TopSolid 2011 is getting ready to launch! Over the next few weeks, I will try to introduce you to some of the new key features within TopSolid 2011.
In this first post, I am going to start with a new 3D machining algorithm called “Morphing”.
3D Morphing does just what it sounds like it would do…it morphs tool path. But how it’s done, and what the results of the morphing are, is what really makes this tool path strategy special. Now, before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s learn a bit more about how this new technology works.
A morphed tool path starts with two closed profiles (as seen in the picture below).
By default, the software will morph the curves so that they blend into each other.
But what’s really cool about morphing is that you are not limited to how you can control the tool path. In this next image you see a new intermediate profile. This new profile is used to help control the morphing of the tool path even more. As you can see, the goal is to control how and when the tool path goes from star shaped (in this sample), to circular.
And now here’s the best part. The resulting tool path is one continuous helical tool path that is maintaining scallop height as it goes. This means that there is only one entry move and one exit move!
Following are some more pictures of this new, very cool, technology. The first picture shows the resulting tool path inside of TopSolid’Cam 2011. The next two are actual pictures of the part machined with this new technology. Following these pictures are two videos as well! Be sure to check them out too! (Be sure to click on the pictures to see them full size.)