If you’re running into problems with your 3-axis toolpaths, check out this 30 minute session to learn about the Tilt Tool Axis method. We’ve seen good results in using this command to fix and avoid tool holder collisions.

We looked at this method in older versions, and we’re pleased to say it’s made a solid leap forward in its effectiveness in NX 11. Using this method, NX either trims the tool path and retracts the tool, or replaces the 3-axis, 4-axis, or 5-axis motions with 5-axis tilting motions that are extremely smooth.

With this command, you can:

  • Reach greater depths using the shortest tools possible for added rigidity
  • Adjust the tool path for fixed-axis, 4-axis, and 5-axis operations
  • Use tools without a defined shank or holder
  • Use ball or non-ball tools
  • Modify the tool tilt multiple times in direct succession

5 axis videoOur CAM guru demonstrates how to optimize models and UV lines of surfaces for swarf cutting. This topic shows the power and depth of Siemens NX milling and modeling tools. Join Michael Grant as he goes over some surfacing solutions for doing advanced 5-axis. Hopefully this gives you more tools in your toolbox for dealing with certain parts that might be giving you trouble.

Depending on how parts are modeled and the quality, and also where they come from (which CAD system) it will determine how easy they are to program in 5-axis. When you encounter problematic faces, you certainly need to look at the UV lines, and if you're not aware, CAM systems look at either edges or UV lines as one solution for multi-axis swarf cutting. We encounter these problems in our own precision machine shop and want to share some of what we've learned.

We held this webinar on Thursday, August 17, 2017

In this NX CAM tutorial video, we show how to use sew to create a solid body from a sheet body. We start with a solid body and show the process of making it into a sheet. There’s a couple ways to make a solid body into a sheet body. One is to delete faces from a solid body without heal turned on. We’ll also look at Studio Surface, Through Curves, and Patch Openings.

Part file for Create Solid Body from Sheet Body