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5 axis milling

Question asked by Alan Thomason on Sep 18, 2015

Hello All...


I wish to cut a path into a part using an endmill.  The endmill would follow the two curves shown, which require 5axes to describe (3conventional axes + angle in two orthogonal planes.  I cannot figure out how to use the swept patch (bodies mode) for this, even though on the face of it that seems the right tool to use.  I can loft a surface between two half cylinders following one of these as the path, but that seems too loose a definition for this critical feature.




It seems like this would be a common problem, so hopefully it is just something I am not seeing.


Best Regards and thanks in advance,