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Engrave on a XZC mill turn on a hexagon part.

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Message 1 of 10
rajis.kataria
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Engrave on a XZC mill turn on a hexagon part.

Hi,

 

I am trying to engrave some dots/slots on each side of a hexagon part using a round ball burr on my XZC lathe. I have tried wrap tooling but it wont work as my part in not cylindrical. How can I get this to work?

 

 

 

Thanks

 

Rajis

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Message 2 of 10
seth.madore
in reply to: rajis.kataria

A Sketch and a Trace toolpath will get you what you're looking for:

2023-03-24_04h04_01.png

 

I've attached the example for your review 


Seth Madore
Customer Advocacy Manager - Manufacturing
Message 3 of 10
rajis.kataria
in reply to: seth.madore

Thanks @seth.madore, I had given trace a try but seems like im setting it up incorrectly. Im trying to open the file you attached for review but cant seem to open it.

Screenshot 2023-03-24 at 09.21.23.png

Message 4 of 10
seth.madore
in reply to: rajis.kataria

Oh drat, looks like I may have saved it in a future build. Gimme a sec


Seth Madore
Customer Advocacy Manager - Manufacturing
Message 5 of 10
seth.madore
in reply to: rajis.kataria

Give this a try. Note; you cannot control the final depth in the Manufacture workspace, you're going to need to adjust the Sketch (I used a Parameter to make it easier)

2023-03-24_04h34_03.png


Seth Madore
Customer Advocacy Manager - Manufacturing
Message 6 of 10
rajis.kataria
in reply to: seth.madore

Thanks @seth.madore for the tips! Only thing left to figure out is how to post process correctly now. it only seems to generate a valid g-code when the face being milled is in line with the x axis assigned in the setup!

Message 7 of 10
seth.madore
in reply to: rajis.kataria

Since you're limited without a Y axis, you want to program a single slot that is in line with your X. You can then put it into a Pattern > Rotation to spit out code for the remaining slots


Seth Madore
Customer Advocacy Manager - Manufacturing
Message 8 of 10
rajis.kataria
in reply to: seth.madore

But if i have polar interpolation capability, not having a Y axis shouldn't be limiting in this case. Let's assume the line I want to mill isn't parallel to the z axis, how does one force polar mode in the post processor? I've tried with the with multiple readily available post processors and it always seems to want to use Y.

Screenshot 2023-03-24 at 12.53.11.png

 

Message 9 of 10
seth.madore
in reply to: rajis.kataria

Oh, you didn't mention that you wanted to do the "X" as well. Yeah....I don't think that's going to be possible with your setup. Do you have a radial holder you can use? If so, you could use "Project" and set your Primary Mode "to Curve"


Seth Madore
Customer Advocacy Manager - Manufacturing
Message 10 of 10
rajis.kataria
in reply to: seth.madore

I've managed to generate the proper code by doing a manual nc command with "useXZCMode". The only problem is the trace method is very limiting. I've tried figuring out the "Project" with primary mode "to curve" but cant seem to get that to work.

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