Create Stock Body from Design Body

When a job shop receives the 3D model of a part to be machined, they seldom receive a 3D model of the raw stock (or stock body).  For most situations, that’s not a problem, because there are sev…

NX9 CAM Interactive Cut Regions

Interactive Cut Region management is a new tool added to NX9 to help CAM users easily segregate “steep” from “non-steep” areas*.  This new capability means that the overall NC programming proces…

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. …