Back to the Basics: Mill/Turn Operations

Mastercam Lathe includes two main techniques for creating milling toolpaths on your lathe machine.
For the most common contour and drill operations, you can use the Lathe C-axis toolpaths that are already included with Mastercam Lathe. When you select one of these toolpaths, Mastercam will automatically set the Tplane and Cplane to the appropriate settings for the desired application.
These toolpaths also support Y-axis rotation and axis substitution. To do this, go to the Toolpaths menu, choose C-axis, and select your desired toolpath. Just keep in the mind that the active machine definition must be a lathe or mill/turn machine that supports the appropriate axes.
Another technique can be used if your workstation is licensed for both Mastercam Mill and Lathe. This will allow you to access any mill toolpath while a lathe or mill/turn machine is active.
Use mill toolpaths to machine in planes or orientations not available with the standard Lathe C-axis toolpaths. You can also use this technique to create toolpaths other than contour or drill toolpaths (for example, pocket toolpaths). You can set the Tplane to any view available in your part, or use the Cview utility as a guide. To do this, go to the Toolpaths menu, ,choose Mill, and select your desired toolpath.
To use either type of toolpath, your lathe must be equipped for live tooling, and your Mastercam machine definition must be properly configured.
Note: Tool collision, stock, and other boundaries are not used for milling toolpaths on mill/turn parts. However, these parts often begin with turning toolpaths in order to remove the majority of the material. Since the turning toolpaths can use tool boundaries, you should set them even if you will be creating milling toolpaths later on.

Leave a Comment

*