Create your First U3000 Tool Path
In the second video of this 25-video series on programming a Multus U3000 with TopSolid, you will learn how to use the lower turret of the Multus U3000 to turn down the front face of the part. To do this, you will start by selecting the face to machine with the left mouse button. Then you will right mouse click and choose Roughing from the Turning section of the contextual menu. Once you get into the operation for rough turning, you will need to select your tool and set your cutting conditions.
Selecting a tool from the U3000 lower turret
To select the tool that you want to use, you need to click on the Tool icon from the operation icon bar. Next, it is important that you select the turret where you want to select the tool from. In this samples case, it will be the lower turret. Once you are viewing the lower turret, you can choose the appropriate tool by selecting the check box to the left of the tool number you wish to use. In this sample, all the tooling is pre-loaded on the Multus U3000 Machining template. This way, the common tools that are usually found on your machine are easy to use because they are already there!
Setup the rest of the operation for the U3000
Now that you have your tool selected, it is time to setup the rest of the operation. In this first operation, you will use the Quick Settings Balloon to modify the depth of cut and the stock to leave. As TopSolid is a fully certified Windows application, this can be done by just double left clicking on the field to modify. If you pay close attention to the preview of the tool path, you will see that everything you change dynamically updates on the screen.
From there you will click on the Feeds & Speeds button in the operation navigation bar. Once the dialog box is open, you will modify the settings to use constant surface feet. Once this is activated you will set the appropriate surface feet, chip load and finally the max RPM for the spindle.
Reviewing what you’ve learned
In this video, you want to pay close attention to the simplicity of how you create the tool path. There are three main points to remember when creating any tool path in TopSolid. You must:
- Select an operation type
- Select a cutting tool
- Set Feeds & Speeds
- Select geometry to machine
- Tweak operation settings
That’s all that is required! What’s even more impressive is that every single tool path command has the same requirements and the same way of being applied. So really, once you practice a bit, you should be able to apply any tool path operation that your machine can handle!
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