I have been playing with solidcam for a little while and I was wondering if you can setup a fixture with multiple stations.
I have a part that needs machining on 4 sides with a fixture with 4 stations.
the first station is similar to a vise and holds the raw stock to machine the first side (think pocket with open ends)... we'll call this the top
all of the rest of the stations uses the previously machined pocket to index off of.
The second station rotates the part 90 degrees around the x axis for machining one side. we'll call this the left
the third station rotates the part 180 degrees about the x axis (right side)
the last station rotates the part another 90 degrees about the x axis to get to the bottom (it's now 180 degrees from station one).
How can solidcam handle this? I saw the Solidcam professor about the multi-sided machining but that seemed to indicate a 4-5 axis machine.
Is this a case where you can set (on the machine) a different home (G54-9 IIRC) for each coordinate system defined in solid cam (MAC 1 position 1, MAC 1 position 2)?
For background I went through HAAS CNC mill training 8-10 years ago at the local community college but we did all programs via hand coding.
I do not have a machine shop or a job at a machine shop but have a friend that runs a machine shop. It's mostly a hobby for me. He lets me use his computers to play with solidworks/solidcam when his guys are not using it (weekends mostly).