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Article Title Post Processing

In this Article:

Using IMSPost
Special Feedrate and Spindle Speed Format in CL File
Configuring Flexpost for different Cutter compensation G codes
Using frames to order and sort tool paths
How to run third party post processors from PostWorks inside of ZW3D CAM
 
 
 

Using IMSPost

If IMS post is not installed in the directory "C:ProgramFiles\IMSpost65c" you need to modify the "runpost" file located in the "output_def" folder of your ZW3D install directory to let ZW3D know where to find IMS post on your system. This also applies to the Pworks post-processor which should be installed in the directory "C:nccs\Postworks\bin."

See also: The CAM Machine Manager Form

 
 

Special Feedrate and Spindle Speed Format in CL File

The standard format for spindle speed and feed rate in the CL file specify units and orientation as sown below.

SPINDL/RPM,1000.0,CW
FEDRAT/MMPM,100.0

If you enter the keyword SMB for this parameter, ZW3D CAM will output the spindle speed and feed rate in a special format that does not include the units and orientation as shown below.

SPINDL/1000.0
FEDRAT/100.0

 
 

Configuring Flexpost for different Cutter compensation G codes

Cutter compensation is now supported for output using the Flexpost post-processor . You can modify the Flexpost configuration file "fanuc10.fp" if different G codes are needed.
 
 

Using frames to order and sort tool paths

On the Sort Operations Form, Frame is a valid filter for automatically ordering tool paths for output. If the operations are sorted using the frame filter, those operations which share a common table orientation, or head attachment will be output consecutively.
 
 

How to run third party post processors from PostWorks inside of ZW3D CAM

ZW3D Tips & TechniquesUse the following procedure to run third party post-processors from PostWorks inside of ZW3D CAM.

  1. In the CAM Plan Manager, right-click on the machine to modify in the manager tree and select Edit from the popup menu.  This will display the CAM Machine Manager.

  2. Pick Programming to display the Machine Programming Details Form.

  3. Pick Post Processor and select pworks from the list of supported post processors.

  4. Pick OK from the CAM Machine Manager and then close the form (both forms will close).

  5. In the manager tree right-click on the selected operations and pick Output All Operations from the popup menu.

  6. A sub-output is added under the Output node, right-click on it and select Setting. The Output Setting Form is displayed.

  7. Complete the form as desired.

  8. Pick the CL File or the NC Code File button. The output file will be created automatically via the PostWorks post processor.

 

NotesNotes

  1. The default directory, in which the PostWorks software is installed, is "C:nccs\postworks\bin." If you installed PostWorks in a different directory, you need to modify the "runpost" file and change PWORKS_PATH accordingly.

  2. Do not use any <space> characters in output names or directory names when third party post processors are used.