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Numeric Control 5-Axis ProductionCimatronE 10.0 User Guide

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Table of Contents5X Applications / 5X Production .................................................................................................. 1 5X Applications / 5X Production ................................................................................................. 1 What's New................................................................................................................................. 2 5X Applications.........................................................................................................................92 5X Applications...............................................................................................................92 Swarf by Contours..........................................................................................................93 Multi Blade - Basic/Advanced ......................................................................................217 5X Production .........................................................................................................................249 5X Production...............................................................................................................249 Pro................................................................................................................................251

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5X Applications / 5X Production5X Applications / 5X ProductionThe CimatronE 5X Applications and 5X Production procedures are described below: 5X Applications Create finishing toolpaths on multiple surfaces for 5 axis machining (Swarf machining and the machining of multi blade parts). In 5X toolpaths, the following subselection options are displayed (these options are only available for 5X toolpaths): 5X Applications > Swarf by Contours (SWARF Machining) 5X Applications > Multi Blade - Basic / Advanced

5X Production

Create finishing toolpaths on multiple surfaces for 3 to 5 axis machining. In 3X and 4X toolpaths, the following subselection option is displayed: 5X Production > Pro

In 5X toolpaths, the following subselection options are displayed:

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What's New

What's NewThe following 'What's New' topics describe the changes and new features which have been integrated with new releases for 5X Production. What's New in ModuleWorks 2008.12 Release What's New in ModuleWorks 2009.03 Release What's New in ModuleWorks 2009.06 Release What's New in ModuleWorks 2009.09 Release What's New in ModuleWorks 2009.12 Release What's New in ModuleWorks 2010.03 Release What's New in ModuleWorks 2010.06 Release What's New in ModuleWorks 2010.09 Release What's New in ModuleWorks 2010.12 Release What's New in ModuleWorks 2011.04 Release

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What's NewRelease 2008.12User Interface Surface Paths Page New options are available for spiral machining cutting method. If user presses

Advanced button then 'Advanced options for spiral machining dialog' is opened. There is a new combo box available and can be selected the spiral mode - full spiral (default mode) and blending spiral. For spiral blending user must input a blend distance. This will create a spiral only along the blend distance.

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New options were added for surface edge handling. They are located in

'Parameters for Surface Edge Handling' dialog, by clicking on 'Surface edge handling' button under 'Surface quality' section. It is a new check box 'Maintain outside sharp edges' (default unchecked) and two edit boxes: 'Sharp edges detection angle' and 'Radius for loops'.

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For calculation based on surfaces, the pattern 'Parallel to curve' was changed to

'Parallel to multiple curves'.

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The button 'Single edge...' for curve based strategies the section was changed to

'Edge curves...'

Tool Axis Control Page A new tilting option is available "tilting relative to impeller machining

layer".When this strategy is selected, an Advanced button opens a new dialog with advanced settings for it. Also new side tilt approximation options are available for this tilting: "None" and "Smooth(local)".

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In case a line based tilting is selected now the snap distance refers now to the

entire tilt line not only to the tilt line start point.

For some tilt strategies that use a fixed tilt angle, it was displayed the text "Tilt

angle" instead of "Fixed tilt angle" for fixed tilt angle editbox. Now this problem is fixed and the text "Fixed tilt angle" is displayed now for all those strategies. The strategies that use a fixed tilt angle are the following: "Tilted with fixed angle to axis", "Tilted through point", "Tilted through curve", "Tilted from point away", "Tilted from curve away".

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In the combo box with tilting strategies, the option "Tilted around axis" was

changed to "Rotated around axis".Also "Tilt angle" text was changed to "Rotation angle" for this strategy. This was just a naming change in UI, no change was done in parameters or other places.

A new option was added in "Advanced options for tilting relative to cut

direction" dialog, when current tilt strategy is "Relative to cutting direction". It is visible when side tilt definition is "Follow surface iso direction" and it is a checkbox called "Improve side tilt definition for twisted surfaces".

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Some new side tilt approximation types are now available for tilting strategies

"Relative to cutting direction" and "Tilted relative to impeller machining layer". For "Tilting relative to cutting direction" was added the approximation option "Smooth (local)". For "Tilting relative to impeller machining layer" are available side tilt approximation options "None" and "Smooth(local)".

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Gouge Check Page Some UI changes were made in "Advanced tilt with max. angle using lead/lag

and side tilt angles" dialog. - If the check box "Tilt non-gouging segments" is unchecked, then "Maintain orientation across gaps" and "Split contour by length" controls are disabled. - If the check box "Tilt non-gouging segments" is checked, then "Maintain orientation across gaps" is enabled and "Split contour by length" is keeping the previous behaviour (enabled only if "Maintain orientation across gaps" is checked).

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In GougeCheck page, for gouge strategy "Moving tool away", sub strategy

"Retract tool in user defined direction" it is now available and Advanced button that allows user to access a dialog with advanced options for this collision avoidance strategy. The "Moving tool Away" can be used with "Project tool on the direction wherever needed". That will project the tool from position on the direction selected in "Moving tool Away" with the "Maximum projection distance". If no distance is provided the maximal distance will be considered infinite. The "Remove areas where project tool fails" option is removing the positions where the tool is projected to infinite or where the projection failed.

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New options were added for collision strategy "Tilting tool away with max.

angle", sub strategy "3axis to 5axis conversion". Now a new Advanced button is available that opens a new dialog with advanced options for this strategy.

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Link Page If plunge roughing strategy is selected the leads are ignored.

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In Clearance area dialog available from Link page was added a new option for

clearance plane, if current calculation is based on triangle meshes. It allow user to select 'Machining direction' as direction for clearance plane.

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New options were added in Link page in 'Clearance area' dialog. They are

available if clearance area is a plane. It is a checkbox 'Keep initial orientation until distance' and an additional editbox for entering the distance. Also the option 'Angle step for rapid moves' is now available when clearance area is a plane.It is enabled only when 'Keep initial orientation until distance' checkbox is checked.

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A new option for Lead moves was added - Flip. It is a check box available in

Entry/Exit lead parameters setup dialog. It is available only for lead moves of type arc. When flip option is checked the lead arc is flipped (It will look as it is reflected in one mirror).

Roughing Page 'Transform/Rotate' dialog accessible from Roughing page was re-designed and

new options were added. New options are grouped under