SprutCAM system has the opportunity to generate the control programs for 4 (3+1) and 5 (3+2) - axis machining. In the index machining mode, you can use all 2, 2.5 and 3D operations and change the direction of the rotation axes only between them. As a result, the process of control program development in 4-axis, 5-axis machining centers are significantly simplified.
To create the index operation, it is necessary to define the direction of the rotation axes or the local coordinate system of the operation. You can change the position of the part and the tool between the operations. It is easily performed interactively on the model, all you need to do is to point out by the cursor the surface area the tool should be perpendicular to. SprutCAM will automatically calculate the rotation angles and the movement of the executive devices and will generate the control program.
Most of the modern numerical control columns require compulsory use of the local coordinate systems for index multiaxis machining. For this purpose SprutCAM may use Local CS – Auto function, which automatically rotates the coordinate system so that Z axis should always be directed toward the tool axis. As a result of multiaxis machining in the index mode, you have the opportunity to use the cycles, defined in the numerical control column.