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:
- From point
- To point
This document will review two methods of creating lines (also called vectors) that can be used to control the axis of the tool.
This option requires that the user select each location the vector will be created.
Activate line creation and deactivate point 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.
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.
Move the vector selector to the location required for the vector and left click. Several vectors may be required depending on the part.
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.
Set segment distance and lock it. When the field is locked, it will be red.
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 all points.
Select all points.
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.
Set Surface Project to Normal
Activate and select Line/Point
Set to Line and set Length
Flip direction if needed
Presented by Sandy McClintock, Applications Support Specialist
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