QuickTour CimatronE 9.0 Tutorial

CimatronE 9.0 QuickTour Tutorial ⎪i

Part1
Step 1 – Create a New Part Document2
Step 1a – The Cimatron Environment2
Step 2 – Create a Sketch5
Step 2a – Create a Sketch7
Step 2b – Create a Sketch7
Step 2c – Create a Sketch9
Step 2d – Create a Sketch10
Step 2e – Create a Sketch1
Step 2f – Create a Sketch12
Step 2g – Create a Sketch14
Step 3 – Extrude the Sketch16
Step 4 – Create a Blend Face18
Step 4a – Create a Blend Face20
Step 4b – Create a Blend Face23
Step 5 – Solid/Cut24
Step 6 – Apply Rounds27
Step 7 – Create a Taper28
Step 8 – Create a Shell32
Step 9 – Create a Step3
Create an Offset Curve35
Extrude Remove the Offset Curve36
Step 10 – Create an M-View37
Assembly40
Step 1 – Create a New Assembly Document41
Step 2 – Add the Cover Component42
Step 3 – Add the Base Component43
Step 4 – Connect the Mouse Components4
Step 4a – Connect the Mouse Components46
Step 5 – Rotate the Assembly47
Drafting49
Step 1 – Create a New Drawing Document50
Step 2 – Select a Frame for the Sheet50
Step 3 – Create a New View51
Step 4 – Create a Derived View53

Table of Contents Step 5 – Create an ISO View ................................................................................................................54

Step 6 – Create a D-View5
Step 7 – Set Dimensions57
Step 8 – Text58
Step 9 – Section Line61
Mold Project64
Step 1 – Open a New Mold Project65
Step 2 – Load Work Part67
Step 2a – Load Work Part69
Step 2b – Load Work Part71
Step 2c – Load Work Part73
Step 3 – Split the Model into Core and Cavity74
Step 3a – Split76
Step 4 – Draft Angle79
Step 5 – Create Parting Lines80
Step 6 – Create Parting Faces83
Step 7 – Load the Mold Base85
Step 7a – Load the Mold Base87
Step 8 – Export to Part8
Step 8a – Select Split Direction90
Step 8b – Export to Core Part92
Step 9 – Create Stocks in the Cavity and Core Inserts95
Step 10 – Export Parting Faces98
Step 10a – Export Parting Faces to the Core101
Step 1 – Create a Pocket103
Step 11a – Create a Pocket105
Step 11b – Create a Pocket107
Step 12 – Add Mold Components109
Step 12a – Add Mold Components112
Step 12b – Add Mold Components114
Step 13 – Cooling Design115
Step 14a – Cooling Design116
Step 14b – Cooling Design117
Step 14c – Cooling Design118
Electrodes121
Step 1 – The Electrode Wizard121
Step 2 – Extract the First Electrode123
Step 3 – Create Blank126

CimatronE 9.0 QuickTour Tutorial ⎪i Step 4 – Create Extension Faces .......................................................................................................129

Step 5 – Extract the Other Electrodes135
Step 6 – Simulate the Electrode Motions138
NC139
Step 1 – Export the Model to the NC Document139
Step 2 – Import Cutters140
Step 3 – Create a New Toolpath141
Step 4 – Create a Stock143
Step 5 – Create a Volume Milling Procedure143
Step 6 – Select the Geometry144
Step 7 – Load Preferred Values and Look146
Step 8 – Create a Surface Milling Procedure150
Step 8a – Create a Surface Milling Procedure151
Step 9 – Create a Remachine Procedure154

CimatronE 9.0 QuickTour Tutorial ⎪i Step 10 – Simulate the Procedures ....................................................................................................157

CimatronE 9.0 QuickTour Tutorial ⎪1

Part

The following Quick Tour is a step-by-step basic tutorial, which guides you through the main applications of CimatronE.

Steps to follow:

• Step 2 – Assemble the components

In this first chapter we are going to create the cover of a mouse.

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Step 1 – Create a New Part Document From the File menu, select New File.

Select the Part option and click OK.

Step 1a – The Cimatron Environment

There are several groups of toolbars within the Icons toolbar, two of which are discussed below:

1. Viewing Options group

Zoom All Rotate to Plane Zoom Selection Last Picture

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Zoom Window Edges

Zoom Dynamic Section

Pan Global Render (Shade)

Rotate Wireframe

Isometric View Hidden Lines

Top View Partial Hidden Lines Front View Mixed Render Mode

Right View Local Render (Shade)

Bottom View Wireframe

Back View Transparent Left View Render Mode Dialog

2. Short Cut filter

Select All. Clear Selection. Add Mode selects all entities within a box.

Remove Mode unselects all entities within a box.

Visible faces Only selects only visible faces.

Picked Face Only selects only the picked face

Expand to pocket selects all the faces belongs to the pocket

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Expand to round selects the entire rounded area automatically

Expand to Hole extends the selection to include a hole.

Expand to Smooth extends the selection to include all smooth faces

Objects.

Faces. Sketches and Composites. Edges and Curves. Points. Datum. Component.

In the picture below the Menu Bar (1), Icons Toolbar (2), Features Tree (3) and Display Area (4) are displayed.

For further information about the CimatronE toolbar, click the icon below:

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Step 2 – Create a Sketch Before creating the first sketch we will define main planes for the model.

From the Datum menu, select the Plane/Main Planes option.

Pick the displayed UCS.

At the bottom-left of the Cimatron window the appropriate prompt for the function is displayed.

To approve the operation, click the OK button in the Feature Guide in the upper-left part of the screen.

You may also press the right mouse button to display the Feature Guide in the display.

CimatronE 9.0 QuickTour Tutorial ⎪6 Click on the Isometric View icon to display the following view of the main planes:

Practice manipulating the Cimatron work area by using the three buttons shown below:

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Step 2a – Create a Sketch

Click the Sketcher icon .

Pick the XY plane as the sketching plane. (Or simply exit the selection using the middle mouse button. By doing this, the system automatically selects the XY plane as the Sketcher plane).

When the Sketcher opens, the vertical Sketcher Toolbar appears on the right side of the display.

Click the Rotate to Plane icon.

Step 2b – Create a Sketch In the Sketcher toolbar the Line option is selected as the default drawing tool.

To create the first line, two end points have to be defined. To define the first end point, move the mouse over the UCS origin, point and click it.

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Move the mouse to the right, make sure that the dashed red horizontal line i.e. horizontal constraint appears, and then pick the second end point.

When creating geometric entities, lines or points are highlighted to help you align entities relative to the Sketcher UCS or other entities.

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Step 2c – Create a Sketch Drag the mouse to the third point as shown in the figure below and click it.

You may work with the Show Constraints Constantly mode to see the constraint while creating the sketcher. By default, this tool is turned on when you enter sketcher, enabling you to view all the constraints in the sketch.

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Meanwhile turn the Show Constraints Constantly off, by selecting the Sketcher Tools icon. and then press the Show Constraints icon to deactivate it.

Close the Sketcher Tools Dialog.

Step 2d – Create a Sketch

Drag the mouse to the left until both the X horizontal & Y vertical constraints (dashed lines) appear. Click to define the end point of the third line.

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Drag the mouse downwards and pick the UCS origin point to complete the creation of the last line.

Exit the line function by pressing the Middle Mouse Button.

Step 2e – Create a Sketch

Now that you have learned the basic sketch features (line and constraints), we will recreate the sketch using the rectangle option.

To undo the sketch created, either press the Undo icon four times, OR press the left and middle mouse buttons together four times.

Sketch a rectangle

Press the rectangle icon in the Sketcher Toolbar. Pick the UCS origin as the first point, move the mouse to the right and upwards and Pick the second corner point i.e. top right of the rectangle.

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Step 2f – Create a Sketch Set Dimensions for the sketch

Click the dimension icon from the Sketcher Toolbar. Pick the line as shown below:

CimatronE 9.0 QuickTour Tutorial ⎪13 Move the mouse upward and click a point above the line, to locate the dimension.

In the dialog, enter the value 64 and press Enter.

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Step 2g – Create a Sketch Pick the second line, as indicated by the cursor:

Place the dimension as shown and set its value to 103.

CimatronE 9.0 QuickTour Tutorial ⎪15 Click on the Zoom All icon so that the sketch fits the entire display.

Exit the Sketcher by clicking the Exit the Sketcher icon , or by right clicking in the display area and selecting the option, Exit Sketcher.

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In the above example the dimensions were updated automatically. There is also the option to enter a dimension and manually update it at a later stage. Click on the icon below for a further explanation of the automatic and manual update options.

Step 3 – Extrude the Sketch Change to ISO view.

After exiting the Sketcher the sketch is automatically selected (highlighted).

Click on the icon below to find out about hiding the planes to get a clearer display:

CimatronE 9.0 QuickTour Tutorial ⎪17 Unpick the sketch (by clicking on it), click the planes and then click the hide icon .

To hide ALL the existing and future Datums, press the Right and Middle Mouse Buttons together, and unselect Datums.

Pick the sketch, Right Click in the display area and select New Extrude.

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You may create the extrude by clicking Solid/New/Extrude from the main menu. Accept the default parameters.

From the Feature guide, click OK to approve the operation. Click on the Zoom All icon so that the model fits the entire display.

Step 4 – Create a Blend Face

CimatronE is a hybrid environment, which can work with closed, open or partially open solid objects. Solid, Surfaces and Wire-Frame tools can be applied on the same object.

We will now create a blend face.

CimatronE 9.0 QuickTour Tutorial ⎪19 We will then cut the object with the blend face

We will now import predefined contours. Instead of receiving these contours another option would be to create the blend contours via the sketcher.

A part document will be imported from the Cimatron E Explorer. From the File menu, select the Import/From Part option.

From the CimatronE Explorer, select the Sketch Tutorial.elt file (located in the \\Tutorial Work Files \ Getting Started directory).

CimatronE 9.0 QuickTour Tutorial ⎪20 Click the Select button.

Click OK in the Import Feature Guide.

Step 4a – Create a Blend Face Note the three imported curves indicated by the arrows in the picture below:

CimatronE 9.0 QuickTour Tutorial ⎪21 From the Faces menu, select the Blend function.

Use the Rotate icon or press the CTRL key together with the Left Mouse Button to rotate the part.

CimatronE 9.0 QuickTour Tutorial ⎪2 Pick the first edge of the blend face as indicated by the cursor below:

Pick the second edge.

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Step 4b – Create a Blend Face

Change the display to Wireframe mode, by clicking the Global Render mode icon and selecting Global Wireframe.

Note the created blend face.

Define the boundaries of the blend by clicking the Pick boundaries option.

CimatronE 9.0 QuickTour Tutorial ⎪24 Pick the contour indicated below:

Click the OK button in the Blend Feature Guide.

Step 5 – Solid/Cut Return to the Global Shade mode.

CimatronE 9.0 QuickTour Tutorial ⎪25 From the Solid menu, select the Cut function.

Pick the solid object you have created as the object to be cut and exit using the Middle Mouse Button.

Pick the blend face as the cutting object.

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Accept the default parameter: Remove Cutting Object. When using this option, the system automatically removes the cutting object (blend face) when approving the Cut operation.

Accept the cutting direction (blue arrow) as shown in the picture below:

CimatronE 9.0 QuickTour Tutorial ⎪27 Click OK in the Solid Feature Guide.

Step 6 – Apply Rounds From the Menu Bar, select Solid/Round.

Pick the edges to be rounded, indicated in the picture below:

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Use the Rotate icon or press the CTRL key together with the Left Mouse Button to rotate the part.

Exit (Middle Mouse Button). Apply the following values:30

Click OK to approve the round operation.

Step 7 – Create a Taper From the Solid Menu, select Taper.

CimatronE 9.0 QuickTour Tutorial ⎪29 Leave the option set to Neutral Plane and pick the following plane:

Exit. Pick the face indicated by the cursor, as the face to be tapered:

All the connecting faces (apart from the front face) have been automatically selected.

Middle mouse click to accept these faces, set the Taper Angle and the flip the arrow as necessary:

Change to front view . If necessary, press the Flip button to change the default direction.

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Click OK in the Feature Guide.

Create the final rounds From the main menu, select Solid/Round.

Pick the corners as shown in the picture below:

Hide the UCS and zoom in for easier selection of the corner points.

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Exit. Apply rounds with a radius of 5.

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Step 8 – Create a Shell From the Solid menu, select Shell.

Change the thickness to 4.

Pick the bottom face as the open face.

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Use the Rotate icon or press the CTRL key together with the Left Mouse Button to rotate the part.

Click OK in the Shell Feature Guide.

Step 9 – Create a Step

Create a composite curve, by clicking the Composite curve icon . Change the option to Faces Outer Boundary.

CimatronE 9.0 QuickTour Tutorial ⎪34 Click on the icon below to find out about how to create a composite curve:

Pick the face shown:

CimatronE 9.0 QuickTour Tutorial ⎪35 Accept the result by clicking OK in the Composite Feature Guide.

Create an Offset Curve From the Curves menu, select Offset.

CimatronE 9.0 QuickTour Tutorial ⎪36 Pick the previously created composite curve and apply the following parameters:

Click OK in the Offset Feature Guide.

Extrude Remove the Offset Curve Select the Offset curve, right click and select Remove Extrude.

CimatronE 9.0 QuickTour Tutorial ⎪37 Set the following parameters:

Click OK in the Extrude Feature Guide.

Step 10 – Create an M-View

A Modeling View (M-View) will now be created. The M-View is a user-defined view of entities which includes a profile of display parameters.

CimatronE 9.0 QuickTour Tutorial ⎪38 At the bottom left of the screen select the M-View tab.

Under the M-View tab, Right Click and select New M-View.

Position the Part on the Screen as follows: Zoom, Pan and Rotate the part accordingly

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Click OK in the M-View Feature Guide.

Click on the Isometric view icon. Under the M-View tab, Double Click on M-View1.

The Part has returned to it's original orientation and size. Select File/Save and in the Cimatron E Explorer, save the file under the following name:

A new document named Mouse Cover is created.

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Close the part document.

Assembly In this chapter the parts of the Mouse will be assembled.

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Mouse Cover

For the first assembly part document, either use the Mouse Cover.elt file created in the first chapter or the ready made file:

Mouse Base

For the second assembly part document, use the Mouse Base.elt.

Step 1 – Create a New Assembly Document From the File menu select the New File option.

Select the Assembly option.

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Step 2 – Add the Cover Component

From the Icons Toolbar, click the Add component icon or select the option Assembly/Add Component.

Select the file Mouse Cover from the CimatronE Explorer.

To place the component on the Active Assembly Origin, select the On Assembly UCS option. The system automatically places the part on the Active Assembly UCS.

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Click OK in the Feature Guide.

Step 3 – Add the Base Component

Click the Add component icon . Select the Mouse Base component, from the Cimatron E Explorer.

CimatronE 9.0 QuickTour Tutorial ⎪4 Change the default option to 'Place By Pick', and pick anywhere on the screen.

Click OK in the Feature Guide. Click on the Zoom All icon so that the assembly fits the entire display.

Step 4 – Connect the Mouse Components

Click the Connect icon . Pick the face of the cover shown below:

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