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Dividing Procedures by Cutter Change

If a procedure contains multiple cutters, this procedure can be divided into a number of separate procedures, each of which uses only one cutter.

A procedure may have multiple cutters in the following circumstances:

If they are defined within the procedure, by the user.

If they are defined using the Optimizer, by the system.

 

Defined within the Procedure

Select the Use Multiple Cutters parameter, under Cutters & Holders within the Procedure. The Use Multiple Cutters parameter is displayed in the following functions: Finish, Cleanup and Pencil.

In the example below, the Process Manager shows a procedure containing 3 cutters.ab1

This procedure can be divided into separate procedures, each of which uses only one cutter. From themenu bar, select Edit > Divide Procedure by Cutter Change. The resultant procedures are listed in the Process Manager with their respective cutters.ab2

Notes:

  • The  status symbol indicates that the procedures are the result of the divide by cutter change. The automatically generated comment also informs you of the number of procedures created.
  • The first of the 4 procedures is the original procedure in the Suspended (indicated by the  flag)state. This is to preserve the original setting of the procedure so that it can be re-run in the future. The other three procedures have one cutter motion each. (It is advisable to re-run only the first (suspended) procedure).
  • When performing this operation on Transformation procedures, nested Transformation procedures are regarded as procedures that use one cutter (even though they may contain many cutters) and they are not divided.

 

Defined within the Optimizer

When using Holder Gouge Checking in the Optimizer, two options (Auto Search and Cutter Sequence) may cause the resultant procedure to use more than one cutter. If this occurs, you will see Multi Cutterslisted for the cutter in the Process Manager.ab3

This procedure can be divided into separate procedures, each of which uses only one cutter. From themenu bar, select Edit > Divide Procedure by Cutter Change. The resultant procedures will be listed in the Process Manager with their respective cutters.ab4

In the example shown above, Cutters B10_001 , B10_002 and B10_003 are replacement cutterscreated by using the Auto Search option. You can view the properties of this new cutter by opening theCutters & Holders dialog.

The Notes in the previous example also apply here.

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