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CATIA Training

Prismatic Machining
Detailed Steps

COPYRIGHT DASSAULT SYSTEMES Version 5 Release 14


September 2004
EDU-CAT-E-PMG-FS-V5R14
Prismatic Machining Detailed Steps

Table of Contents

Master Exercise: Aerospace Structure Part.............................................................................................. 3


Step 1 - Create a new Part Operation................................................................................................... 3
Step 2 - Create a Facing operation. ...................................................................................................... 5
Step 3 - Create pocketing operations ................................................................................................. 11
Step 4 - Create contouring operation .................................................................................................. 33
Step 5 - Create a Point-to-point Operation ....................................................................................... 43
Step 6 - Create a Curve Following Operation ................................................................................... 48
Step 7 - Create a Machining process (stored in a catalog) .................................................................. 52
Step 8 Use Cutter compensation (CUTCOM) in macro then store the result in a catalog.................. 65
Added Exercise: Manuf Exercise ........................................................................................................... 71
Step 0 - Create a new Part Operation................................................................................................. 71
Step 1 - Create point-to-point operation.............................................................................................. 72
Step 2 - Create a Facing operation. .................................................................................................... 76
Step 3 - Create a drilling operation with machining pattern ................................................................. 77
Step 4 - Create a Pocketing and rework operation due to a catalog with prismatic machining area. .... 78
Step 5 - Create a Profile contouring operation with macros catalog..................................................... 80
Step 6 - Create a Profile Contouring operation ................................................................................... 82
Step 7 - Create a Profile Contouring operation ................................................................................... 84
Step 8 - Create a Pocketing operation ................................................................................................ 86
Step 9 - Create a Pocketing operation ................................................................................................ 88
Step 10 - Create a Profile contouring operation .................................................................................. 90
Step 11 - Create a Profile Contouring operation ................................................................................. 92

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Master Exercise: Aerospace Structure Part


Step 1 - Create a new Part Operation
A. Open the product to machine
1. Menu File, Open
2. Open the Product1.CATProduct in Data directory

B. Launch the Prismatic Machining workbench


3. In the start menu, select Machining, then Prismatic Machining.

C. Define Part Operation parameters


4. In the PPR tree, double-click on Part Operation.1 :

The following window appears:

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5. Click on the Machine icon: to select the machine-tool


6. Click OK to accept the default 3-axis Machine.
7. To select the part to machine, click on the Design part for simulation icon :
8. in the 3D window, Double-click on the Design part
9. To select the stock, click on the Stock icon :
10. In the P.P.R tree, expand the Stock (stock.1) and double-click on the Pad.

11. To select the fixtures, click on Fixtures for Simulation icon :


12. Select in the 3D window the machine-table (in No Show) and the fixtures
13. To select the safety plane, click on Safety plane icon :
14. Select the bottom of the design part
15. Use the MB3 on text Safety Plane to specify an offset of 80mm.

16. Click OK to create the part operation

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Step 2 - Create a Facing operation.


1. Expand Part operation.1 : Click

2. Select Manufacturing Program.1,

3. Click Facing icon :

A. Select the geometry to machine


4. In Operation Definition window, select the top of the part , the contour will be automatically initialized

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5. Select the top of the designed part

B. Select the options for machining


6. Select the strategy tab page

7. Select Back and forth as tool path style


8. Define an Overhang value of 100% in the Radial tab page

C. Select the tool


9. Select the tool assembly tab page

10. Select Face Mill icon and keep the default tool with a 50mm diameter
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D. Define Macros
11. Select Macro tab page

12. Activate Approach macro by right


click on the text

13. Select Build by user mode

14. Select Axial motion up to a plane


icon
15. Do the same thing for Retract
macro

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E. Replay the facing operation


16. Click on Replay command
17. Test the various options for the replay:

18. To change an option, click on the right down arrow of the icon
Explanation for these options is available via ? button.

19. Click OK to end the replay


20. Click OK to create the Facing operation

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F. Copy the facing operation and modify it


21. Select Facing1 Operation

22. Right mouse button on Facing.1 operation and select Copy


23. Select Paste to duplicate the facing operation
24. Double click on Facing.2 operation to edit it

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25. Select Geometry tab page

26. Tag Bounding envelope

27. Click on Replay

28. Click OK to end the replay


29. Click OK to accept the operation
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Step 3 - Create pocketing operations

Pocket 2 Pocket 3

Pocket 4

Pocket 1

Pocket 5

We are going to machine the 5 pockets in this order:


Pocket 2: two operations
Pocket 1
Pocket 4
Pocket 3
Pocket 5

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A. Create pocket 2
1. Select last operation in the PPR tree (Facing.2 operation)

2. Select Pocketing icon


3. Select the geometry:
a. Select the top and the bottom to automatically initialized the boundary

Top

Bottom

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b. Select the new bottom: (we want to machine the pocket only until the top of the island)
In the Operation Definition window, select again the bottom representation then select the Top of
the island as new bottom to relimit the depth of the pocket:

c. Remove island: press right mouse button onto the island representation then select Remove All
Islands in the contextual menu.

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4. Select the tool:


In the Tool Assembly tab page

Select End Mill Tool icon


The default tool proposed (T2 End Mill D10) is acceptable.
5. In the Strategy tab page, set parameters as follows:

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6. In Macro tab page


Define Ramping Approach macro with
pre-defined Ramping mode
Angle 20 and distance 15mm

7. Define Retract macro with Build by user mode,


define following motions: circular then tangent
then axial (with 30mm).

8. Then define appropriate Return between levels


macro (be careful this macro is split into 2
motions:
Return between levels Retract : Axial
Return between levels Approach : Ramping

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9. Replay and simulate the pocketing operation.

Video mode including the fixtures representation

Photo mode

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10. Click OK to close the replay panel.


11. Click OK to accept the pocketing operation.

B. Finishing pocket 2
12. Select pocketing icon
13. Select the geometry: Top and Bottom to finish the pocket

Top

Bottom

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14. Select the tool


In the Tool Assembly tab page:
Enter a new name: T3 End Mill D10 Rc 0
Change the Corner radius of the tool to 0

15. In the Strategy tab page:


Radial: Change Percentage of tool diameter to 40%

Axial: Change Number of levels: 1


Automatic draft angle: 0 deg

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16. Select Macro tab page


Define following macros:
Approach: axial mode with 30mm

Retract: keep the retract macro automatically initialized by


the previous operation

Return in a level approach: ramping 20 and 5mm

Return in a level retract: axial mode with 5mm

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17. Replay the pocketing operation

18. Select video simulation

19. Click OK to accept operation

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C. Create Pocket 1
20. Select last operation (Pocketing.2)
21. Click on Pocketing icon
22. Select the geometry

Top

Bottom

Remove islands on the bottom:


With the right mouse button, click on the word Island.1 (0mm) to display a contextual menu
Select Remove All Islands
23. in the Strategy tab page, set the following options:
Axial: Number of levels: 2
Radial: Percentage of tool diameter: 50%

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24. Select Macro tab page


Define following macros:
Approach: ramping 20 and 15mm

Retract: keep the macro automatically initialized by the previous operation


Return between levels approach: ramping 20 and 15mm

Return between levels retract: keep the macro automatically


initialized by the previous operation (Axial with 5mm)

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25. Replay and simulate the pocketing operation

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26. Click OK to end replay


27. Click OK to accept the pocketing operation
28. Rename the operation
29. In the PPR tree, click on the operation Pocketing.3 with the right mouse button

Select Properties in the contextual menu


Enter new name: Pocket 1 in the Label
window

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D. Create Pocket 4
30. Copy last pocketing operation: Pocket 1
- Click on the operation Pocket 1 with the right mouse button
- Select Copy in the contextual menu

-Click again on the operation with the right mouse button


-Select Paste in the contextual menu

31. Edit this new operation: double click on it


32. Rename it in Pocket 4

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33. Remove the current geometry by using contextual menu on Boundary (Remove all contours) and on
Bottom (Remove)

34. Select the new bottom: the boundary is automatically initialized

35. Remove all islands using contextual menu


36. in the Strategy tab page, set the following options:
- In Finishing tab page:
- Mode: select Side finish last level
-Side finish thickness: 1 mm
-Activate Spring pass

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37. Replay and simulate this new operation

38. Click OK to close the video panel


39. Click OK to accept the pocketing operation

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E. Create Pocket 3
40. Duplicate Pocket 1 operation:
-Copy operation Pocket 1 via contextual menu
-Select the last operation: Pocket 4
-Select Paste via contextual menu
41. Edit the operation
42. Rename it in Pocket 3
43. Select the new geometry

44. In the Strategy tab page, set the following options:


- In Radial tab page: Percentage of tool diameter: 10%
- In HSM tab page: Activate High speed milling

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45. Replay and simulate the pocketing operation

46. Click OK to close the video panel


47. Click OK to create the pocketing operation

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F. Create Pocket 5
48. Select last operation in the PPR tree (Pocket.3 operation)

49. Click on Pocketing icon


50. Rename it in Pocket 5
51. In the Geometry tab page, define Open Pocket and Start: Outside options

52. Edit Offset distance and fill it with 5mm

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53. Select the Bottom and the Top of the pocketing operation

Bottom

Top

54. Soft boundary is automatically put in dotted line (Soft boundary means that the tool can cross it
contrary to Hard boundary that the tool is not authorized to cross it)
55. In the Strategy tab page, select HSM Tab Page
56. Deactivate High Speed Milling option
57. In the Macro tab page:
Define the following macros:
- Approach: Axial mode with 30mm
- Retract: Keep the macro automatically initialized by the previous operation
- Return between levels approach: Axial mode with 10mm
- Return between levels retract : Axial mode with 5mm

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58. Replay and simulate the pocketing operation

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Step 4 - Create contouring operation


Use step3 result or open Processfinal.CATProcess in Ex03-pocketing directory

A. Machine last pocket with a contouring operation


1. Select last operation: Pocket 5

2. Click on Profile Contouring icon


3. Select the geometry
- Deactivate the option Contour Detection using the right mouse button on the Bottom
representation
- Select the Top and the Bottom

Top

Bottom

- As the option Contour Detection is no more activate, the boundary is not automatically initialized
- For the contour selection, select 2 edges then click on Navigate on Belt of Edges icon
- Click OK to finish the edges selection

2
1

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-Select Limit1 and Limit2 edges for tool path (any vertex can be selected)

Limit1

Limit2

-Select Out option for the 2 Limits to start and to finish outside the part
Right click on Start: In, then select Out

Right click on Stop: In, then select Out

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-Key in 5mm for offset on start and end elements

4. In Strategy tab page, set the following options


-Distance between paths: 8mm
-Number of paths: 5
-Number of levels: 2

5. Set appropriate Approach and retract macros.

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6. Replay the operation:

7. Click OK to close the replay panel


8. Click OK to accept the Profile Contouring operation

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B. Contouring the part


9. Select last operation (Profile contouring 1)

10. Click on contouring icon:


11. Select the geometry
- Change the bottom in soft by clicking on Bottom: Hard (Soft bottom means that the tool can go lower
that the bottom of the part)

- Select the bottom

-0ffset on Bottom: 10mm

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- Select the contour by selecting Edge 1, Edge 2, Navigate on Edges Until an Edge icon then
select the last edge to navigate until it.

2
1
4

- Check that the arrow is pointing outside the material. This arrow is used to display the side where
the tool will be positioning
- Click OK to finish the edge selection
- Select Limit element shown below as starting element

Limit1

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Limit2

12. Indicate the fixture to avoid:


- Select the top face as shown below

Fixture

13. In the Strategy tab page, set the following options


- Number of levels: 1
- Number of paths: 1
14. Set appropriate macros (Approach, Retract and Linking).

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Replay the profile contouring operation

Validate the operation

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C. Contouring Pocket 1
15. Select last operation (profile contouring 2)

16. Click on contouring icon


17. Select the geometry
- Activate the option Contour Detection using Right mouse button on the Bottom representation
- Offset on bottom: key in 0mm
- Select the bottom as shown below

Bottom

18. In the Strategy tab page, set the following options


- In machining tab page
- Activate Close tool path
- Percentage overlap: key in 80%
19. Set appropriate macros (circular approach
and circular retract).

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20. Replay the operation

- Click OK to close the replay panel


- Click OK to create the Profile Contouring operation

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Step 5 - Create a Point-to-point Operation


Use step4 result or open Processfinal.CATProcess in Ex04-Contouring directory

A. Select last operation (Profile Contouring.3)


B. Select Point To Point icon
C. Create the tool path
1. Create a GOTO position :

Select Goto Position icon

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2. Fill the Goto Position panel with


Part : bottom of pocket
Drive Element: wall edge and Position on drive: Past
Check Element: wall edge
Ref point: limit of edge

3. Add an axial approach macro of 30mm

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4. Create a Goto Point


Select the Goto Point icon
Select the bottom edge of the second corner

5. Add an Axial Retract macro of 30mm


6. There is now 2 motions defined :

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D. Select the tool


7. In the Tool tab page, change the name of the tool in T4 End Mill D20 Rc0

- Key 20mm as Nominal Diameter


- Key 0mm as Corner Radius
- Key 25mm as Body Diameter

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E. Replay the operation

8. Click OK to end replay


9. Click OK to accept the operation

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Step 6 - Create a Curve Following Operation


Use step5 result or open Processfinal.CATProcess in Ex05-point-to-point directory
Bring back from No Show mode the curves located in the scketch.12 in the Design Part

A. Select last operation (Point to point.1)

B. Select Curve Following icon

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C. Create the Tool path


1. Click on the guiding element representation

Double-click on the Offset on Curve to modify it


from 0 to 3mm

2. Select the 2 first edges then click on Navigate on Belt of Edges icon. The 10 following edges are
taking into account. Select manually the 2 last edges or modify in the Option Panel of the Edge
Selection panel the Maximum Steps Forward value.

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D. Select the tool


3. In the Tool tab page, click on Select a tool with Query icon

4. Look in the ToolsSample02 Catalog


5. Select first End Mill named R216-23-03B-708-025
6. Define appropriate Approach & Retract macros (Axial mode with 30mm)

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E. Replay the operation

7. Click OK to close the replay panel


8. Click OK to accept the operation
9. Close all your CATIA models : CATProduct and CATProcess

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Step 7 - Create a Machining process (stored in a catalog)


A. Launch the prismatic workbench

0. In the start menu, select Machining, then Prismatic Machining


1. You need to have an empty CATProcess in order to create a Machining process
2. In the View menu, Toolbars, select Machining Process tool bar

3. Select Machining Process View icon

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4. Select Machining Process icon

5. Select Pocketing icon


6. In the Geometry tab page, set the following options

Select Closed Pocket


Select Filter on Rework Area Type: None

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7. In the Macro tab page


Set Approach (ramping mode with angle: 20, 60mm) and Retract (axial mode with 60mm) macros.
8. Click OK to accept the predefined Pocketing operation
9. Double click on Tool Query in the machining process view tree

10. Fill the tool query definition window with:

Look in: ToolAssembliesSamples01 catalog that is


delivered as a sample in the software installation
Select the End Mill icon to search a tool of this type
in the catalog
Specify a query on the Name of the tool: End Mill
D32 Rc0 Short
Use the Upward arrow to add this constraint in the list

11. Click OK, the predefined pocketing operation is completed

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12. Select Prismatic Rework Area icon


13. Click on Load From option and select the Pocketing.1 in the Machining Process View window

14. Enter 0mm in Tool radius field (1mm is a default value)


15. Click OK

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16. Select Manufacturing View icon

17. Select in the contextual menu on the Manufacturing View: Sort by Machining Features

We must see the Prismatic Rework area in the list

18. Click Close

19. Select the Pocketing.1 operation in the Machining Process View

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20. Select Pocketing icon

Key a new name: Rework Corner

Select the feature to rework: Prismatic


Rework Area.1

Select Corner to rework only the


corners of the pocket and not the
channels

21. In the Macro tab page


Set Approach (ramping mode with angle: 20, 60mm) and Retract (axial mode with 60mm) macros
22. Click OK to accept this pocketing operation to rework the previous operation in the corners

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23. Double click on Tool Query in the Machining Process View tree

24. Fill the tool query definition window with:

Look in: ToolAssembliesSamples01


Select the End Mill icon
Specify a query on the Nominal
Diameter <= 5mm
Specify another query on the Corner
Radius = 0mm

Use the Upward arrow to add these 2


constraints in the list

25. Click OK to accept this Tool query

26. Save your CATProcess in a directory under the name: MyProcess.CATProcess

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B. Store your Machining Process in a catalog


27. Select the Machining Process.1 in the Machining Process View window
28. Using contextual menu on it, select Save in Catalog

29. Save it in the same directory than the previous CATProcess under the name:
MyMachiningProcess.catalog

30. Click OK to save the catalog. This catalog is strongly linked to the CATProcess

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C. Create a Prismatic Machining Area


31. Open Processfinal.CATProcess in Ex02-Facing directory

32. Select Prismatic Machining Area icon

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33. Select Closed Pocket and the geometry

34. Rename it Pocket 3


35. Click OK

36. Select the Manufacturing View icon


With the contextual menu on the Manufacturing View select Sort by Machining Features

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37. Let the Manufacturing View window open

38. Select Open Catalog icon


39. Access to your MyMachiningProcess.catalog using the Browse Another Catalog icon

40. Double click on Machining Processes then double click on Machining Process.1

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41. Select the following information in the Insert Object window


Insertion level in a program: selects Facing.2 on the PPR tree
Geometry to machine: select Pocket 3 in the Manufacturing View window

42. Click OK to create the 2 pocketing operations needed to machine pocket 3 after the Facing.2
operation

43. Close Manufacturing View and Catalog windows

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44. Replay the 2 pocketing operations

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Step 8 Use Cutter compensation (CUTCOM) in macro then


store the result in a catalog
Open Processfinal.CATProcess in Ex01-POcreation directory

A. Define an Approach & Retract Macros including CUTCOM syntaxes


1. Select Profile Contouring icon
2. Select Macro tab page
3. Define following Approach macro in mode: Build by user: circular (20mm) + tangent (20mm) + axial
(30mm).
4. Select the point where Cutter compensation must be inserted in the macro path

Select Add PP word list icon or use contextual menu PPword list

6. Click on To access PP table icon


Note: this icon is accessible only if a machine and a PPtable are already defined on the Part Operation.

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7. Select the Major word CUTCOM in the list (Major words with parameters)

8. Select the appropriate NC_CUTCOM_ON syntax:


9. Select Apply to add the syntax

10. Click Close on the PP Words Selection Assistant panel


11. Click OK in the PP Words Selection panel

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12. in the Options tab page, Name it MyApproachMacro and add a comment

13. Select Save Macro in Catalog icon


14. Save it in a new catalog named MyMacros.catalog in a directory

15. Click OK to create the catalog with your own macro


16. Define following Retract macro in mode: Build by user: circular (20mm) + tangent (20mm) + axial
(30mm).
17. Select the point where Cutter compensation must be stopped in the macro path

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18. As for Approach macro, select the Major Word CUTCOM in the list then the NC_CUTCOM_OFF
syntaxe

19. Select Apply to add the syntax


20. Select Close on the PP Words Selection Assistant
21. Select OK in the PP Words Selection panel go on your operation.

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22. in the Options tab page, Name it MyRetractMacro and add a comment

23. Select Save Macro in Catalog icon


24. Update the already existing catalog: MyMacros.catalog

25. Click OK to update the catalog

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26. Select the Read macro from catalog icon


27. Search in the MyMacros.catalog for an Approach macro

28. Double click on Approach type to display your own approach macro
Note: Now this macro is available for all your machining operations as Approach macro

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Added Exercise: Manuf Exercise


Step 0 - Create a new Part Operation
A. Open the product to machine
1. Open the Prismatic_manuf_assembly_1.CATProduct in Data /AddEx03-Manuf directory
2. Go to Prismatic Machining Workbench
3. In the Part Operation, select a 3-axis machine, the part to machine and the stock (in No Show)

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Step 1 - Create point-to-point operation

1. Select Manufacturing program.1 in the PPR tree

2. Select Point to Point icon


3. In the Tool tag page, select a Face Mill (Diameter 50mm)

4. Select the Goto position icon

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5. Select the Drive, Check and Reference point as shown below :

6. Select as Bottom, the top of the part


7. Select Past for the Position on drive and On for the Position on check options
8. Click OK to accept this Sequential motion

9. Select Go Delta icon in the Point to Point panel


10. Select Parallel to line strategy with the contextual menu on Components

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11. Select as reference line the previous Check element


12. Add for offset value 250mm
13. Click OK to accept this Sequential motion

14. Repeat this operation with the different Go Delta option (along X or Y, Components,.) in order to
get this grid and schema :

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15. Select Macro tab page


16. Define an axial Approach & Retract macros with 30mm
17. Replay the tool path

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Step 2 - Create a Facing operation.


1. Click Facing icon :
2. In the Strategy tab page, select Back & Forth as tool path style
3. In the Geometry tab page, select the top of the part as Bottom

4. Activate the Bounding envelope option


5. Select Macro tab page
6. Define an axial Approach & Retract macros with 10mm
7. Replay the facing operation and create it

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Step 3 - Create a drilling operation with machining pattern


Create the Machining Pattern:

1. Select Machining Pattern icon


2. Select the 4 holes in the corners of the part
3. Add 15 mm to Jump distance between points

4. Rename the Machining Pattern: HoleDiameter4


5. Click OK to save this Machining Pattern

6. Select Drilling icon


7. In the Geometry tab page, select HoleDiameter4 as
pattern to machine

8. In the tool tab page, select a drill tool


9. Specify a diameter=4mm and rename it T2 Drill D4
10 Replay the drilling operation

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Step 4 - Create a Pocketing and rework operation due to a


catalog with prismatic machining area.
1. Select the Prismatic Machining Area icon
2. Fill the Prismatic Machining Area window as follows:

4. Rename it: Pocket 1


5. Click OK to create the Prismatic Machining Area

6. Select the Manufacturing View icon and use the Sort by Machining Feature contextual menu
to display your Prismatic Machining Area

7. Select the Open Catalog icon


8. Select the catalog Myprocesscatalog.catalog stored in Data/AddEx03-Manuf
9. Double click on corner_and_ channel process in the
Pocketing family

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10. Select geometry to machine (Pocket 1) and level of insertion in the PPR tree (Drilling.1) as follows:

11. Click OK to create the Pocketing and Rework operations


12. Replay the 2 operations

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Step 5 - Create a Profile contouring operation with macros


catalog.
1. Select the Profile Contouring icon
2. In Strategy tab page, select Zig-zag as Tool path style
3. In Geometry tab page, select Between Two Curves Mode and geometry as shown below

4. You must have 2 Guides not connected, in other case check in the Edge Selection menu the Options
panel and select as Link types: No Link
5. Select Out for the Start en End condition with an
offset of 5mm
6. In Tool tab page, select a tool with query icon
7. Look in ToolAssembliesSample01 catalog and
select End Mill D10 Rc0 tool

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8. In Macro tab page, select Approach macro

9. Select the Read macro from catalog icon and go to AddEx03-Manuf directory to read the
Mymacrocatalog.catalog

10. Double click on Approach and select MyMacroApproachMotions_manuf.1 macro


11. Do the same thing for the following macros
Retract => load the MyMacroRetractMotions_manuf.1 macro
Linking Retract => load the MyMacroLinkingMotions_retract_manuf.1 macro
Return in a level Retract => load the MyMacroReturnInOneLevelMotions_retract_manuf.1 macro
macro
12. Replay the Profile Contouring operation

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Step 6 - Create a Profile Contouring operation

1. Select Profile Contouring icon


2. In Geometry tab, Select Between Two Planes Mode, and geometry as the picture below:

Note that we could select non continuous profiles (Guide 1 & Guide 2)
3. In Tool tab, select a tool with query icon
4. Look in ToolAssembmiesSample01
5. Select an End Mill tool
- Nominal diameter=6mm
- Corner radius=0mm

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6. In Macro tab, define the following macros:


Approach macro: circular (3mm) + tangent (1mm) + axial (20mm)
Retract macro: Axial mode with 30mm
Linking Approach macro: circular (3mm) + tangent (3mm) + axial (20mm)
Linking Retract macro: circular (3mm) + tangent (3mm) + axial (20mm)

7. Replay the Profile Contouring operation

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Step 7 - Create a Profile Contouring operation

1. Select Profile Contouring icon


2. In Strategy tab page, define 3 as Numbers of levels

3. In Geometry tab page, select Between Two Planes Mode, and Top/Bottom as the picture below:

Note: Check that the arrow is pointing inside the pocket


4. In Macro tab page, specify the following macros:
Approach macro: circular (5mm) + tangent (5mm) + axial (20mm)
Retract macro: circular (5mm) + tangent (5mm) + axial (30mm)

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5. Replay the Profile Contouring Operation

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Step 8 - Create a Pocketing operation

1. Select Pocketing icon


2. In Strategy tab page, select Outward helical Tool path style and specify Number of levels=3

3. In Geometry tab page, select Top/Bottom as the picture below:

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4. In Macro tab page, define the following macros:


Approach macro: Ramping mode with 10mm and 20
Retract macro: circular (5mm) + axial (30mm)
Return Between Levels approach macro: Ramping mode with 10mm and 20
Return Between Levels retract macro: circular (5mm) + axial (5mm)

5. Replay the Pocketing operation

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Step 9 - Create a Pocketing operation


1. Select Pocketing icon
2. In Strategy tab page, select Outward helical Tool path style and specify Number of levels=2
3. Activate the option Always stay on bottom to minimize the air cutting

4. In Geometry tab page, select geometry as the picture below:

Note: Check that the extremity of the pocket is open (Dotted line)

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5. In Macro tab page, keep the default macros coming from the previous Pocketing operation
6. Replay the Pocketing operation

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Step 10 - Create a Profile contouring operation

1. Select Profile Contouring icon


2. In Strategy tab page, select One Way style, Distance between paths=2mm and Number of paths=8

3. In Geometry tab page, select Between Two Planes and geometry as the picture below:

Note: Start by selecting the boundary (5 edges) rather the bottom. If you select first the bottom, you will
have to delete the boundary to reselect the right one. Another option is to deactivate the option Contour
Detection to not take automatically the boundary when you select the bottom

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4. In Macro tab page, create the following macros:


Approach macro: tangent (20mm in machining feedrate) + circular (5mm) + axial (10mm)
Retract macro: tangent (20mm in machining feedrate) + circular (5mm) + axial (30mm)
Return in a level approach macro: tangent (20mm in machining feedrate) + axial (5mm)
Return in a level retract macro: tangent (20mm in machining feedrate) + axial (5mm)
5. Replay the Profile Contouring operation

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Step 11 - Create a Profile Contouring operation


1. Select Profile Contouring icon
2. In the Strategy tab page, define a Distance between paths=2mm and a Number of paths=7

3. In Geometry tab page, select geometry as the picture below:

Select Bottom Hard and Open pocket option

Note: Use the Edge Selection menu, select the 2 first edges then click on Navigate on belt of edges
4. In Macro tab page, keep the same macros as the previous operation but remove from the all the
tangent motions done in machining feedrate.

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5. Replay the Profile Contouring operation

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