Introducing Die/Mold Machining Self-Demos for NX CAM 9

By NXManufacturing

Introducing seven new self-demos designed to quickly bring you up to speed on what’s new for Die/Mold Machining in NX CAM 9. These enhancements improve efficiency, control, and quality of finish when machining cavities and contoured surfaces.

These self-demos include part files and step-by-step instructions that provide hands-on practice for each Die/Mold Machining enhancement. Some self-demos include videos. Each enhancement is presented within the context of the appropriate application and workflow. These self-demos come with scripts (pdf) and part files. Over time, more self-demos will be added (25 in total), so be sure to check the What’s new in NX 9 link regularly.

Each of the new Die/Mold Machining self-demos is described below. Use the following links to access the step-by-step instructions and part files. 

Take precise control over die/mold machining strategies
How to use Cut Region Control for Area Milling
Optimize machining of die/mold cut areas based on tool length
How to use Divide by Holder to automatically split tool paths into separate operations based on tool accessibility
Drive at faster feed rates with less machine stress
How to create smooth connecting moves in Surface Contouring and Flowcut
Safer ZLevel cutting with new engage and retract moves
How to engage and retract with an arc using a ramp angle
Improved Flowcut rest milling tool path quality
See the improved tool path quality of Flowcut Reference Tool operations
Eliminate wasted cutting motions on overhanging blank material
How to omit insignificant cuts from overhanging IPWs in Cavity Milling
Relief area machining for large stamping dies using T-cutters
How to cut the underside of ledges using the fixed contour boundary drive method

About the Author

Bill Storrs is in the CAM Product Management Group at Siemens PLM software, Cypress California. His main focus is on CAM usability and learning support. He currently leads the CAM Learning Initiative Team whose mission is to provide users with a comprehensive collection of reference and training materials. He has an M.A. in Corporate Training and Development and has been in the industry for over 20 years.

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