CAMWorks 4/5 Axis Milling

Learn how to create, review and edit Advanced 4 and 5 axis or simultaneous toolpaths using CAMWorks



PREREQUISITES: Students attending this course are expected to have the following: CAMWorks 2.5 axis training (SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Training). CAMWorks 3-axis Essentials. Experience with Surface Modelling inside of SOLIDWORKS Design Software. Experience with CNC Machining.

DESCRIPTION: This course is intended to teach individuals interactively how to create, review and edit Advanced 4- and 5-axis or simultaneous toolpaths using CAMWorks for the machining of parts and assemblies as created in SOLIDWORKS (and CAMWorks Solids).

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Lesson 1: 
Introduction to CAMWorks 4/5 Axis Programming

  • Understand the benefits of 5 axis
  • Understand the types of 5 Axis machines and kinematics
  • Have a general understanding of Tilted Working Plane
  • Have a general understanding of Tool Point Control
  • Know the process for creating and post processing CAMWorks 4/5 axis tool paths

Lesson 2: 
3+2 Axis Programming, 3 to 5 Axis Conversion, and Wrapped Features

  • Setup up and assembly/part file for 3+2 axis machining
  • Use 3 to 5-axis conversion on a 3-axis operation for holder avoidance
  • Insert a 4-axis wrapped feature and operation

Lesson 3: 
Multi surface

  • Define a Multi Surface feature using part faces using the following methods:
    • Faces or Surfaces
    • Faces by color
    • Define a Multi-Surface Feature using a surface body from SOLIDWORKS
  • Manipulate a Multi-Axis operation by editing the following operation parameters:
    • Axis Control Tab
    • Number of Axis - 3 Axis
    • Number of Axis - 4 Axis
  • Pattern Tab: Pattern types:
    • Flowline between curves
    • Finish Tab
    • Extend/Trim
    • Blend Surfaces by tool radius
  • Entry/Retract tab:
    • Clearance Type
    • Links Tab
    • Links along cut
    • Links between cut
    • SW Surface manipulation for 5 Axis
    • Offset Surface Tool
    • Delete hole
    • Untrim surface
    • Boundary surface
    • Knit surface

Lesson 4: 
Multi Axis Operation Parameters

  • Work with the general workflow for working with
  • Multi Axis operation
    Insert a Multi-Axis operation and use the following pattern types:
    • Flowline between surfaces
    • Offset from surface
    • Curve Projection
    • Slice
  • Have a basic understanding of the following Axis Control Parameters:
    • Axis Control Tab
    • Number of Axis
    • Tilt option types
    • Work with Gouge Checking
    • Understand how the Entry/Retract parameters affect the toolpath
    • Work with the linking parameters

Lesson 5: 
Multi-Axis Operations

  • Use CAMWorks Multi Axis Operation Parameters to program the following types of parts:
    • Ports
    • Impellors
    • Gouge check to move the tool back
    • Programming a screw

Lesson 6: 
Multi-Axis Roughing

  • Create roughing passes on multi-axis operations
  • Use a roughing parameter to machine the floor section of an impeller part

Lesson 7: 
Swarf Machining

  • Create a Multi-Axis Milling operation using a Swarf machining strategy
  • Run a simulation using CAMWorks Virtual Machine
  • Use a Swarf machining strategy to program an impeller blade
  • Use a Swarf machining strategy to program a 5-axis trimming operation

Lesson 8: 
Axis Drilling

  • Create a 5-axis drilling operation
  • Use a 3D SOLIDWORKS Sketch to define the drilling toolpath
  • Draw and Modify a SOLIDWORKS 3D Sketch

Lesson 9: 
5-Axis Post-Processor Considerations

  • Understand how the post-processor affects the machine movement of multi-axis operations
  • Work with the post setting to manipulate the toolpath in the G-Code
  • Understanding the benefits of Machine simulation in verifying G-Code

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