Creating a CPL from a solid face
The CPL from Face command allows you to create a CPL from a solid face. This requires the selection of a face, plus an origin (optional). You can select the origin from any points on the model (including typed in co-ordinates and vertices). This CPL can then be used as a reference for machining purposes.
This function provides a method of CPL creation for Multi-plane applications. The full functionality for CPL creation is available through the normal Create CPL command, although this will first require you to create the Edgecam geometry.
Check this box to specify an origin for the CPL
which can be selected from vertices or any
other defined points (including typed in
Applies a name to the new CPL, if required.
Specifies a method for redefining the plane of
the CPL. Choose between the following
Allows you to select a planar face
from a solid for CPL creation.
Allows you to select conical and
cylindrical faces from a solid for CPL
creation, typically useful in the
multiplane milling environment when
creating a CPL which is normal to a
hole. The orientation is taken from
the cylinder, the Z-axis of the CPL will
point away from the middle of the
cylinder. If the datum position for the
CPL is above the centre of the cylinder
the CPL's Z axis will point up and if the
datum is below the centre of the
cylinder the Z axis will point down.
You will be prompted to pick the
cylindrical face to define the CPL
You can intellisnap the origin at either
end of the cylindrical face along the
centreline of the cylinder. (This
selection mode is optional and can be
controlled by checking the appropriate
box on the Selection tab of the
Preferences (Options menu) dialog.
The default setting for this option is