To generate a program for CNC-lathe machines is very easy, and just takes a few minutes in Tensor. With numerous options the machinist can decide how his part should be machined. Available for example are roughing, finishing, threading and canned-cycles(G70,… G76). Besides Fanuc, Tensor also supports controllers like Okuma, Traub, Mitsibushi etc.
Before sending a program to your machine with the built in RS232 option you want to simulate your program in Tensor NC simulator. Tensor NC simulator is one of the few
NC-simulators which can recognize and then simulate the total toolpath of CNC- controller specific cycles like G71,G72 etc.
This means you can also check your programs not made in Tensor Cad/Cam. In the text below is described how fast and accurate you will be able to program your parts with Tensor.
Defining the geometry of your profile
The geometry of your lathe product can be defined in the Cad-window. By using the standard drawing-options available in Tensor you will in no time design a lathe-profile. For starting users the “Enter profile”-option is available. This will allow you to create your profile step-by-step through a dialogue. Click on the picture left to see how this works. (double click to unzip the .avi file)
First the user will choose for which CNC-controller Tensor will provide the CNC-code. After defining the startlines and stockmaterial a toolselection will be made from a tool-library. Then a selection will be made from a list of lathe-jobs. For example for a roughing-cycle (G71) Tensor will ask you to provide the necessary parameters and will then automatically generate the complete NC-code.
Click on the second picture left to see how fast code is generated.
Simulation of Lathe-jobs
After you completed the NC-program with endlines, you can visualize your program in the Tensor NC Simulator. The time of machining will be calculated. Automatic collisioncheck will take place to avoid damage to the part and your machine. After this the program is sent to your CNC-machine by the built in RS232-option.
Click on the third picture left to watch a simulation