NX9 CAM “Notes” Enhancement

My last blog post was about the Description field enhancement.  Now I want to cover its companion, Notes.  Notes give the NC programmer an easy-to-use capability to convey information direc……

Description Field Enhancement in NX9 CAM

In each release of NX, there are always enhancements that are overlooked and underappreciated.  I think the enhancements made to Notes and Description fields in NX9 CAM fit into this category. ……

Tilt Tool Axis

I showed in a previous blog post how to use Divide By Holder to keep the cutting tool as short as possible.  Today I want to show how to take advantage of multi-axis capability of NX CAM and CAM……

Pencil Milling Part 2

In this post, I want to explain some of the options for working with Flow Cut.  I find that new users consistently struggle with understanding some of these options.

First up is Max……

Pencil Milling Part 1

“Pencil Milling” is the name given to a machining strategy where a small-diameter ball end mill is used to perform finish milling in small nooks and crannies of a complex mold or die.  The word ……

Machining Steep and Non-steep Geometry (Part 2)

In my last post, I showed several wrong ways to machine steep and non-steep geometry.  In this post, I will show a method that is better.

NX CAM can scrutinize a model and determine……

Tool Path Divide

  If you really want to scare an NC programmer, just show them a deep, narrow cavity on your latest design, and then comment that you must have a mirror-like surface finish at the bottom. ……

Roughing and Re-roughing

In NX CAM we refer to a specific set of machining instructions as an operation.  For example, finish-milling a planar face would be one operation.  To spotdrill, drill, and bore a hole requ……

Evolution of Tool Paths

How did tool paths get this complicated?  This article traces the roots of tool paths evolution.

The primary purpose of modern Computer Aided Machining (CAM) programs is to create eff……