This task shows how to insert a 'Flank Contouring'
Profile Contouring operation in
the program. To create the operation you must define:
Open the PrismaticMilling02.CATPart
document, then select the desired
Select Profile Contouring
The Profile Contouring dialog box appears directly at the
Geometry tab page
This page includes a sensitive icon to help you specify the
geometry to be machined.
Set the Contouring mode to By Flank Contouring.
|The guiding element in the icon is colored red indicating that this geometry is required for defining the operation. All other geometry is optional.|
|2.||Click the guiding element in the icon, then select the vertical face of the part in the 3D window.|
|3.||Click the first relimiting element in the icon, then select a vertical edge at one end of the part in the 3D window.|
|4.||Click the second relimiting element in the icon, then select the vertical edge at the other end of the part in the 3D window.|
|The guide and limit elements of the icon are now colored green indicating that this geometry is now defined. These are also indicated on the part.|
|5.||If needed, set offsets on the geometric elements.|
Select the Strategy tab page
and choose the desired tool path style. You can then use the
tabs to set parameters for:
|A tool is proposed by default when you want to 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.|
|7.||Select the Feeds and Speeds tab page to specify the feedrates and spindle speeds for the operation.|
Check the validity of the operation by
replaying the tool path.
|You can add approach and retract motions to the operation in the Macros tab page . This is described in Define Macros of an Operation.|
|9.||Click OK to create the operation.|
More About Profile Contouring Operations
You can modify the parameters of two or more Profile Contouring operations in one shot by means of the Selected Objects > Definition... contextual command. See Editing Parameters of Several Profile Contouring Operations.
A Collision Checking capability is available in the Geometry tab page, which allows collision checking between the tool and guide elements during macro motions. See Reference section for more information.