The CAM-Wizard CHECK program is used to check out an NC tape that has been made on the CAM-Wizard system or any other system. The CHECK program simulates the N/C machine tool to prove out the tape. This program is normally loaded from the TAPE editor.
When the CHECK program is loaded, the screen comes up divided into three parts. The main part of the screen will display a graphic representation of the part geometry, automatically scaled to fit on the screen (the part geometry from CAM will be displayed). The right side of the screen will display the Z axis, and the lower part of the screen will display the status of the machine as well as the block of tape to be executed. Program execution will stop with the first tool listed on the lower left part of the screen. At this point, the user has four options1 ....... SCALEnn Used to change the scale of the display
The user then presses [Enter] to continue execution of the tape. If the system beeps, the tool is too large to be plotted properly on the screen at this scale and the screen must be scaled down.
In Running the tape, the tool will be drawn and proceed along the tool path so the tape can be checked by the user. Drills, Reamers, Boring bars, and Taps will be represented by circles of the proper size, and end mills will be plotted by a painted in circle, leaving a filled in path while it is cutting. rapid moves are represented by dotted lines. At the same time, the left side of the screen will display the Z axis moving up and down under the direction of the tape.While the tool is moving along the path determined by the tape, the status line near the bottom of the screen continuously updates the status of the N/C machine tool. The display monitors the G CODES, S CODES, F CODES, and X, Y, and Z positions commanded by the tape.
There are seven function keys available to the user during program execution.
[F1] .... Feed hold
[F2] .... Single block
[F3] .... Feed rate/2, used to slow down the display
[F4] .... Feed rate*2, used to speed up the display
[F5] .... Restart, used to restart the program at the
[F6] .... To toggle between painting and not painting
the milling path
[F7] .... Next tool, used to search for the next tool
The typing of Ctrl-C at any time in the program will cause the program to be exited and return the user to the TAPE editor. At the end of the program, a message will appear telling the user that the program is finished executing and the TAPE editor will be loaded after any key has been pressed.
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