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    How to keep Z axis down with VoluMill

    Hi All,
    Is there a way to keep the z-axis from raising during the non-cutting positioning part of the cycle in Solidworks?
    Kevin

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    Re: How to keep Z axis down with VoluMill

    Quote Originally Posted by kevincnc View Post
    Hi All,
    Is there a way to keep the z-axis from raising during the non-cutting positioning part of the cycle in Solidworks?
    Kevin
    Are you using HSM?.
    I recall in Inventor it was to do with the "maximum stay down distance" value in the last tab (that comes after the finishing passes etc settings).
    If you have a lift/retract distance to next cut of say 80 and you set the above value to 90 the tool will stay down.

    This is NOT advised if the said move is a RAPID!!. (unless tool will not be going through any stock).


    It might not even be the same cam program as yours anyway, but I would say it would be marked as a "stay down" type setting still.

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    Re: How to keep Z axis down with VoluMill

    Quote Originally Posted by dazp1976 View Post
    Are you using HSM?.
    I recall in Inventor it was to do with the "maximum stay down distance" value in the last tab (that comes after the finishing passes etc settings).
    If you have a lift/retract distance to next cut of say 80 and you set the above value to 90 the tool will stay down.

    This is NOT advised if the said move is a RAPID!!. (unless tool will not be going through any stock).


    It might not even be the same cam program as yours anyway, but I would say it would be marked as a "stay down" type setting still.
    It wasn't a problem when I used HSM, but now using the built in Solidworks CAM, I can't find it.
    Thanks,
    Kevin

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    Re: How to keep Z axis down with VoluMill

    In this software it is not so obvious that they gave such option. It is very poor.

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