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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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May
12
Tech Tuesday: Probing
Posted by Steven Soehl on 12 May 2021 04:35 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.

 
The new probing features offered in our CAM software includes 41 different probing cycles. By touching off your tools, setting your work offsets, and performing in-process measurements, programming for your probing cycles has never been easier.
 
There are many in-process measurement cycles including:

  • Single surface in X, Y, or Z
  • Web to measure the width/length of a part
  • Pocket to measure the width/length of a pocket
  • Bore to measure the diameter of holes
  • Boss to measure circular parts
  • Internal/External corners
  • 5-Point rectangle internal/external to measure length and width
  • Angled surfaces

 
With these new probing features, you can now program everything for your milling machine in BobCAD-CAM. Try the new probing features 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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Apr
20
Tech Tuesday: Hole Feature Recognition
Posted by Al DePoalo on 20 April 2021 04:48 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.

 
In V33, BobCAD-CAM has implemented a new feature called Hole Feature Recognition. You can now simply click on a 3-D model, and BobCAD-CAM will detect all four hole types and each of their variations. This includes:
 

Simply click on a 3-D model, and BobCAD-CAM will detect all four hole types and each of their variations

 
When using the Hole Feature Recognition, the program groups all of the different hole types and their variations into separate drilling features. You have full control of the top of each feature, the total depth, whether you want to chamfer any of the holes or not, and what the exact hole type you are trying to set up for each operation.
 
This Hole Recognition Feature also includes a Knowledge Base that saves all of the settings you normally use for each hole type. Depending on a certain depth, a drilling cycle will automatically use a peck drilling operation versus a drilling operation at the full depth. If there is a chamfer with a diameter larger than a certain value that you input, the default operation will be a chamfer mill instead of a chamfer drill. These examples are only a few settings you can customize to default all of the drilling operations that you consistently use.
 
Try Hole Feature Recognition in 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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Mar
10

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.

 
Today’s Tech Tuesday is going to bring you up to speed on programming a roughing operation and the features found in BobCAD V33 that will allow you to cut down on cycle time, help the life of the tool by avoiding plunging and the ability to assign stock.
 

Rest Machining

Have you programmed a roughing operation, and are now looking to finish where you left off?
 
By entering the parameters of the previous tool, BobCAD can identify any areas the previous tool was not able to enter and create that tool path. The software program will avoid any areas
the previous tool was able to enter. This will eliminate all air cutting in a finish operation. This optimizes the time it takes to program your part most efficiently, and it will cut down on cycle time at the machine as well.
 

rest machining

 

Advanced Pocket

Are you looking to program a roughing operation with high-speed machining functionality?
 
BobCAD has high speed machining options in the 2 1/2 axis and 3 axis pocket operations. Instead of stepping over to reach the next area of stock to be machined, the tool path created from these high speed machining operations will continually keep the tool engaged in the material. These operations will also allow you to start from the side of the stock as an entry option. This will help with the life of the tool instead of plunging the tool down into the stock to enter.
 

Advanced Pocket

 

Operation Stock

Are you machining from a casting, or only a particular amount of stock remaining from previous milling operations?
 
BobCAD allows you to define the initial stock before each operation. This gives the programmer the ability to start exactly where the previous operation left off. After a roughing operation is shown in our simulation, you are then able to save this stock as a 3-D solid model. Then in another milling operation, you are able to assign that stock as your operation stock. This gives BobCAD the information of what stock is necessary to be machined in the following operations.
 

Operation Stock

 
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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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Apr
24
BobCAD-CAM V32 Service Pack Released
Posted by Steven Soehl on 24 April 2020 11:39 AM
BobCAD V32 Service Pack 2 Release Notes This second update for BobCAD-CAM V32 includes enhancements in CAD and Posting and corrections in the following areas; General, CAD, General CAM, Mill, Lathe, Wire EDM, Simulation and Posting.   For information about all the new enhancements and corrections released in BobCAD-CAM Service Pack 2 Build 3482, see […]
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