Thread: Trochoidal CAM
I saw passing mention of someone using trochoidal cutting paths recently. I've had a quick look around and it doesn't look as if any of the more common (I.e. cheap enough for home use) CAM packages offer this. Have I missed something? Is it something worth doing even on relatively lightweight home machines, as opposed to full-scale heavyweight commercial milling machines?
Probably me you seen mention it.? . . . I think seen CamBam can do this or flavor of it but I may be wrong has I don't use it. Possibly was on a beta version.?
Down side has you've seen is it mostly only comes on higher end Cam packages so costs more. If your making money with the machine and time is important then it's really worth having because the cycle times can drop by 50-60% and tool life increase by 25-35%.
Last edited by JAZZCNC; 13-09-2015 at 09:53 AM.
Was using Estlcam for some time before your mention, like it because it's very easy to use and very well priced.
Haven't come across Estlcam - I'll take a closer look, thanks.
When I looked into this a few months back I got all excited because CAMBAM seemed to offer this, and was prepared to buy a copy just for that. But the more I read into it the more convinced I was that it was an imitation of troichoidal type paths and ONLY for straight line cuts. It did not do proper trochoidal for arbitrary shapes such as pockets. To me this is the where the time saving could come in, so I didn't buy it.
I could be wrong but that was the conclusion / limitation I made about CAMBAM.
Not overly impressed with that John if I'm honest. Very hard on the machine with all those aggressive little moves for such a simple pocket.
Compare it with this doing more slightly larger more complex pocket look at the difference in smoothness, ignore my shacking the camera about.!!
Last edited by JAZZCNC; 14-09-2015 at 03:20 PM.
Didn't realise camera had NO sound setting and must have pushed it.? Has you can see I'm no Richard Attenbourgh when it comes to filming . . Lol . . The actually cutting sound was just normal cutting sound much like in that video you posted.
Must say thou that is very impressive for a software only costing 39 Euro.!! . . . So I'll take back my words and say I'm very impressed. .
Last edited by JAZZCNC; 14-09-2015 at 04:47 PM.