Radial Surface Finishing
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Is there a radial toolpath option in ZW for non radial geometry? If not, this should be in the ZW wish list as radial surfacing is as common as it gets.
ZW radial option in Contour Mill only produces parallel stepovers.
ZW Radial Option
The toolpath style I require (BobCAD V24)
This is just some sample geometry I made and not what I need to cut. I will be cutting wood and the Radial toolpath works best for avoiding tearing out the woodgrain in my application.
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AFAIK, Contour mill is a 2D toolpath in ZW3D, so what toolpath did you actually use?
Offset 3D should give good results, provided you use a downcut or a compression end mill for roughing, in order to avoid tears.
Is it hard or soft wood?
You'll probably get better comments, as we do not often machine wood, but we get good results this way in hard wood (oak).
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What is the actual name of the toolpath you are referring to?
Maybe you're using and older version I am using ZW3D 2013 and you can use toolpath spiraling from center. Not exactly what you are searching for, though.
Could you post your sample file to give it a try and compare results?
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Turn on your 3x nurbs toolpaths in Utilities > Configuration > Cam > Enable 3 axis Direct nurbs
That will turn on the "contour" option in the 3x nurbs operations. In it there is an option to change the motion of the contour between parallel and radial. The only closest toolpaths I can get are "flow" but that's still not what I want.
In the meantime I'm going back to plain old bobcad or will revert back pre SP. This latest 2013 SP is next to useless with as many crashes as it is giving me on an unrelated part. I'm spending more time chasing crashes that I am getting any work done.
Attached is a file with the geometry I've been playing with. It will do what I want with the "Cone" CAM. radial test.zip (701.47 KB)
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Thank you so much for using ZW3D and your good suggestion and feedback.
We will take this into account.
For the crashed issue you mentioned if possiblem i think maybe you can sent the file or crash reprot us by email
since it is better to let us figure out how the problem happen so that our R&D can improve it much better. And also
we can provide a better support for you
Therefore if you don't mind please give your problem to this email :firstname.lastname@example.org
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