I am new to Gibbs and the forging industry. I am currently using Gibbs to post programs to resink (remachine) mold blocks. I face off the old mold blocks about .100 to .250.
My question is. Does anyone know how to fix Gibbs so that i'm not cutting air?
The mold block that i face off is getting the same impression as it had before. I just dont want to be cutting air till it getts to the part of the old impression thats left, then machines down that .100 or .250 to get to final depth.
Species: so you can select a surface in a mold and tell gibbs whats air and whats stock? i know you could do that with geometry. didn't know you could do that with surfaces.
am i on the right track in my thinking?
Not sure what you got going. In general Gibbs compares a "Stock" solid to a "Part" solid and should only remove stock. It sounds like you are using the old stock body to re-machine the block. So Gibbs thinks you are starting a new part where all the stock is still there.
Do you have two solids? One that is the finished part and one that is the raw stock. If not you need to make a solid that is represents the part with stock to be removed.
It would be a good idea to post a picture of your part in Gibbs to give us a better idea of what you are trying to do.
Specsies: I found what your talking about. I right clicked on the model and see where i can call it stock, fixture or part. I have one model that is the finished part. I can manipulate it to make it represent the stock part. Could you walk me through this? I guess my confusion is if i call my finished part (stock) how can i apply my tool paths to that to give me my finished part? Maybe i am making this more complicated than it really is. LOL
Specsies: I have one in the body bag as part and have the other on the screen as stock. I have moved my stock model up in Z to the amount that was faced off. Question? Now i will be able to apply tool paths to my part model and it will reconginize whats air and whats stock and not be cutting so much air?
Specsies: I think i was able to figure it out with what help you gave.
Thank you very much. it seems simple now. lol
Species8472, do you have to use coolant when machining 6061 in fluidic space?