3-Axis Milling Operations for Multi Surface Feature in SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks

May 22, 2023

3 axis milling operation is advanced milling operation such as surfacing, where the tool is free to move in X, Y and Z axis simultaneously. Ideal for surfacing and detailing.

3-Axis Milling Operations for Multi Surface Feature in SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks

3 Axis Milling modules for CAMWorks are built on the core fundamentals of :

  • Feature-based machining – Reduces programming time by as much as 90% compared to other traditional 3 axis CAM software
  • Knowledge-based machining – Allows you to capture and reuse the best practices for various operations
  • Full toolpath associativity to solid models – Automatically updates the tools paths and CAM data
  • CAMWorks VoluMillâ„¢ – the ultra-high performance toolpath generator for rough milling operations

While CAMWorks 3 Axis cycles are developed for speed, accuracy and efficient memory usage, it also ensure that simple and complex parts can be cut quickly and accurately with a high-quality toolpath.

 

In this blog, we are going to learn about the 3 axis operations for multi surface feature in SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks:

3-Axis Milling Operations for Multi Surface Feature in SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks

 

Area Clearance

Area Clearance is the 3 axis roughing operation.

Use the Area Clearance operation to remove the material between the stock or contain area and the selected feature at decreasing Z depth levels by:

  • Making a series of parallel cuts across the stock (Lace Pattern)
  • Making a series of parallel cuts by pocketing out towards the stock (Pocket Out pattern)
  • Making a series of parallel cuts by pocketing in towards the core (Pocket In – Core pattern)
  • Using Adaptive Pattern is only available in CAMWorks
  • Using VoluMill pattern is only available in CAMWorks

 

3-Axis Milling Operations for Multi Surface Feature in SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks

Flat Area

The Flat Area cycle uses a pocket out pattern to remove material from feature faces that are flat and parallel to the XY machining plane. Toolpaths are only generated on completely flat areas. If a face/surface has even a small gradient, toolpath will not be generated. This cycle can be used for finishing where excess material has already been cleared and supports single or multiple depths of cut.

3-Axis Milling Operations for Multi Surface Feature in SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks

Z-Level

The Z-Level cycle is a finish contouring cycle that removes material by making a series of horizontal, planar cuts. The cuts follow the contour of the feature at decreasing Z levels based on the Surface Finish specified. Cutting starts from the highest location of the model and works downward.

3-Axis Milling Operations for Multi Surface Feature in SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks

Pattern Project

The Pattern Project operation is a multi-surface finishing cycle that removes material based on the selected pattern: Slice, Flowline, Radial and Spiral. These patterns have unique characteristics that make them appropriate for semi-finishing and finishing selected areas or the entire model.

3-Axis Milling Operations for Multi Surface Feature in SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks

Constant Stepover

The Constant Stepover operation removes material by maintaining a constant user-defined stepover relative to the surface. The 3D stepover method generates a toolpath with a true constant stepover regardless of the slope of the feature faces. This method produces the most consistent surface finish on features whose faces have both shallow and steep slope angles.

3-Axis Milling Operations for Multi Surface Feature in SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks

Pencil Mill

The Pencil Mill cycle generates toolpaths to finish machine corner areas using a single pass or multiple constant passes.

Corner areas are defined where the radius of curvature of the feature is less than the radius of the tool.

3-Axis Milling Operations for Multi Surface Feature in SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks

 

Curve Project

The Curve Project cycle removes material by projecting selected 2.5-axis Engrave or Curve features onto the faces/surfaces of a Multi-Surface feature and generating toolpaths along the projected entities. This cycle ensures consistent depth of cut along the surface, and can be accomplished in single or multiple passes.

3-Axis Milling Operations for Multi Surface Feature in SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks

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