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4 Axis Surface Milling in WF4

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4 Axis Surface Milling in WF4

I am surface milling a helical flute using 4 axis and the only options for tool paths are type_1, which is back and forth (conventional and climb milling) and then there is an option for type_one_direction which starts at the front and mills back the flute, retracts and starts at the front again for the next path. Does anyone know if you can stay in the cut conventional milling, almost like a race track moving from the outside of the cut in? Is there a mold milling package or any other package that could do this if the surface milling cannot?


Thanks,


Rich

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4 Axis Surface Milling in WF4

Rich,

I use surface mill for 4 axis all the time, what license do you have?



Thanks,

Brian Yoder
P: 651.633.4200 x2058 F: 651.633.5486
E: brian.yoder@donatelle.net<">mailto:brian.yoder@donatelle.net>
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4 Axis Surface Milling in WF4

Richard:
You can do this with Surface Mill and Closed Cut Type. You have to setup the outer loop and then inner loop. Then you have options like Helical Spiral that will gradually step around and progressively inward using a helical pattern. Those functions don't show up until you setup the cut type as Closed Cut Type.
Randy Kopf
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4 Axis Surface Milling in WF4

Richard,

If you would like some help seeing how this can be done drop me a line and
we can Web Conference.

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Kelsey Heikoop
Pro CNC Inc.
(360) 746-2728
Kelsey@ProCNC.com


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RE: 4 Axis Surface Milling in WF4

Richard,



This is a piece of cake. Create a mill surface, put small hole in middle of surface, Create 4-axis surface milling sequence, using cutline, closed loops, use little hole edge as inner loop and outside perimeter edge as outer loop, then spiral or helical from outer to inner or inner to outer.


Kent Hanson, Post-Pro, 269-663-5515

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