OneCNC Series Updates

This is a history of all OneCNC updates.

You may notice sometimes there can be a jump in version numbers.

This is due to intensive and continual internal testing where we thoroughly test versions before releasing proven functional updates.

To download updates, see our OneCNC Updates page.

OneCNCXR3 10.42

Release date 29th May 2008

Performance Enhancements

OneCNCXR3 version 10.42 update is predominately the inclusion of new performance enhancing features added to top off an already very well accepted product.

The items added are all time saving features designed to enhance the use of the software.

New two color construction feature:

This function applies to all OneCNCXR3 versions

This is designed to streamline the method of construction in OneCNC.

This allows to automatically have one color of the users choice for construction geometry and a second color of the users choice for the construction of surfaces and modeling.

If you construct geometry to extrude from for example they will be separated by color.

These default colors are both independently user controlled from the properties but can also be changed just by clicking on the color and selecting the color.

New geometry extraction functions:

These functions apply to all mill versions.

The method of extraction of geometry from surfaces and models has completely changed.

The old "Extract All" has gone and been replaced by three quite revolutionary new extraction functions.

The tolerances are now controlled by logic and you will not be requested to apply a tolerance to extractions. So the dialog that used to appear on selecting extract should not appear now.

This saves immense time and remove the creation of multiple entities providing it is a valid model. It is now possible to have single seam and edges.

These are the new functions on the tool bar.

There is also an extra function in the menu called "extract everything"

1. Extract single edge:

The arrow to item 1 icon is the same functionality as the previous extract single function. This is extract single. It will extract the edge of a surface or model from the edge selected.

2. Extract surface edges:

This very functional new function will extract the edges of a selected surface of a selected surface. This surface can be part of a model and the surface can be directly selected from a model without breaking to surfaces.

This is an example of selecting the edges of a surface. Handy for pocketing or boundaries.

3. Extract model edges:

This is an exciting new function because it will extract the edges of a model and each seam will only have one edge providing it is a valid model. No more double edges because of an edge for each surface providing the selected part is a valid solid model. If it is just a bunch of surfaces that look like a model well it will only extract the edges of any surface on the model that the user selects which will create an edge for every surface.

This sample example above only has singular edges now.

4. Extract everything:

This is also a new function. It has some similarities to the old extract function all but works much differently.

If you have surfaces and models on the screen and you use this function any model will be selected automatically and only one seam edge is created on the valid model same as function 3 above.

If there are also surfaces on the screen as well they will have all their edges selected and created as well.

This function is only on the menu rather than the tool bar to separate it because it should rarely be used.

A user can apply this function to a tool bar if he wishes to but we believe it will be a rarely used function now because of the surface select and model select functions.

New Unwrap Cylinder Unwrap function:

The function is included in the OneCNCXR3 Mill Professional and OneCNCXR3 Mill Expert software.

This function takes the surface of a "cylinder only" that is placed on the X axis and unwraps it.

The axis has to be in the center of the model or surface and the function "Unwraps" the geometry outline of the surface onto an X Y plane. in the Y direction.

For the extraction to start from Y zero you need to have the cylinder seam at the top as shown in this picture.

This function "only applies to cylinders" because as you can imagine if it was a spherical shape it is not possible to lay if flat. It needs to be a cylinder to unwrap for this reason.

Take this example as long as its on the X axis and you click unwrap. You get the geometry of the developed shape laid out flat on X Y.

This is a plain cylinder with the ends cut on an angle.

There will only be one end edge of the X seam and it may be on either end due to the tolerance.

This function is mainly applicable to 4 axis wrap machining but also applies to sheet that may be cut to shape and then rolled to a cylinder shape.

Here is another example which includes many holes and slots all handled automatically.

New Z rapid approaches in pocketing and Z level:

The the open and closed pocket and open and closed Z level functions in each applicable OneCNCXR3 version has been optimized with new logic to control the rapid approach to and into the previous cut level.

This means for example if you had a pocked 100mm deep and you were removing metal in 10mm increments as each level is removed OneCNC will now rapid down to the last cut level.

In the case of 100mm deep pocket the last level the rapid would go directly down to -90mm (less the plunge clearance) then commence the ramp or plunge entry from that point.

This would save the feed time of the 90mm depth which will now be at rapid rather than feed.

Take this simple 2 depth cut pocket example

And the front view explains it all when you see the rapid down to the second helix start.

This example only shows 2 levels for simplicity but the same applies for all the levels.

New Fillet interactive function additions

This applies to all OneCNCXR3 Versions

There was a change made to the new filleting of arcs. This new style and also another has been added to give now 10 combinations of filleted arcs.

This is the new style added

This shows the possibilities

The main type that it was created for

New Solid revolve function:

This new function applies to OneCNCXR3 Mill Professional and OneCNCXR3 Mill Expert versions.

This is a new function that creates a solid of a chain of entities revolved around an axis or revolved around a pre drawn center line.

It is added to the Solid construction dialog.

If you create a chain of entities like this.
And have a pre drawn center line like this.

Select the chain of entities and this will bring the dialog of construction. In this case use line.

And it would create the solid.


OneCNCXR3 10.34

Release date 1st April 2008

This is the first update for OneCNCXR3 since the official release of the software 20th Feb. 2008.

The major feature of update in this update release is the help files. The help files have been massively updated to reflect the OneCNCXR3 functionality.

Take time to open the help files from the top menu Help> Contents> then open the OneCNC Mill CAM settings and view all the pages in that section to assist you in getting used to how OneCNCXR3 was designed to be used.

You will notice a huge change in toolpath speed especially large difficult files.

You will see a new dialog when using simulation.

You will see some new messages if you have not created your profile geometry correctly flat to the plane as well as for pocket and facing.

If you use a non English version you will notice language updating.

A minor change in the wording of saving templates to better reflect what is being saved.

Using arc filleting to fillet 2 arcs together you will see new features with a choice of 8 styles of filleting interactively. Just draw yourself 2 circles or arcs then fillet the 2 arcs or circles with a large radius and you will interactively see the interactive selection.

There was an adjustment to the naming of the NC Manager function names to allow custom named function to be re-picked without setting the names back to default.

Some extra messages in HS tool paths and if you see the message check the settings it will most likely be that the ramp helix wont fit or the step over is too great for the application in the particular function.

The job sheet Z values have been adjusted for the drilling functions.