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Ball End Mill Sweep

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11-20-2008 12:20 PM
Is there a way to do a clean sweep that imitates the shape a ball end mill? I'm trying to create a path that has 90 degree bends and whose end product looks like it was cut by a ball end mill. If there's a way to avoid sweeping the straight areas and then revolving the corners, I'd be happy to know.

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Re: Ball End Mill Sweep

11-20-2008 12:41 PM in reply to: ndogg1080
Something like this?
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Re: Ball End Mill Sweep

11-20-2008 12:45 PM in reply to: ndogg1080
Could you please save in Inventor 2008 format?

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Re: Ball End Mill Sweep

11-20-2008 12:47 PM in reply to: ndogg1080
No
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Re: Ball End Mill Sweep

11-20-2008 12:51 PM in reply to: ndogg1080
and technically thats not the correct shape a ball end mill will leave. If you need that actual path/shape that a ball end mill will create you need additional steps besides a simple sweep.

see attached Edited by: mcgyvr on Nov 20, 2008 3:53 PM
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Re: Ball End Mill Sweep

11-20-2008 01:07 PM in reply to: ndogg1080
Could you save in IGES or STP format?

Did you use the REVOLVE function at the corners?

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Re: Ball End Mill Sweep

11-20-2008 01:13 PM in reply to: ndogg1080
Yes you need to do a straight sweep first, then revolve (cut) at the end of the sweep to get the rounded end, then another sweep perpendicular into the center of the revolve.

So 2 straight sweeps and 1 revolve to make a right angle.



attached is the step file
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Re: Ball End Mill Sweep

11-20-2008 02:31 PM in reply to: ndogg1080
>...and technically thats not the correct shape a ball end mill will leave

Here is the result I got in another SoftWare that will allow swept cut of one solid body through another.
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Re: Ball End Mill Sweep

11-21-2008 05:02 AM in reply to: ndogg1080
That's what I'm looking for. What software did you use to make that?
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Re: Ball End Mill Sweep

11-21-2008 05:18 AM in reply to: ndogg1080
Created this in Inventor 2008 using an extruded cut feature and a couple of fillets.

Steve
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