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Tech Tuesday: Barrel Mill Tool Support
Posted by Steven Soehl on 01 June 2021 12:15 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, BobCAD-CAM now supports Barrel Mills for most operations. More and more companies are turning to Barrel Mills. Cutting with Barrel Mills can save an unbelievable amount of time and money. Until now, we’ve had no way to support these tools in your operations, but after working hand in hand with Melin Tool Company to test and retest, we can give you a product that puts this amazing tool in your hands. BobCAD-CAM offers four different types of barrel mill tools in 3 Axis milling and Mill 4 Axis Standard packages. Two additional barrel mill types can be utilized with the Mill 4 Axis Pro surface based toolpaths. See the diagram below to get an idea of why these tools are quickly becoming the standard.
 

Barrel Mill Tool Support - CAM feature found in BobCAD-CAM V33

 
In the diagram, you can see the smaller step over that is necessary for the ball endmill versus the barrel mill tool. Also the cusp height, or scallop height, is noticeably smaller when using the barrel mill tool. This means with the barrel mill tool, you will have less passes and a better tolerance on a part when using this toolpath down tapered walls. When programming with barrel mill tools, you can save time in machining and also cut your parts with a better tolerance level.
 
Here are the four different types of barrel mill tools that are now standard in V33:

four different types of barrel mill tools

 
With these types of tools, you can program a barrel mill tool with a much deeper step down and still leave the desired cusp height. It’s easy to see how these tool shapes can save so much time!
 
Download a demo of V33 today and try out Barrel Mill Tool Support!
 
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