Tool Vector Control Normal to Surface

Creating Tool Axis Control Geometry (Vectors) for Multi-Axis Curve Toolpaths

When creating a multi-axis curve toolpath, the tool axis control needs to be set within the toolpath. This can be controlled by a few ways:

  • Lines
  • Surface
  • Plane
  • From point
  • To point
  • Chain

This document will review two methods of creating lines (also called vectors) that can be used to control the axis of the tool.

Option 1

This option requires that the user select each location the vector will be created.

 

Create>Point>Dynamic

 

Create Dynamic Point

 

Activate line creation and deactivate point creation

 

Activate line creation

 

Select line, arc, spline surface or solid face that the vectors need to be normal to.

In the below, a solid face is used therefore face selection was activated.

 

Face Selection activated

 

Set the Offset value (offset value will be the length of the line) and lock it. When the field is locked it will be red.

 

Set Offset value and Lock it

 

Move the vector selector to the location required for the vector and left click. Several vectors may be required depending on the part.

 

Move Vector Selector

 

Option 2

This option will create vectors on set increments (spacing). This is a faster way to create vectors if multiple are needed or on larger parts. Option 1 can also be used to add additional ones if needed.

 

Note: This needs to be done per surface.

 

Create>Point>Segment

 

Create Segment Point

 

Set segment distance and lock it. When the field is locked, it will be red.

 

Set segment distance

 

In the case of a solid, the edge can be selected. If surfaces are used an edge curve will need to be created. Points will create along the edge or curve select on the segment distance entered.

 

Select edge for solids

 

Select all points.

Tip: Quick Point  Quick Pint  will allow fast selection

 

Xform>Project

Select all points.

Tip: Quick Point  Quick Pint will allow fast selection

 

Project to surface

 

Project to surface

 

Select surface or solid face.

In the below, a solid face is used therefore face selection was activated. Do not select the entire body.

 

Face Selection

 

Set Surface Project to Normal

 

 Set surface project to normal

 

Activate and select Line/Point

 

Select Line/Point

 

Set to Line and set Length

 

Set to line and set length

 

Flip direction if needed

 

Flip direction

 

Accept  Accept  for both project point and project menu

 

Final image vector control normal to surface

 


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Sandy McClintock

Presented by Sandy McClintock, Applications Support Specialist

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