Tips & Tricks

ALPHACAM Tech Tip – Using Templates

ALPHACAM Tech Tip – Using Templates
When working with your drawings, do you ever wish that you didn’t have to recreate your User Layers every time you made a new drawing? Let’s look at Templates in ALPHACAM.

ALPHACAM Tech Tip – Specify Panel

If you are working on panel-style parts, this video will assist you in creating a panel form and the associated Work Planes to enable the fast application of details to the sides of panel products.

ALPHACAM Tech Tip – Sloping and Profiled Sides

3D Machining without 3D Machining, or using the Sloping and Profiled Sides options allows for the production of one-off parts or samples where the cost of a dedicated tool could be an issue. Here we look at these two commands on the Rough and Finish cycle as well as the Pocketing cycle.

ALPHACAM Tech Tip – Size Checking

If you need a fully descriptive drawing for your parts or maybe just need to understand what a single hole size is for reference, this video will explain some of the sizing options available in ALPHACAM.

ALPHACAM Tech Tip – Order Operations by Tool

In some instances when you are adding machining, the tools may not be in the correct order for manufacture. Ordering by Tool can assist with this.

ALPHACAM Tech Tip – Optimise Toolpath Overlapping

If you are Nesting and find that sometimes parts are too far apart when using differing diameter tooling for profiling, the Toolpath Overlapping command can help. This video will explain the use of the Toolpath Overlapping command.

ALPHACAM Tech Tip – No Nest Zones

Nesting panel materials can be expensive. To make the most of those scratched or damaged panels, you can utilise the No Nest Zones options in ALPHACAM. Here, we show you how.

ALPHACAM Tech Tip – Introduction to eSupport

This video presentation is to introduce the ALPHACAM user to the eSupport platform and to demonstrate the different areas where you can gain help and assistance from a wide range of other users as well as official information directly from the ALPHACAM team.

ALPHACAM Tech Tip – Folder Configuration

This short video will explain the aspects you should understand about the location of the two most important folders in the ALPHACAM installation.

ALPHACAM Tech Tip – Edit Geometry by Node

Manipulating geometries without having to redraw them is where the Edit Geometry by Node command excels. If you are making faceted arcs into real arcs or making straight lines from odd, jagged shapes, this is the command to explore.

ALPHACAM Tech Tip – Drawing and Machining Precision

When working with Feature Extraction, Surfaces, and Solid Machining, the precision of the toolpaths or the extracted geometries can have a huge impact on the finished product. Here we look at how you can alter this precision.

ALPHACAM Tech Tip – Wrap Around Geometry

Whether a decorative engraving or a dedicated functionality, being able to wrap a 2D element around another can have some fantastic results for your parts. This short video will explain the basics of Wrapping.

ALPHACAM Tech Tip – Default Undos

This short video will show you where to go to adjust the settings for your UNDO command and your AutoSave command.

ALPHACAM Tech Tip – Common Line Removal

For those who have to work with third party dxf/dwg style files, overlapping lines can be an issue. Here we look at a simple command to make your work easier.

ALPHACAM Tech Tip – Auto Break Out

When working with grain-type structured materials, do you ever suffer from your material splitting at the edges? Auto Break Out could be a solution.

Support tags | ALPHACAM

This command allows you to place support tags (also known as tabs) on tool paths that have been previously created in a drawing. Tags are used to stop a part from moving on the CNC table, and hold the component to the material stock.

Common Line Removal Command | ALPHACAM

This command allows you to remove elements that are overlapping or layered on top of one another. Geometries that are broken into individual elements and any elements that overlap will be deleted, leaving a single element or geometry.

Profile Cut | ALPHACAM

Profile cut is used where you would like to machine an edge profile on a component on the CNC. This can be achieved in Rough/finish or pocket cycles.

Auto Break-Out Cut | ALPHACAM

The auto break-out feature is a simple tool that allows you to automatically add a cut to the exit edge of the cut path to avoid any break-out in the part material.

File Inserter | ALPHACAM

This tab enables you to insert ALPHACAM type files into the current drawing. Files are selected, using a Windows Explorer style browser, and drag and drop functionality is then used to insert the file into the Drawing Area.
File Inserter can be seen as a tab or page in the project manager where you can create links and folders which contain Alphacam drawings, giving you a preview of the file you are going to insert.

Program Stop Function | ALPHACAM

Program stop is a method of inserting a pause or stop in the outputted machine program.
Insert program stop can be very useful where a part may need to be handled during the CNC machining process.

Creating user Layers | ALPHACAM

Elements within ALPHACAM such as geometries, tool paths, etc. are defined into layers or categories and are displayed in the drawing area on layers. We can also create custom user layers which can be used to assign toolpaths, with the aid of machining styles.

Radial Wheel Menu | ALPHACAM

The Radial Menu wheel is a great feature in which you can add all your most frequently used commands. In the modelling area, when you right click you will see the radial menu with various tabs and popouts. Within each pop-out is a group of commands.

Parametric Sketcher | ALPHACAM

ALPHACAM’s Parametric Sketcher is a geometry creation tool that enables parameterised shapes, drawings and parts to be created. The parametric sketcher can be used to quickly draw components that are the same, however, vary in size.

Waveform Roughing Strategy | ALPHACAM

ALPHACAM Waveform roughing strategy is a high-speed machining technique that maintains a constant tool cutting load by ensuring the tool engagement into the material is consistent. The tool path moves in a smooth path to avoid sharp changes in direction which maintains the machine tool’s velocity.

2D Transform Command | ALPHACAM

2D Transform is a geometry modification tool, which is a combination of four other commands. Move, rotate, stretch, and scale. 2D transform combines these commands.

Fabricate editing commands | ALPHACAM

This menu contains the commands that allow you to use special geometry editing commands within ALPHACAM. These commands, basically, compile multiple commands into one, simple-to-use command.

Edit Z point by point | ALPHACAM

Edit Z Point by Point to create a tool path on a slope Question: I am creating a countertop with a built-in drainboard. Is there a way to create a tool path on a slope so that the water can drain?

Ribbon Bar Interface | ALPHACAM

In this video, we are going to look at how to customise your ribbon bar interface within ALPHACAM.

Machine Styles in Alphacam | ALPHACAM

The use of machining styles can improve productivity when used with parts that have similar machining operations. A machining style can contain one or more 2D/3D machining operations, which can be individually applied to selected geometries or automatically to geometries on assigned layers.

AutoSave with ALPHACAM

Q. A current active ALPHACAM drawing wasn’t saved prior to a system failure on the computer. Can you help?

A. Yes, it is called Auto Save. For more information please watch this short video.

Equi Spaced Holes | ALPHACAM

How do I equally space holes along a reference piece of geometry?