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Mastercam Toolpath Manager right-click menu

Toolpath Manager right-click menu

Toolpath Manager List

The Toolpath Manager list contains the following headings regarding toolpaths in the current part file:

 

Machine Group folders (p1)

When you choose or create a machine definition in Mastercam, that information is housed in a Machine Group folder in Toolpath Manager. When that folder is created, it is automatically populated with a subfolder called the Machining Properties folder, which houses toolpath groups and operations, and a toolpath group folder, which houses operations for that machine group.

Machining Properties Folders (p2)

A single part can have multiple machine groups, each containing machining properties folders that identify properties (i.e., support files, tooling, stock, etc.). Each folder houses the details for the machine group settings. Each toolpath group listing begins with this information. These details are set in the Machine Group Properties dialog box.

Each machine properties folder has three parts:

Files (p3)

Opens the Files tab of the Machine Group Properties dialog box. In this tab, you can specify the names and data paths of files needed by the operations in this machine group, and other important machine group properties.

Tool Settings (p4)

Opens the Tool Settings tab of the Machine Group Properties dialog box. In this tab, you can control how Mastercam assigns tool numbers, tool offset numbers, and default values for feeds, speeds, coolant, and other toolpath parameters.

Stock Setup (p5)

Opens the Stock Setup tab of the Machine Group Properties dialog box. In this dialog box, you can set up the stock models to help you visualize your toolpaths more realistically.

 

Toolpath Group Folders (p6)

By default, Mastercam automatically places operations in subgroups called toolpath groups, providing additional layers of data management.

These subgroups provide not only a way to logically organize your operations, but also allow quick selection of toolpaths: selecting a toolpath group automatically selects all operations within the group.

You can use subgroups to also collapse and expand groups of operations, keeping Toolpath Manager easier to work with.

You can have an unlimited number of subgroups embedded into other subgroups.

Operation Folders (p7 )

Each operation has a name that describes the kind of machining action it includes, such as Surface Rough Radial. A single part can have many operations that are housed in toolpath groups.

Each operation has at least four parts. The four main parts of each are:

Parameters (p8)

Includes all the machining information, such as tool selection, number of cutting passes, etc.

Tool definition (p9)

Lets you edit information about the size and shape of the tool.

Part geometry (p10)

Contains the geometry selections for the part or section you are machining.

Toolpath (p11)

A separate intermediate file that contains all of the toolpath data. The post-processor uses this information to create an NC file for your specific machine/control.

In addition, some operations are more detailed and specific to the machine and toolpath types:

Lathe-specific

Update stock provides feedback about stock removed from the part.

Surface toolpaths

For surface toolpaths, there is access to the Drive surfaces, Check surfaces, Containment boundaries, Start points menus, and CAD files.

Flowline toolpaths

For flowline toolpaths, there is access to flowline data.

The figure below shows an example of the Toolpath Manager with some details from a flowline operation.

 

 

Operation Insert Arrow ( p12)

Once a group has been set up in the Toolpath Manager, an operation insert arrow (shown below) appears, indicating the point where new operations will be inserted into the parent group.

 

The default position of this insert arrow is at the bottom of the list of current operations. To create an operation somewhere in the list other than at the default position, drag the arrow and drop it after the operation you want the new operation to be created. You can also use the Insert Arrow navigating buttons (shown below) located at the top of the Toolpath Manager.

 

 

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