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 punch moving up and down, 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 options.
1 ....... SCALEnnUsed to change the scale of the
display as in program CAM
2 ....... CENTER X nn Ynn Used to center a part of the
display as in program CAM
3 ....... Tn Used to search for the next tool to be used
4 ....... nn Enter the tool description; if nothing is
entered and a tool list exists in comments on
the tape, then the tool description is read
from the tape.
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. Round, obround, and rectangular tools will be represented by the appropriate shape outlines. These tools outlines will be left anywhere the tool has punched. Rapid moves are represented by dotted lines. At the same time, the left side of the screen will display the punch 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 and X, and Y 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 punched 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 is pressed.
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