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12.1.31. Setting Parameters for operations

Each contour layer has a gear button to set its parameters. If you click it, the Cutting Operation Parameters dialog will be shown. You can also double- click on the layers panel to open the parameters.
 
 
At the top right corner, you find the “Type” selector. Here you can select of what type the operation should be. It can be contour, drilling, pocket or text.
 
 
This should be the first thing you set on a new toolpath/ contour layer.
 
It is also a good idea to name the layer so you will be able to find the operation in the CNC program (all layer names will be output within parenthesis before each operation in the CNC code).
 
 
You will not be able to set any other parameters before you have selected the operation type.
 
When a layer has its type set to other than “No operation” CNC code will be output from that layer.
 
The basic parameters are:
 
Save for fine cut.
Will make the tool leave the distance you enter for a fine cut. For example, if you have a tool of diameter 6 millimeter and the toolside of the contour is set to left, the tool will go 3 millimeters to the left of the contour. If you set “Save for fine cut” to 1 the tool will go 4 millimeters to the left.
 
Transport Height.
Here you enter at what height the tool should go to when re- position with fast traverse to another position. Make sure the height is higher than the workpiece (or any other objects on the machine table) to avoid collisions.
 
Cutting Level Z.
Used to set the cutting depth of the operation. Make sure it is higher than the machine table and lower than the workpiece top.
 
Feed XY.
Enter the feed rate in mm/ min or inch/ min (depending on your virtual machine) for all movements in the XY- plane.
 
Feed Z.
Enter the feed rate in mm/ min or inch/ min (depending on your virtual machine) for all movements in the Z-axis.
 
Spindle RPM.
Enter the spindle revolutions per minute (RPM) value here.
 
Coolant.
Activate this if you want to output code for coolant water for the operation in the CNC program.
 
Spindle direction.
This controls the direction of the spindle for the operation. Clockwise or anticlockwise.
 
For more parameters, see: