Complete CAM solution for Rhino + Grasshopper
Woodbee is a compact CAM plugin for Grasshopper currently focusing on the milling objects from planar sheets. The tool can automatically detect different features in the input geometry and suggest suitable milling strategy based on the given tool and machine type (3 axis to 6 axis machines). Once the tool path is generated it can be simulated in Rhino viewport in real time. After a successful simulation, the tool path can be converted to GCODE or KUKA command using the specified postprocessors.
introduction to Woodbee plugin
Woodbee is a CAM plugin for Rhino+Grasshopper focusing on the milling from planar sheets. The plugin offers a very simple workflow to generate CNC or Robotic tool-paths. The parts in this video are generated using Biber plugin , al link to the webpage follows :
part1 : tool setup
in this video I create a drill and a tool holder in Woodbee . This tool will be used for rough-cut and fine-cut in later videos
part2 : Rough cut
In this video we use the tool which we have created in previous tutorial to generate a tool-path to perform the rough cut. With rough cut we remove the material with certain offset from the actual part. This is usually done with special tools which can move faster and with less vibration within the material. The result is a rough part which will be milled to the actual part in the next stage (fine-cut)
part3 : Fine cut
In this video we use a different tool to mill the details of the geometry from the rough part created in the previous tutorial. The fine cuts may include 3 different strategies, 2d , 5d and surface contouring.
part 4 : Feeds & Spindle
In this video you learn how to adjust the speed for different parts of the toolpath such as Rapid feed , Work feed, engage and retract feeds. Also how to set the spindle RPM.
part 5 : Contours & depth of Cut
In this video we use the operation modifier component to adjust the depth of cut for the 2d contouring operation. We can also adjust the contour offset and the starting point of the contours. In the depth of cut section we can add additional vertical (in depth) and horizontal (in plane) passes for better surface quality.
part 6 : Machining strategy
In this video we are going to see two different strategy to perform 2d contouring. Parallel passes and Helical contouring. We also can choose the milling direction (bidirectional, climb or conventional milling) . At the end the contours can be sorted by layer or by feature.
It is also possible to treat the external corners with an arc or a line move.
part 7 : Leads and safe moves
part 8 : Links and Overlaps
In this video you can see how easily the Woodbee toolpath can be exported as G-Code for machining. If you wish to order the postprocessor for your machine feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Woodbee to KUKAprc
Initial verion (this is a Beta version valid till 30/12/2022)
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