Material Selection Interface
This is an overview of the material selection menu interface to help with other topics covered in this section.
Material digital files are used to represent the physical material dimensions and to remember used areas (if it is a reusable material).
Material selection interface
- Material blank menu button - toggles open the material selection menu
- Minimum thickness field- minimum thickness of a blank needed
- Material Category - name of Millbox material type
- Disc visualization - previews of the visualization of the unit(s) in the disc
- Product Name - the product name defined in Millbox (can be generic or specific product name)
- Available materials sizes - list of available material sizes and menu for the Product.
- Create new blank - create a new blank with the + button
- Material dimension - dimension information of the material stock file to create or use existing
- Existing material - existing material count and button to open existing material menu
- Confirm/Exit - confirm material selection or exit menu view
Create a new material file
This covers the simple workflow to create a new material file for the job. Blanks are sometimes referred to stock files, reusable blanks, and use discs or blocks instead of blanks.
Create a new blank
- Check the minimum height to select the correct size material
- Click the + button on the row for the blank that has a greater height than the minimum height value to mill. In this example a 98mm by 14mm high disc is selected.
- Enter the stock name
- Enter the lot number
- Enter the scale factor (shrinkage materials only) [Amann-Girrbach converterAG ConverterAG materials do not have scale factor values readily available. They have a Ceramill Code (F Code), Shrinkage (S), and/or Magnifickation (V) value that require a values that are not scale factorsRead more ]
- Confirm or Cancel
Use existing materials
This covers the workflow to use existing reusable blank files for the job from the material selection menu.
For existing blank material files, Millbox organizes and saves discs by shape and height.
1. Opening the existing material selection menu
The workflow begins the same as create a new blank workflow for step 1. For step 2 you can see if any existing blanks (reusable blanks column) to see if any exist if they have a blue circle with a number. This number signifies how many existing blank files are present.
Opening the existing materials menu
- Check the minimum height to open the correct existing material folder location
- Click the row with an blue circle with number to open the menu. If there is no blue dot, no existing materials files are present
2. Select an existing material file
After the existing blank menu appears, you can select the file and check if your units will fit into the disc.
Selecting an existing file
- Select the material file to use. The view will only have material in the same group that you selected.
- Millbox will visualize the nesting location(s) in green from the top view of the material
View of disc with blocked out areas
Here is an view of the material for material files that have been used before. The view is flipped from the nesting preview since the home view is set to look at the bottom but the previews are showing the top views.
Selecting material for positional fixtures
Selecting materials for positional fixtures is similar to the new material selection workflow. When using positional fixtures, a menu should pop-up to select the position to import the unit and material to.
Equipment position selection menu
Import STL and material overview
Importing material in positional fixtures
- Complete importing the first unit STL and material
- Select Import STL button and the equipment positions dialog will appear
- Select the next position to import STL and material to.
- Continue with the workflow
Material selection completed
Once a blank is confirmed and loaded for any step, Millbox will step through the workflow and open the toolpath calculation menu (AKA Start Mill menu). You can chose to go to the calculation process or select the units to add additional features to them for post-milling operations.