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Artcam Pro 10 User Guide

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The ArtCAM interface 2
Understanding the framework …………………………………………………………….. 7
Understanding the Start panel …………………………………………………………….15
Understanding the Project panel …………………………………………………………16
Understanding the Tool Settings panel ………………………………………………..30
Understanding the Toolpaths panel …………………………………………………….32
Understanding the Assistant panel ………………………………………………………36
Understanding the Layers panels ………………………………………………………..41
Understanding the design windows …………………………………………………….43
Using 2D View windows ……………………………………………………………43
Using the 3D View Window……………………………………………………….51
Information about ArtCAM ……………………………………………………………….54
Creating models 56
Creating a new model ……………………………………………………………………….57
Creating a new model from a file ……………………………………………………….61
Creating a new model using pixels ……………………………………………………..67
Creating a model using the Face Wizard ……………………………………………..69
Opening a model ………………………………………………………………………………76
Opening recent models ………………………………………………………………81
Setting the model resolution ………………………………………………………………82
Saving a model …………………………………………………………………………………84
Closing a model ……………………………………………………………………………….86
Creating projects 89
Creating a new project ………………………………………………………………………89
Creating a new project from a file ………………………………………………………90
Opening a project ……………………………………………………………………………..92
Opening recent projects ……………………………………………………………..93
Saving a project ………………………………………………………………………………..93
Closing a project ………………………………………………………………………………95
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The 2D design process 96
Using bitmap layers ………………………………………………………………………….96
Importing bitmap artwork …………………………………………………………..97
Choosing the active layer ……………………………………………………………99
Creating a new layer ………………………………………………………………..100
Renaming a layer …………………………………………………………………….101
Viewing a layer ……………………………………………………………………….101
Creating and editing bitmap artwork …………………………………………………103
Reducing colours …………………………………………………………………….105
Colour linking …………………………………………………………………………106
Selecting the primary and secondary colours ………………………………109
Using the Paint tools ………………………………………………………………..111
Using the Draw tool …………………………………………………………………113
Using the Flood Fill tools …………………………………………………………114
Converting bitmap artwork into vector artwork ………………………………….115
Using vector layers …………………………………………………………………………117
Importing vector artwork ………………………………………………………….117
Creating a new layer ………………………………………………………………..121
Selecting vector artwork …………………………………………………………..122
Choosing the active layer ………………………………………………………….124
Renaming a layer …………………………………………………………………….125
Assigning a colour to a layer …………………………………………………….126
Locking a layer ……………………………………………………………………….127
Snapping on a layer …………………………………………………………………127
Viewing a layer ……………………………………………………………………….130
Setting the stacking order …………………………………………………………131
Creating artwork on a vector layer ……………………………………………………132
Creating preset vector shapes ……………………………………………………133
Creating free-form vector shapes ………………………………………………137
Converting vector artwork into bitmap artwork …………………………..140
Editing vector artwork …………………………………………………………………….142
Selecting nodes and control points …………………………………………….144
Converting spans……………………………………………………………………..147
Moving nodes …………………………………………………………………………149
Inserting nodes ………………………………………………………………………..152
Smoothing nodes …………………………………………………………………….154
Aligning nodes ………………………………………………………………………..159
Importing artwork from PDF files …………………………………………………….161
The 3D Design Process 166
Using relief layers …………………………………………………………………………..167
Choosing the active layer ………………………………………………………….167
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Creating a new layer ………………………………………………………………..168
Setting the combine mode ………………………………………………………..169
Renaming a layer …………………………………………………………………….171
Creating a bitmap layer from a relief layer………………………………….171
Viewing a layer ……………………………………………………………………….172
Previewing a relief layer’s content ……………………………………………..173
Transferring relief layers between stacks ……………………………………173
Creating a relief layer from bitmap artwork ………………………………..175
Using the Shape Editor ……………………………………………………………………177
Creating simple shapes using bitmap colours ……………………………..177
Creating simple shapes using closed vectors ……………………………….181
Calculating a relief ………………………………………………………………………….185
Replacing the relief ………………………………………………………………….186
Adding to the relief ………………………………………………………………….187
Subtracting from the relief ………………………………………………………..189
Merging with the relief …………………………………………………………….191
Creating complex shapes using vectors ……………………………………………..194
Creating an extruded shape ……………………………………………………….195
Creating a spun shape ………………………………………………………………200
Creating a turned shape ……………………………………………………………205
Creating a two-rail sweep …………………………………………………………208
Creating a two-rail ring sweep …………………………………………………..215
Creating an Embossed Relief ……………………………………………………………222
Importing a triangle or surface model ……………………………………………….226
Sculpting a relief …………………………………………………………………………….232
Importing from the Component Library …………………………………………….238
Creating Toolpaths 240
Using the Tool Database ………………………………………………………………….263
Saving toolpaths ……………………………………………………………………………..266
Simulating toolpaths 272
Resetting a simulation ……………………………………………………………………..283
Deleting a simulation ………………………………………………………………………284
Saving a toolpath simulation …………………………………………………………….284
Loading a toolpath simulation from a relief ……………………………………….286
Creating a relief layer from a simulation ……………………………………………288
Shading a toolpath simulation…………………………………………………………..289
Toggling the simulation display ……………………………………………………….291
Customising the user interface 294
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Floating a docked panel …………………………………………………………………..294
Docking a floating panel ………………………………………………………………….296
Auto-hiding docked panels ………………………………………………………………299
Hiding and displaying panels ……………………………………………………………302
Embedding panels …………………………………………………………………………..305
Resizing panels ………………………………………………………………………………306
Floating a docked toolbar ………………………………………………………………..308
Docking a floating toolbar ……………………………………………………………….308
Hiding and displaying toolbars …………………………………………………………309
Creating a custom toolbar ………………………………………………………………..311
Deleting a custom toolbar ………………………………………………………………..313
Renaming a custom toolbar ……………………………………………………………..314
Adding buttons to a toolbar ……………………………………………………………..317
Setting toolbar button properties ………………………………………………………318
Adding a custom menu to a toolbar or menu ………………………………………320
Assigning or changing keyboard shortcuts …………………………………………323
Using the keyboard ………………………………………………………………….325
Changing the theme ………………………………………………………………………..330
Resetting and changing the layout …………………………………………………….331
Choosing favourites ………………………………………………………………………..335
Using the mouse 339
Index 343

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