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CAM: Setup -> Machining Time- ADD TIME FOR EACH OPERATION

Status: Future Consideration
by Advocate on ‎12-29-2016 05:00 PM

I propose that right-clicking on a Setup and clicking "Machining Time" should show not ONLY the total machining time for all operations within the setup (as it does now) but ALSO a list with EACH operation and its respective machining time!


Why?

1) When editing operations to reduce cycle time, OFTEN there is the most to gain in the longest operation. 

2) If you want to understand why a Setup Machining time is so long, this feature will QUICKLY show you which operations are taking the majority.

3) If you have a S&F typo (e.g. accidentally drilling at 0.2 IPM instead of 20 IPM) it's a quick way to sanity check WHY you drill operation is taking 47 minutes instead of ~1 minute).

4) We often receive CAM files from customers who want help optimizing their CAM strategies - this would help me understand, similar to #1 and #2 above, what's taking the longest

5) I believe (at the risk of being presumptuous) that this feature should be easy to implement!

 

 

 

 

Status: Future Consideration

Marking this as "future consideration".  It is something that we should do.  Possibly in the first half of the year.  More likely in the second half.

 

To break it down, you are looking for a way to easily visualize the area of your NC program that has the most machining time so you know where to focus your efforts in optimizing a program.

 

Is this a correct summary?

 

 

Comments
By: Observer eqdesignllc
January |

I'll add a further improvement along these lines - There is currently the option to show various data in the tree for each setup and step.  I'd imagine it would be super useful to have the machining time displayed next to each step, folder and setup once the toolpath is done computing.

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By: Product Manager
| Posted January - last edited January |
Status changed to: Future Consideration

Marking this as "future consideration".  It is something that we should do.  Possibly in the first half of the year.  More likely in the second half.

 

To break it down, you are looking for a way to easily visualize the area of your NC program that has the most machining time so you know where to focus your efforts in optimizing a program.

 

Is this a correct summary?

 

 

By: Advocate
January |

I would state summary as a way to visualize/list all CAM operations within a setup to view their individual time and their time with respect to the total operation time in order to troubleshoot (mistyped feedrate) and optimize a program.

By: Contributor philthalmann
January |

I certainly like the suggestion above about including the machining time in the tree next to each operation!

By: Mentor
| Posted January - last edited January |
By: Mentor
January |

@Steinwerks sometimes life can be so easy Smiley Wink

I would also like to say that it is nice to have it in another window then your programmed part. Because that way you can easily check if that time does fit for the type of operation. I mean a 2D Contour can sometimes take 5 min and be correct. Sometimes that would be 10 times too long.

Not saying this is the ultimate solution just saying it's something I noticed when I started using it myself.

By: Mentor
January |

@Laurens-3DTechDraw I think the idea here is a good one. Just wanted to point out that there is a way to currently accomplish the same goal (if a little more time intensive and less integrated in this case).

By: Mentor
January |

@Steinwerks

Indeed I was just chiming in on the discussion here on the idea.

I would really want any feature for this to be in a separate window, which I can drag to the side and check the toolpaths while the window is open. Best would be a window that's always on top but you can still click the rest behind it. Which I think is hard but the best implementation fo it.

By: Participant tbevins
February |

Glad I searched before I just fired away with the idea. Glad Saunders was reading my mind, thanks John, Steinworks, Everyone! I was hoping for a Machining Time Display in the tree, as usual, over and above! 

 

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