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Operations gibbscam

Operations contain finished toolpath. The toolpath consists of the actual moves the tool will make to cut a part, a visualization of the G-code to be output. Double-clicking an operation in the Operation List will recreate the Process tiles that were in the Process List when the operation was created. …

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Processes gibbscam

A process is defined by a tool and a machining function. To create a process, one tool and one Function tile must be placed on a tile in the Process List. Simply click and drag one of each to the Process List, dropping the tiles in the same position A …

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Machining Button gibbscam

The Process List, Operations List and Machining palette must be open to create operations. These are opened by clicking on the Machining button in the Top Level palette. Additionally, there must be a model of the part to be machined. This may be either geometry or solids. Lastly, there must …

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Making Operations gibbscam

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 …

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Freehand Actions gibbscam

Do not confuse actions that scale / pan / rotate the view from actions that affect elements such as 2D geometry or bodies. For example, the following actions affect only the current view: • All mouse actions in the View Control Palette, such as: • Drag and right-drag ( cursor) …

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Tool Creation Dialogs gibbscam

All Tool Creation dialogs have some common elements, including a matrix of tool types, a graphic of the tool, a method to specify the tool’s dimensions and material, spindle direction and offset settings. Additionally, all of the Tool dialogs have a Comment box. This comment will be output in the …

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Tool Creation gibbscam

Depressing the Tool List button in the Top Level palette will bring up the Tool List. The Tool List can hold up to 999 tools in a part file. Double-clicking on a tile will bring up a Tool Creation dialog. This dialog is used to create and modify tools. Once …

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Quick How-To gibbscam

Defining a tool is easy. Simply follow these steps. 1. Double-click on a tile in the Tool List. 2. Select the tool type from the matrix of buttons. 3. Define the tool’s size through text entry or pull-down menus. 4. Specify the tool’s material, spindle direction and offset. 5. Specify …

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Workgroups and Coordinate Systems gibbscam

Solids and sheets are not contained in workgroups. They are either drawn in the Workspace or placed in the Body Bag. The Body Bag is a small window where bodies are stored to minimize clutter. Bodies are assigned a coordinate system based on the current CS when the body was …

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Creating Solids Sample gibbscam

The following three images show a very simple example of making a solid beyond primitive bodies. In the first image we have a simple cube made from the Cuboid button in the Create Body palette. The second image shows four primitive bodies, two spheres and two tapered extrusions. The spheres …

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