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Step 8 – Programming a Multus U3000 – Milling an Open Pocket

Now that we have most of our turning done, in the eighth video of this 25-video series on programming a Multus U3000 with TopSolid, we want to start doing some milling. We will start by milling an open pocket. As you will see, when I select the face I want to mill, TopSolid suspects that it is an open pocket and proposes it as such.Programming a Multus U3000 - Milling an Open Pocket

The area we are working on is, in fact, an open pocket, so I move forward by selecting an appropriate tool. In this demonstration, I want to remind you just how easy it is to work with tooling in TopSolid. I can either choose the style tool I want and build from there, or select a tooling template. Either selection makes it easy to program the needed tooling information.

Because TopSolid is a highly intelligent solution, as soon as we make our tooling characteristic settings, TopSolid proposes a toolpath. After some quick feeds, speeds and cutting settings, we are all set.

As always, after these settings made, TopSolid automatically updates the stock model. Simulation allows us to check this operation for collisions and we notice in this case that the spinning axis is the tool and we can check for collisions even when the tool is spinning.

Milling and Open Pocket – Reviewing what You’ve Learned

This open pocket milling video further highlights TopSolid’s ability to help intelligently make decisions, but also offers the easy ability to adjust those decisions. Finally, TopSolid’s goal is always to give you 100% confidence when you ultimately hit start to begin post processing. Our machine simulation function for every process gives you this confidence.

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Step 7 – Programming a Multus U3000 – Test Synchronizations

In the seventh video of this 25-video series on programming a Multus U3000 with TopSolid, we test synchronizations of the operations we have programmed.  We have programmed a few operations, but the key question is – do these operations perform effectively together?Step 7 - Programming a Multus U3000 - Test Synchronizations

To answer this question, I switch to the final machining phase and bring up my scenario that contains all of our operations. TopSolid’s extremely powerful automatic layout command sets all the needed synchronizations dynamically.

Finally, I hit play on our simulation and we can watch all of the operations in the order they are going to happen  and see that they are synchronized appropriately.

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Step 5 – Programming a Multus U3000 – Finish Groove with Lower Turret

In the fifth video of this 25-video series on programming a Multus U3000 with TopSolid, I finish our groove using a lower turret.

I changed the type of finished I want to profiling, but just to be a little different, I decided to use the machine’s lower turret. After selecting the tool I believe will be best for the job, I must adjust the toolpath because the machine contains a slant bed lower. The machine’s kinemetric information I have already taught TopSolid allows me to visualize exactly what is going on and make the proper decisions.Step 5 - Programming a Multus U3000 – Finish Groove with Lower Turret

Finally, I want to program from two directions at once and to program my two points for a highly accurate toolpath.

After a quick setting of our feeds and speeds and a final check using TopSolid’s simulation, we are all set.

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Step 4 – Programming a Multus U3000 – Groove Roughing with TopSolid

In the fourth video of this 25-video series on programming a Multus U3000 with TopSolid, we continue roughing our part. Specifically, within this video you will learn how to manage groove roughing.

The Efficiency of Reusability. The Ease of Adjustments.

As is the case with nearly every function performed with TopSolid, you will notice the combination of utilizing information we have already taught the system, and being able to easily make customized tweaks for this step in the programming process. For instance, in the video you will notice that TopSolid “assumes” that we want to use the same tool and cutting angle that we were previously using.Step 4 - Programming a Multus U3000 – Groove Roughing with TopSolid

However, we in fact need a different tool and cutting method to rough our groove, but that is easy enough to change. I simply access a groove roughing method I have already taught the system and select the appropriate tool. Again, showing off the efficiency built into the very fabric of TopSolid, we drag and drop our feeds and speeds settings and avoid having to re-input data and settings the system already knows.

TopSolid, as always, updates the stock model based on our programming changes.

The Power of “Close Call” Collision DetectionTopSolid Collision Detection

Finally, and extremely importantly, TopSolid simulations checks for collisions, including potential fixture collisions. In this case, we are extremely close to colliding with the chuck, but do not in fact collide. TopSolid allows you to have 100% confidence in your end result, even in close calls.

Groove Roughing – Reviewing What You’ve Learned

This groove roughing video particularly highlights the efficiencies TopSolid creates by reusing the information you have already taught the system, while still being able to easily make needed adjustments. Additionally, this video highlights the power of TopSolid’s simulation capabilities to detect collisions, including fixture collisions, even when it’s a very close call.

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