Tensor is very powerful in providing CNC-code for 2, 2.5D-jobs and simple 3D-jobs. With a large scale of toolpath strategies the machinist, with little effort, generates programs for his CNC-machine. For geometrically simple and complex parts, pockets (with islands), cavities, drilling-jobs etc. Tensor will ‘in no time’ provide the required solution. Tensor NC Simulator will then visualize the output before you send this to your CNC-controller by using the built in RS232-software. Today Tensor can even make 4- and 5-axes simultaneous NC-programs.
Below we will briefly show you how easy an NC-job is being made with Tensor Cad/Cam.
Defining the geometry of the part
The drawing Window is the actual Tensor Cad-system. Here we will draw the required geometry of the part we want to machine. Compared to other Cad-systems, Tensor is easy in use and was specially developed to define complex profiles. To make this profile is ‘very easy’. DXF- and IGES-files provided by your customers are being imported by Tensor without any problems. Click here or on the picture left with the profile to see how easy the profile is drawn. (double click to unzip .avi file)
In dialogue with Tensor for CNC-code
As the geometry is ready, a selection needs to be made for which CNC-controller the program program needs to be made. After inserting an NC-window the user selects a strategy from a list in the NC-jobs menu. This might vary from cleaning a surface-job, pocketing to a drilling-job. Through a dialogue presented by Tensor, the machinist will input his experience. For example the machinist determines which tool is being used and whether he thinks the profile needs an extra finish-path with a different tool. After the dialogue the CNC-program is completed by Tensor. Click here or on the second picture left to see how this works.
If the CNC-program is completed it will be simulated in Tensor NC Simulator. The user will see an animation of a moving tool and material removal. Tensor NC Simulator will check if the tool doesn’t collide and the machiningtime is presented. Click here or on the third picture left to watch the simulation.
By simply defining diagonal- and length sections of a 3D-part, Tensor will automatically generate an NC-program. Also Iges-files containing 3D curves can be imported. For the hook-shaped 3D part in the picture Tensor generated the NC-program. One important thought however should be taken in consideration: Tensors’ strength lies in generating code for 2 and 2.5 D parts. This because 95% of all jobs that need to be done are 2 and 2.5D.