CNCSimulator Pro

user guide

1.6. View buttons

Using the view buttons below the 3D simulation screen, you can select what parts you want to see as well as cut workpieces. Note that you can turn on and off parts as well as zoom, pan and rotate and cut during the simulation.
To open the view panel, click on the button with the glasses.
On the left side of the panel you can select what parts you want to see during and after simulation. On the right side you can select the workpiece style. The styles get their look from the materials you have defined in your settings. You also find the simulation speed controller in this panel. Use it to control the speed of the simulation.
Note about machine limits: You can select to show the machine limits. They are defined in each machine file. If your CNC program tries to go outside these limits the simulator will alarm.
Using the button with a knife you can open the solid part cutting panel. Use the sliders to cut the part from any end to see its inside.
Sample2 using solid metal style.
Same part cut in half from the front
Some important notes on solid part simulation and speed:
Solid part simulation uses a lot of memory and computer power. Performance will depend on your hardware. If the simulation moves too slow, use the fast forward button to speed it up. For fastest simulation, check the Disable solid option in the view panel.
Your computer and/or graphics card may just not be powerful enough for solid simulations. In that case you might have to turn solid simulation off altogether by unchecking the Disable solid in the view panel. You will still be able to simulate tool paths and machine movements.
There is also a Solid buffer resolution setting under the Program tab in the Settings Editor. It can be set to low, medium, high or other. If the simulation runs slowly, set the resolution to low. Vice versa, if you have a powerful computer (and/or graphics card) that has no problems simulating complex solid parts, set the resolution to medium or high. If you select the last option in the list other, you can enter your own value for the buffer resolution.
Solid simulation has some limitations. First please note that using non flat mill tools will create a much more complex surface, hence using up much more computing power. For fast solid simulations, use flat tip tools. Also note that cutting can only be done from the tool tip all the way up in Z. That limitation will be obvious if you try to cut a slot in the side of a workpiece with a disk mill. The disk will act as if it was a flat end mill with the diameter of the disk. This is true as long as you have the 2.5 solid buffer selected in settings. If you are using the more advanced (and hence slower) full 3D buffer, side cuts will be correctly shown. For more information see: Settings
The buffer containing the solid part has a limited resolution. If you zoom in too much the piece will look rough. This is a compromise we did to not slow down the simulation too much.
Also note that if you set up more than one workpiece on the table, only the first one can be viewed as solid. Another compromise to not overload the computer.