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Using Configurations with nesting

Parts may require an alternate configuration to be created that reflects the part as it will ‘be machined’ rather that ‘as presented’.  One common situation for this is when parts are created either as multibody or with extra extrudes.  The extra body or extrude may be edge-banding for example which will be added post machining.  The ‘as machined’ configuration would simply suppress the feature (extra body, extrude etc) to reflect a part in its true geometry.

When parts require this additional (SolidWorks) configuration and these parts will be nested it is important that the master assembly also gets an extra configuration.  This is because the it is the assembly which drives which configuration will be set to active during the nesting process.

screen-shot-10-24-16-at-01-49-pmBy default, assemblies set the part ‘Default configuration’ as the active configuration.  This will need to be changed.

In the assembly, Right-Click the parts in the tree and … Read the rest

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Vertical Routing with changes in Z

Although most vertical routing/milling does not require changes in Z when it is required WoodWOP can be ‘hard to convince’ to do it without doing lots of calculations.

So what is the problem?

The primary limitation comes in how contours are defined.  In the XY plane, we can define lines and arcs easily and WoodWOP interpolates these when machining.  WoodWOP and the machine cannot interpolate any ARCS that are not on this plane.  But is can interpolate or follow lines that alter in Z.

With ONGAA CAM, contours in any plane can be selected and machined as long as curves are defines as splines.  ONGAA CAM will convert a spline into a series of geometry elements which simulates interpolation.



In this example, the sketch (a spline) sweeps through the material.






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