Reduce time to CNC with NX CAM automation, part 1: introduction

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series NX CAM automation

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series NX CAM automationIn NX, almost every aspect of CAM application can be customized. Customization can strongly improve the productivity of CAM application. Some tools are very simple, some require additional knowledge and skills. This is an introduction post, it gives an overview of the available tools. Please note that this post describes the automation tools that are likely to be covered in the blog later. In opinion of the author, the described tools can be used in most cases. There can be other automation methods not included here. Detailed information about each method will be added with the next posts. PRT templates These are based on a PRT template file, the one that is used for …

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Manual impeller manufacturing in NX CAM, 4 axis mill-turn

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series "Impeller manufacturing" NX CAM training 3-5 axis

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series “Impeller manufacturing” NX CAM training 3-5 axisNX CAM multi-axis has a potential to save resources by making complex parts in 4 axis instead of 5 axis. This example shows the process for making a CNC toolpath for an impeller on a mill-turn machine (with simultaneous 4 axis). It will be useful for practicing skills in multi-axis milling and for CNC programmers who support mill-turn machines. Why replace 5 axis with 4 axis. Quite many geometries, which are made in 5axis can actually be made in 4 axis. In case it is a complex turn-mill part (like impeller) it can make sense to manufacture it in one single setup on a turn-mill machine. This can replace the (quite commonly used) process, when the …

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Manual impeller manufacturing in NX CAM, 5 axis (semi)finish

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series "Impeller manufacturing" NX CAM training 3-5 axis

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series “Impeller manufacturing” NX CAM training 3-5 axisThis instruction shows the process for 5 axis operations, which can work as replacement for the automatic NX turbomachinery operations (as a part of impeller manufacturing series). This can work as a training material for 5 axis milling in NX CAM. Reasons for manual 5 axis. Generally, I use manual impeller manufacturing in 5 axis in some of the following cases: There is a small amount of material left after bigger tool and it is easier to remove it manually, than limiting NX Turbomachinery for certain area. In some cases, manual operation can be faster to create, than with NX turbomachinery. In case I want to use a non-ball end mill for …

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Manual impeller manufacturing in NX CAM

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series "Impeller manufacturing" NX CAM training 3-5 axis

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series “Impeller manufacturing” NX CAM training 3-5 axisIntroduction. ‘Manual impeller manufacturing’ post series shows how to manufacture impellers in NX CAM. The instruction can also work as a training material for 3 and 5 axis manufacturing. This instructions should act as an addition to or replacement of the NX Turbomachinery toolset. Manual impeller manufacturing vs. NX turbomachinery. For manufacturing of impellers, NX Turbomachinery module is normally used. These operations allow making 5-axis movements with tool axis positioned between the impeller’s surfaces. The module contains roughing and finishing operations. Operations support InProcess workpiece and can be used alongside  with manual operations. In my opinion, NX turbomachinery operations have the following downsides: If you work in NX 8.5 or …

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