Steep Overlap & Follow Periphery with Center Passes in Flowcut
In Flowcut operations, you can now overlap the cutting motions between steep areas that use a Zlevel cut pattern and non-steep areas that use any cut pattern to achieve a smoother finish where the areas converge.
Created with NX CAM 9.0.3
You can also use a Follow Periphery cut pattern for steep and non-steep areas. Follow Periphery allows you to add a center pass which can improve the surface finish where corners in the Follow Periphery cut pattern produce diagonal stepovers that can result in scallops. By combining Follow Periphery in non-steep areas and Zlevel in steep areas, you can achieve optimal corner and pocket rest material removal while improving cutting efficiency, part surface finish, and reducing cutter wear.
To use this self-demo, save the attached part file locally and follow the instructions in the pdf document.
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About the Author
Bill Storrs is in the CAM Product Management Group at Siemens PLM software, Cypress California. His main focus is on CAM usability and learning support. He currently leads the CAM Learning Initiative Team whose mission is to provide users with a comprehensive collection of reference and training materials. He has an M.A. in Corporate Training and Development and has been in the industry for over 20 years.