|This task shows how to apply a Copy-Transformation instruction to a selected list of operations in the program. The selected list does not necessarily correspond to a sequence in the program. However, the operations must have the same tooling.|
|Open the CopyTransfoSample.CATPart document.|
|1.||Create a first Pocketing operation on the first square cut-out, then a second Pocketing operation on the first triangular cut-out. To create these pockets, make sure that the Island Detection contextual command is not active when defining the pocket bottom.|
|2.||Select Replay Tool Path to validate the operations. The operations are now computed.|
|3.||Select the second Pocketing operation in the program.
Select Copy-Transformation Instruction in the Auxiliary Operations toolbar (Transformation Management Sub-toolbar).
A Copy-Transformation instruction is inserted in the program after Pocketing.2 and the Copy-Transformation dialog box appears.
|4.||Click Add Operations
in the dialog
box then select the two Pocketing operations in the program.
The Copy-Transformation will apply to these two operations.
|Selected operations must have the same tooling.
Move Up and
allow you to move the selected operation up or down in the list.
|5.||Set the desired number of copies to 3.|
|6.||Set Ordering to Each operation N times.|
|7.||Set the Transformation type to
Choose the Translation type to Absolute Coordinates.
Specify the translation by setting the Distance along X to -100mm.
|8.||You can click Replay to visualize the
tool path resulting from the defined Copy-Transformation.
With the Each operation N times Ordering setting, the transformation is applied to the 3 square cut-outs first then to the 3 triangular cut-outs.
With the All operations N times Ordering setting, the transformation is applied to the first set of square and triangular cut-outs, then the second set, and finally the third set.
|9.||Click OK to create the Copy-Transformation instruction in the program.|
More About Inserting a Copy-Transformation Instruction
The possible transformation types are as follows.
NC Data Output Considerations
Copy-Transformation allows you to produce NC data that takes into account the specificities of the selected machining operations (Cycle syntax or Goto statements, Compensation, Profile, Tip/Axis, Contact/Norm, PQR, and so on).
During NC data generation, the tool path of the Copy-Transformation of an ordered list of machining operations will, for each of its sub-paths corresponding to a specific machining operation, read the complementary information on this machining operation to associate to the particular treatment of this sub-path.
If the Cycle syntax is ON in a selected machining operation, the
sub-path will be output is this mode.
The Copy-Transformation output will take into account data available in the tool path and in the elected machining operations.
If a Copy-Transformation references various machining operations with specific data that differs from one operation to another, each sub-path of the Copy-Transformation will be processed individually.
Machining operations using CYCLE syntaxes and GOTO statements can be mixed in a Copy-Transformation: the output will be composed of CYCLE syntaxes and GOTO statements.
Deactivated machining operations are taken into account for the computation of a Copy-Transformation.
Copy-Transformation will show an Exclamation symbol in standard cases:
Copy-Transformation will show an Update symbol in standard cases:
Copy-Transformation can be computed if all the referenced operations:
Copy-Transformation and the Tool Path Editor
You can create a Copy-Transformation in the program when using the Tool Path Editor.
Before cutting an area of the tool path, you can choose to copy the area in the specification tree as follows:
The Copy-Transformation is created after the selected operation.
In this case the Copy-Transformation dialog box includes a Tooling tab .
This allows you to change the tool or tool assembly of the Copy-Transformation created with the Tool Path Editor's Cut command.
Double-click the Copy-Transformation instruction and select the Tool tab in the dialog box that appears. Modify the tool as desired.
Click OK to accept the tool modification and update the PPR tree.
Previous Version Instruction
A Copy-Transformation instruction created in R9 which has lost its reference operation (operation deleted or replaced by a tool path by means of Add Tool Paths command in R9) behaves like a Copy-Transformation instruction created using the Tool Path Editor and the Cut command.