Z-LEVEL

Bryan Carpio Felsher

Z-LEVEL
Does anyone else agree that this path desperately needs the ability to change the "clearance" feedrate to machining or local?

I hate having to use the toolpath editor to delete all the moves then link them again just to change the feedrate to machining...and it still doesn't give the ability to change to "local". Sometimes, I've even posted out just the z-level path, edited all the RAPID statements to a FEDRAT/xx and reimported the aptsource.

All could be solved by either 1) ability to change clearance feedrate in the z-level MO 2) ability to insert a ppcommand at any point in the toolpath editor.

Other than that, I think it is a decent MO. Though, I use contour-driven much more often to get a really pretty toolpath.

Samarinder Singh

RE: Z-LEVEL
(in response to Bryan Carpio Felsher)
I agree and run into similar situations when I use this toolpath.

1. It would be nice to have a local transition feedrate to avoid dog-leg effect in rapid moves. Right now I modify the approach and retract to avoid such hazards and it becomes more time consuming.
2. Z-level needs to give users an option for circle, cylndr statements in toolpaths to be output in aptsource. So user can understand the toolpath better for any new post-processor debugging. Also code looks more cleaner.

Although, it is a very good toolpah as you can see in attached pic that I am using it to rough a titanium part along the flange and no air cutting at all.

Patrick Touron

RE: Z-LEVEL
(in response to Bryan Carpio Felsher)
Hello
I hope... this enhancement candidate for R19 will help on this topic.
It will be presented during the R19 webinar
best regards,
Patrick Touron


Bryan Carpio Felsher

RE: Z-LEVEL
(in response to Bryan Carpio Felsher)
YES!!!! Thank you!!! That is exactly what we need!!!

As you can see from Samarinder- the path is a very easy way to make a contouring pass that does not cut air...but with some machines Rapids below the clearance plane is a very dangerous thing...not all machines rapid linear- many older machines do a 45 degree ramp to an axis, and then travel along that axis. If the cut is at an angle to a machine axis- this often means a 50% chance of rapiding right into the part!

With this fix, we can use this path effectively.

Great Patrick- my applause.

R19 is really something to be excited about. The major problems really seem to have been addressed. The rest is just little stuff to make it better and extend the power that already exists.

Samarinder Singh

RE: Z-LEVEL
(in response to Bryan Carpio Felsher)
Patrick
Thanks for this enhancement. I am looking forward to seeing more stuff in webinar.

Thanks