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To Set Up a Retract Cylinder in the Process Table
1. Click in the Process Table while modifying an operation, milling step, manual milling cycle, or a holemaking step. The Retract Setup dialog box opens.
2. Select Cylinder from the Type box.
3. The default cylinder axis is one of the axes of either the Machine or the NC Sequence coordinate system (depending on whether you define retract at the operation or the NC sequence level).
4. Select the coordinate system that you want to use as the cylinder axis.
5. Select an axis to indicate the orientation of the retract cylinder.
6. In the Value box, select or type the radius for the retract cylinder. The value can be:
A number. For example 20.
A relation that can include other cutting and tool parameters. For example, STEP_DEPTH * 2.
A value or relation appears in the Value box if you have already defined the relation for the RETRACT_REF_OFFSET identifier. Define the relation in the Relations dialog box that you can open by clicking in the Edit Parameters dialog. For example, if you have specified RETRACT_REF_OFFSET = CLEAR_DIST in the Relations dialog box, the value CLEAR_DIST appears in the Value box.
Alternatively, click and drag the radius handle in the graphics window to create a retract cylinder of the required radius. You can also double-click the radius handle in the graphics window to modify the value.
7. To copy the retract definition from another step, select the step from the process table. The retract definition is copied from the selected step and its reference is highlighted in the graphics window.
8. Click OK to create the retract cylinder.