Multi-Axis Machining Increases Speed and Finish

Mastercam’s multi-axis machining offers a range of multi-axis machining strategies, both basic and advanced.

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Mastercam’s multi-axis machining offers a range of multi-axis machining strategies, both basic and advanced. This software is said to offer complete control over the three crucial elements of multi-axis machining—toolpath types, tool motion and tool axis.

Multi-axis machining has many toolpath types, including machine five-axis parts using spiral, zigzag, or one way tool motion; swarf fanning and swarf machining over multisurface floors; multisurface five-axis roughing and finishing, including depth cuts, plunge roughing and flowline machining; minimum tilt control; and special options for machining cylinder heads and converting probe data to machinable geometry; and much more.

Mastercam’s multi-axis machining gives complete control over the tool axis, lead/lag, entry/exit, and tilt, which simplifies even the most difficult multi-axis jobs. Full entry and exit control lets you determine exactly where and how the cutter enters and leaves your part. There is an automatic point generator, which adds greater precision, as well as advanced gouge checking and a five-axis safe zone around the part.

Powerful axis limits control tool motion between defined angles, ensuring that the tool tilt will not violate part or machine tool limits. You can easily refine control of your tool axis with a few simple pieces of CAD geometry, and shank containment simplifies cutting in confined areas.