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post Mar 12 2015, 05:29 PM
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Is there any way in SprutCAM 9 to use multiple tool orientations in one file? I am using a Kuka robot arm, and I could really, really use this ability. Sometimes I need my cutting bit to be perpendicular to the end of the arm (straight up-and-down in the real-world) or inline with the end (parallel to the floor).

I cannot figure out if this is possible; the way SpructCAM is structured, the machine is always at the top of the tree (makes sense) and all the machining operations are subsets of the machine. Again, makes perfect sense, but since the tool orientation is controlled solely by the machine at the top of the tree, I don't see a way to have multiple tool orientations in one file.

Yeah, I could alter the initial rotation values for the specific axis/axes, but I need as much reach with the Kuka arm as I can get...again hence the need for those multiple tool orientations I've mentioned.

Is what I want possible in SprutCAM 9? Thanks in advance for any replies!
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post Mar 20 2015, 08:55 AM
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To be honest it's kind of difficult to picture what it is that you need to do from your description.
SprutCAM can 'index' the tool to a different position for pretty much all operations. This method holds the tool (spindle) at a specific angle which is commonly known as 3 + 1 or 3 + 2 axis machining:

or it can rotate the axis of the tool in relation to the parts surface normal 4D or 5D machining:

The first video shows a typical 3D machining strategy being applied to a part while the tool is held horizontal while the second you can see that the tool is being rotated while cutting. This last method needs a 5D capable operation being used.
In the standard SprutCAM operations this would be the 5D Contouring or the Morph operation (V9). If you are looking for advanced 5D milling operations in SprutCAM you will need the 5D (Moduleworks) option which can all be used with a robot.

This video shows 5D contouring project being used with a robot in SprutCAM:
I hope this helps?


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