thanks very much. Wow, you’re into some impressive stuff!
Mick, a guy from Western Australia has become a bit of an adviser and although he’s not a Rhino or Madcam guy, he’s helped with a few things including getting me to send him the code for that cut … he used a thing called MCU and did find some problems. I’m away from home and … oh, bingo … thought I didn’t have it but I found it … so I’ll attach it in case you want to have a look too. I have no idea what to do about these problems however at the moment. Since postprocessing that one, I did find that my “absolute tolerances” in Rhino were set to 0.01, so I changed that to .001 and the relative to .1% … I’m not sure if that will have an effect? I did originally set the other render mesh and model settings as per the Madcam instructions, and have tightened them up a bit further since.
Hey I have actually seen that Stretchalon thread before - it sounds brilliant and I would do it for a prototype thing. Probably a bit sloppy for the high end moulded stuff I’m aiming to do! But a superb idea.
I’m still very much clueless with Madcam. Not just learning what the different options and settings can do,but also how the system copes with editing/ changing things. Can you tell me, if you have created a number of toolpaths (say facing, roughing, z level then planar) and you decide that you want to edit the roughing path - maybe a bigger stepover or a bigger cutter, how do you know if the subsequent toolpaths have adjusted to the different amount of material left? (or what if you actually delete a whole toolpath?) Do you need to go back and recalculate them? Does having the other toolpaths hidden or locked make any difference?
If I have changed to a different cutter and recalculated a path, it doesn’t change the name of the layer and still has the old name, so I have trouble working out what cutter it is now set to (unless I postprocess it and look at the report).
Also if I am using different regions for different parts such as a plane for facing, the main wing shape for the main work, and then a trailing edge trench … I have to reselect the model at times and/or the region curves and I really don’t know how this is affecting other things … if I go to recalculate an earlier path it tells me that it can’t find the model …
I don’t think I know enough to ask good questions!
Surely there must be some good info somewhere about all this but I’ve looked at the tutorials and threads and haven’t found anything that really helps me to understand it.