Start with Machine Part Setup
In the first video of this 25-video series on programming a Multus U3000 with TopSolid, you will learn how to get started in TopSolid. You will start by opening the part to machine. From there, you will add this part to a Machine Part Setup document (MPS for short). It is in this document that you will tell TopSolid what the part to machine is and what the stock condition for the part is. (For more information about a Machine Part Setup Document, please click here.)
Include your MPS into a Machining Document
Next you will select a new Cam document by selecting a pre-created Machining template that already has the Okuma U3000 machine model and some basic tools loaded in it already. From there you will learn how to include your MPS file into the Machining document. It’s literally as simple as drag-n-drop to include. Next up…positioning of the MPS file on your chuck. This part is very important. You want to be sure that you position your part correctly in the simulated environment. To position the part you will be shown a few of TopSolid’s powerful and simple-to-use assembly constraints. (For more information about building assemblies within TopSolid you should check out this post here).
Once the part is loaded into the Machining document, you are now ready to make your first tool path.
Reviewing what you’ve learned
What you should pay close attention too in the video, is the simplicity of TopSolid. Everything that you see in this video is being done in real time. From the creation of the MPS file to the positioning of the part on the U3000 millturn machine. Remember you’re working in a simulated environment in real time. You’re working this way because it makes more sense and is a far more efficient way to program complex millturn machines. Why? It makes sense because you want to know if you make a mistake, at the moment you make the mistake. Not 2 days (or 3 weeks) later when you are running your program through a simulation. By that point you have too much to lose.
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