We, and I mean you, and I and all of us, Need to define a Cutter, with a large spherical radius, and......also be able to drive Barrels mills with Multi-axis Flank
We have a requirement to machine a part with a 1.25 Dia cutter with a 5 inch spherical radiuson the bottom. But there is no method to define such a cutter as it truly is. People do use workarounds. Lie and then use a user rep, ... but that requires containment sketches, and messes up automation for shop docs, and you say 10 inch dia Ball, when it is really a 1.25
What a cutter like this is good for is for machining parts with a small amount of curvature. Everyone I know has used these tool for years....This is very efficient, and reduces the amount of hand grinding on parts when done.
This could be both 3 and 5 axis. You can imagine that the same result of finish would be gained by either 3 or 5-axis… and the reason for wanting 5-axis would be to tilt a little to no cutter with the area of the tool near the center line, that is usually going very slow constant surface speed, and also… if you need to tile of he floor is at a steep angle.
This is a very important function, as this is a STANDARD tool for the aerospace industry.
We define this kind of tool in NCL by saying I have a 6 inch diameter 3 radius ball with .0658 height. The height makes the tool what we call a disc. Note in NCL the side .125 rad not defined in this method
This tool is also definable in UG-NX.
Another topic that is related is to be also be able to drive Barrels mills with Multi-axis Flank. I like the new tool definition. I know sometimes DS will give us a new function... like the new Barrel with limited usability, and request Feedback.
My feedback is the next MO I would like to see barrels used on is MAFC.
I have Vetted this enhancements with a few friends, and all agree this is important functionality, so I hope DS can plan to put some people on it.
In the mean time, I hope you COE members, can help define the requirements in more detail.