Volume and Local Milling

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Volume milling is the mostly used NC Sequence while machining a part. So it is given its due share in our tutorials.


The topics covered are as follows.
  • Defining a new Volume milling NC Sequence
  • Controlling the cutting condition at corners to avoid vibration
  • Specifying the linear ramp motion instead of plunge
  • Specifying the helical ramp motion
  • Controlling the cutting feed along ramp motion
  • Simulating toolpath in Vericut for verification
  • Specifying an axis for plunge motion to the next slice
  • Defining a Local Milling NC Sequence for rest milling operation
  • Using Volume Milling for profiling of the walls of the mill volume
  • Controlling the entry/exit condition of the tool
  • Controlling the surface finish by specifying scallop or cusp height
  • Performing profiling and facing within a single NC Sequence by using pocketing strategy of Volume Milling
  • Customization of the toolpath
  • How to copy a NC Sequence and specify new references
  • How to use excluded surfaces option to exclude the selected surfaces from profiling
  • How to control the entry/exit into cut for longer tool life and less machine tool acceleration/deceleration
  • Introduction to the following entry/exit movements between slices
        1: Lea in, Lead out
        2: Ramping
        3: S-shape Connections
  • Defining a local milling NC Sequence to machine the material left at corners by a previous tool
  • Facing a part's top surface with Volume Milling
  • Defining a Mill Window
  • Specifying Tool Side for Mill Window
  • Machining the part with Slice by Slice strategy
    Declaring Approach Walls for a Mill Volume
  • Offsetting the selected surface of a Mill Volume
  • Introduction to Smart retract option
  • Introduction to Top Surfaces functionality



Roughing a Cavity- Helical Entry and Minimum Corner Radius Control to Avoid Vibration at Corner


Pocketing- Profiling of Walls and Facing of Horizontal Surfaces within a single NC Sequence


Profiling- Finishing of Steep Walls with "S" Connection, Tool Stays in Constant Contact

Local Milling- Machining the material left by previous tool


High Speed Facing- Single Entry/Exit, "S" Connection between Passes, Corner Rounding

Thin Wall Structure

Machining of Thin wall component with Slice by Slice Scanning

Smart Retract- Minimizes the time wasted in Retract and Plunge movements

Mill Window requires less references to select

Material removal simulation


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