SprutCAM contains a full set of strategies for the turning machining of parts of any complexity. All the known turning cycles are supported. The tool paths are built taking into consideration the amount of remaining material and the cutting modes are set automatically. Any of the turning machine’s mechanisms ranging from lunette to part catcher can be controlled by the program.
The lathe machines are used for machining of workpieces from metal and other materials by cutting (turning). The lathe machines make turning and boring of cylindrical, conicial and shaped surfaces, chasing, surfacing and ending, drilling, core drilling and holes enlarging possible.
SprutCAM permits the creation of NC programs for lathe machines with numeric control.
Here is a list of typical operations for this type of machining:
- Lathe roughing
- Lathe finishing
- Lathe drilling
- Auxiliary operation
- Lathe contour
Special attention should be paid to the ability of SprutCAM to form a 3D model of a solid of revolution type on the basis of a contour. This represents a curve or a set of curves. Starting with a drawing of a workpiece for lathe machining, a NC engineer, creates a contour in the embedded 2D CAD system and sets it as a solid of revolution in the job assignment. The engineer then sets a visual 3D model of a part. This feature simplifies the engineering process. When changing and correcting the contour parameters, the system automatically adapts to the 3D model of the part.
When assembling a set of cutting tools for the technological process of lathe machining, the NC engineer can use a database of cutting blades and tool holders already existing in the system, as well as create his own tool database, gaining full access to all the necessary geometrical parameters of the tool being created.
When using typical lathe operations (except the lathe contour), all the technological parameters are filled in by the system automatically. This takes into account the type of the operation chosen, permitting simplified and accelerated formation of the engineering process when you are machining parts with simple geometrical forms.
Regarding typical operations, the lathe contour has many more capacities. It assures a flexible and comfortable control of the tool path in the interactive way, available in the graphical window. It also permits the ability to group several machining strategies : roughing, finishing, grooving, chasing, adding facets, and edges rounding. It can completely replace any of the typical operations, but unlike the typical operations, it demands from the user a deeper approach in forming the necessary set of the parameters.
All the lathe operations in SprutCAM are available for use with CNC lathe machines equipped with various systems of tool fixing. This includes systems from simple one position tool holders to machines with several turret heads, as well as spindles which can cradle cutting lathe tools. When working with these types of machines, you can create NC programs for synchronized machining (machining with several tools simultaneously).