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C-Axis XC Plane Switching Examples
The following programs use a 1/8” endmill to cut various shapes on the end of a 5/8” bar. Note that the programmed dimensions allow for the cutter size.
Note: if you copy these programs, do not include comments in the plane switched section. Nothing is allowed in the plane-switched program except the program statements described above.
Program to cut a rectangle:
The first program cuts a 3/8' x 1/2" rectangle (5/8" diagonal measurement). Note that it begins cutting at a corner of the square and goes around the outside of the square in a CCW direction. Starting at the corner minimizes the initial chip load, which reaches its maximum at the center of each side. Going around the part CCW (conventional cutting) avoids the tendency of small cutters to dig in and snap off when climb cutting.
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