CIMCO Edit 8 Tutorial: How to Use the Best CNC Editor
CIMCO Edit 8 is a powerful and easy-to-use CNC editor that can handle any type of CNC program. Whether you need to edit, compare, simulate, or verify your CNC code, CIMCO Edit 8 can do it all. In this tutorial, we will show you how to use some of the basic and advanced features of CIMCO Edit 8 to improve your CNC programming workflow.
The first step is to open and edit a CNC program in CIMCO Edit 8. You can do this by clicking on the File menu and selecting Open, or by dragging and dropping a file into the editor window. CIMCO Edit 8 supports a wide range of CNC formats, such as Fanuc, Siemens, Heidenhain, Mazak, Haas, and more. You can also create a new CNC program by clicking on the File menu and selecting New.
Once you have opened a CNC program, you can edit it using the various tools and commands available in CIMCO Edit 8. For example, you can:
Use the toolbar buttons to cut, copy, paste, undo, redo, find, replace, and more.
Use the keyboard shortcuts to perform common actions faster.
Use the right-click menu to access more options and functions.
Use the line numbers and bookmarks to navigate through your code.
Use the syntax highlighting and auto-complete features to write your code more easily and accurately.
Use the block skip and optional stop features to enable or disable sections of your code.
Use the math functions to perform calculations and conversions in your code.
Use the backplot and solid simulation features to visualize your code in 2D or 3D.
Step 2: Compare and Merge Two CNC Programs
The next step is to compare and merge two CNC programs in CIMCO Edit 8. This is useful when you need to find the differences between two versions of a CNC program or when you need to combine two CNC programs into one. You can do this by clicking on the Tools menu and selecting Compare Files or Merge Files.
When you compare two CNC programs, CIMCO Edit 8 will show you the differences in a side-by-side view. You can see the added, deleted, or changed lines in different colors. You can also use the toolbar buttons to navigate through the differences, copy lines from one file to another, or synchronize the files. You can also export or print the comparison report for future reference.
When you merge two CNC programs, CIMCO Edit 8 will show you the merged file in a separate window. You can see the source files in a split view below. You can use the toolbar buttons to select which lines to include or exclude from the merged file. You can also edit the merged file as needed. You can save or print the merged file when you are done.
Step 3: Simulate and Verify Your CNC Program
The final step is to simulate and verify your CNC program in CIMCO Edit 8. This is important when you want to check your CNC program for errors, collisions, or optimization opportunities before running it on your machine. You can do this by clicking on the Simulation menu and selecting Backplot or Solid Simulation.
When you backplot your CNC program, CIMCO Edit 8 will show you a 2D graphical representation of your toolpath. You can see the tool position, feed rate, spindle speed, coolant status, and more. You can also use the toolbar buttons to control the simulation speed, zoom level, view angle, and more. You can also measure distances and angles in your toolpath.
When you solid simulate your CNC program, CIMCO Edit 8 will show you a 3D realistic representation of your machining process. You can see the workpiece, tool holder, tool geometry, clamps, fixtures, and more. You can also use the toolbar buttons to control the simulation speed, zoom level, view angle, transparency level, and more. You can also detect collisions and gouges in your machining process.
CIMCO Edit 8 also provides various analysis tools to help you verify and optimize your CNC program. For example, you can: