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Camworksorks 2.5 axis milling

Supplier: N C Computer Systems (NCCS)

CAMWorks is a feature-based machining CAM system that provides the ability to automatically recognize many prismatic features including tapers.

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Automatic Feature Recognition

Camworks is a feature-based machining CAM system that provides the ability to automatically recognize many prismatic features including tapers.

  • Automatic Feature Recognition (AFR) analyzes part shapes and attempts to define the most common machinable features such as pockets, bosses, holes and slots.
  • AFR recognizes features on native SolidWorks part models or on solid models imported via IGES, SAT, etc.
  • MfgView, a new generation of AFR, finds additional feature types and allows non-hole features to be edited. MfgView also provides the ability to recognize features from a user-defined direction only.
  • Local Feature Recognition is a selective form of AFR based on user-selected faces.
Interactive Feature Recognition

Camworks provides a wizard for defining features that are not recognized automatically or features that need to be defined for your facility’s machining requirements. Wrapped features can be defined interactively for 4th/5th Axis indexing.

2½ Axis Milling

2½ Axis Milling includes automatic roughing, contouring (finishing), thread milling and single point (drilling, boring, reaming, tapping) cycles to machine prismatic features.

  • Machining algorithms use the latest toolpath and gouge protection methods.
  • Cutting cycles provide fast, error-free toolpaths.
  • Toolpath optimization based on grid or shortest path method.
  • Arc fit splines for Rough, Contour and Face Mill operations.
  • Insert Contain and Avoid Areas for Rough and Contour operations.
  • Depth processing by area or by level for Rough and Contour operations.
  • Option to automatically generate an Entry Drill operation for Rough and Contour operations.
Drilling Cycles
  • Canned cycle support: drill, pecking, high speed pecking, variable pecking, bore, bore w/dwell, back boring, fine boring, counter boring, ream, ream w/dwell, tapping, reverse tapping.
  • Specify machining depth to tool tip or full tool diameter (drill, bore, tap, ream, and thread mill operations).
  • Countersink and center drill operations: automatic calculation of machining depth based on tool size/shape, countersink diameter.
Roughing

A 2 Axis rough mill operation removes material by following the machinable feature shape or by making parallel cuts across the feature.

  • Patterns: zigzag, zig, pocket in/out, spiral in/out, plunge rough, offset roughing.
  • Methods to determine Z machining depth: exact, equal, distance along, exact – island tops, distance along – island tops.
  • Wedge machining.
  • Option to generate additional roughing passes above islands.
  • Machine entire feature or calculate toolpath from WIP or from previous leftover.
  • Entry types: plunge, entry drill, ramp, entry hole, spiral, ramp on leadin.
  • Retract types: hole center, length & angle.
  • Options to generate high-speed toolpaths with no sharp corners.
Face Mill

A Face Mill operation generates toolpaths on a Face feature to square or face off the top of a part.

  • Number of passes can be calculated automatically or user defined.
  • Option to specify one pass down the middle of the part.
Contour Milling

A contour mill operation removes material by following the profile shape of pockets, slots, bosses, etc.

  • Spring passes.
  • Corner machining controls including high speed options for internal corners.
  • Methods to determine Z machining depth: exact, equal, distance along.
  • Reverse cut direction from level to level when processing to depth by region.
  • Reduce and eliminate unnecessary moves when contour machining features with multiple depths and side passes.
  • Generate roughing-style toolpath to machine the bottom of a Pocket, Slot, Corner Slot, Open Pocket or Face Feature.
  • Change start location for perimeter or any island within the perimeter.
  • Leadin/leadout: arc, perpendicular, parallel, none.
  • Entry types: entry drill, entry hole, spiral, none.
  • Retract types: XY position of the last tool motion, hole center (hole or circular pockets), user-defined.
  • Multiple bottom finish options.
  • Toolpath diameter compensation, leadins/leadouts, define side to machine when cutting Curve feature.
  • Thread milling.

For more information, download the 2 ½ Axis Milling PDF

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