I have been trying to assess multiple parameters for machining a job and how they may affect the cut on a specific file. I open the tool edit window and can set the pass depth, which seems to be persistent when closing and opening the CC application. I have not observed the stepover value changing but it may do. The start depth and max depth values in the final window after accepting the values also appear to be persistent.
Plunge rate, Feed rate and RPM are definitely not persistent and this becomes really tedious when trying to make multiple adjustments to the values for machining; only to find these parameters have to be re-entered by the user on every single occasion. I made 15 separate tool and machining adjustments for the same job, where I wanted to keep one previous parameter value. I had to re-enter the plunge rate, feed rate and RPM values 15 times. I don’t see much point in duplicating a previously entered value that one wishes to keep.
CC has a suboptimal GUI and the human machine interface leaves something to be desired. Why is the user not offered the choice to leave every parameter as it was set by themselves? This should be the default position until explicit adjustment commands have been issued by the user.
There is a vast amount of unused space on the left side of the design window in CC. My suggestion is that all of the variables that can be entered by the user for the tools and toolpath are grouped into a series of drop down and/or numerical entry windows; so that these changes can be made easily and quickly.
The values, if they were to revert back to initial default values which were not explicitly set by the user (why does this even need to happen?) could be easily monitored. Perhaps a refinement showing when the value had changed of its own accord… would be to highlight the window in red, thereby alerting the user to an unwanted change.