ZW3D 2014 New Functions Discussion（CAM) *
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I have just used the new CAM function, trim tool-path of tool-path edtior. And i can't help to share with all of you in advance.
Here is an example, the rest roughing had been generated, as following figure, Obviously, there are two unnecessary paths, they need to
Now let me show you how to deleted them easily with the trim funciton in our new tool-path editor.
please refer following video.
Message 2 of 15
I see to many Z movements, this is not a good tool path and a problem in some operations.
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Thanks for your comment and interested.
I am sure it would be better to generate the perfect tool-path at first time, but sometimes it couldn't. for example, in the rest roughing, it has to detect the machining situation in terms of the previous roughing operation. It will have some terraces with much thickness allwance on the shallow areas if big value step-down in roughing.
If we ignore too much thickness of the allowance, it will affect the safety of the roughing in close region. on this example, we can limit the height region to estimate the tool-path, but this example just shows how easily erase the unnecessary tool-path intuitively, if there are more than one island, it would be easier to trim the tool-path.
on the other hand, rest roughing it would take much more time on tool-path calculation, especial for complicated part, if we adjust the parameters and calculation and to see if it can fulfill your requirement, but it takes much time. even more, sometimes you have to calculate several times. it would be better to trim them manually if something obviously and save time for you. here are just some of the reasons in practice.
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ZW3D needs a much better user interface for toolpath editing. Here is an example of what I consider to be an excellent user interface for toolpath editing:
I'd also like to see ZW3D become a much more Feature based CAM rather than Process based CAM.
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Message 6 of 15
Today, I would like the sharing the reorder function with us. With this function,we can select a slice of the path or partial of the path or entire path by window pick. then we can easily move it up or down or to the top or to the down. what's more, it alos enble us to change their dirctions for helping you get the toolpath you wondering easily.
please get the vedio to find more details as following link.
any comment or suggestion is highly appreciated.
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Let's go to see the other function in tool-path editor of the ZW3D 2014 version. beside the trim and reorder funtions, relink is alos a very helpful function. it will be albe to select any slices of the tool-path freely with the window pick, and easily to change their lead in or lead out types, what's more the link type is availble to be changed as well, and withouth the calculation of the toolpath.
here is a video link as below will give you a general idea of the re-link function.
I hope you will enjoy the new functions in ZW3D.
Message 10 of 15
Today, I would like to introduce the new parameter forms in ZW3D 2014.
In order to make CAM operations Forms more self-intuitive and easier to understand/recognize. ZW3D will offer a new parameter Forms for users.
Better GUI Layouts of the Forms
All the parameter-groups will be layout at the parameter-tree at left side; both the symbol and the name will be shown together, it would be easier to navigate to other group compare with the old Forms.
All the uncommonly-used commands and advanced commands are located at Advanced-group for getting more concise forms and easier to find the advanced parameter if necessary.
Dynamic menu will be supported.
Dynamic menu will be supported at ZW3D 2014 version, it will show you what the related parameters are intuitively, and easy to get the meaning and set the parameters, more concise forms as well.
More helpful hints will be shown for helping program easily.
It needs to view the part and the tool-path very often when programing, but it inconvenient the form always covers the part. Right now just double clicks on the top of the Form, it will be minimized, do it again; it will show the full menu again.
We hope you will enjoy the enhancement on Forms.
Any comment and suggestion is highly appreciated.
Message 11 of 15
Reply 10# tony
This is a big step in the right direction! The Parameter Tree on the left side will makes things a lot more efficient! ZWSoft has done an excellent job with starting to cleaning up the old, outdated VX CAM user interface.
Questions I have:
If you need to pick something like a Z height off the model can you right click in a Parameter field and pick your height off the model? If you can do this the Parameter form should disappear automatically and then reappear on its own when something is picked.
You should be able to launch solid cut simulation and backplot out of an open machining parameter window. Can you?
I'm very much liking what I'm seeing so far. I've waited a long time to see CAM get the attention it deserves in ZW3D. ZW3D 2014 appears to be laying the foundation for great things to come. For sure I'm going to want to see Feature based CAM instead of all Process based, much better solid cut simulation, better backplotting, proper support for multiple-part programming, etc. in future releases. From here on out things should really start to get interesting as ZW3D CAM starts to catch up the the major CAM players. You guys have worked really hard and I believe in you. Every release I see major progress. Don't let up.
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What else improvement in ZW3D 2014 version.
Considering the machining efficiency, the less travel movements the better. In the new version, we have enhance the prority of the region-cutting function, optimized the cutting sequence to decrese the air-travel movements, for saving the machining time.
Here is a figure showing you the general idea of our improvment.
I will keep posting
Thank you for your attention.
Message 14 of 15
I hope you don't forget that ZW needs a lot of enhanchements for 2d cam, i also hope that ZW3D 2014 has a complete user manual.
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