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RhinoCAM Getting Started Guide
Welcome to RhinoCAM Getting Started Guide ..................................................... 5 About this Guide......................................................................................... 5 Where to go for more help ........................................................................... 5 Tutorial 1: Machining a Gasket......................................................................... 6 Introduction ............................................................................................... 7 Preparing the part for Machining ................................................................... 7 Create Tools .............................................................................................16 Create/Extract Regions ...............................................................................19 Create Machining Operations .......................................................................21 2 ½ Axis Profiling.......................................................................................22 Creating a 2 ½ Axis Profile for the Outer Region.............................................33 Reports ....................................................................................................36 Post Processing .........................................................................................38 Tutorial 2: Machining a Slotted Gear ................................................................40 Introduction ..............................................................................................41 Preparing the part for Machining ..................................................................42 Create Tools .............................................................................................49 Create Regions for Machining ......................................................................52 Create Machining Operations .......................................................................56 2 ½ Axis Profiling.......................................................................................56 Creating an Engraving Operation..................................................................68 Post Processing .........................................................................................74 Tutorial 3: Machining a Shaft Base ..................................................................76 Introduction ..............................................................................................77 Preparing the part for Machining ..................................................................78 Create Tools .............................................................................................88 Create Machining Operations .......................................................................90 2 ½ Axis Facing .........................................................................................90 2 ½ Axis Pocketing ....................................................................................95 Hole Pocketing Operation .......................................................................... 110 2 ½ Axis Engraving Operation ................................................................... 121 2 ½ Axis Profiling..................................................................................... 124 Post Processing ....................................................................................... 129 Tutorial 4: Simple V-Carving......................................................................... 130 Introduction ............................................................................................ 131 Preparing the part for Machining ................................................................ 132 Create Tools ........................................................................................... 141 Create Machining Operations ..................................................................... 144 V-Carving ............................................................................................... 144 Post Processing ....................................................................................... 153 Tutorial 5: Embossing .................................................................................. 156 Introduction ............................................................................................ 157 Preparing the part for Machining ................................................................ 158 Create Tools ........................................................................................... 169 Create Machining Operations ..................................................................... 173 V-Carving Roughing ................................................................................. 173 V-Carving ............................................................................................... 182 Post Processing ....................................................................................... 188 Tutorial 6: Chamfering................................................................................. 189

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RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Introduction ............................................................................................ 190 Preparing the part for Machining ................................................................ 190 Create Tools ........................................................................................... 193 Create Machining Operations ..................................................................... 195 Chamfering............................................................................................. 195 Post Processing ....................................................................................... 205 Tutorial 7: 3 Axis Milling............................................................................... 207 Introduction ............................................................................................ 208 Preparing the part for Machining ................................................................ 208 Create Tools ........................................................................................... 219 Create Machining Operations ..................................................................... 221 3 axis Horizontal Roughing........................................................................ 222 3 axis Parallel Finishing ............................................................................ 229 3 axis Horizontal Finishing......................................................................... 233 Post Processing ....................................................................................... 239 Tutorial 8: Profiling with Bridges (Tabs).......................................................... 240 Introduction ............................................................................................ 241 Preparing the part for Machining ................................................................ 241 Create Tools ........................................................................................... 254 Create Machining Operations ..................................................................... 257 2 ½ Axis Profiling..................................................................................... 257 Post Processing ....................................................................................... 270 Tutorial 9: Hole Making ................................................................................ 272 Introduction ............................................................................................ 273 Preparing the part for Machining ................................................................ 273 Create Tools ........................................................................................... 282 Create/Extract Regions ............................................................................. 284 Create Machining Operations ..................................................................... 286 Hole Machining ........................................................................................ 286 Creating the Drill operation for the 0.25” Holes ............................................ 297 Post Processing ....................................................................................... 299 Tutorial 10: Re-Machining a 3D Mold.............................................................. 300 Introduction ............................................................................................ 301 Preparing the part for Machining ................................................................ 301 Create Machining Operations ..................................................................... 302 3 axis Pencil Tracing................................................................................. 302 3 axis Valley Re-Machining ........................................................................ 311 Post Processing ....................................................................................... 314 Tutorial 11: Machining a Ring ....................................................................... 316 Introduction ............................................................................................ 317 Preparing the part for Machining ................................................................ 317 Create Tools ........................................................................................... 330 Create Machining Operations ..................................................................... 332 4 axis Roughing....................................................................................... 332 4 axis Finishing ....................................................................................... 340 Post Processing ....................................................................................... 344 Tutorial 12: Engraving on a Cylinder .............................................................. 345 Introduction ............................................................................................ 346 Preparing the part for Machining ................................................................ 346 Create Tools ........................................................................................... 356 Create Machining Operations ..................................................................... 358 4 Axis Engraving...................................................................................... 359 Post Processing ....................................................................................... 367

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RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Tutorial 13: Machining a Ring ....................................................................... 369 Introduction ............................................................................................ 370 Preparing the part for Machining ................................................................ 370 Create Tools ........................................................................................... 382 Create Machining Operations ..................................................................... 385 4th axis Roughing ..................................................................................... 386 4th Axis Roughing operation #2.................................................................. 393 4th axis Finishing...................................................................................... 398 Post Processing ....................................................................................... 402 Tutorial 14: Pocketing and Drilling on a Ring ................................................... 403 Introduction ............................................................................................ 404 Preparing the part for Machining ................................................................ 404 Create Tools ........................................................................................... 415 Create Machining Operations ..................................................................... 418 4 Axis Drilling.......................................................................................... 418 4 axis Pocketing ...................................................................................... 428 Post Processing ....................................................................................... 435

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

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

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

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Tutorial 1: Machining a Gasket

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

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

Main Programming Steps
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In creating programs for each setup, the following steps will be followed: Create the Stock geometry Set the Machine zero point or Locate geometry with respect to the machine coordinates Create / Select the tool used for machining Set the feeds and speeds Set the clearance plane for the non-cutting transfer moves of the cutter Select the machining regions for containing the cutter to specific areas to cut Select the machining operations and set the parameters Generate the toolpath Simulate the toolpath.

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

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

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

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

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www.mecsoft. Go to the RhinoCAM.MOps browser and click on the Setup tab 2. Set the Machine type to 3 axis Copyright 1998-2008.com 9 .0 Getting Started Guide Setup Tab 1. Select Machine Setup from the setup tab.RhinoCAM 2. 3. MecSoft Corporation.

Set the posted file extension type to . Select Post from the setup tab to specify the post processor options 5.mecsoft.com 10 .RhinoCAM 2.0\Posts Copyright 1998-2008. www. MecSoft Corporation. We will select Haas as the post processor for this exercise.nc Note: By default post processor files are located under C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4. Set the current post processor that is on your controller.0 Getting Started Guide 4.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2.

www. This would output the G code to a notepad.com 11 . Select Create/Load stock from the setup tab and create a Box Stock Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide The program to send the posted output is set to notepad. MecSoft Corporation. Create Stock Geometry 1.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft.

The stock geometry is now created.RhinoCAM 2.00 and Height (H) = 0. Copyright 1998-2008.mecsoft. www. and a semi-transparent stock box is displayed on top of the part geometry. Leave the other parameters as default and Click OK.com 12 . Width W = 5.0 Getting Started Guide 2. This brings up the Box Stock parameters. MecSoft Corporation.125. Set the Length (L) = 8.50. 3.

and Stock type as show below. The setup tab now displays the following information: Machine Type. Post Processor. MecSoft Corporation. Select Locate WCS from the Setup tab Copyright 1998-2008. www. Locate Machine Zero The steps below help you determine the machine home (also know as machine zero or tool touch off point) for the part/stock geometry.RhinoCAM 2.com 13 . 1.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide 4.

choose Set to Stock Box. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide 2. the Zero Face to Highest Z. This sets the machine home to the top of the stock material and the southwest corner of the part geometry. and Zero Position to South West corner.com 14 . www. Copyright 1998-2008. Under Set WCS Origin.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft.

0 Getting Started Guide Note: You can change the stock model transparency under standard mode by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located at the bottom of the MOps browser. Set to Object to Move as Move Part. Align Part and Stock In this process. we can align the part and the stock geometry. As we have set the Machine zero to the Stock Box. Select Align Part and Stock from the Setup tab 2. www. Z alignment to Top and XY alignment to Center Copyright 1998-2008.com 15 . we will now move the part relative to the stock. 1.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation.

RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide The part geometry is aligned to the center of stock in XY and top in Z. Go to the RhinoCAM-Tools browser that is located below the RhinoCAMMOps browser and select Create/Edit Tools.mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008. The file is now saved with extension 3dm. www. Click Save to save the work and specify a file name as Gasket-Rev1. Select the Tool Type to Flat End Mill.5”) Flat End Mill. MecSoft Corporation. Create Tools To machine the above part we will now create a ½ inch (0. 1.com 16 .

Set the tool name as FlatMill-0.RhinoCAM 2. Tool Diameter = 0. www.5. Under the Properties tab set Tool Number = 1. Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide 2.mecsoft.5. MecSoft Corporation.com 17 .

Note: You can edit the tool properties and click Save Edits to Tool to save the changes. Switch to the Feeds & Speeds tab inside the create/select tool dialog.0 Getting Started Guide Setting Feeds and Speeds You can assign Feeds & Speeds to a tool or you can load from a table. Click Save as New Tool. 4. You can create additional tools by assigning a different name and specify the tool parameters. In this exercise. The created tools are now listed under the RhinoCAM-Tools browser. Click OK to close the dialog.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft.com 18 . Copyright 1998-2008. The tool is now created and listed under Tools in Library. we will assign feeds and speeds to the tool. 3. Use the following settings for feeds and speeds. www. 5. MecSoft Corporation.

Select the Layer Manager from the Standard bar. Close the Layer Manager. 4.0 Getting Started Guide Create/Extract Regions In order to machine the Gasket. 2. 3. From the Curves menu under Rhino Toolbar menu select Curve from Objects and Duplicate Face Border. MecSoft Corporation. Set the Layer01 as the active layer. Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2.com 19 . 1. The layer manager is now open.mecsoft. www. we need to extract the curves from the 3d model to select them as machining regions.

Browsing through the selection tree will highlight the surface that corresponds to the selection.mecsoft.com 20 .0 Getting Started Guide 5. 6. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. www. Copyright 1998-2008. A selection list will display the geometries that can be selected. The command bar will now prompt the user to select surfaces or faces for duplicate border. Select the top face (surface) on the Gasket.

Copyright 1998-2008. The curves are now created and displayed in red on the part geometry.RhinoCAM 2. 1.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide 7.com 21 . MecSoft Corporation. Switch to the Create Operations tab in RhinoCAM-Mops browser. www. Note: You can toggle the stock model display by selecting Stock Visibility that is located at the bottom of the RhinoCAM-MOps Browser Create Machining Operations In this process we will create a 2. 8. Press the Enter key on your keypad to accept the selection.5 axis profiling operation.

Select Machining Features/Regions 2.0 Getting Started Guide 2 ½ Axis Profiling 1.com 22 . www.RhinoCAM 2. Select 2. We will go over the steps for creating the profile operations for the inner features of the Gasket. MecSoft Corporation. Go to the Machining Features/ Regions tab and click Select Curves as Regions Copyright 1998-2008.mecsoft.5 Axis Mill and choose Profiling This brings up the 2 ½ Axis Profiling Operations dialog.

mecsoft. Now select the 3 inner circles by using the left mouse click starting from left to right.com 23 . www.0 Getting Started Guide 3. Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.

The selected regions are now displayed under Machining Regions Copyright 1998-2008. Right mouse click or select enter from the keypad to complete the selection.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide 4. MecSoft Corporation. www.com 24 . 5.RhinoCAM 2.

Copyright 1998-2008.com 25 .0 Getting Started Guide Selecting the Tool 6. The 0.mecsoft. Select the FlatMill-0.5.RhinoCAM 2. www.5” Flat End mill is now selected as the active tool and the Tool parameters are displayed to the right of the Tools window. 7. Switch to the Tools tab inside the 2 ½ Axis Profiling operation. MecSoft Corporation.

MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide Set Feeds and Speeds 8. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab. www.com 26 . 9. Copyright 1998-2008. Select Load From Tool.RhinoCAM 2. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined.mecsoft.

Set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane. 11. Copyright 1998-2008.mecsoft. RhinoCAM will determine a safe Z height for the Entry & Exit when set to automatic.com 27 . Switch to Clearance Tab. Setting Cut Transfer to Clearance Plane would apply the automatic Z clearance between transfers when the tool moves from a machining region to another. www. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Clearance Control 10.

Select the Cut Levels Tab and specify the Total Cut Depth = 0.RhinoCAM 2.com 28 .mecsoft.125. Set the Stock = 0 and under cut start Side check Use Outside/Inside for Closed Curves and select Inside. Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide Specifying Cut Parameters 12. Alternatively you can also use Determine using 3D model. 14. www. Switch to Cut Parameters tab 13. MecSoft Corporation. The cut depth is always set as an absolute value.

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Copyright 1998-2008. 16.com 30 . Note: Toolpath display can be turned on/off by selecting Toolpath Visibility under the MOps browser. The 2½ Axis Profile toolpath is now generated and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.mecsoft. Switch to Entry/Exit Tab and Set the Entry and Exit Type to None. MecSoft Corporation. www. Click Generate.0 Getting Started Guide Entry/Exit 15.RhinoCAM 2.

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Copyright 1998-2008. 2. Note: You can adjust the simulation speed by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located to the bottom right corner of the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. The simulated part is as shown below.0 Getting Started Guide Simulate Toolpath The generated toolpath can now be simulated. 1.com 32 . Select the 2 ½ Axis Profiling Operation and click to Simulate. MecSoft Corporation. Switch to the Simulate tab in the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.mecsoft. www. 3.RhinoCAM 2.

7. Switch to Tools tab and select FlatMill-0. Under Machining Features/ Regions. This switches back to the Create Operations tab. select Remove All.0 Getting Started Guide To exit the Simulation mode. 5. 4. Creating a 2 ½ Axis Profile for the Outer Region 1. pause the Simulation and click Exit Simulation. Right mouse click to complete the selection.5 as the active tool. Under Feeds/Speeds select Load from Tool. 6.mecsoft. www. MecSoft Corporation. 8.RhinoCAM 2. Switch to the Create Operation tab. Set the Clearance control to Automatic.com 33 . Now click on Select Curves as Regions and select the Outer profile of the Gasket as the region. Select Profiling from the 2 ½ Axis operations menu. Copyright 1998-2008. 2. 3.

0 Getting Started Guide 9.125. check Use Outside/Inside for Closed Curves. 11. 12.RhinoCAM 2. Go over to Cut Levels and set the Total Cut Depth = 0. Copyright 1998-2008. The 2 ½ Axis Profile Operation is now created and is listed in the MOps Browser. Switch to Cut Parameters tab.mecsoft. www. MecSoft Corporation. Click Generate to Create the 2 ½ Axis Profile Toolpath.com 34 . and set the Cut Start Side to Outside 10.

RhinoCAM 2.com 35 . Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide 13. and click to simulate toolpath. select 2 ½ Axis Profiling. www.mecsoft. Switch to Simulate Tab. MecSoft Corporation.

mecsoft. Note: You can also go over to Machining Operations and right click and select information determine the estimated machining time for all the MOp Sets. 2. This provides the estimated machining time for the operations created under MOp Set1. Copyright 1998-2008. www. Select the MOp Set1 and right click and select Information.com 36 .RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Reports 1. MecSoft Corporation. Switch to Create Operations Tab.

www. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008.mecsoft. Right mouse click and Shop Documentation. This is saved as an html file and can be printed and handed over to the operator in preparation for the part to be machined on the CNC.com 37 .0 Getting Started Guide Shop Docs Shop documentation can be generated selecting Machining Operations under the Create Operations tab. User can select from one of the 2 templates and generate shop documentation.RhinoCAM 2.

nc and click Save. 2.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008.com 38 .0 Getting Started Guide Post Processing 1.mecsoft. www. Specify the File Name as Gasket. Select Machining Operations from the Create Operations tab and right click and select post process.

The posted g code by default will be saved to the folder where the part file is located.com 39 . End of Tutorial 1! Copyright 1998-2008. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft. You can change the post processor by selecting a different one from the drop down menu in the list.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide The post by default is set to Haas as specified under the Post processor setup. www.

mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide Tutorial 2: Machining a Slotted Gear Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2. www.com 40 .

look for the following symbol: Don’t forget to save your work periodically! You may want to save the file under a different name so that the original file will be preserved.0 Getting Started Guide Introduction This tutorial will introduce the usage of 2 ½ axis profiling and Engraving Machining Operations of RhinoCAM. This is because of the computational efficiency as well as the accuracy of this method.RhinoCAM 2. if you prefer to work straight through the steps without any additional reading. We will use the Profiling operation to cut the outer shape of the gear and the Engraving operation to cut the slots. The part itself will be machined out of a 3 inch x 3 inch x ½ inch poplar wood sheet. the following steps will be followed: Create the Stock geometry Set the Machine zero point or Locate geometry with respect to the machine coordinates Create / Select the tool used for machining Set the feeds and speeds Set the clearance plane for the non-cutting transfer moves of the cutter Select the machining regions for containing the cutter to specific areas to cut Select the machining operations and set the parameters Generate the toolpath Simulate the toolpath. We will be using the Gear. The engraving option is preferred in situations where the cutter can be driven to create a slot that conforms to the shape of the tool trajectory. Reading this text will help you understand the tutorial methodology and provide information about additional options available.3dm part file. However.com 41 . www. Strategy to Machine the Slotted Gear • • We will machine the gear completely using 2 ½ axis-machining operations. MecSoft Corporation. we could machine this entirely by using just 2-D curves due to the prismatic nature of this model. The part will be machined using a single ¼ inch flat end mill. It should be noted that. Copyright 1998-2008. even though the part file contains a 3-D geometry representing the part. • • • Main Programming Steps • • • • • • • • • In creating programs for each setup.mecsoft. The stepped instructions are accompanied by explanatory and introductory text. The wooden sheet will be held to the machine table or the spoil sheet on the table using double-sided tape. You may have to repeat either all or part of these steps for subsequent operations.

0 installation folder. 2. To load a part: 1.mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2.3dm file from the Tutorials folder in the RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide Preparing the part for Machining Loading the Part Model “Part” refers to the geometry that represents the final manufactured product. From the Open dialog box.RhinoCAM 2. (C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4. Select File / Open from the Menu. select the Gear. www. or click the Open icon from the Standard bar.0\Tutorials) The imported part appears as shown below.com 42 . You can create parts within Rhino.

MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008. Go to the RhinoCAM.mecsoft. Set the Machine type to 3 axis.com 43 .RhinoCAM 2.MOps browser and click on the Setup tab.0 Getting Started Guide Setup Tab 1. 2. www. 3. Select Machine Setup from the setup tab.

mecsoft. Note: By default post processor files are located under Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide 4. MecSoft Corporation. 5. We will select Haas as the post processor for this exercise. Select Post from the setup tab to specify the post processor options.RhinoCAM 2.com 44 . Set the current post processor that is on your controller. www.

com 45 . MecSoft Corporation. Select Create/Load stock from the setup tab and create a Box Stock. Create Stock Geometry 1. www. This would output the G code to a notepad.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft.0\Posts The program to send the posted output is set to notepad.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4.

25. and click OK. Set the Length (L) = 3.00. Width W = 3.00.0 Getting Started Guide 2. Copyright 1998-2008. and a semi-transparent stock box is displayed on top of the part geometry. Leave the other parameters as default.mecsoft. www.RhinoCAM 2. This brings up the Box Stock parameters. MecSoft Corporation. The stock geometry is now created. and Height (H) = 0.com 46 . 3.

MecSoft Corporation. The setup tab now displays the following information: Machine Type. Post Processor. Copyright 1998-2008.mecsoft. Select Locate WCS from the Setup tab. www. and Stock type as show below.RhinoCAM 2.com 47 . Locate Machine Zero The steps below help you determine the machine home (also know as machine zero or tool touch off point) for the part/stock geometry.0 Getting Started Guide 4. 1.

the Zero Face to Highest Z. and Zero Position to South West corner. choose Set to Stock Box.RhinoCAM 2.com 48 . This sets the machine home to the top of the stock material and the southwest corner of the part geometry. Copyright 1998-2008.mecsoft. Under Set WCS Origin.0 Getting Started Guide 2. MecSoft Corporation. www.

Under the Properties tab. Set the tool name as FlatMill-0.25”) Flat End Mill. set Tool Number = 1. MecSoft Corporation. www.com 49 . Copyright 1998-2008.25. 2. Tool Diameter = 0.mecsoft. Select the Tool Type to Flat End Mill. 1.25. Create Tools To machine the above part we will now create a ¼ inch (0.0 Getting Started Guide Note: You can change the stock model transparency under standard mode by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located at the bottom of the MOps browser. Go to the RhinoCAM-Tools browser that is located below the RhinoCAM-MOps browser and select Create/Edit Tools.RhinoCAM 2.

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Copyright 1998-2008. Use the following settings for feeds and speeds. Switch to the Feeds & Speeds tab inside the create/select tool dialog. You can create additional tools by assigning a different name and specify the tool parameters. MecSoft Corporation. The tool is now created and listed under Tools in Library. 3. In this exercise we will assign feeds and speeds to the tool.com 51 . 5. Note: You can edit the tool properties and click Save Edits to Tool to save the changes. 4.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. The created tools are now listed under the RhinoCAM-Tools browser. Click Save as New Tool. www. Click OK to close the dialog.0 Getting Started Guide Setting Feeds and Speeds You can assign Feeds & Speeds to a tool or you can load from a table.

5. Close the Layer Manager. 7. The flat area curves are created and displayed on top of the part geometry. Set Layer 01 as the active layer.RhinoCAM 2. Browsing through the selection tree will highlight the surface that corresponds to the selection. From the Curves menu under Rhino Toolbar menu select Curve from Objects and Duplicate Face Border. 2. The layer manager is now open. www. 1. 4. 6.0 Getting Started Guide Create Regions for Machining In the steps below we will extract regions from the 3D model and create curves for engraving.com 52 . Select the Layer Manager from the Standard bar. A selection list will display the geometries that can be selected. Turn off stock model visibility from the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. 3. MecSoft Corporation. The command bar will now prompt the user to select surfaces or faces for duplicate border. Select the top face (surface) on the Gear.mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008.

Radius 10.0 Getting Started Guide 8. Copyright 1998-2008.com 53 . Specify 1. 14. snap to the quad point on the circle as show below.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.1.mecsoft. 13.5. which can be selected for engraving the slots on the gear.5 as the center coordinates and hit the enter key. Center Point and Quad Point snap from the status bar and turn off the other snaps. From the Curves menu under Rhino Toolbar menu select Circle->Center. Center of Circle 11. 15.0 as Diameter) of the circle and hit the enter key We will now create lines. Specify 1.0 as the radius (or 2. www. For the first coordinate. Turn on the Snap. 9. Switch to the Top view and select Line from the Curve menu and pick Create Line->Single Line. Switch to the Top view and create a circle using Center and Radius. 12.

Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2. snap to the center of the arc as shown below. MecSoft Corporation. www. A line is now created at the center of the slot.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide 16.com 54 . For the second coordinate.

5. Number of items: 6 (hit enter) c.com 55 . Array->Polar 19.mecsoft.1. MecSoft Corporation. Center of polar array: 1. Select the line 18. and select Transform.0 Getting Started Guide We will now array the line across other slots on the gear. Copyright 1998-2008. www. Angle to fill or first reference point: 360 (hit enter) 20. a. The lines created and shown below. Use the following settings. Go to the menu at the top. 17.5 (hit enter) b.RhinoCAM 2.

Select 2. Copyright 1998-2008. 1. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. We will go over the steps for creating the profile operations.com 56 . Save the file using File->Save. Switch to the Create Operations tab in RhinoCAM-Mops browser.5 Axis Mill and choose Profiling. This brings up the 2 ½ Axis Profiling Operations dialog. Create Machining Operations In this process we will create a 2.0 Getting Started Guide We have now created the regions for machining.mecsoft. www.5 axis profiling operation. 2 ½ Axis Profiling 2.

MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. Now select the inner circle first by using the left mouse click and then the outer circle. Use ctrl key to deselect a region Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide Select Machining Features/Regions 3. Go to the Machining Features/ Regions tab and click Select Curves as Regions 4.mecsoft. Note: Hold the shift key down to select multiple regions. www.com 57 .

mecsoft. Right mouse click or select enter from the keypad to complete the selection. MecSoft Corporation. The selected regions are now displayed under Machining Regions.0 Getting Started Guide 5. www. Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2.com 58 . 6.

Select the FlatMill-0.com 59 . The 0. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide Selecting the Tool 7. Switch to the Tools tab inside the 2 ½ Axis Profiling operation.RhinoCAM 2.25. and the Tool parameters are displayed to the right of the Tools window. Copyright 1998-2008.25” Flat End mill is now selected as the active tool.mecsoft. 8. www.

Select Load From Tool.com 60 .RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Set Feeds and Speeds 9. www. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab. Copyright 1998-2008. 10. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined.

www. RhinoCAM will determine a safe Z height for the Entry & Exit when set to automatic. Setting Cut Transfer to Clearance Plane would apply the automatic Z clearance between transfers when the tool moves from a machining region to another.com 61 .0 Getting Started Guide Clearance Control 11.mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008. MecSoft Corporation. Switch to Clearance Tab. Set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane. 12.RhinoCAM 2.

Copyright 1998-2008. 14. Switch to Cut Parameters tab.com 62 . cut start Side as Determine using 3D Model.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. Set the Stock = 0. MecSoft Corporation. www.0 Getting Started Guide Specifying Cut Parameters 13.

Select the Cut Levels Tab and specify the Total Cut Depth = 0.RhinoCAM 2. This would profile the inner circle and then the outer profile. www.125.mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide 15. Make sure the cut level ordering is set to Depth First.25.com 63 .125”. Rough Depth/Cut = 0. This would cut the profile in 2 cuts of each 0. MecSoft Corporation.

0 Getting Started Guide Entry/Exit 16.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. Switch to Entry/Exit Tab. MecSoft Corporation. and Set the Entry and Exit Type to None.com 64 . Copyright 1998-2008. www.

com 65 . Click Generate.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2. Toolpath display can be turned on/off by selecting Toolpath Visibility under the MOps browser. and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.0 Getting Started Guide 17. The 2½ Axis Profile toolpath is now generated. www.

MecSoft Corporation. 2.mecsoft.com 66 . Copyright 1998-2008. Switch to the Simulate tab in the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.RhinoCAM 2. Select the 2 ½ Axis Profiling Operation and click to Simulate.0 Getting Started Guide Simulate Toolpath The generated toolpath can now be simulated. 1. www.

com 67 .mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation. The simulated part is as shown below. Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide 3. www. Note: You can adjust the simulation speed by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located to the bottom right corner of the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.RhinoCAM 2.

Creating an Engraving Operation Now we will use engraving operation to cut the slots of the gear by driving the 0.com 68 .RhinoCAM 2. Select Engraving from the 2 ½ Axis operations menu. As already mentioned.mecsoft. 2.25 inch tool in the slot. the most efficient way of machining slots is to use the Engraving option and drive the cutter along the center of the slot. This switches back to the Create Operations tab. MecSoft Corporation. 1. and click Exit Simulation.0 Getting Started Guide To exit the Simulation mode. www. pause the Simulation. Switch to the Create Operation tab. Copyright 1998-2008.

The 6 selected regions are listed under the Machining Features/Regions Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2. Under Machining Features/ Regions click on Remove All to deselect any regions that could have been selected from the previous machining operation. MecSoft Corporation. Now click on Select Curves as Regions and select the 6 lines on the slotted gear as shown below. www. 4. 5.com 69 . Right mouse click to complete the selection. 6.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Select Machining Regions 3.

www. set the Total Cut Depth = 0. Under Feeds/Speeds.125.25. and Rough Depth/Cut = 0. Switch to Cut Parameters tab. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. 8.25.com 70 . Switch to Tools tab and select FlatMill-0.0 Getting Started Guide Select Tool 7. select Load from Tool. 9. Specify Engraving Cut Parameters 10. Set the Clearance control to Automatic. Rough Depth = 0. Copyright 1998-2008.25 as the active tool. Under Cut Depth Control.

mecsoft.com 71 . Copyright 1998-2008. www.0 Getting Started Guide 11. 12. The Engraving Operation is now created and is listed in the MOps Browser. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. Click Generate to Create the Engraving Toolpath.

mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Copyright 1998-2008. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. www.com 72 .

MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide Simulate Toolpath 13. Copyright 1998-2008. www.com 73 . select Engraving.RhinoCAM 2. and click to simulate toolpath.mecsoft. Switch to Simulate Tab.

RhinoCAM 2.com 74 .0 Getting Started Guide Post Processing 5.nc and click Save. Select Machining Operations from the Create Operations tab.mecsoft. and select post process. 6. right click. Copyright 1998-2008. www. MecSoft Corporation. Specify the File Name as Gear.

The posted g code by default will be saved to the folder where the part file is located. You can change the post processor by selecting a different one from the drop down menu in the list.RhinoCAM 2. www. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide The post by default is set to Haas as specified under the Post processor setup.com 75 .mecsoft. End of Tutorial 2! Copyright 1998-2008.

mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Tutorial 3: Machining a Shaft Base Copyright 1998-2008. www. MecSoft Corporation.com 76 .RhinoCAM 2.

75 to 0. Reading this text will help you understand the tutorial methodology and provide information about additional options available.5 x 3. The starting material for the Shaft Base is soft wood and the size is 5.625” thick and the available stock is 0. This is accomplished using a 2 ½ axis Profiling Operation which separates the finished part from the stock material. o We are now down to the level where the step holes need to be machined. As the thickness of material to be removed is not the same for both the areas we would have to use 2 separate operations to clear the material. pocketing and hole pocketing operations.0 Getting Started Guide Introduction This tutorial will illustrate machining of a prismatic part such as this Shaft Base using 2-1/2 milling operations. We will use 2 ½ axis Pocketing Operation which is ideal removing material inside a specified region.75” the first operation would involve reducing the thickness of the stock over the entire area from 0.RhinoCAM 2. Determining the sequence of machining operations o As the part thickness is 0. As the holes are circular we will use 2 ½ axis Hole Pocketing operation to machine the holes to its depth in 2 separate operations.25 x 0. www. Main Programming Steps • • • In creating programs for each setup.com 77 . This tutorial will introduce the usage of 2 ½ axis machining for a simple one sided part. Don’t forget to save your work periodically! You may want to save the file under a different name so that the original file will be preserved. The stepped instructions are accompanied by explanatory and introductory text. The part will be machined using a single ¼ inch flat end mill. MecSoft Corporation. We will use profiling. The reason we are able to do this is because of the prismatic nature of this model. the following steps will be followed: Create the Stock geometry Set the Machine zero point or Locate geometry with respect to the machine coordinates Create / Select the tool used for machining Copyright 1998-2008.mecsoft. o The 2 inner holes can be drilled using an engraving operation to its depth. o The next step would involve machining the areas around and inside the boss. Strategy to Machine the Shaft Base • • • • • We will machine the shaft base completely using 2 ½ axis-machining operations. o Finally we will cut out the shape of the part from the rectangular using a contour toolpath. The wooden sheet will be held to the machine table or the spoil sheet on the table using double-sided tape. To carry out this operation we will use the 2 ½ axis Facing Operation as the toolpath extends past the region.625. Even though we have created a 3-D representation of the part. it will be seen later on that we can machine this using just 2-D curves.75 inches.

0\Tutorials) 3.mecsoft. From the Open dialog box. You may have to repeat either all or part of these steps for subsequent operations. You can create parts within Rhino.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2. Preparing the part for Machining Loading the Part Model “Part” refers to the geometry that represents the final manufactured product.0 Getting Started Guide • • • • • • Set the feeds and speeds Set the clearance plane for the non-cutting transfer moves of the cutter Select the machining regions for containing the cutter to specific areas to cut Select the machining operations and set the parameters Generate the toolpath Simulate the toolpath. (C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4. To load a part: 1. Select File / Open from the Menu.0 installation folder. select the ShaftBase. The imported part appears as shown below Copyright 1998-2008. www.com 78 . or click the Open icon from the Standard bar.RhinoCAM 2. 2. MecSoft Corporation.3dm file from the Tutorials folder in the RhinoCAM 2.

Copyright 1998-2008. 3. MecSoft Corporation. Go to the RhinoCAM. www. Select Machine Setup from the setup tab. 2.com 79 .0 Getting Started Guide Setup Tab 1.MOps browser and click on the Setup tab.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. Set the Machine type to 3 axis.

com 80 . Note: By default post processor files are located under C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4. Select Post from the setup tab to specify the post processor options.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide 4.RhinoCAM 2. 5. Set the current post processor that is on your controller.0\Posts Copyright 1998-2008. We will select Haas as the post processor for this exercise. www.0\ Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.

com 81 .RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. This would output the G code to a notepad.mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008. Select Create/Load stock from the setup tab and create a Box Stock. Create Stock Geometry 1.0 Getting Started Guide The program to send the posted output is set to notepad. www.

This brings up the Box Stock parameters.75. Set the Length (L) = 5. and click OK.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide 2. and Height (H) = 0. Width W = 3. Copyright 1998-2008. www. and a semi-transparent stock box is displayed on top of the part geometry.25.com 82 . The stock geometry is now created. MecSoft Corporation.50. Leave the other parameters as default.RhinoCAM 2. 3.

www. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide 4. 2. and Stock type as show below. The steps below help you determine the machine home (also know as machine zero or tool touch off point) for the part/stock geometry.mecsoft. Locate Machine Zero 1. Post Processor. Copyright 1998-2008. The setup tab now displays the following information: Machine Type.RhinoCAM 2. Select Locate WCS from the Setup tab.com 83 .

Copyright 1998-2008. MecSoft Corporation.com 84 .mecsoft. www. This sets the machine home to the top of the stock material and the southwest corner of the part geometry. and Zero Position to South West corner. Under Set WCS Origin.0 Getting Started Guide 3. choose Set to Stock Box. the Zero Face to Highest Z.RhinoCAM 2.

Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Note: You can change the stock model transparency under standard mode by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located at the bottom of the MOps browser. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft.com 85 . www.

2.Object to Move: Move Part.com 86 . 1. In this step. we will align the part inside the stock geometry. Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide Align Part and Stock During this step. MecSoft Corporation. we will position the part to the bottom of the stock and center in XY. Select Align Part and Stock from the Setup tab.mecsoft. Use the following settings .RhinoCAM 2. Z alignment: Bottom and XY Alignment: Center. www.

com 87 . MecSoft Corporation. www.0 Getting Started Guide 3. The part is now aligned inside the stock as shown below.RhinoCAM 2. Front View Top View Copyright 1998-2008.mecsoft.

Go to the RhinoCAM-Tools browser that is located below the RhinoCAMMOps browser and select Create/Edit Tools. Copyright 1998-2008. Under the Properties tab. set Tool Number = 1.mecsoft.25. www. 2.25 and Tool Diameter = 0. MecSoft Corporation.25”) Flat End Mill.0 Getting Started Guide Create Tools To machine the above part we will now create a ¼ inch (0.com 88 . 1. Set the tool name as FlatMill-0.RhinoCAM 2. Select the Tool Type to Flat End Mill.

com 89 . Use the following settings for feeds and speeds. You can create additional tools by assigning a different name and specify the tool parameters. Note: You can edit the tool properties and click Save Edits to Tool to save the changes. Click OK to close the dialog. The tool is now created and listed under Tools in Library. we will assign feeds and speeds to the tool. Switch to the Feeds & Speeds tab inside the create/select tool dialog. 5.mecsoft. www. In this exercise.0 Getting Started Guide Setting Feeds and Speeds You can assign Feeds & Speeds to a tool or you can load from a table. Copyright 1998-2008. 4. The created tools are now listed under the RhinoCAM-Tools browser. 3. Click Save as New Tool.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.

com 90 .125” thickness of material from the stock geometry. Switch to the Create Operations tab in RhinoCAM-Mops browser. We will create a 2.0 Getting Started Guide Create Machining Operations We will machine the Shaft Base using 4 different machining operations – Facing. Hole Pocketing and Engraving.RhinoCAM 2.5 axis facing operation to mill the 0.625”. www. 2. Pocketing.75” and the finished part is 0. Copyright 1998-2008. MecSoft Corporation. 1.5 Axis Milling and choose Facing. The stock geometry has a thickness of 0. We will now go over the steps for creating the toolpath. This brings up the 2 ½ Axis Facing Operation Dialog. Select 2. 2 ½ Axis Facing 1.mecsoft.

mecsoft.25. Region1 is now listed under Machining Features/Regions. Go to the Machining Features/ Regions tab and click Select Curves as Regions. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab and select Load From Tool. MecSoft Corporation. 3.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Select Machining Features/Regions 1. Select the Rectangle and right mouse click to complete the selection.com 91 . 2. Switch to the Tools tab inside the 2 ½ Axis Facing operation and select FlatMill-0. Copyright 1998-2008. 4. 5. www. Switch to the Clearance Tab and set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined.

0 Getting Started Guide Specify Cut Parameters 1. MecSoft Corporation. and Step Distance to 50 (% Tool Diameter).mecsoft. Click on the Roughing tab. Switch to the Cut Levels Tab. 2. www. 3.01. Stock to leave to 0. Copyright 1998-2008. Set the Tolerance to 0.RhinoCAM 2. Cut Pattern to Island Offset Cuts.com 92 .

and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. Click Generate. Total Cut Depth = 0.0625. 5. Rough Depth = 0. b. Switch to the Entry/Exit tab and set the Entry and Exit parameters to none.RhinoCAM 2. Use the Following Settings. 6.125.com 93 . Copyright 1998-2008.125.0 Getting Started Guide 4. we would need to start the first cut from Z =0).125”. Pick Top = 0 (As the selected region at Z = -0. MecSoft Corporation. and Rough Depth/Cut = 0. a.mecsoft. www. The 2½ Axis Facing toolpath is now generated.

Select 2 ½ Axis Facing.mecsoft. www.0 Getting Started Guide 7. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. Switch to Simulate tab.com 94 . and click Simulate to run the simulation. Copyright 1998-2008.

2.mecsoft. Open Layer Manager and Select Layer 01 as the Active Layer. MecSoft Corporation. Turn off the Stock Model and Toolpath Visibility from the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. Preparing the part for Pocketing In Preparation for the pocketing Operation. Copyright 1998-2008.com 95 . www. we will now create regions by extracting curves from the 3D model. 1.0 Getting Started Guide 2 ½ Axis Pocketing We will now use 2½ axis Pocketing operation to machine the area inside the boss.RhinoCAM 2.

Close the Layer Manager.0 Getting Started Guide 3. Copyright 1998-2008. 5.com 96 . www. The command bar will now prompt the user to select surfaces or faces for duplicate border. 6. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft. Curves are created and are on Layer 01.RhinoCAM 2. From the Curves menu under Rhino Toolbar menu select Curve from Objects and Duplicate Face Border. Pick the flat area as shown below. The command bar would now prompt the user to select surfaces or faces to extract the curves 7. 8. 4.

Switch to the Create Operations tab. 9.0 Getting Started Guide We are now ready to create the pocketing operation for the inner region. www.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.com 97 . Copyright 1998-2008.mecsoft.

6. Go to the Machining Features/ Regions tab and click Select Curves as Regions. 2. 3. 5. From the Create Operations tab. Region1 is now listed under Machining Features/Regions. select 2½ axis Milling and Pocketing.0 Getting Started Guide Creating the Pocketing Operation #1 1. Switch to the Clearance Tab and set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane. This brings up the 2 ½ Axis Pocketing Operations dialog.25. Switch to the Tools tab inside the 2½ Axis Pocketing operation and select FlatMill-0. 4. We will go over the steps for creating the pocketing operation.mecsoft. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008. MecSoft Corporation. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab and select Load From Tool. Select the curve and right mouse click to complete the selection. www.com 98 .

2.RhinoCAM 2.001. MecSoft Corporation. 3.0 Getting Started Guide Specify Cut Parameters 1. Copyright 1998-2008. and Step over distance to 25 (% Tool Diameter).mecsoft. Switch to the Cut Levels Tab. Click on the Cut Parameters tab. Cut Pattern to Offset Cuts. Set the Tolerance to 0.com 99 . www. Stock to leave to 0.

Location of Cut Geometry at Bottom (As the selected region is at the bottom of the part. c. e.0 Getting Started Guide 4.25 and Rough Depth/Cut = 0.com 100 . Turn on the End Point Snap from the Status bar. Use the Following Settings.RhinoCAM 2. The pocketing operation dialog shows up and determines Total Cut Depth = 0.05. Pick the top of the boss as the start point and the bottom of the boss as the end point as shown below. a. Select the Depth measuring tool located to the right of Total Cut Depth. Set the Rough Depth = 0. b.25. We will determine the Total Cut Depth from the 3D model by snapping at 2 points. f. d. and we need to cut above it). www. This will minimize the Pocketing Operation parameters dialog. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008.mecsoft.

05 resulting in 5 cut levels.com 101 .RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008. www. Note: You can also specify the Total Cut Depth by entering the depth values under Total Cut Depth.0 Getting Started Guide This would machine the pocket in steps of 0.

Copyright 1998-2008. Click Generate. Switch to the Entry/Exit tab. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. Note: You can rearrange the operations in the MOps browser by selecting the operation and dragging and dropping.0 Getting Started Guide 5.com 102 . Make sure to check Apply Entry/Exit at all cut levels. 6. Use the following settings for Entry/Exit. 7. www. The 2½ Axis Pocketing toolpath is now generated and the Operation is listed under the 2 ½ Axis Facing Operation in the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.

www.0 Getting Started Guide 8. Copyright 1998-2008. select 2 ½ Axis Pocketing. MecSoft Corporation.com 103 .mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. Switch to Simulate tab. and click Simulate to run the simulation.

RhinoCAM 2. 3. Creating the Pocketing Operation #2 Copyright 1998-2008. www. From the Curves menu under Rhino Toolbar menu select Curve from Objects and Duplicate Face Border. 1. Switch to the Create Operations tab. The command bar would now prompt the user to select surfaces or faces to extract the curves 5. 2. MecSoft Corporation. Open Layer Manager and select Layer 01 as the active layer.0 Getting Started Guide We will now create a 2nd pocketing operation for machining the region around the boss.mecsoft.com 104 . Pick the flat area as shown below. 4.

Switch to the Create operations tab. Right click and select Paste. Copyright 1998-2008. 3. and select Copy. www. Select the 2 ½ axis Pocketing Operation created from the previous step. 2.mecsoft. This would create a copy of the 2 ½ axis Pocketing Operation listed below the first pocketing operation as show below. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2.com 105 . 4.0 Getting Started Guide Copying a MOp 1. right mouse click.

mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. Expand the 2 ½ Axis Pocketing-1 folder and double click on Machining Features.com 106 .0 Getting Started Guide 5. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008. www.

MecSoft Corporation. Select the rectangle and curve and right mouse click to complete the selection. Click Remove All under Machining Features and click Select Curves as Regions.com 107 . www.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008. 7.0 Getting Started Guide 6.

a.0 Getting Started Guide 8.RhinoCAM 2. Click Generate. 11. www. Total Cut Depth – Set this to 0.375 and Rough Depth /Cut = 0. Region1 & Region2 are now listed under Machining Features/Regions. MecSoft Corporation. Use the Following Settings. Copyright 1998-2008.375 c.125 b. Length = 0. Set the Rough Depth = 0. 9. The pocketing toolpath is now created and displayed in the MOps browser.mecsoft.05 d. 10. Location of Cut Geometry – Select Pick at Top = – 0.1 and Angle = 0 e. Switch to the Entry/Exit tab and set the Retract Motion to Linear.com 108 . Click Save to Close the Machining Regions Dialog. Double click under Parameters and switch to the Cut Levels Tab.

0 Getting Started Guide 12. Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation.com 109 . select 2 ½ Axis Pocketing-1. www. Switch to Simulate tab. and click Simulate to run the simulation.

0 Getting Started Guide Note: To turn on/off the toolpath and stock model visibilities use the controls located at the bottom of the MOps Browser. www. 3.com 110 . 2.mecsoft. we will now use 2 ½ axis hole pocketing operation. Open the Layer manager and Make Layer 03 as the active layer. MecSoft Corporation. Preparing the part for Machining 1.RhinoCAM 2. From the Curves menu under Rhino Toolbar menu select Curve from Objects and Duplicate Face Border. The command bar would now prompt the user to select surfaces or faces to extract the curves Copyright 1998-2008. Hole Pocketing Operation In order to machine the 6 holes.

6. Switch to the Tools tab inside the Hole Pocketing operation and select FlatMill-0. Select the 6 circles and right mouse click to complete the selection. Select 2 ½ Axis Milling and Hole Pocketing. 2. Pick the flat area as shown below. Switch to the Create Operations tab.mecsoft.com 111 . 3. MecSoft Corporation. www. Regions 1 to 6 are now listed under Machining Features/Regions. 4. Curves are created and are on Layer 03.25. We are now ready to create the pocketing operation for the inner region. Copyright 1998-2008. Creating the Hole Pocketing Operation #1 1. 5. Go to the Machining Features/ Regions tab and click Select Curves as Regions.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 4.

5. e. Click on the Cut Parameters tab. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined.001. Check Cleanup Pass at Each Z Level.0625. Specify Cut Parameters 7. d. b. Use the following Settings a. Uncheck Use 3D model to Detect Depth.RhinoCAM 2. 6.mecsoft. Step Down Control (dZ) = 50 (% Tool Diameter). c. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab and select Load From Tool. www. Hole Diameter (D) = 0. Step over distance = 25 (% Tool Diameter). MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide 5. g. Copyright 1998-2008. 8. Hole Depth (H) =0. Tolerance to 0. f. Cut Direction = Climb (Down Cutting). Switch to the Clearance Tab and set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane.com 112 .

RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft.com 113 . Switch to the Entry Exit Tab and set the Helix Diameter = 0. www.25. Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide 9.

Switch to the Simulate tab.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 10. Click Generate. 12. The simulated part is shown below. The Hole Pocketing operation is now created and is listed under the MOps browser. MecSoft Corporation. and click Simulate to run the simulation. www. Copyright 1998-2008. select Hole Pocketing.com 114 .mecsoft. 11.

mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Copyright 1998-2008.com 115 . MecSoft Corporation. www.

8. Select the Hole Pocketing Operation created from the previous step. Copyright 1998-2008. Open Layer Manager and select Layer 04 as the active layer. Creating the Hole Pocketing Operation 13.RhinoCAM 2. www. From the Curves menu under Rhino Toolbar menu select Curve from Objects and Duplicate Face Border.0 Getting Started Guide Creating the Hole Pocketing Operation #2 7. right mouse click. 9. 12. MecSoft Corporation. The command bar would now prompt the user to select surfaces or faces to extract the curves 11. 10. Pick the flat areas as shown below.com 116 . and select Copy.mecsoft. The curves are now created and are located on Layer 04. Switch to the Create Operations tab.

15. www. This would create a copy of the Hole Pocketing Operation listed below the first Hole Pocketing operation as show below. Select the 6 inner circles and right mouse click to complete the selection. Expand the Hole Pocketing-1 folder and double click on Machining Features. 16. 17. Copyright 1998-2008. Click Remove All under Machining Features and click Select Curves as Regions.0 Getting Started Guide 14.com 117 .RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation. 18. Right click and select Paste.

RhinoCAM 2.com 118 .mecsoft. Switch to the Entry/Exit tab and set the Helix Diameter to 0. Click Save to Close the Machining Regions Dialog.0 Getting Started Guide 19. 21.315. Regions 1 to 6 are now listed under Machining Features/Regions. 20. Double Click under Parameters and set the Hole Depth = 0.065 Copyright 1998-2008. Hole Diameter = 0. MecSoft Corporation. www.1875.

RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 22. Copyright 1998-2008. Switch to the Simulate tab. 23. select Hole Pocketing-1. and click Simulate to run the simulation. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft. Click Generate. www.com 119 . The Hole Pocketing Operation for the inner holes is now created.

com 120 .RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Copyright 1998-2008. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft. www.

and click Select Curves as Regions. www.com 121 . From the Create Operations tab. From the Curve menu in Rhino. Copyright 1998-2008. Preparing the part for machining Turn on the Center Point Snap from the status bar and turn off the other snaps. We will now use the pick option by creating a point that snaps to the center of the circles as show below. Creating the Engraving Toolpath 1. Right click to complete the selection. 2. 1.RhinoCAM 2. select 2 ½ Axis Milling and Engraving. 3. Select the 2 points as regions for engraving.0 Getting Started Guide 2 ½ Axis Engraving Operation Now we will use engraving operation to drill the 2 holes. click Remove All under Machining Features. select Point Object-> Single Point 2. MecSoft Corporation. This can also be accomplished by using a drilling operation that is available under Hole Machining. Go to the Machining Features/ Regions tab.mecsoft. The command bar will now prompt the user to specify the location of point object.

0 Getting Started Guide 4.com 122 . and click Simulate to run the simulation. Total Cut Depth = 0.375 and Rough Depth/Cut = 0. Copyright 1998-2008. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab and select Load From Tool. 10. www. MecSoft Corporation. The Engraving operation is now created. 8.375. Switch to the Cut Parameters tab and use the following parameters Tolerance = 0. 6. 7.25. Switch to the Tools tab inside the Engraving operation and select FlatMill0. Set the Entry and Exit to None under the Entry/Exit tab. 5.05. Rough Depth = 0. Switch to the Clearance Tab and set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane. select Engraving. Location of Cut Geometry At Top.001. Click Generate. 9.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. Switch to Simulate tab.

com 123 . www.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Copyright 1998-2008. MecSoft Corporation.

mecsoft. Go to the Machining Features/ Regions tab. 3. MecSoft Corporation. click Remove All under Machining Features. The selected region is now displayed under Machining Features/Regions. 5. 4.25. 6.0 Getting Started Guide 2 ½ Axis Profiling 1. Right mouse click or select enter from the keypad to complete the selection. Switch to the Create Operations tab and select 2. Switch to Clearance Tab.RhinoCAM 2. 2. www.5 Axis Milling and choose Profiling.com 124 . and click Select Curves as Regions. Select the outer curve. 7. Switch to the Tools tab inside 2 ½ Axis Profiling operation and Select the FlatMill-0. And select Load From Tool. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined. Set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab. Copyright 1998-2008.

c. b. MecSoft Corporation. Stock = 0. Switch to Cut Parameters tab and use the following Settings a.mecsoft. Cut Start Side.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Specifying Cut Parameters 8.Check Use Outside/Inside for closed curves and pick Outside. www. Copyright 1998-2008.001. Tolerance = 0.com 125 .

RhinoCAM 2. The 2½ Axis Profile toolpath is now generated and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.com 126 . 11. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide 9.05. Toolpath display can be turned on/off by selecting Toolpath Visibility under the MOps browser. www. Copyright 1998-2008. 10. Select the Cut Levels Tab and specify the Total Cut Depth = 0. Rough Depth/Cut = 0.mecsoft.25. Click Generate. Switch to Entry/Exit Tab and Set the Entry and Exit Type to None.

Switch to the Simulate tab in the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. 13. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. Select the 2 ½ Axis Profiling Operation and click to Simulate. Copyright 1998-2008. The simulated part is as shown below.0 Getting Started Guide 12. www.mecsoft.com 127 .

0 Getting Started Guide Note: You can adjust the simulation speed by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located to the bottom right corner of the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.com 128 . pause the Simulation. Copyright 1998-2008. MecSoft Corporation. To exit the Simulation mode.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. www. and click Exit Simulation.

Select Machining Operations from the Create Operations tab and right click and select post process.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide Post Processing 1. The posted g code by default will be saved to the folder where the part file is located.com 129 . You can change the post processor by selecting a different one from the drop down menu in the list.RhinoCAM 2. Specify the File Name as Shaftbase. www. The post by default is set to Haas as specified under the Post processor setup. 2. End of Tutorial 3! Copyright 1998-2008.nc and click save.

www.0 Getting Started Guide Tutorial 4: Simple V-Carving Copyright 1998-2008.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.com 130 .

The V-bit is made to rise from the cutting depth to the top of the surface at the corners in such a way that the tapered sides of the cutter are always in contact with the corners. V carving refers to a cutting strategy employed by sign makers to create sharp corners. www. The part itself will be machined out of a 10.mecsoft. only the bottom tip of the tool will be in contact with the corners. Don’t forget to save your work periodically! You may want to save the file under a different name so that the original file will be preserved. Reading this text will help you understand the tutorial methodology and provide information about additional options available. Main Programming Steps • • • • In creating programs for each setup. thereby creating clean and crisp cuts at the corners.com . MecSoft Corporation. The stepped instructions are accompanied by explanatory and introductory text. V carving is performed using a tapered bit or conical tool (as shown below) usually known in the industry as a V Bit.RhinoCAM 2. Strategy to Machine the part • • • • V carving is performed using the 2 ½ axis Machining Operation.75 inch x 4 inch x ½ inch poplar wood sheet The part would be machined using a single V-Groove bit. When the cutter finally reaches the top surface. the following steps will be followed: Create the Stock geometry Set the Machine zero point or Locate geometry with respect to the machine coordinates Create / Select the tool used for machining Set the feeds and speeds 131 Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide Introduction This tutorial will illustrate machining a Sign using 2-1/2 axis-engraving operations. The wooden sheet will be held to the machine table or the spoil sheet on the table using double-sided tape. We can engrave the sign using 2-D curves. This tutorial will introduce the usage of 2½ axis simple V Carving using V bit.

0 Getting Started Guide • • • • • Set the clearance plane for the non-cutting transfer moves of the cutter Select the machining regions for containing the cutter to specific areas to cut Select the machining operations and set the parameters Generate the toolpath Simulate the toolpath. Preparing the part for Machining Loading the Part Model “Part” refers to the geometry that represents the final manufactured product.0\Tutorials) The imported part appears as shown below. MecSoft Corporation. Select File / Open from the Menu.3dm file from the Tutorials folder in the RhinoCAM 2. 2. or click the Open icon from the Standard bar. select the V-Carve1.mecsoft.com 132 . (C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2. To load a part: 1. www.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008.0 installation folder. You can create parts within Rhino. From the Open dialog box. You may have to repeat either all or part of these steps for subsequent operations.

3.MOps browser and click on the Setup tab. Go to the RhinoCAM.RhinoCAM 2. Set the Machine type to 3 axis. Copyright 1998-2008. www. 2.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Setup Tab 1.com 133 . MecSoft Corporation. Select Machine Setup from the setup tab.

RhinoCAM 2. Set the current post processor that is on your controller.0\Posts The program to send the posted output is set to notepad.mecsoft.0\ Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2. www. Note: By default post processor files are located under C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4. Select Post from the setup tab to specify the post processor options.com 134 . MecSoft Corporation. We will select Haas as the post processor for this exercise. 5.0 Getting Started Guide 4. This would output the G code to a notepad Copyright 1998-2008.

Set the Length (L) = 10. 2.00 and Height (H) = 0. Width W = 4. This brings up the Box Stock parameters. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide Create Stock Geometry 1. Copyright 1998-2008.mecsoft.com 135 .RhinoCAM 2.75. www. Select Create/Load stock from the setup tab and create a Box Stock. Make sure to set the corner position to Southwest corner Top of Stock as shown below.5.

com 136 . www.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 3. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008. The stock geometry is now created. and a semi-transparent stock box is displayed on top of the part geometry.

RhinoCAM 2. This sets the machine home to the top of the stock material and the southwest corner of the part geometry. www. Copyright 1998-2008. Post Processor.mecsoft. Locate Machine Zero 1. the Zero Face to Highest Z. Select Locate WCS from the Setup tab. The setup tab now displays the following information: Machine Type.com 137 . and Zero Position to South West corner. 2. The steps below help you determine the machine home (also know as machine zero or tool touch off point) for the part/stock geometry. choose Set to Stock Box. 3. and Stock type as show below.0 Getting Started Guide 4. MecSoft Corporation. Under Set WCS Origin.

www.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation.com 138 .0 Getting Started Guide Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2.

mecsoft.com 139 .0 Getting Started Guide Note: You can change the stock model transparency under standard mode by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located at the bottom of the MOps browser. www.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008. MecSoft Corporation.

As we have set the Machine zero to the Stock Box. MecSoft Corporation. Z alignment to Top. 2.RhinoCAM 2. Set to Object to Move as Move Part. and XY alignment to Center. we will now move the part relative to the stock. Copyright 1998-2008. Select Align Part and Stock from the Setup tab. 1. we can align the part and the stock geometry.mecsoft. www.com 140 .0 Getting Started Guide Align Part and Stock In this process.

2.mecsoft. The file is now saved with extension 3dm. www. we will now create a 60-degree Taper Tool. Flute Length = 0.com 141 .RhinoCAM 2. Under the Properties tab set Tool Number = 1. Click Save to save the work and specify a file name as VCarve-Rev1.4. Set the tool name as VeeMill1. Go to the RhinoCAM-Tools browser that is located below the RhinoCAM-MOps browser and select Create/Edit Tools.0 Getting Started Guide The part geometry is aligned to the center of stock in XY and top in Z. Taper Angle = 30. Select the Tool Type to VeeMill. Note: You can toggle the stock model display by selecting Stock Visibility that is located at the bottom of the RhinoCAM-MOps Browser Create Tools To machine the above part. 1. Tool Length = 2. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008.

www. If you have a taper tool with a diameter select Chamfer Mill or Taper Mill under Create/Select Tool.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008. For example a 60degree taper tool would have a included angle of 30 degrees. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft.com 142 .0 Getting Started Guide Note: Taper Angle represents the included angle for a taper tool.

RhinoCAM 2. You can create additional tools by assigning a different name and specify the tool parameters. 3. Use the following settings for feeds and speeds. 4.mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008. Switch to the Feeds & Speeds tab inside the create/select tool dialog. 5. Click Save as New Tool. The created tools are now listed under the RhinoCAM-Tools browser.com 143 . MecSoft Corporation. In this exercise we will assign feeds and speeds to the tool. Click OK to close the dialog.0 Getting Started Guide Setting Feeds and Speeds You can assign Feeds & Speeds to a tool or you can load from a table. Note: You can edit the tool properties and click Save Edits to Tool to save the changes. The tool is now created and listed under Tools in Library. www.

mecsoft. V-Carving 2. MecSoft Corporation.5 axis operation.0 Getting Started Guide Create Machining Operations In this process we will create a 2.5 Axis Mill and choose V-Carving. Copyright 1998-2008. Switch to the Create Operations tab in RhinoCAM-Mops browser. www. We will go over the steps for creating the toolpath. 1.com 144 .RhinoCAM 2. Select 2. This brings up the V-Carving Operations dialog.

If the Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2. Go to the Machining Features/ Regions tab and click Select Curves as Regions. Each curve is separate (by curves.com 145 . www. Make sure to get the inner curves on the letters ‘e’ and ‘o’. select the text by using the left mouse click. 4. starting from left to right.0 Getting Started Guide Select Machining Features/Regions 3. not by letters) and must be selected separately. MecSoft Corporation. Now.mecsoft.

Right mouse click or select enter from the keypad to complete the selection. Copyright 1998-2008. 6. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide 5.com 146 . The selected regions are now displayed under Machining Regions. www.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2.

Switch to the Tools tab inside the V-Carving operation. VeeMill1 is now selected as the active tool and the Tool parameters are displayed to the right of the Tools window.RhinoCAM 2. www. Select VeeMill1. 8.0 Getting Started Guide Selecting the Tool 7.com 147 . MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008.mecsoft.

10. MecSoft Corporation. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab.mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined. www.com 148 .0 Getting Started Guide Set Feeds and Speeds 9. Select Load From Tool.

Switch to Clearance Tab.com 149 . Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2.25 and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane.0 Getting Started Guide Clearance Control 11. 12.mecsoft. www. Set the Clearance Plane Definition to Absolute Z Value = 0. MecSoft Corporation. Setting Cut Transfer to Clearance Plane would apply the Absolute Z value clearance between transfers when the tool moves from a machining region to another.

The V-Carving toolpath is now generated and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.25 and Rough Depth/Cut = 0. Note: Toolpath display can be turned on/off by selecting Toolpath Visibility under the MOps browser.05. www.com 150 . Set the Tolerance = 0. Copyright 1998-2008. Switch to Cut Parameters tab. Cut Side = Inside. Location of Cut Geometry = At Top. 15. 14.0 Getting Started Guide Specifying Cut Parameters 13.25.RhinoCAM 2.001. Total Cut Depth = 0.mecsoft. Rough Depth = 0. Click Generate. MecSoft Corporation.

0 Getting Started Guide Copyright 1998-2008.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. www. MecSoft Corporation.com 151 .

1.0 Getting Started Guide Simulate Toolpath The generated toolpath can now be simulated. Note: You can adjust the simulation speed by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located to the bottom right corner of the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.com 152 . 2. Select the V-Carving Operation and click to Simulate. Switch to the Simulate tab in the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. MecSoft Corporation. 3.mecsoft. The simulated part is as shown below. www. Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2.

and click Exit Simulation. MecSoft Corporation.com 153 . www. Copyright 1998-2008. Select Machining Operations from the Create Operations tab and right click and select post process.RhinoCAM 2. Post Processing 1. pause the Simulation. This switches back to the Create Operations tab.0 Getting Started Guide To exit the Simulation mode.mecsoft.

RhinoCAM 2. The post by default is set to Haas as specified under the Post processor setup.com 154 . Specify the File Name as V-Carve. MecSoft Corporation.nc and click Save.0 Getting Started Guide 2. You can change the post processor by selecting a different one from the drop down menu Copyright 1998-2008.mecsoft. www.

MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide in the list.RhinoCAM 2. www. The posted g code by default will be saved to the folder where the part file is located.com 155 . End of Tutorial 4! Copyright 1998-2008.

0 Getting Started Guide Tutorial 5: Embossing Copyright 1998-2008. www.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation.com 156 .RhinoCAM 2.

com . The wooden sheet will be held to the machine table or the spoil sheet on the table using double-sided tape. The stepped instructions are accompanied by explanatory and introductory text. MecSoft Corporation. The part itself will be machined out of a 20 inch x 4 inch x 1 inch poplar wood sheet The part would be machined using a Flat End Mill and a V-Groove bit. We can engrave the sign using 2-D curves. Main Programming Steps • • • • In creating programs for each setup. V carving is performed using a tapered bit or conical tool (as shown below) usually known in the industry as a V Bit. Strategy to Machine the part • • • • Embossing is performed using the 2 ½ axis Machining Operations. This tutorial will introduce the usage of 2½ axis V Carve Roughing with a Flat End Mill and V Carving using V bit.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Introduction This tutorial will illustrate machining a Sign using 2-1/2 axis-engraving operations. thereby creating clean and crisp cuts at the corners. Don’t forget to save your work periodically! You may want to save the file under a different name so that the original file will be preserved. The V-bit is made to rise from the cutting depth to the top of the surface at the corners in such a way that the tapered sides of the cutter are always in contact with the corners. www. Reading this text will help you understand the tutorial methodology and provide information about additional options available. only the bottom tip of the tool will be in contact with the corners. V carving refers to a cutting strategy employed by sign makers to create sharp corners.mecsoft. the following steps will be followed: Create the Part Create the Stock geometry Set the Machine zero point or Locate geometry with respect to the machine coordinates Create / Select the tool used for machining 157 Copyright 1998-2008. When the cutter finally reaches the top surface.

You may have to repeat either all or part of these steps for subsequent operations. 5. Select File / New from the Menu. This creates a new session of Rhino. 3. 6.0. www. Copyright 1998-2008. Under the Command bar.3.0. Create a rectangle by selecting the Curve ->Rectangle Corner to Corner. or click the New icon from the Standard bar.com 158 .RhinoCAM 2. specify the First Corner of rectangle as 0.mecsoft. Alternatively you could type TextObject under the command bar. Select Text Object located under the Main1 toolbar in Rhino. 1. By default this toolbar is located to your left side in Rhino. Specify the Other Corner as 20. MecSoft Corporation.75. 4. Create Text geometry 7.0 Getting Started Guide • • • • • • Set the feeds and speeds Set the clearance plane for the non-cutting transfer moves of the cutter Select the machining regions for containing the cutter to specific areas to cut Select the machining operations and set the parameters Generate the toolpath Simulate the toolpath.75.25 and Second Corner as 19.4. Create a 2nd rectangle with the First Corner as 0. Preparing the part for Machining Creating the Part Model To create a part: “Part” refers to the geometry that represents the final manufactured product.25. 2. Switch to the Top View by double clicking on the label Top under the Viewport.

0 Getting Started Guide 8. 11.RhinoCAM 2. Use the Following Settings. Select Curves under Create. Font Name = Verdana.mecsoft. The text would now appear on the screen and would expect the user to specify the Start point of text. This brings up Text Object Create Dialog. MecSoft Corporation. Text Size = 2. 10. Copyright 1998-2008. uncheck Bold & Italic. www. 9. Use Text to Create = RhinoCAM.5.com 159 . Click OK once you have the above settings. Check Group objects.

select Save and save the file under the Tutorials Folder as Embossing1. Specify 1. Note: You can skip the above steps for creating the part geometry by loading Embossing. We will now switch to the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. We are now ready to generate toolpath to machine the part. The part geometry is now created. The text is now created and displayed as shown below. MecSoft Corporation.3dm.mecsoft. 14.75 as the insertion point under the command bar. 13.25.0 Copyright 1998-2008. From the File Menu. This is available under the Tutorials folder in RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 12.0.3dm file into Rhino.com 160 .RhinoCAM 2. www.

0 Getting Started Guide Setup Tab 1.RhinoCAM 2. 2. Select Machine Setup from the setup tab.mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008. www. Go to the RhinoCAM.MOps browser and click on the Setup tab. MecSoft Corporation.com 161 . 3. Set the Machine type to 3 axis.

0\Posts Copyright 1998-2008. Note: By default post processor files are located under C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4. www. Select Post from the setup tab to specify the post processor options. We will select Haas as the post processor for this exercise.0\ Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. Set the current post processor that is on your controller. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2.com 162 . 5.0 Getting Started Guide 4.

Select Create/Load stock from the setup tab and create a Box Stock.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide The program to send the posted output is set to notepad. Create Stock Geometry 1. Copyright 1998-2008. www. MecSoft Corporation. This would output the G code to a notepad.RhinoCAM 2.com 163 .

and a semi-transparent stock box is displayed on top of the part geometry. This brings up the Box Stock parameters and set the Length (L) = 20. Make sure to set the corner position to Southwest corner Top of Stock as shown below.0.00 and Height (H) = 1. www. Copyright 1998-2008.00.0 Getting Started Guide 2.RhinoCAM 2. The stock geometry is now created. Width W = 4. The setup tab now displays the following information: Machine Type. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft.com 164 . 3. Post Processor and Stock type as show below. 4.

This sets the machine home to the top of the stock material and the southwest corner of the part geometry. 3.RhinoCAM 2. 2.com 165 . The steps below help you determine the machine home (also know as machine zero or tool touch off point) for the part/stock geometry. Under Set WCS Origin.mecsoft. Select Locate WCS from the Setup tab.0 Getting Started Guide Locate Machine Zero 1. choose Set to Stock Box. www. MecSoft Corporation. the Zero Face to Highest Z and Zero Position to South West corner. Copyright 1998-2008.

Align Part and Stock In this process. www.com 166 .RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. we can align the part and the stock geometry. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide Note: You can change the stock model transparency under standard mode by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located at the bottom of the MOps browser. we will now move the part relative to the stock. As we have set the Machine zero to the Stock Box.

RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. Set to Object to Move as Move Part.mecsoft. Note: You can toggle the stock model display by selecting Stock Visibility that is located at the bottom of the RhinoCAM-MOps Browser Copyright 1998-2008. Z alignment to Top. The part geometry is aligned to the center of stock in XY and top in Z. and XY alignment to Center.0 Getting Started Guide 1. 2. www.com 167 . Select Align Part and Stock from the Setup tab. Click Save to save the work and specify a file name as Embossing-Rev1. The file is now saved with extension 3dm.

com 168 .mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2. www. MecSoft Corporation.

we will now create a 1/8th inch (0. Set the tool name as FlatMill-0. set Tool Number = 1. MecSoft Corporation. Select the Tool Type to Flat End Mill.mecsoft. 1.125.125”) Flat End Mill for the V Carve Roughing operation and a VeeMill for the V Carve (finishing) operation.com 169 . 2.0 Getting Started Guide Create Tools To machine the above part. Go to the RhinoCAM-Tools browser that is located below the RhinoCAM-MOps browser and select Create/Edit Tools.125 and the Tool Diameter = 0.RhinoCAM 2. www. Under the Properties tab. Copyright 1998-2008.

Switch to the Feeds & Speeds tab inside the create/select tool dialog. 3. Use the following settings for feeds and speeds. The tool is now created and listed under Tools in Library. we will assign feeds and speeds to the tool. The created tools are now listed under the RhinoCAM-Tools browser. In this exercise. Click OK to close the dialog. 4. Note: You can edit the tool properties and click Save Edits to Tool to save the changes.0 Getting Started Guide Setting Feeds and Speeds You can assign Feeds & Speeds to a tool or you can load from a table. Copyright 1998-2008.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. 5.com 170 . www. Click Save as New Tool. You can create additional tools by assigning a different name and specify the tool parameters. MecSoft Corporation.

and Tool Length = 2. Under the Properties tab.4. Flute Length = 0. www. Set the tool name as VeeMill1. MecSoft Corporation. 7.mecsoft.com 171 . Taper Angle = 30. set Tool Number = 2. If you have a taper tool with a diameter select Chamfer Mill or Taper Mill under Create/Select Tool.0 Getting Started Guide 6.RhinoCAM 2. 8. Switch to the Feeds & Speeds tab inside the create/select tool dialog and use the following settings for Feeds/Speeds for the VeeMill1. Copyright 1998-2008. Create a 2nd tool of type VeeMill. For example a 60degree taper tool would have a included angle of 30 degrees. Note: Taper Angle represents the included angle for a taper tool.

www. Copyright 1998-2008. Click Save as New Tool. The tool is now created and listed under Tools in Library.mecsoft. Click OK to close the dialog.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 9. MecSoft Corporation.com 172 .

www. Select 2. We will go over the steps for creating the toolpath.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008.mecsoft. 1. V-Carving Roughing 2. we will create two 2 ½ axis-machining operations. Switch to the Create Operations tab in RhinoCAM-Mops browser. This brings up the V-Carve Roughing dialog.0 Getting Started Guide Create Machining Operations In this process. MecSoft Corporation.5 Axis Mill and choose V-Carve Roughing.com 173 .

Each curve is separate (by curves. 4. Be sure to include the inner curves for the letters ‘R’ and ‘A’ as well as the dot for the letter ‘i’. starting from left to right. MecSoft Corporation. Go to the Machining Features/ Regions tab and click Select Curves as Regions. www. not by letters) and must be selected separately.RhinoCAM 2. Now.0 Getting Started Guide Select Machining Features/Regions 3.mecsoft.com 174 . select the inner rectangle and text by using the left mouse click. Copyright 1998-2008.

125 is now selected as the active tool and the Tool parameters are displayed to the right of the Tools window. 8.RhinoCAM 2. Selecting the Tool 7.mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008.com 175 .125. 6. Right mouse click or select enter from the keypad to complete the selection. www. Switch to the Tools tab inside the V-Carve Roughing operation. Select FlatMill-0. The selected regions are now displayed under Machining Regions. FlatMill-0.0 Getting Started Guide 5. MecSoft Corporation.

RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined. Select Load From Tool.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide Set Feeds and Speeds 9. 10. MecSoft Corporation. www.mecsoft. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab.com 176 .

0 Getting Started Guide Clearance Control 11. Switch to Clearance Tab.25 and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane. Copyright 1998-2008. Setting Cut Transfer to Clearance Plane would apply the Absolute Z value clearance between transfers when the tool moves from a machining region to another.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft. www.com 177 . 12. Set the Clearance Plane Definition to Absolute Z Value = 0.

RhinoCAM 2. Switch to the Cut Levels tab and use the following settings. V-Carving Finish Tool Taper Angle = 30.com 178 .001. Note: V-Carve Finishing Tool Taper Angle represents the included angle of the Vbit that would be used after the V-Carve Roughing Operation. 14. 15. MecSoft Corporation. Switch to Cut Parameters tab. Copyright 1998-2008. www. and Cut Direction = Mixed. If you have a 60 degree V-Bit. Set the Tolerance = 0. Stock = 0. Cut Type = Offset. Check the Corner Cleanup option.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Specifying Cut Parameters 13. the Taper Angle would be 30 degrees.

0 Getting Started Guide 16. Total Cut Depth = 0.25. MecSoft Corporation.25. Copyright 1998-2008. Specify Location of Cut Geometry = At Top. Click Generate. The V-Carving toolpath is now generated and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAMMOps browser.com 179 .mecsoft. Note: Toolpath display can be turned on/off by selecting Toolpath Visibility under the MOps browser. and Rough Depth/Cut = 0.RhinoCAM 2. www.125. Rough Depth = 0.

RhinoCAM 2. www.0 Getting Started Guide Copyright 1998-2008. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft.com 180 .

The simulated part is as shown below.0 Getting Started Guide Simulate Toolpath The generated toolpath can now be simulated.com 181 . 3. Select the V-Carving Operation and click to Simulate. 2. MecSoft Corporation. Switch to the Simulate tab in the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. 1. www. Copyright 1998-2008. Note: You can adjust the simulation speed by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located to the bottom right corner of the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft.

Select VeeMill1. VeeMill1 is now selected as the active tool and the Tool parameters are displayed to the right of the Tools window. pause the Simulation and click Exit Simulation. Switch to the Tools tab inside the V-Carve Roughing operation. 4. This switches back to the Create Operations tab. Go to the Machining Features/ Regions tab. V-Carving 1. We will now generate V Carve Finishing to finish the sign with a Taper Tool. 6. We will go over the steps for creating the toolpath. The regions from the previous operations stay selected and the Machining Features would list the 13 regions.com 182 . Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide To exit the Simulation mode. If the regions are not listed under Selected Machining regions use single select and select the inner rectangle and the Text as shown below. The selected regions are now displayed under Machining Regions Selecting the Tool 5. Copyright 1998-2008. 3. Select Machining Features/Regions 2. This brings up the V-Carving Operations dialog. Right mouse click to complete the selection. www. MecSoft Corporation.5 Axis Mill and choose V-Carving. Select 2. Set Feeds and Speeds 7.

0 Getting Started Guide 8. MecSoft Corporation.com 183 . Select Load From Tool. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined. www.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008.

Switch to Clearance Tab. Setting Cut Transfer to Clearance Plane would apply the Absolute Z value clearance between transfers when the tool moves from a machining region to another. Set the Clearance Plane Definition to Absolute Z Value = 0.25 and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. www. 10.0 Getting Started Guide Clearance Control 9.com 184 . Copyright 1998-2008.mecsoft.

Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2. Note: Toolpath display can be turned on/off by selecting Toolpath Visibility under the MOps browser. Switch to Cut Parameters tab. Click Generate. Rough Depth = 0. www.mecsoft.25. Set the Tolerance = 0. MecSoft Corporation.com 185 . Location of Cut Geometry = At Top.25. and Rough Depth/Cut = 0. The V-Carving toolpath is now generated and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. 12.25.0 Getting Started Guide Specifying Cut Parameters 11. Cut Side = Inside. 13. Total Cut Depth = 0.001.

RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide Copyright 1998-2008.com 186 .mecsoft. www.

MecSoft Corporation. The Simulated part is as shown below. www. Switch to the Simulate tab in the RhinoCAM-MOps browser and Select the V-Carving Operation and click to Simulate.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Simulate Toolpath The generated toolpath can now be simulated. Copyright 1998-2008.mecsoft. 1. 2.com 187 .

RhinoCAM 2. Specify the File Name as Embossing.nc and click Save. www.mecsoft. You can change the post processor by selecting a different one from the drop down menu in the list. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide Post Processing 1. Select Machining Operations from the Create Operations tab and right click and select post process. The post by default is set to Haas as specified under the Post processor setup. 2. The posted g code by default will be saved to the folder where the part file is located. End of Tutorial 5! Copyright 1998-2008.com 188 .

MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2.com 189 .mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Tutorial 6: Chamfering Copyright 1998-2008. www.

In this example. You may have to repeat either all or part of these steps for subsequent operations. The wooden sheet will be held to the machine table or the spoil sheet on the table using double-sided tape. Reading this text will help you understand the tutorial methodology and provide information about additional options available. We plan to chamfer the edges of the part using a 30 degree taper tool that has 0 radius at the tip. Main Programming Steps • • • • • • • • • In creating programs for each setup.mecsoft. You can create parts within Rhino. MecSoft Corporation. the following steps will be followed: Create the Stock geometry Set the Machine zero point or Locate geometry with respect to the machine coordinates Create / Select the tool used for machining Set the feeds and speeds Set the clearance plane for the non-cutting transfer moves of the cutter Select the machining regions for containing the cutter to specific areas to cut Select the machining operations and set the parameters Generate the toolpath Simulate the toolpath. The part would be machined using a single V-Groove bit. Select File / Open from the Menu.com 190 . A tapered tool is suitable for this purpose.RhinoCAM 2. The stepped instructions are accompanied by explanatory and introductory text. or click the Open icon from the Standard bar. Preparing the part for Machining Loading the Part Model “Part” refers to the geometry that represents the final manufactured product.0 Getting Started Guide Introduction This tutorial is intended to show an easy way to chamfer and smooth sharp corners by using 2 ½ axis Chamfering operation. Strategy to Machine the part • • • Chamfering is performed using the 2 ½ axis Chamfer Machining Operation. To load a part: 1.. the chamfer is not modeled in the part. Don’t forget to save your work periodically! You may want to save the file under a different name so that the original file will be preserved. Copyright 1998-2008. www.

MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 2.mecsoft. select the Chamfer.0\Tutorials) The imported part appears as shown below Copyright 1998-2008.3dm file from the Tutorials folder in the RhinoCAM 2. From the Open dialog box. www.com 191 . (C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4.0 installation folder.

The loaded part has the stock model defined and includes a 2 ½ axis Facing Operation with a 0. Go to the RhinoCAM.5” Flat End Mill. Copyright 1998-2008.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation.com 192 .RhinoCAM 2.MOps browser and click on the Setup tab.0 Getting Started Guide Setup Tab 1. The Machining Operation information is listed in the MOps browser as shown below. www.

1. If you have a taper tool with a diameter select Chamfer Mill or Taper Mill under Create/Select Tool. Under the Properties tab. and Tool Length = 2. Flute Length = 1.mecsoft. Taper Angle = 30.0 Getting Started Guide Create Tools To machine the chamfer.com 193 . Go to the RhinoCAM-Tools browser that is located below the RhinoCAMMOps browser and select Create/Edit Tools. Set the tool name as ChamferMill1. For example a 60degree taper tool would have a included angle of 30 degrees.RhinoCAM 2. we will now create a 60-degree Taper Tool. 2. set Tool Number = 2. Copyright 1998-2008. MecSoft Corporation. Select the Tool Type to Chamfer. www. Note: Taper Angle represents the included angle for a taper tool.

we will assign feeds and speeds to the tool. 5. In this exercise.mecsoft. Use the following settings for feeds and speeds. MecSoft Corporation. 3.com 194 . The tool is now created and listed under Tools in Library.RhinoCAM 2. 4. Copyright 1998-2008. Note: You can edit the tool properties and click Save Edits to Tool to save the changes. The created tools are now listed under the RhinoCAM-Tools browser. You can create additional tools by assigning a different name and specify the tool parameters. www. Click Save as New Tool. Click OK to close the dialog.0 Getting Started Guide Setting Feeds and Speeds You can assign Feeds & Speeds to a tool or you can load from a table. Switch to the Feeds & Speeds tab inside the create/select tool dialog.

Chamfering 1.0 Getting Started Guide Create Machining Operations Switch to the Create Operations tab in RhinoCAM-Mops browser.com 195 . www. Select 2. We will go over the steps for creating the toolpath.5 Axis Mill and choose Chamfering.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation. This brings up the Chamfering Operations dialog.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008.

com 196 . 3.0 Getting Started Guide Select Machining Features/Regions 2. select the curve that follows the profile of the spanner as shown below.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. Now. MecSoft Corporation. 4. Copyright 1998-2008. Click Select Curves as Regions. Go to the Machining Features/ Regions tab and click remove all if any Machining regions are listed. www.

mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2.com 197 . Copyright 1998-2008. Right mouse click or select enter from the keypad to complete the selection. 6. www.0 Getting Started Guide 5. The selected region is now displayed under Machining Regions. MecSoft Corporation.

mecsoft. and the Tool parameters are displayed to the right of the Tools window. Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide Selecting the Tool 7. Select ChamferMill1. 8.RhinoCAM 2. Switch to the Tools tab inside the Chamfering operation. MecSoft Corporation. www. ChamferMill1 is now selected as the active tool.com 198 .

0 Getting Started Guide Set Feeds and Speeds 9. Select Load From Tool. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined. 10.com 199 . Copyright 1998-2008. www.RhinoCAM 2. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation.

www.25 and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane. Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2.com 200 . MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide Clearance Control 11. Setting Cut Transfer to Clearance Plane would apply the Absolute Z value clearance between transfers when the tool moves from a machining region to another.mecsoft. Set the Clearance Plane Definition to Absolute Z Value = 0. Switch to Clearance Tab. 12.

mecsoft. The Chamfering toolpath is now generated and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.001.RhinoCAM 2.com 201 .025. MecSoft Corporation. 14.0 Getting Started Guide Specifying Cut Parameters 13. Stock = 0. Switch to Cut Parameters tab. Set the Tolerance = 0. Cut Side = Outside.125. Max Depth/Cut = 0. Chamfer Parameters use Chamfer Width = 0. Click Generate. Copyright 1998-2008. www.

0 Getting Started Guide Note: Toolpath display can be turned on/off by selecting Toolpath Visibility under the MOps browser.RhinoCAM 2. This would move the Chamfer MOp below the Facing MOp. MecSoft Corporation. Select the Chamfering MOp and drag it over the 2 ½ axis Facing MOp.com 202 . 2. www. you can reorder the MOp using the steps below. Chamfer toolpath is now generated and is displayed below. Minimize all MOps inside the Mop Set1.mecsoft. 1. Copyright 1998-2008. Reorder a Machining Operation If the chamfer operation is created above the 2 ½ axis Facing operation.

1.0 Getting Started Guide Simulate Toolpath The generated toolpath can now be simulated. www. Copyright 1998-2008. Switch to the Simulate tab in the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.com 203 .mecsoft. select the Chamfering Operation and click Simulate to run the simulation. 2. Select the 2 ½ Axis Facing Operation and click to Simulate.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. Once the Facing operation is simulated. 3.

RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008. MecSoft Corporation.com 204 . www.mecsoft. The simulated part is as shown below.0 Getting Started Guide 4. Note: You can adjust the simulation speed by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located to the bottom right corner of the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.

Copyright 1998-2008. This switches back to the Create Operations tab. pause the Simulation and click Exit Simulation.mecsoft. 2. MecSoft Corporation.nc and click Save.0 Getting Started Guide To exit the Simulation mode. Select Machining Operations from the Create Operations tab and right click and select post process. Post Processing 1.com 205 . Specify the File Name as Chamfering.RhinoCAM 2. www.

End of Tutorial 6! Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide The post by default is set to Haas as specified under the Post processor setup. www.mecsoft. You can change the post processor by selecting a different one from the drop down menu in the list.com 206 . MecSoft Corporation. The posted g code by default will be saved to the folder where the part file is located.

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0 Getting Started Guide Introduction This tutorial will illustrate machining this Mold using 3 axis-milling operations. Don’t forget to save your work periodically! You may want to save the file under a different name so that the original file will be preserved. or click the Open icon from the Standard bar.5” flat end mill. Strategy to Machine the mold • • • • We will machine the mold completely using 3 axis-machining operations. The part itself will be machined out of a 5. The part will be machined using 0. the following steps will be followed: Create the Stock geometry Set the Machine zero point or Locate geometry with respect to the machine coordinates Create / Select the tool used for machining Set the feeds and speeds Set the clearance plane for the non-cutting transfer moves of the cutter Select the machining regions for containing the cutter to specific areas to cut Select the machining operations and set the parameters Generate the toolpath Simulate the toolpath.125” ball end mills.5 inch x 1. Main Programming Steps • • • • • • • • • In creating programs for each setup. MecSoft Corporation. You can create parts within Rhino. Select File / Open from the Menu. Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2. This tutorial will introduce the usage of several 3-axis operations such as horizontal roughing. Preparing the part for Machining Loading the Part Model “Part” refers to the geometry that represents the final manufactured product. and horizontal finishing. The stock may be held to the machine table or the spoil sheet on the table using double-sided tape or by clamps.5 x 6. parallel finishing. Reading this text will help you understand the tutorial methodology and provide information about additional options available.25-inch wood block. The stepped instructions are accompanied by explanatory and introductory text. 0.com 208 . You may have to repeat either all or part of these steps for subsequent operations.mecsoft. www.25” & 0. To load a part: 1.

3dm file from the Tutorials folder in the RhinoCAM 2.com 209 . www. select the 3Axis_Example1.0 installation folder. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft.0\Tutorials) The imported part appears as shown below Copyright 1998-2008. From the Open dialog box.0 Getting Started Guide 2. (C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2.RhinoCAM 2.

RhinoCAM 2.com 210 . Set the Machine type to 3 axis. www. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft. Select Machine Setup from the setup tab. 3. Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide Setup Tab 1. 2.MOps browser and click on the Setup tab. Go to the RhinoCAM.

0\ Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2.RhinoCAM 2. Select Post from the setup tab to specify the post processor options. MecSoft Corporation.com 211 .mecsoft. 5. Set the current post processor that is on your controller.0 Getting Started Guide 4. www. We will select Haas as the post processor for this exercise.0\Posts Copyright 1998-2008. Note: By default post processor files are located under C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4.

com 212 . Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2. Select Create/Load stock from the setup tab and create a Box Stock. MecSoft Corporation. Create Stock Geometry 1.mecsoft. www. This would output the G code to a notepad.0 Getting Started Guide The program to send the posted output is set to notepad.

3.com 213 . Copyright 1998-2008. Set the Length (L) = 5.0 Getting Started Guide 2.50. and a semi-transparent stock box is displayed on top of the part geometry.mecsoft. and Height (H) = 1. MecSoft Corporation.50.RhinoCAM 2. www. Leave the other parameters as default and click OK.25. Width W = 6. This brings up the Box Stock parameters. The stock geometry is now created.

RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 4. The setup tab now displays the following information: Machine Type. Locate Machine Zero 1. www. and Stock type as show below. The steps below help you determine the machine home (also know as machine zero or tool touch off point) for the part/stock geometry.com 214 .mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008. Post Processor.

and Zero Position to South West corner. Select Locate WCS from the Setup tab.com 215 . Copyright 1998-2008. MecSoft Corporation. choose Set to Stock Box.0 Getting Started Guide 2.RhinoCAM 2. www. 3. Under Set WCS Origin. the Zero Face to Highest Z.mecsoft. This sets the machine home to the top of the stock material and the southwest corner of the part geometry.

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mecsoft. Z alignment: Bottom and XY Alignment: Center.com 217 . Object to Move: Move Part. Use the following settings. 2. MecSoft Corporation. Select Align Part and Stock from the Setup tab In this step.RhinoCAM 2. we will position the part to the bottom of the stock and center in XY. Copyright 1998-2008. 1. we will align the part inside the stock geometry.0 Getting Started Guide Align Part and Stock During this step. www.

www. The part is now aligned inside the stock as shown below.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide 3. Front View Top View Copyright 1998-2008.com 218 .RhinoCAM 2.

com 219 . 2. set Tool Number = 1. Set the tool name as FlatMill-0. we will now create a ¼ inch (0.5 and Tool Diameter = 0.RhinoCAM 2. Under the Properties tab. Go to the RhinoCAM-Tools browser that is located below the RhinoCAMMOps browser and select Create/Edit Tools. Select the Tool Type to Flat End Mill.0 Getting Started Guide Create Tools To machine the above part.mecsoft.5. Copyright 1998-2008. www.25”) Flat End Mill. 1. MecSoft Corporation.

Tool Number = 2. Note: You can edit the tool properties and click Save Edits to Tool to save the changes. Create a Ball End Mill with the following parameters. You can create additional tools by assigning a different name and specify the tool parameters. a. 6. Switch to Feeds & Speeds tab set Spindle Speed = 5000 rpm. MecSoft Corporation. www. The tool is now created and listed under Tools in Library. Copyright 1998-2008. we will assign feeds and speeds to the tool.0 Getting Started Guide Setting Feeds and Speeds You can assign Feeds & Speeds to a tool or you can load from a table. Switch to the Feeds & Speeds tab inside the create/select tool dialog. Use the following settings for feeds and speeds. plunge & approach feed = 35 ipm. In this exercise. 4. cut feed = 45 ipm.com 220 . Set the Transfer Feedrate to Use Rapid. retract and departure feeds = 50 ipm. b. 5. Tool Name: BallMill-0. c. approach feed = 40 ipm. Click Save as New Tool. Click Save as New Tool.mecsoft. 3.25.RhinoCAM 2.

RhinoCAM 2.com 221 . d. f. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide 7. Parallel Finishing. Create Machining Operations We will machine the mold using 3 different machining operations – Horizontal Roughing. cut feed = 45 ipm. Tool Name: BallMill-0. Copyright 1998-2008. The created tools are now listed under the RhinoCAM-Tools browser. Switch to Feeds & Speeds tab set Spindle Speed = 5000 rpm.mecsoft. plunge & approach feed = 35 ipm. Tool Number = 3. e. and Horizontal Finishing. www. approach feed = 40 ipm.125. retract and departure feeds = 50 ipm. Set the Transfer Feedrate to Use Rapid. Click Save as New Tool. Create another Ball End Mill with the following parameters.

5.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. This brings up the 3 Axis Horizontal Roughing Operation Dialog. MecSoft Corporation. Roughing is typically followed by semi-finishing or finishing toolpaths. Switch to the Create Operations tab in RhinoCAM-Mops browser. Select 3 Axis Milling and choose Horizontal Roughing. www. 3. We will now go over the steps for creating the toolpath.com 222 . Copyright 1998-2008. This type of machining is very efficient for removing large volumes of material and is typically performed with a large tool. 2.0 Getting Started Guide The first step in machining the mold will be a roughing operation. Switch to the Tools tab inside the 3 axis Horizontal Roughing operation and select FlatMill-0. 3 axis Horizontal Roughing 1.

com 223 . www.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide Copyright 1998-2008.

www.0 Getting Started Guide 4. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008.com 224 .mecsoft. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab and select Load From Tool. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined.RhinoCAM 2.

Switch to the Clearance Tab and set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane.RhinoCAM 2.com 225 .0 Getting Started Guide 5.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008. www.

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Specify Cut Parameters
8. Click on the Cut Parameters tab. 9. Set the Intol and Outol = 0.01, Stock to leave =0.025, Cut Pattern to Stock Offset, Cut Direction = Mixed, Step over distance = 40 (% Tool Diameter).

10. Switch to the Cut Levels Tab.

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RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 11. Use the Following Settings. a. Step Down Control (dZ) = 50 (% Tool Diameter). b. Check Clear Flats under Cut Levels.

12. Switch to the Engage/Retract tab and leave the entry/exit parameters as default. 13. Click Generate. The 3 axis Roughing toolpath is now generated, and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.

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14. Switch to Simulate tab, select Horizontal Roughing, and click Simulate to run the simulation.

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3 axis Parallel Finishing
We will now use 3 axis Parallel Finishing operation to pre-finish the part using a 0.25” Ball End Mill.

This is an efficient method of finishing or pre-finishing, typically used when part surfaces are relatively flat. A 2D linear zigzag pattern is generated on the XY plane above the part geometry. The tool moves along this cut pattern, following the contours of the part geometry below. 1. From the Create Operations tab, select 3 axis Milling and Parallel Finishing.

This brings up the Parallel Finishing Operations dialog. We will go over the steps for creating the pocketing operation. 2. Switch to the Tools tab inside the Parallel Finishing operation and select BallMill-0.25. 3. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab and select Load From Tool. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined.

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Specify Cut Parameters
5. Click on the Cut Parameters tab. 6. Set the Tolerance to 0.001, Stock to leave =0, Cut Direction = Mixed, Step over distance = 15 (% Tool Diameter).

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RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 7. Click Generate. The Parallel Finishing toolpath is now generated, and the Operation is listed under the 3 Axis Horizontal Roughing Operation in the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.

8. Switch to Simulate tab, select Parallel Finishing, and click Simulate to run the simulation.

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3 axis Horizontal Finishing
We will now create a Horizontal Finishing operation for machining steep area regions. This method is used for pre-finishing or finishing in constant Z levels, typically used when the part has large vertical surfaces and when Parallel Finishing will not yield satisfactory results.

Preparing the part for Horizontal Finishing
In preparation for the Horizontal Finishing operation, we will now create regions by extracting curves from the 3D model. 1. Turn off the Stock Model and Toolpath Visibility from the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.

2. Switch to the Top View by double clicking on the Top under the Viewport.

3. Create a rectangle by selecting the Curve ->Rectangle Corner to Corner. 4. Turn on the grid snap from the status bar and pick the first corner and second corner by snapping to 2 points on the grid as shown below. Note: To set Grid spacing select Tools->Options. Click on Grid, Use Minor Grid Lines every 0.25 inches, Major lines every 4 minor grid lines, Grid Snap spacing 0.25 inches.

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5. The created rectangle is displayed on top of the 3d model. We are now ready to create the horizontal finishing operation. 1. Switch to the Create Operations tab. 2. Select 3 axis Milling and Horizontal Finishing.

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

4. Select the rectangle as machining region and right click to complete the selection.

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5. Switch to the Tools tab inside Horizontal Finishing operation and select BallMill-0.125. 6. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab and select Load From Tool. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined. 7. Switch to the Clearance Tab and set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane.

Specify Cut Parameters
8. Click on the Cut Parameters tab. 9. Set Intol, Outol = 0.001, Cut Direction = Climb/Conventional.

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10. Switch to the Cut Levels tab. 11. Set the Step Down Control (dZ) = 15 (% Tool Diameter).

12. Leave the entry/exit parameters at default. 13. Click Generate. The Horizontal Finishing operation is now created and is listed under the MOps browser.

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14. Switch to the Simulate tab, select Horizontal Finishing, and click Simulate to run the simulation. 15. The simulated part is shown below.

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Post Processing
1. Select Machining Operations from the Create Operations tab and right click and select post process.

2. Specify the File Name as 3axisMold.nc and click save. The post by default is set to Haas as specified under the Post processor setup. You can change the post processor by selecting a different one from the drop down menu in the list. The posted g code by default will be saved to the folder where the part file is located. End of Tutorial 7!

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Tutorial 8: Profiling with Bridges (Tabs)

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Strategy to Machine the part • • • • We will machine the part using a 2-½ axis profiling operation. We will define bridges so that the parts do not fall off the sheet once its cut to its full depth. the following steps will be followed: • • • • • • • • • • Create part geometry Create the Stock geometry Set the Machine zero point or Locate geometry with respect to the machine coordinates Create / Select the tool used for machining Set the feeds and speeds Set the clearance plane for the non-cutting transfer moves of the cutter Select the machining regions for containing the cutter to specific areas to cut Select the machining operations and set the parameters Generate the toolpath Simulate the toolpath. The wooden sheet will be held to the machine table or the spoil sheet on the table using fixtures/clamps. Main Programming Steps In creating programs for each setup.25 inch Flat End Mill.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Introduction This tutorial will illustrate machining of multiple parts on a single sheet of stock using 2-1/2 milling operations. Copyright 1998-2008. Select File / New from the Menu. Don’t forget to save your work periodically! You may want to save the file under a different name so that the original file will be preserved. MecSoft Corporation. Reading this text will help you understand the tutorial methodology and provide information about additional options available. or click the New icon from the Standard bar. The part will be machined out of a 36 x 24 x ½ inch poplar wood sheet using a 0. www. This creates a new session of Rhino. Preparing the part for Machining Creating the Part Model To create a part: “Part” refers to the geometry that represents the final manufactured product.mecsoft. You may have to repeat either all or part of these steps for subsequent operations. The stepped instructions are accompanied by explanatory and introductory text.com 241 . 1.

24.com 242 .0. We will now set the Grid Preferences. Specify the second corner as 36. Select Tools->Options from the menu bar and click on Grid. Switch to the Top View by double-clicking on the Top under the Viewport. 3. Use the following settings. To check the model units select Tools>Options and click Units. 6. 5.mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2. specify the first corner as 0. 7.0 Getting Started Guide 2. MecSoft Corporation. www. Under the Command bar. Use the following grid settings. Create a rectangle by selecting the Curve ->Rectangle Corner to Corner. 4. The part will be modeled in Inches.

www.5. b. Copyright 1998-2008. c. Using the mouse pointer select Rounded as shown below. This represents the extents of our stock model in XY plane. Specify First corner as 0.4 (or you could specify in absolute dimensions as 3.4.RhinoCAM 2. Specify second corner as @3.5. Under the command bar. 2. 1.5. Create Rounded Rectangle We will now create the part geometry to be cut out inside the sheet.0.com 243 . A rectangle of 36” X 24” is now created and displayed on the screen.5).mecsoft. specify the following parameters. a. Create a rectangle by selecting the Curve ->Rectangle Corner to Corner.0 Getting Started Guide 8. MecSoft Corporation.

www. Set the radius to 0. Specify Number in X direction = 9 Copyright 1998-2008.com 244 . From the Transform Menu. This creates a rounded rectangle of size 3 x 4 and a radius of 0.0 Getting Started Guide d.RhinoCAM 2. Select Objects to array: Pick the rounded rectangle. 3.25.25. MecSoft Corporation. 3. select Array->Rectangular 2. Right click or hit the enter key to complete the selection.mecsoft. 1. Create Rectangular Array We will now create multiple copies of the rounded rectangle to fit it to a sheet of 36 x 24.

Set the Unit Cell or Y Spacing = 4. Specify Number in Z direction = 1 6. Set the Unit Cell or X Spacing = 3.com 245 . Specify Number in Y direction = 5 5.RhinoCAM 2. Set the Unit Cell or Z Spacing = 1.75 7. MecSoft Corporation. www.75 8.0 Getting Started Guide 4. Copyright 1998-2008. Press Enter to accept the array.mecsoft.

The part geometry is now created. This is available under the Tutorials folder in RhinoCAM 2. www.mecsoft. We now have 5 rows and 9 columns of the rounded rectangle. MecSoft Corporation. From the File Menu.RhinoCAM 2. We are now ready to generate a toolpath to machine the part.3dm file into Rhino.0 Copyright 1998-2008. select Save and save the file under the Tutorials folder. Note: You can skip the above steps for creating the part geometry by loading Profile_Tabs.0 Getting Started Guide 4. We will now switch to the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. A total of 45 parts on a sheet of 36 x 24 9.com 246 . 5.

MOps browser and click on the Setup tab. MecSoft Corporation.com 247 . 2. 3. Set the Machine type to 3 axis. www. Select Machine Setup from the setup tab.mecsoft. Go to the RhinoCAM.0 Getting Started Guide Setup Tab 1.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008.

We will select Haas as the post processor for this exercise. MecSoft Corporation. Set the current post processor that is on your controller.0\Posts Copyright 1998-2008. Select Post from the setup tab to specify the post processor options.0 Getting Started Guide 4.com 248 . www. Note: By default post processor files are located under C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. 5.0\ Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2.

Copyright 1998-2008. Select Create/Load stock from the setup tab and create a Box Stock. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide The program to send the posted output is set to notepad. This would output the G code to a notepad. www.RhinoCAM 2.com 249 . Create Stock Geometry 1.mecsoft.

mecsoft. www.0 Getting Started Guide 2. Width W = 24.com 250 .RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. This brings up the Box Stock parameters. Copyright 1998-2008. The stock geometry is now created. Set the Length (L) = 36. 3. Make sure to set the corner position to Southwest corner Top of Stock as shown below. and Height (H) = 0. and a semi-transparent stock box is displayed on top of the part geometry. 5.

and Stock type as show below.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide 4. 2. Select Locate WCS from the Setup tab. Locate Machine Zero 1. Copyright 1998-2008. The setup tab now displays the following information: Machine Type. Post Processor. The steps below help you determine the machine home (also know as machine zero or tool touch off point) for the part/stock geometry. www.com 251 .

RhinoCAM 2. the Zero Face to Highest Z.0 Getting Started Guide 3. Copyright 1998-2008. MecSoft Corporation. www. choose Set to Stock Box. This sets the machine home to the top of the stock material and the southwest corner of the part geometry.mecsoft. and Zero Position to South West corner.com 252 . Under Set WCS Origin.

Set Object to Move as Move Part. Z alignment as Top. we will now move the part relative to the stock. www.com 253 . 2.0 Getting Started Guide Note: You can change the stock model transparency under standard mode by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located at the bottom of the MOps browser. As we have set the Machine zero to the Stock Box. and XY alignment as Center. Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2. 1. we can align the part and the stock geometry. Align Part and Stock In this process. MecSoft Corporation. Select Align Part and Stock from the Setup tab.mecsoft.

The file is now saved with extension 3dm.mecsoft. Go to the RhinoCAM-Tools browser that is located below the RhinoCAM-MOps browser and select Create/Edit Tools. 1. Select the Tool Type to Flat End Mill.25”) Flat End Mill. Copyright 1998-2008.com 254 . we will now create a ¼ inch (0. Click Save to save the work and specify a file name. Create Tools To machine the above part. MecSoft Corporation. www.0 Getting Started Guide The part geometry is aligned to the center of stock in XY and top in Z.RhinoCAM 2.

25 and Tool Diameter = 0.RhinoCAM 2. Under the Properties tab. Copyright 1998-2008.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation.25. www. Set the tool name as FlatMill-0. set Tool Number = 1.com 255 .0 Getting Started Guide 2.

4. Copyright 1998-2008. www. The created tools are now listed under the RhinoCAM-Tools browser. Click Save as New Tool. Switch to the Feeds & Speeds tab inside the create/select tool dialog.0 Getting Started Guide Setting Feeds and Speeds You can assign Feeds & Speeds to a tool or you can load from a table.com 256 . 3. Note: You can edit the tool properties and click Save Edits to Tool to save the changes. In this exercise. 5.mecsoft. we will assign feeds and speeds to the tool. You can create additional tools by assigning a different name and specify the tool parameters. Use the following settings for feeds and speeds. MecSoft Corporation. The tool is now created and listed under Tools in Library.RhinoCAM 2. Click OK to close the dialog.

5 Axis Mill and choose Profiling. 1. Select 2. This brings up the 2 ½ Axis Profiling Operations dialog. Switch to the Create Operations tab in RhinoCAM-Mops browser. Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide Create Machining Operations In this process.mecsoft. 2 ½ Axis Profiling 2.RhinoCAM 2. We will go over the steps for creating the profile operation.com 257 . MecSoft Corporation. www. we will create a 2.5 axis profiling operation.

click Remove All. 4. From the Top View drag a window from upper left corner to the bottom right corner that encloses all the rounder rectangles.0 Getting Started Guide Select Machining Features/Regions 3.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008. select the all the rounded rectangles. and click Select Curves as Regions. www.mecsoft. Go to the Machining Features/ Regions tab. Now. Right mouse click or select enter from the keypad to complete the selection. MecSoft Corporation.com 258 .

The selected regions are now displayed under Machining Regions. Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. www.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide 5.com 259 .

The 0. Switch to the Tools tab inside the 2 ½ Axis Profiling operation. www.RhinoCAM 2.25” Flat End mill is now selected as the active tool and the Tool parameters are displayed to the right of the Tools window.0 Getting Started Guide Selecting the Tool 6. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008.25.mecsoft. 7.com 260 . Select the FlatMill-0.

Select Load From Tool. 9.0 Getting Started Guide Set Feeds and Speeds 8.com 261 . Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined. www. MecSoft Corporation. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab.

RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Clearance Control 10. www. RhinoCAM will determine a safe Z height for the Entry & Exit when set to automatic. Set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane. MecSoft Corporation. Switch to Clearance Tab.mecsoft.com 262 . 11. Copyright 1998-2008. Setting Cut Transfer to Clearance Plane would apply the automatic Z clearance between transfers when the tool moves from a machining region to another.

Under Cut Start Side. Copyright 1998-2008. www.mecsoft. check Use Outside/Inside for Closed Curves and select Outside. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide Specifying Cut Parameters 12.com 263 . 13. Switch to Cut Parameters tab. Set the Stock = 0.RhinoCAM 2.

Rough Depth = 0. The cut depth is always set as an absolute value.5” in thickness.125.0 Getting Started Guide 14. MecSoft Corporation.com 264 .RhinoCAM 2.51to ensure that the part is cut to its full depth. www. We will generate the toolpath to cut to a depth of 0.51.mecsoft. Select the Cut Levels Tab and specify the Total Cut Depth = 0.5. Rough Depth/Cut = 0. Note: The stock material is 0. Copyright 1998-2008.

Switch to Entry/Exit Tab and set the entry and exit type to None. Copyright 1998-2008. www.com 265 . MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Entry/Exit 15.

MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008. we will sort the order of machining the parts. In the next step.mecsoft. www. and # of Bridges on each part = 4.6.com 266 .0 Getting Started Guide Advanced Cut Parameters 16. Switch to Advanced Cut parameters tab and check Use Bridges/Tabs.RhinoCAM 2. Specify bridge height = 0.1. 17. bridge length = 0.

20. 19. Copyright 1998-2008. www.com 267 . Set Start Angle = 0 and traverse pattern to ZigZag. The 2½ Axis Profile toolpath is now generated and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.RhinoCAM 2. Click Generate. Note: Toolpath display can be turned on/off by selecting Toolpath Visibility under the MOps browser.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Sorting 18. MecSoft Corporation. Switch to the Sorting tab and use Directional Sort. This would sort the toolpaths along X and then along Y.

MecSoft Corporation.com 268 .mecsoft. www.0 Getting Started Guide Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2.

com 269 . 1. www.0 Getting Started Guide Simulate Toolpath The generated toolpath can now be simulated.RhinoCAM 2. Select the 2 ½ Axis Profiling Operation and click to Simulate. MecSoft Corporation. 2. Switch to the Simulate tab in the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.mecsoft. Note: You can adjust the simulation speed by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located to the bottom right corner of the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. Copyright 1998-2008. The simulated part is as shown below. 3.

This switches back to the Create Operations tab.RhinoCAM 2. Select Machining Operations from the Create Operations tab and right click and select post process. MecSoft Corporation. www.0 Getting Started Guide To exit the Simulation mode.mecsoft. and click Exit Simulation. pause the Simulation. Copyright 1998-2008.com 270 . Post Processing 1.

MecSoft Corporation. End of Tutorial 8! Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2. You can change the post processor by selecting a different one from the drop down menu in the list. The posted g code by default will be saved to the folder where the part file is located. Specify the File Name as Profile_Tabs. www. The post by default is set to Haas as specified under the Post processor setup.nc and click Save.mecsoft.com 271 .0 Getting Started Guide 2.

www. MecSoft Corporation.com 272 .0 Getting Started Guide Tutorial 9: Hole Making Copyright 1998-2008.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2.

0 Getting Started Guide Introduction This tutorial will illustrate machining holes using Drilling operations. The stepped instructions are accompanied by explanatory and introductory text.com 273 . Even though we have created a 3-D representation of the part. Copyright 1998-2008. Don’t forget to save your work periodically! You may want to save the file under a different name so that the original file will be preserved.RhinoCAM 2. The reason we are able to do this is because of the prismatic nature of this model.25 x 8.5” and 0. Main Programming Steps • • • • • • • • • In creating programs for each setup. To load a part: 1.25” Standard Drill bit. The part will be machined out of a 7.75 inch poplar wood sheet using a 0. The wooden sheet will be held to the machine table or the spoil sheet on the table using clamps.5 x 0. the following steps will be followed: Create the Stock geometry Set the Machine zero point or Locate geometry with respect to the machine coordinates Create / Select the tool used for machining Set the feeds and speeds Set the clearance plane for the non-cutting transfer moves of the cutter Select the machining regions for containing the cutter to specific areas to cut Select the machining operations and set the parameters Generate the toolpath Simulate the toolpath. it will be seen later on that we can machine this using just 2-D curves. Preparing the part for Machining Loading the Part Model “Part” refers to the geometry that represents the final manufactured product. Reading this text will help you understand the tutorial methodology and provide information about additional options available. You can create parts within Rhino. You may have to repeat either all or part of these steps for subsequent operations. www. Strategy to Machine the part • • • We will machine part by using a Hole machining operation called Drilling. Select File / Open from the Menu. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft. or click the Open icon from the Standard bar.

select the Bitholder.0\Tutorials) The imported part appears as shown below Copyright 1998-2008.3dm file from the Tutorials folder in the RhinoCAM 2. From the Open dialog box.mecsoft. (C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4.0 Getting Started Guide 2.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2.com 274 .RhinoCAM 2.0 installation folder. www. MecSoft Corporation.

Go to the RhinoCAM. 2. 3. Select Machine Setup from the setup tab. www.RhinoCAM 2.MOps browser and click on the Setup tab. MecSoft Corporation. Set the Machine type to 3 axis.mecsoft.com 275 . Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide Setup Tab 1.

com 276 . 5.0\Posts Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 4.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2. We will select Haas as the post processor for this exercise. Set the current post processor that is on your controller.mecsoft.nc Note: By default post processor files are located under C:\Program Files \Rhinoceros 4. MecSoft Corporation. Set the posted file extension type to . www. Select Post from the setup tab to specify the post processor options.

MecSoft Corporation.com 277 .mecsoft. www. Create Stock Geometry 1. Select Create/Load stock from the setup tab and create a Box Stock. This would output the G code to a notepad.0 Getting Started Guide The program to send the posted output is set to notepad.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008.

RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 2. MecSoft Corporation. Set the Length (L) = 7. Width W = 8. and a semi-transparent stock box is displayed on top of the part geometry.75. Copyright 1998-2008. www.mecsoft.com 278 . This brings up the Box Stock parameters. 3. The stock geometry is now created. and Height (H) = 0. Leave the other parameters as default and Click OK.50.00.

and Stock type as show below. MecSoft Corporation. The steps below help you determine the machine home (also know as machine zero or tool touch off point) for the part/stock geometry. Select Locate WCS from the Setup tab. 2. This sets the machine home to the top of the stock material and the southwest corner of the part geometry.0 Getting Started Guide 4. Locate Machine Zero 1.RhinoCAM 2.com 279 . choose Set to Stock Box. Under Set WCS Origin. The setup tab now displays the following information: Machine Type. the Zero Face to Highest Z and Zero Position to South West corner. 3. Post Processor. www.mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008.

MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. www. Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide Note: You can change the stock model transparency under standard mode by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located at the bottom of the MOps browser.com 280 .

Select Align Part and Stock from the Setup tab 2. Set to Object to Move as Move Part. and XY alignment as Center Copyright 1998-2008. we can align the part and the stock geometry.com 281 .0 Getting Started Guide Align Part and Stock In this process. we will now move the part relative to the stock. 1. www. Z alignment as Top. As we have set the Machine zero to the Stock Box. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft.

www. MecSoft Corporation. Under the Properties tab.5 and Tool Diameter = 0.com 282 .0 Getting Started Guide The part geometry is aligned to the center of stock in XY and top in Z. set Tool Number = 1.RhinoCAM 2. Click Save to save the work and specify a file name. Set the tool name as Drill-0.mecsoft.5. 2. Create Tools To machine the above part. 1. we will now create 2 tools. The file is now saved with extension 3dm. Select the Tool Type to Drill Tool. Go to the RhinoCAM-Tools browser that is located below the RhinoCAM-MOps browser and select Create/Edit Tools. Copyright 1998-2008.

4. www. Switch to the Feeds & Speeds tab inside the create/select tool dialog. 5. Note: You can edit the tool properties and click Save Edits to Tool to save the changes. Use the following settings for feeds and speeds. Tool Number = 2.25. In this exercise.com 283 . Click Save as New Tool. MecSoft Corporation. Set the Tool Name as Drill-0. You can create additional tools by assigning a different name and specify the tool parameters. we will assign feeds and speeds to the tool.RhinoCAM 2. Create a second tool of type Drill. Copyright 1998-2008.mecsoft. The tool is now created and listed under Tools in Library. 6. Use the same settings for the other parameters and click Save as New Tool.0 Getting Started Guide Setting Feeds and Speeds You can assign Feeds & Speeds to a tool or you can load from a table. Click OK to close the dialog. 3.

Select the top face (surface) on the part. The command bar will now prompt the user to select surfaces or faces for duplicate border. MecSoft Corporation. we need to extract the curves from the 3d model to select them as machining regions.mecsoft. 4. Close the Layer Manager. www. 5. From the Curves menu under Rhino Toolbar menu select Curve from Objects and Duplicate Face Border.RhinoCAM 2. Set the Layer 01 as the active layer.com 284 .0 Getting Started Guide The created tools are now listed under the RhinoCAM-Tools browser. 1. 3. Copyright 1998-2008. Select the Layer Manager from the Standard bar 2. 6. Create/Extract Regions In order to machine the holes. The layer manager is now open.

mecsoft. The curves are now created and displayed in red on the part geometry.0 Getting Started Guide 7. Note: You can toggle the stock model display by selecting Stock Visibility that is located at the bottom of the RhinoCAM-MOps Browser Copyright 1998-2008.com 285 . MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. www.

MecSoft Corporation. We will go over the steps for creating the toolpath.com 286 .RhinoCAM 2.5 axis profiling operation. www. we will create a 2. Switch to the Create Operations tab in RhinoCAM-Mops browser. Hole Machining 2. Select Hole Machining and choose Drilling.0 Getting Started Guide Create Machining Operations In this process. 1.mecsoft. This brings up the Drilling Operations dialog. Copyright 1998-2008.

Switch to the Top view and select the larger radius circles by using the rectangular selection as indicated below. 4. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. www.com 287 .mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Select Hole Features 3. Copyright 1998-2008. Go to the Hole Features tab and click Select Drill Points/Circles.

Copyright 1998-2008. 6. www. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. Right mouse click or select enter from the keypad to complete the selection.mecsoft.com 288 . The selected regions are now displayed under Hole Features.0 Getting Started Guide 5.

0 Getting Started Guide Selecting the Tool 7. Select the Drill-0.5. MecSoft Corporation. The 0.5” Drill is now selected as the active tool and the Tool parameters are displayed to the right of the Tools window. www. Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2. Switch to the Tools tab inside the Drilling operation.com 289 . 8.mecsoft.

MecSoft Corporation. Select Load From Tool.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Set Feeds and Speeds 9. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab.com 290 .mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008. www. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined. 10.

MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Clearance Control 11. RhinoCAM will determine a safe Z height for the Entry & Exit when set to automatic. Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2. 12.com 291 . www. Switch to Clearance Tab. Set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane. Setting Cut Transfer to Clearance Plane would apply the automatic Z clearance between transfers when the tool moves from a machining region to another.

www.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Specifying Cut Parameters 13. MecSoft Corporation.75. Note: Adding Tool Tip to Drill Depth adds the taper height of the drill tool to the drill depth to make it a through hole.1. Set the Drill Type to Standard Drill. Check Add Tool Tip to Drill Depth. 14. and Approach Distance = 0. Drill Depth = 0. Location of Cut Geometry – At Top.com 292 . Switch to Cut Parameters tab. Copyright 1998-2008.mecsoft.

Secondary Sort direction (s) – Low to High and Traverse Pattern to ZigZag. and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. www. The Drilling toolpath is now generated. Use Directional Sort. The holes will now be sorted row first starting from the lowest point moving up in Y in a ZigZag pattern. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide 15. Select the Sorting Tab. Click Generate. leave the primary sort direction Start Angle = 0.RhinoCAM 2. 16. Note: Toolpath display can be turned on/off by selecting Toolpath Visibility under the MOps browser.com 293 .mecsoft.

com 294 . www. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Copyright 1998-2008.

MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide Simulate Toolpath The generated toolpath can now be simulated.mecsoft. Note: You can adjust the simulation speed by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located to the bottom right corner of the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. 1. www. Select the 2 ½ Axis Profiling Operation and click to Simulate. 3. 2. Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2. Switch to the Simulate tab in the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. The simulated part is as shown below.com 295 .

RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.com 296 . pause the Simulation and click Exit Simulation. This switches back to the Create Operations tab.0 Getting Started Guide To exit the Simulation mode.mecsoft. www. Copyright 1998-2008.

MecSoft Corporation. www. Now use Select Drill Points/Circles and select the smaller radius circles using the rectangular select as shown below. 4. This would create a copy of the Drilling Operation and lists below the first pocketing operation as show below. Select the Standard Drill Operation created from the previous step. 7. and select Copy.mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2. 6. Click Remove All from the Hole Features Dialog to remove all the regions from the list.25” Holes 1. Double click on the Standard Drill-1 to edit the Hole Features. 5.com 297 . Right click and select Paste.0 Getting Started Guide Creating the Drill operation for the 0. right mouse click. Switch to the Create operations tab 2. 3.

mecsoft. Right mouse click or select enter from the keypad to complete the selection. The toolpath for Drill Operation-1 is now generated. www.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. Switch to the Tools tab under the Drilling Operations dialog and select Drill0.25. 10. 9. Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide 8. The selected regions are now displayed under Hole Features. 11. 12.com 298 . Switch to Simulate tab and select Drill Operation-1 and click to simulate toolpath. Click Generate.

You can change the post processor by selecting a different one from the drop down menu in the list.mecsoft. Select Machining Operations from the Create Operations tab and right click and select post process. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. The posted g code by default will be saved to the folder where the part file is located. Specify the File Name as Drilling. 2. The post by default is set to Haas as specified under the Post processor setup.nc and click Save. www. End of Tutorial 9! Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide Post Processing 1.com 299 .

0 Getting Started Guide Tutorial 10: Re-Machining a 3D Mold Copyright 1998-2008.com 300 .mecsoft. www. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2.

Reading this text will help you understand the tutorial methodology and provide information about additional options available. look for the following symbol: Don’t forget to save your work periodically! You may want to save the file under a different name so that the original file will be preserved. This tutorial will introduce the usage of advanced 3-axis operations such as pencil tracing & valley remachining. 1.com 301 . You can create parts within RhinoCAM. The part will be machined using 0. MecSoft Corporation. 0.5 x 5 inch x 1. but it is more typical to import geometry created in another CAD system. The part itself will be machined out of a 5. if you prefer to work straight through the steps without any additional reading. The stepped instructions are accompanied by explanatory and introductory text. However.RhinoCAM 2. Main Programming Steps In creating programs for each setup. You may have to repeat either all or part of these steps for subsequent operations.125” ball end mills. www.mecsoft.25-inch wood block.0 Getting Started Guide Introduction This tutorial will illustrate machining this Mold using advanced 3 axis-milling operations.5” flat end mill. the following steps will be followed: • Create the Stock geometry • Set the Machine zero point or Locate geometry with respect to the machine coordinates • Create / Select the tool used for machining • Set the feeds and speeds • Set the clearance plane for the non-cutting transfer moves of the cutter • Select the machining regions for containing the cutter to specific areas to cut • Select the machining operations and set the parameters • Generate the toolpath • Simulate the toolpath. Strategy to Machine the mold • • • • We will machine the mold completely using 3 axis-machining operations.25” & 0. Select File / Open from the Menu. Copyright 1998-2008. The stock may be held to the machine table or the spoil sheet on the table using double-sided tape or by clamps. Preparing the part for Machining “Part” refers to the geometry that represents the final manufactured product. or click the Open icon from the Standard bar.

3dm file from the Tutorials folder in the RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. Highlight the Parallel Finishing operation in the Create operations tab. This would ensure the next machining operation created would below the Parallel Finishing toolpath.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2. From the Open dialog box.0\Tutorials) Create Machining Operations Note: The part is pre-programmed with 2 machining operations.0 installation folder.mecsoft. select the 3Axis_Example2. 3 axis Pencil Tracing 1. www.0 Getting Started Guide 2. We will now use remachining to finish the mold using 2 different machining operations – Pencil Tracing and Valley Re-Machining. Switch to the Create Operations tab in RhinoCAM-Mops browser.com 302 .RhinoCAM 2. Horizontal Roughing and Parallel Finishing. (C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4. Copyright 1998-2008.

0 Getting Started Guide 2. Select 3 Axis Milling and choose Pencil Tracing.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. 4. 3.com 303 . MecSoft Corporation. We will now go over the steps for creating the toolpath. Switch to the Tools tab inside the Pencil Tracing operation and select BallMill0.125. Copyright 1998-2008. This brings up the 3 Axis Pencil Tracing Operation Dialog. www.

www. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab and select Load From Tool. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2.com 304 .0 Getting Started Guide 5. Copyright 1998-2008.mecsoft. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined.

Copyright 1998-2008.com 305 .0 Getting Started Guide 6. MecSoft Corporation. www. Switch to the Clearance Tab and set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2.

www.com 306 . Copyright 1998-2008. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. Stock to leave =0.0 Getting Started Guide Specify Cut Parameters 1.001.0. Set the Intol and Outol = 0.mecsoft. Select Do multiple cuts and set Number of Cuts = 2 and Step over control = 20 (% Tool Diameter). 2. Cut Direction to Climb. Click on the Cut Parameters tab.

com 307 . Copyright 1998-2008. a. www. Limiting Steep Angle = 90 and Maximum included angle =180.RhinoCAM 2. Use the Following Settings. Switch to the advanced cut parameters Tab. 4. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Advanced Cut parameters 3.

Switch to the Entry/Exit tab and use the following settings. www.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft.com 308 . Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide Entry/Exit 5.

and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. The 3-axis Pencil Tracing toolpath is now generated. Copyright 1998-2008. 7.com 309 .RhinoCAM 2.025 and Angle = 10. Click Generate. MecSoft Corporation. www. Switch to the Exit Tab and set the Retract motion length = 0.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide 6.

MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. select Pencil Trace. Copyright 1998-2008.mecsoft. Switch to Simulate tab.0 Getting Started Guide 8.com 310 . and click Simulate to run the simulation. www.

Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab and select Load From Tool. 1. Copyright 1998-2008. Under Reference Tool Parameters set Tool Diameter (D) = 0. From the Create Operations tab. 5. Set the Tolerance to 0. 2. www. Stock to leave =0. Click on the Cut control tab. select 3 axis Milling and Valley Re-Machining.25 (This is the diameter of the tool that was used for parallel finishing). MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2.125” Ball End Mill. Switch to the Tools tab inside the Parallel Finishing operation and select BallMill-0. Switch to the Clearance Tab and set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane. This brings up the Valley Re-Machining Operations dialog. 6. 3.001. Specify Cut Control 1.com 311 . We will go over the steps for creating the pocketing operation. Click on the cut control tab. 4.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide 3 axis Valley Re-Machining We will now use 3 axis Valley Re-Machining operation to finish the part using a 0.125. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined. 2.

2. Select Output Flat and Steep Cuts.mecsoft.com 312 .RhinoCAM 2. Click on the Cutting Parameters tab. Copyright 1998-2008. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide Specify Cutting Parameters 1. www. Use Split Cuts under slope Control. Specify the Cuts Split Angle (A) = 10 3.

com 313 . Copyright 1998-2008. 5. 6.mecsoft. www. Cut Direction as Along. Select Steep Cut Parameters. Select Cut Pattern as Along.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide 4. 7. Select Flat Cut Parameters. Cut Direction as Mixed and specify Step Over control = 20 (% tool diameter). Select Cut Pattern as Across. Cut Direction as Along. Cut Direction as Mixed and specify Step Over control = 20 (% tool diameter).

and click Simulate to run the simulation.0 Getting Started Guide 8.com 314 . and the Operation is listed in the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.mecsoft. Post Processing Copyright 1998-2008. www. Switch to Simulate tab. select Valley Remachining. The Valley Remachining toolpath is now generated.RhinoCAM 2. Partial view of the Valley Re-machining toolpath 9. Click Generate. MecSoft Corporation.

The posted g code by default will be saved to the folder where the part file is located.com 315 .0 Getting Started Guide 1. www.mecsoft. The post by default is set to Haas as specified under the Post processor setup. Select Machining Operations from the Create Operations tab and right click and select post process.nc and click save. You can change the post processor by selecting a different one from the drop down menu in the list. 2. Specify the File Name as 3axisMold2. End of Tutorial 10! Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.

mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2.com 316 .0 Getting Started Guide Tutorial 11: Machining a Ring Copyright 1998-2008. www. MecSoft Corporation.

You may have to repeat either all or part of these steps for subsequent operations. To load a part: 1. The stock will be held to the machine table using a rotary chuck. This tutorial will introduce the usage of several 4-axis operations such as 4 axis roughing and finishing.com 317 . Set the rotary axis and rotary center. Don’t forget to save your work periodically! You may want to save the file under a different name so that the original file will be preserved. Main Programming Steps • • • • • • • • • In creating programs for each setup. Reading this text will help you understand the tutorial methodology and provide information about additional options available.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation. 2. Select File / Open from the Menu. www. Strategy to Machine the ring • • • • We will machine the ring completely using 4 axis-machining operations. (C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4.0 installation folder. The stepped instructions are accompanied by explanatory and introductory text.125” and 0. Create / Select the tool used for machining Set the feeds and speeds Set the clearance plane for the non-cutting transfer moves of the cutter Select the machining operations and set the parameters Generate the toolpath Simulate the toolpath. You can create parts within Rhino.0\Tutorials) The imported part appears as shown below Copyright 1998-2008. the following steps will be followed: Create the Stock geometry Set the Machine zero point or Locate geometry with respect to the machine coordinates. or click the Open icon from the Standard bar. The part will be machined using 0. From the Open dialog box.0625” ball end mills.3dm file from the Tutorials folder in the RhinoCAM 2. Preparing the part for Machining Loading the Part Model “Part” refers to the geometry that represents the final manufactured product. select the RingExample_1.RhinoCAM 2.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Introduction This tutorial will illustrate machining this Ring using 4 axis-milling operations. The part itself will be machined out of a cylindrical blank.

Select Machine Setup from the setup tab.RhinoCAM 2.com 318 . Copyright 1998-2008. www.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation.MOps browser and click on the Setup tab. 2.0 Getting Started Guide Setup Tab 1. Go to the RhinoCAM.

com 319 . For most controllers rotation along X represents A axis and rotation along Y represents B axis. We will set the Rotary Center once we determine the Machine Zero. Set the Machine type to 4 Axis and Rotary Axis to X Axis. 4.0 Getting Started Guide 3.mecsoft. www. Copyright 1998-2008. Select Post from the setup tab to specify the post processor options.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.

RhinoCAM 2.0\ Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft.0\Posts The program to send the posted output is set to notepad. This would output the G code to a notepad. www.0 Getting Started Guide 5. Copyright 1998-2008. We will select Haas as the post processor for this exercise. Create Stock Geometry 1. MecSoft Corporation. Set the current post processor that is on your controller. Note: By default post processor files are located under C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4. Select Create/Load stock from the setup tab and create a Cylinder Stock.com 320 .

The stock geometry is now created. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008. Radius = 0. and a semi-transparent stock is displayed on top of the part geometry. This brings up the Cylinder Stock parameters. Set the Axis (rotary) = X.com 321 .56” and Length (L) = 0. Leave the other parameters as default and click OK.0 Getting Started Guide 2.866142.RhinoCAM 2. www.mecsoft. 3.

MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2.com 322 .0 Getting Started Guide Perspective (Isometric) View Front View 4. Select Preferences->Simulation Preferences from the Setup Tab and switch the simulation model to Polygonal if set to Voxel. You must switch the simulation model to Polygonal model to run 4 axis simulations. www.mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008.

MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008.com 323 . Post Processor. and Stock type as show below. www.mecsoft. The setup tab now displays the following information: Machine Type.0 Getting Started Guide 5.RhinoCAM 2.

the Zero Face to Highest Z. 3. This sets the machine home to the top of the stock material and the right most edge of the part geometry. Select Locate WCS from the Setup tab. MecSoft Corporation. www. and Zero Position to East. Copyright 1998-2008. 2. Under Set WCS Origin. choose Set to Stock Box.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Locate Machine Zero 1. The steps below help you determine the machine home (also know as machine zero or tool touch off point) for the part/stock geometry.mecsoft.com 324 .

com 325 .0 Getting Started Guide Perspective View Front View Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2. www. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft.

1. Object to Move: Move Part.mecsoft. Select Align Part and Stock from the Setup tab In this step. Align Part and Stock During this step. we will position the part to the center of the stock in XY & Z. Use the following settings. Z alignment: Center and XY Alignment: Center.RhinoCAM 2.com 326 .0 Getting Started Guide Note: You can change the stock model transparency under standard mode by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located at the bottom of the MOps browser. 2. we will align the part inside the stock geometry. Copyright 1998-2008. www. MecSoft Corporation.

www. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide 3.com 327 .mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. The part is now aligned inside the stock as shown below.

Set the rotary center in X and Y = 0 and Z = -0. Copyright 1998-2008. 1. www. The rotary center must pass thro’ the entire part geometry. The rotary center is represented by an arrow and displayed on the part geometry when the Machine Setup Dialog is invoked. 2.com 328 .RhinoCAM 2.12”. In the above example. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide Perspective View Front View Specify Rotary Center In this step we will determine the rotary center for the part geometry.56 which is the center of the stock geometry.mecsoft. the stock diameter is 1. Select Machine Setup from the setup tab. RhinoCAM will not compute a toolpath if the part/feature is below the rotary center as this is considered as an undercuts in the part.

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set Tool Number = 1.125. we will now create a 0. Set the tool name as BallMill-0.125” Ball End Mill and a 0. 2. Under the Properties tab.125 and Tool Diameter = 0.0 Getting Started Guide Create Tools To machine the above part.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008.mecsoft. 1.0625” Ball End Mill. MecSoft Corporation. Go to the RhinoCAM-Tools browser that is located below the RhinoCAM-MOps browser and select Create/Edit Tools. www. Select the Tool Type to Ball End Mill.com 330 .

www.com 331 . 4. Tool Name: BallMill-0. Create a 2nd Ball End Mill with the following parameters.0 Getting Started Guide Setting Feeds and Speeds You can assign Feeds & Speeds to a tool or you can load from a table. we will assign feeds and speeds to the tool. plunge. b. Tool Number = 2. approach & engage feed = 20 ipm. 5.0625. In this exercise. Set the Transfer Feedrate to Use Rapid. 6. The tool is now created and listed under Tools in Library. Click Save as New Tool. Copyright 1998-2008. Click Save as New Tool.mecsoft. You can create additional tools by assigning a different name and specify the tool parameters. retract and departure feeds = 20 ipm. Note: You can edit the tool properties and click Save Edits to Tool to save the changes.RhinoCAM 2. The created tools are now listed under the RhinoCAM-Tools browser. a. Switch to the Feeds & Speeds tab inside the create/select tool dialog. 3. Switch to Feeds & Speeds tab set Spindle Speed = 5000 rpm. Use the following settings for feeds and speeds. c. cut feed = 30 ipm. MecSoft Corporation.

www. Copyright 1998-2008.com 332 .RhinoCAM 2. This type of machining is very efficient for removing large volumes of material and is typically performed with a large tool.mecsoft. Select 4 Axis Milling and choose Roughing. the tool cuts the stock in successive levels. 4 axis Roughing 1. Switch to the Create Operations tab in RhinoCAM-Mops browser.0 Getting Started Guide Create Machining Operations We will machine the ring using 2 different machining operations – 4 axis Roughing and Finishing. Roughing is typically followed by semi-finishing or finishing toolpaths. The first step in machining the ring will be a roughing operation. The spacing between these levels are specified by the user. In this cut method. MecSoft Corporation.

RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide If the rotary center is not set to the same location as the Machine Zero, a warning message dialog would be displayed at all times when a 4 axis machining operation is selected. Users can override this message by clicking OK in the dialog.

Note: You can check Do no show this dialog again to stop the warning message appearing again when you create/edit a 4 axis machining operation. 2. This brings up the 4 Axis Roughing Operation Dialog. We will now go over the steps for creating the toolpath. 3. Switch to the Tools tab inside the 4th axis Roughing operation and select BallMill0.125.

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

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

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

8. Switch to the Step Down Control Tab.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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com 342 . www. Step over distance = 10 (% Tool Diameter). Click on the Cut Parameters tab. and the Operation is listed under the 4th Axis Roughing Operation in the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. 5. Low to High. Set the Tolerance to 0.7. Stock to leave =0. Cut Pattern = Along Axis. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. High Value = -0. Set Cut Containment Low Value = -0. Copyright 1998-2008.001.1. Click Generate. The Finishing toolpath is now generated.0 Getting Started Guide Specify Cut Parameters 4.mecsoft. Zig Zag. 6.

0 Getting Started Guide 7. Copyright 1998-2008. and click Simulate to run the simulation. select 4 Axis Finishing. www.com 343 . MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft. Switch to Simulate tab.RhinoCAM 2.

The posted g code by default will be saved to the folder where the part file is located.0 Getting Started Guide Post Processing 1. End of Tutorial 11! Copyright 1998-2008.com 344 . Specify the File Name as Ring.mecsoft. www. Select Machining Operations from the Create Operations tab and right click and select post process. The post by default is set to Haas as specified under the Post processor setup. 2. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2.nc and click save. You can change the post processor by selecting a different one from the drop down menu in the list.

MecSoft Corporation. www.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Tutorial 12: Engraving on a Cylinder Copyright 1998-2008.com 345 .RhinoCAM 2.

mecsoft. 2. MecSoft Corporation. www. Set the rotary axis and rotary center.3dm file from the Tutorials folder in the RhinoCAM 2. Create / Select the tool used for machining Set the feeds and speeds Set the clearance plane for the non-cutting transfer moves of the cutter Select the machining operations and set the parameters Generate the toolpath Simulate the toolpath.0 Getting Started Guide Introduction This tutorial will illustrate engraving text on a cylinder using a 4 Axis Engraving operation.RhinoCAM 2. Reading this text will help you understand the tutorial methodology and provide information about additional options available. You may have to repeat either all or part of these steps for subsequent operations. The part will be machined using 15deg V-Bit.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2. (C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4. Don’t forget to save your work periodically! You may want to save the file under a different name so that the original file will be preserved.0\Tutorials) The imported part appears as shown below Copyright 1998-2008. To load a part: 1. the following steps will be followed: Create the Stock geometry Set the Machine zero point or Locate geometry with respect to the machine coordinates. The stock will be held to the machine table using a rotary chuck. Strategy to engrave text on a cylinder • • • • We will machine the ring completely using 4 axis-machining operations. From the Open dialog box.com 346 . The part itself will be machined out of a cylindrical blank. or click the Open icon from the Standard bar. Preparing the part for Machining Loading the Part Model “Part” refers to the geometry that represents the final manufactured product. You can create parts within Rhino. select the 4Axis_Engrave. Main Programming Steps • • • • • • • • • In creating programs for each setup. Select File / Open from the Menu.0 installation folder. The stepped instructions are accompanied by explanatory and introductory text.

2. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide Setup Tab 1.mecsoft.MOps browser and click on the Setup tab.com 347 . Select Machine Setup from the setup tab.RhinoCAM 2. Go to the RhinoCAM. Copyright 1998-2008. www.

We will set the Rotary Center once we determine the Machine Zero. Set the current post processor that is on your controller. For most controllers rotation along X represents A axis and rotation along Y represents B axis. We will select Haas as the post processor for this exercise. MecSoft Corporation. Select Post from the setup tab to specify the post processor options. Set the Machine type to 4 Axis and Rotary Axis to X Axis. 5. www.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide 3. 4.RhinoCAM 2.com 348 . Note: By default post processor files are located under Copyright 1998-2008.

Copyright 1998-2008. This brings up the Cylinder Stock parameters.0 Getting Started Guide C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4. Leave the other parameters as default and click OK. Select Create/Load stock from the setup tab and create a Cylinder Stock. 2. www. Set the Axis (rotary) = X.com 349 . This would output the G code to a notepad.RhinoCAM 2.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2. Create Stock Geometry 1. MecSoft Corporation. Radius = 1” and Length (L) = 8”.0\Posts The program to send the posted output is set to notepad.mecsoft.

www. and a semi-transparent stock is displayed on top of the part geometry.com 350 . Copyright 1998-2008. The stock geometry is now created. 4. MecSoft Corporation. Select Preferences->Simulation Preferences from the Setup Tab and switch the simulation model to Polygonal if set to Voxel. You must switch the simulation model to Polygonal model to run 4 axis simulations.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 3.mecsoft.

and Stock type as show below. The setup tab now displays the following information: Machine Type. www.com 351 .0 Getting Started Guide 5.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft. Post Processor. Copyright 1998-2008.

3. and Zero Position to West. 2.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008.com 352 . Under Set WCS Origin. choose Set to Stock Box. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide Locate Machine Zero 1. Select Locate WCS from the Setup tab. The steps below help you determine the machine home (also know as machine zero or tool touch off point) for the part/stock geometry. www. the Zero Face to Mid Z.mecsoft. This sets the machine home to the center of the stock material and the left most edge of the part geometry.

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0 Getting Started Guide Align Part and Stock During this step. we will position the part to the center of the stock in XY and Z. 1.mecsoft. Select Align Part and Stock from the Setup tab In this step.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. Object to Move: Move Part. Z alignment: Center and XY Alignment: Center. 2. www. Copyright 1998-2008.com 354 . Use the following settings. we will align the part inside the stock geometry.

com 355 .mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2. 1. MecSoft Corporation. In this tutorial both the Machine Zero and the Rotary center are at the same location. 2. RhinoCAM will not compute a toolpath if the part/feature is below the rotary center as this is considered as an undercuts in the part. Select Machine Setup from the setup tab. Set the rotary center in X.0 Getting Started Guide Specify Rotary Center In this step we will determine the rotary center for the part geometry. www. The rotary center must pass thro’ the entire part geometry. The rotary center is represented by an arrow and displayed on the part geometry when the Machine Setup Dialog is invoked. Y and Z = 0 which is the center of the stock geometry.

mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2.com 356 .5.0 Getting Started Guide Create Tools To machine the above part. Set the tool name as VeeMill1. 2.5. MecSoft Corporation. 1. Tool Length = 1. Go to the RhinoCAM-Tools browser that is located below the RhinoCAM-MOps browser and select Create/Edit Tools. we will now create a 15 deg V-Bit. Flute Length = 0. www. Taper Angle = 7. Select the Tool Type to VeeMill. Under the Properties tab set Tool Number = 1. Copyright 1998-2008.

RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. www.com 357 . Copyright 1998-2008. 3. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide Setting Feeds and Speeds You can assign Feeds & Speeds to a tool or you can load from a table. Switch to the Feeds & Speeds tab inside the create/select tool dialog. we will assign feeds and speeds to the tool. Use the following settings for feeds and speeds. 4. In this exercise.

Click Save as New Tool. Switch to the Create Operations tab in RhinoCAM-Mops browser. Note: You can edit the tool properties and click Save Edits to Tool to save the changes. Copyright 1998-2008. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide 5.mecsoft. Create Machining Operations We will engrave the text on the cylinder using 4 Axis Engraving. The created tools are now listed under the RhinoCAM-Tools browser.com 358 . You can create additional tools by assigning a different name and specify the tool parameters.RhinoCAM 2. The tool is now created and listed under Tools in Library. www. This method machines text or logos by following the contours of the selected regions by projecting the text onto the cylinder.

Copyright 1998-2008. If the rotary center is not set to the same location as the Machine Zero. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. www.com 359 . a warning message dialog would be displayed at all times when a 4 axis machining operation is selected.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide 4 Axis Engraving 1. Select 4 Axis Milling and choose Engraving. Users can override this message by clicking OK in the dialog.

2. Copyright 1998-2008.com 360 . select the text by using the left mouse click. This brings up the 4 Axis Engraving Operation Dialog.RhinoCAM 2. and ’0’. www. starting from left to right.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Note: You can check Do no show this dialog again to stop the warning message appearing again when you create/edit a 4 axis machining operation. Go to the Machining Features/ Regions tab and click Select Curves as Regions. Now. We will now go over the steps for creating the toolpath. Select Machining Features/Regions 3. Make sure to get the inner curves on the letters ‘R’. not by letters) and must be selected separately. 4. MecSoft Corporation.’A’. Each curve is separate (by curves.

www.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 5.com 361 . Switch to the Tools tab inside the 4th Axis Engraving operation and select VeeMill1. Right mouse click or select enter from the keypad to complete the selection.mecsoft. 6. 7. The selected regions are now displayed under Machining Regions. Copyright 1998-2008. MecSoft Corporation.

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com 363 .RhinoCAM 2. www. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide 8. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab and select Load From Tool. Copyright 1998-2008. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined.mecsoft.

www.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 9.com 364 . Switch to the Clearance Tab and set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008.

11. The 4 axis Engraving toolpath is now generated. Click on the Cut Parameters tab. 12. and R Depth (Rf) = 0.com 365 .001. www.RhinoCAM 2.1”). and the Operation is listed under the RhinOCAM-MOps browser. Total depth = 0. Check Finishing Passes and set # of finishing passes = 2. Click Generate.0 Getting Started Guide Specify Cut Parameters 10.05 (this is the depth/pass. Check Project Curve(s) to Model. MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008. Set the Tolerance = 0.mecsoft.

Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide 13. MecSoft Corporation. Switch to Simulate tab. select 4 Axis Engraving.com 366 . and click Simulate to run the simulation. www.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft.

2. Select Machining Operations from the Create Operations tab and right click and select post process.nc and click save.RhinoCAM 2. The post by default is set to Haas as specified under the Post processor setup.0 Getting Started Guide Post Processing 1. Specify the File Name as 4AxisEngrave. You can change the post processor by selecting a different one from the drop down menu Copyright 1998-2008.com 367 .mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation. www.

MecSoft Corporation.com 368 . www.RhinoCAM 2. End of Tutorial 12! Copyright 1998-2008. The posted g code by default will be saved to the folder where the part file is located.0 Getting Started Guide in the list.mecsoft.

www.0 Getting Started Guide Tutorial 13: Machining a Ring Copyright 1998-2008. MecSoft Corporation.com 369 .RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft.

Select File / Open from the Menu. select the RingExample_2.RhinoCAM 2.0625” and 0. Strategy to Machine the ring • • • • We will machine the ring completely using 4 axis-machining operations.com 370 .0\Tutorials) The imported part appears as shown below Copyright 1998-2008. Create / Select the tool used for machining Set the feeds and speeds Set the clearance plane for the non-cutting transfer moves of the cutter Select the machining operations and set the parameters Generate the toolpath Simulate the toolpath.03125’ ball end mills. the following steps will be followed: Create the Stock geometry Set the Machine zero point or Locate geometry with respect to the machine coordinates. or click the Open icon from the Standard bar.3dm file from the Tutorials folder in the RhinoCAM 2. Don’t forget to save your work periodically! You may want to save the file under a different name so that the original file will be preserved. The part itself will be machined out of a cylindrical blank. The stock will be held to the machine table using a rotary chuck. The stepped instructions are accompanied by explanatory and introductory text. Reading this text will help you understand the tutorial methodology and provide information about additional options available. This tutorial will introduce the usage of several 4-axis operations such as 4 axis roughing and finishing. MecSoft Corporation. Set the rotary axis and rotary center. From the Open dialog box. To load a part: 1.0 installation folder.0 Getting Started Guide Introduction This tutorial will illustrate machining this Ring using 4 axis-milling operations. (C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2. You may have to repeat either all or part of these steps for subsequent operations. You can create parts within Rhino.mecsoft. 2. www. The part will be machined using 0. Preparing the part for Machining Loading the Part Model “Part” refers to the geometry that represents the final manufactured product. Main Programming Steps • • • • • • • • • In creating programs for each setup.

MOps browser and click on the Setup tab. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2.com 371 . Go to the RhinoCAM. Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide Setup Tab 1.mecsoft. www.

com 372 . MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide 2. www.mecsoft. Set the Machine type to 4 axis and Rotary Axis to X axis. Copyright 1998-2008. 3. We will set the Rotary Center once we determine the Machine Zero. For most controllers rotation along X represents A axis and rotation along Y represents B axis. 4. Select Machine Setup from the setup tab.RhinoCAM 2. Select Post from the setup tab to specify the post processor options.

Copyright 1998-2008. We will select Haas as the post processor for this exercise.RhinoCAM 2. Note: By default post processor files are located under C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4. Create Stock Geometry 1.0 Getting Started Guide 5. www. Select Create/Load stock from the setup tab and create a Cylinder Stock. Set the current post processor that is on your controller.mecsoft.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2.0\Posts The program to send the posted output is set to notepad. This would output the G code to a notepad. MecSoft Corporation.com 373 .

3. Leave the other parameters as default and click OK.mecsoft.4. Set the Axis (rotary) = X. www. MecSoft Corporation. This brings up the Cylinder Stock parameters.RhinoCAM 2.48” and Length (L) = 0. Copyright 1998-2008. and a semi-transparent stock is displayed on top of the part geometry. The stock geometry is now created. Radius = 0.0 Getting Started Guide 2.com 374 .

Select Preferences->Simulation Preferences from the Setup Tab and switch the simulation model to Polygonal if set to Voxel. www.com 375 . MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008. You must switch the simulation model to Polygonal model to run 4 axis simulations.0 Getting Started Guide Perspective View Front View 4.mecsoft.

Copyright 1998-2008. The setup tab now displays the following information: Machine Type. Post Processor. MecSoft Corporation. www.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide 5. and Stock type as show below.com 376 .RhinoCAM 2.

Under Set WCS Origin. MecSoft Corporation. the Zero Face to Highest Z.0 Getting Started Guide Locate Machine Zero 1. choose Set to Stock Box.com 377 . 2. 3.mecsoft. This sets the machine home to the top of the stock material and the right most edge of the part geometry. and Zero Position to East.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008. www. The steps below help you determine the machine home (also know as machine zero or tool touch off point) for the part/stock geometry. Select Locate WCS from the Setup tab.

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mecsoft. Align Part and Stock During this step. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide Note: You can change the stock model transparency under standard mode by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located at the bottom of the MOps browser. Use the following settings. Object to Move: Move Part. Select Align Part and Stock from the Setup tab In this step.RhinoCAM 2. 1. we will align the part inside the stock geometry. we will position the part to the center of the stock in XY & Z. 2. Copyright 1998-2008. Z alignment: Center and XY Alignment: Mid-East. www.com 379 .

mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide 3. Perspective View Front View Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2. www.com 380 . MecSoft Corporation. The part is now aligned inside the stock as shown below.

In the above example.com 381 . Copyright 1998-2008. The rotary center is represented by an arrow and displayed on the part geometry when the Machine Setup Dialog is invoked. The rotary center must pass thro’ the entire part geometry.mecsoft. Set the rotary center in X and Y = 0 and Z = -0. www. MecSoft Corporation. RhinoCAM will not compute a toolpath if the part/feature is below the rotary center as this is considered as an undercuts in the part. 1. the stock diameter is 0. Select Machine Setup from the setup tab. 2.48 which is the center of the stock geometry.96”.0 Getting Started Guide Specify Rotary Center In this step we will determine the rotary center for the part geometry.RhinoCAM 2.

RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Create Tools To machine the above part. we will now create 0.03125” Ball End Mills.com 382 .0625” and 0.mecsoft. 2. Tool Diameter = 0. Set the tool name as BallMill-0. 1. Copyright 1998-2008. Go to the RhinoCAM-Tools browser that is located below the RhinoCAM-MOps browser and select Create/Edit Tools.0625. Under the Properties tab.5”. set Tool Number = 1. MecSoft Corporation. Select the Tool Type to Ball End Mill.0625 Flute Length = 1” and Tool Length = 1. www.

mecsoft. Switch to the Feeds & Speeds tab inside the create/select tool dialog. 4.RhinoCAM 2.com 383 . MecSoft Corporation. 3. www. we will assign feeds and speeds to the tool. Copyright 1998-2008. In this exercise.0 Getting Started Guide Setting Feeds and Speeds You can assign Feeds & Speeds to a tool or you can load from a table. Use the following settings for feeds and speeds.

RhinoCAM 2. retract and departure feeds = 20 ipm. The tool is now created and listed under Tools in Library. Copyright 1998-2008. a.com 384 . Set the Transfer Feedrate to Use Rapid.03125. www. Click Save as New Tool. cut feed = 30 ipm. Note: You can edit the tool properties and click Save Edits to Tool to save the changes. c. b.mecsoft. Create a 2nd Ball End Mill with the following parameters. Switch to Feeds & Speeds tab set Spindle Speed = 5000 rpm. Tool Number = 2. Click Save as New Tool. approach & engage feed = 20 ipm. Tool Name: BallMill-0. You can create additional tools by assigning a different name and specify the tool parameters. 6. plunge. The created tools are now listed under the RhinoCAM-Tools browser. MecSoft Corporation.0 Getting Started Guide 5.

The first step in machining the ring will be a roughing operation. MecSoft Corporation. Roughing is typically followed by semi-finishing or finishing toolpaths. Copyright 1998-2008. www.RhinoCAM 2. This type of machining is very efficient for removing large volumes of material and is typically performed with a large tool. In this cut method.mecsoft. Switch to the Create Operations tab in RhinoCAM-Mops browser. the tool cuts the stock in successive levels.com 385 . The spacing between these levels are specified by the user.0 Getting Started Guide Create Machining Operations We will machine the ring using 2 different machining operations – 4 axis Roughing and Finishing.

mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation.com 386 . Select 4 Axis Milling and choose Roughing. www. This brings up the 4 Axis Roughing Operation Dialog.0 Getting Started Guide 4th axis Roughing 1. Switch to the Tools tab inside the 4 Axis Roughing operation and select BallMill0. Users can override this message by clicking OK in the dialog. 2. If the rotary center is not set to the same location as the Machine Zero. Note: You can check Do no show this dialog again to stop the warning message appearing again when you create/edit a 4 axis machining operation. We will now go over the steps for creating the toolpath. a warning message dialog would be displayed at all times when a 4 axis machining operation is selected. 3.RhinoCAM 2.0625. Copyright 1998-2008.

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www.mecsoft. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab and select Load From Tool.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined. Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide 4.com 388 .

0 Getting Started Guide 5. Switch to the Clearance Tab and set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane. Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft.com 389 . MecSoft Corporation. www.

7.com 390 .4. 8. Click on the Cut Parameters tab. Set the Intol and Outol = 0.03. Cut Pattern to Along Axis. Cut Containment Low Value = -0.0 Getting Started Guide Specify Cut Parameters 6. www. MecSoft Corporation. Stock to leave =0.mecsoft. Switch to the Step Down Control Tab.RhinoCAM 2. Step over distance = 25 (% Tool Diameter). Copyright 1998-2008.005.001. Zig Zag and Low to High. High Value = 0.

Step Down Control (dR) = 75 (% Tool Diameter). Cut Levels. MecSoft Corporation. www.RhinoCAM 2.4.48 (radius of stock material).com 391 . 10. Use the Following Settings. c. The 4 axis Roughing toolpath is now generated. Bottom (B) = 0. Click Generate. and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.mecsoft. Check Top (T) and specify Top (T) = 0.0 Getting Started Guide Step Down Control 9. Copyright 1998-2008.

mecsoft.com 392 . www. and click Simulate to run the simulation. Switch to Simulate tab.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 11. Copyright 1998-2008. MecSoft Corporation. select 4 Axis Roughing.

www. 3. 2.com 393 . 4.0 Getting Started Guide 4th Axis Roughing operation #2 We will now create a second 4 Axis Rough operation to machine the pocket areas around the ring by limiting the toolpath using start. MecSoft Corporation. A copy of the rough operation is created below the 4th Axis Roughing operation.mecsoft. Copying a MOp 1. right click copy. The operation name is labeled 4th Axis Roughing-1 and is as shown below. end angle cut containments. Now right click and select paste. Switch to the Create Operations tab in the Mops Browser. Select the 4 Axis Roughing operation. Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2.

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Switch to the Step Down Control tab Copyright 1998-2008. 7.com 395 . End Angle (E) = 90.0 Getting Started Guide Specify Cut Parameters 5. Under Cut Containment change the Start Angle (S) = -90. a.RhinoCAM 2. www. Switch to the Cut parameters tab and use the following parameters. Leave the global parameters and cut pattern unchanged b. MecSoft Corporation. 6. Double click on 4th Axis Roughing-1 to edit the operation.mecsoft.

www. Use the Following Settings. Cut Levels. 9. The 4 axis Roughing toolpath is now generated.0 Getting Started Guide Specify Step Down Control 8.RhinoCAM 2. Click Generate.4 on the 1st Rough operation). Check Top (T) and specify Top (T) = 0. Copyright 1998-2008. MecSoft Corporation. Step Down Control (dR) = 75 (% Tool Diameter).mecsoft. and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAM-MOps browser. a.4 (as we had limited the toolpath to a radius = 0.com 396 .

and click Simulate to run the simulation.mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008. MecSoft Corporation. select 4 Axis Roughing. www.com 397 .RhinoCAM 2. Switch to Simulate tab.0 Getting Started Guide 10.

www. 1. Copyright 1998-2008.com 398 . In this method. MecSoft Corporation. We will go over the steps for creating the pocketing operation. The tool motions can be parallel to or normal to the rotation axis.0 Getting Started Guide 4th axis Finishing We will now use 4th Axis Finishing operation to finish the part using a 0. select 4 axis Milling and 4 Axis Finishing. Switch to the Tools tab inside the 4 Axis Finishing operation dialog and select BallMill-0.RhinoCAM 2.03125” Ball End Mill. the tool is always normal to the axis of table rotation (continuous mode). From the Create Operations tab. This brings up the Finishing Operations dialog.03125.mecsoft.

RhinoCAM 2. Switch to the Clearance Tab and set the Clearance Plane Definition to Automatic and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane.com 399 . RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined. 3. Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide 2. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab and select Load From Tool. www.

Stock to leave =0. Set the Tolerance to 0. 6.com 400 . www.4.mecsoft. Set Cut Containment Low Value = -0. 5. High Value = 0. Copyright 1998-2008. and the Operation is listed under the 4 Axis Roughing Operation in the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.01. Zig Zag.001. Step over distance = 10 (% Tool Diameter). The Finishing toolpath is now generated. MecSoft Corporation. Low to High. Click on the Cut Parameters tab. Click Generate.0 Getting Started Guide Specify Cut Parameters 4. Cut Pattern = Along Axis.RhinoCAM 2.

com 401 . MecSoft Corporation. and click Simulate to run the simulation.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 7.mecsoft. Switch to Simulate tab. select 4 Axis Finishing. www. Copyright 1998-2008.

Select Machining Operations from the Create Operations tab and right click and select post process. End of Tutorial 13! Copyright 1998-2008. You can change the post processor by selecting a different one from the drop down menu in the list. Specify the File Name as Ring2.RhinoCAM 2. The posted g code by default will be saved to the folder where the part file is located. 2.com 402 .mecsoft. The post by default is set to Haas as specified under the Post processor setup. www. MecSoft Corporation.nc and click save.0 Getting Started Guide Post Processing 1.

RhinoCAM 2. www.com 403 .0 Getting Started Guide Tutorial 14: Pocketing and Drilling on a Ring Copyright 1998-2008.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation.

MecSoft Corporation. Pocketing machines closed regions as if they were pockets . The stepped instructions are accompanied by explanatory and introductory text. You may have to repeat either all or part of these steps for subsequent operations. counter sunk holes. Here you will learn to drill simple holes.com 404 .completely enclosed by inner and outer regions. You can create parts within Rhino.125” Standard Drill Main Programming Steps • • • • • • • • • In creating programs for each setup. The tool cannot go beyond the outer region. Reading this text will help you understand the tutorial methodology and provide information about additional options available. Create / Select the tool used for machining Set the feeds and speeds Set the clearance plane for the non-cutting transfer moves of the cutter Select the machining operations and set the parameters Generate the toolpath Simulate the toolpath. the following steps will be followed: Create the Stock geometry Set the Machine zero point or Locate geometry with respect to the machine coordinates. Strategy to machine the part • • • • We will machine the ring completely using 4 axis-machining operations. Preparing the part for Machining Loading the Part Model “Part” refers to the geometry that represents the final manufactured product. The part will be machined using a 0. Don’t forget to save your work periodically! You may want to save the file under a different name so that the original file will be preserved.0625” Flat End Mill and 0. or click the Open icon from the Standard bar.0 Getting Started Guide Introduction This tutorial is intended to describe the 4 axis pocketing and hole making operations. in which the outermost region is considered to enclose material to be removed. through holes to tapped and bored holes. Copyright 1998-2008. The stock will be held to the machine table using a rotary chuck. www. the hole types varying from simple drill holes. Set the rotary axis and rotary center.RhinoCAM 2.mecsoft. The part itself will be machined out of a cylindrical blank. and cannot go within inner regions. Hole making operations are used to create holes in a part. Select File / Open from the Menu. To load a part: 1. This is unlike Facing.

RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 2. From the Open dialog box, select the 4AxisPocketing_1.3dm file from the Tutorials folder in the RhinoCAM 2.0 installation folder. (C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4.0\Plug-ins\RhinoCAM 2.0\Tutorials) The imported part appears as shown below

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

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3. Set the Machine type to 4 axis and Rotary Axis to X axis. For most controllers rotation along X represents A axis and rotation along Y represents B axis. We will set the Rotary Center once we determine the Machine Zero.

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

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

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2. This brings up the Cylinder Stock parameters. Set the Axis (rotary) = X, Radius = 2” and Length (L) = 1”. Leave the other parameters as default and click OK.

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

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4. You must switch the simulation model to Polygonal model to run 4 axis simulations. Select Preferences->Simulation Preferences from the Setup Tab and switch the simulation model to Polygonal if set to Voxel.

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

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

3. Under Set WCS Origin, choose Set to Stock Box, the Zero Face to Highest Z, and Zero Position to East. This sets the machine home to the center of the stock material and the right most edge of the part geometry.

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Note: You can change the stock model transparency under standard mode by selecting Simulation Preferences that is located at the bottom of the MOps browser. Copyright 1998-2008, MecSoft Corporation, www.mecsoft.com 412

Copyright 1998-2008. Object to Move: Move Part. 1.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide Align Part and Stock During this step.com 413 . www. Z alignment: Center and XY Alignment: Center. Use the following settings. 2.mecsoft. Select Align Part and Stock from the Setup tab In this step. we will align the part inside the stock geometry. MecSoft Corporation. we will position the part to the center of the stock in XY and Z.

RhinoCAM will not compute a toolpath if the part/feature is below the rotary center as this is considered as an undercuts in the part.com 414 .mecsoft. Y and Z = -2 (which is the center of the stock geometry Diameter of stock = 4”). Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide Specify Rotary Center In this step we will determine the rotary center for the part geometry. Select Machine Setup from the setup tab. www. 1.RhinoCAM 2. The rotary center must pass thro’ the entire part geometry. 2. Set the rotary center in X. The rotary center is represented by an arrow and displayed on the part geometry when the Machine Setup Dialog is invoked. MecSoft Corporation.

Select the Tool Type to Drill. Tip Angle = 120. Go to the RhinoCAM-Tools browser that is located below the RhinoCAMMOps browser and select Create/Edit Tools. Copyright 1998-2008. Under the Properties tab set Tool Number = 1. www.mecsoft.125. Tool Diameter = 0.125. 2. 1.com 415 .0625” Flat End Mill.0 Getting Started Guide Create Tools To machine the above part.RhinoCAM 2.125” Drill (Standard Drill) and a 0. we will now create a 0. Set the tool name as Drill-0. MecSoft Corporation.

Use the following settings for feeds and speeds. www. Copyright 1998-2008.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. In this exercise.mecsoft.com 416 . Switch to the Feeds & Speeds tab inside the create/select tool dialog. 4.0 Getting Started Guide Setting Feeds and Speeds You can assign Feeds & Speeds to a tool or you can load from a table. 3. we will assign feeds and speeds to the tool.

plunge. Flute Length = 1. Click Save as New Tool. b. Copyright 1998-2008. The created tools are now listed under the RhinoCAM-Tools browser. approach & engage feed = 20 ipm.0625. MecSoft Corporation. retract and departure feeds = 20 ipm. You can create additional tools by assigning a different name and specify the tool parameters. Tool Diameter = 0. Click Save as New Tool. c.0 Getting Started Guide 5.mecsoft. a Flat End Mill with the following parameters. 6. Set the Transfer Feedrate to Use Rapid.0625. Switch to Feeds & Speeds tab set Spindle Speed = 5000 rpm. Tool Name: FlatMill-0.com 417 . Create a 2nd tool.RhinoCAM 2.Tool Length = 1. cut feed = 30 ipm. The tool is now created and listed under Tools in Library. a. Tool Number = 2. Note: You can edit the tool properties and click Save Edits to Tool to save the changes.5. www.

www. As in any other 4 axis operations. a warning message dialog would be displayed at all times when a 4 axis machining operation is selected.com 418 .mecsoft. Select Hole and choose 4 Axis Drilling. Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide Create Machining Operations First we will drill the holes on the cylinder using 4 Axis Drilling. the dialog boxes are similar to the 3 axis hole making operations. Once the holes (regions) are selected. If the rotary center is not set to the same location as the Machine Zero. MecSoft Corporation. Switch to the Create Operations tab in RhinoCAM-Mops browser. the tool is positioned normal (perpendicular) to the rotary axis.RhinoCAM 2. 4 Axis Drilling 1. Sorting of holes is also possible to optimize the tool motion. Users can override this message by clicking OK in the dialog.

com 419 . www. Select Hole Features 3. This brings up the 4 Axis Drilling Operation Dialog. We will now go over the steps for creating the toolpath. Go to the Machining Features/ Regions tab and click Hole Features. Copyright 1998-2008. MecSoft Corporation.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Note: You can check Do no show this dialog again to stop the warning message appearing again when you create/edit a 4 axis machining operation. 2.RhinoCAM 2.

www. Now. select the 12 circles around the part (represented in green color). MecSoft Corporation. Copyright 1998-2008. You can also use the Edit tool from the menu bar and use Edit->Select Objects>By Layer and choose Layer 04.RhinoCAM 2.com 420 .0 Getting Started Guide 4.mecsoft.

MecSoft Corporation. www.mecsoft.RhinoCAM 2. The selected regions are now displayed under Hole Features.com 421 . Copyright 1998-2008. Right mouse click or select enter from the keypad to complete the selection.0 Getting Started Guide 5.

www. Switch to the Tools tab inside the 4 Axis Drilling operation and select Drill0. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2.125. Copyright 1998-2008.com 422 .0 Getting Started Guide 6.mecsoft.

com 423 . www.mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation. Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab and select Load From Tool.0 Getting Started Guide 7. Copyright 1998-2008. Set the cut transfer method to Clearance Plane.25. 8. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined.RhinoCAM 2. Switch to Clearance tab and set the Clearance Plane Definition to Stock Max R + Dist = 0.

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Drill Depth = 0.0 Getting Started Guide Specify Cut Parameters 9. Set the Drill Type = Standard Drill. 10. Copyright 1998-2008. Click on the Cut Parameters tab.mecsoft.1. Check Add Tool tip to Drill Depth and Approach Distance = 0.1 11. MecSoft Corporation.com 425 .RhinoCAM 2. www. Switch to Sorting tab in the 4 Axis Drilling dialog.

The 4 Axis Drilling toolpath is now generated.com 426 . Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide Sorting 12.RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. Click Generate. Use Minimum Distance Sort and specify the Start Point as Lower Left 13.mecsoft. www. and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.

and click Simulate to run the simulation.RhinoCAM 2. Switch to Simulate tab.0 Getting Started Guide 14. www.com 427 . select 4 Axis Drilling.mecsoft. Copyright 1998-2008. MecSoft Corporation.

mecsoft. 2. Copyright 1998-2008. Select 4 Axis from the Create operations tab and choose 4 Axis Pocketing If the rotary center is not set to the same location as the Machine Zero. www.com 428 . We will now go over the steps for creating the toolpath. Users can override this message by clicking OK in the dialog. MecSoft Corporation.RhinoCAM 2.0 Getting Started Guide 4 axis Pocketing 1. a warning message dialog would be displayed at all times when a 4 axis machining operation is selected. Note: You can check Do no show this dialog again to stop the warning message appearing again when you create/edit a 4 axis machining operation. This brings up the 4 Axis Pocketing Operation Dialog.

MecSoft Corporation.com 429 . Edit->Select Objects->By Layer and choose Layer 02.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide Select Machining Features/Regions 3. Select all the curves on Layer 02 using Edit from the menu. Copyright 1998-2008. Go to the Machining Features/ Regions tab and click Select Curves as Regions.RhinoCAM 2. 4. www.

6. 7. MecSoft Corporation. Switch to the Tools tab inside the 4 axis pocketing operation and select FlatMill-0.0625.RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008. Right mouse click or select enter from the keypad to complete the selection. The selected regions are now displayed under Machining Regions.com 430 . www.0 Getting Started Guide 5.mecsoft.

Copyright 1998-2008. Switch to the Clearance Tab and set the Clearance Plane Definition to Stock Max Z + Dist = 0.25 and Cut Transfer Method to Clearance Plane. RhinoCAM will now get the feeds and speeds information that was set when the tool was defined.mecsoft.0 Getting Started Guide 8. MecSoft Corporation. www.RhinoCAM 2.com 431 . Click on the Feeds and Speeds tab and select Load From Tool. 9.

RhinoCAM 2. MecSoft Corporation. Set Tolerance = 0.mecsoft. Cut Pattern = Offset Cuts. Stock = 0. Location of Cut Geometry – At Top. 11. Cut Direction = Mixed. 13.0 Getting Started Guide Specify Cut Parameters 10. Start Point = Inside. Copyright 1998-2008. Click on the Cut Parameters tab.001. Switch to Cut Levels Tab. 12. Use the following Settings a. Check Corner Cleanup.com 432 . Step Distance = 25% (Tool Diameter). www.

com 433 . Copyright 1998-2008. and the Operation is listed under the RhinoCAM-MOps browser.RhinoCAM 2. d. Click Generate. Rough Depth/Cut = 0.1 c.mecsoft. www. MecSoft Corporation.1. The 4 Axis Pocketing toolpath is now generated. Cut Level Ordering = Depth First.0 Getting Started Guide b. 14. Rough Depth = 0.025. Total Cut Depth = 0.

RhinoCAM 2. Copyright 1998-2008. MecSoft Corporation.com 434 .mecsoft. www. select 4 Axis Engraving. and click Simulate to run the simulation. Switch to Simulate tab.0 Getting Started Guide 15.

mecsoft. MecSoft Corporation. 2.nc and click save. You can change the post processor by selecting a different one from the drop down menu in the list.com 435 . Select Machining Operations from the Create Operations tab and right click and select post process. End of Tutorial 14! Copyright 1998-2008.0 Getting Started Guide Post Processing 1. The posted g code by default will be saved to the folder where the part file is located. www. The post by default is set to Haas as specified under the Post processor setup. Specify the File Name as 4AxisPocketing.RhinoCAM 2.

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