with a great set of verification tools can be a huge help to quickly
producing programs that are reliable and error free.
would expect, Alphatech's chosen software package for machining gives
us some excellent verification tools.
soon as the cutter path has been created we can visualise
travelling along this path either from beginning to end, at any speed
or we can 'attach' the cutter (with the shank and chuck) to any point
along the path and track backwards or forwards along the cutter path at
any speed. This gives us a great first check for things like direction
of travel etc.
we have one or more cutter paths we can also run these
programs on a
virtual block of material. This block is not limited to a rectangle or
cylinder. It can be any shape. It can be imported from modelling
software as a triangulated file (eg: STL) or saved from a
previous machining operation.
running, the software will show us a real-time simulation
material removal with read-outs of the removal rates and warnings
of excess loading.
Various different options are available,
option of 'painting' the model at any stage to visualise the
area that the next cutter is machining.
- An option
to use rainbow shading that uses a different colour for each
- An option
to use a different colour showing the cutter travelling in different
- And a
shiny option to
simulate the look of machined steel (This can even be set to
simulate any machining marks that may occur on the machined item).
the simulation has finished
the result can be viewed from all angles and zoomed into
to make sure
that it will machine correctly.
machining electrodes it is vitally important to make sure that all the
form is machined to size and that NO EXCESS material is left on!
Any excess material or sparking form that is
un-machined will, of course, remove too much material from the die
(or whatever is being spark eroded). This will mean repair work or even
a scrapped job.
Our software enables us to export the virtual workpiece after
simulation and import this back into the modelling software to overlay
it and compare it to the original model - This is an excellent way of
checking that all the necessary form has been removed and is another reason why or
programs are so reliable.