PartMaker/SwissCAM Getting Started

PartMaker/SwissCAM automates the tedious task of manually programming parts for sliding headstock, Swiss-type lathes. Thekey stages involved in programming a part in PartMaker are:

Programming the part
PartMaker’s patented visual approach to programming enables you set up machining functions, such as turning, plane milling, and cylinder milling, in separate 2D planes (known as Face windows). In this way, you can break a part down into a series of much simpler operations.
You can create your part geometry within PartMaker or you can import CAD files that have been created in other CAD programs.

Creating a Process Table
When you have programmed the toolpaths for a part, you can generate a Process Table to view the processes required to machine the part you have programmed. By modifying the Process Table,you can synchronize processes being performed on separate spindles or by different tool posts, thus maximizing the efficiency and productivity of your CNC machine.

Simulating toolpaths
Once you have generated a Process Table, you can view a 3D simulation of the processes shown in the Process Table. This enables you to identify any errors before the part is machined.

Creating an NC Program
When you are happy with the toolpaths and the simulation, the next step is to generate an NC Program for a specific machine. This process is often referred to as post processing, because PartMaker uses a post configuration (.pst) file to convert the information in the Process Table into an NC Program. 

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