Setup Environment for Multi-Spindle Machining

task target This first task shows you how to open a CATProcess document, enter the Lathe Machining workbench and setup the environment for multi-spindle machining.
scenario 1. Select File > Open then select the Multi-Spindle.CATProcess document.
2. Select Machining > Lathe Machining from the Start menu.

The Lathe Machining workbench appears. The parts to be machined are displayed in the Setup Editor window.

The PPR tree shows the current state of the CATProcess.

3. Double click Part Operation: Multi-spindle Lathe Machine in the tree to display the Part Operation dialog box.

Note that the following parameters are already initialized on the Part Operation:

  • machine (Multi-spindle Lathe Machine)
  • reference machining axis system (Main Spindle Part Axis)
  • two design parts and two stock elements, which will allow material removal simulation later.
4. Click Machine . The Machine Editor dialog box appears with Multi-spindle Lathe Machine already selected.
5. Select the Spindle tab.

Note   By default, the existing spindle is the Main spindle and the Reference Machining Axis System defined on the Part Operation (Main Spindle Part Axis) is assigned to the main spindle.
6. Click Add Spindle then:
  • Enter Counter Spindle as the name for the new spindle.
    The spindle number increments automatically.
  • Click Part Axis System , then select the Counter Spindle Part Axis system in the 3D viewer to assign it to the counter spindle.

7. Select the Turret tab.

Check that:

  • there is just one turret called Turret (Multi-spindle machine) defined on the machine
  • the Turning Tool Axis System is specified as shown
  • the origin of the Turning Tool Axis System is used for the Tool Change Point.

Note that the program will be defined on this turret.

scenario   In the Numerical Control tab, make sure that the following sample PP words table is referenced:
8. Click OK to confirm your modifications to the Machine and return to the Part Operation editor.
9. Click OK to confirm your modifications to the Part Operation.

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