Having Trouble Figuring It Out
I posted this same question over on the CNCzone forum but, haven't really gotten a clear answer. Respondents tend to throw in different variables to further complicate my initial questions. I am thankful for their replies but the actual answer still alludes me.
For the sake of simplicity I made up a machining scenario using a fictional tool and materials as an example. My question went something like this.
"Assuming that all of the pertinent data on tool parameters and materials have been entered correctly into the input fields of the HSMAdvisor software, do I then use the recipe that has been calculated by the software to machine an operation whose top face has different hight levels?"
For example: (this is just an example; these numbers are made up) The recipe calculated by HSMA included a default depth of cut of .430" and a WOC of .082". However, the deepest depth I'll be cutting to on this fictional part is only .220 inch with two other different levels on that same top surface. Those other two levels are .190" and .100". PIcture a stair set kind of profile.
Using the HSMA software, am I supposed to do this surface milling operation using the default recipe that included the .430" DOC and the .082" WOC, or do I have to turn this one surface milling operation into three surface milling operations by having the HSMA recalculate with each of the different DOC's/WOC's?
In a machining scenario like this, would it be more prudent or possible to manually set the DOC at .100" and then use the outputted recipe to machine that surface milling operation as a sort of HSM waterline operation?
I hope you'll pardon me if this is a stupid question but, I don't know the answer. I don't know if I'm over thinking it or if there's an easier way to go about determining which recipe to use. Is it the default recipe that HSMA churns out after you enter your initial parameters or is it the recipe we generate by manually inputting the differing DOC involved in this fictional milling operation?
Thanks in advance.