Every technological operation of SprutCAM have the rich parameters' kit, which allow you to build flexible machining strategy for the complex technological processes for the exact parts. After creation the operation already has some predefined parameters values – it is so called “system default parameters”. So the operation is ready for toolpath calculation.
Developing of technology process generally includes the following steps:
To provide universal and versatile approach SprutCAM operations have a lot of parameters. Therefore the process of the operation customizing may take a long time and significant effort. SprutCAM provide the <User operations> feature to reduce the required time to design operations. It allows to specialize the universal SprutCAM's operations
After setting up the operation for specific purposes it is possible to save it's parameters set under the certain name to the external *.stox file. When processing the next similar element possible to download this set of parameters and, thereby, greatly reduce the time for setting up the operation. As a user operation can be saved not only the individual operations but also several operations. For this purpose these operations are placed in the group and this group is saved as the user operation.
User operations can easily be imported to another computer by simply transferring *.stox files of the corresponding operations.
To save and load default parameters use the popup-menu of operations in the <List of technological operations> on the <Technology> tab.
After choosing the <Save as User operation...> item the current operation's parameters will be saved in special *.stox file independently from the current project and, so they can be used in other projects. Before saving the User operations window will open in which you can set some properties.
In the left part of the window there are the Search path list to search for files of user operations, the list of available user operations and the filter panel. Filter allows you to quickly find the operation by the location of the file, by the operation type, by the machine or simply by name.
To control the lists should use the buttons above them at the top left of the window.
From the right side of the window there is the properties inspector that displays parameters of the selected user operation grouped by tabs. The first tab has the following basic parameters.
The parameters are located on the other tabs may vary and depend on the particular type of operation. All of them are also available to allow you to easily edit values without changing the parameters of the source SprutCAM's operation from which this user operation was created.
Above the list of parameters are located a few buttons to control the display of these parameters.
There are several ways to add an instance of a previously created user operation into technological process of the exact project.
In the New operation indow there is the <By default> check box. If it is turned on then parameters of the newly created operation will be automatically filled with values from the user operation that is selected in the drop-down list. This drop-down list contains the all user operations available for the specified type of cycle.
The creation of user operation also available from the new operation popup next to the <New> button at the <Technology> tab. If the cycle has at least one user operation then the menu item of this cycle becomes expandable.
In the new sub-menu it is possible to select the name of a user operation, clicking on which the operation is created and added to the technological process. The base operation with the system default parameters in this sub-menu is bold. Double click on this sub-menu also creates operation with system default parameters.
Parameters from the user operation may be applied to the operation not only during its creation but also to the existing operation. Select the <Load from User operation...> menu item in the operation popup for this. The list of user operations will appear that is available for this type of cycle. When you select an item parameters of the selected user operation will be loaded into the current operation of SprutCAM.