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Press F11 and create layer and name it solid

Press Alt+Enter to open Property Manager

Click on solid

Change layer of solid to solid layer

Press F11 

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Look at the bottom right of your screen.

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Make sure Grid is off and Highlight is on.

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Left click face geometry then left click for “yes”

Go to Create Features (blue outline)

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Left click Autochain (red racetrack)

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Press F2 to open Features window

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Left click 1 Chain and right click and rename to Face.

Drag window over OD geometry.

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Click Autochain and rename the chain OD rough.

Create Layer and name it Toolpath.

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Left click on your face chain feature.

Click on solid turn

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Click on Roughing.

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The following window will appear.

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At the bottom of the window click on the Tools button.

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The following window will appear.

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Click on the yellow insert button

Go to Turning Tools and then turning insert

The following window will appear.

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Enter the following information.

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Select the Holder tab and enter the following information.

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Select the General tab and enter the following information.

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Click Ok.

Notice the tool in your tool window.

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Return to the Solidturn- Roughing tab.

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Enter the following information.

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Select the Strategy tab.

Enter the following information.

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Select the rough tab.

Enter the following information

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Click Ok and notice the facing toolpath. (red lines)

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Within the Features window, select the tools tab.

Select the add new turning tool insert button and add a too with the following information.

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Click OK

Return to your Features tab and select your OD Rough chain.

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Now click your Roughing operation.

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Enter the following information.

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Click Ok and notice the gererated toolpath.

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Now select your OD Rough Chain again.

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Click on Contour on your Solidturn toolbar.

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Notice the window that appears in your Features window.

Enter the following information.

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Click Ok.

Click on the top of your Features List to highlight Features.

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On your Smart toolbar click the Simulation button.

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Now press play

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Now Press Stop to go back to the main screen.

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Sub Spindle 2nd Op

Now go back to Solidturn on your Smart Toolbar.

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Now click Pick up

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Enter the following information.

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Press Ok.

Now simulate.

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Look to make sure there are no crashes.

Now go back to your Solidturn toolbar and click release.

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Enter the following information into the dialog box.

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Now we need a reverse tool to do the back side.

Go to your tool tab. Right click your OD tool.

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Now open the copied tool.

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Enter the following information.

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Open Layers and select the chain layer.

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Select the geometry on the back of the part.

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And click Autochain.

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Name the chain Back Face

Hide the Chains Layer

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Select the geometry on the shoulder of the part.

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Click Autochain.

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Reverse direction of chain by selecting reverse direction.

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Unhide chain layer.

Rename the new chain Back Turn OD.

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Select the Back Face chain and click Roughing on the Solid Turn Toolbar.

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