Introducing Prismatic Parts Machining Self-Demos for NX CAM 9

By NXManufacturing


Introducing six new self-demos designed to quickly bring you up to speed on what’s new for Prismatic Parts Machining in NX CAM 9. Milling enhancements include the ability to efficiently program part components that are mounted multiple times at different locations and orientations as in a tombstone machining setup, a new operation designed to cut a single linear groove with a t-cutter, and predefined tracking points for T-cutters. Turning enhancements include improvements to non-cutting moves, the ability to define CL drill depth based on the tool tip or shoulder, and a simpler Part Off cut strategy.

These self-demos include part files and step-by-step instructions that provide hands-on practice for each enhancement. Each enhancement is presented within the context of the appropriate application and workflow. The self-demos are brief and to the point, designed to get you up to speed in NX 9 as quickly and easily as possible. Over time, more self-demos will be added (25 in total), so be sure to check the NX 9 for Manufacturing link regularly.

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

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Prismatic Parts Machining

Blog: Overview of new prismatic parts machining capabilities in NX CAM 9
Narrated Demo: Faster CNC programming for setups with multiple parts
Tech Tip: Learn about the new capabilities in NX CAM 9 Turning



Hands-on milling demos:

NX CAM - Copy and Paste with Reference - 65.png Faster CNC programming for setups with multiple parts
How to Copy and Paste with Reference
NX CAM - T-cutter Tracking Points - 65.jpg Simple tool control for T-cutter machining
How to use the new predefined T-cutter tracking points
NX CAM - T-cutter Slot - 65.gif Simple programming for linear grooves using a T-cutter tool
How to use the new T-cutter Slot operation


Hands-on turning demos:

NX CAM - Centerline drilling - 65.gif Enhanced centerline drilling and collision avoidance
How to use the new centerline drilling depth and non-cutting move capabilities
NX CAM - Threading - 65.gif Avoiding obstructions when threading
How to use Infeed and Angle when engaging, and Local Return moves for roughing and finishing
NX CAM - Parting Off - 65.gif New Part Off cut operation
How to use the new Part Off cut operation and corner cutting parameters


About the Author

Holder.jpg 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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