I am currently working for NIAR as a student assistant, trying to get CATIA to spit out decent G code, so we can give it to WATC to machine. The intent is that the students of the CATIA machining courses will have a more tangible representation of what they do with CATIA, and a firmer grasp of what it means when the Gcode hits the shop floor. As another benefit, the students of WATC will get the experience of being handed a program from an inexperienced programmer with really bad setup docs and ill written headers to produce a part. As we all know the goal is to give the students an experience as close to life like as possible before they are introduced into the actual shop environment.
Here's where my troubles begin:
My supervisor has purchased ICAM, but the licenses aren't transferring from one workstation to the other properly, and its all haywire for now. The WATC side has AustinNC but no one has been able to get it ironed out. Since I came from a machine shop background, I am the one that gets to figure out the situation.
So far, my best luck has been with modifying the PPtables from IMS, which I think is a demo version. However, I am running into I,J,K radius errors, not calling a height offset before an initial Z move, and a few other things.
So, i guess at this point, I would really like to have someone just tell me what my trouble exactly is...because I don't even know that yet! Once I can start getting some code that won't error the machine, then I can refine it from there.
We don't have the proper post libraries, at least I don't have access to them, for the VF2ss machines we are targeting right now, so I am using a generic Mill PPtable and adding comment lines for tracking, and a generic Haas library for posting.
I am open for suggestion.