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Creating Solid Model Milling Tools

You can use solid model milling tools to enhance CL data display and check for interference when verifying toolpaths.
Solid Model Milling Tools
• Use parts or assemblies.
• Play toolpaths:
– View solid tool.
– Check for interference.
Creating Solid Model Milling Tools
• Create part or assembly.
• Create tool geometry.
• Create coordinate system.
• Associate dimensions with tool parameters.
• Configure parameters to correspond to tool parameters.
Using Solid Model Milling Tools
• Information transferred from solid model to tool parameters.
• Retrieve tool:
– By Reference.
– By Copy.
Solid Model Milling Tools

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Figure 1 – Tool Geometry Parameters

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Figure 2 – Tool Relations

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Figure 3 – Enhanced Tool Display
You can create solid model tools as assemblies or parts. When playing toolpaths, you can view these solid tools. You can also use the solid tools to interactively check for interference between the tool and the component being machined. When you use solid model tools, you have the option to display the default section or the solid model tool.
Creating Solid Model Milling Tools
You need to complete the following steps to use solid models as tools when creating NC sequences.
• Create a part or assembly with the tool’s name.
• Create the desired tool geometry in the solid model.
• Create a coordinate system in the model, and name it TIP. For milling and holemaking tools, the Z-axis of the coordinate system must point to the tool. This coordinate system represents the tool tip (often referred to as the control point). This point specifies the X-, Y-, and Z-positions for the tool in NC sequences.
• Associate solid model dimensions with tool parameters. You can do this by changing dimension symbols to correspond to tool parameter names. For example, length, cutter_diam, and corner_radius.
• Configure solid model parameters to correspond to tool parameters. For example, tool_material and num_of_teeth. You can use the tool_material and num_of_teeth parameters with a machinability database to determine cut feed and spindle speed.
Using Solid Model Milling Tools
You can use solid model tools in NC sequences by retrieving them in the Tool Setup dialog box. Model dimensions and parameter values are automatically transferred into the tool configuration parameters.
• During the tool configuration process, you have two options when retrieving solid model tools:
– By Reference – You can directly associate the solid model with the tool configuration. You cannot directly modify the tool parameters using
this option. However, if you modify the stored solid model, then all the manufacturing data is updated when you regenerate the manufacturing
– By Copy – You can copy the tool information into the manufacturing model. You can directly modify the tool parameters in the Tool Setup
dialog box. Any changes to the stored solid model do not affect the manufacturing model

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