How to set work area in sheetcam

Hello all. First post .3 questions

1)how do I set the size on sheet cam that matches my milling table 8x25"
2)what language should I export my files from solid works to sheetcam for a 3
Axis milling machine?
3)is there a tool path preview screen that shows a preview of the cuts.

Sorry for the crazy questions.thank you
Ed

Welcome to the forum.

Go to Options->job options->Material. Set the size in the size boxes then set the origin point in the ‘origin’ box.

2)what language should I export my files from solid works to sheetcam for a 3 Axis milling machine?

You need to export a 2D dxf file. Create a drawing from your part then export it as a dxf. When converting a 3D part to a 2D drawing SW tends to create a lot of extra points and overlapping lines. You may need to clean up the dxf file in a 2D cad package.

3)is there a tool path preview screen that shows a preview of the cuts.

SheetCam normally shows the tool paths as green lines. In simulation mode (Mode->simulation) it will run a simulation of the cutter movements but ti will not show you an image of the final part.

Hello,you mentioned I may need a 2d cad packagee to clean up the drawing?Who do you reccm?This is my first experience with this.What I see when I run the simulation in SC is alot of leadins and unwanted lines on the cut pattern.How can I correct this?Thanks again.

Ed

This program is hard to beat and it is FREE. Yes truly free.

Draftsight, it has the look and feel of AutoCAD.

Go to here for the download. Small program too.

http://www.3ds.com/products/draftsight/free-cad-software/

Aj