Introduction

OnCreate3D is a simple, elegant and easy to use full cloud CAM System that give facility of CAM Anywhere, Anytime, On Any Device. It allows user to access his/her data from any device such as laptop, smartphone or tablet. It works in three simple steps. First, Import a component to machine. OnCreate3D supports STL, IGES and STEP file formats. Second, create toolpath sequences. Many 3 axis toolpaths such as Parallel, Spiral, Concentric, Contour, Radial, Plunge, Pocket and 2 axis toolpaths such as Contour, Pocket, Rest Mill are supported. You can also simulate the ToolPath to check for gouges, spikes, undercutting etc. Third, Create NC File from toolpath sequences by providing basic information about the controller options. You are ready to take NC File to your controller.






Change Password

You can change your password any time by clicking on “Your Name” [ex: OnCreate3D Guest] located on the Top Right Corner of the project space or dashboard. Click change password button, fill in old password, new password and confirm new password. Click update to reset your password.



Forgot Password

If you forgot your password, click “Forgot password” button on sign-in page and enter the email address you used to sign-up. Click “Request Reset” to get email with link to rest your password. After resetting the password, you need to sign-in again.



View Dashboard

On successful log in, you will be directed to the dashboard as shown in above image. Dashboard shows you projects your have created so far. For new uesrs couple of projects are already added to simplify learning process. Clicking Upload file button at top left corner of dashboard, opens a dialog box opens up to create project. Give your project a name, select project type (Mill-3D or Mill-2D) and click browse to select file (currently only STL file format is supported for Mill-3D and DXF file format is supported for Mill-2D) for this project. After successful upload, your project is added in dashboard. Click view to activate the project. You will see your project as shown in following image. While at Dashboard you can View, Share or Delete a project.


View Help

Click on Question Mark button on right top of dashboard or project space. And then click on help pull down menu. You will be redirected to Help pages.


View FAQ

Click on Question Mark button on right top of dashboard or project space. And then click on FAQ pull down menu. You will be redirected to FAQ pages.


Upload Project

Click on upload file button at top right corner adjacent to OnCreate3D logo. A dialog will pop up allowing you to enter project name, project type from pull down menu and a browse button to launch upload file dialog. Provide project name, choose project type, choose unit system and then click on browse button. Select a file from upload file dialog. The file name chosen will be displayed adjacent to browse button. Click upload file dialog. This will upload your file to server and launch new project space to show the part in graphics view.


View Project

Project space allows you to define part orientation, stock, WCS for uploaded part. You can create and/or edit many toolpath operations, simulate toolpaths, download NC/APT Files etc. from project space. Tree view on left side shows, tollpath operations created on part. If you have uploaded the file recently, toolpath tree will be emply. If you have reloaded previous project, toolpath tree will show toolpath operaiotns from your previous session. Clicking on any one toolpath will fetch the toolpath data from server for display and NC File download purpose.


Retrieve Project

You can delete your projects from dashboard. Click delete button against each project to do so. All the deleted projects will be still preserved on server and you can retrieve these projects by clicking retrieve button on right top of dahsboard. Clicking on retrieve button will open a dialog showing list of deleted projects. Click retrieve button against a project that you want to retrieve. The project will be added to dashboard list of projects again.


Orient Part

You can Rotate the Part about X, Y, Z axis by clicking on the “Rotate” button located at the Top Right. At one click the Part rotates at 90 degree. You can rotate the part only before giving any ToolPath, once the ToolPath is given Rotating the Part will not be possible.



Apply Stock

On viewing the Part in workspace you will see stock around the Part with default parameters. You can directly create the ToolPath on default Stock or you can modify the Stock and then create ToolPath. Once you create any ToolPath you will not be able to modify the Stock.

“Stock” button is located at the Top right, on clicking the button you have 2 drop down menu:
• Show Stock / Hide Stock:
   Show Stock will display and Hide Stock will hide the Stock from the Part.



• Modify Stock:
   Here you can modify the stock Parameters i.e. X-Min, X-Max, Y-Min, Y-Max, Z-Min, Z-Max and Offset. “Reset Stock” will reset the stock parameters according to the Offset value.



Apply WCS

WCS (Work co-ordinate system) or program zero is defined with respect to stock. The ToolPath that gets created has default WCS at Top Face and Center Position. You can change the WCS according to your convenience by clicking on the WCS button located at the Top Right. Clicking here will open a dialog Box where you need to mention the “Position” and “Face”.






Create Toolpath Operations

• Create Toolpath Mill 3D

Use toolbar at top to create various toolpaths. Clicking any button will pop a dialog for that toolpath. Accept default parameters or change few of them and click OK. Messages appear on bottom right corner of graphics view to keep showing progress. Progress bar is also shown at top of the page. Ones the toolpath is created, it is added in toolpath tree view and shown in graphics view. You can execute only one toolpath command at a time.




ToolPaths are divided into 2 categories:

1. Roughing ToolPath
  • Rough Parallel
  • Rough Plunge
  • Rough Pocket

2. Finishing ToolPath
  • Finish Parallel
  • Finish Spiral
  • Finish Concentric
  • Finish Contour
  • Finish Radial


• Create Toolpath Mill 2D

Use toolbar at top to create various toolpaths. Clicking any button will pop a dialog for that toolpath. Accept default parameters or change few of them and click OK. Progress bubbles appear on bottom right corner of graphics view. Progress bar is also shown at top of the page. Ones the toolpath is created it is added in toolpath tree view and shown in graphics view. You can execute only one toolpath command at a time.



Available Mill-2D ToolPaths are:
  • Rough Contour ToolPath
  • Rough Pocket ToolPath
  • Rest Mill ToolPath


Toolpath Parameters

Each toolpath operation displays the dialog box for creating the operation. Parameters available are:
1. Tool Parameter
2. Motion Parameter
3. Toolpath Parameter

You can key in Tool Parameters, Motion Parameters and Toolpath Parameters values in the dialog box. You can choose the default options as well. Clicking “OK” button will create the toolpath. Clicking “Cancel” will abort the operation.

Fill in Tool Parameters in 1st Property Page:



Fill in Motion Parameters in 2nd Property Page:



Fill in ToolPath Parameters specified for each ToolPath in 3rd Property Page:



View Toolpath Tree

ToolPath tree view displays the ToolPaths you have created so far. The last toolpath created will always be displayed in graphics window. When you have multiple ToolPaths available in the Tree, you can display any one ToolPath just by clicking on that ToolPath in the Tree view. If the Toolpath data is not available, it is retrieved from OnCreate3D server. You can delete any ToolPath from the tree by right clicking on that ToolPath and then clicking Delete.



Edit Toolpath

You can edit the ToolPath Parameters by using the “Edit” function. When a ToolPath is created it can be seen in the Operation List. If you want to edit the ToolPath Parameters just Right Click on that ToolPath and click “Edit”. On clicking “Edit” , ToolPath Parameters dialog Box will be displayed, here you can make the changes and click “OK”. New modified ToolPath will be created with changed Parameters.



Download NC File

You can download NC file, Edit post parameters, download APT file using “NC File” button which is located at the Top Right corner of the graphics window. On clicking the button you will have 3 drop down menu: 

• Download NC File:
   To download the NC File, click on “download NC File” button. While creating new project a default POST parameters file is created. Clicking “Download NC File” will create NC File according to default parameters. If you want to customize NC File output you can edit POST parameters by clicking “Edit Post File” button.
• Edit Post File:
   You can edit POST parameters to customize your NC File output by clicking “Edit POST File” button. After editing the Post to download the NC file you need to click on “Download NC File”. The modified parameters will be used for further NC File downloads until changed again. Moving back to dashboard or refreshing the page will reset all parameters to default. For example: If in “Edit Post File” we uncheck “Use Sequence”, then the downloaded NC file will not consist any numbering in it.



Download APT File

To download the APT file, click on the “Download APT File”.


Simulate Toolpath

ToolPath can be simulated using the simulate option. Select a Toolpath from the ToolPath Tree view and click on “Start” button provided on the Top right Corner of the Graphics window to simulate the motion. You can adjust the speed of simulation by moving the slider at Top Right Corner of the Graphics window. You can Play and Pause any number of times. While simulating you cannot perform any operation unless you stop the simulation. To stop the simulation, press “Stop”. This will clean up all simulation and you can perform other tasks.



Manipulate Graphics View

You can manipulate graphics view with set of buttons from top right corner of graphics view. Reset View brings you back to original state. With Top view and Isometric view buttons you can see Top and Isometric view of component. Hold left mouse button and drag the mouse to rotate the component. Hold middle mouse button and drag the mouse to zoom in or out. You can also use mouse wheel to zoom in and out. Hold right mouse button and drag the mouse to pan the component. Use Reset View button any time to bring back the component to original state.



Create Nest

Enter nesting project by selecting project type as nesting in Create Project dialog box. Give project name and click on upload file (You would be able to upload dxf/dwg files when you are in the project space). Inside project space you will see the following features:

• Import part for nesting:

  Click on import part button. A dialog box will open which has choose files button. Click on it to browse and upload a dxf/dwg file. Once you hit OK button the part gets uploaded successfully. You can upload more parts by again clicking on import part button and following the same procedure.

• Create Nest:

  The create nest dialog box will have four sections. All parts uploaded will be shown in the nesting parts section. You can edit the quantity of each part in the nest and also include only desired parts by checking check boxes of only the desired parts in the list. The sheet clearances section is for adjusting the margins of the nest sheet and part in part distance. Fill out the sheet definition section and select type of nesting and then hit OK. Nest will be generated and will be displayed in project space.






• Nest Tree

Nest tree view displays the parts uploaded and nests you have created so far. The last nest created or part uploaded will always be displayed in graphics window. When you have multiple nests available in the Tree, you can display any one nest just by clicking on that nest in the Tree view. You can delete any nest from the tree by right clicking on that nest and then clicking Delete. By expanding nest you will find individual sheets. You can see nest created on each sheet by clicking on these sheets. Right click on individual sheets to Export nested sheet as dxf or to view project information or to delete the sheet. Project information shows percentage utilization for the selected sheet. Project information for entire nest shows percentage utilization of individual sheets and also total percentage utilization of the nest.



Return to Dashboard

You can move back to Dashboard from the current project by clicking on the OnCreate3D icon located on the Top left corner.




Return to Same Project

When you activate the same project, you will see all toolpaths created in previous session in Toolpath Tree View. When you click on any Toolpath for first time, Toolpath data is retrieved from server for display in graphics window. You can create or delete few more Toolpaths.