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FeatureMILL 2.5D Beginning FeatureCAM Beginning FeatureCAM Introduction This module will provide the user with an understanding of the asi! user interfa!e and different sto! t#pes. At the end of the module the user will e ale to generate a program for a simple part. User Interface The user Interfa!e is the entire viewing area of FeatureCAM and is designed t
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  FeatureMILL 2.5D Beginning FeatureCAM  Beginning FeatureCAM Introduction This module will provide the user with an understanding of the asi! user interfa!e and different sto! t#pes. At the end of the module the user will e ale to generate a program for a simple part. User Interface The user Interfa!e is the entire viewing area of FeatureCAM and is designed to e intuitive$ eas# to use and provides the man# fun!tions to assist #ou in !reating programs a!!uratel# andin the fastest possile time. Menu Bar Lo!ated at the top.   Li e man#other %indows    ased software$ FeatureCAM in!ludes a series of drop downmenus. These menus are uni&ue to FeatureCAM and provide one or more fun!tions used to fa!ilitate the !onstru!ting$ manufa!turing$ viewing and editing of #our  part program. FeatureMILL 2.5D 2'(( 1 )art *iew Menus +tepsTool Bars ,esults-raphi!s %indow-eometr# Bar +tatus Bar   FeatureMILL 2.5D Beginning FeatureCAM  Tool Bars Lo!ated in *iew and Toolars. Tool Bars are usuall# lo!ated at the top ut ma# e do! ed in other lo!ations.   Can !onsist of one or more uttons and are used to !reateoe!ts in the -raphi!s %indow$ su!h as the -eometr# !onstru!tors for drawing the shape of #our part.  Steps Lo!ated on the left side.   A s#stemati! se&uen!e to guide$ espe!iall# the eginner$ as to the order of whi!h needs to e !ompleted first$ se!ond$ et!. Part View Lo!ated ehind the +teps. This area gives a listing and provides a!!ess to the  properties of the sto! $ setups$ features$ turrets$ !urves$ /surfa!esand solids when availale0. Browser Lo!ated on left side 1Toolo3 elow +teps.4our !omputer must e !onne!ted to the internet and theBrowser provides a dire!t lin to the internet. Learn aoutthe Browser # parti!ipating in the various se!tions withdownloadale eamples on the opening page then Cli! onthe lin s and eplore the !ontents. Results  Lo!ated on the right side. It !ontains the peration list. %hereas the )art *iew !ontains all of the features$ the peration List !ontains all of the hits. It also provides the details of ea!h operation$ in!luding a tool list. The 6C !ode is also here. All of the information residing in this area ma# e  printed. Graphics Window  Lo!ated in the !enter. This is where most of the a!tivit# is ta es pla!e. These a!tivities in!lude7 !reating sto! $ importing drawings$ solid and 2 FeatureMILL 2.5D 2'((  FeatureMILL 2.5D Beginning FeatureCAM surfa!e models$ !onstru!ting geometr#$ !haining with !urves$ !reating features$ and simulating the tool path in 8D or !enter line of the tool. Geometry Bar Lo!ated near    the ottom.   This area is !onstantl# used and is where the dimension  oes are used to lo!ate the geometr# on #our sto! material in the -raphi!s %indow. Status Bar Lo!ated at the ver#  ottom of FeatureCAM. Itdispla#s the plane #ou arewor ing in /94:9;<4;0$ the unit of measure /in!h<metri!0$ thela#er #ou are wor ing in$ the a!tive setup$ post pro!essor$ the tool !ri$ and how man# C)= !ores are eing utili>ed. o The asi! interfa!e has three different se!tions. n theleft is the +teps toolar. o The steps toolar is an outline for the flow of the program. The steps are numered se&uentiall# in theorder the# should e ee!uted and !an e a guide for !reating #our part. o For eample suppose #ou have a 2D drawing on #our des and would li e to !reate a solid model and a CAM program for it. To do this we would follow the stepsse&uentiall#7 (.+pe!if# t#pe of sto! and sto! dimensions$ 2.Draw -eometr#8. Create Curves from -eometr# ?.Create +urfa!es /ignored sin!e !reating a solid model0 5.Create +olid from Curves. @.r . to !reate Features .To view toolpaths and .To generate 6C Code FeatureMILL 2.5D 2'(( 3  FeatureMILL 2.5D Beginning FeatureCAM  o 4ou !an a!!ess a maorit# of FeatureCAMs fun!tions through these uttons. A summar# of ea!h steps fun!tion follows. Note %e re!ommend that if #ou are ust starting out with the program or demonstrating it to others that #ou use the steps toolo instead of toolar uttons in other areas of the interfa!e to eep the interfa!e simple. Step 1 ! Stoc # The +to! %i>ard steps #ou through entering the shape and dimensions of the sto! $ the sto! material$ part program >ero and the !oordinate s#stem for modeling. Step 2 $ Geometry# )oints$   ar!s$ lines and other shapes are used to des!rie the overall shape of parts. Man# different geometr# tools are availale. -eometr# !an also e imported from CAD s#stems. Step 3 $ %ur&es# +hapes that involve more than a single line or ar! are des!ried as !urves Step ' $ Sur(aces $ opens the surfa!e wi>ard Step ) $ Solids $ opens the solid wi>ard Step * $ +,R   /Automati! Feature ,e!ognition0 Step- $ ,eatures# Features are !ommon shop terms li e  pocket, or thread  . The# are !reatedfrom !urves and dimensions. These oe!ts des!rie #our part in 8D and are used to generatetoolpaths. Step . $ Toolpaths# Toolpaths are generated from !olle!tions of features. 4ou !an simulate them in FeatureCAM using toolpath !enter lines$ 2D shaded or 8D solid shaded simulations. Step / $ N% %ode# Ma!hine<spe!ifi! -<!odes are generated from the toolpaths. Translators are provided for man# different 6C !ontrols and in!lude a program for !reating new translators. %ustomi0e Manu(acturin# FeatureCAM automates the entire part programming pro!essE #ou !an !ustomi>e all of the s#stem settings in!luding feedspeed tales /+to! )roperties0$ tooling dataases /Tool Manager0 or feature settings /Ma!hining Configurations in another Module0 Note  In +teps$ some steps ma# not e displa#ed depending on whi!h options #ou have pur!hased or have turned on. o Aove the +teps Toolar is the )art *iew Tool Bo. This !ontains the names of the oe!ts that are !reated on the s!reen. e!ts that !an e !ontained in this area are sto! $setups$ !urves$ surfa!es$ solids and stl. ' FeatureMILL 2.5D 2'((
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