis (rotary) = X.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2. This brings up the Cylinder Stock parameters.

Copyright 1998-2008+. You must switch the simulation model to Polygonal model to run 4 axis simulations. 4. Select Preferences->Simulation Preferences from the Setup Tab and switch the simulation model to Polygonal if set to Voxel. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 3.mecsoft. The stock geometry is now created. and a semi-transparent stock is displayed on top of the part geometry.com 349 . www.

com 350 . Post Processor.RhinoCAM 2. and Stock type as show below.0 Getting Started Guide 5. www. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008+. The setup tab now displays the following information: Machine Type.mecsoft.

mecsoft. The steps below help you determine the machine home (also know as machine zero or tool touch off point) for the part/stock geometry.0 Getting Started Guide Locate Machine Zero 1. Select Locate WCS from the Setup tab. choose Set to Stock Box. 2. This sets the machine home to the center of the stock material and the left most edge of the part geometry. Copyright 1998-2008+.com 351 . Under Set WCS Origin. www.RhinoCAM 2. and Zero Position to West. the Zero Face to Mid Z. MecSoft Corporation. 3.

Copyright 1998-2008+.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation. www.0 Getting Started Guide Note: You can change the stock model transparency under standard mode by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located at the bottom of the MOps browser.com 352 .

0 Getting Started Guide Align Part and Stock During this step. www. 2. Select Align Part and Stock from the Setup tab In this step. MecSoft Corporation.com 353 . we will align the part inside the stock geometry. we will position the part to the center of the stock in XY and Z. Copyright 1998-2008+. Use the following settings. Z alignment: Center and XY Alignment: Center. Object to Move: Move Part.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. 1.

The rotary center must pass thro’ the entire part geometry. www.RhinoCAM 2. Y and Z = 0 which is the center of the stock geometry. 2. Copyright 1998-2008+. MecSoft Corporation.com 354 . RhinoCAM will not compute a toolpath if the part/feature is below the rotary center as this is considered as an undercuts in the part. Select Machine Setup from the setup tab.0 Getting Started Guide Specify Rotary Center In this step we will determine the rotary center for the part geometry.mecsoft. Set the rotary center in X. The rotary center is represented by an arrow and displayed on the part geometry when the Machine Setup Dialog is invoked. 1. In this tutorial both the Machine Zero and the Rotary center are at the same location.

MecSoft Corporation. www. Tool Length = 1. Copyright 1998-2008+. Set the tool name as VeeMill1. Under the Properties tab set Tool Number = 1.RhinoCAM 2. Flute Length = 0. Select the Tool Type to VeeMill. Go to the RhinoCAM-Tools browser that is located below the RhinoCAM-MOps browser and select Create/Edit Tools. 2.0 Getting Started Guide Create Tools To machine the above part.com 355 .5. Taper Angle = 7.5.mecsoft. we will now create a 15 deg V-Bit. 1.

mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Setting Feeds and Speeds You can assign Feeds & Speeds to a tool or you can load from a table.com 356 . www. MecSoft Corporation. In this exercise. 3.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008+. Switch to the Feeds & Speeds tab inside the create/select tool dialog. we will assign feeds and speeds to the tool. 4. Use the following settings for feeds and speeds.

RhinoCAM 2. Switch to the Create Operations tab in RhinoCAM-Mops browser. This method machines text or logos by following the contours of the selected regions by projecting the text onto the cylinder. Note: You can edit the tool properties and click Save Edits to Tool to save the changes. www. Create Machining Operations We will engrave the text on the cylinder using 4 Axis Engraving. The created tools are now listed under the RhinoCAM-Tools browser.com 357 . The tool is now created and listed under Tools in Library.0 Getting Started Guide 5. MecSoft Corporation. You can create additional tools by assigning a different name and specify the tool parameters. Copyright 1998-2008+. Click Save as New Tool.mecsoft.

www. If the rotary center is not set to the same location as the Machine Zero.mecsoft. Users can override this message by clicking OK in the dialog.0 Getting Started Guide 4 Axis Engraving 1. a warning message dialog would be displayed at all times when a 4 axis machining operation is selected. Copyright 1998-2008+. Select 4 Axis Milling and choose Engraving.com 358 .RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.

com 359 .mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide Note: You can check Do no show this dialog again to stop the warning message appearing again when you create/edit a 4 axis machining operation. not by letters) and must be selected separately. Go to the Machining Features/ Regions tab and click Select Curves as Regions. 2. and ’0’. select the text by using the left mouse click.RhinoCAM 2. starting from left to right. This brings up the 4 Axis Engraving Operation Dialog. We will now go over the steps for creating the toolpath. Select Machining Features/Regions 3. www. Now. 4. Make sure to get the inner curves on the letters ‘R’. Copyright 1998-2008+. Each curve is separate (by curves.’A’.

Copyright 1998-2008+. 7. The selected regions are now displayed under Machining Regions. Right mouse click or select enter from the keypad to complete the selection. 6. Switch to the Tools tab inside the 4th Axis Engraving operation and select VeeMill1.0 Getting Started Guide 5.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. www.com 360 . MecSoft Corporation.

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com 362 . Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab and select Load From Tool.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008+.0 Getting Started Guide 8. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined. MecSoft Corporation. www.

mecsoft. www. Switch to the Clearance Tab and set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane.0 Getting Started Guide 9. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008+.RhinoCAM 2.com 363 .

MecSoft Corporation. The 4 axis Engraving toolpath is now generated. Copyright 1998-2008+. Check Project Curve(s) to Model.001. Total depth = 0. 12.1”). and R Depth (Rf) = 0. Set the Tolerance = 0. Click Generate.com 364 . and the Operation is listed under the RhinOCAM-MOps browser.0 Getting Started Guide Specify Cut Parameters 10. 11. www. Click on the Cut Parameters tab.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft.05 (this is the depth/pass. Check Finishing Passes and set # of finishing passes = 2.

select 4 Axis Engraving. Switch to Simulate tab.0 Getting Started Guide 13. www. Copyright 1998-2008+.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. and click Simulate to run the simulation.com 365 .

Select Machining Operations from the Create Operations tab and right click and select post process.com 366 . MecSoft Corporation. The post by default is set to Haas as specified under the Post processor setup. You can change the post processor by selecting a different one from the drop down menu Copyright 1998-2008+.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. Specify the File Name as 4AxisEngrave.0 Getting Started Guide Post Processing 1.nc and click save. 2. www.

0 Getting Started Guide in the list.com 367 .RhinoCAM 2. End of Tutorial 12! Copyright 1998-2008+.mecsoft. www. MecSoft Corporation. The posted g code by default will be saved to the folder where the part file is located.

0 Getting Started Guide Tutorial 13: Machining a Ring Copyright 1998-2008+.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft.com 368 . www.

To load a part: 1. (C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4. Main Programming Steps In creating programs for each setup. MecSoft Corporation. Create / Select the tool used for machining Set the feeds and speeds Set the clearance plane for the non-cutting transfer moves of the cutter Select the machining operations and set the parameters Generate the toolpath Simulate the toolpath. This tutorial will introduce the usage of several 4-axis operations such as 4 axis roughing and finishing. The stepped instructions are accompanied by explanatory and introductory text. The part will be machined using 0. or click the Open icon from the Standard bar. The part itself will be machined out of a cylindrical blank. Reading this text will help you understand the tutorial methodology and provide information about additional options available. Set the rotary axis and rotary center. The stock will be held to the machine table using a rotary chuck.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft.com 369 .RhinoCAM 2.3dm file from the Tutorials folder in the RhinoCAM 2. Preparing the part for Machining Loading the Part Model “Part” refers to the geometry that represents the final manufactured product. Select File / Open from the Menu.03125’ ball end mills. 2. You may have to repeat either all or part of these steps for subsequent operations. www.0625” and 0. Don’t forget to save your work periodically! You may want to save the file under a different name so that the original file will be preserved. select the RingExample_2.0 Getting Started Guide Introduction This tutorial will illustrate machining this Ring using 4 axis-milling operations. From the Open dialog box. You can create parts within Rhino. Strategy to Machine the ring • • • • We will machine the ring completely using 4 axis-machining operations. the following steps will be followed: • • • • • • • • • Create the Stock geometry Set the Machine zero point or Locate geometry with respect to the machine coordinates.0 installation folder.0\Tutorials) The imported part appears as shown below Copyright 1998-2008+.

mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. www. Go to the RhinoCAM.com 370 .0 Getting Started Guide Setup Tab 1. Copyright 1998-2008+.MOps browser and click on the Setup tab. MecSoft Corporation.

3.com 371 .0 Getting Started Guide 2. We will set the Rotary Center once we determine the Machine Zero. Select Machine Setup from the setup tab. www. 4.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation. Select Post from the setup tab to specify the post processor options. Set the Machine type to 4 axis and Rotary Axis to X axis.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008+. For most controllers rotation along X represents A axis and rotation along Y represents B axis.

Set the current post processor that is on your controller. Note: By default post processor files are located under C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4. This would output the G code to a notepad. We will select Haas as the post processor for this exercise. www.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008+. Create Stock Geometry 1.mecsoft. Select Create/Load stock from the setup tab and create a Cylinder Stock.0\Posts The program to send the posted output is set to notepad.0 Getting Started Guide 5. MecSoft Corporation.com 372 .

The stock geometry is now created. www. and a semi-transparent stock is displayed on top of the part geometry.0 Getting Started Guide 2. Leave the other parameters as default and click OK. Set the Axis (rotary) = X. MecSoft Corporation.48” and Length (L) = 0. 3.RhinoCAM 2. Radius = 0.com 373 .mecsoft.4. Copyright 1998-2008+. This brings up the Cylinder Stock parameters.

RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008+.0 Getting Started Guide Perspective View Front View 4.com 374 . Select Preferences->Simulation Preferences from the Setup Tab and switch the simulation model to Polygonal if set to Voxel. You must switch the simulation model to Polygonal model to run 4 axis simulations. www.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation.

The setup tab now displays the following information: Machine Type. www.mecsoft. Post Processor.com 375 .0 Getting Started Guide 5. Copyright 1998-2008+. and Stock type as show below. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2.

This sets the machine home to the top of the stock material and the right most edge of the part geometry. Select Locate WCS from the Setup tab. 2.com 376 . Under Set WCS Origin. and Zero Position to East. www. 3. the Zero Face to Highest Z.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Locate Machine Zero 1. The steps below help you determine the machine home (also know as machine zero or tool touch off point) for the part/stock geometry. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. choose Set to Stock Box. Copyright 1998-2008+.

MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. www.mecsoft.com 377 .0 Getting Started Guide Perspective View Front View Copyright 1998-2008+.

we will position the part to the center of the stock in XY & Z.RhinoCAM 2. Object to Move: Move Part. Align Part and Stock During this step. www. 1. Copyright 1998-2008+. 2.0 Getting Started Guide Note: You can change the stock model transparency under standard mode by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located at the bottom of the MOps browser. Select Align Part and Stock from the Setup tab In this step.mecsoft. we will align the part inside the stock geometry. MecSoft Corporation. Z alignment: Center and XY Alignment: Mid-East. Use the following settings.com 378 .

com 379 .mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation. Perspective View Front View Copyright 1998-2008+. www.RhinoCAM 2. The part is now aligned inside the stock as shown below.0 Getting Started Guide 3.

Select Machine Setup from the setup tab. 2.com 380 . In the above example. The rotary center is represented by an arrow and displayed on the part geometry when the Machine Setup Dialog is invoked. Copyright 1998-2008+.RhinoCAM 2. www. 1. The rotary center must pass thro’ the entire part geometry.0 Getting Started Guide Specify Rotary Center In this step we will determine the rotary center for the part geometry.mecsoft. RhinoCAM will not compute a toolpath if the part/feature is below the rotary center as this is considered as an undercuts in the part. Set the rotary center in X and Y = 0 and Z = -0. the stock diameter is 0. MecSoft Corporation.48 which is the center of the stock geometry.96”.

2.0625” and 0.com 381 . Go to the RhinoCAM-Tools browser that is located below the RhinoCAM-MOps browser and select Create/Edit Tools. Set the tool name as BallMill-0.03125” Ball End Mills.0625. www. Copyright 1998-2008+.0625 Flute Length = 1” and Tool Length = 1. 1. Select the Tool Type to Ball End Mill.5”. Tool Diameter = 0.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. we will now create 0.0 Getting Started Guide Create Tools To machine the above part. set Tool Number = 1.mecsoft. Under the Properties tab.

we will assign feeds and speeds to the tool. www.mecsoft. 3.com 382 . MecSoft Corporation. Use the following settings for feeds and speeds.0 Getting Started Guide Setting Feeds and Speeds You can assign Feeds & Speeds to a tool or you can load from a table. Copyright 1998-2008+. 4. Switch to the Feeds & Speeds tab inside the create/select tool dialog.RhinoCAM 2. In this exercise.

MecSoft Corporation. The tool is now created and listed under Tools in Library. a.mecsoft. Tool Name: BallMill-0. Create a 2nd Ball End Mill with the following parameters. Click Save as New Tool. Tool Number = 2. Note: You can edit the tool properties and click Save Edits to Tool to save the changes.03125. c.RhinoCAM 2. Click Save as New Tool. approach & engage feed = 20 ipm. www. Copyright 1998-2008+. The created tools are now listed under the RhinoCAM-Tools browser. cut feed = 30 ipm. retract and departure feeds = 20 ipm. 6. plunge. b. You can create additional tools by assigning a different name and specify the tool parameters.0 Getting Started Guide 5.com 383 . Set the Transfer Feedrate to Use Rapid. Switch to Feeds & Speeds tab set Spindle Speed = 5000 rpm.

In this cut method. The first step in machining the ring will be a roughing operation. Roughing is typically followed by semi-finishing or finishing toolpaths.com 384 . Copyright 1998-2008+.0 Getting Started Guide Create Machining Operations We will machine the ring using 2 different machining operations – 4 axis Roughing and Finishing. The spacing between these levels are specified by the user. www. Switch to the Create Operations tab in RhinoCAM-Mops browser.mecsoft. the tool cuts the stock in successive levels.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. This type of machining is very efficient for removing large volumes of material and is typically performed with a large tool.

0625. Users can override this message by clicking OK in the dialog. www. 2. a warning message dialog would be displayed at all times when a 4 axis machining operation is selected. Select 4 Axis Milling and choose Roughing.com 385 . Note: You can check Do no show this dialog again to stop the warning message appearing again when you create/edit a 4 axis machining operation. MecSoft Corporation. This brings up the 4 Axis Roughing Operation Dialog.0 Getting Started Guide 4th axis Roughing 1. Switch to the Tools tab inside the 4 Axis Roughing operation and select BallMill0.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. We will now go over the steps for creating the toolpath. 3. If the rotary center is not set to the same location as the Machine Zero. Copyright 1998-2008+.

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mecsoft. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined. www. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab and select Load From Tool. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008+.com 387 .RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 4.

Switch to the Clearance Tab and set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008+.0 Getting Started Guide 5.com 388 . www.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2.

03. Stock to leave =0. Cut Pattern to Along Axis. Copyright 1998-2008+. Cut Containment Low Value = -0. www.RhinoCAM 2. Set the Intol and Outol = 0. Step over distance = 25 (% Tool Diameter). 7. 8. MecSoft Corporation. Switch to the Step Down Control Tab.0 Getting Started Guide Specify Cut Parameters 6.4. High Value = 0.001. Zig Zag and Low to High.com 389 . Click on the Cut Parameters tab.005.mecsoft.

Click Generate. The 4 axis Roughing toolpath is now generated.48 (radius of stock material).4. Cut Levels.mecsoft. and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. www. Check Top (T) and specify Top (T) = 0. Bottom (B) = 0. MecSoft Corporation. Use the Following Settings. Step Down Control (dR) = 75 (% Tool Diameter). Copyright 1998-2008+.0 Getting Started Guide Step Down Control 9.RhinoCAM 2. 10.com 390 . c.

select 4 Axis Roughing. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide 11.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2.com 391 . Copyright 1998-2008+. Switch to Simulate tab. www. and click Simulate to run the simulation.

Now right click and select paste. right click copy.com 392 .0 Getting Started Guide 4th Axis Roughing operation #2 We will now create a second 4 Axis Rough operation to machine the pocket areas around the ring by limiting the toolpath using start. A copy of the rough operation is created below the 4th Axis Roughing operation. 4. Copying a MOp 1. Switch to the Create Operations tab in the Mops Browser. Select the 4 Axis Roughing operation. 2.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. The operation name is labeled 4th Axis Roughing-1 and is as shown below. www. end angle cut containments. 3. Copyright 1998-2008+. MecSoft Corporation.

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Under Cut Containment change the Start Angle (S) = -90. End Angle (E) = 90. www. MecSoft Corporation. Leave the global parameters and cut pattern unchanged b. Switch to the Step Down Control tab Copyright 1998-2008+. Switch to the Cut parameters tab and use the following parameters.0 Getting Started Guide Specify Cut Parameters 5. 6. a.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2.com 394 . Double click on 4th Axis Roughing-1 to edit the operation. 7.

Click Generate. Check Top (T) and specify Top (T) = 0.0 Getting Started Guide Specify Step Down Control 8.RhinoCAM 2. and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. Copyright 1998-2008+. Step Down Control (dR) = 75 (% Tool Diameter).mecsoft.4 on the 1st Rough operation). 9. MecSoft Corporation. a. Cut Levels. The 4 axis Roughing toolpath is now generated.4 (as we had limited the toolpath to a radius = 0.com 395 . Use the Following Settings. www.

RhinoCAM 2. www. and click Simulate to run the simulation.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation. select 4 Axis Roughing.0 Getting Started Guide 10. Copyright 1998-2008+. Switch to Simulate tab.com 396 .

Copyright 1998-2008+.0 Getting Started Guide 4th axis Finishing We will now use 4th Axis Finishing operation to finish the part using a 0. The tool motions can be parallel to or normal to the rotation axis. From the Create Operations tab. select 4 axis Milling and 4 Axis Finishing. MecSoft Corporation. This brings up the Finishing Operations dialog. the tool is always normal to the axis of table rotation (continuous mode).03125” Ball End Mill. 1.com 397 .RhinoCAM 2. We will go over the steps for creating the pocketing operation. www.03125. Switch to the Tools tab inside the 4 Axis Finishing operation dialog and select BallMill-0.mecsoft. In this method.

0 Getting Started Guide 2.com 398 . Copyright 1998-2008+. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab and select Load From Tool.mecsoft. www. 3. Switch to the Clearance Tab and set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane.

www. 6. Set the Tolerance to 0. Click on the Cut Parameters tab. Set Cut Containment Low Value = -0. MecSoft Corporation.001. Zig Zag. and the Operation is listed under the 4 Axis Roughing Operation in the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008+. Stock to leave =0.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Specify Cut Parameters 4. Cut Pattern = Along Axis. The Finishing toolpath is now generated.com 399 .01. Low to High. Click Generate.4. 5. High Value = 0. Step over distance = 10 (% Tool Diameter).

Copyright 1998-2008+.RhinoCAM 2. select 4 Axis Finishing.mecsoft. Switch to Simulate tab. www. and click Simulate to run the simulation.0 Getting Started Guide 7. MecSoft Corporation.com 400 .

com 401 .mecsoft. You can change the post processor by selecting a different one from the drop down menu in the list. End of Tutorial 13! Copyright 1998-2008+. Select Machining Operations from the Create Operations tab and right click and select post process. MecSoft Corporation. The posted g code by default will be saved to the folder where the part file is located. The post by default is set to Haas as specified under the Post processor setup. www. 2.RhinoCAM 2. Specify the File Name as Ring2.0 Getting Started Guide Post Processing 1.nc and click save.

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Preparing the part for Machining Loading the Part Model “Part” refers to the geometry that represents the final manufactured product. MecSoft Corporation.125” Standard Drill Main Programming Steps In creating programs for each setup. This is unlike Facing.0 Getting Started Guide Introduction This tutorial is intended to describe the 4 axis pocketing and hole making operations. Hole making operations are used to create holes in a part. You can create parts within Rhino. Create / Select the tool used for machining Set the feeds and speeds Set the clearance plane for the non-cutting transfer moves of the cutter Select the machining operations and set the parameters Generate the toolpath Simulate the toolpath. in which the outermost region is considered to enclose material to be removed.mecsoft. The tool cannot go beyond the outer region. Here you will learn to drill simple holes. the following steps will be followed: • • • • • • • • • Create the Stock geometry Set the Machine zero point or Locate geometry with respect to the machine coordinates. Strategy to machine the part • • • • We will machine the ring completely using 4 axis-machining operations.com 403 . Set the rotary axis and rotary center. The stock will be held to the machine table using a rotary chuck. Don’t forget to save your work periodically! You may want to save the file under a different name so that the original file will be preserved. www. You may have to repeat either all or part of these steps for subsequent operations. To load a part: 1.completely enclosed by inner and outer regions. the hole types varying from simple drill holes. Select File / Open from the Menu. Copyright 1998-2008+. and cannot go within inner regions. or click the Open icon from the Standard bar.0625” Flat End Mill and 0. Reading this text will help you understand the tutorial methodology and provide information about additional options available. counter sunk holes. through holes to tapped and bored holes. The stepped instructions are accompanied by explanatory and introductory text. The part will be machined using a 0.RhinoCAM 2. Pocketing machines closed regions as if they were pockets . The part itself will be machined out of a cylindrical blank.

0 Getting Started Guide 2.3dm file from the Tutorials folder in the RhinoCAM 2.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft.0\Tutorials) The imported part appears as shown below Setup Tab 1.com 404 . (C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4. MecSoft Corporation. www.0 installation folder. From the Open dialog box.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2. select the 4AxisPocketing_1. Go to the RhinoCAM.MOps browser and click on the Setup tab. Copyright 1998-2008+.

MecSoft Corporation. Set the Machine type to 4 axis and Rotary Axis to X axis.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. 3. Select Machine Setup from the setup tab. For most controllers rotation along X represents A axis and rotation along Y represents B axis.com 405 . Copyright 1998-2008+.0 Getting Started Guide 2. www. We will set the Rotary Center once we determine the Machine Zero.

RhinoCAM 2. Note: By default post processor files are located under C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4. Set the current post processor that is on your controller. 5. www.mecsoft. Select Create/Load stock from the setup tab and create a Cylinder Stock.0\Posts The program to send the posted output is set to notepad. Select Post from the setup tab to specify the post processor options. This would output the G code to a notepad. Copyright 1998-2008+.0 Getting Started Guide 4.com 406 . We will select Haas as the post processor for this exercise.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2. Create Stock Geometry 1. MecSoft Corporation.

www.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. The stock geometry is now created. Radius = 2” and Length (L) = 1”. Set the Axis (rotary) = X. 3.mecsoft. This brings up the Cylinder Stock parameters. and a semi-transparent stock is displayed on top of the part geometry.com 407 . Leave the other parameters as default and click OK. Copyright 1998-2008+.0 Getting Started Guide 2.

Copyright 1998-2008+. MecSoft Corporation. www. Select Preferences->Simulation Preferences from the Setup Tab and switch the simulation model to Polygonal if set to Voxel.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 4.mecsoft.com 408 . You must switch the simulation model to Polygonal model to run 4 axis simulations.

and Stock type as show below.0 Getting Started Guide 5. www. The setup tab now displays the following information: Machine Type.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008+. Post Processor. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft.com 409 .

3. 2.RhinoCAM 2. This sets the machine home to the center of the stock material and the right most edge of the part geometry. Under Set WCS Origin. www.mecsoft. and Zero Position to East. The steps below help you determine the machine home (also know as machine zero or tool touch off point) for the part/stock geometry. Copyright 1998-2008+. the Zero Face to Highest Z. Select Locate WCS from the Setup tab. choose Set to Stock Box.0 Getting Started Guide Locate Machine Zero 1. MecSoft Corporation.com 410 .

com 411 .mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Note: You can change the stock model transparency under standard mode by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located at the bottom of the MOps browser. Copyright 1998-2008+. www. MecSoft Corporation.

2.0 Getting Started Guide Align Part and Stock During this step. www. 1. we will position the part to the center of the stock in XY and Z. Use the following settings. Select Align Part and Stock from the Setup tab In this step.com 412 . Z alignment: Center and XY Alignment: Center. Copyright 1998-2008+.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. we will align the part inside the stock geometry. Object to Move: Move Part. MecSoft Corporation.

Y and Z = -2 (which is the center of the stock geometry Diameter of stock = 4”). The rotary center must pass thro’ the entire part geometry.0 Getting Started Guide Specify Rotary Center In this step we will determine the rotary center for the part geometry. Copyright 1998-2008+. 2. The rotary center is represented by an arrow and displayed on the part geometry when the Machine Setup Dialog is invoked. Select Machine Setup from the setup tab. Set the rotary center in X.com 413 . 1.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. www. MecSoft Corporation. RhinoCAM will not compute a toolpath if the part/feature is below the rotary center as this is considered as an undercuts in the part.

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Create Tools
To machine the above part, we will now create a 0.125” Drill (Standard Drill) and a
0.0625” Flat End Mill.
1. Go to the RhinoCAM-Tools browser that is located below the RhinoCAMMOps browser and select Create/Edit Tools. Select the Tool Type to Drill.

2. Set the tool name as Drill-0.125, Tool Diameter = 0.125, Tip Angle =
120. Under the Properties tab set Tool Number = 1.

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Setting Feeds and Speeds
You can assign Feeds & Speeds to a tool or you can load from a table. In this
exercise, we will assign feeds and speeds to the tool.
3. Switch to the Feeds & Speeds tab inside the create/select tool dialog.
4. Use the following settings for feeds and speeds.

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5. Click Save as New Tool. The tool is now created and listed under Tools in
Library.
Note: You can edit the tool properties and click Save Edits to Tool to save the
changes. You can create additional tools by assigning a different name and specify
the tool parameters.
6. Create a 2nd tool, a Flat End Mill with the following parameters.
a. Tool Name: FlatMill-0.0625, Tool Diameter = 0.0625, Flute Length =
1,Tool Length = 1.5, Tool Number = 2.
b. Switch to Feeds & Speeds tab set Spindle Speed = 5000 rpm, plunge,
approach & engage feed = 20 ipm, cut feed = 30 ipm, retract and
departure feeds = 20 ipm. Set the Transfer Feedrate to Use Rapid.
c. Click Save as New Tool.
The created tools are now listed under the RhinoCAM-Tools browser.

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Create Machining Operations
First we will drill the holes on the cylinder using 4 Axis Drilling.
As in any other 4 axis operations, the tool is positioned normal (perpendicular) to
the rotary axis. Once the holes (regions) are selected, the dialog boxes are similar to
the 3 axis hole making operations. Sorting of holes is also possible to optimize the
tool motion.
Switch to the Create Operations tab in RhinoCAM-Mops browser.

4 Axis Drilling
1. Select Hole and choose 4 Axis Drilling.

If the rotary center is not set to the same location as the Machine Zero, a
warning message dialog would be displayed at all times when a 4 axis
machining operation is selected. Users can override this message by clicking
OK in the dialog.

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Note: You can check Do no show this dialog again to stop the warning message
appearing again when you create/edit a 4 axis machining operation.
2. This brings up the 4 Axis Drilling Operation Dialog. We will now go over the
steps for creating the toolpath.

Select Hole Features
3. Go to the Machining Features/ Regions tab and click Hole Features.

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4. Now, select the 12 circles around the part (represented in green color). You
can also use the Edit tool from the menu bar and use Edit->Select Objects>By Layer and choose Layer 04.

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5. Right mouse click or select enter from the keypad to complete the
selection.

The selected regions are now displayed under Hole Features.

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6. Switch to the Tools tab inside the 4 Axis Drilling operation and select Drill0.125.

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RhinoCAM 2. Set the cut transfer method to Clearance Plane. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined.25. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab and select Load From Tool.mecsoft. www.com 422 . 8. MecSoft Corporation. Switch to Clearance tab and set the Clearance Plane Definition to Stock Max R + Dist = 0. Copyright 1998-2008+.0 Getting Started Guide 7.

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Click on the Cut Parameters tab. Drill Depth = 0.0 Getting Started Guide Specify Cut Parameters 9. Check Add Tool tip to Drill Depth and Approach Distance = 0.mecsoft. www.1 11.1.com 424 . Switch to Sorting tab in the 4 Axis Drilling dialog.RhinoCAM 2. 10. MecSoft Corporation. Set the Drill Type = Standard Drill. Copyright 1998-2008+.

MecSoft Corporation. The 4 Axis Drilling toolpath is now generated. and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. Copyright 1998-2008+. Click Generate. www.0 Getting Started Guide Sorting 12.com 425 .RhinoCAM 2. Use Minimum Distance Sort and specify the Start Point as Lower Left 13.mecsoft.

select 4 Axis Drilling.RhinoCAM 2.com 426 . and click Simulate to run the simulation. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide 14. Copyright 1998-2008+. Switch to Simulate tab.mecsoft. www.

2.0 Getting Started Guide 4 axis Pocketing 1. Select 4 Axis from the Create operations tab and choose 4 Axis Pocketing If the rotary center is not set to the same location as the Machine Zero. Users can override this message by clicking OK in the dialog.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2.com 427 . a warning message dialog would be displayed at all times when a 4 axis machining operation is selected. MecSoft Corporation. www. We will now go over the steps for creating the toolpath. Note: You can check Do no show this dialog again to stop the warning message appearing again when you create/edit a 4 axis machining operation. Copyright 1998-2008+. This brings up the 4 Axis Pocketing Operation Dialog.

4.RhinoCAM 2. Select all the curves on Layer 02 using Edit from the menu. Go to the Machining Features/ Regions tab and click Select Curves as Regions. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide Select Machining Features/Regions 3.com 428 . Copyright 1998-2008+. www. Edit->Select Objects->By Layer and choose Layer 02.mecsoft.

com 429 . Right mouse click or select enter from the keypad to complete the selection. 6. Copyright 1998-2008+.mecsoft. The selected regions are now displayed under Machining Regions.0 Getting Started Guide 5. 7.RhinoCAM 2.0625. www. Switch to the Tools tab inside the 4 axis pocketing operation and select FlatMill-0. MecSoft Corporation.

RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined.mecsoft. 9.0 Getting Started Guide 8. Copyright 1998-2008+. Switch to the Clearance Tab and set the Clearance Plane Definition to Stock Max Z + Dist = 0. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab and select Load From Tool. www.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.com 430 .25 and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane.

11. Stock = 0.mecsoft. Step Distance = 25% (Tool Diameter). Start Point = Inside. Set Tolerance = 0.0 Getting Started Guide Specify Cut Parameters 10. Switch to Cut Levels Tab. Location of Cut Geometry – At Top. Cut Pattern = Offset Cuts. Cut Direction = Mixed.001. 13. Copyright 1998-2008+. www.RhinoCAM 2. Use the following Settings a. MecSoft Corporation. Click on the Cut Parameters tab. 12. Check Corner Cleanup.com 431 .

1. and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. MecSoft Corporation.com 432 . Cut Level Ordering = Depth First. Total Cut Depth = 0. 14. d. Rough Depth = 0. Click Generate. The 4 Axis Pocketing toolpath is now generated. Copyright 1998-2008+.025. Rough Depth/Cut = 0.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide b.mecsoft. www.1 c.

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Select Machining Operations from the Create Operations tab and right click and select post process.mecsoft. Specify the File Name as 4AxisPocketing.RhinoCAM 2.nc and click save.com 434 . 2. End of Tutorial 14! Copyright 1998-2008+. You can change the post processor by selecting a different one from the drop down menu in the list. The posted g code by default will be saved to the folder where the part file is located. MecSoft Corporation. www. The post by default is set to Haas as specified under the Post processor setup.0 Getting Started Guide Post Processing 1.