Machining Technology at HCC

The purpose of CAM software is to take a dimensional computerized part drawing and select features on the drawing for the tool to follow. After defining the path of the tool, the user is prompted for speeds and feeds data, depth of cut, machining patterns, and other characteristics for machining the future. Finally, all of this information is used by the PC to create a program.

The use of CAM software is not only limited to very complex programming; there are also great benefits from using such a package for basic two-dimensional contouring or even drilling operations. Even the simplest jobs can benefit from the speed and efficiency of CAM programming.

CAM programming involves there major steps to go from start to a finished program;

    1. Geometry creation (drawing)
    2. Toolpath creation
    3. Post-processing (creating the machine's program)

Here are some of the MasterCam projects that I have done in class.

Project 1

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Simulate the toolpath in Verify

Verify shows the path the tools take to cut the part with the material removal. This display lets you spot errors in the program before you machine the part. It also shows any collisions between the workpiece and the tool.

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Project 7

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Project 11

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Project 14: 4-Axis

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Project 15: 4-Axis

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Project 17: 5-Axis

Curve 5-Axis can create a 3-Axis, 4-Axis or 5-Axis toolpath along a 3-D curve or along one or all edges of a surface. The tool axis can be oriented paralled to existing lines, normal to a surface, normal to a plane, or oriented from a point or to a point.

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