OptiPath® reads the NC tool path file and divides motion into a number of smaller segments. Where necessary, based on the amount of material removed in each segment, it assigns the best feed rate for each cutting condition encountered. It then outputs a new tool path, identical to the original but with improved feed rates. It does not alter the trajectory.You input ideal feed rates for a number of predetermined machining conditions. OptiPath automatically combines them with factors such as machine tool capacity (horsepower, spindle type, rapid traverse speed, coolant, etc.); fixture and clamp rigidity; and cutting tool type (material, design, number of teeth, length, etc.), to determine optimum feed rate for each segment of each cut. OptiPath also considers factors dependent on the nature of the tool path such as:

  • Cut depth
  • Volume removal rate
  • Entry feed rate
  • Cut width
  • Cutter wear
  • Cut angle

This solution is automatic and determines the best feed rates before the program is loaded on the machine. It also uses the expertise of the NC programmer and machinist to determine the best feed rates for specific cutting conditions.

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