Opinion on the toolpath editor

Bryan Carpio Felsher

Opinion on the toolpath editor
I think a LOT of problems could be solved and also give us HUGE power if we could simply insert any PPstatement at any point on a toolpath using the toolpath editor.

For instance, if we wanted to edit the first or any feedrate in the middle of a toolpath, using the toolpath editor we could select a point and insert: FEDRAT/50.

Or we could even enter a break to change tools in the middle of a roughing pass by selecting a point and inserting this (for use with Pworks):
ENDTL/17
PPRINT/*************************
PPRINT/ROUGH DEEPER
PPRINT/*************************
PPRINT/T17 1.25 SECO ENDMILL .03R
LOADTL/17, 1528.0000,1,0, 2.000000
CUTTER/ 1.250000, 0.030000
CHECK/POST
RAPID/ON

or this to just change the inserts or check the tool:

RAPID
GODLTA/0,0,10 $$RAPID UP IN Z +10
RAPID
GODLTA/0,10,0 $$RAPID Y+10 CLOSER TO OPERATOR
SPINDL/OFF $$ SPINDLE OFF M5
COOLNT/OFF $$ COOLANT OFF M9
STOP $$PROGRAM STOP M00
PPRINT ***********************
PPRINT CHANGE INSERTS
PPRINT CYCLE START WHEN READY
PPRINT ***********************
SPINDL/ON $$SPINDLE ON M3
COOLNT/ON $$COOLANT ON M8
PREFUN/90 $$ABSOLUTE MODE G90
RAPID
GODLTA/0,-10,0 $$RAPID BACK TO ORIGINAL Y POSITION
RAPID
GODLTA/0,0,-9 $$RAPID DOWN Z- 9 INCHES
FEDRAT/50
GODLTA/0,0,-1 $$FEED DOWN Z-1 INCHES TO LAST Z POSITION
$$ CONTINUE...

The possibilities are limitless.
What do you guys think? Would this be helpful?
If anything, I'd use it a lot to change that first feedrate often in a roughing path or pocketing/contouring path, etc...

COE Administrator

RE: Opinion on the toolpath editor
(in response to Bryan Carpio Felsher)
Sounds very useful to me.

It would be good if you could also somehow save commonly used groups of PP instructions, and then access them thro a drop down box.

As well as saving time, I wouldn't have to remember them all to be able to use them.

Cheers.

Bryan Carpio Felsher

RE: Opinion on the toolpath editor
(in response to Bryan Carpio Felsher)
Sporter, I do save commonly used groups of PPstatements and use them all the time...You can do it with the machine process catalog.

I use that but it's kind of unwieldy- so I have another way that I grab old MO's and ppstatements, etc...I just have a macro that opens my "True_Precision.Catprocess." Then I turn "copy geometry" in tools-options-machining OFF. Then I can just copy and paste special (simple paste) whatever toolpaths I want to my new process, and links are off. It's easier than going through the hassle of saving to the catalogue and the whole methodology behind that.

Bryan Carpio Felsher

RE: Opinion on the toolpath editor
(in response to Bryan Carpio Felsher)
But I see what you mean- and a drop down box would be very nice...and it would be cool to add them to the pptable using a similar method as used for saving multiple tool-change sequences.

COE Administrator

RE: Opinion on the toolpath editor
(in response to Bryan Carpio Felsher)
Posted By BFELSHER on 02 Sep 2008 11:28 AM

I just have a macro that opens my "True_Precision.Catprocess." Then I turn "copy geometry" in tools-options-machining OFF. Then I can just copy and paste special (simple paste) whatever toolpaths I want to my new process, and links are off. It's easier than going through the hassle of saving to the catalogue and the whole methodology behind that.


Genius! Another top tip. I could fill an empty process file up with loads of stuff I use regularly.

If with/without geo was under the 'paste special' menu for toolpaths, we'd be laughing even more.


Cheers.

Patrick Touron

RE: Opinion on the toolpath editor
(in response to Bryan Carpio Felsher)
Hello
The following Enhancements will be delivered in R19 :
Tool path editor : local feedrate modification – PPword management (add – edit remove – merge)
Feed rate management :
Modify feed rate
Add local feed rate in a selected area
PP words management
Modify – merge
Add PP words into the tool path

these enhancements will be presented during R19 webinar
best regards,
Patrick Touron

Bryan Carpio Felsher

RE: Opinion on the toolpath editor
(in response to Bryan Carpio Felsher)
That is GREAT Patrick. It sounds even better than I was asking for. I'm really glad you guys are listening. And by doing so, believe me- we could make Catia the best MFG software hands down- no argument.

Bryan Carpio Felsher

RE: Opinion on the toolpath editor
(in response to Bryan Carpio Felsher)
Oh yeah. A month from today, I will be flying into Paris, France. If for any reason you'd like to meet up, I should have some time. I will have my laptop with Catia loaded on it as well. You can contact me through my website. Just search on Yahoo for CNC contract programmer or Cnc Contract Programming with Catia and I should come up at the top. (I don't want to upset anyone here by advertising my business...)