|This task shows how to insert a
Curve Following operation in the program.
To create the operation you must define:
document, then select the desired
The Curve Following dialog box appears directly at the
Geometry tab page
|The guiding curve 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 curve in the icon, then select the
desired curve in the 3D window. This may be one curve or a series of
The Edge Selection dialog box appears to help with this selection.
|The direction of tool path machining is in the opposite direction to curve selection. You can quickly check this by means of a tool path replay. If you want machining to be done in the order of selection of the curves, reverse the driving mode by clicking either the blue arrow in the sensitive icon or the highlighted arrow in the 3D window.|
|3.||If needed, set an axial offset on the guiding curve.|
|The guide element of the icon is now colored green indicating that this geometry is now defined. It is also indicated on the part.|
|4.||Select the Strategy tab page
Set the main strategy parameters as shown.
|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.
|5.||Select the Feeds and Speeds tab page to specify the feedrates and spindle speeds for the operation.|
|6.||You can add approach and retract motions to the operation in the Macros tab page . This is described in Define Macros of an Operation.|
|7.||Check the validity of the operation by
replaying the tool path.
|8.||Click OK to create the operation.|