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Cutting toolpath generator for different technologies

Toolpath development for:

- 2/4 axis Wire EDM
- laser cutting
- waterjet and oxycut


starting from 2D profiles, two synchronized profiles or surface or solid 3D models.

Bamboo is the ultimate solution for cutting tool path generation with different technologies. Given a project, either 2D or 3D, Bamboo can compute all the strategies needed for a safe, quick and efficient cutting tool path. Fully integrated in Rhinoceros, Bamboo can generate the requested tool path starting from your CAD projects, with no need of any kind of conversion or alteration. Bamboo is designed to interact with Mosaix nesting software, allowing the user to optimize the pieces' layout, optimize surfaces and start the cutting procedure, all from the same window. Using the RaVe module, Bamboo can also generate the tool path starting from a picture or a drawing with best effort and usability.
 

DIFFERENT TECHNOLOGIES
 
Bamboo generates cutting tool path for different technologies: WireEDM, Laser, Waterjet, Oxygen-flame cutting, Plasma cut, Cutting Plotter. Bamboo is continuously updated to grant the compatibility with different cutting technologies.



MACHINING TREE: THE EASIEST WAY OF USE

Bamboo is extremely easy to use, due to its innovative machining tree strategy. So the user is operative in a very short time and without complex and expensive trainings. It is possible to create an array of machinings, modify them, copy or rearrange the sequence of processing.

 

 





DRAFT

 
Bamboo includes a feature which function is to define the draft angle for the 4 axis toolpath, starting from a bidimensional profile. Thanks to this feature, available for every single element of the profile, it is possible to define, in presence of radius, the development of the draft (constant or variable in relation to the angle itself).

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2 AXIS CUT

 
Two axis cutting provided by Bamboo allows the generation of tool paths with automatic strategies which manage multiple transitions, up to seven times, with relative technologies for roughing, semi finishing, finishing, marking. Bamboo manages: double swarf , edges management, draft angle, gaps/bridge, the cutting direction and relative optimizations. Cuts can be stopped or interrupted at the given swarf distance, while the direction of the tool path can be set clockwise or counter clockwise and, in case of multiple transitions, unidirectional or bidirectional. Bamboo can fit every situation or habit by managing multiple engage / detach techniques, to allow all the manufacturing that need to keep pieces in contact with the surface, or if there's the need to remove manually the result of the process. Profiles can be cutted partially to allow further works. All this huge array of functions can be managed simply and intuitively by the user.

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4 AXIS CUT

 
Four axis cutting can be generated from two synchronized profiles, from a 3D model or from a 2D profile where the draft has been applied. Also in this case it is possible to apply the automatic strategies included in the 2 axis issue; swarf, angle for each side, constant or variable radius and the height of the piece can be easily managed.

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POCKETING

 
In case of small profiles, Bamboo provides the "Pocketing" function to destroy the material the swarf is made of, in order to prevent breakage issues. Bamboo provides also a function to generate a toolpath for the slot's semifinishing.
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TECHNOLOGICAL TABLES

 
Bamboo provides customizable technological table for every machine to reach the best effort in tool path generation on any technologies. Those boards allow the management of all the typical parameters of toolpath generation, for example: corrector, value corrector, GAP, offset, speed, engage/detach speed, feed-rate and distances for roughing function, recover tail. Bamboo also provides eight special boards for the most particular toolpath; in fact, user will just have to program the 2 or 4 axis toolpath as usual, then he will choose the material to cut, the CNC type and the related technological Table; this way the generated program will contain all the information needed about the cutting parameters.

 


TOOL PATH SIMULATION
 
Bamboo provides a realistic simulation of the whole tool path, showing the motion of all machining process. Even the work piece is shown in detail. Every stage of the tool path can be simulated to determine the optimum part-setup and to avoid unnecessary try-outs on the real machine.

 


POSTPROCESSOR
 
Reliable Post Processors for most of the cutting machines are available. Additional post processors are always under development due to new customer requirements. In all these, identical profiles should be processed using the subroutine technique; the toolpath generated this way, will be shorter and better manageable by old machines.The radius inside the profiles or inside the model to cut will be managed as circular interpolations or divided in segments.

 

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