Chapter 1 – Getting Started
This manual introduces you to the features of the ProCAM 2½ Axis Mill system. The information and exercises in this chapter help you understand the process to generate 2.5 axis mill toolpaths and NC code.
Chapter 2 Pocket Toolpaths
Pocketing is a 2½ axis mill roughing cycle. There are two types of pocketing:
• Profile pocketing removes material from a pocket following parallel cuts across the stock.
• Lace pocketing removes material from a pocket by making a series of parallel cuts across the stock.
Both types have the ability to avoid islands.This chapter shows you how to use the Pocket and Lace Pocket commands.
Chapter 3 Profile Toolpaths
The Profile Toolpath command is used to insert a profile toolpath. The Profile toolpath can be inserted using options for corner type, leadin and leadout, link type and compensation. This chapter provides exercises for using the Profile command.
Chapter 4 Drill & Free Form Cut Toolpaths
This chapter shows you how to use the Drill and Free Form Cut commands.
Chapter 5 Working with Toolpaths
After you have inserted toolpaths on a part, you can use commands on the Utility toolbar to manipulate toolpaths. This chapter explains some of the exceptions and restrictions for using these commands.
This chapter includes exercises for viewing the cutter paths in the order they will be post processed, moving and copying toolpaths, editing toolpath nodes, and optimizing toolpaths to the shortest distance from one cut to the next.
Chapter 6 Verifying Toolpaths
ProVerify, which is completely integrated into ProCAM, graphically simulates actual material removal from stock. You can see the material being removed from the stock as the cutter proceeds along the toolpaths.
The Define Stock command on the 2.5 Axis Mill, Surface Machining and Advanced Machining toolbars allows you to define rectangular, cylindrical or extruded stock. This command is used in ProVerify to provide a representation of the stock for accurate simulation. You can also define stock to use for generating Advanced Roughing toolpaths.
This chapter includes exercises that show you how to define stock and run ProVerify.
Chapter 7 Inserting Macros/Subroutines
The Macro command on the 2X Milling toolbar is used to define toolpaths that can be called up in a subprogram when the part is post processed. This chapter includes exercises that show you how to define and call macros.
Chapter 8 MCS Program Zero Points
This chapter explains the MCS feature in ProCAM that allows you to define G-code program zero points using the machine tool’s Fixture, Work Coordinate and/or Sub Coordinate offsets.
Chapter 9 Skill Builder Exercises
The exercises in this chapter provide an opportunity to practice using the features and functions you have learned in the previous chapters. Instead of step-by-step instructions, the information for these exercises is brief and intended as a guide.
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