CHAPTER 1 GETTING STARTED
This manual is designed to introduce you to the features of the ProCAM 2D Mill system.The information and exercises in this manual help you understand the process to generate tool paths and NC code.
This chapter explains the steps to generate an NC program and shows you how to do a simple cut around the outside of a part.
CHAPTER 2 BOUNDARIES
ProCAM 2D Mill uses boundaries to identify the entities to be machined and determine the path and direction of the cutter. Any entities that are to be machined, except drill holes, must have a boundary.The basic steps for inserting a boundary are:
1. Pick the start point for the boundary.
2. Pick the first entity for direction.
3. Pick the last entity in the boundary.
4. Click BUTTON 2.
5. Pick the endpoint for the end of the boundary.
When you inserted a single boundary in the exercise in Chapter 1, you determined the start point, end point, and direction of the boundary. The Boundary command provides modifiers that allow ProCAM to do this automatically.This chapter explains how to insert multiple boundaries that can be open or closed, and how to use the modifiers to automate the process.
CHAPTER 3 UNDERSTANDING OPERATIONS
In the exercises in Chapter 1, you created a Profile operation by simply following the directions and using most of the defaults. This chapter provides an explanation of Mill operations and the parameters you can define when you create an operation.
CHAPTER 4 POCKET TOOL PATHS
Pocketing is a mill roughing cycle. There are two types of pocketing in ProCAM:
• Profile pocketing removes material from a part by following the shape of the profile.
• Lace pocketing removes material by making a series of parallel cuts across the stock.
Both types have the ability to avoid islands.
This chapter explains pocketing and shows you how to use the Pocket Tool Path and Lace Pocket Tool Path commands
CHAPTER 5 PROFILE TOOL PATHS
The Profile Tool Path command is used to generate a tool path that removes material from a part by following the shape of the profile. Profile tool paths can be inserted using modifiers for corner type, leadin and leadout, interference checking, and compensation. You can also specify climb or conventional milling, and a finish cycle after a roughing cycle.
This chapter explains Profile operations and provides exercises using the Profile Tool Path command and modifiers.
CHAPTER 6 SINGLE POINT AND PATTERN TOOL PATHS
This chapter explains the commands for inserting tool paths for drilling cycles. The Point Tool Path command inserts a single point tool path. With the Toolfit command, ProCAM automatically inserts a drill tool path on a point or pattern entity and a circle the size of the drill. The Pattern Tool Path command allows you to insert bolt circles and points on an arc, a
grid, or a line for drilling.You can define patterns in 2D Mill while you are defining your drilling cycle or you can use the Shape command in the CAD system.
CHAPTER 7 WORKING WITH TOOL PATHS
Most of the commands on the Utility toolbar can be used to manipulate tool paths (CAM entities).
This chapter explains how to use the following utilities:
The Break utility cannot be used with CAM entities. However, it can be used to break CAD entities or to explode patterns to text into multiple entities in order to generate the required tool paths.
This chapter also explains the following functions that you can use to view the cutter paths in the order they will be processes and optimize tool paths in an operation:
• 3D View Cut Simulation
• Optimize Tool Paths
CHAPTER 8 Z CYCLE TYPES
When you define a Profile, Pocket or Lace Pocket operation, you must select a Z Cycle Type:
• Z Single Depth
ProCAM makes a single cut to the Z depth you specify. In the exercises so far, you have been selecting this option.
• Z Step and Repeat
ProCAM makes multiple cuts in the X axis.
• Z Wall Definition
ProCAM cuts the wall of the part according to the side view that you define.This chapter explains the Z Step and Repeat and Z Wall Definition options.
CHAPTER 9 ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS
This chapter provides information on the Miscellaneous operations. These operations include Arc, Circular and Linear tool paths and rapid moves. Inserting attributes and using macros are also explained.
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