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Milling environment

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Milling operations can be implemented quickly and efficiently with a minimum amount of dialogue boxes and pop-ups. Seamless CAD/CAM integration allows you to switch between geometry creation and machining functions, using just a single mouse-click.

Paramach’s Milling environment currently provides 2.5D, three-axis machining functionality for Milling profiles with straight, angled or profiled sides, Milling pockets, Milling faces and performing spindle operations such as drilling, tapping, reaming and boring.

Planes related to existing geometries can easily be created for setting up multi-plane C-axis and Tombstone scenarios

Libraries

Paramach incorporates convenient, easy-to-use material and tool libraries that allow you to populate and define your own material data and tool definitions.

  • Tools are defined using the parametric Tool Generator that’s built into the library viewer, providing a graphically dimensioned representation of each tool.
  • Feeds and speeds are automatically calculated using industry-accepted formulas with data taken from both the tool and material definitions.
  • Paramach’s sample libraries provide an assortment of popular materials and tools to get you started on building your own personal libraries.

Creating Toolpaths

Creating toolpaths in Paramach is a simple procedure and is typically implemented by picking a Geoline on the design surface or making a selection from the model tree list.

  • Whether you are creating or editing the operation, Paramach will display grip boxes on the geometry that can be dragged by using the mouse cursor to set the machining start and end points.
  • A pop-up property box will also be displayed for selecting and inputting all of the data required to perform the desired machining operation.
  • Finally, once your toolpath has been created, click on it to open the lead-in/out property box for editing.

The machining processes created in Paramach are represented by nodes in a hierarchical tree structure, allowing for easy selection and editing of data at any level in the tree, i.e a group of operations using the same tool, an individual operation, or an individual toolpath within an operation.

Additionally, each machining process within the tree structure can be moved up or down the list allowing changes to the machining order.All of the tool paths that are generated in Paramach use a full look-ahead algorithm, which ensure that no part of the geometry is fouled by the tool.

These toolpaths are also fully-associative to the underlying Geoline, so if the Geoline is edited the toolpaths will instantly update to reflect those changes; the actual direction of the Geoline is irrelevant.

Simulation

Once the toolpaths have been created and before you commit to generating the G-Code, Paramach provides the opportunity to visualise the machining operations by using the integrated simulation tool.

Two types of simulation are offered for verification purposes:

  • Firstly, a 2D material cut simulation that provides an extremely precise graphical representation of the actual material that’s being removed in relation to the underlying geometry.
  • Secondly, a 3D viewing space that allows verification of all your selected Machining operations. You can even zoom and rotate the part geometry a full 360 degrees while the machining simulation is running.

 

With Paramach’s user-friendly Milling environment, creating accurate toolpaths has never been easier.

 

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