Acu-Rite CNC 3500i User Manual

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7 Programming: Canned Cycles, sub-programs
7.
2 Canned Cy
cles
Irregular Pocket Cycle 
Use this to mill irregular pockets. You must enter the perimeter of 
the shape into a sub-program. The main irregular pocket needs to be 
a closed shape, with contiguous line and arc movements starting 
and ending at the same point. The first line in the input subroutine 
for outside shape or islands needs a Left (G41) or Right (G42) to 
indicate which side of the contour the cutter needs to be, as viewed 
from the direction of travel. No ramp on or off movement is allowed. 
The cycle calculates these moves on and off the defined shape. Do 
not include feedrates in the sub-program. In a closed shape, the 
endpoint of the first (rapid to position) move and the endpoint of the 
last move (line or arc) are the same. The CNC automatically 
calculates the moves necessary to clear out the shape. 
If there are islands to be avoided, they must be defined in the line 
preceding the line using Islands (G162). 
Activate the tool prior to programming, so the cutter diameter is 
known.
Field
Code
Description
Sub#
W
The number of the sub-program that 
contains the perimeter of the pocket. Must 
be a closed shape. (Required)
StartHgt
H
Z absolute starting height (0.1” or 2 mm 
above surface). Executed in rapid. 
(Required)
ZDepth
Z
Absolute depth of pocket. (Required)
StepOver
A
The distance the tool steps over (width of 
cut) in the X and Y axes as it mills out the 
pocket. Defaults to tool radius, which is the 
max.
XStart
X
X-Axis rapid-to starting point. Defaults to 
current position.
YStart
Y
Y-Axis rapid-to starting point. Defaults to 
current position.
DepthCut
B
The depth of each cut per pass. Defaults to 
tool diameter. Max is the full ZDepth in 
parameter Z, less bottom finish stock. A 
negative value will cause the finish pass to 
finish the side walls in steps down.
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