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SolidCAM 2010 What’s New

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Contents Contents 1.1 Synchronization of CAM geometry with design model 14 1.2 Displaying the tool path for all CAM-Part operations 20 1.6 Browsing to last opened location 21 1.10.1 Saving the settings 1.1 SolidCAM tab in SolidWorks CommandManager 1.12 Simulation interface improvements 1.2.10.1.7 Removing unused CAM-Part data 1.1.5 Simultaneous display of tool path for multiple operations 18 19 1.15 SolidCAM controls in SolidWorks environment 1.1 Displaying the tool path for several selected operations 19 1.2 CAM-Part synchronization settings 1.8 Simulation and GCode generation for not calculated operations 1.2 Template filtering 1.3 Resetting the settings to default values 1.10 Templates 1.5.1 Managing SolidCAM settings 1.3 Managing warning messages and prompts 17 1.5.14 Support of 64-bit computing 1.15.2. General 9 10 11 12 10 14 1.11 Closing the Machining Process from SolidCAM Manager 1.2 Synchronization of design model with original model 16 1.1.9 Facet tolerance for Coordinate System definition 1.1 Common template parameters 1.10.2 SolidCAM toolbars in SolidWorks environment 23 25 26 27 27 30 28 31 32 33 34 35 35 40 5 .3 Renaming templates 1.4 Deleting Coordinate Systems in CoordSys Manager 1.2 Loading the settings 1.15.13 Warning about hardware key expiration 1.

2 Defining the tool origin position 6 .5.2.5.1 Marking external loops as open pocket edges 2.1 Choosing the tool holder 3.1 Loop geometry selection 2.3 Spin and Feed definition improvements 3.3.1 Holder overhang length 3.5.3.3 Defining the sets of cutting conditions for different tools 3.2 Primary and secondary loop selection 2.1 Defining the work material 3.1.2 H Length 3.4 Defining the direction of geometry chains 2. Geometry 43 44 44 45 47 48 50 51 51 53 55 56 57 57 58 59 58 60 61 61 60 66 68 68 70 2.3.2 H Length improvements 3.1 Definition of geometry 2.2 Tool filtering 3.5 Geometry definition and synchronization for Drill Recognition operations 2.1 Definition of cutting length according to operation machining length 3.2 Chains filtering by Z-Levels 2.2.1.2 Assigning the work material to the CAM-Part 3.5.5 Turning tool holder definition and visualization 3.1.1.3 Browsing geometries 2.1 Cutting Length improvements 3.2 Synchronization of geometry 3.4 Visual tool check in Part Tool Table 3. Tools 3.2.

5-Axis Machining 8.7. High Speed Machining (HSM) 6. 2.7 Miscellaneous parameters page 8.1. High Speed Surface Machining (HSS) 7.1 Stock definition improvements 8.2 Complete hole group 4.7.1 HSM Rough machining module 6.2 Tool path linking definition improvements 8.5D Milling 71 72 73 72 75 76 81 82 83 87 88 91 92 93 94 93 96 98 99 101 102 103 104 107 116 115 113 7 4.6 Motion limits control page 8.4 Levels page 8.5 Stock definition improvements 8.7.1 CoordSys page 8.3 4-Axis output format for Sim. 5-Axis sub-operations 8. Sim.Contents 4.6 Motion limits control definition improvements 8.1 Minimize hole cycle 5.1.7. Turning 5.2.7.2.1 Selecting geometry on envelope 6.1 Start point definition improvements 8.2 Home position definition 8.1 Separate Approach/Retract and Linking definition 8.4 Axial offset technology for 5-Axis Engraving 8.2 Constant Z and 3D Corner offset combined strategy 7.5 Technology page .7 Multi-Axis Drilling operation 8.1 Drill Recognition improvements 4.2 Geometry page 8.7.

3 Tool page 8.8.8 Sorting of cylindrical drilling patterns 8.1 External Simulator in SolidCAM 9.2 Turning tool holding system in Machine simulation 8 . Simulation 106 117 127 133 134 137 9.7. 5-Axis tool path conversion 9.9 HSM to Sim.

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offers the new functionality that enables you to save the SolidCAM settings as an external file and then load the saved file into SolidCAM.screg is used. There was no possibility to save the SolidCAM settings externally in a file and then load them to substitute the existing settings. these settings were stored in the Windows registry. the Save As dialog box is displayed.1. SolidCAM 2010 1. The default file name SolidCAM_Settings. When user reinstalled SolidCAM on the current computer or migrated to another one. In previous versions. SolidCAM 2010 enables you to reset the customized settings to their default values. 10 . all the customized settings are stored in the settings file.1.1 Saving the settings The Save button enables you to save the SolidCAM settings in a file.1 Managing SolidCAM settings SolidCAM provides you with settings that enable you to customize the SolidCAM environment. When you click on this button. The default location is the SolidCAM User directory displayed in the browser. the SolidCAM settings customized by the user were lost and the default SolidCAM settings were installed. When you click on the Save button in the dialog box. Furthermore.

General 1. When a settings file is chosen and the Open button is clicked. SolidCAM displays the following message: When the message is confirmed. the Open dialog box is displayed.g. • When the Complete SolidCAM environment option is chosen.1. During the loading. The default location is the SolidCAM User directory displayed in the browser. only the parameters that can be edited in the SolidCAM Settings dialog box are loaded. 11 . SolidCAM loads the settings file. When you click on this button. This complete environment includes additional items not available within SolidCAM Settings e. the SolidCAM Settings dialog box is updated and displays the updated parameters values. All the settings files located in this or other location are available to be chosen.1.2 Loading the settings The Load button enables you to load the SolidCAM settings stored in the previously saved file. the whole branch of current SolidCAM version that can be edited in the Registry Editor is loaded. last used positions of some SolidCAM dialog boxes. When the loading is successfully completed. SolidCAM overwrites the parameters values with the values stored in the settings file. Load options The Load Options section provides you with the choice of parameters to be loaded: • When the SolidCAM Settings only option is chosen.

12 . SolidCAM 2010 The Reset Page and Reset All buttons are added to the SolidCAM Settings dialog box. provides you with the possibility to reset the customized SolidCAM Settings to their default values. • The Reset All button enables you to reset all the parameters of the SolidCAM settings to their default values. When you click on this button. The confirmation message is displayed: When this message is confirmed. These settings are available in the SolidCAM Settings dialog box and can be customized. SolidCAM resets all the settings of the current page. the confirmation message is displayed: When this message is confirmed. In previous versions these settings could not be reset to their default values. • The Reset Page button enables you to reset all the parameters of the current settings page to their default values. SolidCAM creates a set of settings stored in the SolidCAM branch of the Windows registry. SolidCAM resets all the settings to their default values.1.3 Resetting the settings to default values When launched for the first time.1.

During reset. that are based on parameters in SolidCAM Settings. that are based on the hard-coded values. 13 . The Reset Page and Reset All buttons are added to the Part Settings dialog box. are reset to their default hard-coded values. The CAM-Part Settings parameters.1. inherit new values from the SolidCAM Settings. General CAM-Part settings can also be reset to their default values in the similar manner. the CAM-Part settings parameters.

• Synchronize automatically This option enables you to perform the synchronization of geometries automatically. 14 . before checking the synchronization of the geometries with the model or sketches. In SolidCAM 2010.2 CAM-Part synchronization settings In previous versions. • Ask before synchronization check When this check box is selected. 1. The synchronization options have been added into the Synchronization page of the Part Settings dialog box.1. the synchronization settings can also be customized for each CAM-Part. When this check box is not selected.1 Synchronization of CAM geometry with design model Check synchronization always The synchronization check is performed automatically each time you click on the SolidCAM Manager tree.2. SolidCAM will prompt you. after every change in the part or in the assembly and rebuild. the synchronization checking will be performed without any prompt to the user. the synchronization settings were available only at the system level in SolidCAM Settings. The same settings were used for all the CAM-Parts.

Check synchronization on user demand In this case. SolidCAM automatically calculates all the synchronized operations. The operations marked with the exclamation mark are not calculated. The Check Synchronization item in the Operation and Geometry right-click menus is enabled. When the synchronization fails for certain operations or geometries. This option is available only when the always check box is selected. • Calculate operations after the synchronization Check synchronization This option enables you to perform the calculation of the synchronized operations automatically. and you can choose it to start the synchronization. General When this check box is selected. and then all the unsynchronized operations and geometries are automatically synchronized. the synchronization check is performed. such operations are marked with asterisk. SolidCAM will not check the synchronization automatically. 15 . When this check box is selected. This option is available only when the Automatically synchronize geometries check box is selected.1. SolidCAM marks these operations/geometries with an exclamation mark and deletes the operation tool path.

1.2.2 Synchronization of design model with original model Every time the CAM-Part is opened, SolidCAM automatically checks the correspondence of the dates of the CAM-Part and the original SolidWorks design model. When the date of the original SolidWorks model is later than the date of the CAM-Part creation, this means that the SolidWorks original model has been updated. You can then replace the SolidWorks design model, on which the CAM-Part is based, with the updated SolidWorks design model. The Ask user to find original model option defines the sequence of SolidCAM operations in case the original model is not found in the location specified in the CAM-Part. This option enables you to display the browser window to look for the original model.

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1.3 Managing warning messages and prompts There is a number of messages in SolidCAM that are displayed in response to specific user input, such as warning messages, confirmation prompts and so forth. These messages are displayed each time a particular action is performed (for example, deleting operations), and it might be quite time-consuming to close them every now and then.
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provides you with the possibility to control the visibility status of the most frequently displayed messages.

The Don’t ask again check box added to each of these messages enables you to avoid displaying the message, after it appears on the screen for the first time. When the message box is confirmed, the message will not be displayed until you switch this option back on in SolidCAM Settings. The page added into the SolidCAM Settings dialog box enables you to handle the visibility of all frequently displayed messages by selecting the relevant check boxes in the Activate following messages section.
CAM Messages

Each message box is controlled by the relevant check box. When the check box is cleared, the message is not displayed, and confirmation of the event is performed automatically. When the check box is selected, the confirmation message is displayed. The status of the check boxes, defined in the Settings dialog box, is stored.
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By default, after SolidCAM has been launched for the first time, all the check boxes in this page are selected, which means that all the confirmation dialog boxes are displayed. The Activate prompts to calculate operations section contains the list of operations that need confirmation before re-calculation of already calculated operation. When the check box is selected for the specific operation, the confirmation message will be displayed before this operation is re-calculated.
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1.4 Deleting Coordinate Systems in CoordSys Manager In previous versions, you were able to delete unused Coordinate Systems one by one or by groups of selected Coordinate Systems. When a group of Coordinate Systems was selected in the CoordSys Manager dialog box, SolidCAM provided you with the Delete command available in the right-click menu. When this command was chosen, SolidCAM deleted all selected Coordinate Systems one by one. For each Coordinate System the confirmation message was displayed:

In case of deleting a large number of Coordinate Systems, such confirmation messages could be inconvenient. In SolidCAM 2010, deletion of multiple Coordinate Systems using the same command in the right-click menu is accompanied with only one confirmation message:

When this message is confirmed, all the selected Coordinate Systems are removed. If some of the Coordinate Systems cannot be removed, SolidCAM displays the following message:

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1. When several operations are selected in SolidCAM Manager. the check boxes of all the chosen operations become selected. SolidCAM 2010 provides you with the functionality to display the tool path for all the CAM-Part operations or for a number of selected operations simultaneously. This meant that in order to view the tool path for a number of operations or for all operations of the CAM-Part.1 Displaying the tool path for several selected operations Each operation entry in SolidCAM Manager has a related tool path visibility check box. user had to turn on display of the tool path for all the operations. General 1. which can be selected to display the tool path of the corresponding operation.5 Simultaneous display of tool path for multiple operations In previous versions the display of tool path of separate operations in SolidCAM Manager was toggled using the check box located to the left of the operation entry. 19 .1. one by one. and the tool path of all these operations is displayed on the model.5. clicking on this check box related to one of the selected operations changes the tool path visibility status for all the selected operations. After the click. causing the tool path display one operation at the time.

Using this check box. you can control the tool path visibility status for all the operations defined for the CAM-Part. When this check box is selected.When one of the tool path visibility check boxes related to selected operations is clicked again. 20 . When the mixed tool path visibility check box related to the Operations header is clicked again. 1. it is cleared. When this check box is cleared. the tool path display and the check boxes are cleared. the tool path visibility check box related to the Operations header has solid black fill.2 Displaying the tool path for all CAM-Part operations The tool path visibility check box has been added to the Operations header in the SolidCAM Manager tree. SolidCAM displays the tool path for all of the operations. When a CAM-Part contains operations with different status of the tool path visibility. the tool path display and all the related tool path visibility check boxes are cleared. SolidCAM clears the tool path display and the tool path visibility check boxes are cleared for all the operations.5. and the tool path visibility check boxes are selected for all of the operations.

• • This command displays the browser dialog box that enables you to save the current CAM-Part in a different location and with a different name. General 1. Save As. Open. Delete. Such behavior enables you to save time spent on browsing for the necessary CAM-Part. in all cases above. This command displays the browser dialog box that enables you to delete a CAM-Part. If the machining project you were working with was located in a different folder. Change model reference/Browse. When the browser dialog box is displayed next time. This command is available from the Calculate CAM-Parts dialog box and enables you to choose the location where the CAM-Parts intended to be calculated are located.1. SolidCAM 2010 21 . Add Directory. which was inconvenient in some cases. In previous versions. you had to browse between directories to find the necessary file or location. The Browse button is available in the Change Model Reference dialog box. SolidCAM automatically displays the stored location as the default one. provides you with the functionality that stores the last used location when the browser dialog box is used. the browser dialog box was loaded with the default location defined in the User directories page of the SolidCAM Settings dialog box. The browser dialog box available in this case enables you to locate the model that will be chosen as the reference model.6 Browsing to last opened location SolidCAM enables you to display the browser dialog box when you choose one of the following commands: • • • This command displays the browser dialog box that enables you to load a CAM-Part.

Directory for CAM-Parts When this check box is selected. 22 . SolidCAM uses the directory defined in the User section as the default location when the browser dialog box is displayed.The Return to the latest used directory option is added in the CAM-Parts dialog box. the browser dialog box is displayed with the last location chosen in this browser. each time you try to open a CAM-Part using the Open command in the SolidCAM menu. When this check box is not selected.

SolidCAM removes all the Updated Stock model files used for the SolidVerify simulation (*.1. especially when they include a lot of data such as updated stock model files. SolidCAM 2010 introduces a new functionality that enables you to perform the cleaning of the CAM-Part data. Remove Updated Stock model files used for simulation. and any other unused data saved in the CAM-Part. updated stock model files (which can be automatically recalculated). Cleanup This dialog box enables you to define the options of the CAM-Part cleanup. When this command is chosen. NC files. When this check box is selected. Some of these data might not be used in the CAM-Part. • 23 . General 1. The Cleanup CAM-Part command is added to the right-click menu available on the CAM-Part header in SolidCAM Manager. SolidCAM removes all the GCode files from the CAM-Part folder. The files to be removed are determined according to the GCode Files Extension parameter specified in the MAC file used in the current CAM-Part. The cleaning operation automatically removes unused geometries. Remove GCode files. • When this check box is selected. etc.7 Removing unused CAM-Part data SolidCAM Parts can occupy a large amount of disk space. unused geometries. but they are still located in the CAM-Part folder causing undesirable increase of the CAM-Part size.stf). the CAM-Part dialog box is displayed.

stfrm). • • the tools located in the Part Tool Table that are not used in the operations of the current CAM-Part. 24 .• When this check box is selected. Remove unused geometries. SolidCAM removes all the Updated Stock model files used for the rest material calculation (*. Remove unused tools. When this check box is selected. SolidCAM removes all the geometries that are not used in the operations of the current CAM-Part. SolidCAM removes all Remove Updated Stock model files used for rest material calculation. When this check box is selected.

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1.8 Simulation and GCode generation for not calculated operations In previous version, when you performed simulation or GCode generation for an operation that was not calculated previously, SolidCAM displayed the following error message:

After the message confirmation, you had to calculate the operation by clicking on the Save & Calculate button in the operation dialog box. After the calculation you had to click on the Simulate button for tool path simulation or on the GCode button for the GCode generation. provides you with a time-saving solution for the cases when the simulation/GCode generation is needed for non-calculated operation.
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When you click on the Simulate or GCode button in the dialog box of an operation that was not previously calculated, the following confirmation prompt is displayed:

When you click on the Yes button, SolidCAM performs calculation of the operation tool path and then continues to simulation or GCode generation (according to your initial request). When you click on the No button, SolidCAM closes the message box and returns the focus to the operation dialog box, enabling you to perform calculation manually. The Don’t ask again option enables you to automatically choose the Yes option, without displaying this prompt, next time a similar situation occurs. The visibility status of this confirmation prompt can be controlled using the relevant check box in the CAM Messages page of the SolidCAM Settings dialog box (see topic 1.3).

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1.9 Facet tolerance for Coordinate System definition During the CoordSys definition, SolidCAM generates the model box surrounding the model. Model facets are used in the process of model box generation. In previous releases of SolidCAM the faceting was performed with a hard-coded tolerance of 0.01. This value could not be changed, which sometimes resulted in issues of inaccurate triangulation that resulted in imprecise CAM-Part levels values related to the model box (e.g. 49.99 instead of 50). To avoid this problem, SolidCAM 2010 has added a possibility to customize the facet tolerance used for the CoordSys definition. The Facet tolerance for levels measuring parameter is added in the page of the SolidCAM Settings dialog box.
CoordSys definition

This parameter enables you to define the tolerance for faceting that will be taken into account during the model box generation in the process of CoordSys definition. The default value of the parameter is 0.01.
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1.10 Templates 1.10.1 Common template parameters SolidCAM enables you to insert a process template that contains a group of operations into the CAM-Part. In previous versions, at the stage of insertion, SolidCAM displayed a dialog box that enables you to define the Coordinate System that would be common for all operations in the process template. The geometries used in the process template operations had to be defined separately for each operation, after the process template insertion - even if there was a common geometry for several operations it had to be defined again for each operation. In SolidCAM 2010, the process template insertion functionality is improved by adding the following parameters: Geometry, Upper level and Lower level. These parameters are common for all the operations contained in the process template. When you choose the Add Operations from Process Template command in the right-click menu on the Operations header in the SolidCAM Manager tree to insert a process template into your CAM-Part, the Template Manager dialog box is displayed with the list of process templates available for insertion into the CAM-Part.

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1. The Upper Level and Lower Level edit boxes enable you to define the common machining levels values for all the operations contained in the process template. the Template Common Data dialog box is displayed. SolidCAM 2010 In the table of the Template Manager dialog box. The defined geometry and levels data will be used only in the operations in which these data are relevant. a filter row is added for defining the filter for the table items. The corresponding buttons enable you to pick the levels on the model. it might be difficult and time-consuming to navigate through the whole list and choose the necessary ones for particular machining tasks. provides you with the possibility to filter the defined templates.When you choose a process template from the list and confirm the dialog box. The combo box enables you to choose the relevant geometry from the list.10. Operation Templates 28 . The combo box enables you to choose the relevant Coordinate System from the list. a Geometry and Upper/Lower levels to be common for all the operations contained in the process template. The button enables you to define a new Coordinate System using the CoordSys Manager dialog box with the entire SolidCAM functionality of Coordinate System definition and management.2 Template filtering When you have a large number of templates stored in your database. This dialog box enables you to define a Coordinate System. The CoordSys combo box enables you to define the common Coordinate System for all the operations contained in the process template. The Geometry combo box enables you to define the common geometry for all the operations contained in the process template.

Operation type or Technology). Click on any row in the table to select a template. Filtering is performed according to the specified filter of the selected column. SolidCAM displays all items that include these letters at the beginning. Template filtering can also be performed by selecting items in the table as filtering criteria. Operation type and Technology cells will be automatically filled according to the template you have selected as a potential criterion for filtering. General Template filtering can be performed by entering the first letters in the Name/Operation type/Technology cell and then clicking on the corresponding button. 29 . Then click on the button in the column you want to consider as the filtering criterion (Name.1. The Name.

To reset the defined filtering, click on the button at the bottom of the Template Manager dialog box. The results of the previous filtering are displayed in the table until you click on this button. 1.10.3 Renaming templates When you define a template and save it in your templates database, you may not pay close attention to proper naming of the newly defined template. Afterwards you may find it difficult to locate the required template, navigating between a large number of templates with similar or non-meaningful names. SolidCAM 2010 provides you with the possibility to rename the defined templates. command located in the SolidCAM menu displays the Template Manager dialog box that enables you to manage the existing templates. The
Manage Templates

The Rename option is added into the template managing menu available by right-clicking on the templates in the table.

When you choose this option, the template name in the list becomes available for edit, and you can rename it.

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1.11 Closing the Machining Process from SolidCAM Manager When there is a Machining Process open for the CAMPart you are currently working with, its name appears in parentheses in the Machining Process header of the SolidCAM Manager tree. SolidCAM 2010 provides you with the possibility to close this Machining Process directly from SolidCAM Manager. The Close command has been added into the right-click menu available on the Machining Process header. When you choose it, the current Machining Process gets closed.

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1.12 Simulation interface improvements provides you with enhanced interface for SolidVerify, VerifyPlus, Rest Material, RapidVerify and SolidVerify for 3D simulations. The appearance of icons and controls on the simulation toolbars has been modified.
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the following warning message is displayed: This message is displayed once a day during the whole mentioned period of time.13 Warning about hardware key expiration In previous versions. therefore its termination was unexpected.1. SolidCAM did not notify users in advance about the expiration of their license. In SolidCAM 2010. and it took a certain amount of time for its renewal. General 1. 33 . when your license is about to expire (10 days and less left).

Designed to take full advantage of the increased RAM capabilities of 64-bit systems.14 Support of 64-bit computing In previous versions. SolidCAM 2010 supports 64-bit computing. SolidCAM 2010 includes two separate installation packages for 32-bit and 64-bit versions 34 . of operation systems. so that the calculation and simulation of large parts will be further accelerated. SolidCAM had a 32-bit functionality that was available for both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms.1.

15. General 1. 35 . SolidCAM controls have been added into the SolidWorks environment for enhancement of the user interface. the SolidCAM tab appears when SolidCAM is The SolidCAM tab contains the following buttons: • About SolidCAM This button displays the dialog box that contains the information about the SolidCAM software.1.15 SolidCAM controls in SolidWorks environment In the current release. This button corresponds to the About SolidCAM command in the SolidCAM menu. 1. CommandManager.1 SolidCAM tab in SolidWorks CommandManager In the SolidWorks activated.

and so forth. This button corresponds to the New command in the SolidCAM menu. This button corresponds to the SolidCAM menu. • Open CAM-Part Calculate CAM-Parts command in the This button displays the CAM-Parts browser that enables you to open a CAMPart stored in the specified location. This button corresponds to the Open command in the SolidCAM menu.• New CAM-Part This button displays the list of available SolidCAM modules such as Milling. Turning. 36 . Mill-Turn. • Calculate CAM-Parts This button displays the Calculate Parts browser that enables you to calculate the CAM-parts stored in the specified location.

This button corresponds to the Copy command in the SolidCAM menu. 37 . General • Copy CAM-Parts This button displays the Copy Parts dialog box that enables you to copy parts from one location to another. This button corresponds to the Delete command in the SolidCAM menu.1. • Delete CAM-Parts This button displays the Part to delete dialog box that enables you to delete CAM-Parts from the specified location. This button corresponds to the Manage Templates command in the SolidCAM menu. • Template Manager This button displays the Template Manager dialog box that enables you to manage the operation and process templates.

• Technology Database This button displays the Technology Database dialog box that enables you to manage the SolidCAM technology database. 38 . • SolidCAM Settings This button displays the CAM Settings dialog box that enables you to manage the settings of the SolidCAM software.• Load Tool Library This button displays the Load browser that enables you to load the tool library to be edited. This button corresponds to the SolidCAM Settings command in the SolidCAM menu. This button corresponds to the Edit Tool Library command in the SolidCAM menu. This button corresponds to the Technology Database command in the SolidCAM menu.

This button corresponds to the SolidCAM menu. Exit SolidCAM command in the 39 . This button corresponds to the SolidCAM menu. General • Hardware Key info This button displays the Hardware Key Info dialog box that enables you to get the hardware key info. • CAM Views Hardware Key Info command in the The CAM-Views toolbar contains buttons that enable you to manage the model views related to the orientation of the selected CoordSys position. • Exit This button enables you to exit SolidCAM.1.

40 . Turning.15. This toolbar corresponds to the New command in the SolidCAM menu.1. Milling STL. Turn-Mill.2 SolidCAM toolbars in SolidWorks environment The following SolidCAM toolbars have been added into the SolidWorks window: SolidCAM General This toolbar contains the general buttons corresponding to the commands in the SolidCAM menu and the CAM-Views toolbar (see topic 1.1). Mill-Turn.15. SolidCAM New This toolbar contains buttons that enable you to activate the available SolidCAM modules: Milling. and Wire Cut.

41 . Turning. This toolbar corresponds to the Tool Library command in the SolidCAM menu.1. Create Tool Library command in the Tool Library SolidCAM Tool Library Options This toolbar contains buttons that enable you to manage the existing Tool Libraries and the related features such as Tool Types. and so forth. This toolbar corresponds to the submenu of the SolidCAM menu. Tool Holders. General SolidCAM New Tool Library This toolbar contains buttons that enable you to start the definition of a new SolidCAM Tool Library (Milling. or Mill-Turn).

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Mark all edges of the loop as open Loops filter The This check box is available only for Pocket operations. an improvement to the Faces mode has been made by adding the possibility to mark all edges of the loop as open edges. 44 .2. and the tool will machine over the open edges. This check box enables you to automatically mark all the edges of the external loop of the selected face as open.1. In SolidCAM 2010. check box is added in the section of the Chains Selection dialog box.1 Marking external loops as open pocket edges In previous versions.1 Loop geometry selection 2. Such loops will be treated as open pockets. for use within Pocket operations. This mode enables you to define the wireframe geometry by selecting loops of model faces. the Faces mode of geometry selection has been added to the Chains Selection dialog box.

When a model edge is selected. you could choose a single loop on the model using the Host CAD functionality and define the wireframe geometry on it. The first determined loop is considered to be the primary and is highlighted with yellow color. 45 . all the controls of the Chains list section are disabled until a model edge is picked.1. In this mode. Geometry 2. In SolidCAM 2010.2. SolidCAM enables you to select a loop by picking one of its edges. a new loop selection functionality has been added to facilitate the process of single loop selection for geometry definition.2 Primary and secondary loop selection In previous versions. The Loop option is added to the Chain section of the Geometry Edit dialog box. The second loop is considered to be the secondary and is highlighted with cyan color. SolidCAM enabled you to define the wireframe geometry by loops of model faces using the Chains Selection dialog box. and their loops are highlighted. With this dialog box. two faces to which this edge belongs are determined. When this option is chosen.

46 . You can make a loop primary by clicking on it. the closed geometry chain is defined on this loop. the secondary loop is rejected.When you click on the Accept chain button. the primary loop (highlighted with yellow color) is chosen and displayed in the Chains list section. In such a way you can switch between both loops to choose the loop to be used for the chain definition.

2 Chains filtering by Z-Levels In previous versions. The range can be defined by typing the values in the edit boxes as well as by direct picking on the solid model when the cursor is placed in the relevant edit box. Geometry 2.2. 47 . and SolidCAM determined all the chains found at this level. the Z-coordinate of the picked position is displayed in the edit box. the chains selection filter could be defined by picking the Z-level on the solid model. the chain filtering functionality has been enhanced by adding the possibility to define the range of Z-levels as a filtering criterion. The From and To edit boxes enable you to define the range of Z-levels. In SolidCAM 2010.

SolidCAM 2010 provides an improvement to this functionality by enabling the user to visualize the geometries during the selection process. navigating through this list and choosing the right ones for operations was cumbersome. SolidCAM enabled you to define a new geometry for an operation or to choose an existing geometry from the combo-box. Clicking on this button displays the Browse Geometries dialog box that lists all the geometries of the type suitable for the chosen operation. When there is a large number of geometries defined in the CAM-Part. The button has been added into the Geometry section of the SolidCAM operation dialog box.2.3 Browsing geometries In previous versions. 48 .

it is highlighted on the model. Geometry When a geometry is chosen in this dialog box. 49 .2.

SolidCAM determines the start point of the picked entity closest to the picked position. during the picking of the first chain entity.4 Defining the direction of geometry chains In SolidCAM 2010. Start point Direction Picked position Geometry chain 50 . the geometry selection functionality has been improved and provides you with control over the chain direction. The direction of the picked first chain entity is defined automatically from the start point to the picked position.2.

5 Geometry definition and synchronization for Drill Recognition operations 2.2.1 Definition of geometry Automatic and manual geometry definition In previous versions. In SolidCAM 2010. a hole feature can be selected by picking its face or edge. but note that if you use the Auto mode after the Manual mode. Defining geometry by color SolidCAM 2010 introduces a new parameter that enables you to perform geometry filtering according to the color of the hole faces. the selections made in the Manual mode will be cleared. the filtering capabilities are disabled. a manual geometry selection mode has been provided in addition to the existing automatic mode. Auto The Manual option enables you to define the geometry for Drill Recognition operations by picking the specific hole features directly on the solid model. SolidCAM checks in the HR database to which hole feature the selected entity belongs and adds the determined hole feature to the Holes Tree list.5. The manual mode can be useful in cases when the geometry has to be defined only for individual holes. In the Manual mode. Geometry 2. When this option is chosen. The and Manual radio buttons have been added into the Options section of the HR Drill Geometry Selection dialog box. These two modes can be combined. 51 . the hole recognition process in Drill Recognition operations was performed automatically according to the user-defined filtering criteria. The Color section is added to the HR Drill Geometry Selection dialog box. The resulting set of holes could only be manually modified by excluding some hole features. This section can be enabled by selecting the corresponding check box. When a face/edge is picked.

• Pick from model This button enables you to define the color by picking the faces of the hole features. This dialog box enables you to choose the color from the basic palette or to define a new one. If you change the colors after the holes recognition. 52 . a holes database is created containing all the colors of the hole features. SolidCAM will add all holes with the specified color properties into the geometry. When the color is defined using either of the two buttons. In case of hole features consisting of several segments with different colors. Note when the process of holes recognition takes place for the first time. The chosen color is accepted. SolidCAM determines its RGB components and displays them in the Red/Green/Blue edit boxes. the holes recognition is performed according to the color of the hole top segment regardless of the color properties of the lower segments.• Define This button enables you to choose the color for filtering. and when you click on the Find Holes button. these changes will not take effect until the next time you perform holes recognition. The standard Color dialog box is displayed.

5. SolidCAM includes in the geometry the previously selected holes (automatically and manually) and the new holes added in the process of model change (if there are any) that meet the criteria of the filtering initially used for drill recognition. When you define the geometry using the filters and then change it manually.2 Synchronization of geometry In SolidCAM 2010. • A new hole that meets the flittering criteria is added to the model. there is no associativity. 53 . Removing recognized holes from the list In the right-click menu available on the items in the Holes list. The following changes were then made: • One of the recognized holes is removed manually from the list. Tree 2. You can remove a single hole or a group of holes (Shape/Group) from the list using these commands. the new Remove/Remove All options have been added. Geometry If the color parameter is chosen by picking the color of a model entity. these changes are taken into account during the synchronization. If the color is defined by choosing from the Windows palette.2. the functionality of geometry synchronization has been improved. • A hole with a different diameter is selected manually. the geometry contains the holes chosen by filtering except for the removed one. then this color parameter becomes associative with the solid model. After the synchronization. After the synchronization. SolidCAM does not include in the geometry the holes that were removed manually and those whose diameter has been changed such that they do not match the filtering parameters. the hole that was selected manually and the newly added hole. Example: The geometry has been defined by filtering the holes according to the diameter.

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Outside Holder Length. • Reamer. customization of the length parameters was required. its Cutting Length is automatically assigned the value of the machining depth in this operation. Whenever a new tool. • Ball Nose Mill. that are suitable to the Cutting Length parameter. Since the default values were generated without consideration of the machining depth. SolidCAM 2010 provides you with improvements in the length definition functionality. In this case.1 Cutting Length improvements Definition of certain milling tools includes several length parameters: Cutting Length. and Total Length. • Drill. is created in a SolidCAM operation. only the tools in the tool library.g. • Taper Mill. SolidCAM automatically assigned hard-coded default values to these parameters. • Bull Nose Mill. These length parameters are defined for the following tools: • End Mill. the default tool length could be unsuitable for machining in certain operations. Shoulder Length. of the types listed above.3. SolidCAM enables you also to display. • Tap tool. the Cutting Length value could be smaller than the operation machining depth. Diameter Shoulder Length Cutting Length Outside Holder Length Total Length When a new tool of one of these types was created in previous versions. e. 56 .

Thread Milling. 3D Milling.2 Tool filtering SolidCAM 2010 enables you to perform the tool range filtering by the Cutting Length parameter. The From value enables you to define the lower limit. Drilling. 3D Drilling. and the To value enables you to define the upper limit of the Cutting Length range. SolidCAM determines the cutting depth of the operation and uses it for the definition of the Cutting Length parameter value of the tool. Profile. 3. click the From button. Translated Surface. • For Contour 3D.1 Definition of cutting length according to operation machining length When a new tool. and Slot (with constant section) operations. the Depth parameter is defined directly in the operation interface. of one of the types mentioned above. Only the tools with the Cutting Length within the specified range will be displayed in the tool table as a result of filtering. Pocket. T-Slot. The Cutting Length section is added to the Range dialog box. Sim 5-Axis and HSS operations. Slot (with shaped section). HSM. Tools 3. • For Drill Recognition and Pocket Recognition operations. the hard-coded value is used for the Cutting Length definition.1. 3D Engraving. the Depth parameter cannot be automatically determined – the default hard-coded value is used for the new tool length definition.1. 57 . To automatically define the lower limit value using the cutting depth of the current operation. is created in an operation.3. When a tool is defined in the CAM-Part environment (with no operation open). The depth is determined as follows: • For Face Milling. the Depth parameter is automatically determined as the depth of the deepest hole/pocket machined in the operation.

The sum of this distance and the Outside Holder Length provides the exact value of the H Length.2.3. This parameter defines the distance from the tool tip to the spindle end face and is used for locating the tool in the spindle unit in the SolidCAM Machine simulation. This parameter is defined for each tool adaptor component of the tooling system defined in SolidCAM. the default value of H Length (100) was hard-coded and its definition did not depend on the holder type and the tool overhang from spindle. Holder Overhang Length 58 .2 H Length improvements The H Length parameter is available for each milling tool. This parameter defines the suggested distance between the tool adaptor end face and the end face of the spindle. The chosen holder defines the distance between the holder end face and the spindle end face. provides you with the following improvements in the process of H Length definition: SolidCAM 2010 3. Generally. the distance controlled by the H Length parameter depends on the chosen tool holder and the tool overhang from holder (controlled by the Outside Holder Length parameter). Spindle Tool Holder H Length Outside Holder Length In previous versions.1 Holder overhang length The Holder overhang length edit box has been added to the Tool holders dialog box.

When the check box is selected. the H Length edit box is enabled.3. the value of the H Length parameter is recalculated. a check box has been added to the H Length parameter edit box. in this case the automatically calculated H Length value is used and displayed in the edit box. Length If one of the tool holding system components or the value of the Outside Holder parameter is changed. When the check box is not selected. the H length edit box is disabled.2 H Length In the Part Tool Table dialog box.2. When a tool holder is chosen. Tools 3. and you can customize the H Length value. the value of the H Length parameter is recalculated as the sum of the Outside Holder Length. the Holder Overhang Length and the length of the chosen tool holder extension. This check box enables you to define the H Length parameter value either automatically or manually. 59 .

3. containing different sets of spin and feed defaults.3 Spin and Feed definition improvements In previous versions. the dialog box is displayed. Tool Library SolidCAM 2010 provides you with improved functionality enabling the user to assign for submenu of the SolidCAM menu When you choose this item. to be used with different work materials and different CNC-machines. 60 . The Speed and Feed Defaults item in the has been renamed into Work Materials. each tool a table. Work Material This dialog box displays the list of available work materials and enables you to set the tool related parameters for each of them.3.1 Defining the work material SolidCAM enables you to define and manage the list of work materials to be machined. You can edit the list by adding new items and/or deleting the existing ones. the spin and feed defaults were defined according to the used work material and tool material. 3.

3. several work materials can be assigned. For each tool. several sets of cutting parameters can be defined. Such assignment means that the tool can perform machining of the assigned work material.2 Assigning the work material to the CAM-Part The Work Material section of the Part Data dialog box enables you to choose the work material for each machining project. The list displays all the work materials defined in the Work Material dialog box (see topic 3.3 Defining the sets of cutting conditions for different tools Each tool library in SolidCAM is accompanied by a database containing the feed and spin data for the tools. Each set can be adjusted to a specific CNC-Machine through a cutting data correction table. Tools 3.3. For each work material.3.3. 61 . 3.1). Tool Table dialog The Cutting Conditions button has been added to the Default Tool Data page of the Part box.

Managing sets of cutting conditions You can add. When the work material is chosen from the Work Material list. are displayed. Also this dialog box enables you to specify the correction data for a different CNC-Machines (Corrections sub-table). If no cutting condition sets are defined for the specified material.This button displays the Cutting Conditions dialog box that enables you to define sets of cutting parameters relevant for machining of different work materials by the current tool (Sets sub-table). 62 . edit and remove the sets of working conditions using the buttons at the bottom of the Sets section of the Cutting Conditions dialog box. SolidCAM displays the Sets sub-table that contains a number of cutting condition sets relevant for the chosen work material. several sets of correction data for different CNCMachines. you can create a new set and fill it with the cutting parameters data. For each such set.

the corresponding parameters will be used by default. this means the following: when this tool will be chosen for machining of a CAM-Part with specific work material. When one of the rows listed in the Sets sub-table is marked with a selected check box. 63 . • The Remove button enables you to remove the existing sets of cutting conditions from the table.3. This button displays the Cutting Condition dialog box that enables you to define a set of cutting parameters for machining of the specified work material by the current tool. • The Edit button enables you to edit the existing sets of cutting conditions in the Cutting Condition dialog box. Tools • The Add button enables you to define a new set of cutting conditions.

• The Remove button enables you to remove the existing sets of corrections from the table. The correction is defined as percentage from the original default value. on a specified CNC-machine. These corrections will be applied to the default parameters for machining of the current material. • The Edit CNC-Machine Definition dialog button enables you to edit the existing sets of corrections in the box. otherwise the Default correction set is marked (this set is automatically added to each corrections sub-table). 64 . indicates the current active CNC-Machine correction. by the current tool. The buttons at the bottom enable you to manage the defined corrections. marking one of the rows listed in the Corrections sub-table. The CNC-Machine chosen for the current CAM-Part is marked by default (if it was added to the corrections table). • The Add button enables you to add a new set of corrections. The check sign. This button displays the CNC-Machine Definition dialog box that enables you to define a set of corrections.Adjusting the cutting parameters to a specific CNC-machine The Corrections sub-table enables you to adjust the defined cutting conditions for use on a specific CNC-machine.

right-click on the operation entry in SolidCAM Manager and choose Change Tool Data. you can perform this update by entering the tool data from the operation dialog box and clicking on the Reset according to Part Tool Table button. Tools When you have defined cutting conditions for tools in your Part Tool Table and then you change the CNC-machine in the CAM-Part definition. the feed and spin data in the Part Tool Table are updated according to the corrections of the newly chosen machine (if these are defined). the following prompt is displayed: If you confirm this prompt. To update the data for multiple operations. 65 . in the Operation Tool Data dialog box click on the Reset according to Part Tool Table button. or are changed to values specified in the Default corrections set.3. If you want to update these parameters in the particular operation. Note that the feed and spin data are updated only in the Part Tool Table.

The tool image can be dynamically zoomed and rotated together with the model.4 Visual tool check in Part Tool Table In previous versions. SolidCAM 2010 provides you with additional functionality of visual tool check – a tool preview is provided directly on the solid model. When the Part Tool Table dialog box is displayed with a tool selected. a half-transparent image of the selected tool follows the cursor that moves over the model. 66 . the tools contained in the Part Tool Table could be previewed using the Show button that displayed the selected tool in a separate window.3.

67 .3. Tools This functionality can be enabled by selecting the Enable visual tool check check box in the Miscellaneous page of the SolidCAM Settings dialog box. The visual tool check is available only for Milling tools.

This page enables you to choose the tool holder.5. The Browse button enables you to browse to the directory where the holder files are saved. With this functionality. stored in the default Tables directory (see SolidCAM Turning User Guide). SolidCAM 2010 3.1 Choosing the tool holder SolidCAM enables you to define tool holders in the Part Tool Table using STL files.3. Use STL holder When this check box is selected. Global Holders This list displays a number of tool holders existing in SolidCAM Holders Table. Holder name This field displays the name of the currently chosen holder.5 Turning tool holder definition and visualization introduces a new functionality of turning tool holders definition and visualization in Machine simulation. Holders folder This field displays the path to the holders storage location. the holder use is enabled for the chosen tool. The Holder tab has been added into the Edit page of the Part Tool Table dialog box. preview it and define its positioning on the machine. 68 . SolidCAM 2010 also enables you to define the correct position of the tool on the CNC-machine.

• Remove holder name field and This option removes the selected holder from the list. • Add holder This option creates another holder entry in the Holder enables you to add a tool holder to the Global Holders list. • Remove all holders This option removes all the holders from the list. 69 . • Copy all holders to local This option enables you to copy all the tool holders displayed in the list to the Local Holders list. used for the positioning of the tool on the CNC-machine (station_transformXXXX). The edit boxes in the Tool origin position CS section become available. Tools A right-click menu available on the items in this list enables you to manage the available holders: • Copy holder to local This option enables you to copy the selected tool holder to the Local Holders list. • Edit holder This option enables you to edit the tool origin position coordinates for the selected holder. These coordinates can be edited using the Edit holder option available in the right-click menu on items in the Global holders list. Tool origin position CS This section displays the XYZ coordinates of the tool coordinate system origin.3. relative to the tool position coordinate system.

3.Local Holders This field displays the list of holders chosen for use in the current CAM-Part. 70 . The Origin Pos Z and Origin Pos X (formerly Extension and Side offset respectively) parameters define the coordinates of the tool origin position relative to the Tool origin position CS (see topic 3.2 Defining the tool origin position In the Topology tab of the Edit page of the Part Tool Table dialog box.1).5. you can define the coordinates of the tool origin position.5.

5D Milling 4 .2.

1 Drill Recognition improvements 4.4. R2.85 Z10. G98 G81 Z-96. which resulted in long GCode files.1 Minimize hole cycle In previous versions. a separate GCode cycle is generated for each drilling position of the machined geometry.85 X509. F33 G80 72 .85 Z10.85 Y35.DRILL-HR) (-------------------------) X35.85 X35. R2. F33 G80 G0 X35.85 Z10. R2.85 Y459. G98 G81 Z-96. SolidCAM 2010 The Minimize hole cycle check box is added into the Drill cycle section of the Drill Recognition Operation dialog box.85 X509. the GCode of Drill Recognition operations contained a separate GCode cycle for each machined position.85 Z10.the holes that have the same Upper level and Depth data are grouped under a common single Gcode cycle.85 Y459.85 Y35. For example. R2.1. G98 G81 Z-96. (DR-DRILL-R7-T3 .85 Y459. F33 G80 G0 X509. When this check box is not selected. provides you with the capability to shorten the GCode file by grouping similar drilling positions under the same Gcode cycle . G98 G81 Z-96. F33 G80 G0 X509.

85 Y459. 2.2 Complete hole group provides you with the additional capability to sort holes by groups.85 Z10.85 X509. (DR-DRILL-R7-T3 .85 X35.85 G80 4. according to the chosen sorting method. R2. in which the Upper level and Depth data are the same. F33 X509.85 Y35. When this check box is not selected. SolidCAM 2010 The Complete hole group check box is added into the Sequence of drill positions section of the Drill Recognition Operation dialog box.5D Milling When this check box is selected. the holes are drilled one by one.DRILL-HR) (-------------------------) X35. 73 . For example.1. SolidCAM groups the drilling positions with the same Upper level and Depth under common GCode cycle. G98 G81 Z-96.4.

When this check box is selected. 74 . according to the specified sorting method. the holes are sorted by groups. the drilling order within each group is determined according to the sorting method.

Turning 5 .

SolidCAM enables you to define geometries on the envelope sketch. The envelope sketch is located in the CAM component of the CAM-Part assembly. edges and vertices (the Solid mode). The segment of the envelope used for the geometry definition was determined between the start and the end entities picked on the model. geometry definition was governed by the choice in the Envelope side section of the dialog box. SolidCAM enables you to generate the envelope of the model. When the Solid option is chosen. Turning geometry can be defined by selecting wireframe elements (the Wireframe mode) or by picking solid model entities such as faces. External envelope Internal envelope Selected faces 76 . clicking on the Define button displays the Geometry Selection on Model dialog box that enables you to define the geometry on the envelope by selecting model entities. In previous versions. on the chosen side of the envelope.5.1 Selecting geometry on envelope In the process of Target model definition.

• Automatic selection This mode enables you to automatically select the chain on the envelope by picking two model entities. The previously available envelope side definition is not relevant any more and has been removed. When the Start and End entities are picked. End entity Geometry chain Start entity Geometry chain Start entity End entity 77 . the geometry definition mechanism has been facilitated. Turning In SolidCAM 2010. The new interface offers you two modes of geometry definition: Automatic selection and Manual selection. SolidCAM projects their boundaries onto the envelope and determines the envelope segment between the picked entities. going counterclockwise from the start entity to the end entity. which are mutually exclusive and can be enabled by selecting the corresponding check boxes.5.

78 . and then joins these segments into the geometry chain. • The Line from smaller diameter option enables SolidCAM to close the gap by a horizontal line from the point of smaller diameter to the vertical line passing through the point with larger diameter. SolidCAM projects their boundaries onto the envelope and selects the envelope segment for each selected face. When the faces are selected. End face Start face The Faces section lists the selected model faces. Close gaps The Close gaps options enable you to close the gaps determined between the chosen envelope segments: • The Line from larger diameter option enables SolidCAM to close the gap by a horizontal line from the point of larger diameter to the vertical line passing through the point with smaller diameter.• Manual selection This mode enables you to define the geometry chain manually by selecting the model faces.

Turning • The Direct connection option enables SolidCAM to close the gap by connecting the end points of the envelope segments by a line. The extension is performed by the specified distance. Extensions The Start extension and End extension edit boxes provide you with the possibility to tangentially extend the defined envelope segment. 79 .5. tangentially to the geometry at the start/end points. the Chain list section enables you to confirm or reject the resulting chain. End extension Geometry Start extension Selected faces When model faces are selected.

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82 . In the Technology section. HSM Rough HSM Roughing operation When the For more information about SolidCAM HSM Roughing operations.6. fillets). But in many cases there is a need to remove large volumes of material. you can choose the type of roughing operation. the dialog box is displayed. SolidCAM High Speed Surface Machining (HSS) module brings the capabilities and surface quality of 3D Finishing to 2. HSM Rough The operation is chosen. The new HSM Rough module includes the following operations: Contour Roughing.1 HSM Rough machining module In production of prismatic parts generally using 2. For these purposes.g. SolidCAM 2010 introduces the new HSM Rough module that provides the you with power and productivity of high speed roughing.5D Milling operations. refer to the HSM Machining User Guide book. operations are available in the SolidCAM Manager tree. machining of 3D surfaces is often required (e.5D users. Hatch Roughing and Rest Roughing.

Linear and Constant step over machining. Tool and Constraint boundaries data. Constant Z strategy supplemented These two combined machining strategies share the Geometry. High Speed Machining (HSM) 6. the option to integrate two machining strategies in a single HSM operation was introduced by adding the Constant Z combined with the Horizontal.2 Constant Z and 3D Corner offset combined strategy In previous versions. The technological parameters for calculation and linking of tool path passes are defined separately for the Constant Z and 3D Corner offset strategies. The current release offers the combination of the with the secondary 3D Corner offset strategy.6. 83 .

84 .The Constant Z Passes page defines the parameters of the Constant Z machining strategy. which is used for removing material along internal corners and fillets with small radii that was not reached in previous operations. which is used for semi-finishing and finishing of steep model areas. The Pencil Passes page defines the parameters of the Pencil milling strategy.

The default option is Constant Z first. Two Link Passes pages. When the tool has finished performing the passes of the first machining strategy. 85 . which is used in order to machine all the internal corner radii to size.6. which are located under the Constant Z Passes and the Corner Offset pages. the Machining order tab enables you to define the order in which the Constant Z and Corner offset passes will be performed. then descends back to the machining surface to continue with the next strategy. it goes up to the Clearance level. In the Link page for Corner Offset Passes. High Speed Machining (HSM) The Corner Offset Passes page defines the parameters of the 3D Corner offset machining strategy. define the linking of the tool path for each of these strategies.

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88 . In the current version. etc. the new Stock definition button has been added. in order to clarify and facilitate the definition of these groups of parameters separately. In the Roughing page of the High Speed Surface Machining Operation dialog box. the Roughing page interface has been changed.7. This button displays the Stock definition dialog box that contains the stock-related parameters previously available at the Roughing page. Depth cuts. the stock parameters were defined at the Roughing page of the High Speed Surface Machining Operation dialog box along with the other features used for rough machining such as Multi-passes.1 Stock definition improvements In previous versions.

Tool diameter Segment length Check box is not selected Check box is selected The length of the tool path segments can be defined as a percentage of tool diameter or as a value.7. the segments whose length is smaller than specified are excluded from the tool path. When this check box is selected. High Speed Surface Machining (HSS) Ignore segments shorter than This new option enables you to exclude the segments that are shorter than the specified tool path length. 89 .

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Start point Surface normal Vector 92 . the start point is located at the intersection of the tool path with the vector specified by user-defined XYZ coordinates. The and Surface normal direction options have been added into this section. This option was available in previous versions. SolidCAM 2010 provides you with the additional possibility to define the start point position via the vector of the surface normal. or the direction can be picked on the model using the button. Vector coordinates can be set by numeric values. When the Surface normal direction option is chosen. The Start point by section has been added into the Start point parameters dialog box.1 Start point definition improvements In previous versions. Position The Position option enables you to define the start point by specifying the coordinates of the position. the start position for the first cut was defined by specifying the coordinates of the point where machining was supposed to start.8.

the approach/retract parameters and linking parameters were defined in the same Link page of the 5-Axis Operation dialog box. Sim.8. in order to clarify and facilitate the definition of these groups of parameters. In the current version. 5-Axis Machining 8. the Link page has been divided into two tabs: Approach/Retract and Links.2 Tool path linking definition improvements 8. 93 .1 Separate Approach/Retract and Linking definition In previous versions.2.

The Home position section has been added into the page of the 5-Axis Operation dialog box. From that point it performs the approach movement to the drive surface (or directly starts machining the latter in case of the Direct option chosen for First entry). the machining is performed as follows: The tool is positioned at the specified Home position. SolidCAM 2010 The Start from home position check box has been added into the First entry section in the Approach/Retract tab of the Link page of the 5-Axis Operation dialog box. where it gets tilted according to the defined Tool axis control parameters. Home position is a point from which the first rapid movement of the tool starts during the approach and to which the tool eventually returns after the retreat.2. The Return to home position check box has been added into the Last exit section in the Approach/Retract tab of the Link page of the 5-Axis Operation dialog box.8.2 Home position definition introduces a new Home position option for tool path linking that can be applied to the first entry and last exit links. 94 . with the tool axis parallel to the Z-axis of the Coordinate System. It then performs its initial rapid movement to the Clearance area/Retract distance/Safety distance level or to the start point of the first cutting pass (depending on the First entry setting). Approach/Retract tab of the Link When the Start from home position check box is selected.

the tool returns to the Clearance area/Retract distance/Safety distance level (depending on the Last exit setting) or directly to the Home position (in case of the Direct option chosen for Last exit).8. This section is available when at least one of the check boxes mentioned above is selected. 95 . Home position Clearance area Retract distance Retract distance Safety distance Safety distance The Home position section enables you to define the coordinates of the home position. the machining is performed as follows: after the last cutting pass. Sim. 5-Axis Machining When the Return to home position check box is selected.

3 4-Axis output format for Sim. 5-Axis sub-operations In previous versions. were available only with 5-Axis output. such as Cavity machining or Turbine Blade machining. 5-Axis sub-operations intended for specific machining tasks. In Output format the possibility to generate 4-Axis output has been added into the combo-box of the Toolpath parameters page of the operation dialog box. for the following sub-operations: • Cavity machining SolidCAM 2010.8. Sim. • Turbine Blade machining 96 .

8. 5-Axis Machining • Engraving • Electrode machining 97 . Sim.

4 Axial offset technology for 5-Axis Engraving SolidCAM enables you to offset the tool path along the tool axis. the tool path is smoothed. When this check box is selected. Engraving In SolidCAM 2010. 98 . Axial offset The Damp option enables you to smooth the tool path so that vertical jumps in the tool path are avoided. the resulting tool path exactly follows the defined edge curve.8. When this check box is not selected. The Axial offset parameter defines the offset value. Each point of the tool path (including the start position) is shifted in the tool axis direction. the Axial offset and Damp options have been enabled also for the sub-operation. The gouge control takes out all the gouges that result from this shift. The Axial offset option and the Damp check box have been added in the Toolpath parameters page of the Engraving dialog box. and therefore does not contain sharp jumps.

the stock parameters were defined at the Roughing page of the 5-Axis Operation dialog box. In the Roughing page of the 5-Axis Operation dialog box. In the current version. etc. Depth cuts. the new Stock definition button has been added.5 Stock definition improvements In previous versions. along with the other features used for rough machining such as Multi-passes. 5-Axis Machining 8. This button displays the Stock definition dialog box that contains the stock related parameters previously available at the Roughing page. the Roughing page interface has been changed.8. Sim. 99 . in order to clarify and facilitate the definition of these groups of parameters.

When this check box is selected. Tool diameter Segment length Check box is not selected Check box is selected The specified length can be defined as percentage of tool diameter or as a value.Ignore segments shorter than This new option enables you to exclude the segments of the tool path that are shorter than a specified length. the segments whose length is smaller than the specified value are excluded from the tool path. 100 .

• Translational limits When this option is chosen. SolidCAM uses the machine limits defined in the machine definition for translational movements. In SolidCAM 2010. this feature has been improved by adding more possibilities for machine limits use.6 Motion limits control definition improvements In previous versions. all the machine limits defined in the machine definition are ignored. This option could be turned on (machine limits used for both translational and rotational axes) or off (no machine limits used). SolidCAM uses the machine limits defined in the machine definition for both translational and rotational movements. a new combo-box has been added into the Machine limits section of the Motion limits control page of the 5-Axis Operation dialog box. SolidCAM uses the machine limits defined in the machine definition for both rotational movements. In this combo-box. Sim.8. 5-Axis Machining 8. Instead of the previously available check box that toggled the use of machine limits. 101 . • No limits When this option is chosen. four options of machine limits use are listed: • All limits When this option is chosen. SolidCAM enabled you to use the machine limits defined within the machine definition to limit the tool path movements for translational and rotational axes. • Rotational limits When this option is chosen.

the Multi-Axis Drilling Operation dialog box is displayed. These operations enabled you to machine multiple drills. the use of these operations was cumbersome since a separate Coordinate System was needed for each drilling direction. SolidCAM 2010 introduces a new Multi-Axis Drilling operation that enables you to machine a series of drills that have different orientations. In cases of drills with different orientations (on multiple sides or on a free-form surface).8. When you choose the Multi-Axis Drilling command from the Add operation menu in the SolidCAM Manager tree. This dialog box enables you to define the parameters of the Multi-Axis Drilling operation. 102 . using a single Coordinate System. the Coordinate System definition often required some modelling and sketching. SolidCAM provided you with basic capabilities of drill machining in Drilling and Drill Recognition operations.7 Multi-Axis Drilling operation In previous versions.

you have to choose only the Machine Coordinate Systems. relative to a Machine Coordinate System. For more information on the Coordinate System definition. Sim. The multi-axis drilling tool path positions and tool axis orientation at each tool path position are generated relative to the Machine Coordinate System. Multi-Axis In the Multi-Axis Drilling operation. You can choose an existing Coordinate System from the list or click on the Define button to define a new one using the CoordSys Manager dialog box.8. refer to the Milling User Guide book. The Machine Coordinate System is defined relative to the center of rotation of the machine (CNC-machine origin).1 CoordSys page This page enables you to define the Machine Coordinate System for the Drilling operation. This dialog box enables you to define a new Coordinate System directly on the solid model. the model is rotated to the selected CoordSys orientation. When the Coordinate System is chosen for the operation.7. 5-Axis Machining 8. The tool path is generated in the 4/5-axis space. SolidCAM 103 .

When the geometry is chosen.2 Geometry page This page enables you to define the geometry data for the Multi-Axis Drilling operation. the filtering of drills and the direction of drilling. Define button. You can choose an existing geometry from the list or click on the Define button to define a new one. 104 .7. • Model features This section enables you to define the mode of geometry selection (Auto/Manual). the 5X Drill Geometry Selection dialog box is Geometry definition is not available if the Target model is not defined.8. the Show button enables you to display it on the model. • Configurations This section enables you to switch between SolidWorks configurations and choose the relevant configuration for the geometry definition. • Name This section enables you to define the name of the geometry. Geometry definition When you click on the displayed.

SolidCAM Milling 105 User Guide . • Drill Positions This section lists all the drills found in the model. refer to the book. The Reverse by model selection option enables you to reverse the direction of specific drills by selecting their faces on the model. The Reverse button enables you to change the direction of the drill or a group of drills selected in the list. The Filter dialog box is displayed.8. For more information on drilling geometry definition. The Show all drills direction option enables you to display the direction of drilling for all drills in the list. It enables you to filter the drills by Hole type (Blind/Through) and setting the Hole diameter and Hole height range. The Show highlighted drills direction option enables you to display the direction of drilling by surface normals for the specific highlighted drills in the list. You can filter the drills by selecting the Use filter check box and clicking on the Filter button. The Use filter option and the Find Holes button are unavailable. The Reject button enables you to remove the selected drill or a group of drills from the list. you can select the drills manually by picking the hole faces on the solid model. Manual When the Manual mode is chosen. Sim. 5-Axis Machining Auto When the Auto mode is chosen. clicking on the Find Holes button enables SolidCAM to find automatically all the drills present in the solid model.

3 Tool page This page enables you to define the tool for the Multi-Axis Drilling operation and to set the cutting parameters (feed and spin). The following tool types are compatible with the Multi-Axis Drilling operation: • End Mill • Bull Nose Mill • Ball Nose Mill • Drill • Center Drill • Chamfer Drill • Spot Drill • Reamer • Bore • Tap • Taper 106 .7.8.

you can choose different clearance area types: • Plane This option enables you to define the Clearance area by plane. The tool performs a retract movement to the Clearance plane.7. 5-Axis Machining 8. The tool movements in the Clearance area are performed with rapid feed. Clearance area The Clearance area is the area where the tool movements can be performed safely without contact with the material. Clearance area SolidCAM enables you to define the location and the orientation of the Clearance plane.4 Levels page This page enables you to define the machining levels for the Multi-Axis Drilling operation. Depending on the part shape.8. and then a rapid movement in this plane. Sim. 107 .

Radius SolidCAM enables you to define the location and radius of the Clearance sphere. • Sphere When this option is chosen. orientation and radius of the Clearance cylinder. and then performs a rapid movement along the cylinder surface. Radius SolidCAM enables you to define the location. refer to SolidCAM 5-Axis . 108 Clearance area definition. The tool performs a retract movement to the Clearance sphere and then a rapid movement along the sphere surface.• Cylinder This option enables to define the Clearance area as a cylindrical surface. For more information about the Milling User Guide book. the Clearance area has a spherical shape. The tool performs a retract movement to the Clearance cylinder.

Clearance area Safety distance 109 . The first segment is performed with rapid feed up to the Safety distance.8. 5-Axis Machining Levels This section enables you to define the approach and retract from the part. Retract distance Retract and Safety distance for the tool to In the Clearance area. Safety distance Clearance area Retract distance After the descent movement to the Retract distance level. the tool rotates to the final orientation for the first cut. After the rotation. the tool starts the approach movement to the material. The approach movement consists of two segments. the tool performs a rapid descent movement to the level specified by the Retract distance parameter. From the Safety distance level. the approach movement is performed with the cutting feed. Sim. The Retract distance is measured from the start position of the drill.

Drill depth. Delta depth and Depth type data displayed in parentheses. All the drills in the list are structured in Groups.Depth edit This button displays the Depth Edit dialog box that enables you to choose the drills to be included in the geometry and modify the geometrical parameters of the chosen drills. The Reverse button enables you to reverse the direction of the chosen drills. 110 . Reverse All This command enables you to reverse the direction of all drills included in the geometry. Each Group has the same Delta start. Drill depth. Delta depth and Depth type sections. When one of the items of the list is selected. The corresponding drills are highlighted on the solid model with the arrow indicating the machining direction. the relevant parameters are displayed in the Delta start. The right-click menu is available on each item in the list: Reverse This command enables you to reverse the direction of the chosen drills. • Holes Tree This section displays the list of all drills chosen for the geometry.

Restore Data from Model to All This command enables you to restore the default parameters for all the drills in the list. the start point is moved downwards from the default position. Select All/Unselect All These commands enable you to toggle the selection of all recognized drills. When a positive value is entered. Restore Reverse from Model This command enables you to restore the default direction of the selected item (a group or a single drill). SolidCAM checks the Holes Tree items and reorganizes them into groups according to the changed parameters. 111 . SolidCAM checks the Holes Tree items and reorganizes them into groups according to the changed parameters.8. When a negative value is entered. • Hole Diameter (D) This section enables you to set the diameter value and apply it to selected drills. When this command is applied. When this command is applied. Sim. the start point is moved upwards from the default position. • Delta Start (ds) This section enables you to change the Z-value of the default drilling start point recognized on the Target model. Restore Reverse from Model to All This command enables you to restore the default direction of all of the drills whose direction was previously reversed. 5-Axis Machining Restore Data from Model This command enables you to restore the default parameters recognized on the Target model for the selected item (a group or a single drill).

• Drill depth (d) This section enables you to define the value of the drilling depth and apply it to selected drills. The All check box enables you to apply the updated values to all the items in the list. • Delta depth (dd) This section enables you to set the offset for the cutting depth and apply it to selected drills. You can also deepen a drilled hole in order to obtain a given diameter at the specified drill depth. The following options are available: Cutter tip The tool tip reaches the defined drilling depth. 112 . Full diameter The tool reaches the defined drilling depth with the full diameter. The Apply button. Diameter value The tool reaches the defined depth with the drill cone diameter specified by the Diameter value parameter. You can define the diameter on the conical part of the drilling tool that will reach the specified drilling depth during the machining. • Depth type This section enables you to define the Depth type for selected drills. enables you to apply the defined parameter to the selected list item (a group or a drill). in each of the sections described above.

Sim.8. The drills are machined in the initial order provided by the Multi-Axis Drilling geometry.7.5 Technology page This page enables you to define the technological data for the Multi-Axis Drilling operation. Sequence of drill positions This section enables you to define the order of the drilling sequence. 5-Axis Machining 8. 113 . The Sort sequence by list provides you with the following modes of drilling positions sorting: • Default Sorting is not performed.

e. When this option is used. For more information about the line definition. The button displays the Sorting dialog box.• Distance Drills are sorted by the shortest distance. Then the nearest drilling instance is chosen. The Cylindrical tab contains the sorting methods appropriate for machining of cylindrical drilling patterns (see topic 8. refer to the Milling User Guide book. the one that is located at the shortest distance from the previous drilling position. • Advanced SolidCAM This option enables you to sort the drilling positions for machining of linear. SolidCAM minimizes the length of the necessary tool movement. Machining of the first drill is performed at the first point defined in the drilling geometry. Advanced The Linear tab contains the sorting methods appropriate for machining of linear drilling patterns. circular and cylindrical drilling patterns. 114 . The Circular tab contains the sorting methods appropriate for machining of circular drilling patterns.8). i. • Line This option enables you to define the direction of machining of the sequenced drilling positions by line.

7. Sim. 8. For more information about the Motion limits control parameters.6 Motion limits control page This page enables you to optimize the calculated tool path according to the kinematics and special characteristics of your CNC-machine. 115 .8. 5-Axis Milling User Guide book. For more information about the drilling cycles. 5-Axis Machining Drill cycle This section enables you to define the drilling cycle that will be used in the current operation. refer to the SolidCAM Sim. refer to SolidCAM Milling User Guide book.

7 Miscellaneous parameters page This page enables you to define a number of miscellaneous parameters and options related to the 5-axis tool path calculation.7. 5-Axis Milling User Guide book. For more information about these parameters. refer to the SolidCAM Sim.8. 116 .

a radial vector passing through the cylinder axis and the drilling position is determined. Cylindrical For the ordering of drilling positions by all of the cylindrical sorting methods. The Z-coordinates of the drilling positions also serve as a criterion for sorting.8. SolidCAM then determines the angle between this vector and the X-axis at the center point. 5-Axis Machining 8. Z X Radius Angle 117 . The tab has been added into the Advanced Sorting dialog box. with the introduction of the new Multi-Axis Drilling functionality (see topic 8. Circular pattern This section contains the following parameters: • Start angle Z-levels This parameter enables you to define the angle at which the start position will be chosen. Sim. advanced sorting of the drilling positions was available for linear and circular patterns (see topic 8.5).7. This angle is defined according to the positive direction of the X-axis at the pattern center. This tab contains the sorting methods applicable to cylindrical drilling patterns. In SolidCAM 2010. Cylindrical sorting is available only for Multi-Axis Drilling operations. For each position of the chosen geometry.8 Sorting of cylindrical drilling patterns In previous versions. the new Cylindrical sorting option is provided.7). SolidCAM uses the center point around which the cylindrical pattern is defined.

each additional drilling position to be included into this group must be located at the angle that is within the angular tolerance (calculated automatically according to the specified tolerance) from the angle of the start position. The Pick center point dialog box enables you to pick the center position and displays the coordinates of the picked point. 118 . Change sorting center By default. • Tolerance During the cylindrical sorting. SolidCAM classifies the drilling positions into groups of those located at the same angle. SolidCAM determines the start position. The Tolerance value determines if drilling positions belong to the same angle group. SolidCAM determines the direction vector from the pattern center towards the picked position. The Change sorting center button enables you to change the pattern center location by picking on the model. Pick When the position is picked and the dialog box is confirmed.The button enables you to define the Start angle by picking a point on the model. For each group of drilling positions located at the same angle. The Pick angle point dialog box enables you to pick the position on the model and displays the coordinates of the picked position. the pattern center is automatically defined at the origin of the Coordinate System used in the current operation. SolidCAM automatically calculates the angle between the direction vector and the X-axis at the pattern center and displays the angle value in the Start angle edit box.

This position is accepted as the start position. 5-Axis Machining Cylindrical sorting methods The following methods are available for advanced Cylindrical sorting: SolidCAM determines the drilling position with the minimal Z-coordinate (the farthest from the center position) and located at the angle maximally close to the specified Start angle value. the machining is performed in the same manner. Sim. SolidCAM performs the machining of all the drilling positions located at the same angle. the machining is performed in the same manner. From this position.8. At this angle. SolidCAM performs the machining of all the drilling positions located at the same angle. SolidCAM moves to the drilling position with the minimal Z-coordinate located at the next angle increment in the clockwise direction. At this angle. SolidCAM moves to the drilling position with the maximal Z-coordinate located at the next angle increment in the clockwise direction. The machining is performed in the decreasing order of Z-coordinates. The machining is performed in the increasing order of Z-coordinates. When all the drilling positions located at the current angle are machined. From this position. When all the drilling positions located at the current angle are machined. SolidCAM determines the drilling position with the maximal Z-coordinate (the closest to the center position) and located at the angle maximally close to the specified Start angle value. This position is accepted as the start position. 119 .

SolidCAM performs the machining of all the drilling positions located at the same angle. SolidCAM determines the drilling position with the minimal Z-coordinate (the farthest from the center position) and located at the angle maximally close to the specified Start angle value. At this angle. At this angle. From this position. The machining is performed in the decreasing order of Z-coordinates. SolidCAM moves to the drilling position with the minimal Z-coordinate located at the next angle increment in the clockwise direction. SolidCAM performs the machining of all the drilling positions located at the same angle.SolidCAM determines the drilling position with the maximal Z-coordinate (the closest to the center position) and located at the angle maximally close to the specified Start angle value. From this position. This position is accepted as the start position. the machining is performed in the decreasing order of Z-coordinates. When all the drilling positions located at the current angle are machined. The machining is performed in the increasing order of Z-coordinates. 120 . SolidCAM moves to the drilling position with the maximal Z-coordinate located at the next angle increment in the clockwise direction. When all the drilling positions located at the current angle are machined. the machining is performed in the increasing order of Z-coordinates. This position is accepted as the start position.

From this position. When all the drilling positions located at the current angle are machined. SolidCAM performs the machining of all the drilling positions located at the same angle. 5-Axis Machining SolidCAM determines the drilling position with the maximal Z-coordinate (the closest to the center position) and located at the angle maximally close to the specified Start angle value. When all the drilling positions located at the current angle are machined. At this angle. This position is accepted as the start position. Sim. SolidCAM moves to the drilling position with the minimal Z-coordinate located at the next angle increment in the counterclockwise direction. The machining is performed in the decreasing order of Z-coordinates. SolidCAM determines the drilling position with the minimal Z-coordinate (the farthest from the center position) and located at the angle maximally close to the specified Start angle value. At this angle. 121 . the machining is performed in the same manner. SolidCAM moves to the drilling position with the maximal Z-coordinate located at the next angle increment in the counterclockwise direction. The machining is performed in the increasing order of Z-coordinates. This position is accepted as the start position. SolidCAM performs the machining of all the drilling positions located at the same angle. From this position. the machining is performed in the same manner.8.

the machining is performed in the decreasing order of Z-coordinates. When all the drilling positions located at the current angle are machined. When all the drilling positions located at the current angle are machined. At this angle. SolidCAM determines the drilling position with the minimal Z-coordinate (the farthest from the center position) and located at the angle maximally close to the specified Start angle value. The machining is performed in the decreasing order of Z-coordinates. From this position. SolidCAM moves to the drilling position with the maximal Z-coordinate located at the next angle increment in the counterclockwise direction. SolidCAM moves to the drilling position with the minimal Z-coordinate located at the next angle increment in the counterclockwise direction. At this angle. The machining is performed in the increasing order of Z-coordinates.SolidCAM determines the drilling position with the maximal Z-coordinate (the closest to the center position) and located at the angle maximally close to the specified Start angle value. From this position. This position is accepted as the start position. the machining is performed in the increasing order of Z-coordinates. SolidCAM performs the machining of all the drilling positions located at the same angle. 122 . SolidCAM performs the machining of all the drilling positions located at the same angle. This position is accepted as the start position.

From this position. SolidCAM performs the machining of all the drilling positions with the same Z-coordinate. This position is accepted as the start position. SolidCAM moves to the drilling position located at the angle maximally close to the specified Start angle value at the next Z-level. and the machining is performed in the same manner. The machining is performed in the clockwise direction. 5-Axis Machining SolidCAM determines the drilling position with the maximal Z-coordinate (the closest to the center position) and located at the angle maximally close to the specified Start angle value. SolidCAM moves to the drilling position located at the angle maximally close to the specified Start angle value at the next Z-level. and the machining is performed in the same manner. 123 . From this position. When all the drilling positions of the current Z-level are machined. The machining is performed in the clockwise direction. SolidCAM determines the drilling position with the minimal Z-coordinate (the farthest from the center position) and located at the angle maximally close to the specified Start angle value. When all the drilling positions of the current Z-level are machined. This position is accepted as the start position. SolidCAM performs the machining of all the drilling positions with the same Z-coordinate. Sim.8.

The machining is performed in the counterclockwise direction. SolidCAM moves to the drilling position located at the angle maximally close to the specified Start angle value at the next Z-level. From this position. SolidCAM performs the machining of all the drilling positions with the same Z-coordinate. and the machining is performed in the same manner. 124 . and the machining is performed in the same manner. When all the drilling positions of the current Z-level are machined. The machining is performed in the counterclockwise direction. SolidCAM moves to the drilling position located at the angle maximally close to the specified Start angle value at the next Z-level. This position is accepted as the start position.SolidCAM determines the drilling position with the maximal Z-coordinate (the closest to the center position) and located at the angle maximally close to the specified Start angle value. When all the drilling positions of the current Z-level are machined. SolidCAM performs the machining of all the drilling positions with the same Z-coordinate. This position is accepted as the start position. From this position. SolidCAM determines the drilling position with the minimal Z-coordinate (the farthest from the center position) and located at the angle maximally close to the specified Start angle value.

SolidCAM performs the machining of all the drilling positions with the same Z-coordinate. SolidCAM determines the drilling position with the minimal Z-coordinate (the farthest from the center position) and located at the angle maximally close to the specified Start angle value. This position is accepted as the start position. The machining is performed in the clockwise direction.8. 5-Axis Machining SolidCAM determines the drilling position with the maximal Z-coordinate (the closest to the center position) and located at the angle maximally close to the specified Start angle value. and the machining of the next Z-level is performed in the opposite direction. From this position. 125 . The machining is performed in the clockwise direction. When all the drilling positions of the current Z-level are machined. and the machining of the next Z-level is performed in the opposite direction. This position is accepted as the start position. Sim. From this position. SolidCAM moves to the closest drilling position located at the next Z-level. SolidCAM performs the machining of all the drilling positions with the same Z-coordinate. When all the drilling positions of the current Z-level are machined. SolidCAM moves to the closest drilling position located at the next Z-level.

SolidCAM performs the machining of all the drilling positions with the same Z-coordinate. When all the drilling positions of the current Z-level are machined. SolidCAM determines the drilling position with the minimal Z-coordinate (the farthest from the center position) and located at the angle maximally close to the specified Start angle value. This position is accepted as the start position. SolidCAM moves to the closest drilling position located at the next Z-level. This position is accepted as the start position. The machining is performed in the counterclockwise direction. SolidCAM moves to the closest drilling position located at the next Z-level. SolidCAM performs the machining of all the drilling positions with the same Z-coordinate. When all the drilling positions of the current Z-level are machined. and the machining of the next Z-level is performed in the opposite direction.SolidCAM determines the drilling position with the maximal Z-coordinate (the closest to the center position) and located at the angle maximally close to the specified Start angle value. From this position. 126 . and the machining of the next Z-level is performed in the opposite direction. From this position. The machining is performed in the counterclockwise direction.

5-Axis option from the right-click menu.8. Sim. 127 . For example.9 HSM to Sim. 5-Axis dialog box is displayed. This dialog box enables you to define the parameters of the convert operation. 5-Axis Machining 8. add a new operation in the SolidCAM Manager tree and choose the Converting HSM to Sim. HSM machining of deep cavities requires the use of long tools. which can cause tool breakage. 5-axis capabilities. To convert an HSM operation into Sim. The Convert HSM to Sim. the same cavities can be machined using a tool of smaller length while tilting this tool to follow the same tool path. there is a need to perform machining of 3D parts using the Sim. 5-axis. 5-Axis tool path conversion In some machining cases.

Tool This page enables you to define the tool and the related parameters such as feed and spin for the operation.The Convert HSM to Sim. you need to choose the operation to be converted from the corresponding combo-box. 5-Axis Milling User Guide). In the Source operation section. 5-axis one. a tool of the Ball-nosed mill type must be used in the source operation. The source operations for conversion can be of the 3D Milling and HSM types. The Conversion data section enables you to specify the Cut tolerance parameter. 128 . this value defines the tool path accuracy (see SolidCAM Sim. To convert a 3-axis operation (3D Milling or HSM) into a Sim. 5-Axis dialog box contains the following pages: Source operation This page enables you to choose the original operation that will be converted and define a number of the conversion parameters. The Disassociate button cancels the connection between the source operation and the converted one.

129 . Tool axis control This page enables you to define the orientation of the tool axis during the Sim. Sim. 5-Axis Machining Levels This page enables you to define the machining levels for the operation.8. 5-axis machining.

130 . A new 3-axis to 5-axis conversion option is added for the Tilting tool away with max. The advantage of automatic collision avoidance is to free the user from manual choice of tilting angles: you only need to specify the desired tilting angle. angle strategy in the Gouge tabs available in the Gouge check page of the Converted dialog box. If no possible passes are found.Gouge check This page enables you to avoid the tool gouging of the selected drive and check surfaces. and whether tilting will occur in areas where no collisions are detected. 5-axis tool paths by tool inclination. the tool returns to the Clearance level. • Maximum tilt angle This parameter defines the maximal angle of tool tilting allowed to avoid collision. In this page. When this value is found not sufficient to avoid collisions. and the system searches the remaining calculated tool path for gouge-free passes that can be performed according to the angle limitation. machining is not continued. the maximal angle allowed. The Advanced button displays the Collision avoidance by tool tilting dialog box that enables you to define the following tilting parameters. SolidCAM enables you to define the parameters of automatic collision avoidance for Sim.

the system automatically calculates the tool tilting angle in the range from 0˚ up to the specified Maximum tilt angle value. it is increased up to the specified Maximum tilt angle value. the tool sticks to its initial axis defined for the 3-axis tool path while machining the collision-free areas. the tool is tilted to the preferred angle specified in the related edit box. Sim. When this check box is not selected. When this check box is not selected. When this value is not sufficient to avoid collision. 5-Axis Machining • Desired tilt angle When this check box is selected.8. the tool is also tilted to the specified Desired tilt angle. • Tilt for collision free zones Desired tilt angle When this check box is selected. in areas where no collisions are detected. Tilt for collision free zones check box is selected Tilt for collision free zones check box is not selected 131 . when a collision is detected.

the source operation is suppressed in the SolidCAM Manager tree. Miscellaneous parameters This page enables you to define a number of miscellaneous parameters and options related to the Sim. refer to SolidCAM Sim. 132 .Motion limits control This page enables you to define the parameters related to kinematics and special characteristics of the CNC-machine. 5-Axis operation parameters pages. 5-Axis Milling User Guide. For a more detailed explanation of the Sim. 5-axis tool path calculation. When the converted operation is saved and calculated.

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in parallel to continued working in SolidCAM.9. SolidCAM 2010 For example: • Continue adding new operations while a SolidVerify simulation of the previous operations is working in the background.1 External Simulator in SolidCAM provides you with a new External Simulator for simulation of operations in a separate window. 134 . • Building updated stocks. which takes a considerable amount of time in case of large and complex parts. The External Simulator window is displayed when you choose the Simulate External command from the right-click menu available on the Operations header of the SolidCAM Manager tree.

with the control buttons above it. Show SolidCAM Manager When this check box is selected. all the operations included in the simulation (and the related items such as geometries. and so forth) are marked by the lock icon in SolidCAM Manager. deleted or recalculated.9. However you can continue adding new operations. Simulation When the External Simulator window is displayed. 135 . this locking means that these operations cannot be edited. while the simulation is running. after the existing ones. When this check box is not selected. the Operations header of the SolidCAM Manager tree along with the simulation control panel is displayed in the left portion of the External Simulator window. Also new operations cannot be inserted between the locked operations. the External Simulator window displays only the graphic area of the simulation. coordinate systems.

on as-needed basis. you may need to indicate the priority of the External simulator as a secondary task (while SolidCAM is a main task). SolidCAM might then run slower. When the Run as background process option is chosen. SolidCAM has higher priority than External simulator in terms of using system resources. regardless of the other processes. the External simulator uses system resources. therefore you can continue working with the CAM-Part while the simulation is running. 136 .Run as main process/Run as background process Since simulation is a process that takes up a lot of system resources. When the Run as main process option is chosen.

and the tool number corresponds to the number of the relevant coordinate transformation that represents this tool position in the CNC-machine definition. Each tool has its slot in the turret. Machine To display the tool holder in Machine simulation. a number of tools can be mounted on the rotary turret with the possibility to switch between tools when necessary. the rotary turret feature is supported in turning tool holding system.9. 137 . In case of machines with rotary turret. Holder definition for machines with rotary turret In SolidCAM 2010.2 Turning tool holding system in Machine simulation SolidCAM 2010 enables the display of the turning tool holding system in the simulation mode. Simulation 9. you need to define it in the Machine definition tree.

you need to add the following items into the CNC-machine definition: 1... and the last two characters define the tool number in the Part Tool Table (for example. This is the coordinate system of one of the tool positions on the rotary turret.To enable the visualization of rotary turrets in the Machine simulation. The TRAx name is hard-coded in SolidCAM and cannot be changed. station_transformXXXX Add a new transformation to the TRAxX axis. 138 . 2. B. the second character (a letter) is the tool position (A. where the XXXX characters stand for the following: the first character is the number of turret from the turrets table. Name it station_transformXXXX. Add a geometry to this axis and name it Drum_Turret. C etc. You can add as many station_transformXXXX items as you need according to the number of tool positions on your rotary turret. The geometry file is the model of the rotary turret saved in STL format. The station_transform name is hard-coded in SolidCAM and cannot be changed.) defined in the Part Tool Table. station_ transform1A01). TRAx1). where X is the number of turret from the turrets table (for example. Name it TRAxX. TRAxX Add a new rotational axis to one of the translational axes (depending on the type of machine). This is the rotational axis of the rotary turret.

adaptor_transformXXXX Add a new transformation under the station_transformXXXX item. holder_transformXXXX Add a new transformation under the adaptor_transformXXXX item. where the XXXX characters stand for the following: the first character is the number of turret from the turrets table.9. the second character (a letter) is the tool position (A.. where the XXXX characters stand for the following: the first character is the number of turret from the turrets table. and the last two characters are the tool number defined in the Part Tool Table. The adazptor_transform name is hard-coded in SolidCAM and cannot be changed. Add a fixture to this item and name it TH_adaptorXXXX (the XXXX will be inherited from the parent item in the tree).. Name it adaptor_transformXXXX. This is the coordinate system defined as the Tool origin position CS in the Part Tool Table. You must add as many adaptor_transformXXXX items as you need according to the number of tool positions on your drum turret. This is the coordinate system that is used for correct positioning of the tool. B. the second character (a letter) is the tool position (A.. The holder_transform name is hard-coded in SolidCAM and cannot be changed. 139 . 4. and the last two characters are the tool number defined in the Part Tool Table. Simulation 3.) defined in the Part Tool Table.) defined in the Part Tool Table. C etc. B.. C etc. Name it holder_transformXXXX. The fixture file is the model of the tool holder saved in STL format and defined in the Part Tool Table.

140 . only one tool at a time can be mounted on the holding system. you need to add the following items into the CNC-machine definition: 1. To the holder_transformXXXX item you can attach all the tool elements (such as arbor.You can add as many holder_transformXXXX items as you need according to the number of tool holders you are using. station_transform Add a new transformation to the axis that is responsible for the tool movements. flute. Holder definition for machines without rotary turret In case of machines without rotary turret. To enable the visualization of tool holders in the Machine simulation. shaft. This name is hard-coded in SolidCAM and cannot be changed. and so forth) and define their kinematic relationship with the CNC-machine components. This is the coordinate system of the tool position. Name it station_transform.

This name is hard-coded in SolidCAM and cannot be changed. 141 . This name is hardcoded in SolidCAM and cannot be changed. adaptor_transform Add a new transformation under the station_transform item. 4. holder_transform Add a new transformation under the adaptor_transform item. and so forth) and define their kinematic relationship with the CNC-machine components. Add a fixture to this item and name it TH_adaptor. flute. Name it holder_transform. Name it adaptor_transform. To the holder_transform item you can attach all the tool elements (such as arbor. This is the coordinate system defined as the Tool origin position CS in the Part Tool Table. Simulation 2. The fixture file is the model of the tool holder saved in the STL format and defined in the Part Tool Table.9. shaft. The number of these fixtures must be the maximal number of tools supported by the magazine of your machine. This is the coordinate system that is used for correct positioning of the tool.

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