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Title: A plugin idea (sphere)
Post by: Dragonfly on July 27, 2017, 13:13:09 pm
I am too far behind in terms of programming and being into CamBam API to try it myself. And there are already plugins which do almost what I have in mind but not completely. And ... there actually may exist a tool I have missed which does it.
Here is the idea: Using a tool with a spherical head (not ball nose but a sphere with a stem) to mill a sphere with a stem, i.e. go below the middle and do a spherical undercut as far as the tool geometry would allow. Both convex and concave spherical shapes. The reason for this is that I want to make a kind of ball joint.
Is it doable and anyone (Eddy I mean you ;) ) willing to give it a try?
Here is a small graphical representation.


Title: Re: A plugin idea (sphere)
Post by: EddyCurrent on July 27, 2017, 13:18:07 pm
I would use a lathe  :D or a 4th axis


Title: Re: A plugin idea (sphere)
Post by: Dragonfly on July 27, 2017, 13:22:28 pm
Me too if I only had them :)
Your Profile2Helix plugin is almost there.

P.S. Even with a lathe and 4-th axis internal cavity would not be that easy IMHO.


Title: Re: A plugin idea (sphere)
Post by: EddyCurrent on July 27, 2017, 13:38:08 pm
I was playing with a vertical plugin for use with a large diameter winged cutter but the problems kept mounting up. Time is not good at the moment to revisit that.

Is CamBam Lathe no use ? I've never looked into it deeply enough to know.



Title: Re: A plugin idea (sphere)
Post by: Garyhlucas on July 28, 2017, 01:58:36 am
Me too if I only had them :)
Your Profile2Helix plugin is almost there.

P.S. Even with a lathe and 4-th axis internal cavity would not be that easy IMHO.
We the profile2helix plugin all the time with a winged rounded edge cutter to cut flanges with a curved undercut much deeper than you show. A ball would be really easy. We draw the part profile, offset the line by the tool nose radius, then move that line over in X by the tool radius of winged cutter center line. Then generate the helix and use engrave.


Title: Re: A plugin idea (sphere)
Post by: Dragonfly on July 28, 2017, 09:05:18 am
I have tried with only a semi-circular profile and didn't get the desired result. But did not guess to make a profile like in Eddy's example. Will give it a try.


Title: Re: A plugin idea (sphere)
Post by: Dragonfly on July 28, 2017, 09:19:40 am
I tried to reproduce the profile from the picture by Eddy but got only the top hemisphere. The helix stops at the equator.
Are we talking about the same plugin?