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Side Milling is easy with TopSolid…

topsolid-tips-and-tricksCreating good side milling tool paths can be a challenge…well… for some cam software’s.  But not for TopSolid!  In fact some of the really challenging parts of creating a good side milling operation are related to defining the correct area to machine.

In this sample, we are going to work on a solid model.  Programming on a solid model can bring its own challenges as well.  But again, in TopSolid, you will learn that most of the challenges of other systems just disappear into the ether of cam solutions past.

Alt Selection Side Milling

Use ALT+Left Click to select single face side milling
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For the first sample, you will be introduced to using ALT Selection to select single faces to side mill.  This can be a great strategy for machining simple faces like an outside vertical corner radius or chamfer.  Just use the ALT key and left mouse select the face to machine.  This action tells TopSolid to only machine that face.

Truncated Contouring Side Milling

Truncated contouring machines a local feature with side milling
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In the next sample, you will learn how to use Truncated Contouring. This mode of contouring allows you to focus on one local feature at a time.  By default, when you use Side Milling in TopSolid, TopSolid tries to side mill everything it can.  This is done based on all features that have the same final Z altitude that the face selected to machine has.  With Truncated Contouring you have a quick method to tell TopSolid to only machine the local feature based on the face selected.  It’s a very fast and efficient tool that helps you get to the finish line quickly.

Dynamic Profile Trimming in Side Milling

Dynamic profile trimming allows to modify the suggested profile from side milling
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The next need-to-know method will be how to use Dynamic Profile Trimming. With Dynamic Profile Trimming you have the ability to trim the TopSolid Proposed tool path to better meet your manufacturing need.  In many cases, when doing solid based programming, Cam software’s can often give you more than you need.  So you are left to go back and draw your own profile. But with this mode you can manipulate the machined profile quickly and easily…thus saving yourself a lot of unnecessary steps.

Use Side Milling on a Sketch

Use a sketch to side mill with ultimate control
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The final example will show you how to create a sketch or profile to use with side milling. When using a sketch with side milling, you have a lot of control.  You can:

  • Purely follow the profile (no gouge check against solid)
  • Follow the profile only where there is stock (with gouge check)
  • Follow the profile, but ignore stock to machine (with gouge check)
  • Follow the profile, but check against the solid model

The following video will walk you through samples of everything discussed above.

Now, this article only shows you some of the common side milling features of TopSolid.  What’s more, this is only a 2D sample.  Just imagine the possibilities of what TopSolid has to offer for complex tool paths.

Getting Started: Basic 2d Mill Tutorial

TopSolid Getting Started Tutorial logo

In this TopSolid Getting Started video tutorial series, you will be introduced step by step to the basics of how to create tool path for a basic 2d mill part.  This will include:

  • A review of the basic TopSolid settings used to create this tutorial
  • Importation of the tutorial project
  • Step by step videos to machine the part through completion
  • How to use Verify
  • Post processing
  • Creation of setup sheets

Part to machine for tutorial

The goal of this tutorial is to help new users of TopSolid get up and running with our solution quickly and efficiently.

This tutorial does not fully explain each option that is used. Instead it shows you the basics so that you can begin to fully explore what TopSolid’Cam can do for you.

In order to use this tutorial, you will need to download the tutorial assets.  Below are a couple of links that you can use. You can download just the project file with the Parasolid file.  Or you can download the project file, with the Parasolid file and a copy of all of the videos that go with the tutorial.  The second option is quite the large download. But with this download, you don’t need to have web access to watch the videos.  The choice is yours.

Sample project download
Sample Package (50 Kb’s)
Sample project download
Sample Package with videos (548 Mb’s)

After you have downloaded the project, please proceed to watching the videos. Again, if you downloaded the project with the videos, you can watch them from inside of TopSolid. Otherwise, the videos for this tutorial are as follows.

TopSolid Cam 2d Mill Basic-Before you Start

In this video, you will see how to modify some of the settings within TopSolid. It is important to check your settings so that they match the settings used in this tutorial. If you don’t, TopSolid may react differently from what you see in the video. These differences will only be things like default values, unit of measure and such.  However, for the best experience possible with this tutorial, we recommend you to modify your settings to match ours.

Step 1

In step 1 of the basic 2d cam tutorial for TopSolid 7, you start by importing the package Continue reading Getting Started: Basic 2d Mill Tutorial