||This task shows how
to apply a COPY Operator to a delimited sequence of operations in the
The sequence is delimited by COPY-INDEX type instructions.
||Create a first Pocketing operation on the first square
cut-out. Create a second Pocketing operation using a different tool on the
first triangular cut-out. To create these pockets, make sure that the
Island Detection contextual command is not active when define
the pocket bottom.
||Right-click the Manufacturing Program and select
Compute Tool Path. Select the Compute if necessary
option in the pop-up that appears.
||Select the second Pocketing operation in the program.
Select COPY Operator
Auxiliary Operations toolbar (Transformation
A COPY Operator is inserted in the program after Pocketing.2 and the
COPY Operator dialog box appears.
INDEX/i instruction) in the dialog box to create an INDEX instruction.
Select an entity in the program to specify the insertion level.
In this scenario, select Tool Change.1 to insert the INDEX instruction
before that tool change.
The COPY Operator will apply to the two tool changes and the two
||Set the desired number of copies to 3.
||Set the Transformation type to
Choose the Translation type to Absolute Coordinates.
Specify the translation by setting the Distance along X to
||Click Tool Path Replay
to visualize the tool path resulting from the defined COPY Operator.
||If needed, select the Syntax tab
to consult the
syntax that will be applied for the COPY operator.
||Click OK to create the COPY Operator in the program.
More About Inserting a Copy Operator
The possible transformation types are as follows.
- Translation: choose the desired translation type then
specify the translation by:
- either giving X, Y, Z components in the absolute or the current
machining axis system
- or clicking the
Direction area to select a linear
geometric element for the direction and giving a length.
- Rotation: click the
Axis area to select a
linear geometric element as the axis of rotation then give a rotation
angle. If a circular edge is selected, the normal axis of the circle is
- Mirror: click the
Mirror area to select a
planar geometric element as the axis of symmetry.
- Axis to axis: click the
From area to select a
first machining axis system then the
To area to select a
second machining axis system. The first axis system will be transformed
into the second axis system.
- Affinity: select a Machining Axis System and define 3
scale factors to be applied along each of its axes: x,y,z. The
transformation matrix in the selected Machining Axis System will be:
- Scale: select a planar surface or a point and a scale
factor to be applied along the normal projection on the selected element.
- Matrix: This transformation will be defined by the matrix
definition of the transformation in the absolute Axis System, the current
Machining Axis System, or a selected Machining Axis System.
In case of
definition of the matrix in the absolute Axis System or in the current
Machining Axis, the matrix of the transformation is stored in the model
in the absolute Axis System (it is invariant in this Axis System).
Choosing one or the other mode only changes the display of the
coordinates of the matrix.
Out of a current Machining Axis System context, the Absolute Axis System
will be used to display the matrix.
In case of definition of the matrix in a selected Machining Axis
System, the matrix of the transformation is stored relatively to this
selected Machining Axis System.
In the COPY Operator dialog box:
- You can create an INDEX/NOMORE instruction in the program by clicking
an INDEX/i,NOMORE instruction)
- You can select an existing INDEX to be associated to the COPY
operator by clicking
an INDEX instruction).
COPY Operator will show an Exclamation symbol
in standard cases:
- a reference geometry has been deleted
- INDEX and INDEX/NOMORE are inconsistent.
COPY Operator will show an Update symbol
in standard cases:
- reference geometry has been modified
- a parameter has been modified.
COPY Operator can be computed if all the referenced operations:
- are Up to date or Locked
- have a Tool Path.
Deactivated operations in the reference sequence are not taken into
account when the Copy is processed.