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> Machining result with part compare visualisation mode, SprutCAM2007 impressive feature of colouring part gouges and undercuts
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post Mar 8 2009, 07:27 PM
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The ability of colouring part gouges and undercuts by red-yellow-green-aqua-blue color scheme in SprutCAM 2007 is a very power tool.

This visualisation mode is turned on by clicking on the coloured part icon at the Verify toolbar.
In the compare mode the machining result of the selected operation is compared with the part of the selected operation while the differences
are coloured with different colors: large gouges are coloured red, small gouges - yellow, large undercuts - blue, small undercuts - aqua, while the
color of the Zero level is lime. You can change the compare levels as well as the compare tolerance at the compare gauge that is present on the screen in this mode.

There is some cool trick that can help you to produce great parts quickly.

The most milling operations in the SprutCAM 2007 have the option "Check Workpiece" at the Strategy tab of the Operation Parameters dialog.
At the Check Workpiece panel you can set the Workpiece thickness to ignore. I.e. if you want to machine undercuts region, you have to set the Ignore Thickness to some value. The default Value is the Machine Tool Increment (0.001 mm) divied by 10, i.e. 0.01 mm. This value is too small in most cases.
You have to override it to produce correct rest machining toolpath. How you can find out the correct ignore thickiness?

Just click on the Compare mode button at the Verify toolbar. You will see the coloured part. The undercut regions are coloured aqua and blue. The default levels of the gauge are -0.01, -0.1, 0.01, 0.1. So the regions of the workpiece that are thicker than the part greater than 0.1 mm are colored blue. So if you set the Ignore Thickness of the Worpiece to 0.1 all the blue regions of the workpiece will be machined by the operation. You can play with the blue compare level to find the correct value for the ignore thickness. So it is not the problem any more!

Attached File  Compare2.JPG ( 55.71K ) Number of downloads: 15


Best regards. Enjoy the work! wink.gif



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post Mar 9 2009, 09:11 PM
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The ability of colouring part gouges and undercuts by red-yellow-green-aqua-blue color scheme in SprutCAM 2007 is a very power tool.

This visualisation mode is turned on by clicking on the coloured part icon at the Verify toolbar.
In the compare mode the machining result of the selected operation is compared with the part of the selected operation while the differences
are coloured with different colors: large gouges are coloured red, small gouges - yellow, large undercuts - blue, small undercuts - aqua, while the
color of the Zero level is lime. You can change the compare levels as well as the compare tolerance at the compare gauge that is present on the screen in this mode.

There is some cool trick that can help you to produce great parts quickly.

The most milling operations in the SprutCAM 2007 have the option "Check Workpiece" at the Strategy tab of the Operation Parameters dialog.
At the Check Workpiece panel you can set the Workpiece thickness to ignore. I.e. if you want to machine undercuts region, you have to set the Ignore Thickness to some value. The default Value is the Machine Tool Increment (0.001 mm) divied by 10, i.e. 0.01 mm. This value is too small in most cases.
You have to override it to produce correct rest machining toolpath. How you can find out the correct ignore thickiness?

Just click on the Compare mode button at the Verify toolbar. You will see the coloured part. The undercut regions are coloured aqua and blue. The default levels of the gauge are -0.01, -0.1, 0.01, 0.1. So the regions of the workpiece that are thicker than the part greater than 0.1 mm are colored blue. So if you set the Ignore Thickness of the Worpiece to 0.1 all the blue regions of the workpiece will be machined by the operation. You can play with the blue compare level to find the correct value for the ignore thickness. So it is not the problem any more!

Attached File  Compare2.JPG ( 55.71K ) Number of downloads: 15


Best regards. Enjoy the work! wink.gif


Nice note on the new feature and thanks for the tutorial. This is pretty cool!


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post Mar 16 2009, 11:29 AM
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Thanks Live, a nice description of this very useful feature. I will add a very important caveat to this though: you should only rely on the Part compare function if you have done a full simulation of the part and not used one of the Fast simulation options.........

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