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THE EXAMPLE MACROS AND OTHER FILES AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS WEBSITE ARE PROVIDED "AS-IS"
FOR GENERAL ILLUSTRATIVE AND INSTRUCTIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. GIBBS AND ASSOCIATES MAKES
NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY CONCERNING THEIR CONTENT OR SUITABILITY FOR ANY PURPOSE.


Each example contains a link to download the relevant macros and associated files.
A single zip file containing all of the examples is available here. Download


Contents

Geometry


Create a simple contour. Uses a dialog to get the contour dimensions. Download


Create a the same contour, then uses a second dialog to get values for a rectangular grid.
Make multiple copies of the contour across the grid pattern. Download


Create a contour, then transform it using Translate, Rotate, Mirror and Scale.
Show simple transforms and also duplicate and transform. Download


Get a list of the selected geometry elements. For each element in the list, find the element type
(line, arc etc) and display the dimensions (start, end, center) of each element. Download


Get a list of the selected geometry elements. create a text file and write out the list of elements including element type and dimensions (start, end, center). Download


Calculate the extents (minimum and maximum X and Y values) of the selected geometry elements. Download


Create a set of points, a tool and a drill process. Drill the points.
Use a dialog to set sort options to change the order of the points. Download

Solids


Create simple solids by Extruding and Revolving a contour. Move these solids and Union them together. Download


Create several simple solids and change each of them to a different type (stock, fixture etc). Display a list of the solids and the type of each one. Download


Show how to move solids into and out of the Body Bag. Download


Select one or more faces, on one or more solids. Create a point in the middle of each salected face. Download


Select one or more faces, on one or more solids. Create a 3D line to represent a surface normal
from a point in the middle of each salected face on each selected solid. Download


Select one or more edges, on one or more solids. Calculate the minimum and maximum XYZ values
of each of the selected edges. Create a 3D wireframe box using these values to enclose the edges. Download


Features


Get a list of all defined features and show the ID and name of each feature. Get the extents of each
feature and create a point in the middle (XY) of each feature at the minimum Z depth of the feature. Download


Processes


Create a simple contour. Load a Saved Process. Shrink Wrap and then get the current stock size.
Set the process depths based on the current stock size. Download


Create a simple contour. Load a Saved process and then set the shape markers. Download


Working with Advanced 3D Processes. Get a list of all current processes.
For each one, show the Advanced 3D process type and display a list of the process data. Download


Working with 5 Axis Processes. Get a list of all current processes.
For each one, show the 5 Axis process type and display a list of the process data. download


Operations


Operation Moves Report.
Get a list of selected operations. Create a text file. Get the toolpath associated with each operation.
Output a list of the start and end positions of each line and arc in the toolpath to the text file. Download


Split Each Move in half.
Get a list of selected operations. Modify the toolpath associated with each of these operations by splitting
each line and arc in half and adding small moves at 90 degrees to the path at the mid point.operation. Download


Peck Turning.
Modify the toolpath associated with each selected operation to pecking along each feed move. Move forward
by a given distance, retract back in the opposite direction and dwell before continuing along the original path.
A dialog is used to input the maximum peck distance, optional retract amount and optional dwell value. Download


Lathe Profiler.
Machine the OD or ID of a solid using the profiler. Switch the profiler on and get the profiler shape.
Find the first and last line/arc on either the OD or ID. Load a process, set the shape markers and DoIt. Download

Tools


Import Tool definitions from an Excel file. The spreadhseet must contain one line of data for each tool to be imported.
The macro defines the headings for each column of data to be used in the tool definition. It supports Mill and Lathe tools.
Three different methods of selecting the tools are shown. 1 - Import all tools. 2 - Display a dialog with a dropdown menu
containing a list of all tools and use this to select a single tool to import. 3 - Show the spreadsheet and wait for the user
to add checkmarks in a selection column against each tool that is to be imported.

There are many macros in this project. The file that you need to run is called 'ImportTools.mac'. You can edit this macro to
specify whether you want to import mill tools, lathe tools or both. You can also change the tool selection method.

There are 3 example Excel files included containing mill tools only, lathe tools only and both mill and lathe tools. Download


Coordinate Systems


Get the list of current CS's. Create a new CS and then show a list of all CS's, including the new one. Download


Work Groups


Get the list of current WG's. Create a new WG and then show a list of all WG's, including the new one. Download


Part


Check if the currently opened part is Inch or Metric. Ask if it should be changed to the opposite units.
Change it, change the stock size and change the current view to zoom full size. Download


Backup the current part using a filename based on the current part filename (with "_backup" added. Download


Get MTM specific data from the current part. Display the number of flows, toolgroups and spindles. Download


Post Processing


Use a file dialog to ask the user to select a post processor. Use another dialog to ask for an output file.
Show some of the current post parameters (program number, sequence numbers). Change these values and run the post. Download


Use External Applications


Create a text file containing data to be used by an external application.
Run this application (simple Visual Basic application included in this example).
Wait for this application to finish execution (it will read the data file and write a new file).
Read the data from the file created by this application and use it to create a contour. Download

Open an Excel Spreadsheet and read dfata from a range of cells to represent a list of part numbers.
Create a dialog containing this list of part numbers. Use the selected part to get more data from Excel.
use this additional data from Excel to create a contour. Download


Custom Drill Cycles


Please, click here to go to the Custom Drill Cycles page for example parts and files.


System Commands


Please, click here to go to the System Commands page for example system macros.


Intermediate Tooling


Get lists of toolblock and fixture libraries, add and remove libraries or items in a library.
Edit the intermediate tooling configuration data for a machine (MDD).
Edit blocks used in the current part file and examine the list of fixtures.
Run the "int_tooling.mac" macro to use these examples. Download

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