CAMWorks 3 Axis Milling

Create, review and edit Advanced 3-axis Roughing & Finishing toolpaths using CAMWorks for the machining of parts and assemblies



PREREQUISITES: Students attending this course are expected to have the following: CAMWorks 2.5-axis training (SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Training). Experience with SOLIDWORKS Design Software. Experience with CNC Machining.

DESCRIPTION: This course builds upon the prerequisites learned from SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Training and primarily focusing on advanced 3-axis Roughing & Finishing toolpath operations.

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Lesson 1: 
CAMWorks Basics and User interface

  • Understand the types of 3 Axis operation use in CAMWorks
  • Identify the elements of the CAMWorks user interface
  • Know the process for creating and post processing toolpaths for CAMWorks 3 axis operations
  • Define Machine
  • Define Stock
  • Define Coordinate System
  • Define Multi Surface Features for 3 Axis Operations
  • Simulate tool path
  • Post process tool path

Lesson 2: 
Multi-Surface Features

  • Interacitvely insert a Mill Part Setup
  • Insert Multi-surface features using the following methods:
    • Faces or surfaces\
    • All Displayed
    • STL Files
    • Faces by Color
    • Faces by Surface Finish
  • Control the generated toolpath using Rest Machine
  • Define the Automatic contain area

Lesson 3: 
Avoid and Contain Areas, toolpath limits

  • Use contain and avoid areas to control tool path
  • Limit the Z level of a toolpath using Z limits
  • Control the extents of a toolpath using the Automatic contain area
  • Control the XY and Z extens of a toolpath with Rest Machining settings

Lesson 4: 
Inserting operations, Common Operation Parameters

  • Identify the CAMWorks options related to 3 Axis Toolpath Generation
  • Interactively insert 3 axis operations
  • Insert 3 axis operation from CRTL drag and drop
  • Identify the operation parameters that are common among the different operation types:
    • Tool Tab
    • F?S Tab
    • NC Tab
    • Links Tab
    • Entry/React Tab
    • Rest Tab & Statistics Tab
  • Insert an avoid feature

Lesson 5: 
Area Clearance and Z Level Operation Parameters

  • Insert and adjust the parameters of an Area clearance operation
  • Identify the area clearance patterns typrs: Pocket Out, Pocket in - core, Lace, adaptive, Volumill
  • Use the Depth parameters:
    • Constant vs scallop
  • Insert and adjust the parameter of a Flat Area operation
  • Insert and adjust the parameters of a Z Level operation
  • Use the following depth parameters: Cut Type - Z level or Helical, Method - Constant or Scallops
  • Use Limits to control the toolpath: By slope, Contact areas only
  • Use the combination cycle option
  • Use the Links Tab: Depth processing - Bottom up parameter

Lesson 6: 
Pattern Project

  • Insert and adjust the parameters of a Pattern Project operation
  • How to program with the pattern types: Slice, Radial, Sprial, Flowline
  • Use a Contain area to contain a 3-axis toolpath
  • Use the Curve wizard to define the curve geometry for Flowline curves

Lesson 7: 
Constant Stepover

  • Define a Constand Stepover operation and adjust the operation parameters
  • Understand Direction Control: Reverse priority
  • Modify Pass Options: Offset curve - Contain Only vs Contain and avoid, Numbr of Cuts, Axial Offsetting

Lesson 8: 
Pencil Mill

  • Insert Pencil Mill Operation and modify its parameters
  • Understand the following Pencil mill Patterns Types: Trace, Parallel Lace, Mixed

Lesson 9: 
Curve Project

  • Define a Curve Project operation and modify its parameters

Lesson 10: 
Axis Undercut

  • Use a Z-Level operation to cut an undercut on a multi-surface feature
  • Use a Multi-axis operation to cut undercut on a multi-surface feature

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