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Cutting circle
« on: January 20, 2014, 08:46:01 AM »
Hi Guys,
I'm using solidcam to generate my gcode. I've noticed that my circles and arc's are not very smooth. As a simple test I create a circle and generated gcode to go around the perimeter.
Does this code look ok to you, can you see why my part looks like it's been cut from lots of straight lines rather than one smooth radius??

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Re: Cutting circle
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2014, 12:51:21 PM »
just realised I posted this in the wrong section, could a moderator move it for me please?
Re: Cutting circle
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2014, 04:39:53 PM »
I'm far from a gcode expert, but am I correct in thinking there should not be the G1 codes listed?
Re: Cutting circle
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2014, 05:34:19 PM »
Hi Jimster,
I assume the circle that you created in Cad is just a circle.
In this case the postprocessor should give out a nice circle in the G-Code. That depends on the PP settings and of course the cam settings.
More powerful Cams like Solidcam has various settings. I am not familar with SC , I think to contact the people there could help.

just a thought
Alex

Re: Cutting circle
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2014, 05:31:55 AM »
Yes it's just a circle I created in solidWorks,, then extruded it 10mm. I also think this must be a PP issue.

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Re: Cutting circle
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2014, 05:58:05 AM »
Jim,

Most of the CAD / CAM software that I use has the option for an Arc Tangent Curve (straight lines) or Arcs (true circle) post processors so I think you are on the right track and should look at your PP.

Tweakie.
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Re: Cutting circle
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2014, 11:46:55 AM »
Thanks for the help guys. I've now resolved this problem. It was a problem with solidcam setting. I increased the resolution and all is perfect now
Re: Cutting circle
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2014, 11:16:35 PM »
Jimster precessing this at a higher resolution will give you better results but isn't the best way plus is more confusing if you are trying to learn Gcode.
This producing short lines then arcs to acomplish a task that will require thousands of lines of code to produce.
Your circle can be produced in a few lines useing I and J word with your X,Y. This makes an actual arc like a compass from a center point.
This code will produce a 6" circle 3" from a corner at .100" deep. The one line number N45 produces the circle the other lines just tells it where and how deep.

N05 F15
N10 G00 Z0.5
N15 G00 X5.75 Y3
N20 G00 Z1
N25 G00 Z0.5
N30 G00 X5.75 Y3
N35 G01 Z0.9 F15
N40 G01 Z-0.1 F5
N45 G03 X5.75 Y3 I-2.75 J0 F15
N50 G00 Z0.5
N55 G00 X3 Y3
N60 M30

Good luck
Steve

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Re: Cutting circle
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2014, 07:50:52 AM »
Thanks for the info Steve. I am learning a bit more each day
Re: Cutting circle
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2018, 07:31:19 PM »
does someone have a gcode to cut a circle 1 inch od?