I am working on a milling definition, and this time, it's not just fooling around.
I need to generate a first "Roughing" pass, and then a surfacing pass.
For the later, I can see how KUKA|prc can do a better job than even dedicated milling software because it is in fact real 6 axis milling, and I can mill with the milling bit normal to my workpiece at all times if I want (provided that I can avoid colisions).
Yet, the "Divide surface" component has two major drawbacks :
-It works on a surface, not on a polysurface, and of course not on a mesh.
-It derives the trajectories from the isocurves which is similar to the way rhino builds meshs, but as we all know, has lots of drawbacks and sometimes produce really bad results.
Now for the roughing, it's got to be made into a definition by the user ; there doesn't seem to be a KUKA|prc component that will do this.
So this is a wishfull call in case someone has already worked on this, because although it's an interesting problem to solve with Grasshopper, I suspect it is going to gobble up all my programming time.
I know there is a plug-in called IO that will supposedly make "one-click" roughing, surfacing and pocketing.
Unfortunately, it is too expensive for me, and really, I am quite suspicious when a tool claims to do complex stuff with "a simple click".