CAMWorks 3-Axis Milling



Technology Database
The Technology Database is shipped with data that is considered generally applicable to most machining environments.
In order to gain full advantage of CAMWorks, the user may want to modify this data and input additional knowledge that represents the user's expertise and the facility's capabilities.

The machining information in the database is divided into these categories:

  • Machine -
    "Virtual" machines for all the CNC machines in your facility and the associated controller and tool crib.
  • Tools -
    The tool library can contain all the tools in your facility.
  • Cutting Parameters -
    Information for calculating feed rates and spindle speeds, workpiece materials and tool materials.
  • Feature and Operations -
    The machining sequence and operation for each combination of feature type, end condition, and size.

3 Axis Features
CAMWorks 3-Axis Milling includes all the functionality of the 2˝ Axis module, plus the following 3D machining features:

  • Define 3-axis features interactively by picking faces to cut and faces to avoid.
  • Four selection modes: individual, window, adjacent faces, and select all.
  • Select from a list of sketches to contain the toolpath and sketches that the toolpath should stay outside of.
  • Copy command for creating similar features quickly.
  • Edit Definition command for modifying parameters of existing features.
Machining Operations
After machinable features have been defined, the user can generate an Operation Plan to machine the features on the part.
Machining operations include roughing, finishing, drilling, etc.
Machining operations are associated to machinable features.
The Operations tree provides an outline view of the operations.
Before generating toolpaths, operations can be customized including:
  • Suppress, delete and rename
  • Combine similar operations
  • Change machining parameters
  • Add machinable features
  • Change the machining order

3 Axis Milling :

CAMWorks handles several types of machining methods; complex multiple-axis machining, automatic Z-level roughing, and automatic finishing including planar, flowline, spiral, circular, and Z-level machining cycles.

  • Cutting cycles in 3 Axis Milling provide fast, error-free surface cutting using ball, flat end mill and hog nose tools.
  • 3 Axis features can be machined to exact tolerances set by the user.
  • Machining algorithms use the latest tool path and gouge protection methods of cutting faceted data.
  • "Facet once" technology facets faces only once improving 3-axis toolpath calculation.
  • Scallop height or step-over is user-defined to reduce hand polishing operations.

New in CAMWorks 2001 3 Axis Milling

  • Improved Z-level finish.
  • Improved Pencil milling.
  • User defined custom tools.
  • Rough spiral entry.
  • Shorter calculation times.
  • Rough order by area.
  • Hit flats option.
  • Rough auto containment.
  • New linked operations.
  • New edit tool path command.
  • Insert post operations.

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