Figure 1. The comparison of the tool path of contour cornersThese round trajectories can lengthen tool life, make the machining process smoother, and improve machining quality. So, how to set a desired radius? In ZW3D 2019, you can set a suitable value for Side Finish Radius to generate the tool path with round corners.
Figure 2. Set the value for Side Finish Radius2. Optimized lead-in tool path for Helical Cut In the 2018 version, the lead-in tool path is under the horizontal plane, which may cause the failure of infeed. Now the lead-in tool path is above the horizontal plane, bringing forth ideal helical cutting results.
Figure 3. The comparison of tool path for Helical CutBesides, the control of machining depth is more flexible with Max Cut Depth and Output Type, which can be set according to the machining requirements as shown below.
Figure 4. Path Setting of Helical CutMoreover, ZW3D 2019 supports Helical Cut not only for 3-axis but also for 5-axis machining.
Figure 5. Switch axis types in Axis and Path Link3. Smarter feature detection of Flat Region Previously, when we define the flat region of a part for Flat Finish operation, a lot of facets will be mistakenly detected due to some division lines. Now in ZW3D 2019, the boundaries can be intelligently chosen to deliver neat trajectories as shown in figure 6, so that the flat region can be recognized and selected correctly.
Figure 6. The comparison of flat region detection4. More reliable big-step cutting without residues In the previous version, when the stepover of 3-axis roughing exceeds 80% of tool diameter, there will be residues after Rough Offset operation. Now, as the right picture of figure 7 shows, the part after being roughed is perfect without residues in ZW3D 2019 thanks to the upgraded big-step cutting, delivering more reliable roughing results.
Figure 7. Residue comparison after big-step roughing
5. Improved cut order for hole featureIn actual machining, it would be convenient if we can set the drilling sequence flexibly. In 2019 SP version, the hole processing sequence can be customized. The Cut Order can be decided by Pick Order, which means that the holes will be processed according to the Pick Order.
Figure 8. Hole processing according to the customized sequence6. Optimized link types
Figure 9. Optimized linkTraverse Straight has been added to the last cut of processing, which can reduce unnecessary links to improve the efficiency of cutting ramp.
Figure 10. Select Traverse Straight as Inside Region Type to improve cutting efficiencyThat’s all for today’s sharing. There are still a lot of “hidden surprises” in ZW3D 2019 and its SP version, which will help you deal with more complex products from designing to manufacturing. Why not find them by yourself? Download ZW3D 2019 SP >>