Do you know how to switch the feed rate mode from PERMIN to PERREV for Rigid Tapping?

Rigid tapping cycles perform the following sequence of actions: the tool plunges at cutting feed, reverses the spindle, retracts at cutting feed and reverses the spindle again. If the CAM programmer uses proper best practices, whenever a tapping cycle is programmed, the feed rate should be expressed in units per revolution (PERREV). However, situations may [...]

June 2nd, 2015|Categories: CAM-POST GENER, Tech Tips|

How to install a dedicated post-processor into your CAMPOST V21 database?

Dedicated post-processors are delivered in an ICAM-proprietary file format, which is a binary file with a “.dp” extension. This file may contain one or more post-processors, Virtual Machine models and Control Emulators. For ease of use, ICAM recommends using the Import facility, available in the GENER launch panel, to read and import the contents of [...]

May 26th, 2015|Categories: CAM-POST GENER, Tech Tips|

GENER launch panel has been redesigned for CAM-POST V21

The new unified launch panel combines the activation of Gener post-processing, CeRun control Emulation and Virtual Machine simulation all in a single interface. This was done in support of a new V21 PSE (Post/Simulation/Emulation) enhancement that allows Gener and CeRun to be run in parallel (so that Cerun simulates NC code as it is being [...]

March 31st, 2015|Categories: CAM-POST GENER, Tech Tips|

Efficient debugging in GENER using options in Macro Manager Dialog

The Macro Manager dialog provides options to enable or disable the execution or tracing of any macro. There are also options to turn on (or off) the system variables affecting the processing of startup and shutdown macros for cycles, motion, operation event and tape macros. These system variables are grayed out if their corresponding macros [...]

March 10th, 2015|Categories: CAM-POST GENER, Tech Tips|

How to define with CAM-POST a Virtual Machine that has two spindles

Machining centers with multiple spindles offer a compromise between flexibility and productivity. Different machine designs use the multiple spindles in different ways. For example for some operations (Milling or Turning) we need to load the tool in the first spindle and for others operations (only turning) we need to load the tool in the second [...]

August 26th, 2014|Categories: CAM-POST GENER, Tech Tips|

Did you know that you can produce better NC code that avoids part gouges?

Some machines with Fanuc controller have tool tip programming mode G43.4. But this mode only provides tool tip linearization not full linear interpolation: the controller keeps the tool tip moving on a straight line, but performs constant interpolation of the rotary axes. If from start location to the end location there is large rotary [...]

July 22nd, 2014|Categories: CAM-POST GENER, Tech Tips|

Using tool length to improve linearization

Using tool length to improve linearization "Linearization" is a function of post-processing, for machines with rotary axes, which subdivides a motion into smaller steps to ensure that the tool tip follows the path intended (i.e., a straight line). Many modern controllers have an RTCP function that does this automatically (e.g., Siemens TRAORI, Fanuc G43.5, Heidenhain [...]

May 27th, 2014|Categories: CAM-POST GENER, Tech Tips|