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A single operation consists of toolpath, clearances, tool information, feeds & speeds, and coolant choices. It is a visualization of G-code and will be used as the source of the G-code sent to a CNC. Operations are made from processes. A process is the combination of a tool and a machining function (roughing, contouring, drilling) applied to geometry or solids. A process is the core of an operation and is used to specify all of the operation’s settings. The image below displays the components of an operation or set of operations including the components needed to make the operations.

The first step to making operations is to have the part model defined and a list of tools to cut the part. The second step is to click on the Machining button in the Top Level palette to open the Machining palette, Process List and Operation List. The third step is to combine a Tool tile with a Function tile in the Process List. This will open a window to set the operation’s parameters. The fourth step is to select the geometry or solid that is to be machined and click on Do It in the Machining palette. This will create the toolpath for an operation. Repeat this process until the part is complete. Then run Cut Part Rendering to check the part.

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1. Geometry
2. Toolpath
3. Machining palette
4. Tools
5. Processes
6. Operations

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The components of operations

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