Bryan Carpio Felsher
I wouldn't want to actually have to write out an extended form CUTTER statement, of course. I'd just like to graphically (since this is a graphical CAM system) be able to create any tool as a solid of revolution and actually drive part, check and drive surfaces from that geometry- not just as a visual aid as it is currently in Catia.
Would this problem be solved by making the "Barrel tool" accesible by all toolpaths?
What I would like is a NEW tool. This tool would be blank and have a YZ plane sketch in the box where the tool is normally shown where the user can draw a sketch, click a button and create a tool as a revolved solid (like the SHAFT command in part design) and use this tool for any tool path.
How can you select a tool catalogue in your machine properties, and then have Catia overwrite the tool number if you select an assembly from that catalogue, without asking or giving you the option?
Both companies that I have worked at using Catia, tried to have as much standard tooling as possible for each machine. Now the tool assemblies don't match without renumbering every one you bring in to an MO.
The resource list looks like a mess if using assembly's, with each tool in the list twice?
The option of saving just holders to a catalogue would be nice.
So for an MO you could either select a holder, and then a tool and give it a length you want sticking out. Or select a ready made assembly. And for both, get a pop up window saying "Would you like to renumber this tool?"
And why not jazz up the new tool creation process. Pretty basic at the moment. To be able to create a user rep without creating separate products and parts would be good. Vericut has this nailed. Something along those lines, but with the ease and power of Catia design...
And lastly, if I want to do something as crazy as using a facemill for a spiral milling MO. I should be able too.