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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
- Four selection modes: individual,
window, adjacent faces, and select
- Select from a list of sketches to
contain the toolpath and sketches
that the toolpath should stay
- Copy command for creating similar
- Edit Definition command for
modifying parameters of existing
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
- Scallop height or step-over is user-defined
to reduce hand polishing