Threading the Part

In the following section of the tutorial we will generate a Threading NC program. In order to select the Threading Horizontal operation the below described steps must be performed.

You can watch the related video for this part of the tutorial here:

Creation of Threading Toolpaths

Ensure the file type (NC Format) for our threading example program is ISO Turning.

Then select the feature Threading Horizontal by clicking on the Threading Horizontal icon in the Turning Operations toolbar.

This will open the Threading Z Turning pane to the left of the drawing area. Now insert the values shown in the dialog below.

  • Comment: This comment will be shown in the final NC-Program. It is always good to include a comment in order to distinguish the various operations in the final program.
  • Start Z: This is the Z value where the operation starts.
  • End Z: This is the Z value where the operation ends.

Click on the button Parameters in the Threading Z Turning pane to open the parameters dialog. Enter the following values into the parameter dialogs shown below.

Thread Form Tab

Configures the form of the thread and the taper in the operation.

Cutting Tab

Configure the number and the type of cuts that should be used in the operation.

Click on OK to use the values and close the dialog.

After the values have been entered in the dialog, the screen will look something like the picture below. Notice that the area of operation is shown with a blue rectangle.

Try experimenting with the various parameters and see how they change the generated toolpath.

Exporting the Toolpath and Backplot in the Editor

Click on Export Clipboard in order to generate the actual program. The program is now in the computer's clipboard and is ready to be inserted into the CNC program.

Change the window to the NC program and move the cursor to the very end by pressing Ctrl+End. Insert the text from the clipboard, either by pressing Ctrl+V, or selecting the icon Paste from the Edit toolbar in the Editor tab.

Now the NC program should look like the following screen.

To verify the generated toolpath, we must simulate it using the integrated Graphical Backplot.

To open the backplot window, click on the Backplot tab at the top of the Ribbon and then on the Backplot Window icon in the File toolbar.

Now a window like the one below will appear.