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Proof of Flexibility

PROOF OF FLEXIBILITY

Toolpaths

KeyMachinist toolpaths are simply KeyCreator entities with tool information attached and can be easily mananged using levels. This simple organization structure allows all models, setup, and toolpaths for a project to be saved in the same file.

Base Geometry

KeyMachinist can build toolpaths using faces and edges of solid models, separate surfaces entities, polygons, and cloud of points. The user can model specialized tool tip/center paths in KeyCreator and KeyMachinst will convert any type of 2D/3D wirframe entities into toolpath

 

Gauge-free tool motion can be generated from the projection of 2D or 3D curves onto part surfaces

Toolpath Re-generation

With the click of a single button, KeyMachinist milling toolpaths can be regenerated using updated models, cutting tool, or machining parameters.

 

Original model and toolpath
 
 
 
Purple cone faces moved using KeyCreator editing functions 
 
 
 
Re-generation completed without re-entry of any parameters or tool selection

4-Axis Tombstone Operation

4-axis indexing allows the setup for multi faceted tombstone fixture. The user creates a Machining View for each face and then generates individual toolpath for each orientation. When the toolpaths are joined and posted together, the post processor will automatically output the indexing angle.

 
 
Tombstone indexing is automatically coded by the post-processor

Undercutting with Swivel Head

KeyMachinist supports 3-axis machining centers with a swivel head for machining undercuts. The user will define a Machining View having the Z axis parallel to the tool axis. The toolpath will be created and gouge checked in the tilted view but the post processor, if instructed, will output the motions in the orthogonal coordinate system of the mill.

Rotary Table Operation

The KeyMachinist post processor supports a rotary table, both as a 4th axis indexing and as a full continuous motion axis replacing the X or Y axis. Any wireframe geometry wrapped around a revolving profile of any shape, can be converted to toolpath via the Geometry-to-Toolpath function. The post processor will output XZB or YZA data to allow a simultaneous 2-axis + rotary.