Within the thirteenth video of this 25-video series on programming a Multus U3000 with TopSolid, I will demonstrate how to edit an approach move, also called link movement.
If you recall from our last video, our simulation was successful – there were no collisions. But, the way the drill approached was a bit concerning. The approach move was a little too close to the lower turret for comfort.
TopSolid has a feature called link movement editing that allows easy adjustment of a tool’s approach. Rather than utilizing the automatic mode that resulted in a slightly nerve-wracking approach result, I activate the manual mode so that I can make the needed adjustments.
As you watch the demonstration video, you will see that a very easy edit to the approach move produces a much more comfortable operation.
Within the twelfth video of this 25-video series on programming a Multus U3000 with TopSolid, we will program ID drillings.
Before I begin programming our ID drillings, I wanted to show you yet another really cool feature within TopSolid. A function called part display allows us to enable a turning preview that allows us to see the inside of the part as well as the outside. This viewing option is, of course, really handy when programming a drilling operation.
To remind you just how easy it is to program a tool in TopSolid, I will create a flat drill. Then, of course, program specific tool settings.
ID Drillings – Should the Part Spin or Should the Tool Spin?
TopSolid provides you the control to easily specify whether you want the part to spin or the tool to spin during the cutting process. Or, maybe I want to double my feed rate and program both the tool and the part to spin.
Simulation Discovery – A Bit Too Close for Comfort
Our simulation is successful, but we notice that the way the drill approaches is not very safe. Our programmed approach path is a bit too close to the turret for comfort. So, within the next video I will show you how to edit a link movement to rectify this concern.
Within the eleventh video of this 25-video series on programming a Multus U3000 with TopSolid, we will explore milling a 4-axis radial slot. So many CAM software packages make an operation like this much harder than it needs to be.
Milling a 4-axis radial slot is really just milling an open pocket, so we select end milling within the list of 2D operations. After selecting end milling, I will turn on multi-axis. Because I have already taught TopSolid all of the definitions of this machine, the system knows that the machine I am programming is capable of multi-axis milling. Therefore, TopSolid made the multi-axis function available.
As you will see, as soon as I select 4-axis radial mill, a toolpath generates. However, I need to change my tool selection because the tool the system selected for me was too large. I simply select the tool I want to work with and the toolpath recalculates.
Programming Final Details
As smart as TopSolid is, the system does not automatically know where to start cutting. So, you still must be a little bit of a NC programmer and select an appropriate starting point for the operation. Finally, we need to set our precise cutting attributes.
In a matter of minutes, we have created a 4-axis tool path and as always when working in TopSolid, our machine simulation is there to verify that everything is working flawlessly.
Within the tenth video of this 25-video series on programming a Multus U3000 with TopSolid, we will verify the toolpaths we created within the previous videos.
When you are working to verify in TopSolid, there are a couple of ways to work. However in this demonstration, I simply window select all of the operations I want to verify. You will notice that TopSolid’s machine simulation is more robust than many solutions out there because it includes full machine simulation.
Within this verification simulation, you will notice that the stock comes in at the exact moment that it would based on our previously programmed operations. Once we hit start, you can see all of the operations happening in real time and we ultimately verify that there are no collisions within our programming so far and that we are good to move forward.
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As this team of Missler Software team members discovered, the complexity required is no match for TopSolid. Above all else, TopSolid’s mission is always to make manufacturing simple for both practical machinists and the entire design team.
Within the ninth video of this 25-video series on programming a Multus U3000 with TopSolid, I will program five operations on a five-axis mill-turn machine in a matter of seconds using TopSolid’s drag and drop functionality. Sound too good to be true? Stick with me and I will prove that it is not only possible, but easy.
To mill additional faces, I drag and drop the open pocket cutting toolpath I created in the previous video. I now demonstrate how easy it is to apply that toolpath to five additional faces in a matter of clicks and in just a few seconds.
Using the kinemetric definitions of the machine TopSolid already knows, when we drag and drop our toolpath, TopSolid automatically finds the correct angular solutions for the new faces and creates the new toolpaths accordingly.
Five operations completed in 50 seconds – impressive!
Now that we have most of our turning done, in the eighth video of this 25-video series on programming a Multus U3000 with TopSolid, we want to start doing some milling. We will start by milling an open pocket. As you will see, when I select the face I want to mill, TopSolid suspects that it is an open pocket and proposes it as such.
The area we are working on is, in fact, an open pocket, so I move forward by selecting an appropriate tool. In this demonstration, I want to remind you just how easy it is to work with tooling in TopSolid. I can either choose the style tool I want and build from there, or select a tooling template. Either selection makes it easy to program the needed tooling information.
Because TopSolid is a highly intelligent solution, as soon as we make our tooling characteristic settings, TopSolid proposes a toolpath. After some quick feeds, speeds and cutting settings, we are all set.
As always, after these settings made, TopSolid automatically updates the stock model. Simulation allows us to check this operation for collisions and we notice in this case that the spinning axis is the tool and we can check for collisions even when the tool is spinning.
Milling and Open Pocket – Reviewing what You’ve Learned
This open pocket milling video further highlights TopSolid’s ability to help intelligently make decisions, but also offers the easy ability to adjust those decisions. Finally, TopSolid’s goal is always to give you 100% confidence when you ultimately hit start to begin post processing. Our machine simulation function for every process gives you this confidence.
In the seventh video of this 25-video series on programming a Multus U3000 with TopSolid, we test synchronizations of the operations we have programmed. We have programmed a few operations, but the key question is – do these operations perform effectively together?
To answer this question, I switch to the final machining phase and bring up my scenario that contains all of our operations. TopSolid’s extremely powerful automatic layout command sets all the needed synchronizations dynamically.
Finally, I hit play on our simulation and we can watch all of the operations in the order they are going to happen and see that they are synchronized appropriately.
In the fifth video of this 25-video series on programming a Multus U3000 with TopSolid, I finish our groove using a lower turret.
I changed the type of finished I want to profiling, but just to be a little different, I decided to use the machine’s lower turret. After selecting the tool I believe will be best for the job, I must adjust the toolpath because the machine contains a slant bed lower. The machine’s kinemetric information I have already taught TopSolid allows me to visualize exactly what is going on and make the proper decisions.
Finally, I want to program from two directions at once and to program my two points for a highly accurate toolpath.
After a quick setting of our feeds and speeds and a final check using TopSolid’s simulation, we are all set.