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Saw Processes – Selection Options


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OVERVIEW

 

vsaw_sel1vsaw_details1The saw process toolpath selection always starts with a vertes (point) to define the start X & Y. In addition to the start ONGAA CAM expects one or more additional selection to define a direction AND a depth.  Basically, Start Here, go along here and this deep.

In this example, the dot represents the start point (Start Here), the top line provides the direction and end point ( Along here) and the lower line provides the depth (this deep).

When the final model no longer has continuous edges which can be selected as in this example, adding any addition edges or point will extend the cut to include the extra selections.

As with all ONGAA CAM defined processes, all WoodWOP options are available.   This includes groove width and %tool overlap (% of tool width used for each new pass.

 

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Route Processes – Selection Options


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OVERVIEW

 

vroute_details2Unlike WoodWOP, where contours and routing process are added in 2 separate steps, ONGAA CAM combines the process definition and the contour definition in the same panel.  This ensures that the information entered in the details is always directly related to this process only. In this section we will cover the route processes selection options (toolpath definition).

Contours generally start with the selection of a Vertex (start point).  After the start point is selected, it can be followed with one or more points or edges.

When edges are selected, the edge must be connected to the previous point (or edge).  ONGAA CAM will check for this connectivity when saving as a safety feature to ensure that contour elements are selected in the correct order.

 

 

 

selectloop1SOLIDWORKS makes it easy to select closed contours by using the ‘Select Loop’ option.

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SOLIDWORKS-WoodWOP Nesting optimization with ONGAA CAM

Optimizing Processes and Optimizing MPRs

Nesting – or combining multiple parts onto one sheet is a vital function for ‘Flat Table’ operators.

Until now, ONGAA CAM‘s ability to nest ‘complete assemblies’ has been received with both enthusiasm and a little reservation.

Users have ‘enthusiastically’ created all kinds of assemblies in SOLIDWORKS, combining nested assemblies, parts with multiple configurations and ONGAA CAM has created multiple sheet MPRs without a hitch.

Then came the next requests for improvements …

  • How do I optimize the the processes? — the generated nested MPR made one part at a time — I want the number of tool changes to be reduced.
  • I have a big assembly, how do I do more than 4 sheets.
  • How do I tell ‘what part is what’ when looking at the nesting preview.
  • How do I print the nest layout (with parts listed) so the ‘guys on the floor’
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Nesting – Improvement and Optimizations

Since nesting is all about ‘optimizing’, we took another look at optimizing the nesting process to see where we could improve upon what we had.

Step 1, has not changed.  From an assembly click ‘Gen, Nested MPR’Start_nest

With a single click, all ‘unsuppressed’ parts of the assembly will be listed, sized and initially laid out on as many sheets as it takes and that layout displayed.

The nesting process will take a ‘configured’ sheet size – width, length and thickness as well as a perimeter scrap dimension ans apply these while arranging the parts.

Grain orientation of part and board was available in the previous release as were the numerous layout options and these remain the same.

 

Step 2, Adjusting the layout options has new features added to help the process.Main_nest_panel

The first is a quick reset of the sheet thickness based on the thickness of the parts.  If … Read the rest

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