The Processes menu provides the ability to save and load preset Process Groups. Using preset groups can simplify and speed the creation of operations. A Process Group is the collection of Process tiles contained in the Process list at any one time. A Process Group contains all of the tooling and machining information to generate a specific set of operations.
A Process Group can be saved as an external file that can then be loaded into other part files. This capability allows a user to access and reuse common machining and tool data for multiple part files quickly and easily without having to recreate tools and processes. There are some default Process Groups included on the installation CD.
When a Process Group is loaded into a part file, any yellow highlighted Process Tiles currently in the Process list will be removed and replaced by the loaded Process Group. (If this removes Process tiles that were needed, simply select Undo from the Edit menu.) If the Tool List contains Tool Tiles, those tools will become deselected but not removed from the list. The system will search through the existing Tool List to find the necessary tools for the loaded Process Group. First, the system will search for an exact tool match. If an exact match is not found, the system will search for a close match which would be a tool with a longer tool or flute length. Failing to find an exact match or a close match, the necessary tools for the loaded Process Group will be created and added to the Tool List in the first available positions. Added tools will be highlighted.
Once the Process Group is loaded into the Process List, select the appropriate geometry to act as the cut shape and then click on Do It button to create the operation and toolpath.