|This task shows how to insert a
Pocketing operation in the program when the
pocket to be machined comprises hard boundaries only (that is, a closed
To create the operation you must define:
PrismaticMilling01.CATPart document, then select
A Pocketing entity along with a default tool is added to the program.
|The bottom and flanks of the icon are
colored red indicating that this geometry is required for defining the
All other pocket geometry is optional.
|Make sure that the Pocketing style is set to Closed Pocket.|
the red Bottom in the icon and select Contour Detection
from the contextual menu.
Click the red Bottom then select the desired pocket bottom in the 3D window.
The pocket boundary is automatically deduced thanks to the Contour Detection setting. This is indicated by the highlighted Drive elements.
|The bottom and flanks of the icon are now
colored green indicating that this geometry is now defined.
For parts containing islands, you can right click the red Bottom in the icon and select Island Detection from the contextual menu. This allows island boundaries to be deduced automatically.
|3.||Click the Top Plane in the icon then select the desired top element in the 3D window.|
|4.||Set the following offsets:
|If your part includes islands, you can specify different offsets on individual islands using the Offset on Island contextual command (right click the Island label in the 3D window).|
|5.||Select the Strategy tab
choose the desired tool path style: Inward
helical, Outward helical
or Back and forth.
|You can then use the tab pages to set
|A tool is proposed by default when you create a machining
operation. If the proposed tool is not suitable, just select the
Tool tab page
to specify the
tool you want to use.
This is described in Edit the Tool of an Operation.
|6.||Select the Feeds and Speeds tab page to specify the feedrates and spindle speeds for the operation.|
Select the Macros tab page
to specify the operation's
transition paths (approach and retract motion, for example).
|See Define Macros of an Operation for another example of specifying transition paths on a machining operation.|
|Before accepting the operation, you should check its
replaying the tool path.
|8.||Click OK to create the operation.|