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CONSTRUCAM ONLINE MANUAL

ConstruCAM 3D Online HelpFree and comprehensive online help, manual, help file for a better understanding of the CAD CAM software ConstruCAM-3D. Find out more about the functions and the versatile CAD and CAM modules within ConstruCAM-3D . Learn how to work with the CAD surface to create your workpieces quickly and easily, to create radii, to draw holes or grooves.

Understand the relationships between the CAD and CAM module and its layers. Use layers efficiently for editing. Operate the VTR module for 2D to 3D conversion or draw simple 2D lines in ConstruCAM and use VTR to create 3D jewelery, design elements, etc.
Create texts or serial numbering for your serial tags, name plates or 3D wooden signs. Project 3D text on existing 3D objects, sublime or recessed. All functions of the full version bundled in a clear manual with several examples.

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Online-Manual for Construcam-3D


General Introduction - Description for the operation of the program surface

General Introduction – Description for the operation of the program surface


Table of contents:cadcam-bildschirmaufbau

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Prerequisites for the workstation computer
Instructions, work descriptions, update
Important information about the program
The directory PROJECT
Program registration

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Screen layout
Keyboard commands + mouse key configuration
Panning + Zoom
The Aids

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Input parameter – Selection Input
Input parameter – Selection Colour
Input parameter – selection Basic Settingwerkzeugeingabe
Input parameter – Selection AutoCorr
Input parameter – Selection Text Effect

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The combined cursor – Keyboard Input
Open using file linkage
Customer service
Milling data setting
Automatic arc creation
Export aids
Tool input

CAD Design - Description of the functions for the input of drawings and design in CAD

CAD Design – Description of the functions for the input of drawings and design in CAD


Table of contents:layout_layout-grafik-und-text

Working with layers:

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Engineering using ConstruCam-3D
Inputs and terms employed.
The layout menu.
Limits
Adjust work
Layout
Copy from layer
Displace in layer
Copy in layer
Delete text
List layer content

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Engineering.
Layer selection
Position input using keyboard.
Settings for drawing in input parameterslayout_anordnung_1
Helplines.
The engineering aid.

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Functions in the Draw menu:

Position A (PosnA)
Position E (PosnE)
Position 3D (Posn3D)
Point (drilling)
Straight line
Line S,E
Free-hand line
SplineLangloch Linear oder Kreisförmig
Rectangle S,E
Rectangle S,dX/dY
Rectangle MP,EP
Rectangle MP,dX/dY
Polygon
Arc 3P
Arc tang.
Arc 2P,R
Arc keyb.
Elongated hole
Full circle MP Rad
Full circle S,E
Ellipse MP Rx,Ry
Ellipse S,E
Close track

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Functions in the Process menu:Kreis Langloch Koordinaten eingeben

Undo
Redo
Mark all
Demark all
Mark
Mark TrackPosn
Demark
Mark in layer
Rotate track(s)
Paths Info
Cutout / copy / insert
Ausstanzen Verschmelzen von ObjektenDelete
Group / cancel group

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Functions in the menu Operate:

Convert
Duplicate / displace
Dimensions
Incline
Rotate
Mirror
Centre to ..
Series
Tangent
Cut
Trim
Merge
Section > contour
Displace contour
Displace line
Import macro
Export macro
Limit linesEcken abrunden Radius Kresi

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Functions in the Edit menu:

Contour start posn
Align position
Delete position
Insert positionEcken begradigen und abrunden negativ positiv
Displace Position
Replace by straight line (Linearise)
Replace by corner
Replace by circle3P
Replace by arc
Replace by rect. / ..full circ. / ..Ellipse
Replace by drilling
Interpol. edit
Round-off corner
Corner in frame
Cut cornerVektoren verbinden, auftrennen schräge anbringen CAD
Contour section
Undo vector
Delete vector
Delete sections
Join sections
Join posn
Separate posn
Add posn

Label Autolayout - Autolayout program


Label Autolayout – Autolayout program


Contents:Einzelschild Aufteilung

Label AutoLayout.
Label limits.
Single label.
Columns (label with several columns).
Label matrix.
Edit line.
Edit text.sauber aufgeteiltes Schild
Import label lines.
Import matrix lines.
RdWr label layout.
Parameters.

Nameplate Input - the engraving of ready-made nameplates


Nameplate Input – the engraving of ready-made nameplates


Contents:

Nameplate input.Typenschild Entwurf - Definition
The Navigator
Load background
Set limits
Input layer tool
Input subsidiary lines
Input text
Milling data control
Export milling data
Help
End Navigator

Case history for nameplate input


Label and series label - Work specification for text and label input


Label and series label – Work specification for text and label input



Label input

Contents:Schilder herstellen Matrix erzeugen

Work limits (label dimensions)
Use of layer and milling tools
Label input
Export milling data
Supplementary information for label input
Control characters for the text input
Serial number
Text input into the editor
Selection of special characters
Word separation (space)
Clicking-on a new text line using the cursorSerienschilder alle mit Text und fortlaufender Nummer
Select character set (font)
Select text input in CAD
Text from file
Series label input
Work limits (material dimensions)
Use of layer and milling tools
Series label input
Input of label data
Control code
Edit textSchilder vervielfältigen mit Kacheln
Unformatted input
Formatted input
Use text variable for matrix
Adopt texts
Create text list
Create matrix
Example for text matrix
Export milling data

Series label – matrix for circular badges.

The Scaling Program - Input of linear and circular scales with example


The Scaling Program – Input of linear and circular scales with example


Contents: 
Scale input.

Inputs for LINEAR scale


PositionSkalenstrich oben zentriert oder unten
Length
Angle
Mode
Graduation1..5
LineConfigSkalenstrich oben zentriert oder unten
LtrSep
ScTxtType
ScTxtDir
Scale textpositiv negativ schrift an skala
Adopt scale.
Load scale.
Save scale.

Inputs for CIRCULAR scale


Position
RadiusKreisskale Rundskala erstellen
StartAngle
EndAngle
Mode
Graduation1..5
LineConfig
LtrSepRundskala innen zentriert oder aussen
ScTxtType
ScTxtDir
Scale text
Adopt scale.
Load scale.
Save scale.

Scale text


Text
FontNonius auf Zylinder mit Drehachse
TextStyle
Height
Distort
Width
Slope
CharSep
Auto Scale text.
Par. all Texts.
Clr. all Texts.
Line-1.
Line+1.

Generation of a scale for the cylinder blank

The Scanner Program - Edge search in pixel images


The Scanner Program – Edge search in pixel images


Contents:Randsuche im Scanner Trace Programm

The scanner program.
Load Pixel file.
Edit Pixel.
Set in the rectangle / delete in the rectangle.
Border search.

Example of a border search using the scanner program

Milling data creation (CAM) - functions in CAM area


Milling data creation (CAM) – functions in CAM area


Inhaltsverzeichnis:

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Prepare the functions in the menuAutomatische Fehlererkennung und Bahnoptimierung

Dimension line
Measurement two positions
Measurement to frame
Mark intersection points
Join tracksFunktionen im CAM Menue
Sort tracks
Track optimisation
Finish track

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Functions in the CAM menu

MillCorr 2D(3D)
Graphic > milling path
Inlays
3D-drill cycles / 3D-cycles
Drilling cycles
Edit CAM
Rates of cut control3D - Zyklen
Holding webs
PCNC lathe
TrackParallel clr.
Hatching
Autocorrection:
Projections
List layer content
Norm projection
Volume view
Tool Simulat

The Autocorrection Program - 2D/3D Autocorrection / cutout stamps / shapes using several tools


The Autocorrection Program – 2D/3D Autocorrection / cutout stamps / shapes using several tools


Automatische Korrektur von Fräswegen Datensatz Erstellung

Contents:

The Autocorrection program

Tool input
ACorr2D3D
TLayer Export
TLayer > Targetlayer
TLayer MillGraphic

Photo Engraving using GridPhoto- Milling data from photos


Photo Engraving using GridPhoto- Milling data from photos


Fräsdaten aus Fotos JPG / BMP to G-Code Konverter

Contents:Fotogravur mit RasterPhoto Software Programm Kreuzschraffuren

Creation of milling data in GridPhoto
Import Photo
Modify frame
Scaling
Filter
Mirror + rotate

Line griddingSchraffuren rastern Einstellungen für Fotogravur
Gridding
Dithering

Hatching
Milling data view

Milling data graphics
Milling data > layer
Milling data export

Navigator

Work specification: milling data from photo.

Test data for GridPhoto for download

The Rhinestone Decoration Program - Production of rhinestone templates for a milling machine


The Rhinestone Decoration Program – Production of rhinestone templates for a milling machine


Contents:Rhinestone Strecken Flächen und Raster Muster

The rhinestone decoration program

Calculation of the rhinestone points
Rhinestone sections
Rhinestone areas
Rhinestone grid
Rhinestone area function

Calculation of milling data from rhinestone points
Create circles
Create drilling cycles

Working example for the rhinestone decoration program

The Projection - Project 2D and 3D milling paths from one layer on to a 3D surface


The Projection – Project 2D and 3D milling paths from one layer on to a 3D surface


Inhaltsverzeichnis:Stempeleinsatz - Schrift auf 3D Körper projiziertText Projektion auf 3D Körper

The projection

Sample machining: incised engraving on a shape
Die element: project engraving data onto STL surface

The Relief Program - Production and processing of free-form surfaces, reliefs and shapes


The Relief Program – Production and processing of free-form surfaces, reliefs and shapes


Contents:Relief Importformate STL - DXF - PMB - GIF - JPG

The Relief program

Exchange of vector data
Aids in Relief

STL Relief 3D Körper

Relief file menu.

Open Relief.
Save Relief.
Import Relief.
Export Relief.
Status.

Export of Relief extracts
Export extract
Export frame

Modify frameDie Norm Projektion - 3D Ansichten Cloud - Graustufen
Scale
Adjust limits
Norm Projection

Edit Relief menu

Layer edge
Filter
Mirror + rotate

Milling data generation from Relief

Relief AutoCorr
Z constant roughingRelief Modul
Norm Projection

PLayer > Target layer

Export PLayer

Relief Design ReliefVTR - Create 3D shapes from lines and contours


Relief Design ReliefVTR – Create 3D shapes from lines and contours


Contents:2D Vektoren zu 3D Objekten

Relief design ReliefVTR

Design on background graphic
Relief creation
Relief resolution
Relief design
Work steps for Relief design
Create Relief objects
Relief combination (Logic)
The mirror run

The ReliefVTR menu

Slants 3/4PtRelief Erzeugung aus 2D Daten wie Vektoren, Strichen, Linien

Mirror
Border + plan
Ellipse
Section / cylinder
Polyradius
Pattern
Insert Relief
LINE-Grav Param
LINE-Grav Input
Scale/smooth

Edit object
Object search
Object sequence
Object clr
Copy object
Exchange object

Relief position
Relief height line
Show Level
Dimension line
Norm / zoom projection
Render

New Relief
Recreate

Turning - Creates the movements for a turning facility from a horizontal line


Turning – Creates the movements for a turning facility from a horizontal line


Contents:Drechseln mit CNC Fräse

Turning using HEIZ milling machines

Inputs for the special function Turning

Results of the milling path calculation

Work samples / work specifications


Data from CorelDRAW via EPS/AI - Work specification for the export of vector data from CorelDRAW

Name tag - Cut out a name tag with joined letters


Name tag – Cut out a name tag with joined letters


Name tag.Namensanhänger Schmuckanhänger fräsen

Cut out a pendant with conjoined letters.

Work Specification Label with recessed lettering (Engadin)


Work Specification Label with recessed lettering (Engadin)


Work specification and example data.Schild mit vertiefter Schrift

Complex 2D milling at various depths, cleared outline lettering using 2 tools, holding webs and cutout in layers

Work Specification Approach Movement (Happy Birthday)


Work Specification Approach Movement (Happy Birthday)


Inclined engagement movement into the material and layer 3D Anfahrbewegung beim Eintauchen ins Material V Carving

Lettering using cutout paths, inclined approach movement into the material and layer processing.

Task description Autocorrection program


Task description Autocorrection program


Manufacture of a stamp, a shape with cutouts and a cutout circular stamp

Contents:Form mit Ausspitzungen positiv negativ

Create cutout stamp
Mould with cutouts
Cutout circular stamp

Work Specification Relief - Milling data from imported STL data


Work Specification Relief – Milling data from imported STL data


Contents:

Milling data from relief3D Relief importieren3D Relief Import
Import shape
Prepare relief
Calculate milling data
Check and export milling data

Sample data for relief for download

Work Specification ReliefVTR - Create a piece of jewellery using ReliefVTR


Work Specification ReliefVTR – Create a piece of jewellery using ReliefVTR


Contents:

Principle – Example of the relief designSchmuckstück aus 7 Objekten - 2D LinienSchmuckstück erzeugen mit 2D zu 3D VTR

Create a piece of jewellery using ReliefVTR
Adjust program
Input graphic
Input cross
Input ellipses into the middle of the cross
Raise cross with surroundings
Input AHSoft signature
Calculate milling data

Signature between 2 radii

Sample data / examples – G-Codes and more


Test data for GridPhoto

Test data for GridPhoto


Test data for GridPhoto for download

Sample data for GridPhoto

Photo data in various formats packed using WinZip.

You require an Internet connection! To load the data click the right Mouse key on the Description (e.g. Sample data for GridPhoto) and select Save under. After that the indication File download appears. Here select Save and the target directory on your harddisk.

Sample data for Relief - STL Files

Sample data for Relief – STL files


Sample data relief to download.
All parts have been designed and calculated using ReliefVTR

Aschenbecher.zip

Blume_HuM.zip

Eichel.zip

Fasnacht.zip

Fisch.zip

Glueck.zip

Sohle0.zip

Sohle3.zip

Sohle11.zip

Pocahontas.zip

Taube.zip 

You require an Internet connection! To load the data click-on the description below the respective image (e.g. Ashtray.HRP). If an Internet connection exists, the display File download appears. Here, select Save and the target directory on your harddisk.

1Relief data in HRP format. The data can be loaded in the Relief program using Relief file . Relief open. Relief data are saved in the original dimensions and in the highest quality (Recommended data format).
2Image data in jpg format. The data can be loaded in the Relief program using Relief file . Relief import . Photo. Image data receive no exact depth information. The Z resolution is limited to 256 levels.
3Shape data in STL format. The data can be loaded in the Relief program using Relief file . Relief import . STL. STL, due to the amount of data,  is not very suitable for detailed Relief data. With coarser resolution a bevelling is quickly recognisable. Therefore, due to the quantity of data, usually in limited quality. Please unpack the files using WinZip.

Relief generation using CorelDRAW

Relief generation using CorelDRAW


Relief generation using CorelDRAW

Relief generation using  CorelDRAW.

Using CorelDRAW you can generate graphics (photos) using grey shades. For this contours are provided (filled) using grey shades and grey progressions and  integrated in images. The graphic created is exported in an image file using CorelDRAW, imported in the Relief program as photo and further processed into milling data for your machine. For the input in CorelDRAW knowledge of the operation of CorelDraw is presumed. 

The examples contain data for download. You require an Internet connection for the file download! To load the data click-on Sample data… if an Internet connection exists the indication file download appears. Here select Save and the target directory on your harddisk.

Below are some examples with description of the procedure.

Penthouse.

3D graphic from contours and lines.

Create 2Dgraphic.
In CorelDRAW, using the aid Filling provide contours with colour progressions. Save the finished graphic in an image file (BMP, JPG). Resolution e.g. 300dpi.

Probe data in RelPenthouse.zip (Penthouse.cdr, Penthouse.jpg).

Import graphic into Relief program using Relief File . Relief Import . Photo. As required  the image can be smoothed using  Relief Edit . filter (approximate). Using Relief Edit . mirror+rotate the relief can be brought into the required position (embossed, incised, shape etc.).
Calculate milling paths using  Relief AutoCorr  and save in the format of the machine using PLayer Export.

Frame.

3D graphic from contours and lines.

Create 2D graphic.
In CorelDRAW, using the aid Filling provide contours with colour progressions. Save the finished graphic in an image file (BMP, JPG). Resolution e.g. 300dpi.

Probe data in RelFrame.zip (Frame.cdr, Frame.jpg).

Import graphic into Relief program using Relief File . Relief Import . Photo. As required  the image can be smoothed using  Relief Edit . filter (approximate). Using Relief Edit . mirror+rotate the relief can be brought into the required position (embossed, incised, shape etc.).
Calculate milling paths using  Relief AutoCorr  and save in the format of the machine using PLayer Export.

3DCorel.

3D graphic contours and lines.

In CorelDRAW, using the aid Filling provide contours with colour progressions. Save the finished graphic in an image file (BMP, JPG). Resolution e.g. 300dpi.

Sample data in Rel3DCorel.zip (3DCorel.cdr, 3DCorel.jpg).

Import graphic into Relief program using Relief File . Relief Import . Photo. As required  the image can be smoothed using  Relief Edit . filter (approximate). Using Relief Edit . mirror+rotate the relief can be brought into the required position (embossed, incised, shape etc.).
Calculate milling paths using  Relief AutoCorr  and save in the format of the machine using PLayer Export.

Graphic Corel.

3D graphic from contours, lines and integrated photo.

Provide image (e.g. scan-in).
Create supplementary 2D graphic. In CorelDRAW, using the aid Filling provide contours with colour progressions. Save the finished graphic in an image file (BMP, JPG). Resolution e.g. 300dpi.

Sample data in RelGraphicCorel.zip (GraphicCorel.cdr, GraphicCorel.jpg).

Import graphic into Relief program using Relief Datei . Relief Import . Photo. As required  the image can be smoothed using  Relief Edit . filter (approximate). Using Relief Edit . mirror+rotate the relief can be brought into the required position (embossed, incised, shape etc.).
Calculate milling paths using  Relief AutoCorr  and save in the format of the machine using PLayer Export.

Experience.

Lettering from contours at various levels and in 3D.

Create 2D graphic.
In CorelDRAW, using the aid Filling provide contours with colour progressions. Save the finished graphic in an image file (BMP, JPG). Resolution e.g. 300dpi.

Sample data in RelExperience.zip (Experience.cdr, Experience.jpg).

Import graphic into Relief program using Relief File . Relief Import . Photo. As required  the image can be smoothed using  Relief Edit . filter (approximate). Using Relief Edit . mirror+rotate the relief can be brought into the required position (embossed, incised, shape etc.).
Calculate milling paths using  Relief AutoCorr  and save in the format of the machine using PLayer Export.

3D from greyscale images

3D reliefs aus from greyscale images with Corel Draw

Sample data for Relief for download.

All files are saved in jpg format as grey shade image. The images can, for example, be supplemented in CorelDRAW, imported into the Relief program as grey shade images and from which 3D milling paths are calculated. For download click-on the name under the graphic.

Ashtray

Bear

Cover

Knob

DotCircle

DotCircleBorderInv

Dot CircleBorder

Label0

Label1

Label2

Label3

WaveWasher

Ellipse

Pretzel

Heart

Heart2

Star

Glasses

Greeting

Wedding

Flower

Card1

Card2

Dove

Mark0

Mark6

Mark8

MarkF0

MarkF10

Pattern1

Pattern2

Frame1

Frame2

Frame art

Football

Gymnast

AJS

Altenst1

Altenst2

Bach

Bahrain

GerEagle1

GerEagle2

Dragon

Acorn

AcornGriffon

Erfurt

Fish

Griffon

Guaranteed

Crown

Landau

Stone man

Unicorn

Escutcheon

Adornment

Angel

Block

Candle1

Candle2

Candle3

Candle4