To get into the Solid Simulation you can do this a number of ways. The easiest way is right clicking on the screen and selecting Solid Simulation.
This is the menu that appears by right clicking on the screen
There are a few different buttons that appear in the simulation side bar that you may not know about or haven’t used before.
The buttons that we will go over in this topic are:
- this is the Operation by Operation button, if this button is depressed, the Advanced Simulation will pause after each operation (if there are multiple tool paths per operation, the simulation will process each tool path in the operation before stopping)
- this is the 'Show Tools' button, this button will determine if the tools and operations being cut by those tools are shown during the simulation.
- this is the 'Play' button, it will play the simulation.
- this is the 'Pause' button, it will pause the simulation.
- this is the 'Stop' button, pressing this button will end the simulation. (Ending the simulation will not close the dialog)
If you press the Play button after a simulation is complete, or you ended the simulation, the simulation will begin from the very beginning, press the Pause button if you wish to stop the simulation and start back up from the same point.
- this is the 'Slower Display' button, pressing this button will slow the speed of the simulation
- this is the 'Speed Slider', this determines the speed at which the simulation will run.
- this is the 'Faster Display' button, pressing this button will increase the speed of the simulation.
None of the above options will affect the actual machining in your drawing, they are only used in the currently opened Advanced Simulation. These options will reset to the defaults after you close the Advanced Simulation dialog.
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