This task shows how to add tool changes in the program.
You can either:
The procedures below illustrates tool changes for axial machining and milling operations. Differences for turning operation tool changes are described in Tool Changes for Turning Operations below.
|1.||In the specification tree, select the program entity after which you want to add the tool change.|
Select the desired icon in the Auxiliary Operations toolbar
The corresponding dialog box appears for defining the tool change.
Select the Tool tab
in order to specify the tool to be referenced by the tool
change. You can do this by either:
This is the same procedure as described in Select or Create a Tool.
Select the Tool Assembly tab
if you want to:
Select the Syntax tab
|6.||Click OK to create the tool change in the program.|
You can click Replay Tool Path
to visualize the tool at the tool change point.
This point is specified in the current Part Operation.
Right-click the Manufacturing Program in the specification
tree and select
Generate Tool Changes.
The program is updated with all necessary tool changes. Each generated tool change is inserted just before the first machining operation in the program that requires the tool change.
Program after tool change generation:
tool changes that were automatically generated, right-click
the Manufacturing Program in the specification tree and
Delete Generated Tool Changes.
All tool changes that were automatically generated are removed from the program.
Lathe Tool Changes
The Tool Change dialog box for Turning operations is slightly different from the one shown above. The main difference is that there are tab pages for the Tool Assembly, the Insert Holder and the Insert.
However, the procedure for inserting tool changes is the same.
When a kinematic Multi-slide lathe machine (that is, a CATProduct representation created using the NC Machine Tool Builder product) is assigned to a Part operation, you can specify a station for a tool/tool assembly on a tool change activity by means of the Mounting station combo.
When a new tool change is created, you can select where this new tool/tool assembly is stationed on the turret by selecting the empty stations on the turret from the Tool Assembly tab (for a lathe tool assembly) or from the Tool tab (for mill and drill tool/tool assembly) of the editor.
The selection or modification of a station is reflected in the Turret Station Editor of the corresponding Manufacturing Program.