I just moved to Surfcam after using FeatureCam for over a year. So what do you all recommend for upping my learning curve. I've used other Cad/Cam systems, but this seems a little greek to me. I got a simple toolpath run, but I know I'm going to be working some very complex parts soon. Mostly going to import solidworks files and make them into part programs. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
when setting up for a toolpath, there is "help button" which will bring up a picture of the menu you are using at the time. you click on the picture and it will explain each buttons function to you. also if you're simulations start going real slow you can change to "pixel based simulation" and the sim will run real fast.
I can say that I'm learning it as best I can. So far 2D work is easy enough. I think the interface of the software is a little clunky but you get used to it. I have yet to tackle any 3d work but I have some coming up soon. I may need some input on that with bounding boxes. Eventually I'll be working on programming propellers...that should be really interesting. Thanks for asking Champ
Does your company pay the yearly user maintenance fee to the software dealer? If so, you can call for technical support. I've been in the same boat, with no prior experience. Learning on my own with little assistance will make you remember problems easier, even though you may struggle been at it for about 7 years now. If you have an older version of the software that came with an owners manual, it explains the different 3d options for machining, such as z rough, and z finish, and planar cut. This was quite helpfull for me. Good luck!
Another tip on engraving. Once the text is exploded, when you create you tool path, you'll find where line intersect, it may leave some uncut. Examples if I remember correctly are 4 and E. If you break the horizontal line of the 4 at the vertical line, and then trim both ends away from the vertical line .002 or so, it wil cut all of the 4. As for the E, trim the center horizontal line away from the vertical line about .002 and it will cut all of E.