I was shown a toolpath today, created in MasteCAM, that oscillates in z with options to create either a sine wave or peaked path. In this case it was being used to cut a laminate and avoid heating up the tool so much. Other than sketching the path, is there any way to create this in Creo?
I'm assuming this is in essence a 2D cut, with the Z oscillation added in so you can avoid always cutting glue layers with the same area of the tool? If so, one way would be to define a surface beneath the lower extent of the part, with whatever "bumpiness" you desire, then use a trajectory cut that specifies said surface for the height.
Although, it seems there *should* be some means of specifying an equation that modifies Z height according to distance of travel along the tool path.
A disadvantage I would see to this is you'll be forced to output "points only", making output files rather large. Which will also likely affect the "smoothness" of any arc
paths that would otherwise be done by a circular interpolation. You'd need to be careful about the "tolerance" values specified in defining the cuts, I guess.
Was the Z motion created in MasterCAM or at the machine tool with a G-code?
Kenneth has a good option for doing it in Creo, but the motion will also affect corners in the X-Y plane. If you can live with this, than that should the way to go.
This is more of a curiosity than something I need. The path I was shown was done in 5-axis to trim a part that had been laid up where the part was contoured and the finished edge needed to be normal to the surface, and this method supposedly reduces the heat in the cut and extends the life of the tool. I didn't see the gcode but I assume it would be quite large.
Ben, the entire tool path was created n MasterCAM, 2 check boxes and a couple of parameters.
Ken, do you have an example of using an equation to control a tool path?
Sorry, but I said there *should* be a method of controlling a toolpath with an equation, but I've never done it and never seen a method to do so.