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Jun
22
Tech Tuesday: Reporting
Posted by Al DePoalo on 22 June 2021 12:10 AM

Tech Tuesday is a weekly blog that addresses some of the most common questions and concerns that I hear throughout the previous week from users of BobCAD’s CNC software. Both customers and future customers are more than welcome to leave a comment on what they would like to see covered for the following Tech Tuesday.

 

Reporting

BobCAD-CAM has many reporting options to view and modify information to machining jobs efficiently. Documenting your programming process with live feedback as you fine tune your toolpath features are available in many forms. CAM Tree Flyouts, Setup Sheets, Tool Assignment , Gouge and Collision Reports, Move Operation and Sequence Statistics: all created automatically and easily accessible at any stage of machining.
 

CAM Tree Flyouts

New CAM Tree Flyouts are useful in changing certain parameters about any operation in the CAM Tree. They provide a way to quickly view information you may be looking for easily. They also provide a way to edit some values without the need to open a dialog and search for them in that dialog. CAM Tree Flyouts help customers save time viewing and editing necessary information about the cutting feedrate, spindle RPM, and other data in every operation created in BobCAD-CAM.
 

CAM Tree Flyout

 

Setup Sheets

Setup sheets created in BobCAD are useful to print out for other members of a company for pertinent information about a machining job. Certain important information in a setup sheet includes total cycle time, number of tools, tool assignment for each operation, and cycle time for each individual operation. Setup sheets are possible for all types of jobs: milling, turning, mill turn, laser, plasma, waterjet, and wire EDM.
 

Setup Sheets

 

Tool Assignment

The Tool Library contains all of the available system tools based on the main categories Drill, Mill, Lathe, Laser, Plasma, and Waterjet. This dialog box is used to add, delete, and modify tools. You can also load tool information from a previously saved file. On the left side of the dialog box is a list of the supported tool types. The right side contains the tool parameters list for each tool. Taking the time to create all of the tools in your shop can greatly speed up the process of creating milling features. You can then add the tools to the Tool Crib to quickly create the equivalent of the tool changer for each job. The Tool Crib tool list can be saved to a file for repeated use.
 

Gouge and Collision Reports

Gouge and collision reports allow customers the way to avoid the tool and tool holder gouging into the stock. These reports also help you check surfaces on the 3D models within the workspace. There is now a fixture option to make sure every tool avoids the fixture within the machining job as well. Within the machining simulation, there is also a report showing if there are any gouging or collisions in each operation. These features provide the option to define extra tool clearance values that are applied in addition to the selected Gouge Check settings and avoid all gouging and collisions.
 
These reporting options can be very helpful in making the most of your BobCAD-CAM software program.
 
Try these new Reporting options in BobCAD-CAM V33 today!
 
BobCAD-CAM has provided CAD-CAM CNC Software products to the global manufacturing industry for over 30 years. BobCAD-CAM software can be found to increase CNC productivity for many applications in aerospace, automotive, production manufacturing, mold making, general machining, woodworking as well as the medical manufacturing industry, consumer products, musical instruments, custom fabrication, defense industry and many others due to the products ability to automatically generate NC programming code for such a wide variety of CNC controllers. BobCAD-CAM software is also found in educational institutions throughout the world as well as independent hobby home use. Products include machining technology for 2, 3, 4 & 5 Axis CNC Milling, Routing, Waterjet, Plasma and Laser machines as well as 2 Axis CNC Lathe. BobCAD-CAM is modular allowing shops to start off at a reduced technology level and add technology as it is needed including an add-on, BobART, for artistic machining. Unique technology includes adaptive high-speed machining multiaxis milling and routing which is a first in the world of CAD-CAM software. BobCAD-CAM also provides a variety of quality training products that include regional and online training classes or private sessions tailored to specific applications. Professional certification and multi-tiered support solutions are available. Contact BobCAD-CAM directly for more information at 877-262-2231 or 727-442-3554


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Jun
15
Tech Tuesday: MachiningCloud
Posted by Steven Soehl on 15 June 2021 10:49 AM

Tech Tuesday is a weekly blog that addresses some of the most common questions and concerns that I hear throughout the previous week from users of BobCAD’s CNC software. Both customers and future customers are more than welcome to leave a comment on what they would like to see covered for the following Tech Tuesday.

 
In previous versions of BobCAD-CAM, customers have had to input all of the data for each specific milling and turning tools that they utilized. In newer versions of BobCAD, we now have the ability to define custom shapes of those tools by drawing them in our software. There were still many requests to import tools from other software programs. Now there are ways to import directly from MachiningCloud and import xml file types from other CAD-CAM software programs.
 

MachiningCloud Import

BobCAD-CAM V33 is the first release ever to offer a way to bring MachiningCloud tool assembly exports directly into your BobCAD-CAM Tool Crib, or Tool Library. In the past, having an accurate tool to simulate meant figuring out how to design it, then designing it, then going into your library to assign that newly created geometry to the proper tool. The same went for your tool holder and your arbor. Now that you can import MachiningCloud jobs, this all happens automatically. Finally, you can have the most accurate tool geometry possible for accurate gouge checking, and accurate simulation of your mill and lathe tools with none of the headache!
 

MachiningCloud Import

 
Whether you are backplotting or simulating, having the exact geometry for your tools is a game changer!
 

XML Import/Export of Tool Library

In order to allow import from outside sources, BobCAD-CAM now offers its tool library in xml format. While users have always been able to share tool libraries with other users, tool import has only been possible between users of the BobCAD-CAM suite of software. We have had many requests to give outside parties, like tool vendors, the ability to import their tools into our software. Now, with the tool library in an easy to read/write xml format, simply format your tool list to match, and bring it on into BobCAD-CAM.
 

 
Try these new and improved ways to import your tool library into BobCAD-CAM V33 today!
 
BobCAD-CAM has provided CAD-CAM CNC Software products to the global manufacturing industry for over 30 years. BobCAD-CAM software can be found to increase CNC productivity for many applications in aerospace, automotive, production manufacturing, mold making, general machining, woodworking as well as the medical manufacturing industry, consumer products, musical instruments, custom fabrication, defense industry and many others due to the products ability to automatically generate NC programming code for such a wide variety of CNC controllers. BobCAD-CAM software is also found in educational institutions throughout the world as well as independent hobby home use. Products include machining technology for 2, 3, 4 & 5 Axis CNC Milling, Routing, Waterjet, Plasma and Laser machines as well as 2 Axis CNC Lathe. BobCAD-CAM is modular allowing shops to start off at a reduced technology level and add technology as it is needed including an add-on, BobART, for artistic machining. Unique technology includes adaptive high-speed machining multiaxis milling and routing which is a first in the world of CAD-CAM software. BobCAD-CAM also provides a variety of quality training products that include regional and online training classes or private sessions tailored to specific applications. Professional certification and multi-tiered support solutions are available. Contact BobCAD-CAM directly for more information at 877-262-2231 or 727-442-3554


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May
19
Tech Tuesday: Corner Slowdown
Posted by Steven Soehl on 19 May 2021 04:22 PM

Tech Tuesday is a weekly blog that addresses some of the most common questions and concerns that I hear throughout the previous week from users of BobCAD’s CNC software. Both customers and future customers are more than welcome to leave a comment on what they would like to see covered for the following Tech Tuesday.

 
A new feature in V33 is the Corner Slowdown option in our Advanced Feedrate page. This new feature will allow users to break their toolpath into smaller segments and reduce the feedrate in the corners of the toolpath. BobCAD users have many different options in this feature. You have the option to apply this feature in external corners only, internal corners only, or all corners. You can apply a specific minimum angle and maximum angle, a certain distance from the corner, and a desired feedrate percentage.
 
The minimum angle option determines the minimum angle change difference between two entities to determine whether they should be handled as a corner.
 
The maximum angle option determines the maximum angle change difference between two entities to determine whether they should be handled as a corner.
 
The distance from corner option is the distance from the detected corner at which the entity will be broken, and the slower feed rate applied.
 
Feedrate percentage is the percentage of the cutting feedrate to be applied to the portions that will be slowed down.
 
The Corner Slowdown option is available in many operations now including pocket, profile, engraving, chamfer, and corner rounding. You can cut your feedrate to a specified percentage when you approach corners. Many variables need to be taken into consideration, especially ensuring the tool does not engage too much material at the same time. Having the tool engaged in the material too much can easily break a tool. When moving around a part, additional stock is always encountered in the corners.
 

Corner Slowdown - CAM feature found in BobCAD-CAM V33

 
Notice how much additional material this tool engages in the corner. While you want to remove material as quickly as possible, scenarios like this have to be accounted for, and until now, that meant having to slow the speed on the rest of the path as well. Now, with the new Corner Slowdown feature, simply specify how close to get before the corner, and the percentage to slow the feedrate down to and you’re done! The toolpath is broken and the feedrate is reduced by the specified percentage.
 
This feature will even allow you to divide the specified distance into a number of segments so the feedrate gradually drops to the specified feedrate percentage! Now, you can finally set your speeds as fast as you can, and focus on slowing down the toolpath in the corners when absolutely necessary. Download a demo of V33 today and try out the new corner slowdown feature!
 
BobCAD-CAM has provided CAD-CAM CNC Software products to the global manufacturing industry for over 30 years. BobCAD-CAM software can be found to increase CNC productivity for many applications in aerospace, automotive, production manufacturing, mold making, general machining, woodworking as well as the medical manufacturing industry, consumer products, musical instruments, custom fabrication, defense industry and many others due to the products ability to automatically generate NC programming code for such a wide variety of CNC controllers. BobCAD-CAM software is also found in educational institutions throughout the world as well as independent hobby home use. Products include machining technology for 2, 3, 4 & 5 Axis CNC Milling, Routing, Waterjet, Plasma and Laser machines as well as 2 Axis CNC Lathe. BobCAD-CAM is modular allowing shops to start off at a reduced technology level and add technology as it is needed including an add-on, BobART, for artistic machining. Unique technology includes adaptive high-speed machining multiaxis milling and routing which is a first in the world of CAD-CAM software. BobCAD-CAM also provides a variety of quality training products that include regional and online training classes or private sessions tailored to specific applications. Professional certification and multi-tiered support solutions are available. Contact BobCAD-CAM directly for more information at 877-262-2231 or 727-442-3554


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