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TUTORIALSERIESFOR

TUTORIAL1

MastercamArtOrganic&TextureSurfaces;CutthePartUsingArt
BaseSurfaceToolpaths

ArtTUTORIAL1

OBJECTIVES:

CreatingaNewArtBaseSurfaceRectangular

CreatingOrganicSurfaces

UsingArtManager

CreateTextureSurface

SettheActiveArtBaseSurfaceToptotheZplane

MachinetheActiveArtBaseSurface

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GEOMETRYCREATION

STEP1:CREATEANEWRELIEF
AReliefbasedsurfaceisaflat2Dsurfacefromwhichyouwillgroworcarveyourart.

File
Open
SelectBEE_GEO.mcx.

PleasecheckpagesA1andA2fromtheGetting
Startedchapterforthefilelocation.

SelecttheOpenbutton.

Tokeeptheoriginalfilesavethefilewitha
differentnameasshownbelow.

File
SaveAs
EntertheFileName:BEE_SURFACE.mcx
SelecttheOKbutton.

PleasecheckpagesA4andA5fromtheGettingStarted
chaptertoenabletheArttoolbarandtheGrid.

Art
NewArtBaseSurface
Rectangular

MakesurethattheLowerLeftPointissetasshowntothe
right(X=0;Y=0).

ClickontheUseMastercamtopickUpperRightPointbutton
intheUpperRightPoint.

SelectUseMastercamto
pickUpperRightPoint

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SelecttheTopRightcorneroftherectangleasshownbelow.

SelecttheEndpointhere
Makesurethatthe
Endpointcursorappears
whenselectingthecorner.

TheArtBaseSurface
parametersshouldlookas
showntotheright.

Resolutiondefinesthenumberofgridpointsdisplayedperinchor
millimetre.Itcontrolsthecrispnessofthereliefmodel.

SelecttheOKbuttontoexitthescreen.

SelectIsometricView.

SelecttheFiticon.

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PressAlt+Stoshade/unshadethepart.

Theartbasesurfaceshouldlookasshowninthedrawing
totheright.

STEP2:CREATETHEORGANICSURFACES

OrganicSurfaceisareliefsurfacewhichisdefinedasapointgrid.Itwillgrowandscale
inanorganicwayautomatically.Thesurfacerequiresclosedchainsonwhichyouapply
crosssections

EnableArtManagerbyselectingtheArttab.

SelectArt

SelecttheHideArtbuttontohidethebasesurface.Youwillbeabletoselectthegeometryeasier.

SelectTopView.

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Art
CreateArtSurfaceOperation
Organic
EnablePolygonbuttonandInsideintheChainingdialogbox.
Createapolygonaroundthebeegeometryasshowninthepicture
below.

Clickhereforthe
startpoint
SelectEndchainfromtheChainingdialogboxtoclosethepolygon.

[Sketchapproximatestartpoint]:Selectapointinsideofthepolygon
asshowninthepictureabove.

Notethatthebeegeometryishighlightedintheselectioncolor.

SelecttheOKbuttontoexitChainingdialogbox.
Makesurethatthesettingsarematchingthescreenshottotheright.

CrossSectionallowsyouto:
1.

Selectapredefined,parametrizablecrosssection.

2.

PickanexistingMastercamgeometryasthecrosssection.

3.
LoadorSavecrosssections.
4. Setradius/Heightonceyouselectthepredefinedonce.
Weareusingthedefaultcrosssection:ConvexArcwithaRadius=0.125.

SelecttheOKbuttontwice.
DisableHideArtModel.
SelectIsometricView.

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Thesurfaceshouldlookasshown.

WewillZoomintocheckthebeelegsasshownbelow.

SelectZoomWindowicon.

[Specifyzoomwindow]:SelectPointA.
[Specifyzoomwindow]:SelectPointB.

SelectPointA

SelectPointB

Thesurfacelooksasshown.

TosoftentheridgewewillmodifythesurfaceusingtheArtManager.

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STEP3:SOFTENTHERIDGE
3.1RenametheOrganicSurface.

Wewillchangethenameofthesurfacesthatwecreatedinordertokeeptrackofthemandtobeable
toidentifythemquicklytoedit.

RightmouseclickontheOrganicSurfaceintheArtManagerandselect
Rename.

EnterBeeSurface.

3.2AdjusttheShape.

DoubleclickonParameters.

IntheAdjustridgefieldselectthedropdownarrowtoselecttheshape.

SelecttheArcLowshape.

SelecttheOKbuttontoexitOrganicSurfaceParametersscreen.

Thesurfacewilllookasshown.

SelecttheFitbutton.

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SelectTopView.
EnableHideArtModel.

STEP4:CREATETHEELLIPSESURFACE

4.1CreatetheEllipseSurface.

Art
CreateArtSurfaceOperation
Organic
EnableChainintheChainingdialogbox.
[SelectoneormorechainsforContour1]:SelecttheEllipseasshownbelow.

Selectthe
Ellipsehere

SelecttheOKbuttontoexitChaining.

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SelectthePredefined,parametrizablecrosssectionbuttonasshownto
theright.

SelecttheConvexParabolaasshown.

MakesurethattherestofparametersintheOrganicSurface
Parametersscreenaresetasshowntotheright.
SelecttheOKbuttontoexitOrganicSurfaceParametersscreen.

TheNametheOperationWindowwillappear.EntertheOperation
nameasElipseSurface,asshownbelow.

SelecttheOkbuttontoexittheNametheOperationwindow.

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DisableHideArtModel.

SelecttheIsometricView.

Thepartshouldlookasshown.

Notethattheellipticalsurfacelookslikeashield.

4.2StretchtheEllipseSurfacetolooklikeadome.

DoubleclickontheEllipseSurface
Parametersasshown.

Doubleclickon
theParameters

SelecttheDoublearrowtoopentheAdvancedParameters.

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ChangetheScaleCsectionto1000.0%.

SelecttheOKbuttontoexittheAdvancedParametersOrganic
screen.

SelecttheOKbuttontoexittheOrganicSurfaceParametersscreen.

Thegeometryshouldlookasshowntothe
right.

SelectTopView.
EnableHideArtModel.

SelecttheFitbuttonifnecessary.

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STEP5:CREATEATEXTURESURFACE

Art
CreateTextures.
CustomTextures.
EnableWindowbuttonintheChainingdialogbox.
MakesurethatInsideisalsoenabled.
Makethewindowisasshowninthepicturebelow.
[Sketchapproximatestartpoint]:Selectapointinthemiddleasshown.

Makethe
window

Selectthispoint

SelecttheOKbutton
dialogbox.

toexitChaining

SelectthearrownexttotheTextureStylefieldandselectGrid
Rotate.

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MakesurethattheBasePatternFileisDiamond.asl;otherwise,
clickontheBrowsebuttontoselectit.

LeavethedefaultsettingsasshownandselecttheOKbuttonto
exit.

ClickOktoexittheNametheOperationWindow.

DisableHideArtModel.
SelectIsometricView.

Thepartshouldlookasshown.

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TomodifythepatternselectdoubleclickontheCustomTexture
surfaceParameters.
DoubleclickonParameters

ChangetheTxtureStyletoRandomize.

SelecttheOKbuttontoexitCustomTextureParameters.

Thegeometrylooksasshownbelow.

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STEP6:MOVETHEMODELTOHAVEZ0ATTHETOPOFTHEGEOMETRY

ChangetheGraphicViewtoFront.
SelecttheFitbutton.

Thegeometrylookslikethediagramshownbelow.

NotethatthegeometryisaboveZ0.WewanttohaveZ0atthetopofthegeometry.

Art
XformArtBaseSurface
ShiftArtModelBelowZZero
MakesurethatSurfaceToptoisenabled.

SelecttheOKbuttontwicetoexit.

Thepartwilllookasshown.

ChangetheGraphicViewtoIsometric.
SelecttheScreenFitbutton.

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STEP7:HIDETHE2DGEOMETRYUSINGLEVELMANAGER

SelectLevelfromtheStatusBarasshown.

Enternumber10intheMainLevel.

SelectAlloffbutton.

TheLevelManagershouldlookasshowntothe
right.

SelecttheOKbuttontoexitLevelManager.

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SelecttheRepaintbutton.

TOOLPATHCREATION
STEP8:SETUPTHESTOCK
StepPreview:

SelecttheToolpathsManagertab.
IfamachineisalreadyselectedintheToolpathsManager,skipthe
nextselection.

Otherwiseselect;

Machinetype
Mill
Default

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SelecttheplusinfrontofPropertiestoexpendtheToolpaths
GroupProperties.

Selecttheplus

SelectStocksetup.

SelectStocksetup

Changetheparameterstomatchthescreenshottotheright.

TheStockOriginvaluesadjust
thepositioningofthestock,
ensuringthatyouhaveequal
amountofextrastockaround
thefinishpart.
Displayoptionsallowsyouto
setthestockasWireframeand
tofitthestocktothescreen.(Fit
Screen)

Selecttheleftcornertomovethe
arrowasshown.

Selectthiscorner

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SelecttheToolSettingstabtosetthetoolparametersandthepartmaterial.
Changetheparameterstomatchthescreenshottotheright.

Assigntoolnumbers
sequentiallyallowsyouto
overwritethetoolnumberfrom
thelibrarywiththenext
availabletoolnumber.(First
toolnumber1;
operation
Secondoperation tool
number2,etc.)
FeedCalculationsettoUser
definedusesfeedrate,plunge
rate,retractrateandspindle
speedthatyouenter.

SelecttheOKbuttontoexitToolpath
GroupProperties.

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STEP9:MACHINETHEPART
ToolpathPreview:

Art
ToolpathArtBaseSurface

SelecttheOKbuttontoacceptthesamenamefortheNCasthe
geometry.

SelecttheSelectlibrarytoolbutton.

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SelecttheFilterbuttonintheToolSelectionwindow.

Toselectthe1/8BallEndmillfollowthenextsteps.
SelecttheNonebuttonintheToolTypes.
SelecttheEndmillSphereastheToolType.
SelectthedropdownarrowandpickEqualintheToolDiametersection.
Enter1/8asthediameter.

SelecttheOKbuttontoexitToolListFilter.

Selectthe1/8BallEndmillfromthelist.
SelecttheOKbuttontoexittheToolSelectionscreen.

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MakesurethattheparametersintheToolParameterspagematchthefollowingscreenshot.

SelecttheArtBaseSurfaceToolpathParameterstabandchangetheCuttingmethodandthe
StepoverPercentasshown.
ChangethestocktoleaveinZto0.

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SelecttheFilterbuttonfromtheArtBasesurfacetoolpath
parameterssection.

SelecttheOKbuttontoexitFilterSettingsparameters.

SelecttheOKbuttontoexitMachineArtBaseSurface
parameters.

Noteitmaytakeafewminutes
togeneratethetoolpath.

STEP10:BACKPLOTTHEPART

SelecttheBackplotselectedoperationsbutton.

Makesurethatyouhavethefollowingbuttonsturnedon(theywillappearpusheddown).

Displaytool
Displayrapid
moves
SelectthePlaybutton.

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SelecttheOKbuttontoexitBackplot.

STEP11:VERIFYTHEPART

SelecttheVerifyselectedoperationsbutton.

EnabletheTurbobuttonasshown.

Updateaftereachtoolpathupdates
thestockaftereachoperation.
Stoponcollisionpausesthe
verificationwhenthetooltouches
thepartwitharapidmove.

SettheVerifyspeedbymovingthesliderbarinthespeedcontrolbar.

SelectthePlaybuttontostartsimulation.

Thecomputerwillnowsimulatetheprocessofthepartbeingmachined.

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Thefinishedpartshouldappearasshowninthefollowingpicture

SelecttheRedXbuttonattheupperrightcornertocloseVerify.

STEP12:POSTPROCESSTHEFILE

SelectPostselectedoperationsbuttoninToolpathsManager.

SelecttheOKbutton.

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SelecttheOKbutton.

Thefollowingscreenwillappear.

SelecttheRedXbuttonattheupperrightcornertoexittheEditor.

STEP13:SAVETHEUPDATEDMCXFILE

File
Save

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