ProfileKeyCreator \ Tools \ Machinist \ 2D \ Profile
Follow the steps below to create a 2D offset toolpath.
NOTE: Because a toolpath is a collective, it can be selected, moved between levels, copied and deleted using the functions available from the NC submenu.
Step 1: Specify Part Zero
This is done through the Profile Milling Dialog that appears when Profile is selected from the 2D submenu. To change the current Part Zero values, select the Change Part Zero setting. You also are allowed to click the Cursor Select button to define Part Zero.
Step 2: Specify the Cutting Tool
If no tool is currently selected, you can define a new tool by selecting the SELECT NEW TOOL button option from the Profile Milling dialog. For every tool used, you will need to set the feeds and speed parameters.
Step 3: Select the Contour Geometry
Once you have configured the settings contained in the first Profile Milling dialog, select the NEXT button option. The second dialog then appears. Through this dialog, you are required to select the contour geometry, using a series of menu options that appear on the Conversation Bar. When the second dialog appears, select the SELECT PROFILE button option, then follow the menu options that appear.
Step 4: Set Z Parameters and Stock Allowance
This is done through the third Profile Milling dialog. Specify, or CURSOR SELECT, a new setting for each Z parameter. Configure the other available settings in this dialog.
Step 5: Create the Toolpath
For the final step, select the CREATE PATH button option to create the toolpath. Specify a description for the toolpath being created.
Step 6: Post-Process the Toolpath
After the toolpath has been created, you will need to select a post-processing method for your specific controller from the NC library of post-processors. The tool path is then post-processed using the appropriate machining parameters.