We will begin with programming a 4 Axis part using Rotary Axis positioning. We will look at Rotary Axis positioning for both Vertical and Horizontal machines. After discussing 4th Axis positioning, we will then work through an example of a simultaneous 4th axis toolpath. For 5 Axis we start with 3 +2 positioning, which is still the main 5 Axis technique used for 5 Axis. After positioning is addressed, we use the Curve, Swarf, and Flow 5X Toolpaths to machine a variety of 5 Axis parts. After completing this course you should have a basic understanding of both 4 and 5 Axis toolpath creation.
- 4th Axis Setup
- 4th Axis Positioning – VMC
- 4th Axis Positioning – HMC
- Work Offsets: center of rotation or multiple offsets?
- Simultaneous 4th Axis Toolpaths
- 4th Axis Wrapping: Contour, Pocket, 2D Dynamic
- Multi-Axis Rotary (4th Axis) Toolpath.
- 5 Axis Setup
- 5 Axis Machine Types: Trunnion, Head/Table, Gantry
- 5X Curve Toolpath
- Swarf Toolpath
- Flow 5 Axis
- Tilting + Lead/Lag
- Chain Synchronization
- Lead In/Out
- Collision Options: Tilt Away
- 4/5 Axis Programming considerations
- Understanding Vectors
- Advanced Multi-Axis Toolbox: Introduction to ModuleWorks
- Post Processing
Colin Gilchrist is Technical Director at eapprentice, previously he worked as post processor developer for CNC Software, the makers of Mastercam; he has worked as a CNC programmer at Boeing and as a Mastercam Instructor and trainer.