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Sprut Cam 7 build 1.6
I have a simple file created in Alibre, saved and imported as an .igs file into Sprut cam, the waterline function works fine but I cant get the hole machining to work. The waterline finishing will machine the 3/16" hole but nothing happens on the 1/16" holes, its set for simple drilling on those.
I have tried it on two different files and neither one will work. I sent one to Eric friday but I havent gotten a reply yet.
I am new to cnc machining and probably have something set wrong. Any hints or advice welcomed.........
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I tried.tap file and .igs, the uploader doesnt like the extensions?? It is a common notepad file, I have seen code posted here but not .igs files. I can post it as soon as I get this figured out..
You need to put it in a .zip file for the forum to accept it. That's good practice anyway, as some forum members don't have high speed internet.
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It looks like there have been problems with the hole machining part of Sprut Cam dating back a couple years or more, I did find a work around for this part (I think), I needed 3 .0625 holes and to get them I specified a .0625 ball mill (#1) in the tool chart, then specified the OD as .060 and it put in the .0625 holes! I need to see how it runs on the machine and maybe I can use a drill in this part of the operation to get the depth I need. It may require two programs as the drill will try to hole machine the larger hole and that would be a disaster.
I may have something set wrong in the program,but if thats the case, why will this operation work in the waterline machining part of the program and not the hole machining?
Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated..............
I am one of the folks that had several issues with hole machining in the past....
I am not at home so don't have my notebook but I would take a look at your T1, H1, and H2 values in your code. Something just doesn't look right.
A couple of bits of info...
Assuming that you choose a hole machining operation to make the .0625" dia. holes SC will not drill a hole that is smaller in dia. than the tool you selected. So make sure your hole is what you think it is in the Alibre model, sounds like by your statement above that the hole itself in the model is smaller than .0625" and fooling SC with the tool dia. as .06" it proceeded to drill the holes. In the waterline operation your tool was smaller than the diameter of the hole in the model.
I would use a drill to make the .0625" holes with a hole machining operation in less your specs are really tight. And depending on how deep I would use the deep drilling option with step over, etc. so that the drill does a peck routine rather than go straight at it full depth.
So yea, two operations to get the result, a waterline finishing op w/ a end mill for the counter bore and a hole machining op w/ a drill bit for the .0625" holes.
As far as Zip files go you can right click on the file you want to compress and you will see a list in the pop-up, click on "send to" then click on "compressed (zipped) folder" and a zipped folder will appear in the same directory (folder) your working in. MS Windows has had a built in compression utility since Windows XP if recall correctly.
It is usually best to zip and upload a SC project file rather than the .tap file in most cases.
Currently using SC7 Build 1.6 Rev. 64105
Thanks guys for all the good information!
I have unzipped files but never sent one, I will have to check that out.
Its a bit of a bumer that I cant get the operations I need to work correctly, I am a rookie to the cnc machining process.
I also have another problem with a sprut cam operation, but its simpler. It visualizes allright in sprut cam but when the axes are zeroed out on the machine and referenced properly, the part will start machining .55 too high (air cutting) I can put the .550 in the z axes after zeroing and it will start machining at the correct height.
The problems make the learning process more memorable ha!
Eric straightened it out in just a few minutes in a remote session!
The problem wasnt with Sprut Cam it was on my end, I didnt highlight the holes to be drilled or click center in the job assignment.
The holes drilled fine after that.
The height problem I will work on as its probably a simple fix as well..........
Now I can finish cutting off that tree stump and make my wife happy ha!