Open the Part to Machine

task target This first task shows you how to open a part, enter the Lathe Machining workbench and make basic modifications to the Part Operation.
scenario 1. Select File > Open then select the Lathe01.CATPart document.
2. Select Machining > Lathe Machining from the Start menu.

The Lathe Machining workbench appears. The part is displayed in the Setup Editor window along with the manufacturing specification tree.

3. Double-click Part Operation.1 in the tree to display the Part Operation dialog box.
4. Click the Machine icon. The Machine Editor dialog box appears.

  • Select the Horizontal Lathe Machine icon.
  • Set the spindle axis to Z and the radial axis to X.
  • Click OK.
  Setting the spindle axis to Z defines the C-axis (that is, rotary motion about the Z-axis). This allows creation of indexed machine rotations for milling and drilling operations.
5. Set the tool change point in the Position tab page as shown below.

6. Click OK to confirm your modifications to the Part Operation.
7. Select Manufacturing Program.1 in the tree to make it the current entity.
To insert program entities such as machining operations, tools and auxiliary commands you can either:
  • make the program current before clicking the insert program entity command
  • click the insert program entity command then make the program current.

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