How to Create Machine Styles

The use of machining styles can improve productivity when used with parts that have similar machining operations. When creating machining styles, please pay special attention to the mix of tooling and tool numbers associated within a style. 

A machining style can contain one or more 2D/3D machining operations, which can be individually applied to selected geometries or automatically to geometries on assigned layers. 

The machining operations contained within a style can be modified prior to application or the operation can be altered under the Operations tab after it has been associated to the geometries. 

Starting with a fresh screen (File/New), we will now begin the geometry and tool path creation for this exercise. 

1. Create a rectangle from X0,Y0 to X20,Y20.
(Geometry/Rectangle)
2. Select a Flat ½ inch tool for your tool.
(Machine/Select Tool)
3. Set tool direction to the rectangle you created. For this exercise we will use CCW, Outside, with the Start point to the center of the bottom horizontal line. (Machine/Tool Directions)
4. Apply a Rough or Finish pass to the Rectangle. Use the same settings that we
used on the previous example of the cabinet side. (Machine/Rough of Finish)

Once you are done, you should have a drawing that matches the following screen shot:

With the Operations tab active in the Project Manager, “Right click” on the Finish Pass located under Op 1. (To active the Project Manager, select VIEW from the menu bar and click on Project Manager).

We have two options that deal with Machining Styles at this point. We can either “Save As New Style” or we can “Add to Existing Style”. We will “Left click” on “Save As New Style” and the following window will appear:

Save your new Style as “IRT DEMO”. After you have entered the name, “Left click” on Save. If the Style has a rough or Finish pass involved, you will be asked to apply Lead In/Out information for that tool path. Fill in this screen as shown below:

That Style is now saved. Go to File/New and get a clean screen. Draw some type of geometry on your screen, and set tool direction to it (Machine/Tool Directions). Activate the Machining Styles tab in the Project Manager. You should see the Style we just created. If so, “Right click” on the “IRT DEMO” style.

Now you have various options that are available to that Style. We are going to “Apply Style to Selected Geometries”. Your prompt bar will ask you to select the geometries that you want to apply this style to, select the geometry on your screen and select “Finish”.

If all works well you will see a tool path around the geometry you created without ever having to go through the Rough or Finish dialogue boxes.

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