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InventorCAM 2010 Milling Training Course 2.5D Milling

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InventorCAM 2010 Milling Training Course
2.5D Milling

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Contents

Contents

1. Introduction
1.1 About this course............................................................................................................................9 1.2 Basic Concepts ..............................................................................................................................11 1.3 Process Overview .........................................................................................................................11

2. CAM-Part Definition
Exercise #1: CAM-Part Definition...........................................................................................15

3. InventorCAM 2.5D Operations
Exercise #2: Guide Machining ..................................................................................................36 Exercise #3: Cover Machining ..................................................................................................80 Exercise #4: Bracket Machining .............................................................................................161 Exercise #5: Support Machining ............................................................................................163 Exercise #6: Clamp Machining ...............................................................................................171 Exercise #7: Electronic Box Machining ................................................................................179 Exercise #8: Basic Part Machining .........................................................................................182 Exercise #9: Support Frame Machining ................................................................................186

4. Advanced 2.5D Milling
Exercise #10: Pocket Recognition ..........................................................................................197 Exercise #11: Mounting Box Machining ...............................................................................205 Exercise #12: Drill Recognition ..............................................................................................207 Exercise #13: Electronic Box Machining ..............................................................................226

4. Indexial 4-Axis Milling
Exercise #14: Frame Machining .............................................................................................233

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.....................................................................................................................................................286 Document number: ICMTCENG09001 6 ............................................................................................................................................252 Exercise #16: Mounting Base Machining ...............................................281 Exercise #20: Clamp Machining .................................Exercise #15: Mounting Machining ..............................................................258 5.......265 Exercise #18: Manifold Plate Machining....... Indexial 5-Axis Milling Exercise #17: Hydraulic Block Machining ...................................277 Exercise #19: Joint Machining ...............................

Introduction 1 .

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you may notice differences in the appearance of the menus and windows.5D Milling capabilities. Using this training book This training book is intended to be used both in a classroom environment under the guidance of an experienced instructor and as self-study material. The Built Parts folder inside the Exercises contains the final manufacturing projects for each exercise. The laboratory exercises do not contain step-by-step instructions. Course design This course is designed around a task-based approach to training. If you are running on a different version of Windows.1. The theoretical explanations are embedded into these exercises to give an overview of the InventorCAM 2. With the guided exercises you will learn the commands and options necessary to complete a machining task. This course covers the basic concepts of InventorCAM 2.5D machining and is a supplement to the system documentation and online help. About the CD The CD supplied together with this book contains copies of various files that are used throughout this course. Once you have developed a good foundation in basic skills. The Exercises folder contains the files that are required for guided and laboratory exercises. Windows® Vista The screenshots in this book were made using InventorCAM 2010 integrated with Autodesk Inventor 2010 running on Windows® Vista. Copy the complete Exercises folder on your computer. you can refer to the online help for information on the less frequently used options.5D Milling technologies. 9 . Introduction 1. It contains a number of laboratory exercises to enable you to apply and practice the material covered by the guided exercises. These differences do not affect the performance of the software.1 About this course The goal of this course is to teach you how to use InventorCAM to machine various parts using 2. The Autodesk Inventor files used for the exercises were prepared with Autodesk Inventor 2010.

Conventions used in this book This book uses the following typographic conventions: Bold Sans Serif This style is used to emphasize InventorCAM options. commands or basic concepts. The mouse icon and numbered sans serif bold text indicate the beginning of the exercise action. Define CoordSys Position Explanation 10 . This style combined with the lamp icon is used for the InventorCAM functionality explanations embedded into the guided exercises. 10. click on the Change to opposite button. The lamp icon is also used to emphasize notes. For example.

2 Basic Concepts Every manufacturing project in InventorCAM contains the following data: • CAM-Part – The CAM-Part defines the general data of the workpiece. The Target model describes the one that has to be reached after the machining. choose the tool from the Part Tool Table (or define a new one). Tool parameters and Strategies are defined in the Operation. the coordinate system position.1. Surfaces or Solids. 1. After every operation. define a machining strategy and a number of technological parameters. 11 . tool options. you can define the Stock model and the Target model to be used for the rest material calculation. Optionally. etc. Introduction 1. You have to define a number of Coordinate Systems that describe the positioning of the part on the CNC-machine. define what and where you are going to machine. InventorCAM calculates how much material was actually removed from the CAM-Part and how much material remains unmachined (rest material). • Operation – An Operation is a single machining step in InventorCAM. This geometry is associated with the native Autodesk Inventor model. Operations definition InventorCAM enables you to define a number of milling operations.3 Process Overview The major stages of the InventorCAM manufacturing project creation process are the following: CAM-Part definition This stage includes the definition of the global parameters of the Manufacturing Project (CAM-Part). CNC-controller. Operation means how you want to machine. The rest material information enables InventorCAM to automatically optimize the tool path and avoid the air cutting. • Geometry – By selecting Edges. This includes the model name. Technology. During an operation definition you have to select the Geometry. The Stock model describes the initial state of the workpiece that has to be machined. Curves. In short.

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CAM-Part Definition 2 .

Choosing a CNC-controller is a necessary step. At this stage. 14 . you have to define the CAM-Part name and location. InventorCAM enables you to define the stock model that describes the initial state of the workpiece that has to be machined. InventorCAM defines the necessary system files and a folder to allocate the place to store InventorCAM data. • Coordinate System definition.The CAM-Part definition process includes the following stages: CAM-Part creation CNC-controller definition Coordinate System definition Stock model definition Target model definition • CAM-Part creation. You have to define the Coordinate System – the origin for all machining operations of the CAM-Part. • CNC-controller definition. The controller type influences the Coordinate System definition and the Geometry definition. InventorCAM enables you to define the model of the part in its final state after the machining. • Target model definition. • Stock model definition.

This decision determines the number and the type of operations that are used to reach the final part shape. With a CNC-machine of this type. The CAMPart will be used in the exercises further on. all the required faces of the guide part can be machined using a single positioning. 4. you have to decide on what type of CNC-machine you are going to use (3-. In this exercise. 15 .or 5-axis). The block dimensions are the same as the overall dimensions of the guide part. In this exercise. you have to decide what workpiece you are going to use.2. a 3-axis CNC-machine is chosen for the machining. At the next stage. CAM-Part Definition Exercise #1: CAM-Part Definition This exercise illustrates the process of the CAM-Part definition in InventorCAM. When you start to program a CAM-Part. the Stock model and the Target model that are necessary for the part machining. the block workpiece is used. With this stock. you have to machine only the steps and holes emphasized below. you have to create the CAM-Part for the guide model displayed below and define the Coordinate System. In this exercise.

click on the InventorCAM 2010 field in the main menu of Autodesk Inventor and choose Milling from the New submenu. Start InventorCAM To activate InventorCAM. This model contains a number of features forming the solid body of the guide.1. 2. 16 . InventorCAM is started and the New Milling Part dialog box is displayed. Load the Autodesk Inventor model Load the Exercise1.ipt model located in the Exercises folder.

By default. InventorCAM uses the name of the design model. 17 . you have to enter a name for the CAM-Part and for the model that contains the CAM-Part geometry. You can then replace the Autodesk Inventor design model on which the CAM-Part is based with the updated Autodesk Inventor design model. InventorCAM automatically checks the correspondence of the dates of the CAM-Part and the original Autodesk Inventor design model. In this case.2. by default. The name is. Directory Specify the location of the CAM-Part. The default directory is the InventorCAM user directory (defined in the CAM Settings). The Use Model file directory option enables you to automatically create CAM-Parts in the same folder where the original CAD model is located. Every time the CAM-Part is opened. Model name This field shows the name and location of the Autodesk Inventor design model that you are using for the CAM-Part definition. the chosen Autodesk Inventor document is loaded into Autodesk Inventor. CAM-Part Definition New Milling Part dialog box When you create a new CAM-Part. You can enter the path or use the Browse button to define the location. this means that the Autodesk Inventor original model has been updated. CAM-Part name Enter a name for the CAM-Part. When the date of the original Autodesk Inventor model is later than the date of the CAM-Part creation. With the Browse button you can choose any other Autodesk Inventor document to define the CAM-Part. the name of the active Autodesk Inventor document. You can give any name to identify your machining project.

The structure of the CAM-Part The CAM-Part includes a number of data files represented on the illustration that displays the data included in the CAM-Part named Milling. The CAM-Part is defined and its structure is created. Confirm the CAM-Part creation When the Directory. The Milling subdirectory contains all the data generated for the CAM-Part. click on the OK button to confirm the CAM-Part creation.IAM CAM. The Milling Part Data dialog box is displayed. 18 . Milling.prt Milling Milling.IPT The Milling.IPT DesignModel.3. CAM-Part name and Model name have been defined.prt file is located in the InventorCAM User directory.

CNC-machine table. To complete the CAM-Part definition. You can also insert some additional components into the assembly file such as stock model. you need to define the Machine Coordinate System.ipt – a copy of the Autodesk Inventor model file.ipt CAM. It corresponds with the built-in controller functions. 19 . The InventorCAM CAM-Part uses the assembly environment of Autodesk Inventor. 5. – a file that contains InventorCAM Coordinate System data and geometry data.g.2. Choose the CNC-Controller Select the CNC-machine controller. clamping and other tooling elements. use a 3-Axis CNC-machine with the Awea1000-Fanuc CNC-controller. CAM-Part Definition InventorCAM copies the original Autodesk Inventor model to the Milling subdirectory and creates an Autodesk Inventor assembly that has the same name as the CAM-Part (Milling. In this exercise. Choose the Awea1000-Fanuc CNC-controller from the list. sketches) without making changes in the original design model. The Machine Coordinate System defines the origin for all machining operations of the CAM-Part. 4. There are two components in this assembly: DesignModel. Click on the arrow in the CNC-Controller area to display the list of post-processors installed on your system.iam). This enables you to create auxiliary geometries (e. Start the Coordinate System definition Click on the Define button in the CoordSys area to define the Machine Coordinate System.

each Machine Coordinate System means separate clamping. In InventorCAM. edges or the SolidWorks coordinate system.You can define the Coordinate System origin position and axes orientation by selecting model faces. If you need to machine the part from different sides. the tool approaches from the positive direction of the Z-axis (like on a vertical CNC-machine). use several Machine Coordinate Systems with the Z-axis oriented normally to the machined sides. The geometry for the machining can also be defined directly on the solid model. Z Coordinate System Y X The Coordinate System of the Machine is parallel to the revolution axis of the tool. vertices. Z-direction Z Machine Coordinate System Y X For 3-Axis CNC milling machines. Coordinate System Z Y Y Z X X Coordinate System 20 .

edges or Autodesk Inventor Coordinate Systems. Such coordinate system enables you to machine the part with a single clamping. vertices.2. Z Y X Coordinate System The CoordSys dialog box enables you to define the Coordinate System location and the orientation of the axes. You can define the Coordinate System origin position and axes orientation by choosing the model faces. it is enough to define one Machine Coordinate System with the Z-axis oriented upwards. CAM-Part Definition In this exercise. 21 .

For cylindrical or conical faces. The CoordSys origin will lie in the origin of the Autodesk Inventor Coordinate System. The face can be either planar or cylindrical/conical.InventorCAM enables you to define the CoordSys using the following methods: Select Face This method enables you to define a new CoordSys by selecting a face. For planar faces. Select the model face With the Select Face method chosen. the Z-axis of the CoordSys is coincident with the axis of revolution of the specified cylindrical/ conical surface. click on the model face as shown. 22 . You have to define the origin and the direction of the X. Select Coordinate System This method enables you to choose the Autodesk Inventor Coordinate System defined in the design model file as the CoordSys. and the Z-axis will be directed normally to the chosen view of the model. Define This method enables you to define the Coordinate System by points.and the Z-axes. The Z-axis of the CoordSys is normal to the selected face. The CoordSys origin is automatically defined in the corner of the model box. Normal to current view This option enables you to define the Coordinate System with the Z-axis normal to the model view you are facing on your screen. 6. The CoordSys origin and axes orientation are the same as in the original Autodesk Inventor Coordinate System. InventorCAM defines CoordSys with the Z-axis normal to the face.

CAM-Part Definition Model box InventorCAM calculates the box surrounding the model. The upper plane of the model box is parallel to the XY-plane of the defined CoordSys. The CoordSys Data dialog box is displayed.2. etc. Part upper level. The Coordinate System is defined. YMIN. 7. The CoordSys is located in the corner of the model box with the following coordinates: (XMIN. CoordSys Data This dialog box enables you to define the Machining levels such as Tool start level. 23 . Coordinate System X Z Y Confirm by clicking on the Finish button. Clearance level. ZMAX).

• X shows the X value of the CoordSys. The default value is 1. For each Machine Coordinate System. several Position values are defined for different positions. The Clearance level is the Z-level to which the tool moves rapidly from one operation to another (in case the tool does not change). the GCode file contains the G-function that prompts the machine to use the specified number stored in the machine controller of your machine. The Part lower level defines the lower surface level of the part to be milled. If you use another number. The Machine CoordSys number defines the number of the CoordSys in the CNC-machine. The Part upper level defines the height of the upper surface of the part to be milled.CoordSys Data dialog box The Position field defines the sequential number of the CoordSys. The Tool start level defines the Z-level at which the tool starts working. • Y shows the Y value of the CoordSys. Tool start level Rapid movements area Clearance level Feed movements area Part Upper level Part Lower level 24 . • Z shows the Z value of the CoordSys. each such Position value is related to the Machine CoordSys.

target model and fixtures. The CoordSys Manager dialog box is displayed. Define the Stock model For each Milling project. Confirm the CoordSys Data dialog box with the OK button. The Create planar surface at Part Lower level option enables you to generate a transparent planar surface at the minimal Z-level of the part so that its lower level plane is visible. the better is the performance of the simulation. Confirm the CoordSys Manager dialog box with the Finish button.2. The Milling Part Data dialog box is displayed again. This dialog box displays the Machine CoordSys. This planar surface provides you the possibility to select points that do not lie on the model entities. This parameter defines the accuracy of triangulation of the stock model.01. CAM-Part Definition The Tool Z-Level parameter defines the height to which the tool moves before the rotation of the 4/5 axes to avoid collision between the tool and the workpiece. It is highly recommended to send the tool to the reference point or to a point related to the reference point. The more precise the tolerance is. set the Facet tolerance value to 0. It is suppressed by default and not visible until you unsuppress it in the Model elements tree. which is the workpiece that is placed on the machine before you start machining the CAM-Part. This level is related to the CoordSys position and you have to check if it is not over the limit switch of the machine. you can define the Stock model. Define the Facet tolerance In the Stock & Target model area. 25 . 9. The triangulated models are used later when performing the tool path simulation. Click on the Stock button in the Stock & Target model area of the Milling Part Data dialog box. 8.

This dialog box enables you to choose the mode of the Stock model definition. • 3D Model – this mode enables you to define the stock model via 3D • Box (Auto) – in this mode InventorCAM automatically determines the box surrounding the model. the Choose STL dialog box is displayed.The Stock model dialog box is displayed. use the stock model of the box exactly surrounding the guide model. Optionally. The 3D Box dialog box is displayed. In such cases. When you choose this mode and click on the Define button. This dialog box enables you to select a solid body for the surrounding box calculation. • – this mode enables you to define the stock model based on a STL file that exists in your system. model selection. 26 . edges. set the offsets to 0. etc. arcs. splines.). In this exercise. This dialog box enables you to choose the STL file for the stock definition. offsets from the model can be defined. The 3D Box dialog box is displayed. STL file Choose the Box (Auto) mode from the Define stock by list and click on the Define button. Stock model definition modes • 2D Boundary – this mode enables you to define the 2D stock geometry with the chain of geometrical elements (lines. Choose the Box (Auto) mode and click on the Define button.

Click on the Define 3D Model button. The Milling Part Data dialog box is displayed. The Target model dialog box is displayed again. CAM-Part Definition Click on the solid body. Confirm it with the OK button. which is the final shape of the CAM-Part after the machining. 10. generates the Click on the Finish button. Confirm the selection with the Finish button. InventorCAM automatically surrounding box. The Target model dialog box is displayed. The Target model is used for the gouge checking in the SolidVerify simulation.2. The Milling Part Data dialog box is displayed. Confirm the Stock model definition by clicking on the OK button. 27 . Click on the Target button in the Stock & Target model area of the Milling Part Data dialog box. It is highlighted. The Stock model dialog box is displayed again. Define the Target model InventorCAM enables you to define the Target model. Click on the solid body. It is highlighted. The 3D Geometry dialog box is displayed. This dialog box enables you to define a 3D model for the Target.

Save the CAM-Part data Confirm the Milling Part Data dialog box by clicking on the Save & Exit button.11. and the InventorCAM Manager is displayed. The definition of Milling operations is covered in the following exercises using this CAM-Part. InventorCAM Manager The InventorCAM Manager tree is the main interface feature of InventorCAM that displays the complete information about the CAMPart. The defined CAM-Part is saved. the definition of the CAM-Part is finished. InventorCAM Manager 28 . At this stage. The Milling Part Data dialog box is closed.

The CoordSys Manager subheader is located under the CAM-Part header. By rightclicking on it. Double-click on this subheader to load the Part Settings dialog box that enables you to edit the settings defined for the current CAM-Part. 29 . • Tool header This header displays the name of the current Tool Library. Double-click on these subheaders to load the Stock model/ Target model dialog boxes that enable you to change the definition of the Stock/Target models. Click on this subheader to display the CoordSys Manager that enables you to manage your Coordinate Systems. which is the list of the tools that are available to use in the current CAM-Part. The Settings subheader is also located under the CAM-Part header. you can display the menu to manage your CAM-Parts. Doubleclick on its icon to display the Part Tool Table. CAM-Part Definition The InventorCAM Manager tree contains the following elements: CAM-Part header Tool header Machining Process header Geometries header Operations header } Operations • CAM-Part header This header displays the name of the current CAM-Part. • Machining Process header This header displays the name of the current Machining Process table. The Stock and Target subheaders are located under the CAM-Part header.2.

• Geometries header This header displays all InventorCAM geometries that are not used in the operations. Close the CAM-Part Right-click on the CAM-Part header in InventorCAM Manager and choose Close from the menu. The CAM-Part is closed. 30 .. • Operations header This header shows you all InventorCAM operations defined for the current CAM-Part. 12.

5D Operations 3 .InventorCAM 2.

The Machining Geometry has to be defined for each operation. • A Geometry for Drilling operations consists of one or more points (drilling centers) that can be defined by a number of methods directly on the solid model. Chain geometries are defined by selecting the following entities: edges of models. You can edit any single machining operation. combining and splitting the operation list of your CAM-Part. Chain geometries are defined by selecting the following entities: edges of models. Slot and T-Slot operations consists of a number of chains. lines and splines. • A Geometry for Profile.g. Contour 3D. 2D curves. e. faces or chains of model elements.InventorCAM offers you the following 2. but it always uses one tool. circles.5D Milling operations: 2. lines and splines. The Geometry prompts InventorCAM what and where you want to machine. • A Geometry for Drill Recognition and Pocket Recognition operations is determined automatically by InventorCAM Automatic Feature Recognition functionality. an operation is a single machining step. Each chain is composed of one or more entities and defines an open or closed contour. A Geometry for Profile. 2D curves. Pocket. Slot and T-Slot operations consists of a number of chains. 32 . A workpiece is usually manufactured using several machining steps and technologies. Pocket. For each of these steps you can define a separate operation.5D Milling Operations Face Milling Profile Contour 3D Pocket Pocket Recognition Thread Milling Slot T-Slot Drilling Drill Recognition In InventorCAM. circles. 3D curves. An operation can be very complex. Profile Milling or Drilling. one major geometry and executes one machining type. change the operation sequence and generate the GCode. 3D curves. Contour 3D. Each chain is composed of one or more entities and defines an open or closed contour. • A Geometry for Face Milling operations can be defined by selecting solid models.

Profile Operation You can mill on or along a contour.5D Operations Face Milling Operation This operation enables you to machine large flat surfaces with face mill tools.3. each is milled as a separate pocket without islands. Pocket Operation In pocket milling. InventorCAM offers two types of pocketing: • When a profile geometry consists of one or more profiles and none of them are enclosed or intersect with one another. thus clearing the area around the profile to a constant depth. and finish on the profile geometry. any profile that is enclosed or intersects with another profile is treated as an island. You can define an unlimited number of islands within a single pocket. • Concentric profiles to the specified constant or variable depth. In profile milling you can optionally use tool radius compensation to the right or to the left side of the geometry. you have to remove material from the interior of a closed geometry. 33 . The profile geometry can be open or closed. this type of profiling generates several concentric profiles that start from the defined clear offset distance from the profile. InventorCAM offers two types of profiling: • Milling a single profile to the specified constant or variable depth in one step or in several user-defined down steps. • When a profile geometry consists of several profiles. InventorCAM 2.

T-Slot Operation This operation enables you to machine slots in vertical walls with a slot mill tool. Drilling Operation This operation enables you to perform drills and other canned drill cycles. ream. The slot can be pre-machined using rough and semi-finish cycles. they can be defined using the General Pre. boring. With available parameters for a right and left extension and side step. 34 . peck. InventorCAM supports the canned drill cycles provided by your particular CNC-machine such as threading.Slot Operation This operation generates a tool path along the centerline to the right or to the left of one or more profiles. The finish cut produces a tool path according to the specified scallop height on the floor of the slot. the depth profile is also defined by a 2D section.and Post-processor program (GPPTool). In Slot with variable depth. If your CNC-machine has no canned drill cycles of its own. Two types of slots can be defined: The Slot with constant depth operation machines the slot in several steps until the final depth is reached. etc. you can mill a slot wider than the tool diameter.

35 . Thread Milling Operation This operation enables you to generate a helical tool path for the machining of internal and external threads with thread mills.3. In this operation.5D Operations Contour 3D Operation This operation enables you to utilize the power of the 3D Engraving technology for the 3D contour machining. InventorCAM 2. InventorCAM enables you to prevent the gouging between the tool and the 3D contour.

you use the CAM-Part defined in Exercise #1. choose Exercise1 – the CAM-Part prepared in the previous exercise. The CAM-Part is loaded. In the process of definition of operations. 36 . 1. you have to define the machining geometry. the tool and several technological parameters. Open the CAM-Part Click InventorCAM 2010. In the browser window.5D operations in order to machine the guide faces represented on the picture. You have to define several 2.Exercise #2: Guide Machining In this exercise. Open.

In this operation. The Profile Operation dialog box is displayed.5D Operations 2. InventorCAM 2. Define the Geometry The first step of definition of each operation is the Geometry selection. the lower steps are machined. you have to define the Geometry for the Profile operation using the solid model geometry. At this stage. Click on the Define button in the Geometry page of the Profile Operation dialog box. 37 . 3.3. Add an operation Right-click on the Operations header in InventorCAM Manager and choose Profile from the Add Operation submenu.

the tool moves in the direction of the geometry by default. In this exercise.The Geometry Edit dialog box is displayed. Tool revolution direction Tool movement direction Geometry direction 38 . In the Profile Milling. In InventorCAM operations. the combination of the geometry direction and clockwise direction of the tool revolution enables you to perform climb milling. Click on the model edge as shown. you can select solid model entities for the geometry definition. The arrow at the start point of the selected entity indicates the direction of the geometry. This dialog box enables you to add and edit geometry chains. The edge is selected. When this dialog box is displayed. the direction of the chain geometry is used for the tool path calculation.

In order to switch to climb milling. Rotate the model and select the model edge as shown. The chain icon is displayed. Click on the Accept chain button to confirm the chain. Define the second chain. 39 . The second chain icon is displayed. the geometry is defined. The Profile Operation dialog box is displayed. InventorCAM 2.3. Click on the Reverse button. Reject Chain This button cancels the single chain selection. The direction of the selected chain is the same as that of the first chain. The chain direction is reversed. Confirm the geometry selection with the Finish button. Undo step This button enables you to undo the last selection of a chain element. reverse the chain direction.5D Operations Click on the Accept chain button in the Edit chain area to confirm the chain. This means that conventional milling will be performed. At this stage.

4. Switch to the Tool page of the Profile Operation dialog box and click on the Select button. 40 . you have to define the tool for the Profile Milling. The Part Tool Table dialog box is displayed. Define the Tool At this stage.

InventorCAM 2.3. Define a new tool suitable for Profile milling. The Tool type dialog box is displayed. the Part Tool Table is empty. 41 . In this Profile operation. Currently. Click on the Add button to start the tool definition. The Part Tool Table is stored within the CAMPart.5D Operations The Part Tool Table contains all tools available for use to machine a specific CAM-Part. This dialog box enables you to add a new tool to the tool library. an end mill of Ø10 will be used. The Part Tool Table dialog box enables you to manage the tools contained in the Part Tool Table.

End Mill/Bull nose mill/Ball nose mill These tool types are used for the definition of rough/finish mills. The tool shapes and basic parameters are shown below: Arbor Diameter Total Length Shoulder Length Cutting Length Outside Holder Length Diameter Arbor Diameter Total Length Shoulder Length Outside Holder Cutting Length Length Corner Radius Diameter Arbor Diameter Total Length Shoulder Length Outside Holder Cutting Length Length Corner Radius Diameter 42 .

In the Length area.5D Operations Click on the End mill tool to choose it for the operation. Set the Diameter value to 10. The Tool type dialog box is closed automatically. Total Length Outside Holder Length Cutting Length Diameter Shoulder Length Click on the Select button to confirm the tool parameters and choose the tool for the operation. 43 . and the Part Tool Table is displayed again. • Set the Cutting length to 50. • Set the Shoulder length to 60. InventorCAM 2. • Set the Outside holder length to 72. define the following parameters: • Set the Total length to 80.3.

The Spin Finish (used in finish milling) value is automatically set to 6000. When this check box is selected. Define the Feed and Spin parameters Click on the Data button in the Tool area of the Profile Operation dialog box. The Operation Tool Data dialog box is displayed. When this check box is selected. Select the check box near the Feed Finish (feed rate for finish milling) parameter and set the value to 1800. Set the Feed XY (feed rate for XY movements) to 1500 and the Feed Z (feed rate for Z movements) to 250. The Spin finish check box enables you to optionally define different values for Spin rate and Spin finish.5. The Feed finish check box enables you to optionally define different values for Feed XY and Feed finish. Set the Spin rate (used in rough milling) value to 6000. 44 . the specified Spin rate value is used for both rough and finish machining. When this check box is not selected. When this check box is not selected. the corresponding edit box is available so that you can edit its value. the specified Feed XY value is used for both rough and finish machining. the corresponding edit box is available so that you can edit its value.

Click on the Profile depth button in the Milling levels area. Depth This parameter defines the Z-level below which the tool does not mill. This plane is not penetrated in any milling strategy. Switch to the Levels page of the Profile Operation dialog box.3. Define the Profile depth InventorCAM enables you to define the depth using the solid model data. Coordinate System Y Z X Upper level Depth In this exercise.5D Operations Click on the OK button to confirm the defined tool data. InventorCAM 2. 6. The Profile Operation dialog box is displayed. Upper level This parameter defines the Z-level at which the machining starts. The Pick Lower level dialog box is displayed. 45 . the Upper level is 0 because the Coordinate System is defined on the model top face.

The pink background of the Profile depth edit box means that the parameter is associative with the solid model. The Profile depth value is calculated automatically as the difference between the Upper level and Lower level values. Coordinate System Y Z X Lower level Upper level Depth The Lower level parameter is associative to the solid model. 46 . the Depth is updated. The Profile depth value of 10 is displayed in the Profile Operation dialog box. Associativity enables the synchronization in case of solid model change.InventorCAM enables you to define the lower machining level directly on the solid model. The Lower level value (-10) is displayed in the Pick Lower level dialog box. When the Upper level or the Lower level is synchronized. the CAM data is automatically updated when the model is modified. The associativity is established for the Lower level. The Profile depth parameter is indirectly associative. Click on the model face as shown. Confirm the Pick Lower level dialog box with the OK button.

Modify The Tool side option enables you to determine the tool position relative to the geometry. – the tool cuts on the left side of the profile geometry. The chain geometry of the profile is displayed on the model with the chain direction indicated and a circle representing the tool relative to the geometry. Center – the center of the tool moves on the profile geometry (no compensation G4x can be used with this option). Right Left – the tool cuts on the right side of the profile geometry. Define the technological parameters Switch to the Technology page of the Profile Operation dialog box.3.5D Operations 7. InventorCAM 2. Left Right Center The Geometry button displays the Modify Geometry dialog box that enables you to define the modification parameters of the geometry and to choose which geometry chains are active in the operation (in case of multiple chain geometry). 47 .

Select the Rough check box. because the machining depth value is not divisible exactly by the Step down value. Click on the Geometry button to check the tool position. Define the parameters of the Profile roughing. in the Modify The Profile Operation dialog box is displayed again. Step down Step down Profile roughing is performed in constant Z-passes. Define the parameter for roughing. The Step down parameter defines the distance between each two successive Z-levels. -9. -6. the default Left option meets the requirements of the climb milling. 48 . Click on the OK button Geometry dialog box. Step down Upper level Profile depth Set the Step down to 3.In this case. The distance between the Z-levels of the last cut and the preceding cut is smaller than that between the previous cuts. the last cut is performed at the Z-level defined by Profile depth: -10. InventorCAM enables you to perform the rough and finish machining of the profile in a single Profile operation. With this value. InventorCAM performs three cuts at the following Z-levels: -3.

InventorCAM 2. Step down Actual Step down With the Max. the actual step down is automatically calculated as the largest possible value within the bounds of 3 so that the machining depth can be divided exactly into equal Z-levels. -7. This value is taken into account during the calculation of the actual step down so that it is not exceeded. -5. Four roughing passes will be performed at the followings Z-levels: -2.5D Operations In this operation.5 mm.5.5. Max. Equal step down This option enables you to perform all cuts at an equal Z-level distance one from the other. Step down is replaced by Max. When the Equal step down check box is selected. -10 with the Step down of 2. Now you need to define the wall and floor offsets that will remain after the roughing passes.3. InventorCAM automatically calculates the actual step down to keep an equal distance between all passes. Step down value set to 3. use the Equal step down option to keep an equal distance between all Z-levels. 49 . Step down.

2. These allowances can be removed with the finish passes in the same Profile operation or in an additional Profile operation with another tool. Step down Profile depth Wall offset Floor offset In the Offsets section.Offsets The Wall offset and Floor offset parameters enable you to define the allowances that remain on the walls and the floor of the machined part till the profile finish machining. This allowance is removed with a separate finishing cut in the end of the profile machining. The allowance of 0.2 mm is left on the walls and the floor of the steps during the profile roughing. 50 . set the Wall offset and Floor offset values to 0. Set the Step down for the profile finishing to 10 mm. Select the Finish check box to perform the finishing of the profile.

The length of the normal can be set in the Value field. InventorCAM 2. Lead in value 51 . The lead out strategy enables you to perform the retract movements outside the material. Normal The tool leads in to and out from the profile from a point normal to the profile. The lead in movement is necessary to prevent vertical entering of the tool into the material. Define the Lead in and the Lead out Switch to the Link page of the Profile Operation dialog box.3. The following options are available: None The tool leads in to and out from the milling level exactly adjacent to the start point of the profile. This page enables you to define the way the tool approaches the profile and retreats away.5D Operations 8. With the lead in strategies the tool descends to the machining level outside of the material and then horizontally penetrates the material with the lead in movement.

Arc The tool leads in to and out from the profile with a tangential arc. select the Same as Lead in check box. Calculate the Tool path Click on the Save & Calculate button. choose the Tangent option from the list and set the Value to 6. the Pick button is activated so that you can select a position directly on the solid model. The definition of the basic technological parameters of profile milling is finished. Under Lead in. the tool moves on a straight line to the start point of the profile. When you select this option. From this position. The Profile operation data is saved and the tool path is calculated. Under Lead out. When the Same as lead in check box is selected. Lead in value Tangent The tool leads in/out on a line tangent to the profile. Lead in value Normal Point The tool leads in/out from a user-defined position. 52 . the strategy and parameters defined for Lead in are used for Lead out. 9. The length of the tangent can be set in the Value field. The arc radius can be set in the Value field.

When the simulation is finished. InventorCAM subtracts the tool movements (using solid Boolean operations) from the solid model of the stock. play the it step by step using the button. During the machining simulation process. Switch to the Host CAD simulation mode and click on the Play 53 button. . InventorCAM 2.3. The Simulation control panel is displayed. The solid stock model defined in Exercise #1 is used in the SolidVerify simulation mode. Simulate the operation Click on the Simulate button in the Profile Operation dialog box. The remaining machined stock is a solid model that can be dynamically zoomed or rotated.5D Operations 10. It can also be compared to the target model in order to show the rest material. Switch to the SolidVerify page and start the simulation with the Play button.

Since all the View options of Autodesk Inventor are active during the simulation. Close the simulation with the Exit Operation dialog box is displayed. The Profile Close the Profile Operation dialog box with the Exit button. The InventorCAM Manager tree is displayed. Right-click on the Profile operation entry in InventorCAM Manager and choose Profile from the Add Operation submenu. A new operation is added after the first Profile operation. The Profile operation entry is displayed under the Operations header in InventorCAM Manager. The Profile Operation dialog box is displayed. Define the Geometry Click on the Define button in the Geometry field of the Profile Operation dialog box. 11. 54 . button. you can see the tool path from different perspectives and zoom on a certain area of the model. Add a Profile operation Define a new Profile operation to machine the faces of the guide steps as shown.The Host CAD simulation mode enables you to display the tool path directly on the model in the Autodesk Inventor window. 12.

The chain direction is reversed to perform climb milling for this side too. The edge is selected. The second chain icon is displayed in the Geometry Edit dialog box. Click on the Reverse button. Click on the model edge as shown. At this stage. Rotate the model and select the model edge as shown. 55 . Click on the Accept chain button to confirm the chain.3. InventorCAM 2. The chain icon is displayed. The Part Tool Table dialog box is displayed.5D Operations The Geometry Edit dialog box is displayed. Switch to the Tool page and click on the Select button. The tool data is saved in the Part Tool Table. use the same tool that was defined in the previous operation. Define the second chain. Click on the Accept chain button in the Edit chain section to confirm the chain. The Profile Operation dialog box is displayed. The direction of the selected chain enables you to perform climb milling. The direction of the selected chain is the same as that of the first chain. Confirm the geometry selection with the Finish button. 13. the geometry is defined. Define the Tool In this operation.

14. the end mill tool of Ø10 defined in the previous operation. The Operation Tool Data dialog box is displayed. The Profile Operation dialog box is displayed. the Profile depth is defined by picking an entity on the solid model. • Set the Feed Z to 200. 56 . Set the Spin Rate and Spin Finish to 6000. Set the following feed data: • Set the Feed XY to 800. As in the previous Profile operation. • Select the check box and set the Feed Finish to 1000. Click on the Data button in the Tool area. The tool is chosen for the current operation.Double-click on the tool #1. Define the Profile depth Define the depth of the profile milling. Confirm the tool data definition with the OK button.

Confirm the lower level selection with the OK button. is the distance to the Upper level at which the tool starts moving at the Z feed rate you have defined. Define the technological parameters Switch to the Technology page of the Profile Operation dialog box. Click on the Geometry button to check the tool position. Movements from the Clearance level to this height are performed in the rapid mode. InventorCAM 2. 15. The Lower level value (-3) is displayed in the Pick Lower level dialog box. Note the Clearance level and the Safety distance parameters. Close the Modify Geometry dialog box with the Cancel button and return to the Profile Operation dialog box. The Profile depth value 3 is displayed in the Profile Operation dialog box. However. 57 . these parameters can be customized for each operation. Clearance level is the Z-level to which the tool retreats when moving from cut to cut. The Pick Lower level dialog box is displayed. Safety distance These parameters are defined during the Coordinate System definition and are default for each operation that is using this Coordinate System. In this case.3. the default Left option meets the requirements of the climb milling.5D Operations Switch to the Levels page and click on the Profile depth button in the Milling levels area. Click on the model face as shown.

5 mm. Define the Lead in and the Lead out Switch to the Link page of the Profile Operation dialog box. Set the Step down for the profile finishing to 3 mm. Select the Finish check box to perform the finishing of the profile.2 mm allowance left after the roughing. 18. With this value. The Simulation control panel is displayed. Select the Rough check box. In the same manner as in the Step #8 of this exercise. Set the Step down to 1.Now you have to define the parameters of the profile roughing and finishing. 16. In the Offsets section. These offsets are removed with a separate finish cut in the end of the profile machining. Switch to the SolidVerify page and start the simulation with the Play button. set the Wall offset and the Floor offset to 0. The definition of the basic technological parameters of the profile milling is finished.5. Calculate the Tool path Click on the Save & Calculate button. -3. 58 . InventorCAM performs two cuts at the following Z-levels: -1. Simulate the operation Click on the Simulate button in the Profile Operation dialog box.2 mm. select the Same as Lead in check box. 17. The finish pass removes the 0. Under Lead out. The Profile operation data is saved and the tool path is calculated. choose the Tangent option from the Lead in list and set the Value to 6.

3. 59 .5D Operations Close the simulation with the Exit displayed. After the drilling. Then a drilling operation is used to machine the through holes. center drilling is performed to pre-machine the holes. you have to machine two counterbore holes located on the top face of the guide. the counterbore is milled. The machining is performed in three stages. button. InventorCAM 2. The Profile Operation dialog box is Close the Profile Operation dialog box with the Exit button. At the first stage. Counterbore holes machining At this stage.

20.19. The Drilling Operation dialog box is displayed. The Drill Geometry Selection dialog box is displayed. This dialog box enables you to select the geometry for drilling directly on the solid model. click on the Define button. The Drilling operation is used to perform the preliminary center drilling. Add a Drilling operation Right-click on the last Profile operation in InventorCAM Manager and choose Drilling from the Add Operation submenu. Define the Drill geometry In the Geometry area. InventorCAM enables you to select the drill centers using the following options: • Pick position You can define drill centers one by one directly on the solid model. 60 .

The Drilling Operation dialog box is displayed. • Multi-positions You can select the model face. all curves and arcs of imported models are converted into splines by the exporting CAD system. Two drill positions are selected. Define the Tool Switch to the Tool page of the Drilling Operation dialog box and click on the Select button. Choose the All circle/arc centers option and click on the corresponding button. 21. This facilitates selecting drill centers on spline surfaces. 61 . Due to the nature of spline curves or surface boundaries.5D Operations • 3 Points on circumference Usually. Click on the Finish button to confirm the geometry selection. InventorCAM 2. • All circle/arc centers InventorCAM searches the solid model for arcs and circles and adds all center points as drill positions to the geometry. InventorCAM automatically recognizes all arcs/circles located on the selected face and selects the center points as drill positions. you cannot pick a center position like you could on a circle or an arc. Their coordinates are displayed in the Drill Geometry Selection dialog box.3. InventorCAM calculates the center position of an arc defined by three points positioned on the spline edges.

The Part Tool Table dialog box is displayed. Choose the Center drill tool for the operation. A tool of this type is defined with the parameters shown in the image. Click on the Add button to start a new drilling tool definition. Arbor Diameter Outside Holder Length Shoulder Total Angle Length Cutting Length Angle Tip Diameter Tip Length 62 . The Tool type dialog box is displayed. Center drill This tool type is used for center drilling in Drilling operations.

Click on the Data button in the Tool area. Click on the Select button to choose the tool for the operation. The Drilling Operation dialog box is displayed. Define the spin and the feed for the operation. Click on the OK button to confirm the parameters definition. The Operation Tool Data dialog box is displayed. 63 . InventorCAM 2. • Set the Angle to 90. The Drilling Operation dialog box is displayed.5D Operations Define the tool parameters as follows: • Set the Diameter to 6.3. • Set the Spin Rate to 1200. • Set the Feed Z to 200.

When the geometry is being defined. 26. 24. Calculate the Tool path Click on the Save & Calculate button. The Drilling Operation dialog box is displayed. it is assigned a default name that can be changed. Define the center drilling depth Switch to the Levels page and set the Drill depth to 3. Close the Drilling Operation dialog box with the Exit button. The Drilling Operation dialog box is displayed. 23. The Drilling operation data is saved and the tool path is calculated.22. Simulate the operation Click on the Simulate button in the Drilling Operation dialog box. Switch to the SolidVerify page and start the simulation with the button. Define the Geometry This operation is using the Geometry that was defined in the center drilling operation. 25. Add a Drilling operation Right-click on the last Drilling operation and choose Drilling from the Add Operation submenu. Each geometry defined in InventorCAM has a unique name. 64 . Close the simulation with the button. Using this name. The Simulation control panel is displayed. Choose the Drill geometry from the list in the Geometry area. you can choose the geometry for the specific operation.

• Set the Cutting to 40. Click on the Select button to choose the tool for the operation. set the following parameters: • Set the Total to 70. Click on the Add button. In the Length section. Choose the Drill tool. • Set the Outside holder to 60.5D Operations 27.3. The Tool type dialog box is displayed.5 for this operation. Set the Diameter to 5. Click on the Data button in the Tool area. InventorCAM 2. The Part Tool Table dialog box is displayed. • Set the Shoulder length to 50. Switch to the Tool page and click on the Select button in the Tool area. 65 . Define the Tool Define a new drilling tool of Ø5.5. The Drilling Operation dialog box is displayed.

Define the spin and the feed for the operation. The drilling has to be performed deeper than this value in order to enable the tool to exit from the material to perform the through drilling. The Delta depth parameter defines the offset for the cutting depth that can be changed with its associativity preserved. Confirm the Pick Lower level dialog box. Rotate the model and select the bottom face as shown. Click on the OK button to confirm the settings. The value (0) is displayed in the Milling levels area. and the pink background of the edit box means that this value is associative with the solid model. Define the drilling depth The overall height of the guide is 30 mm.The Operation Tool Data dialog box is displayed. • Set the Feed Z to 360. The Delta depth value is always relative to the Depth defined for the operation. Click on the Drill depth button. 66 . Define the Delta depth. The value of 30 enables you to perform the through drilling. Height Confirm the Pick Upper level dialog box by clicking on the OK button. 28. Select the top face of the model as shown. • Set the Spin Rate to 3000. Switch to the Levels page and click on the Upper level button. The Drilling Operation dialog box is displayed.

5D Operations Set the Delta depth value to -1. use the Depth type option. • Full diameter The drill reaches the defined drill depth with the full diameter. Drill depth Drill depth Drill depth Diameter value Cutter tip Full diameter Diameter value • Cutter tip The drill tip reaches the defined drill depth. InventorCAM 2. 67 . Depth type This option enables you to deepen the drilled hole in order to obtain a given diameter at the specified drill depth.3. • Diameter value The drill reaches the defined drill depth with the drill cone diameter specified in the edit box. The Diameter value can vary from 0 all the way up to the drill tool diameter. the drilling is performed until the full diameter is reached at the specified drill depth. To perform the through drilling. With this option. This means that the cone part of the tool exits from the material. A value greater than the drill tool diameter is automatically decreased to the drill tool diameter. choose the Full diameter option. In the Depth type area.

Switch to the SolidVerify page and start the simulation by clicking on the button. In this operation. Calculate the Tool path Click on the Save & Calculate button. the pecking canned cycle is used for chip breaking. With this cycle. Close the simulation with the button. Simulate the operation Click on the Simulate button in the Drilling Operation dialog box. 31.5 in order to define the depth of each pecking movement. Define the Drilling type InventorCAM enables you to use a number of drill canned cycles supported by your CNC-controller. Click on the Drill cycle type button in the Drilling Operation dialog box. Click on the Peck button. Set the Step down to 1. The Drilling operation data is saved and the tool path is calculated. the chip breaking is accomplished by slight retracts of the tool during the drilling process. Confirm the data with the OK button. 30. Click on the Data button to define the pecking parameters. The Drill Cycle dialog box is displayed. Now you have to machine the counterbores. Close the Drilling Operation dialog box with the Exit button. The Drilling Operation dialog box is displayed. The cycle is chosen for the operation. The Simulation control panel is displayed.29. 68 . The Drill Options dialog box is displayed.

5D Operations 32. The Pocket Operation dialog box is displayed. InventorCAM 2.3. Right-click on the last defined Drilling operation and choose Pocket from the Add Operation submenu. 69 . Add a Pocket operation The Pocket operation is used for the counterbore machining.

you have to define two chains using the solid model edges as shown. When a face is selected. The Geometry Edit dialog box is displayed. When this mode is chosen. In the Loops filter section. choose the Faces option. click on the Add button.33. and closed geometry chains are created. all the loops of the selected face are collected. Click on the face as shown. The geometry used for this operation must include only two internal round chains of the holes on the upper face. In the Multi-chain section. In the Type section. InventorCAM collects all solid model edges of the face and builds the chains. clear the External loop check box. 70 . Click on the Define button in the Geometry page to start the geometry definition. The face edges that meet the specified requirements are highlighted. The face is selected. The Chains Selection dialog box is displayed. Confirm the face selection by clicking on the Build Chains button. In this exercise. This dialog box enables you to define the chain geometry by selecting the faces of the solid model. The Loops filter is applied to the collected loops to exclude all those that do not match the specified criteria. Define the Geometry The geometry for a Pocket operation is represented by a number of closed chains.

Define the Tool Select Define a new milling tool for the operation. The Operation Tool Data dialog box is displayed. The Pocket Operation dialog box is displayed. InventorCAM 2. The Part Tool Table dialog box is displayed. Click on the Add button to add a new tool to the Part Tool Table. Switch to the Tool page and click on the button.5D Operations The Geometry Edit dialog box is displayed. Define the spin and the feed for the operation. The Tool type dialog box is displayed. Click on the Select button to choose the tool for the operation. 71 .3. Choose the End mill tool for the operation. Two chains collected from the selected face are listed in the Chain List area. Click on the Data button in the Tool area. Set the Diameter of the tool to 8. The Pocket Operation dialog box is displayed. Confirm the Geometry Edit dialog box with the Finish button. 34.

Click on the bottom face of the counterbore as shown. Define the Pocket depth Define the Pocket depth directly on the solid model.Finish Set the Spin Rate and the Spin to 6000. The Pocket Operation dialog box is displayed.58) is determined. The Pick Lower level dialog box is displayed. 72 . 35. Set the following feed data: • Set the Feed XY to 1500. • Select the check box and set the Feed Finish to 1700. Confirm the selection by clicking on the OK button. • Set the Feed Z to 250. The depth value (3. Confirm the dialog box with the OK button. Switch to the Levels page and click on the Pocket depth button in the Milling levels area.

2. so the Step down value is the same as that of the Pocket depth. Switch to the Technology page of the Pocket Operation dialog box.5D Operations 36. Make sure that the default Contour pocket machining strategy is chosen in the Technology list. The Offsets area enables you to define the offsets that remain on the pocket after the rough machining. Overlap You can define the Overlap of the adjacent tool passes as a Percentage of the tool diameter or as a Value. the material is machined in one step.58.3. the tool moves on offsets parallel to the pocket contour. 37. When the Contour strategy is chosen. Define the technological parameters InventorCAM enables you to perform rough and finish pocket machining in a single operation. 73 . These offsets are removed during the finishing. Define the Step down In this case. InventorCAM 2. Set the Step down to 3. Set the Wall offset and the Floor offset to 0.

The start point must be selected using the Data button. select the Wall and Floor check boxes. • Vertical The tool enters the material vertically at a user-defined position. Check the tool path simulation to make sure that the tool does not gouge the pocket walls or islands. • Angle The tool moves to the pocket start point at a specified ramp angle. 38. 74 . These options enable you to perform finishing of the Wall offset and the Floor offset that remain after the roughing. Enter the ramping angle value into the Angle edit box of the Angle ramping dialog box. Define the Ramping strategy Switch to the Link page of the Pocket Operation dialog box. Define the strategy with which the tool is plunging into the material during the pocket roughing.In the Finish area. the tool moves to the pocket start point calculated by the pocket algorithm. The following Ramping strategies are available for rough machining of pockets: • None The tool enters the material vertically at the pocket start point chosen automatically by the InventorCAM pocket algorithm. From this position. Use the Data button to specify the position where the tool plunges into the material. InventorCAM does not check the ramping movement against the pocket contour.

it machines all the material at the step down depth. click on the icon near the DesignModel component of the CAM-Part assembly to expand it and see all features of the model. In this exercise. Choose the Vertical option from the list. the model contains the sketch with the center points of the holes. In the tree. Click on the Data button to set the helical ramping parameters. Expand the Hole1 feature by clicking on the This feature is based on the sketch that contains the center points of the holes. the Vertical strategy is used in order to perform the plunging in the center of the drilled hole. 75 . Switch to the Model elements tree as shown. This sketch is hidden by default. • Linear The Linear ramping follows the same rules as the Helical ramping. In this exercise. This sketch was created during the counterbore holes modelling.3. icon. InventorCAM 2. When the tool reaches the step down depth. The difference is that the descent is performed in a linear zigzag fashion rather than in a circular one.5D Operations • Helical The tool descends from the safety distance above the Upper level to the material in a circular motion until the step down is reached using the user-defined radius.

The schematic tool facilitates the selection. In the Vertical ramping dialog box. Confirm your selection with the OK button. click on the second chain entry in the list to define the entrance point for the next chain. The sketch is displayed. click on the Data button to choose the points where the tool is plunging into the material. This dialog box enables you to define the entrance point for each chain used in the Pocket operation.Right-click on the Sketch5 item and choose the Visibility command from the menu. Select the center point as shown. The Vertical ramping dialog box is displayed. Select the center point as shown. 76 . In the Ramping area of the Pocket Operation dialog box.

Define the Lead in strategy The Lead in option is used for defining the horizontal approach of the tool to the geometry in the finish machining of the part walls. tangent to the last entity of the pocket contour. Lead in value • Arc The tool approaches the profile with a circular motion. Lead in value • Tangent The tool approaches the pocket wall in a movement tangent to the last profile entity.3. The following Lead in strategies are available for finish machining of pockets: • None The tool leads in to the milling level exactly adjacent to the start point of the geometry • Normal The tool approaches at the last point of the profile with a movement normal to the pocket contour.5D Operations 39. Normal Lead in value 77 . InventorCAM 2.

The Arc Lead out data dialog box is displayed. Lead out from With the Arc Lead out option. In the Lead out area. • Center The tool finishes the lead out movement at the retreat arc center. Define the Lead out strategy Now you have to define the movement of the tool when it retreats from the pocket contour after the finishing cut.Choose the None option for Lead in. 78 . choose the Arc option. in this case InventorCAM generates a retreat path of quarter arc. The default angle value is 90°. 40. Arc angle This parameter defines the angle of the retreat arc segment. The following options are available: Angle Lead out from Center • Distance Angle Distance Lead out from Distance The tool finishes the lead out movement at the specified distance from the arc end point. the tool moves by the retreat arc to the arc end point and then moves normally at the specified distance. set the value to 1 and click on the Data button.

button. 41. Now you have successfully finished the exercise. The Simulation control panel is displayed. Calculate the Tool path Click on the Save & Calculate button. Close the Pocket Operation dialog box with the Exit button.5D Operations Click on the OK button to confirm the Arc Lead out data dialog box. 42. Perform the simulation in the step-bystep mode to check the lead in and lead out movements. Close the simulation with the The Pocket Operation dialog box is displayed. 79 . Simulate the operation Click on the Simulate button in the Pocket Operation dialog box.3. Switch to the SolidVerify page and start the simulation with the button. InventorCAM 2. The Pocket operation data is saved and the tool path is calculated.

At the first stage. 80 .Exercise #3: Cover Machining In this exercise.5D operations are used for the cover part machining. the workpiece is positioned in the vice as shown below. The cover is machined on the 3-Axis milling CNC-machine using the machining vice. a number of InventorCAM 2. The part is machined using two positionings.

5D Operations The highlighted faces are machined. the rest of the cover faces are machined with the second positioning. At the next stage. 81 .3. InventorCAM 2.

1. This model contains a number of features forming the solid body of the guide.ipt model that is located in the Exercises folder. Load the Autodesk Inventor model Load the Exercise3. 2. InventorCAM is started and the New Milling Part dialog box is displayed. 82 . Start InventorCAM To activate InventorCAM. click on the InventorCAM 2010 field in the main menu of Autodesk Inventor and choose Milling from the New submenu.

Click on the Stock model button to start the definition process. 5. Click on the arrow in the CNC-Controller area to display the list of post-processors installed on your system. Select the CNC-machine controller. you have to define the Stock model before you define the Coordinate System in order to use the workpiece for the CoordSys definition. you use a 3-Axis CNC-machine with the Awea1000-Fanuc CNC-controller. Choose the CNC-controller When the CAM-Part is defined. CAM-Part Name and Model name by clicking on the OK button in the New Milling Part dialog box. Choose the Awea1000Fanuc CNC-controller from the list. The CAM-Part is defined.3. The Stock model dialog box is displayed. Confirm the CAM-Part creation Confirm the default Directory. Set the Facet tolerance to 0. In this exercise. the Milling Part Data dialog box is displayed. 83 .01. Define the Stock model In this exercise. InventorCAM 2.5D Operations 3. 4.

Confirm the Stock model definition with the Finish button. InventorCAM generates the stock box surrounding the model with the specified allowances. Click on the model. 6. InventorCAM enables you to use only the Box (Auto) method of the Stock model definition. Set the value of 2 for the rest of the directions.parameter direction to 5. Confirm the Stock model dialog box with the OK button. Click on the Define button. set the value of the Z. Define the Coordinate System Click on the Define button in the CoordSys area to start the Coordinate System definition.When the Coordinate System is not defined. The model is highlighted and the box surrounding the model is displayed. The 3D Box dialog box is displayed. The stock model box is added into the CAM component of the CAM-Part assembly as a 3D Sketch feature. Click on the Add box to CAD model button. This allowance is used for the first clamping. In the Expand box at section. 84 . The Milling Part Data dialog box is displayed.

This mode enables you to define the Coordinate System by picking three points on the solid model. Pick the origin point in the stock box corner as shown. you have to define the Coordinate System origin location and then the points for the X.5D Operations The CoordSys dialog box is displayed. choose the Define option. 85 .3. InventorCAM 2. In the Define CoordSys Options list.and Y-directions. At first.

When a point is selected. Click on the stock model edge as shown to define the Y-axis of the Coordinate System. The model is rotated and the Coordinate System is displayed. Confirm the Coordinate System definition with the Finish button. If you miss the selection. 86 .Click on the stock model edge as shown to define the X-axis of the Coordinate System. the next button is automatically activated. you can at any time select the button you want to define and continue automatically to the next button.

This parameter defines the lower surface level of the part to be milled. Define the Part Lower level directly on the solid model. 7. The Z-coordinate of the face (-12) is displayed in the Pick Part Lower level dialog box. Define the Target model Click on the Target button in the Stock & Target area of the Milling Part Data dialog box. Click on the Define 3D Model button. 87 . Click on the Part lower level button. Rotate the model and select the lower face that is milled with the first positioning as shown. The Milling Part box is displayed again. InventorCAM 2.5D Operations The CoordSys Data dialog box is displayed.3. This dialog box enables you to define a 3D model for the Target. Confirm the CoordSys Data dialog box with the OK button. Data dialog Confirm the CoordSys Manager dialog box with the Finish button. Confirm this dialog box with the OK button. The icon of the defined Coordinate System is displayed in the CoordSys Manager dialog box. The Target model dialog box is displayed.

Click on the solid body. Confirm it with the OK button. Save the CAM-Part data In the Milling Part Data dialog box. you have to define several operations to machine the cover part. At the next stage. Using the first defined Coordinate System (first clamping). The defined CAM-Part is saved. At this stage. click on the Save & Exit button. The Milling Part Data dialog box is closed. the definition of the CAM-Part is finished. 8. and InventorCAM Manager is displayed. Confirm the selection with the Finish button. It is highlighted. The Milling Part Data dialog box is displayed. you have to perform the following operations: Upper face machining Upper profile machining Lower profile machining 88 . The Target model dialog box is displayed again.The 3D Geometry dialog box is displayed.

With the second clamping. the following operations are performed: Upper face machining Pocket machining Slot machining Holes machining 89 .5D Operations Hole pads machining Then the part has to be rotated and clamped again.3. InventorCAM 2.

The Face Milling operation is used for the upper face machining. right-click on the Operations header and choose Face from the Add Operation submenu. Add a Face Milling operation In InventorCAM Manager. The Face Milling Operation dialog box is displayed.9. 90 .

Define the Face Milling geometry Click on the Define button in the Geometry page.3. InventorCAM 2. The Face Milling Geometry dialog box is displayed. The rectangle chain is displayed in the Chain List section. Face Milling geometry 91 .5D Operations 10. The Base Geometry section enables you to define the face milling geometry using the following methods: • Model This option generates a rectangle located at the XY-plane and surrounding the Target model and selects it for the Face Milling geometry.

The Define button and the related combo-box enable you either to define a new faces geometry with the Select Faces dialog box or to choose an already defined geometry from the list. These chains are displayed in the Chain List section. Face Milling geometry 92 . The Define button and the related combo-box enable you either to define a new profile geometry with the Geometry Edit dialog box or to choose an already defined geometry from the list. InventorCAM generates a number of chains surrounding the selected faces. Face Milling geometry Selected faces • Profile This option enables you to define the Face Milling geometry by a profile.• Faces This option enables you to define the Face Milling geometry by face selection. When the model faces are selected. The defined chains are displayed in the Chain List section.

The model is highlighted. When an object is selected. You can select an object by clicking on it. This dialog box enables you to define the 3D Model geometry by selecting the following types of model elements: • Solid – only solid objects are selected. click on it again or right-click on its icon in the list of selected elements and choose Unselect from the menu. The 3D Geometry dialog box is displayed. In the Modify section. The CAD selection button enables you to select the 3D geometry with the Autodesk Inventor tools. 93 . InventorCAM 2. Click on the Define button. click Unselect all. set the Offset value to 3. The rectangle is generated surrounding the Target model at the XY-plane. To unselect the object. Confirm the 3D Geometry dialog box by clicking on the button.3. To remove selection from all objects in the list. use the default Model option for the Face Milling geometry definition.5D Operations In the Base Geometry section. • Both – both surfaces and solids will be selected. and its icon appears in the list. Click on the solid model to select it. The Face Milling Geometry dialog box is displayed again. Define the 3 mm offset to machine over the stock edges. • Surfaces – only surfaces only are selected. its icon is displayed in the list in the bottom of the dialog box.

A tool of this type is defined with the parameters shown in the image.Confirm the Face Milling Geometry dialog box by clicking on the Finish button. The geometry is defined for the operation. Arbor Diameter Total Length Shoulder Length Outside Holder Length Cutting Length Angle Tip Diameter Diameter 94 . 11. a face mill of Ø40 will be used. Define the Tool Switch to the Tool page of the Face Milling Operation dialog box. Face mill This tool type is used for machining of large flat surfaces. Start the tool definition by clicking on the Select button. In this operation. The Part Tool Table dialog box is displayed.

Choose the Face mill tool from the Tool type dialog box. InventorCAM 2. The Tool Holders dialog box is displayed.3. This feature also enables you to see a more realistic simulation in the SolidVerify simulation. the The Global holders table is supplied within InventorCAM. • Set the Cutting length to 10.5D Operations Click on the Add button to add a new tool. 95 . The Global holders table can be modified by the user. Select the Use holder check box and click on the Global holders table button to choose a holder from the Global holders table. InventorCAM enables you to define a variety of tool holders to help you check and prevent all possible collisions between the tool holding system and the workpiece. Define the following parameters: • Set the Shoulder length to 15. This table contains a number of frequently used tool holder components. Switch to the Holder page in Part Tool Table dialog box.

Choose the defined tool for the operation by clicking on the Select button. The Part Tool Table dialog box is displayed again. arbors. shanks and other components that you may have. The second component Tool adaptor Extensions and reductions can consist of various types of extensions and reductions like collet chucks.The InventorCAM tool holder is defined by combining two components. In the Tool Holders dialog box. choose the BT40 ER32×60 collet chuck. InventorCAM enables you to define the Tool adaptor in the MAC file with the following string: mac_holder = BT40. This collet chuck is suitable for the chosen tool diameter (40 mm). 96 . The first component is the tool adaptor mounted on the spindle unit of the milling machine. The Face Milling Operation dialog box is displayed. Click on the OK button to confirm the tool holder definition.

Select the model face as shown. The Face depth value is displayed in the Milling levels area. the Depth is updated. The Pick Lower level dialog box is displayed. The Lower level value (-2) is determined and displayed in the Pick Lower level dialog box. The Pocket depth parameter is indirectly associative. Click on the Face depth button in the Milling levels area. Confirm this dialog box with the OK button. InventorCAM automatically updates the CAM data when the model is modified. Define the Face depth Switch to the Levels page of the Face Milling Operation dialog box. InventorCAM 2. the Lower level parameter is associative to the solid model. The Pocket depth (2) is calculated. The pink background of the edit box means that the parameter is associative to the model.5D Operations 12. When the Upper level or the Lower level is synchronized. The depth is calculated automatically as the difference between the Z-values of the Operation Upper and Lower levels. This button enables you to define the Operation Lower level directly on the solid model. Associativity enables the selected level to be synchronized with the solid model changes. In this case.3. 97 .

13. Hatch machining technology The machining is performed in a linear pattern. In the Technology section. choose the Hatch option. Define the technological parameters Switch to the Technology page of the Face Milling Operation dialog box. The Hatch Data dialog box enables you to define the hatching parameters. 98 .

InventorCAM automatically calculates the optimal angle of hatching to expedite the machining. The Delta from optimal parameter enables you to change the hatching angle.5D Operations • Hatch angle When the Automatic optional angle option is chosen.3. Delta angle Optimal direction 99 . The tool path always follows the length of the face no matter what angle the machined surface is facing. InventorCAM 2.

Angle X • Keep cutting direction This option enables you to control the cutting direction when moving around model contours. The Zigzag option enables you to create the tool path with bidirectional movements. • Cutting direction The One way option enables you to create the tool path with only one-directional movements. the length of the tool path is not optimized. a shorter. When the Yes option is chosen. One way Zigzag 100 . When the No option is chosen. optimized tool path is generated by reversing some tool movements.When the User-defined angle option is chosen. you can determine the angle of the tool path. The milling direction may change between climb and conventional milling.

5D Operations • Extension During face milling. Click on the Data button to define the machining parameters. Extension across the tool path Extension along the tool path • Corner When the None option is chosen. The Extension section enables you to define the extension both along the tool path (the Along section) and across the tool path (the Across section). The extension can be defined either by percentage of the tool diameter (the % of tool diameter option) or by value (the Value option). the tool path is formed with sharp corners between one direction and the next. The Fillet option connects each direction with a given radius allowing for a smoother transition between path directions. 101 . InventorCAM 2. switch to the Automatic optimal angle option. the tool path is extended over the edges of the machined face. The Hatch Data dialog box is displayed.3. Confirm the dialog box with the OK button. In the Hatch angle section. The Face Milling Operation dialog box is displayed.

0. When this check box is selected.5D Overlap 0.5D Equal step over 0. which is nearest to the specified Min.2D This option enables you to generate the hatch tool path spaced evenly with the automatically calculated Overlap value. Overlap This section enables you to define the tool overlapping between two successive passes. the distance between the last pass and the one before it can be smaller than that between all of the other passes. Overlap value but not smaller than this value. 102 . and the Equal step over check box is selected.Note that in the Overlap section the % of tool diameter option is chosen and the value is set to 30. This option can be defined as Percentage of the tool diameter or as a Value. Overlap Overlap Overlap Overlap This option is available only for the Hatch strategy. The overlap between two successive passes is not smaller than the specified Min. the evenly spaced hatch tool path is generated.2D Overlap 0. Overlap value. When this check box is not selected.

Define the Lead in and the Lead out Switch to the Link page of the Face Milling dialog box to define the way the tool approaches the material and retreats away. 103 . This check box enables you to remove the remaining offset with the last cutting pass. set the length of the tangent to 5.3. select the Same as Lead in check box. choose the Tangent option. In the Offsets section. This offset is left unmachined during the rough face machining and removed during the face finishing. 14. In the Lead in section. InventorCAM 2. The Face Milling operation data is saved and the tool path is calculated. Save and Calculate Click on the Save & Calculate button.2.5D Operations Define the roughing offset that remains on the floor of the face. 15. This option enables the tool to approach the material on a line tangent to the profile. In the Lead out section. set the Floor offset value to 0. In the Value edit box. Select the Finish check box to perform finishing of the face in this operation.

Define the Geometry Click on the Define button in the Geometry area of the Profile Operation dialog box. 18. 104 . Close the simulation with the button. you have to define a Profile operation in order to machine the upper profile of the cover. The Geometry Edit dialog box is displayed. Add a Profile operation At this stage. The Chains Selection dialog box is displayed. The Face Milling Operation dialog box is displayed. Click on the Add button in the Multi-chain section. In InventorCAM Manager. The Simulation control panel is displayed. add a new Profile operation. Simulate Click on the Simulate button in the Face Milling Operation dialog box. Close this dialog box with the Exit button. Switch to the SolidVerify page and start the simulation with the button. 17.16.

InventorCAM 2. The geometry is defined for the operation. Choose the End mill tool. 105 . The Part Tool Table dialog box is displayed. Click on the Select button in the Tool page of the Profile Operation dialog box. Confirm the geometry definition with the Finish button. In the Tool Topology page of the Part Tool Table dialog box. InventorCAM automatically creates chains from the selected elements. The Tool Type dialog box is displayed.3. In this operation. The face is selected and its boundary is highlighted. Click on the Build Chains button to choose the selected chain as the geometry. Click on the Add button. an end mill of Ø16 is used. 19. Define the Tool Define a new tool for the operation.5D Operations This dialog box enables you to pick a number of chains from the model by selecting the model elements. set the Diameter value to 16. The Geometry Edit dialog box is displayed. Click on the top face of the model as shown.

Choose the tool holder. Choose the BT40 ER32×60 Collet chuck from the Tool Holders dialog box and click on the OK button to confirm your choice. 20. 106 . Confirm the Tool Table dialog box by clicking on the Select button. it is copied to the local table to make a further use easier. define the Profile depth by clicking on the model face as shown below. Click on the Local holders table button. When a new holder is chosen from the Global holders table. In the same manner as explained in previous steps. The Local holders table contains the tool holders that were already used in the current CAM-Part. Define the Profile depth Switch to the Levels page. Switch to the Holder page and select the Use holder check box.

The Clear offset value should be equal to or larger than the Wall offset value. thus clearing the area around the profile. InventorCAM Profile operation enables you to perform the rough and finish machining in the single operation. Click on the Geometry button to check the tool position relative to the geometry. set the Tool side to Right.5. Set the Step down value to 3. set the Wall offset and the Floor to 0. Now you have to define the roughing and finishing parameters. The Offset defines the distance from the geometry at which the milling starts. 107 . Clear offset This option generates several concentric profiles with a constant depth that start from the defined clear offset distance from the profile and finish up to the geometry of the profile. The tool starts milling the profile at the distance defined by the Clear offset and finishes at the distance defined by the Wall offset.5. In the Offsets section. Define the technological parameters Switch to the Technology page. These allowances are removed during the finish machining. Set the Offset value to 5 and the Step over value to 2. The profile is machined in two equal Z-steps. the overlap of the adjacent tool paths is defined by the Step over parameter. Select the Rough check box. In the Modify section.5D Operations 21. offset Select the Clear offset check box.2. Close the Modify Geometry dialog box with the OK button.3. InventorCAM 2.

choose the Tangent option. Save and Calculate Click on the Save & Calculate button. select the Same as Lead in check box. With this option. Set the value to 12. set the Step down value to 7. In the Lead in section. In the Lead out section. The 0. The Profile operation data is saved and the tool path is calculated. Geometry Wall offset Step over Clear offset In the Finish section. 22. the tool approaches the material tangentially to the geometry in the start point. It determines the offset between two successive concentric profiles.2 mm allowances that remain after the roughing are removed in one step.The Step over defines the overlap of adjacent tool paths. Define the Lead in and the Lead out Switch to the Link page. 23. 108 .

button on the toolbar. The Measure Distance dialog box is Click on the top face of the cover and then on the horizontal face machined in the current operation. In this case.3. Y. Switch to the SolidVerify page and start the simulation with the button. button.5D Operations 24. Click on the Measure displayed. InventorCAM 2. Close the simulation with the dialog box is displayed. The SolidVerify simulation mode enables you to measure distances directly on the solid bodies in the SolidVerify window. the Delta Z parameter displays the depth of the machined face relative to the cover top face (5). The Profile Operation Close the Profile Operation dialog box with the Exit button. This feature enables checking the linear dimensions of the part during simulation. InventorCAM displays the measured distance value and Delta values for the X-. Simulate Click on the Simulate button in the Profile Operation dialog box. 109 . The Simulation control panel is displayed.and Z-axes. The coordinates of the pocket points and the result distance are displayed in the Measure Distance dialog box.

110 .25. The Geometry Edit dialog box is displayed. Any change made to the model or sketch automatically updates the selected geometry. Add a Profile operation At this stage. In InventorCAM Manager. 26. The following options are available: Curve This option enables you to create a chain of existing curves and edges by selecting them one after the other. Single entities You can define the geometry by selecting edges. Associativity: InventorCAM keeps the associativity to any edge or sketch entity. Define the Geometry Click on the Define button in the Geometry page. add a new Profile operation. you have to define a Profile operation in order to machine the lower profile of the cover. sketch segments and points on the contour.

Point to point This option enables you to connect specified points. During the synchronization InventorCAM determines gaps areas created using the Curve + Close Corners option and regenerates the extension of the chain elements so as to close the gaps. InventorCAM enables you to synchronize the geometry with the updated model.5D Operations Curve + Close corners This option enables you to close the gaps between successive chain entities irrespective of the Gap Minimum and Gap Maximum values (defined in the Units Settings) by virtually extending the entities up to their intersection. the points are connected by a straight line. 111 .3. Associativity: When the model used for the geometry definition is modified. InventorCAM 2. First selected entity Next selected entity Splines and arcs are extended by lines tangential to the arc/spline at its end point.

Y. InventorCAM saves the X-. Whenever the model is changed and synchronized. You cannot select a point that is not located on a Autodesk Inventor entity (if you need to select such a point. Second point Third point First point Associativity: InventorCAM does not keep the associativity to any selected arcs by points. Any change made to the model or sketch does not update the selected geometry. the line behaves as a spring. Y.and Z-coordinates of the selected points.and Z-positions.and Z-coordinates of the selected points. only the points connected to model edges or sketch elements are updated. add a planar surface under the model and select the points on that surface). InventorCAM saves the X-. Any change made to the model or sketch does not update the selected geometry. • When you select a sequence of several virtual lines. the geometry is updated with the model. Y. 112 . but all other points stay fixed at the defined X-. Arc by points This option enables you to create a chain segment on an arc up to a specific point on the arc.Associativity: InventorCAM does not keep the associativity to any selected point. The following rules apply to the virtual line selection using the Point to Point option: • When you select a virtual line between two edges.

InventorCAM 2. vertex or sketch entity to determine the chain end. InventorCAM determines the chain according to the rules of the chosen selection mode (Auto-general. The chain is automatically closed. 113 .3. The Auto select mode offers the following options: Auto-to The chain is selected by specifying the start curve. The chain selection is terminated when the selected end item is reached. InventorCAM enables you to choose any model edge. End entity Start entity Selected chain The confirmation message is displayed. the chain definition is terminated when the start chain segment is reached. The Auto-to option is useful if you do not want to define a closed chain. End entity Start entity Selected chain If the chosen end item cannot be reached by the chain flow. When the end item is chosen. Auto-Constant Z or Auto-Delta Z). but an open chain up to a certain element. the direction of the chain and the element up to which the chain is created.5D Operations Auto Select options InventorCAM automatically determines the chain entities and close the chain contour.

114 . you are required to enter a positive and negative Z-deviation into the Delta-Z dialog box. You have to select the entity along which you want the chain to continue. The system tolerance for this option can be set in CAM Settings. Only entities in this range are identified as the next possible entity of the chain. Auto-Constant Z This option identifies only the entities on the same XY-plane with the previously selected chain entity. You are prompted to identify the next chain element when two entities on the same Z-level are connected to the chain. Auto-Delta Z When you select this option.Auto-general InventorCAM highlights all the entities that are connected to the last chain entity.

choose the Auto-Constant Z option. The closed chain is automatically selected. The confirmation message is displayed. Confirm the geometry with the Finish button. The Part Tool Table is displayed. 27. Tool 115 .5D Operations Click on the workpiece edge as shown to define the first entity of the chain. In the Auto select section. use the same tool as in the previous operation (Ø16 end mill). InventorCAM 2. Define the Tool In this operation. Confirm it with the Yes button.3. Click on the Select button in the page. Choose the previously defined Tool #2 and click on the Select button.

define the Profile depth by clicking on the model vertex as shown. Define the technological parameters Switch to the Technology page of the Profile Operation dialog box. In the same manner as explained in the previous steps. Define the Profile depth You have to define a new Upper level for the operation taking into account the already machined faces. Switch to the Levels page and click on the Upper level button in the Milling levels area. 29. Confirm the definition of the Upper level with the OK button. 116 . In the Modify section.28. Close the Modify Geometry dialog box with the Cancel button. set the Tool side to Right. Define the Upper level by clicking on the model face as shown. Click on the Geometry button to check the tool position relative to the geometry.

Switch to the SolidVerify page and start the simulation with the button.5 mm allowance that remains after the roughing is removed in one step. Select the Rough check box. This allowance is removed during the finish machining. choose the Arc option. The 0.5. Save and Calculate Click on the Save & Calculate button. InventorCAM 2. set the Wall offset value to 0. 30. 31.5D Operations Now you have to define the parameters of profile roughing and finishing. The tool approaches the material tangentially to the geometry at the start point. 117 .3. Set the value to 12. The Profile operation data is saved and the tool path is calculated. 32. The Profile Operation dialog box is displayed. Define the Lead in and the Lead out Switch to the Link page of the Profile Operation dialog box. In the Lead in section. Set the Step down value to 2.5. In the Lead out section. Select the Finish check box and set the Step down value to 5. In the Offsets section. select the Same as Lead in check box. The profile is machined in two equal Z-steps. The Simulation control panel is displayed. Simulate Click on the Simulate button in the Profile Operation dialog box. Close the simulation with the button. Close the Profile Operation dialog box with the Exit button.

The Geometry Edit dialog box is displayed. 34. Confirm the geometry definition by clicking on the Finish button. Define the Geometry In the Geometry page. define the geometry for the rest of the pads. add a new Profile operation. click on the Define button. Click on the next model edges as shown below to complete the chain. Add a Profile operation At this stage. you have to define a new Profile operation to machine four hole pads. Click on the model edge as shown.33. In the same manner. 118 . Click on the Accept chain button to confirm the chain selection. Make sure that all the selected chains have the same direction. In InventorCAM Manager.

5D Operations 35. Use the same BT40 ER32×60 tool holder.3. Define the Upper level by clicking on the already machined model face as shown. Use an end mill of Ø8. 119 . define the Profile depth by clicking on the pad face as shown. InventorCAM 2. Define the Milling levels In this operation. 36. define a new tool for the operation. In the same manner as explained earlier. Define the Tool In the same manner as explained in the previous steps. The Upper level has to be defined. the machining starts at the Z-level of the already machined faces.

5. 40. select the Same as Lead in check box. This allowance is removed during the finish machining. Select the Finish check box and set the Step down value to 3. set the Wall offset value to 0. The 0.5. The Profile operation data is saved and the tool path is calculated. Set the radius value to 2. The profile is machined in one Z-step. The Profile Operation dialog box is displayed. The Simulation control panel is displayed.5 mm allowance remaining after the roughing is removed in one step. Close the Profile Operation dialog box with the Exit button. At this point. Close the simulation with the button. 120 . In the Lead out section.37. Set the Step down value to 3. Simulate Click on the Simulate button in the Profile Operation dialog box. Save and Calculate Click on the Save & Calculate button. the machining of the external cover faces is finished. The tool leads in/leads out to the profile with a tangential arc. At the next stages you have to machine the internal faces. Switch to the SolidVerify page and start the simulation by clicking on the button. Define the technological parameters Select the Rough check box. 39. In the Offsets section. Select the Clear offset check box. Set the Offset value to 5 and the Step over value to 4. Define the Lead in and the Lead out Set the Arc option for Lead in. 38.

121 . The CoordSys dialog box is displayed. InventorCAM enables you to define a new Coordinate System by selecting a planar face. In this case. Changing of the Mac CoordSys number means that the new clamping is used. set the value to 2. The part has to be rotated and clamped in a vice as shown. When this mode is chosen. Double-click on the CoordSys Manager header in InventorCAM Manager. In the Mac CoordSys number field. Define a New Coordinate System The machining of the internal model faces requires an another positioning. Right-click on the MAC 1 item in the list and choose the Add option from the menu.3. Make sure that the default Select Face mode is chosen. the Z-axis of the Coordinate System is normal to the selected face.5D Operations 41. InventorCAM 2. The CoordSys Manager dialog box is displayed. InventorCAM enables you to define the second Coordinate System.

The Coordinate System origin is placed according to the Place CoordSys origin to setting. Now you have to move the origin of the Coordinate System from the automatically defined position to the corner of the workpiece. Make sure that the Corner of Model box option is chosen.Rotate the model and click on its bottom face as shown below. 122 . The CoordSys is located in the corner of the model box with the following coordinates: (XMIN. The upper plane of the model box is parallel to the XY-plane of the defined CoordSys. ZMAX). the box surrounding the model is calculated. In this case. YMIN.

Confirm the dialog box with the OK button. InventorCAM automatically determines the Part upper level and the Part lower level parameters relative to the Coordinate System location. The Machine Coordinate System #2 is used for the machining of the back face and the internal faces. Confirm the CoordSys dialog box by clicking on the Finish button. Two Machine Coordinate Systems are listed in the CoordSys dialog box. The origin is moved to the new location.3. InventorCAM 2. Manager Click on the Finish button to confirm the CoordSys Manager dialog box. The CoordSys Manager dialog box is displayed. Click on the corner of the workpiece (stock model) as shown to choose it for the origin. 123 . Using them you can program operations for different positions (clampings). The CoordSys Data dialog box is displayed.5D Operations Click on the Pick origin button.

use the default Model option for the Face Milling geometry definition. In the Base Geometry section. The rectangle is generated surrounding the Target model at the XY-plane. The Face Milling Geometry dialog box is displayed. 43. In the Modify section. set the Offset value to 3.42. Choose MAC 2 from the CoordSys list in the Geometry section. Face Milling Geometry Click on the button to confirm the dialog box. The 3D Geometry dialog box is displayed. and its icon appears in the list. Define the Geometry Since this operation is performed with the second Coordinate System position. The model is highlighted. Click on the solid model to select it. Define the 3 mm offset to extend the machined surface over the stock edges. choose the Machine Coordinate System #2. Confirm the 3D Geometry dialog box by clicking on the button. Click on the Define button. Add a new Face Milling operation Add a new Face Milling operation to perform the back face milling. The geometry is defined for the operation. 124 . Click on the Define button to start the geometry definition. The Face Milling Geometry dialog box is displayed again.

Define the Milling levels In this operation.5. 46. the machining starts on the top face of the workpiece (Z=0 of the Machine Coordinate System #2) and ends on the back face of the cover part (Z=-5 of the Machine Coordinate System #2).3. The Face Milling Operation dialog box is displayed.5D Operations 44. 45. The Hatch Data dialog box is displayed. InventorCAM 2. Choose the previously defined tool and click on the Select button. In the Technology section. choose the Hatch option and click on the Data button. The Part Tool Table is displayed. Define the Upper level directly on the solid model by clicking on the workpiece corner as shown. Define the Lower level directly on the solid model by clicking on the bottom face as shown below. Define the technological parameters Switch to the Technology page of the Face Milling Operation dialog box. Click on the Select button in the Tool page. 125 . Define the Tool Use the Ø40 face mill used in previous operations. Set the Step down to 2.

Confirm this message with the Yes button. Select the Finish check box to perform finishing of the face in this operation. 126 . choose the Tangent option. In the Offsets section. set the length of the tangent to 5. This check box enables you to remove the remaining offset with the last cutting pass. Save and Calculate Click on the Save & Calculate button. Confirm the dialog box with the OK button. switch to the Automatic optimal angle option. In the Value edit box.2. 47. The Face Milling Operation dialog box is displayed. Define the Lead in and the Lead out Switch to the Link page of the Face Milling Operation dialog box to define the way the tool approaches the material and retreats away. This option enables the tool to approach the material on a line tangent to the profile.In the Hatch angle section. In the Lead in section. The operation data is saved and the tool path is calculated. Note that in the Overlap section the % option is chosen and the value is set to 30. set the Floor offset value to 0. This offset is being left unmachined during the rough face machining and is removed during the face finishing. InventorCAM notifies you that the upper level chosen for the operation is above the CoordSys Upper level. 48. In the Lead out section. select the Same as Lead in check box. of tool diameter Define the roughing offset that remains on the floor of the face.

Simulate Click on the Simulate button in the Face Milling Operation dialog box. The Simulation control panel is displayed. The bottom face machining is finished. Switch to the SolidVerify page and start the simulation with the button. The Single step mode can be used to simulate the next tool movement by clicking on button or by using the space bar on the your keyboard. Close the simulation with the button. The machining is performed from the upper face of the pads till the pocket floor. the model. you can rotate .3. The machining is performed until the Z-level of the pads is reached. At this stage. The Close the Face Milling Operation dialog box with the Exit button. Pocket Machining Overview The pocket is machined in several technological steps: The rough machining of the upper part of the pocket. During the simulation. two operations are used to perform the machining with two tools of big and small diameter. 127 . InventorCAM 2.5D Operations 49. pan or zoom Use these options to see the machining area in details. The rough machining of the pocket with islands (pads). Face Milling Operation dialog box is displayed. Now you have to perform the pocket machining.

The finish machining of the island top face. The finish machining of the island walls. 50. the Machine Coordinate System #2 for the operation and define 128 . Define the Geometry Choose Auto-Constant Z the geometry as shown below using the option. down to the pads height. The finish machining of the pocket floor.The finish machining of the outside wall of the pocket. 51. Add a Pocket operation Add a new Pocket operation to perform the rough machining of the upper part of the pocket.

The pocket is machined in several Z-levels. Define the technological parameters Switch to the Technology page of the Pocket Operation dialog box. 54. These offsets remain unmachined during roughing and are removed with the further finishing. set the Wall offset and the Floor offset values to 0. This dialog box enables you to define the parameters of the Contour strategy.3. InventorCAM 2. Use the top face of the pads for the definition. 53. Define the Pocket depth Define the Pocket depth directly on the solid model. Make sure that the default parallel to the pocket contour. When the Contour strategy is chosen. 129 . In the Offsets section. Set the Step down value to 2. The Step down parameter enables you to define the distance between each two successive Z-levels. the tool moves on offsets Define the machining strategy. Click on the Data button to display the Contour Parameters dialog box.2. Contour option is chosen in the Technology section.5D Operations 52. Define the Tool Choose the already defined Tool #2 (Ø16 end mill) from the Part Tool Table for the pocket rough machining operation. InventorCAM uses the constant-Z passes for the Pocket generation.

130 . • Outside This option allows you to work in a pocket area starting from the outside border of the pocket and cutting towards the middle of the pocket. The lead in path is the Lead in you define. This is particularly important in high-speed cutting. it moves through the full material around the island to get to the next working area as shown above. This option enables you to keep the same cutting direction (conventional or climb milling) throughout the entire tool path where possible.Contour parameters Exit material This option controls the tool movements between the working areas. Connect islands The tool exits the material and travels rapidly above the material to the next working area as shown above. Start from • Inside This option allows you to work in a pocket area starting from the middle of the pocket and cutting towards the outside border of the pocket. Exit material check box not selected Exit material check box selected When the tool moves from one working area to the next.

3. InventorCAM 2.5D Operations
Corner • None

The tool path is formed with sharp corners between one direction and the next.

• Fillet

This option connects each direction with a given radius allowing for a smoother transition between path directions.

The Min. corner radius option enables you to define the minimal value of the corner radius. If the given radius is too large for a specific corner, it produces the largest possible radius at that point. Sometimes the fillet option might leave some material. This particularly happens if the given radius is large.

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• Loop

This option ensures that the connecting points on the path are cleaned using a smooth transition. The tool path forms a loop in the corner, preventing an abrupt change of direction.

• Sharp

This option ensures that using a short and simple movement cleans the connecting points on the path. Although this produces a sharp movement by the tool, the path itself is slightly shorter than the smooth corner option. This can help cut down on machining time.

This option is not recommended for high-speed cutting.

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Direction

This option enables you to choose climb or conventional milling for the roughing operation.

Climb Milling

Conventional Milling

Arc approximation

This command enables you to create G2/G3 GCode output from Contour roughing operations. InventorCAM checks whether successive points of the calculated tool path can be connected by an arc or a circle. If an arc or a circle connection within the specified arc approximation tolerance can be made, you receive arc and circle interpolation commands G2 and G3 in the generated GCode. This feature can drastically reduce the number of lines in GCode files. Most CNC-controllers and machines work much faster on arcs and circles than on single tool path points or splines. Arc approximation increases actual feed rates on older CNC-machines and the machine works smoother. The Tolerance value defines the tolerance InventorCAM uses to position tool path points on arcs or circles. The arc approximation value must be smaller than the value specified for the surface offset. A warning message is displayed if a larger value might cause gouging of the model.
Adjacent passes connection

This option enables you to choose the method of the tool movement within the pocket from one tool path pass to the next one.
• Linear

The tool performs normal approach from one tool path pass to the next one.
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Rounded

The tool performs an arc movement from one tool path pass to the next one. The radius of the arc is half the distance between the tool path passes.

Confirm the Contour Parameters dialog box by clicking on the OK button.

55. Define the Ramping strategy

Switch to the Link page of the Pocket Operation dialog box. In the Ramping section, choose the Helical option. Click on the Data button. The Helical ramping dialog box is displayed. This dialog box enables you to define the ramping position and the related parameters for each chain used in the Pocket operation. Set the Radius of the descent helix to 3 and confirm the dialog box with the OK button.

56. Define the Lead out

In the Lead out section, choose the Arc option and set the radius value to 2.

With a circular motion tangent to the last entity of the pocket contour, the tool retreats from the profile. The radius of the arc must be specified.

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3. InventorCAM 2.5D Operations 57. Save and Calculate

Click on the Save & Calculate button. The Pocket operation data is saved and the tool path is calculated.

58. Simulate

Perform the simulation of the Pocket operation in the SolidVerify mode. During the simulation, notice the helical lead in movement.
59. Add a new Pocket operation

Add a new Pocket operation to machine the bottom part of the pocket including two islands (pads for the circuit board installing).
60. Define the Geometry

Choose the Machine Coordinate System #2 for the operation. In the same manner as explained in the Step #18 of this exercise, define the geometry by clicking on the pocket bottom face as shown below.

InventorCAM automatically determines the edges of the selected face and defines chains on them. The first chain is the external boundary of the pocket. All closed chains inside the first chain of each pocket are automatically treated as pocket islands. Overlapping chains are milled as separate pockets, not as islands. To select multiple pockets with islands, continue adding chains to the geometry.

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61. Island offset and Floor offset values to 0. Wall offset – the roughing offset remaining on the wall of Island offset Floor offset the pocket.2. set the Wall offset. 62. Define the Tool Choose the Tool #2 (Ø16 end mill) from the Part Tool Table for the operation. Define the technological parameters In the Offsets section of the Technology page. 136 . Define the Upper level by selecting the top face of the pads as shown. Define the Lower level by selecting the bottom face of the pocket. Set the Step down to 2. Define the Milling levels The machining in this operation starts at the Z-level of the top faces of the pads and ends on the bottom face of the pocket. 63. These offsets remain unmachined during roughing and are removed in the next finishing operations. – the roughing offset remaining on the pocket’s islands. – the roughing offset remaining on the floor of the pocket.

The Pocket operation data is saved and the tool path is calculated. 65. Save and Calculate Click on the Save & Calculate button. 137 . The Helical ramping dialog box is displayed. Define the Ramping strategy In the Ramping section of the Link page. Set the radius value to 2. the tool moves on offsets parallel to the pocket contour.5D Operations Now you have to define the machining strategy. When the Contour strategy is chosen. In order to complete the machining. InventorCAM 2.3. choose the Helical option. choose the Arc option. Make sure that the default Contour option is chosen in the Technology section. Make a note that the pocket geometry is not completely machined because the tool is too large to reach some model areas. 68. the last created pocket operation is used to define a new pocket operation from the template. Define the Lead out In the Lead out section. 67. Simulate Perform the Pocket operation simulation in the SolidVerify mode. Add a new Pocket operation Add a new Pocket operation. you have to perform an additional pocket operation with a tool of a smaller diameter in the areas that were not machined in the current pocket operation. In this case. 64. InventorCAM enables you to use the existing operations as templates for new ones. Click on the Data button. 66. Set the Radius of the descent helix to 3 and confirm the dialog box with the OK button.

Choose the End mill tool. choose the last defined operation name (P_profile4_T2) from the list. click on the Select button to choose the defined tool (Ø6 end mill) for the operation. The Part Tool Table dialog box is displayed. In the Holder page. its parameters cannot be edited. In the Part Tool Table dialog box. 138 . Click on the Select button in the Tool page. A new Tool #4 is added with the default parameters. Click on the Add button to define a new tool.In the Operation name section. Change the Tool Define a new tool for the operation. Choose the BT40 ER32×60 collet chuck from the Tool Holders dialog box and click on the OK button to confirm your choice. 69. Since this tool is used in several operations. This dialog box displays the parameters of the currently active Tool #2 (Ø16 end mill). The Tool type dialog box is displayed. All the parameters of the chosen operation are copied to the current one. select the Holder check box and click on the Local holders table button. Choose the tool holder.

This offset was defined in the previous pocket operation. Notice that the Separate areas option is chosen by default in the Milling type box. During the machining. set the value of 0. the tool leaves material in areas that it cannot enter.3. Click on the Previous tool diameter button. InventorCAM 2. Click on the OK button. Define the diameter of the end mill that was used in the previous operation.5D Operations 70. choose the Rest option from the list. Define the Extension/Overlap parameter – the overlap distance that you would like to start and end from the previous larger end mill. In the Previous wall offset field. Define the Rest material parameters In the Rest Material/Chamfer section of the Technology page. Click on the Data button. 139 . Unmachined area Machined area Geometry The Rest Material option enables you to remove the material from these areas without defining a new geometry. when a large tool is used. The Part Tool Table dialog box is displayed with all the tools used in the operations of the current CAM-Part. Set the Extension/Overlap value to 1.2. When this option is chosen. InventorCAM performs the machining only in areas that were not machined with the previous tool. The Rest Material dialog box is displayed. Choose the Ø16 end mill used in the previous operation and click on the Select button.

Notice that InventorCAM automatically determines the Coordinate System that was used for the geometry definition and chooses it for the operation. the tool machines all the areas that were not machined by the previous tool. 74. Confirm the dialog box with the OK button.71. Simulate Play the simulation of the Pocket operation in the SolidVerify mode. choose the already defined Profile3 geometry. Save and Calculate Click on the Save & Calculate button. 73.2 mm allowance remains for the further finishing. The Helical ramping dialog box is displayed. Set the Z-entry helix Radius to 3. Notice that the machining is performed only in areas that were not machined in the previous operation. The machining area is extended on 1 mm to overlap with the previously machined area. Add a Profile operation A Profile operation is used for the finish machining of the pocket walls. Define the Geometry In the Geometry list. The Pocket operation data is saved and the tool path is calculated. 75. 140 . choose the Helical strategy to define how the tool enters into the material. With the defined parameters. At this stage the rough machining of the pocket is completed and you have to program the finishing operations. Define the Ramping strategy In the Ramping section of the Link page. Click on the Data button. 72. The 0.

Select the Finish check box and set the Max.3. Define the Profile depth Define the Profile depth by clicking on the bottom face of the pocket.5D Operations 76. The Helical milling option enables you to enhance the productivity of profile machining by avoiding lead in/out movements at each Z-level and avoiding unnecessary rapid movements. 141 . 78. Define the Tool Choose the already existing Tool #4 (Ø6 end mill) from the Part Tool Table. In the Depth type area. Step down value to 3. InventorCAM 2. Define the technological parameters Select the Equal step down check box. 77. choose the Helical option.

the tool performs spiral movements around the geometry with continuous lowering along the Z-axis. The Profile operation data is saved and the tool path is calculated. the tool moves downward along the Z-axis according to the step down value. 142 . When the Profile depth is reached by the spiral movements. Save and Calculate Click on the Save & Calculate button.With the Helical option. InventorCAM performs the last cut with the constant-Z movement at the Profile depth. 81. Simulate Play the simulation in the SolidVerify mode. Step down 79. 80. The tool approaches the material with the arc movement tangential to the geometry and retreats in the same way. select the Same as Lead in check box. Define the Lead in and the Lead out Choose the Arc option in the Lead in section of the Link page and set the radius value to 2. In the Lead out section. For each turn around the geometry.

5D Operations 82. InventorCAM 2. Add a Profile operation Add a new Profile operation to machine the walls of the islands. choose the Auto-Constant Z option. The chain is automatically completed. Define the Geometry Choose the Machine Coordinate System #2 for the operation and click on the Define button in the Geometry page. The Geometry Edit dialog box is displayed. Select the edge of the island as shown below. 143 .3. In the Auto select section. 83.

the internal edges of the pads are chosen in order to prevent the collision between the tool and pocket wall during the lead in movement. Confirm it by clicking on the Yes button. 144 . 84. Define the Tool Choose the Tool #4 (Ø6 end mill) for the operation. Confirm the Geometry definition with the Finish button. Select the edge of the other island as shown below. In this case. The first chain is defined. Confirm it by clicking on the Yes button. choose the Auto-Constant Z option.The confirmation message is displayed. In the Auto select section. The first selected entity in the geometry chain defines the approach location for the whole chain. The chain is automatically completed and the confirmation message is displayed.

3. select the Finish check box and set the Step down value to 4. Define the Profile depth by clicking on the bottom face of the pocket. set the Helical option. Define the technological parameters In the Technology page. 145 .5D Operations 85. In the Lead out section. Define the Milling levels Define the operation Upper level directly on the solid model by clicking on the top face of the pad as shown below. The tool approaches the material with an arc movement tangential to the geometry and retreats in the same way. Define the Lead in and the Lead out Choose the Arc option in the Lead in section and set the radius value to 2. 87. InventorCAM 2. select the Same as Lead in check box. In the Depth type area. 86.

91. 92. Add a Face Milling operation Add a new Face Milling operation to machine the top faces of the pads. 146 . Define the tool Choose the Tool #3 (Ø8 end mill) from the Part Tool Table. 90. Simulate Play the simulation in the SolidVerify mode. 89. choose the Profile option and choose the Profile5 geometry from the list.88. Define the geometry In the Base Geometry section of the Face Milling Geometry dialog box. Save and Calculate Click on the Save & Calculate button. The Profile operation data is saved and the tool path is calculated.

5D Operations 93. 96. The operation data is saved and tool path is calculated. At the next stage you have to machine the pocket floor. Save and Calculate Click on the Save & Calculate button. select the Same as Lead in check box. Define the Milling levels Define the operation Upper level directly on the solid model by clicking on the top face of the pad.3. Simulate Play the simulation in the SolidVerify mode. Define the Face depth value by clicking on the same face. 94. Define the technological parameters In the Technology page. 97. Select the Finish check box to perform the finish machining of the top faces of the pads. InventorCAM 2. 147 . 95. 98. Define the Lead in and the Lead out Choose the Tangent option in the Lead in section and set the Value to 8. use the default Hatch strategy. In the Lead out section. Add a Pocket operation Define a new Pocket operation to perform the finish machining of the pocket floor.

Define the tool Choose the Tool #4 (Ø6 end mill) for the operation. Define the Milling levels Define the operation Upper level directly on the bottom face of the pocket. 148 . 103.99. Save and Calculate Click on the Save & Calculate button. Simulate Play the simulation in the SolidVerify mode. 101. Define the Pocket depth value by clicking on the same face to perform the machining in a single Z-level. In the Offsets section. 100. 104. set the Wall offset and Island offset values to 0. Define the geometry Use the already defined geometry Profile4. The Profile operation data is saved and the tool path is calculated.1. Define the technological parameters Make sure that the default Contour strategy is chosen in the Technology page. 102. Such offset prevents the contact between the tool and the already finally machined wall and island surfaces during the floor machining. Define the Lead out Choose the Arc option from the Lead out list. Set the radius value to 2. 105.

Define the Geometry Choose the Machine Coordinate System #2 for the operation and define the geometry for slot as shown.5D Operations 106. Add a Slot operation Add a new Slot operation to machine the slot on the bottom face of the cover model. InventorCAM 2. right-click on the Operations header and choose the Slot item from the Add Operation submenu. The Slot Operation dialog box is displayed. In InventorCAM Manager. 149 . Make sure that the chain direction is clockwise to perform the climb milling.3. 107.

Define the Tool Define a new tool in the Part Tool Table (Ø1. • Set the Shoulder length to 12. Define the technological parameters In the Depth type section of the Technology page. Define the following tool parameters: • Set the Total tool length to 20. 150 .108. 109. • Set the Cutting length to 10. • Set the Outside holder length to 15. The Constant Depth Data dialog box is displayed.5 end mill). choose the Right option in order to machine the slot at the right side of the selected geometry. In the Tool side area. make sure that the default Constant option is chosen and click on the Data button to define the technological parameters of the machining. Choose the BT40 ER16×70 collet chuck from the Global holders table for the operation.

Set the Step down value to 0. 151 .3. 110. The Slot operation data is saved and the tool path is calculated.5D Operations In the Slot levels area. Simulate Play the simulation in the SolidVerify mode. At the final stage of the cover part. The Slot depth (1. InventorCAM 2. click on the Depth button to define the slot depth directly on the solid model. Save and Calculate Click on the Save & Calculate button. 111.5 mm) is determined. Click on the bottom face of the slot and confirm the definition with the OK button. you have to perform several operations to machine the holes located on the bottom face and pads.5 and confirm the Constant Depth Data dialog box with the OK button.

Confirm the geometry selection with the Finish button.112. The Exercise3_Drill_Tools library contains several drilling tools required for this exercise. The Drill Geometry Selection dialog box is displayed. Click on the bottom model face as shown below. 114. The Part Tool Table is displayed. click on the Select button. choose the Machine Coordinate System #2 for the operation and click on the Define button to start the definition of drill positions. Define the Tool In the Tool page. Define the Geometry In the Geometry page. the tools imported from an external tool library are used. Define a Drilling operation Define a new Drilling operation for the center drilling of the holes located on the bottom face of the cover. Choose the Multi-positions option in the Select centers by section. 152 . In the drilling operations of this exercise. 113. All the circular edges located on the selected face are collected and the drill positions are determined.

InventorCAM 2. The Tool Table to import from dialog box is displayed. Set it in the Library name list. Right-click on the first tool name in the Tool list and choose the Copy all to table command. click on the Import button to import the tool from the previously defined tool library.5D Operations In the Part Tool table.3. Click on the Browse button and choose the location of the Exercise3_Drill_Tools tool library. 153 .

Click on the Close button to exit from the tool library. The upper diameter of the center drilling cone is greater than the drilled hole diameter. 154 . 115. choose the Diameter value option and set the value to 5. Spot drill This tool type is used for center drilling and chamfering. Arbor Diameter Diameter Total Length Outside Holder Length Angle Shoulder Length Cutting Length Confirm the tool definition by clicking on the Select button. To perform center drilling. In the Part Tool Table. use the Depth type option. this means that the chamfer of 0. The Drilling Operation dialog box is displayed. Define the Drill depth In the Milling levels area. choose the Tool #6 (Ø6 spot drill) for the operation. The center drilling operation is performed until the specified diameter is reached at the upper level (the top face of the model). In the Depth type section.25 mm is performed at the hole edge. set the Drill depth to 0.The tools are imported into the Part Tool Table and the confirmation message is displayed.5 mm. Confirm this message with the OK button. A tool of this type is defined with the parameters shown in the image.

InventorCAM 2. 118. Add a Drilling operation In InventorCAM Manager.5D Operations 116. add a new Drilling operation to drill the holes center-drilled at the previous stage. This means that the conical part of the tool exits from the material. Define the Drilling depth In the Levels page. Simulate Play the simulation of the center drilling in the SolidVerify mode. Choose the same Drill geometry used in the previous operation. The Drilling operation data is saved and the tool path is calculated. 155 . To perform through drilling. Set the Delta depth value to -1. Save and Calculate Click on the Save & Calculate button. The Drilling operation data is saved and the tool path is calculated. 119. Define the Drill depth by clicking on the model face as shown. Save and Calculate Click on the Save & Calculate button.3. 120. The drilling is performed until the given diameter is reached at the specified Drill depth. Choose the Tool #7 (Ø5 drill) from the Part Tool Table. use the Depth type option. 117. In the Depth type section. define the Upper level by clicking on the model upper face. choose the Full diameter option.

you have to perform a number of drilling operations (center drilling. 124. 122. define the geometry for the drilling.121. Save and Calculate Click on the Save & Calculate button. Add a Drilling operation Add a new Drilling operation to perform the center drilling of the pad holes. tapping) for eight holes located on the pads top faces. 123. At the next stage. 126. 125. drilling. Use the Machine Coordinate System #2 for the operation. Define the Geometry In the same manner as explained in Step #113. define the Upper level by clicking on the top face of the pad. 156 . Simulate Play the simulation of the drilling in the SolidVerify mode. Set the Drill depth value to 1. Define the Tool Choose the Tool #6 (Ø6 spot drill) from the Part Tool Table for the operation. The Drilling operation data is saved and the tool path is calculated. Define the milling levels In the Milling levels area.

157 . 130. InventorCAM 2. Define the Milling levels In the Levels page. Confirm the dialog box with the OK button. Define the Drill depth directly on the solid model. Choose the Peck type to perform the pecking canned cycle. Save and Calculate Click on the Save & Calculate button. 129.6 drill) for the operation. Pick the lower vertex of the hole cone as shown to define the depth. define the Upper level in the same manner as explained in Step #125. 128.5D Operations 127. In the Geometry area. Add a Drilling operation Add a new Drilling operation to perform the drilling of the pad holes. Click on the Data button to define the pecking parameters.3. The Drill Options dialog box is displayed. Choose the Tool #8 (Ø1. The Drilling operation data is saved and the tool path is calculated. The Drill Cycle dialog box is displayed. choose the Drill1 geometry defined in Step #123. This tool enables you to perform preliminary drilling for the M2 tapping. Set the Step down value for the pecking to 0. Define the Drill cycle type Click on the Drill cycle type button.5.

131. choose the Drill1 geometry defined in Step #123. the Tapping 158 . In the Geometry area. Add a Drilling operation Add a new Drilling operation to perform the tapping of the pads holes. and is defined by the following major parameters presented on the illustration. Drill cycle is chosen automatically. Choose the Tool #9 (Ø2 tap tool) for the operation. Arbor Diameter Total Length Outside Holder Length Chamfer Cutting Length Length Diameter Tip Diameter When the Tap tool is used in the operation. The tool consists of two parts: cylindrical and conical. Tap tool This tool is intended for the machining of internal threads in Drilling operations.

The Simulation control panel is displayed. The Drilling operation data is saved and the tool path is calculated.3.5D Operations 132. InventorCAM enables you to simulate several operations together. drilling and tapping for the pad holes) and play the simulation. Save and Calculate Click on the Save & Calculate button. 133. programming of the machining operations is completed. Now you have to generate the GCode to send it to the CNC-machine controller. At this stage. Set the Drill depth to 4. Define the Milling levels In the Levels page. Select the last three operations in InventorCAM Manager (center drilling. Simulate Click on the Simulate button. 134. 159 . define the Upper level in the same manner as explained in Step #125. InventorCAM 2.

the exercise is completed. 160 . The GCode is generated for the complete CAM-Part. The generated GCode is displayed in the Notepad window. Right-click on the Operations header in InventorCAM Manager and choose the Generate command from the GCode All submenu. Generate the GCode InventorCAM enables you to generate the GCode for several operations or for the complete CAM-Part.135. At this stage.

Define the CAM-Part At this stage. 161 . • Drilling.ipt) is located in the Exercises folder. The Autodesk Inventor model of the Bracket (Exercise4. the CNC-controller. • Face milling. • Pocket machining. Machine the top face Define a Face Milling operation to machine the top face of the bracket. 2. • Profile machining. Machine the side faces Perform the Profile rough and finish machining of the bracket side faces. you have to define the CAM-Part.3. InventorCAM 2. The following steps have to be implemented in order to reach the final CAM-Part: 1. The Awea1000-Fanuc CNC-controller has to be chosen for this exercise. the Stock model and the Target model. 3. This exercise reinforces the following skills: • CAM-Part definition.5D Operations Exercise #4: Bracket Machining Define the CAM-Part and operations for the machining of the bracket presented on the illustration on a Milling CNCmachine. the Machine Coordinate System.

This operation requires different clamping. 8. Machine the holes Perform center drilling and drilling of the holes. 162 . Machine the open pockets Define a Profile operation to perform the machining of the open areas as shown.4. 9. 5. Machine the bottom face Define a Pocket operation to machine the bottom face of the bracket. Machine the cylindrical hole Perform two Pocket operations to machine the faces of the through hole. Pre-machine the cylindrical hole Define two Drilling operations to perform the center drilling and preliminary drilling for the further Pocket operation. 7. Use the pre-drilled hole to perform the safe lead in movement of the tool into the material. so define and use a new Coordinate System with the Z-axis oriented normally to the bottom face. 6. Machine the pocket Define a Pocket operation to perform rough and finish machining of the pocket located on the top face of the bracket.

the Machine Coordinate System. This exercise reinforces the following skills: • CAM-Part definition. you have to define the CAM-Part. • Face milling. InventorCAM 2. Z 163 . • Drilling. the CNC-controller (Awea1000-Fanuc). Choose the Center of revolution face option in the CoordSys dialog box. The Autodesk Inventor model of the Support (Exercise5. • Profile machining. InventorCAM enables you to select cylindrical faces for the Coordinate System definition. Define the Coordinate System on the top model face in the center of the revolution face. The Z-axis of the Coordinate System is parallel to the revolution axis of the selected cylindrical face and directed along the rotation axis.ipt) is located in the Exercises folder. The following steps have to be implemented in order to reach the final CAM-Part: 1.5D Operations Exercise #5: Support Machining Define the CAM-Part and operations for the machining of the support part presented on the illustration on the Milling CNCmachine. Define the CAM-Part At this stage. • Pocket machining. the Stock model and the Target model.3.

set the Part Upper level value to 2 and the Lower level value to -53. Machine Coordinate System Z Y X Select the cylindrical face as shown to define the Machine Coordinate System. The Lower has to be defined 3 mm below the bottom face of the part.The Coordinate System origin is placed in the intersection of the rotation axis of the selected face and the top face of the model box (the face with the maximal Z-coordinate). level 2 Part Upper level 50 53 Part Lower level 164 . According to the Coordinate System location and to the model dimensions. The Upper level has to be defined 2 mm above the top face of the part.

Choose the 2D Boundary option in the Stock model dialog box. InventorCAM 2.3. The cylindrical stock model is defined. create a sketch in the CAM-Part assembly. Use a cylindrical stock for the operation. 2 Cylindrical Stock definition InventorCAM enables you to define the stock model of any extruded shape by defining the closed 2D boundary. Use the bottom face of the support part for the sketch definition. Part Upper Level 2D Boundary Stock Model Part Lower Level The defined 2D boundary is extruded from the CAM-Part Upper level till the CAM-Part Lower level creating the stock model. select the sketched circle as the 2D boundary.5D Operations Before the Stock model definition. Sketch a circle with the offset of 2 mm from the model face as shown. Using the Geometry Edit dialog box. 165 . This method enables you to define the stock model of any extruded shape using planar 2D boundary.

3. Taper mill This tool is used for milling internal/external walls with a constant draft angle. Use the Clear offset strategy for roughing. Machine the external faces of the support base Define a Profile operation to perform the rough and finish machining of the external inclined faces of the support base. Machine the external cylindrical face Define a Profile operation to perform the rough and finish machining of the external cylindrical face of the support part. In 2.5D milling operations. Outside Holder Length Angle Arbor Diameter Total Length Shoulder Length Cone Length Cutting Length Diameter Tip Diameter Corner Radius 166 . only the bottom diameter is taken into account in the tool path calculation.2. Use a Taper mill tool with the Taper angle of 4°.

the inclined wall machining is performed.5D Operations Use the Wall draft angle option located in the Advanced Technology page of the Profile Operation dialog box to perform the machining of the inclined walls with a draft angle constant along the entire geometry. Wall draft angle When this check box is selected. 167 . • External wall angle This parameter defines the draft angle of the wall measured from the Z-axis direction as shown. InventorCAM 2.3.

This option affects only the machining of geometry sharp corners. • External corner type This option enables you to define how the cutting passes are connected during the external corners machining. each cutting pass located at a specific Z-level is generated according to the specified External wall angle value. Geometry 168 . There are three ways to connect between the cutting passes: Sharp corner: the tool path is calculated to perform the machining of a sharp corner.For the inclined wall machining.

The machining of sharp corners is performed similar to the Conical fillet option. For the filleted corners. Cylindrical fillet: Geometry In the Wall Draft Angle dialog box. InventorCAM 2. Geometry this option affects the machining of both of sharp and filleted corners of the geometry. This option affects only the machining of sharp geometry corners. the radius of the tool path rounding increases from one pass to the next. choose the Sharp corner option for External corner and set the External wall angle value to 4. 169 . the radius of the tool path rounding is the same for all the cutting passes.3.5D Operations Conical fillet: the tool path is calculated to perform the machining of the corner with a conical fillet. the tool path is calculated to perform the machining of the corner with a cylindrical fillet.

Central hole machining Define two Drilling operations to perform the center drilling and the preliminary drilling of the central hole. Define a Profile operation to machine the counterbore faces. 170 .4. Holes machining Define two Drilling operations to perform the center drilling and drilling machining of the holes. so define and use a new Coordinate System with the Z-axis oriented normally to the bottom face. Top face machining Define a Face Milling operation to machine the top face of the support part using the Hatch strategy. 6. Define a Pocket operation to perform rough and finish machining of the central hole using the pre-drilled hole. Bottom face machining Define a Face Milling operation to machine the bottom face of the support part using the Hatch strategy. 5. 7. This operation requires different clamping.

• Open pocket machining. The following steps have to be implemented in order to obtain the final CAM-Part: 1. • Drilling. 171 . the CNCcontroller ((Awea1000-Fanuc).5-axis CNC-machine. Make a note that the workpiece used for this part is the box exactly surrounding the clamp model without an offset.3. • Multi-sided machining using 2. The Autodesk Inventor model of the Clamp (Exercise6. InventorCAM 2. • Profile machining. the Machine Coordinate System.ipt) is located in the Exercises folder. the Stock model and the Target model.5D Operations Exercise #6: Clamp Machining Define the CAM-Part and operations for the machining of the clamp part presented on the illustration on Milling CNC-machine. Define the CAM-Part At this stage you have to define the CAM-Part. This exercise reinforces the following skills: • CAM-Part definition.

2. Holes machining

Perform several Drilling operations to machine the holes. Use the appropriate Machine Coordinate System defined for the positioning shown below.

3. Open pocket machining

Define the Machine Coordinate System for the positioning shown below to machine the open pocket.

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Add a new Pocket operation. In this operation, the open pocket machining strategy will be used. Select the open pocket geometry chain as shown. Click on the Accept chain button to confirm the selected chain. The Close chain dialog box is displayed.

Close chain dialog box

This dialog box is displayed when you confirm an open chain definition in the Geometry Edit dialog box. When you confirm this dialog box with the Yes button, the chain is closed with a line that connects the start and the end points of the chain. The Mark line as open edge check box enables you to mark the connecting line as open edge to perform open pocket machining. When you click on the No button, InventorCAM returns to the geometry definition and enables you to close the chain manually by the model element selection. Select the Mark line as open edge check box and confirm the dialog box with the OK button. The open edge is marked. Confirm the Geometry Edit dialog box by clicking on the Finish button. Choose the Tool #4 (Ø6 end mill) for the operation. Select the upper face of the model as the Upper level and the pocket floor as the Pocket depth.
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In the Technology page, use the default Contour machining strategy. In the Open Pockets area, define the parameters of open pocket machining. Define the extension of the tool path beyond the open edge.

Extension

This section enables you to define the overlapping between the tool and the open edges. The overlapping can be defined as percentage of the tool diameter (the % of tool diameter option) or as a value (the Value option).

Open edge

Extension
Use the default Extension value (60% of the tool diameter). Since the diameter of the tool used in this operation is 6 mm, the tool path is extended to 3.6 mm over the open pocket edge. Note that the Extension value cannot be smaller than the radius of the tool. Select the Use profile strategy check box.

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Use profile strategy

This option enables you to perform the open pocket machining in a Profile manner. The tool path at a specific Z-level consists of several equidistant profiles starting from outside the model at the distance defined by the Extension parameter. The tool moves on offsets parallel to the pocket geometry. The following options enable you to define the tool path direction and linking: • When the One way option is chosen, the tool finishes one profile pass, then rapidly moves (G0) to the safety distance and then to the start of the next cutting pass. The cutting direction (either climb or conventional) is preserved for each cutting pass. • When the Zigzag option is chosen, the tool finishes one profile pass and then moves directly to the next pass. The machining is performed without leaving the material, thus constantly switching between climb and conventional milling.

Use the default One way option. Select the Approach from outside check box.

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Approach from outside

This option enables the tool to approach from outside of the material in the open pocket areas, if possible. Such approach enables you to decrease the tool loading when plunging into the material. This option enables you to perform the approach movement from the automatically calculated point outside of the material. The tool moves to the required depth outside of the material and then plunges into the material.

In the Offsets section, set the Wall offset and the Floor offset to 0.2. To remove these offsets with the finishing cut, select the Wall and Floor check boxes in the Finish section.

4. Hole machining

Define two Drilling operations to perform drilling and center drilling machining of the hole located at the bottom of the open pocket. Use the same Machine Coordinate System (positioning) as in the previous operation.

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InventorCAM 2. Define the Machine Coordinate System for the positioning shown below. 177 . The Point to Point option enables you to define the geometry by two points located on the model vertices. In this exercise. The points are connected by a straight line. it is impossible to define the straight geometry for the Profile Milling using the model edges. Step machining Define a Profile operation to machine the step. This option is useful when it is impossible to define the geometry using the model edges.3. Use the Point to Point option in the Geometry Edit dialog box to define the geometry.5D Operations 5. Point to Point mode This option enables you to connect the specified points.

The Zigzag option cannot be used together with the Clear offset technology. At the end of each pass the tool performs a retreat movement to the Operation Clearance level. with the tool path direction changing from one pass to the next. the tool path is performed in a zigzag manner. The same cutting direction (climb or conventional) is kept along the whole tool path. the cutting passes are oriented in the same direction. Depth cutting type When the One way option is chosen. When the Zigzag option is chosen. and the connection between them is performed through the Operation Clearance level. a horizontal movement at rapid feed to the start point of the next pass and then descends to the Z-level of the next pass.Use the Zigzag cutting type to connect the successive Z-level passes directly from the end of a pass to the beginning of the next pass. 178 . The passes located at two successive Z-levels are connected directly from the end of one pass to the beginning of the next pass.

3. InventorCAM 2.5D Operations

Exercise #7: Electronic Box Machining
Define the CAM-Part and operations for machining of the electronic box presented on the illustration on Milling CNCmachine. This exercise reinforces the following skills: • CAM-Part definition; • Face milling; • Pocket machining; • Profile machining; • Rest material machining; • Drilling. The Autodesk Inventor model of the Electronic box (Exercise7.ipt) is located in the Exercises folder. The following steps have to be implemented in order to obtain the final CAM-Part:

1. Define the CAM-Part

At this stage, you have to define the CAM-Part, the CNC-controller (Awea1000-Fanuc), the Machine Coordinate System, the Stock model and the Target model.

2. Top face machining

Define a Face Milling operation to machine the top face of the electronic box part with the Hatch strategy.
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3. External rough machining

Define two Profile operations to perform the rough machining of external faces.

4. Pocket rough machining

Define two Pocket operations to perform the rough machining of the internal pocket faces with a tool of a large diameter.

5. Pocket finish machining

Define a number of Pocket operations to perform the finish machining of internal pocket faces. Choose the Tool according to the minimal radius of the model fillets.

During the wall finish machining, use the Rest material strategy to remove the bulk of material in the corners.
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3. InventorCAM 2.5D Operations 6. Finish machining of the external faces

At the first stage, perform the rest material machining of the corner faces to remove the bulk of the material.

Define a number of Profile operations to machine external faces.

7. Holes machining

Define a number of Drilling operations to perform the center drilling, drilling, and tapping of the holes. Use a Pocket operation for counterboring of the holes.

8. Bottom face machining

Define a Face Milling operation to machine the bottom face of the electronic box part using the Hatch strategy. This operation requires different clamping, so define and use a new Coordinate System with the Z-axis oriented normally to the bottom face.
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Exercise #8: Basic Part Machining
Define the CAM-Part and operations for the machining of the basic part presented on the illustration on Milling CNC-machine. This exercise reinforces the following skills: • CAM-Part definition; • Pocket machining; • Profile machining; • Rest material machining; • Face milling; • Drilling; The Autodesk Inventor model of the Basic part (Exercise8.ipt) is located in the Exercises folder. The following steps have to be implemented in order to reach the final CAM-Part:
1. Define the CAM-Part

At this stage, you have to define the CAM-Part, the CNC-controller (Awea1000-Fanuc), the Machine Coordinate System, the Stock model and the Target model.
2. Upper cusp machining

Define two Profile operations to remove the bulk of material and perform the rough and the finish machining of the cusp.

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3. InventorCAM 2.5D Operations 3. Step machining

Perform the rough and finish machining of the step faces using the Profile operation.

4. External contour machining

Define a Profile operation to perform the rough and finish machining of the external model faces.

5. Connector opening machining

Define a Pocket operation to perform the rough machining of the connector opening faces.

6. Connector pocket machining

Define a number of Pocket and Profile operations to perform the roughing and finishing of the connector pocket.

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Top face machining Use the Face milling Hatch strategy to perform the rough and finish machining of the top face. 184 . Bottom face machining Use the Face milling Hatch strategy to perform the rough and finish machining of the bottom face of the Cover part. Connector opening finish machining Use the Pocket rest material strategy to perform the finish machining of the connector opening faces. 8.7. Machine screw head areas Use a Profile operation to perform the rough and finish machining of the screw head areas. 10. 9. Note that this operation and the following ones use a new positioning and therefore you have to define a new Machine Coordinate System.

Wall finish machining Define two Profile operations to perform the finish machining of the wall faces of the pockets. 12. Hole machining Define a number of Drilling operations to machine holes located on the cover part faces. InventorCAM 2. 14.5D Operations 11.3. Pocket rough machining Use a Pocket operation to perform the rough machining of highlighted faces. Bottom pocket machining Perform the rough and finish machining of the bottom pocket with the island. 185 . 13.

This exercise reinforces the following skills: • T-Slot machining. The pre-machined support frame part (Exercise9. 1.prz) is located in the Exercises folder. Define the T-Slot operation Right-click on the last Drilling operation in InventorCAM Manager and choose T-Slot from the Add Operation menu. This part contains operations defined for machining of the outside contour of the model and several drilled holes. 186 .Exercise #9: Support Frame Machining Machine the slots on both sides of the pre-machined support frame part presented on the illustration on Milling CNC-machine.

3. Confirm the geometry definition. This operation enables you to machine slots in vertical walls with a slot mill tool. Define the geometry Define the profile geometry for the operation. Select the first chain as shown. InventorCAM 2.5D Operations The T-Slot Operation dialog box is displayed. Rotate the model and select the second chain as shown. 187 . 2.

The parametric definition of a slot mill also enables you to define a cylindrical tool with a tool shank with a relieved diameter. • Set the Cutting length to 6. Define the tool In the Part Tool Table.3. Confirm the tool definition by clicking on the Select button. • Set the Corner radius to 2. Slot mill This tool is used in a variety of applications from simple 2. add a new Slot mill tool. 188 . Add the BT40 ER32x60 tool holder. A tool of this type is defined with the parameters shown in the image.5D undercut profiles all the way up to machining cavities in Simultaneous 5 Axis operations. Arbor Diameter Total Length Outside Holder Length Corner Radius Diameter Cutting Length Edit the tool parameters as follows: • Set the Diameter to 36.

in the offset table of the CNC-machine. InventorCAM 2. The Operation Tool Data dialog box is displayed.5D Operations Click on the Data button in the Tool page of the T-Slot Operation dialog box. This option enables InventorCAM to automatically take into account the minor size differences between the defined tool and the one actually used for cutting the workpiece. 4. Select the Second offset number check box. Define the milling levels Define the Upper level for slot machining by clicking on the model face as shown. Second offset number This parameter defines the register number of the upper cutting face offset. 189 .3. if there are any.

Set the Offset to 6 and the Step over to 3. Set the Cutting depth overlap value to 4. click on the Geometry button to check the position of the tool relative to the geometry. The depth value calculated in the Milling levels area is 22.level dialog Confirm the value (-4) displayed in the Pick Upper box. In this case. Select the Clear offset check box. Define the T-Slot depth by clicking on the model face as shown. Define the rough machining parameters. Define the technological parameters In the Modify section. the default Left option set for Tool side meets the requirements of the climb milling. Close the Modify Geometry dialog box with the OK button and return to the Profile Operation dialog box. 190 . 5. To perform roughing of the slot. select the Rough check box.

These offsets are removed with the finishing cut.3. The Wall offset option defines the offset that remains on the slot wall after roughing. Cutting depth overlap Cutting depth overlap To perform the rough machining of the slot.5D Operations Cutting depth overlap This parameter defines the overlap of each two adjacent tool paths in both rough and finish machining of the slot. you have to specify offsets on the slot geometry. Ceiling offset 191 . InventorCAM 2. Wall offset The Ceiling offset option defines the offset that remains on the slot ceiling after roughing.

Floor offset Set all of the offsets to 0. respectively) to be removed with the finishing pass. Note that the Ceiling. Wall and Floor. choose the Tangent option and set the Value to 20. Select the Finish check box. select the Same as Lead in check box. Now you have to define the finish machining parameters. Wall and Floor check boxes are selected by default.2. Define the Lead in and Lead out For Lead in.The Floor offset option defines the offset that remains on the slot floor after roughing. These check boxes define the offsets (Ceiling. For Lead out. Set the Cutting depth overlap value for finishing to 4. 192 . 6.

193 . Simulate the operation Perform the simulation of the operation in the SolidVerify mode.5D Operations 7. InventorCAM 2.3.

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5D Milling 4 .Advanced 2.

5D Milling operations performed using the AFRM module functionality: Pocket Recognition Operation This operation enables you to recognize the pocket features on the solid model and perform the machining of these features. The initial values of the Milling levels sets are automatically recognized from the model.This chapter covers the following types of 2. This operation enables you to handle separate sets of Milling levels for each drill position. 196 . A Geometry for Drill Recognition and Pocket Recognition operations is determined automatically by InventorCAM Automatic Feature Recognition functionality. Drill Recognition Operation This operation performs powerful drill feature recognition and automatic Drill geometry creation. they can be edited by the user.

This exercise reinforces the following skills: • Automatic pocket recognition and machining. The Pocket Recognition Operation dialog box is displayed.5D Milling Exercise #10: Pocket Recognition This exercise illustrates the InventorCAM functionality of automatic pocket recognition and machining. Open the CAM-Part Open the Exercise10. The following steps have to be implemented in order to reach the final CAM-Part: 1.prz file located in the Exercises folder. This file contains the predefined CAM-Part. 2. Add a Pocket Recognition operation Right-click on the Operations header in InventorCAM Manager and choose Pocket Recognition from the Add Operation submenu.4. 197 . Advanced 2.

First. The Select Faces dialog box is displayed.3. This dialog box enables you to define the parameters of the pocket feature recognition geometry. click on the Define button. and then the mode of geometry selection. you need to set the pocket recognition filters. 198 . Define the Geometry In the Geometry page.

You can enter the value in the edit box or pick a cylindrical surface or a circular edge on the solid model when the cursor is placed in the Min. you can avoid the machining of the drill features that are supposed to be machined in other operations (Drilling. When the Circular pocket check box is not selected. The through pocket features that cannot be machined with the current CoordSys position cannot be selected. Advanced 2. make sure that the Apply filter check box is selected. Drill recognition. Through Pocket When this check box is selected with the Selection mode set to Solid body. all recognized circular pocket areas suitable for the current Coordinate System are selected.4. Diameter value will be selected. circular pocket features can be selected according to their diameter. All circular pocket features with the diameter greater than the specified Min. Circular Pocket diameter filter When this check box is selected with the Selection mode set to Solid body. Diameter edit box. etc. The Min. 199 . Lower loop In the Circular Pocket diameter filter section. Through pockets Upper loop Only the through pocket features where the upper loop is identical to the lower loop are recognized. Using this option. Diameter parameter defines the minimum diameter of the pocket features.). the recognition of through pocket features is also performed.5D Milling Make sure that the Through Pocket check box is selected.

Generally. Edit the diameter by setting the value to 40. The circular edge diameter of 42 mm is displayed in the edit box. Z Selected faces Undercut face (selection rejected) 200 . Selection mode This section enables you to set the mode of the geometry selection. All the through pocket areas are recognized according to the Through pocket option. In this operation. diameter edit box and then pick the edge of the column hole on the solid model. only four column holes located in the corners of the top face. The following selection modes are available: • Solid Body This mode enables you to perform automatic recognition of pocket features on the picked solid body. not all of these holes will be machined. Place the cursor in the Min. All planar faces are recognized with the surface normal vector oriented parallel to the Z-axis of the current CoordSys. The planar faces that cannot be machined with the current CoordSys position (undercuts) cannot be selected (the selection is rejected). All of the holes with the diameter smaller than the specified value will not be machined. Define the mode of geometry selection. all the through holes of this part are recognized as circular pockets.

Confirm the Select Faces dialog box by clicking on the Finish button. Each model element is accompanied by its Z-level value enclosed in parentheses.5D Milling • Face This mode enables you to pick single planar faces. • Through Pocket Chain This mode enables you to select the through pockets by picking one of the edges of the lower loop of the pocket area. When the edge is picked. If they are not parallel. Advanced 2. The lower loop is highlighted on the model. Under Selection mode. the next click on an edge of the already selected loop removes the selection. The selection is working in the toggling mode: the first click on an edge selects the loop. 201 . the next click on the selected face removes the selection. Click on the solid model. When a face is picked. All the recognized model features that participate in this geometry are highlighted. through pockets of slots and circular through pockets of column holes. the complete geometry of the through pocket is automatically selected. The geometry includes all the planar faces. The undercut faces that cannot be machined with the current CoordSys position are also not selected. InventorCAM checks the parallel relation between the surface normal vector of the picked face and the positive direction of the Z-axis of the current CoordSys. InventorCAM generates the list of elements that suit your filter settings. use the default Solid Body option.4. Click on the Solid1 element in the list. The selection is working in the toggling mode: the first click on a face selects it. the face is not selected.

The cutting depth is calculated automatically for each recognized feature according to the solid model. 5. Set the Shoulder length to 110. Set the Cutting length to 100. Define the machining levels Define the Upper level by clicking on the upper model face as shown. Define the Tool Add an End mill of Ø16 for the operation. step down value to 5. 202 . Set the Max.4. Define the tool parameters as follows: • • • • Set the Total length to 130. Choose the tool for the operation. Set the Outside holder length to 120.

the Open pocket section is automatically activated. Select the Approach from outside check box. Advanced 2. the approach to the open pocket areas is performed from the outside of the material. choose the Helical ramping strategy and set the Radius to 5. Define the Ramping strategy In the Link page. The chosen ramping strategy affects the close pocket areas where the horizontal approach from outside (defined in the previous step) is impossible. 7. Use the default parameters of pocket machining. With this option. Since the recognized geometry contains open pocket areas. 203 . All the parameters in this page are identical to those used in the Pocket operation.5D Milling 6. Define the technological parameters Switch to the Technology page.4.

8. Calculate the tool path

Click on the Save & Calculate button.

9. Simulate the operation

Simulate the operation in the SolidVerify mode.

Now you have successfully finished the exercise.

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4. Advanced 2.5D Milling

Exercise #11: Mounting Box Machining
In this exercise, the InventorCAM functionality of automatic pocket recognition and machining is used for rough milling of the mounting box inner surfaces. This exercise reinforces the following skills: • CAM-Part definition; • Profile machining; • Automatic pocket recognition and machining; • Rest material machining. The Autodesk Inventor model of the mounting box part (Exercise11.ipt) is located in the Exercises folder. The following steps have to be implemented in order to reach the final CAM-Part:
1. Define the CAM-Part

At this stage, you have to define the CAM-Part, the CNC-controller (Awea1000-Fanuc), the Machine Coordinate System, the Stock model and the Target model.
2. External contour machining

Define a Profile operation to machine the external contour of the part. Use an End mill tool of Ø20.

3. Pocket roughing

Define a Pocket Recognition operation to remove the bulk of material and perform the rough machining of the part inner surfaces. Use the End mill tool of Ø20 used in the previous operation.

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4. Pocket rest material machining

Define a Pocket Recognition operation to perform the rest material machining of the part inner surfaces. Use an End mill tool of Ø10.

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4. Advanced 2.5D Milling

Exercise #12: Drill Recognition
This exercise illustrates the InventorCAM functionality of automatic drill recognition and machining. This exercise reinforces the following skills: • Automatic drill recognition and machining. The following steps have to be implemented in order to reach the final CAM-Part:
1. Open the CAM-Part

Open the Exercise12.prz file located in the Exercises folder. This file contains the CAM-Part machined in Exercise #10.
2. Add a Drill Recognition operation

Add a new Drill Recognition operation to perform center drilling of holes.

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3. Define the Geometry

In the Geometry page, click on the Define button.

InventorCAM parses the solid model and recognizes all of its hole features. The model becomes transparent so that all of its hole features are visible.

The HR Drill Geometry Selection dialog box is displayed. This dialog box enables you to specify the holes to be included in the operation geometry. In this operation, you will perform the center drilling of all the holes that can be machined using the defined CoordSys position, except for the column holes that were machined in the previous operation as through pocket features.

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The diameter of the hole (42 mm) is displayed in the edit box.5D Milling In the Hole Type section. both through and blind holes will be drilled. only the hole features with the Hole diameter value within the specified range are recognized. When the cursor is placed in the From/To edit box. The edit box becomes pink. 209 . When a cylindrical surface or a circular edge is picked. make sure that both the Through and Blind check boxes are selected. The From and To values enable you to define the Diameter range by entering the values or by picking on the solid model. Select the Hole Diameter check box. Edit the diameter by setting the value to 40. With this filter. its diameter is calculated and inserted into the corresponding edit box replacing the previous value. Define the upper limit for the diameter range. The HR Drill Geometry Selection dialog box enables you to filter the hole features to be machined by diameter. upper level and height. Hole diameter (d) When this section is activated. Advanced 2. the hole features are filtered according to the diameter of the hole. you can specify the diameter value by picking a specific cylindrical surface or a circular edge on the solid model. Place the cursor in the To edit box and pick the edge of the column hole as shown. In this operation. the edit box becomes white.4. When you remove the automatically determined value.

When a model point is picked. the hole features are filtered according to the Hole height. Make sure that the Hole Upper level check box is not selected. the Z-value of the picked position is calculated and inserted into the corresponding edit box replacing the previous value. you can specify the Hole height value by picking on the solid model. When you remove the automatically determined value. Make sure that the Hole height check box is not selected. you can specify the Upper level value by picking on the solid model. the hole features are filtered according to the Upper level. the Z-value of the picked position is calculated and inserted into the corresponding edit box replacing the previous value. In this operation. only the hole features with the Upper level value within the specified range are recognized. the edit box becomes white. 210 . The edit box becomes pink. Hole Upper level (u) When this section is activated. The From and To values enable you to define the Upper level range by entering the values or by picking on the solid model. The From and To values enable you to define the Hole height range by entering the values or by picking on the solid model. the holes will be machined irrespective of their upper levels. only the hole features with the Hole height value within the specified range are recognized.In this operation. When the cursor is placed in the From/To edit box. the holes of all heights will be machined. With this filter. Hole height (h) When this section is activated. When a model point is picked. With this filter. When the cursor is placed in the From/To edit box. When you remove the automatically determined value. The edit box becomes pink. the edit box becomes white.

the Upper level (u) and Height (h) are displayed in parentheses. The hole features that match the specified filter criteria are determined. Shapes or Groups into the geometry. These features are highlighted on the model and listed in the Holes Tree section. the recognized hole features are classified by Shapes and Groups. the Groups include all the hole features with the same parameter values (Upper Level.5D Milling Click on the Find Holes button. A Shape contains all the hole features with the same topology. 211 . Selecting the check boxes next to each element in the list enables you to include the hole features. Confirm the HR Drill Geometry Selection dialog box by clicking on the Finish button. For each Group. When you select a Shape or a Group item in the list. Height and Diameter). Advanced 2. Holes Tree In this list. the hole features that belong to this Shape or Group are highlighted on the model. within a Shape.4.

Choose the tool for the operation. Define the Levels Click on the Depth edit button in the Levels page. 212 . 5. Define the tool parameters as follows: • • • Set the Total length to 70.4. Define the Tool Add a new Spot drill tool of Ø16. Set the Outside holder length to 60. Set the Shoulder length to 50.

5D Milling The Depth Edit dialog box is displayed. For each Group in the list. Drill Depth and Depth Type parameters for each group of drill instances separately. By default. Do not confuse the Group classification in this dialog box with that taking place at the stage of geometry definition. Delta depth and Depth type. the drill instances data are displayed in parentheses. This dialog box enables you to edit the Milling Levels parameters (Upper Level.and Y-coordinates of the drilling position. Note the list of drill instances displayed in the Holes Tree section. All the drill instances in the list are structured into Groups with the same Upper level. Each drill instance in the list is accompanied by the X. Holes Tree This section displays the list of all drill instances chosen for the geometry. Delta Depth) for each drill separately. Advanced 2. the Depth Edit dialog box displays the parameter values recognized from the solid model.4. Now you need to define the Upper Level. Drill depth. 213 . Drill Depth.

Delta depth and Depth type parameters. Leave the Upper Level value unchanged (-24). it is not associative to the model. InventorCAM checks all the groups to find a group with identical Upper level. In case of absence of a suitable group. When a new Upper level value is applied.Select the Group1 item in the Holes Tree section. InventorCAM adds the updated drill to this group. the Z-value of the picked position is displayed in the edit box. Upper level (u) This value can be applied to a single hole. The drill instances that belong to this group are highlighted on the model. which means that the parameter is defined associatively to the solid model. InventorCAM enables you to pick planar faces parallel to the XY-plane of the Coordinate System. the updated drill instance is added to this group. The edit box displays the Upper level value of the selected item (a group or a hole). You can enter the value or pick it directly from the model (when the cursor is placed in the edit box). Drill depth. a new group is created. 214 . The edit box has pink background. define the upper level for drilling. InventorCAM checks the Holes tree items and reorganizes them into groups according to the changed parameters. model vertices and sketch points. If such group is found. When the edit box value is typed in. First. When a model is picked. a group or all holes. The Apply button enables you to apply the defined Upper level value to the selected list item (a group or a hole). in this case the edit box has white background.

Depth type This parameter can be defined for a single hole. You can define the diameter on the conical part of the drilling tool that will reach the specified drilling depth during the machining. InventorCAM checks all groups to find a group with identical Upper level. a group or all holes. Set the Drill depth value to 0 and click on the Apply button. The edit box enables you enter the value or pick the value directly from the model (when the cursor is placed in the edit box). it is not associative to the model. the updated drill instance is added to this group. the change does not take effect. InventorCAM adds the updated drill to this group. Drill depth (d) This value can be applied to a single hole. When a new Drill depth value is applied. Define the Depth type. InventorCAM checks the Holes tree items and reorganizes them into groups according to the changed parameters. Advanced 2. You can pick drill faces or edges. Drill depth. In case of absence of a suitable group.4. a new group is created. The edit box has pink background. You can also deepen a drilled hole in order to obtain a given diameter at the specified drill depth. in this case the edit box has white background. The Apply button enables you to apply the defined Drill depth value to the selected list item (a group or a hole). Note that if you do not click on the Apply button after editing values. InventorCAM determines the depth of the picked drill according to the defined Upper level and displays the value in the edit box. 215 . If such group is found.5D Milling Define the depth of the center drilling. which means that the parameter is defined associatively to the solid model. Delta depth and Depth type parameters. The edit box displays the Drill depth value of the selected item (a group or a hole). a group or all holes. When the edit box value is typed in.

2 and click on the Apply button.2 mm chamfer to the holes. When a new Depth type is applied. a new group is created. • Full diameter The drill reaches the defined drilling depth with the full diameter. The diameter of the hole (6. Edit this value to add a 0. In case of absence of a suitable group. • Diameter value The drill reaches the defined drilling depth with the drill cone diameter specified by the Diameter value parameter. Delta depth and Depth type parameters. The Apply button enables you to apply the defined Depth type to the selected list item (a group or a hole). Set the Diameter value to 7. the updated drill instance is added to this group. InventorCAM checks all groups to find a group with identical Upper level. Choose the Diameter value option for Depth type. If such group is found. Place the cursor in the edit box and pick the upper edge of one of the Group1 holes on the model. 216 .The following options are available: • Cutter tip The drill tip reaches the defined drilling depth. InventorCAM checks the Holes tree items and reorganizes them into groups according to the changed parameters. InventorCAM adds the updated drill to this group.8 mm) is displayed in the edit box. Drill depth.

define the levels for the rest of the groups. Advanced 2. Set the Drill depth value to 0 and click on the Apply button. The value displayed in the edit box is 8. Leave the Upper Level value unchanged (-24). For Group3. To add a 0. choose the Diameter value option.2 mm chamfer.5D Milling Select the Group2 item in the Holes Tree section. set the Diameter value to 9 and click on the Apply button. set the Drill depth to 0 and the Diameter value to 4. Click on the Apply button. place the cursor in the edit box and pick the upper edge of the hole. 217 .6 to add a 0. In the same manner. Under Depth type.4.5 mm chamfer to the holes.

Click on the Apply button.For Group4. This value will not result in a chamfer. therefore only center drilling will be performed. because the diameter of the holes is greater.9 to add a 0. set the Drill depth to 0 and the Diameter value to 10. Apply the changes and confirm the Depth Edit dialog box with the Finish button. Click on the Apply button. For Group5. 218 .2 mm chamfer. set the Drill depth to 0 and the Diameter value to 6.

All the parameters in this page are identical to those used in the Drilling operation. Simulate the operation Simulate the operation in the SolidVerify mode. 8. Calculate the tool path Click on the Save & Calculate button. Define the technological parameters Switch to the Technology page. Advanced 2.5D Milling 6.4. 7. 219 . Use the default parameters of drilling.

In the HR Drill Geometry Selection dialog box. Add a new Ø6. activate the Hole Diameter section. The holes of the specified diameter are highlighted on the model. The diameter value (6. Machine the Ø6.9. Confirm the HR Drill Geometry Selection dialog box by clicking on the Finish button.8 Drill tool. 220 . Click on the Find Holes button. Place the cursor in the From edit box and pick the hole edge as shown.8) is displayed in both From and To edit boxes defining the range for the Hole Diameter filter.8 holes Add a new Drill Recognition operation to perform drilling of the Ø6.8 holes.

the Hole Diameter In the HR Drill Geometry 221 . Advanced 2. Click on the Data button to define the pecking parameters. Save and calculate the operation. The Depth Edit dialog box is displayed. Note that the values of the Upper Level (-24) and Drill Depth (26. Define the range for the Hole Diameter filter as explained in the previous step. In the Technology page. click on the Drill cycle type button and choose the Peck type from the Drill Cycle Type dialog box.29) parameters are offered you as defaults. 10. In the displayed Drill Options dialog box.5D Milling Click on the Depth Edit button in the Levels page. Selection dialog box. set the Step down value to 2 and confirm the dialog box with the OK button. The values of 8 mm are displayed in the Hole Diameter section. activate section. These values are recognized automatically on the model.4. Confirm the Depth Edit dialog box dialog box by clicking on the Finish button. Machine the Ø8 holes Add a new Drill Recognition operation to perform drilling of the Ø8 holes.

Save and calculate the operation. choose the Peck cycle type and set the Step down value to 2. because these holes will be reamed at the next stage. The Diameter value (7. 11. In the Technology page. Machine the Ø4. The diameter of the drilling tool must be smaller than the diameter of the holes. You can define the diameter of the tool by clicking on the entity to be machined with this tool directly on the solid model. Place the cursor in the Diameter edit box in the Edit page of the Part Tool Table and pick the edge of the hole as shown.8) is displayed in the edit box. 222 .2 holes Add a new Drill Recognition operation to perform drilling of the Ø4.2 holes.Add a new Drill tool.

5 holes. In the Technology page. Machine the Ø6. The values of 4.5D Milling In the HR Drill Geometry Selection dialog box. choose the Peck cycle type and set the Step down value to 2.5 holes. define the range for the Hole Diameter filter as explained in the previous steps. Machine the Ø13. Add a new Ø4.2 mm will be displayed in the Hole Diameter section. perform drilling of the set of Ø6.5 holes In the same manner as explained in the previous steps. perform drilling of the set of Ø13. 13. Save and calculate the operation.5 holes In the same manner as explained in the previous steps. 223 .2 Drill tool. Advanced 2.4. 12.

Add a new Ø8 Reamer tool. The Drill Depth value (12) is displayed. Use the drill_r2 geometry defined in Step #10. Perform reaming of the Ø8 holes Add a new Drill Recognition operation to perform reaming of the Ø8 holes. Click on the Apply button.14. pick the model face as shown. Click on the Save & Calculate button. To define the depth. 224 .

225 .5D Milling 15.4. Simulate the operations Simulate the operations defined in Step #9 – Step #14 in the SolidVerify mode. Now you have successfully finished the exercise. Advanced 2.

prz) is located in the Exercises folder. The electronic box part file (Exercise13.Exercise #13: Electronic Box Machining In this exercise. Default Stock The following steps have to be implemented in order to reach the final CAM-Part: 1. The model used for the part definition contains two iPart members: Default (model with hole features) and Stock (hole features suppressed). This exercise reinforces the following skills: • Automatic drill recognition and machining. This file contains the defined CAM-Part. 226 .5. Use a Spot drill tool of Ø2. Center drilling Define a Drill Recognition operation to perform center drilling of all hole features. the InventorCAM functionality of automatic drill recognition and machining is used for rough milling of the electronic box hole features.

8.2 holes. Use a Drill tool of Ø1. 3. Drilling Define a Drill Recognition operation to perform drilling of the Ø1.4.2 holes. Drilling Define a Drill Recognition operation to perform drilling of the Ø2.2. Use a Drill tool of Ø2.8 holes.5D Milling 2.2. Use a Drill tool of Ø1. Drilling Define a Drill Recognition operation to perform drilling of the Ø1. 227 . 4. Advanced 2.

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Indexial 4-Axis Milling 4 .

When the part is positioned to the required orientation. the 4th axis is locked and the machining is performed using 3-axis movements.InventorCAM enables you to perform indexial 4-axis milling on vertical or horizontal CNCmachines with a 4th axis rotary table. Machine Coordinate Y System X Z Machine Coordinate Z System Y X 230 . The 4th axis rotation is used for the positioning of the part. For each clamping. InventorCAM enables you to define the Machine Coordinate System with X-axis (for vertical machines) or Y-axis (for horizontal machines) parallel to the revolution axis of the rotary table.

InventorCAM enables you to define a number of positions around the revolution axis.4. Machine Coordinate System Y X Z Y X Z Positions Y X Z X Y Z 231 . Machine Coordinate System Z Y X Positions Z Z Z X X Y Y Y X For horizontal machines. Indexial 4-Axis Milling Within one clamping (Machine Coordinate System). For vertical machines the X-axis of these positions is parallel to the X-axis of the Machine Coordinate System. the Y-axis of these positions is parallel to the Y-axis of the Machine Coordinate System.

Machine Rotation X Coordinate System Z Y' Y Z Y X Y' Position Z' X' Z' Shift Z Shift X Shift Y X X' The Shift components (Shift X. Rotation around Y and Rotation around Z) describe the axis orientation of the position relative to the Machine Coordinate System. 232 .For each position. For vertical machines only positions around X-axis can be added. The Rotation around Y parameter can be different from 0. InventorCAM automatically determines the Shift and the Rotation parameters relative to the Machine Coordinate System. Positions can be defined only around the revolution axis. so the Rotation around X and Rotation around Z values are 0. Shift Y and Shift Z) describe the shifting of the position relative to the Machine Coordinate System. Machine Coordinate Systems and their positions are used for the geometry definition. For horizontal machines only positions around Y-axis can be added. The geometry has to be located in the plane parallel to the XY-plane of the chosen CoordSys. The Rotation components (Rotation around X. The Rotation around X parameter can be different from 0. Before the geometry definition you have to choose the Coordinate System position. so the Rotation around Y and Rotation around Z values are 0.

The frame is machined from the pre-machined stock on the vertical 4-axis milling CNC-machine using the special jig. indexial 4-axis operations are used for the frame part machining. The jig with the clamped workpiece is placed on the rotary table of the machine. The tail used for the part clamping is removed in a separate operation using a 3-axis CNC-machine. Indexial 4-Axis Milling Exercise #14: Frame Machining In this exercise. 233 . Such clamping enables you to machine four sides of the model using the rotation of the 4th axis.4.

Load the Autodesk Inventor model Load the Exercise14.1. You may switch between these iPart members by double-clicking their subheaders under the Table header of the Model elements tree.ipt model located in the Exercises folder. This iPart member is used for the InventorCAM geometries definition. • Machining The machining model with a tail that was not removed. • Stock The stock model that is used for the InventorCAM stock definition. The model contains three iPart members: • Default The original design model without changes. 234 .

use a vertical 4-axis CNC-machine with the Fanuc CNC-controller. 4. click on the InventorCAM field in the main menu of Autodesk Inventor and choose Milling from the New submenu. InventorCAM is started and the New Milling Part dialog box is displayed. Choose the Fanuc4ax CNC-controller from the list. Indexial 4-Axis Milling 2. Define the Machine Coordinate System Click on the Define button in the Coordinate System section of the Milling Part Data dialog box to start the Coordinate System definition. Start InventorCAM To start InventorCAM. The CoordSys dialog box is displayed. 5. Confirm the CAM-Part creation Confirm the New Milling Part dialog box by clicking on the OK button. InventorCAM assigns the first Position number to the Machine Coordinate System by default. 235 . Make sure that the default Select Face option is chosen. The Milling Part Data dialog box is displayed. Click on the arrow in the CNC-controller section to display the list of post-processors installed on your system. Choose a CNC-controller Choose a CNC-machine controller. In this exercise.4. 3.

The Machine Coordinate System #1 is automatically defined in the corner of the model box. InventorCAM assigns the next sequential number to the position. the Shift and Rotation parameters values are always 0. InventorCAM automatically determines the Shift and Rotation values. Close this dialog box with the OK button. The CoordSys Manager dialog box is displayed. In CoordSys Manager. right-click on the Position #1 item and choose the Add command from the menu.Click on the model bottom face as shown. Define the CoordSys positions Now you have to define a number of Positions around the Machine Coordinate System #1. 6. The CoordSys dialog box is displayed again. The face is highlighted. For the first Position related to a new Machine Coordinate System. The CoordSys Data dialog box is displayed. Click on the Finish button. 236 .

Confirm the dialog box with the OK button. the Shift X and Shift Y are 0.4. Indexial 4-Axis Milling Click on the model face as shown. The Part upper level (0) and the Part lower level (-100) are automatically determined on the model. Click on the Finish button to confirm the position location. The Shift and Rotation parameters are defined automatically for the Position #2. The origin is automatically placed in the corner of the model. The X-axis direction is the same as the direction of the X-axis of the Machine Coordinate System (Position #1). The CoordSys data dialog box is displayed. The Shift Z is -35. The Z-axis is directed outwards normally to the selected face. The Rotation around X is -90. Rotation X -90° X Shift Z 35 Y Position #2 Machine Coordinate System Z Position #1 Y Z X 237 . other Rotation values are 0.

01.-35) Rotation (180. Expand the Table component and double-click on the Stock item in the list of the iPart members.100.0) Shift (0.0.0. Define the Stock model In the Milling Part Data dialog box. set the Facet tolerance value to 0.0) Confirm the CoordSys Manager dialog box with the Finish button. define Position #3 and Position #4 using the model faces as shown. Switch to the Stock iPart member. Position #3 Position #4 Shift (0. Switch from InventorCAM Manager to the Model elements tree. The model is displayed in the configuration ready for the stock definition. 238 .In the same manner.0) Rotation (90. The Stock model dialog box is displayed. Click on the Stock button in the Stock & Target model area. 7.100.

The 3D Geometry dialog box is displayed. Close the Target model dialog box with the OK button. The model is changed. Save the CAM-Part Click on the Save & Exit button to save the CAM-Part data and close the Milling Part Data dialog box. Click on the model to select it. Switch again to the Model elements tree and double-click on the Machining iPart member that describes the model after the machining. click on the Target button. This option enables you to define the stock model by picking solid bodies. Close the Stock model dialog box with the OK button. 9. The 3D Geometry dialog box is displayed. Indexial 4-Axis Milling Switch back to InventorCAM Manager. 239 . Click on the Define 3D Model button to start the target model definition. Click on the Define button in the Stock model dialog box. Confirm the selection with the Finish button. Click on the model to select it for the stock model. The InventorCAM Manager dialog box is displayed. Confirm the selection with the Finish button. Make sure that the default 3D Model option is chosen. Define the Target model In the Milling Part Data dialog box. 8.4. The Target model dialog box is displayed.

The model is added. This feature enables you to get a more realistic picture during the simulation and check possible collisions between the cutting tools and fixtures. It is recommended to copy your clamp model files into the CAM-Part folder before the insertion into the CAM-Part assembly. This file contains the model of the clamping device. vises. In the Assemble menu of Autodesk Inventor. The Place Component dialog box is displayed. Confirm the component insertion with the OK button.10. etc. At first. Choose the Clamp. click Place.ipt file. 240 . you have to add the model of the clamping device to the CAM-Part assembly. jig plates. Define the Fixture InventorCAM enables you to define Part fixtures such as clamps.

241 . Click on the Define 3D Model button to select the model for the fixture. Click on the clamping device model and confirm the selection with the Finish button. Indexial 4-Axis Milling Align the model as shown below. The 3D Geometry dialog box is displayed. The Fixture dialog box is displayed. In InventorCAM Manager. right-click on the Operations header and choose the Define Fixture command from the menu. This dialog box enables you to define the fixture by selecting solid bodies of the CAM-Part assembly components. Confirm the Fixture dialog box with the OK button.4.

Define the Geometry as shown.11. Define a new End mill tool of Ø10 and choose it for the operation. Set the Wall offset and the Floor offset values to 0.2 to leave allowance for the next finishing operation. 242 . Set the Radius value to 5. Choose the appropriate tool holder. Define the Pocket depth using the top face of the pad as shown below. Define a Pocket operation Define a Pocket operation to perform the rough machining of the highlighted faces. Choose the Coordinate System Position #1 in the Geometry page of the Pocket Operation dialog box. Use the Helical Ramping strategy.

Choose the Coordinate System Position #1 in the Geometry page of the Pocket Operation dialog box. Indexial 4-Axis Milling 12.2 to leave allowance for the further finishing. 243 . The Coordinate System Position #1 has to be chosen in the Geometry page of the Pocket Operation dialog box. Define the Pocket depth using the bottom face as shown. Define the Upper level for the operation using the top face of the pad (used in the previous operation for the Pocket depth definition). 13.4. Define a Pocket operation Define a Pocket operation to perform the rough machining of the highlighted faces. Use the Helical Ramping strategy. Set the Radius value to 5. Define a Pocket operation Define a Pocket operation to perform the rough machining of the highlighted faces. Define the Geometry as shown. Choose the Tool #1 (Ø10 end mill) for the operation. Set the Wall offset and the Floor offset values to 0.

244 . Define a Profile operation Define a Profile operation to perform the finish machining of the highlighted faces.2 to leave allowance for the further finishing. Use the same milling levels that were defined in Step #11. Choose the Tool #1 (Ø10 end mill) for the operation.Define the Geometry as shown. Set the 14. Use the geometry defined in Step #11. Pick the Pocket depth as shown. Define the Upper level for the operation using the bottom face of the previously machined pocket. Set the Delta depth value to -1 to perform the through pocket machining. Set the Wall offset value to 0. Use the Helical Ramping Radius value to 5. Choose the Tool #1 (Ø10 end mill) for the operation. Choose the Arc strategy for Lead in and select the Same as lead in check box under Lead out. Choose the Coordinate System Position #1 in the Geometry page of the Profile Operation dialog box. strategy.

Choose the Arc strategy for Lead in and select the Same as lead in check box under Lead out. Choose the Coordinate System Position #1 in the Geometry page of the Profile Operation dialog box. Choose the Tool #1 (Ø10 end mill) for the operation. Define a Profile operation Define a Profile operation to perform the finish machining of the highlighted faces. Set the Clear offset and the Step over parameters to perform the machining of the bottom face in several concentric profiles. Choose the Tool #1 (Ø10 end mill) for the operation. Use the same milling levels used in Step #13. Choose the Arc strategy for Lead in and select the Same as lead in check box under Lead out. Choose the Coordinate System Position #1 in the Geometry page of the Profile Operation dialog box. 245 . 16. Use the geometry defined in Step #12. Define a Profile operation Define a Profile operation to perform the finish machining of the highlighted faces. Use the geometry defined in Step #13. Define a Pocket operation In the same manner as explained in Step #11. 17. Use the same milling levels used in Step #12. Indexial 4-Axis Milling 15.4. Use the Coordinate System Position #3 for the operation. define a Pocket operation to perform the rough machining of the highlighted faces.

20. Define a Profile operation In the same manner as explained in Step #15. Use the Coordinate System Position #3 for the operation. Use the geometry defined in Step #17. define a Profile operation to perform the finish machining of the highlighted faces. Set the Clear offset and the Step over values to perform the machining of the bottom face in several concentric profiles. Use the geometry defined in Step #18. define a Pocket operation to perform the rough machining of the highlighted faces. 246 . 19. Use the Coordinate System Position #3 for the operation. Choose the Tool #1 (Ø10 end mill) for the operation. Define a Profile operation In the same manner as explained in Step 14. define a Profile operation to perform the finish machining of the highlighted faces. Use the Coordinate System Position #3 for the operation.18. Define a Pocket operation In the same manner as explained in Step #12.

Indexial 4-Axis Milling 21. 22. Define the geometry for the operation as shown. Use the Coordinate System Position #2 for the operation. Use the Coordinate System Position #4 for the operation.4. Define a Pocket operation Define a Pocket operation to perform the rough and finish machining of the highlighted pocket faces. Define the geometry as shown. Define a Pocket operation Define a Pocket operation to perform the rough and finish machining of two connector openings. 247 . Choose the Tool #1 (Ø10 end mill) for the operation. Choose the appropriate tool holder. Define a new end mill tool of Ø6 for the operation.

In the Finish section of the Technology page. Pocket wall finishing Wall finishing can be performed in a single cut at the whole depth or in a number of cuts at each step down. the wall finishing is performed in several successive cuts at each step down. the wall finishing is performed in a single cut at the whole depth. Finish passes 248 . • Total depth When this option is chosen. select the Wall and the Floor check boxes to perform finishing of the walls and the floor of the pocket. Finish pass • Each step down When this option is chosen.

Choose the appropriate tool holders. Using the Coordinate System Position #1. a Ø2. perform the machining of the M6 holes. This geometry is defined using the Coordinate System Position #1. Under Depth. perform the machining of the M3 holes. Using the Coordinate System Position #2. Choose the appropriate tool holders. Perform the chamfer machining At this stage. choose the Each step down option. 249 . 24.4. Choose the geometry defined in Step #11 for the operation. you have to define a Profile operation for the 0.5 drill and a Ø3 tap tool. Use a Ø6 spot drill (with 90° tool tip angle). Use the Ø6 spot drill (with 90° tool tip angle). When the Wall draft angle option is used in the operation. a Ø5 drill and a Ø6 tap tool. Indexial 4-Axis Milling The options of the Depth section are available only when the wall finishing is performed in the operation (the Wall check box is selected). drilling and threading of the holes. Perform the holes machining Define several Drilling operations to perform center drilling.5 mm chamfer machining. 23. the Depth options are disabled and the wall finishing is performed in a number of successive cuts at each step down.

Arbor Diameter Total Length Outside Holder Length Angle Shoulder Length Cutting Length Diameter For the chamfer machining. choose the Chamfer option from the list and click on the Data button to define the chamfer parameters. The Chamfer dialog box is displayed. Define the Cutting diameter.5. set the value of 0. Chamfer drill This tool is used for chamfering. which is the diameter of the tool coincident with the geometry at the chamfer depth. A tool of this type is defined with the parameters shown in the image.Define a Chamfer drill tool of Ø6 for the operation. 250 . set the value of the chamfer depth in the Profile depth field. In this case. Cutting diameter Profile depth (Chamfer length) Set the Cutting diameter value to 2. Confirm the dialog box with the OK button. In the Rest material/Chamfer section.

In the same manner. choose the Arc strategy for Lead in and select the Same as lead in check box under Lead out.5 mm using Coordinate System Position #3. 25. for all CNCmachine types. Simulate the Tool path Simulate the CAM-Part using the SolidVerify simulation mode. InventorCAM displays the fixture and checks the possible gouges during the simulation. define a new Profile operation to machine another chamfer of 0. Indexial 4-Axis Milling In the Profile Operation dialog box.4. 251 . In the SolidVerify simulation. you have completed the exercise. At this stage. Therefore. the simulation looks the same. the tool is shown going around the part (rather than rotating the part as it actually occurs in the CNC-machine).

This exercise reinforces the following skills: • CAM-Part definition.ipt) is located in the Exercises folder. The mounting is machined from the stock pre-machined by turning. The Autodesk Inventor model of the Mounting part (Exercise15. • Drilling. you have to define the CAM-Part. the Machine Coordinate System. the Stock model and the Target model. Machine Coordinate System definition In this exercise. • Pocket machining.Exercise #15: Mounting Machining Define the CAM-Part and operations for the machining of the mounting part shown below on the 4-axis vertical milling CNC-machine. the CNC-controller (Fanuc4ax). • Face milling. the Machine Coordinate System has to be defined in the center of the revolution face as shown. Define the CAM-Part At this stage. The following steps have to be implemented in order to obtain the final CAM-Part: 1. 252 .

3. 2. 253 .4. Indexial 4-Axis Milling Using the Flip options in the CoordSys dialog box. drilling and threading of the M6 holes. Holes machining Define three Drilling operations to perform center drilling. X Z Y Define the Stock and the Target models using the iPart members defined in the original Autodesk Inventor model. rotate the Coordinate System so that the X-axis is collinear with the revolution axis and the Z-axis is directed upwards as shown. Face milling Define a Face Milling operation with the Hatch strategy to machine the shown face. Define an additional Machine Coordinate System #2 to machine the back faces of the mounting part. Use the Machine Coordinate System #1 (Position #1) for the machining.

4. In InventorCAM Manager. Define the operation pattern Now you have to define a circular pattern of the operations around the revolution axis (4th axis) of the CAM-Part in order to machine all the sides. 254 . select all the defined operations with the Shift or Ctrl keys. Right-click on one of the selected operations and choose the Transform option from the menu.

The transformed copy is inserted immediately after the original operation in the InventorCAM Manager tree. enables you to define the placing of the new operation in the InventorCAM Manager tree. The original operation can be suppressed by selecting the appropriate check box in the Options section. Operation transformations This section offers you the choice of whether the original operation will be transformed or its copy will be added for transformation and. Indexial 4-Axis Milling The Operation Transformations dialog box is displayed. 255 . in the latter case. and mirroring of the selected operations. • New operation (add at current position in operations tree) This option enables you to add a copy of the selected operation and apply the transformation to the copied operation. The following options are available: • Edit operation transformations This option enables you to perform transformation of the selected operation. This dialog box enables you to perform various transformations such as rotating. without effect on the original operation.4. without effect on the original operation. The original operation can be suppressed by selecting the appropriate check box in the Options section. • New operation (add at end of operations tree) This option also enables you to add a copy of the selected operation and apply the transformation to the copied operation. translating. The transformed copy is inserted at the end of the operation list in the InventorCAM Manager tree.

you need to define a circular pattern of the selected operations around the 4th axis. In the Angle value box. The Rotate List dialog box is displayed. type the value of 120°. Click on the 4 Axis button. 256 . In the Options section. Click on the Add button. use the default Edit operation transformations option. make sure that the Include original operation check box is selected. When this check box is selected. In this exercise. the original operation tool path is included in the transforming action. The operations to be transformed Operation appear in the Transformations dialog box. This parameter defines the rotation angle for each pattern instance.In the Operation transformations section. The specific value of the rotation angle is calculated for each instance of the pattern. Confirm the Rotate List dialog box with the OK button. Confirm this dialog box with the OK button. Enter 2 for the number of instances.

6. Use the Machine Coordinate System #2 for the operations. Indexial 4-Axis Milling Note that the icons of the transformed operations are marked with the icon means that the operations were patterned using the 4th axis. 5. This Play the simulation of the transformed operations in the SolidVerify mode. Machine the back side Machine the pocket faces on the back side of the mounting. Remove the clamping tail Define a Face Milling operation with the Hatch strategy using the Machine Coordinate System #2 to remove the clamping tail that was necessary for the part clamping in the 4th axis operations.4. Simulate the transformed operations icon. 7. 257 . Define several Pocket operations to perform rough and finish machining of the pockets.

• Indexial 4-axis machining. • Drilling. The following steps have to be implemented in order to obtain the final CAM-Part: 1. The Autodesk Inventor model of the Mounting base (Exercise16. the CNC-controller (Fanuc4ax).Exercise #16: Mounting Base Machining Define the CAM-Part and operations for the machining of the mounting base presented on the illustration on a 4-axis vertical milling CNC-machine. you have to define the CAM-Part.ipt) is located in the Exercises folder. 258 . the Machine Coordinate System. • Profile machining. • Face milling. This exercise reinforces the following skills: • CAM-Part definition. • Pocket machining. Define the CAM-Part At this stage. the Stock model and the Target model.

2. 259 . Indexial 4-Axis Milling Coordinate System definition Define the Machine Coordinate System #1 and the related Coordinate System Positions to perform the machining of the following sides of the mounting base. Contour machining Define a Profile operation using the appropriate position of Machine Coordinate System #1 to machine the mounting base external faces. Define the Machine Coordinate System #2 to perform the machining of the bottom side of the mounting base.4.

Holes machining Define several Drilling operations using the appropriate position of Machine Coordinate System #1 to perform the machining of the countersink holes located on the top face of the mounting plate. 4.3. 7. Pocket machining Define a Pocket operation using the appropriate position of Machine Coordinate System #1 to perform rough and finish machining of the pocket faces. Top face machining Define a Face Milling operation using the appropriate position of Machine Coordinate System #1 to machine the top face of the mounting base. Bottom face milling Define a Face Milling operation using the appropriate position of Machine Coordinate System #2 to machine the bottom face of the mounting base. 6. Repeat the same operation for the slot on the other side. 5. 260 . Slot machining Define a Profile operation using the appropriate position of Machine Coordinate System #1 to perform machining of the side slot.

Indexial 5-Axis Milling 5 .

When the part is positioned to the necessary orientation. Machine Coordinate System 262 . For each clamping.InventorCAM enables you to perform indexial 5-axis milling using either vertical or horizontal 5-axis CNC-machines. the 4th and the 5th axes are locked and machining is performed with 3-axis movements. The 4th and 5th axis rotation is used for the positioning of the part. InventorCAM enables you to define the Machine Coordinate System.

Take care of the machine limitations (angles or undercuts). InventorCAM enables you to define a number of related positions around the Machine CoordSys. Indexial 5-Axis Milling For each clamping (Machine Coordinate System).5. Machine Coordinate System Z Y X Z X Y Positions Z Z Y X Y X 263 .

InventorCAM automatically determines the Shift and the Rotation parameters relative to the Machine Coordinate System.For each position. Shift X Machine Coordinate Z System Y X Shift Z X' Y' Z' Position Shift Y Machine Coordinate Systems and their Machine positions are used for the geometry Coordinate definition. Before the geometry System definition you have to choose the Coordinate System position. Z Y X X' Y' Rotation: X= 0 Y= -90 Z= 180 Z' Position 264 . the geometry has to be located in the plane parallel to the XY-plane of the chosen CoordSys.

The jig with the clamped workpiece is placed on the rotary table of the machine. The tail used for the part clamping is removed in a separate operation using the 3-axis CNC-machine. This operation is not covered in this exercise. a number of indexial 5-axis operations are used for the hydraulic block part machining. 265 .5. Indexial 5-Axis Milling Exercise #17: Hydraulic Block Machining In this exercise. The hydraulic block is machined from the pre-machined stock on the vertical 5-axis milling CNC-machine using a special jig. Such clamping enables you to machine five sides of the model using the 5th axis movements.

1.ipt model that is located in the Exercises folder. • Machining This iPart member contains the machining model with the tail and is used in the process of definition of geometries. The model contains three iPart members: • Default This iPart member contains the original design model without changes. Load the Autodesk Inventor model Load the Exercise17. • Stock This iPart member contains the stock model that is used for the stock definition. 266 .

Define the Machine Coordinate System Before starting the Coordinate System definition process. Confirm the CAM-Part creation Confirm the New Milling Part dialog box by clicking on the OK button. click on the InventorCAM field in the main menu of Autodesk Inventor and choose Milling from the New submenu. Select the CNC-machine Controller. Click on the Define button to start the Coordinate System definition. 267 . switch to the Machining iPart member of the CAM-Part assembly. the Milling Part Data dialog box is activated. 3. Start InventorCAM To activate InventorCAM. Indexial 5-Axis Milling 2. The CAM-Part is defined. The CoordSys dialog box is displayed. use a vertical 5-axis CNC-machine with the Fanuc CNC-controller.5. In this exercise. Choose CNC-Controller When the CAM-Part is defined. 4. Click on the arrow in to the CNC-controller section to display the list of post-processors installed on your system. 5. Choose the Fanuc5a CNC-controller from the list. InventorCAM is started and the New Milling Part dialog box is displayed.

At this stage. Confirm the dialog box with the OK button.The Machine Coordinate System is defined on the top face of the model in the center of the circular edge. Choose the Center of revolution face option in the CoordSys dialog box and select the model face as shown. This dialog box contains the machining levels data automatically determined on the solid model. the Shift and Rotation parameters are 0. Note that since you are defining a Machine Coordinate System. Now you have to define several CoordSys Positions related to the Machine Coordinate System. the Machine Coordinate System is defined. Confirm by clicking on the Finish button. The CoordSys Data dialog box is displayed. 268 .

Click on the Finish button to confirm the Coordinate System location and orientation. 269 . click on the cylindrical face to define the Coordinate System Position #2. The CoordSys Data dialog box is displayed. right-click on the 1-Position item and choose the Add command from the menu. The Shift and Rotation values are determined automatically relative to the Machine Coordinate System. In the same manner as explained earlier. The CoordSys dialog box is displayed. Indexial 5-Axis Milling 6. In the CoordSys dialog box. InventorCAM offers you the next sequential number for the position related to the Machine CoordSys #1.5. Define the Coordinate System positions In CoordSys Manager. Confirm the dialog box with the OK button.

7. Save the CAM-Part Click on the Save & Exit button to save the CAMPart data and close the Milling Part Data dialog box. 8. 9.In the same manner. The InventorCAM Manager tree is displayed. 10. define the Coordinate System Positions #3 and #4 as shown. Define the Stock model Set the Facet tolerance to 0. Coordinate System Position #3 Coordinate System Position #4 Confirm the CoordSys Manager dialog box with the Finish button. Define the Stock model using the Stock iPart member. 270 .01. Define a Profile operation Define a Profile operation to machine the hydraulic block using the Machine Coordinate System (Position #1). Define the Target Model Define the Target model using the Machining iPart member of the CAM-Part assembly.

• Set the Cutting length value to 45. • Set the Total length value to 70. add a new Bull nose mill tool. Upper Level Lower Level 271 . • Set the Corner radius value to 3. Indexial 5-Axis Milling Using the Machining iPart member. In the Part Tool Table. Define the Milling levels directly on the solid model as shown. define the Geometry as shown. Define a new tool for the operation.5. Choose the BT40 ER32x60 collet chuck from the Global Holders table. • Set the Outside holder length value to 60. • Set the Diameter value to 16. • Set the Shoulder length value to 50.

Set the Max. step down value to 2. Under Lead out. Chamfer machining At this stage. 11. select the Same as Lead in check box. choose the Taper Mill tool. Select the Rough check box to perform the roughing passes. In the Part Tool Table dialog box. Choose the Arc option for Lead in and set the Value to 16.5 to leave this allowance for finishing.Select the Equal step down check box. 272 . Simulate the operation. In the Tool type dialog box. Define a new tool for the operation. step down value to 4. you have to define a Profile operation using a Taper mill to machine the 30º chamfer. Click on the Save & Calculate button to save the operation data and calculate the tool path. Define a new Profile operation and select the geometry as shown. add a new tool and choose the Taper Mill tool type from the list. Select the Finish check box and set the Max. Set the Wall offset value to 0. Select the Clear offset check box and set the Offset value to 20 and the Step over value to 6.

5. • Set the Shoulder length to 30. you can choose only one of these parameters as driving by selecting of the appropriate check box. Indexial 5-Axis Milling Set the following parameters of the taper tool geometry: • Set the Diameter to 16. and it is calculated automatically by InventorCAM. InventorCAM enables you to define the tool using either Tip diameter or Cone length as the driving parameter. 273 . • The Cone length is calculated automatically (~10. To avoid overdefining of the tool. Confirm the tool definition. • Set the Total to 50. • Set the Taper Angle to 30. • Set the Tip diameter to 4. In this case. • Set the Arbor diameter to 28. Choose the BT40 ER32x60 collet chuck from the Local Holders table. • Set the Cutting length to 20.39). the Cone length parameter is driving. • Set the Outside holder to 40.

Confirm the Wall draft angle dialog box with the In the Link page. Under Lead out. OK button. choose the Arc option for Lead in and set the Value to 2.In the Levels page. 12. 274 . down Switch to the Advanced page and click on the Wall draft angle button. Simulate the operation. define the Profile depth directly on the solid model using the lower chamfer edge as shown. select the Wall draft angle check box and set the External wall angle value to 30. Select the Finish check box and set the Max. In the Wall draft angle dialog box. Click on the Save & Calculate button to save the operation data and calculate the tool path. select the Same as lead in check box. step down value to 2. select the Equal step check box. In the Technology page. Define a Pocket operation Define a Pocket operation to perform the roughing and finishing of the hole.

• Set the Shoulder length to 80. • Set the Cutting length to 75. 275 .2 and select the Wall check box in the Finish section. Set the Wall offset value to 0. Choose the Arc strategy for Lead out. Click on the Save & Calculate button. Define the Pocket depth directly on the solid model as shown below. Define a new Ø16 end mill in the Part Tool Table and choose it for the operation. • Set the Outside holder length to 85. In the Helical ramping dialog box. Simulate the operation. Indexial 5-Axis Milling Define the geometry for the operation as shown below using the Machine Coordinate System (Position #1). set the Radius value to 5. Select the Equal step down check box and set the Max. • Set the Total length to 90. Choose the Helical strategy for Ramping and click on the Data button. The offset is left during the rough machining and removed with the finishing passes. step down value to 5. Set the Value to 2.5.

At this stage. Machine the faces using the Coordinate System Position #2 Repeat the operations #10 – #12 using the geometries defined with the Coordinate System Position #2 to machine the part faces as shown. 276 . 16. 14. the exercise is completed. 15.13. Machine the faces using the Coordinate System Position #3 Repeat the operations #10 – #12 using the geometries defined with the Coordinate System Position #3 to machine the part faces as shown. Machine the faces using the Coordinate System Position #4 Repeat the operations #10 – #12 using the geometries defined with the Coordinate System Position #4 to machine the part faces as shown. Simulate the operations Simulate all operations.

The model contains two Autodesk Inventor iPart members: • Default This iPart member represents the model after the machining. • Stock This iPart member represents the cast workpiece before the machining. Define the CAM-Part At this stage. the Machine Coordinate System and Positions. • Indexial 5-axis machining. 277 .ipt) is located in the Exercises folder. • Drilling. you have to define the CAM-Part. • Profile machining. The following steps have to be implemented in order to reach the final CAM-Part: 1.5. The Autodesk Inventor model of the manifold plate (Exercise18. Indexial 5-Axis Milling Exercise #18: Manifold Plate Machining Define the CAM-Part and operations for the machining of the manifold plate presented on the illustration on the 5-axis vertical milling CNC-machine. • Pocket machining. This exercise reinforces the following skills: • CAM-Part definition. the Stock model and the Target model. the CNC-controller (Fanuc5a). • Face milling.

Coordinate System definition Machine Coordinate System #1 Position #1 Machine Coordinate System #1 Position #2 Machine Coordinate System #1 Position #3 278 .

279 . Define the Target model using the Default iPart member of the CAM-Part assembly. Face milling Define a Face Milling operation with the Hatch strategy to machine the top face of the manifold plate. Use the Machine Coordinate System (Position #1) for the operation. Indexial 5-Axis Milling Machine Coordinate System #1 Position #4 Machine Coordinate System #1 Position #5 Define the Stock model using the Stock iPart member of the CAM-Part assembly.5. 2.

3. 280 . define a number of operations to machine the counterbore hole faces. Counterbore holes machining Using the Coordinate System Position #2. Use the Machine Coordinate System (Position #1) for the operation. Machining of the holes on the top face Define a Pocket operation to machine four holes located on the top face of the manifold plate. Use the Machine Coordinate System (Position #1) for the operation. Counterbore holes machining Define a number of operations to machine two counterbore holes. 6. Tapped holes machining Define a number of operations to machine four tapped M5 holes located on the top face of the manifold plate. Repeat these operations using Coordinate System Positions #2 – #5. 4. Use the Machine Coordinate System (Position #1) for the operation. 5.

the CNC-controller (Fanuc5a). the Machine Coordinate System and its Positions. you have to define the CAM-Part. • Indexial 5-axis machining.ipt) is located in the Exercises folder. Define the CAM-Part At this stage. • Pocket machining. the Stock and the Target model. The Autodesk Inventor model of the joint (Exercise19. Indexial 5-Axis Milling Exercise #19: Joint Machining Define the CAM-Part and operations for the machining of the joint part shown below on the 5-axis vertical milling CNC-machine. • Profile machining. This exercise reinforces the following skills: • CAM-Part definition. • Drilling. 281 .5. define the Stock model as a box surrounding the model. • Face milling. At first. 1.

Machine Coordinate System #1 Position #1 Machine Coordinate System #1 Position #2 Machine Coordinate System #1 Position #3 282 .Coordinate System definition Define the Machine Coordinate Systems #1 and #2 and related positions using the previously defined Stock model.

5. Indexial 5-Axis Milling Machine Coordinate System #1 Position #4 Machine Coordinate System #1 Position #5 Machine Coordinate System #2 Position #1 283 .

4. 5. Use the Machine Coordinate System #1 (Position #1) for the operation.2. Use the Coordinate System Position #2 for the operation. Face milling Define a Face Milling operation with the Hatch strategy to machine the top face of the joint. Use the Coordinate System Position #5 for the operation. Inner contour milling Define a Profile operation to machine the inner faces of the joint. Back faces machining Define a Profile operation to machine the back faces of the joint. Outer contour milling Define a Profile operation to machine the outer faces of the joint. 284 . Use the Machine Coordinate System #1 (Position #1) for the operation. 3.

9. 7. 285 . Bottom side machining Define a Face Milling operation with the Hatch strategy to remove remaining material at the bottom of the joint.5. Chamfer machining Define three Profile operations using the Chamfer option to machine chamfers. Use the Coordinate System Position #5 for the operation. Indexial 5-Axis Milling 6. Use the Coordinate System Positions #3 and #4 for the operations. Side faces machining Define two Drilling operations to perform center drilling and drilling of the hole. Use the Coordinate System Positions #1. Define a Profile operation using the Wall draft angle option to machine the chamfer. Use Position #1 of Machine Coordinate System #2. 8. Side faces machining Define two Profile operations to machine the side faces of the joint. #2 and #5 for the operations.

The dovetail is premachined to perform simple clamping of the part during the machining. the Stock and the Target model. 1. • Pocket machining. Define the CAM-Part At this stage. • Stock This iPart member represents the pre-machined workpiece before machining. The Autodesk Inventor model of the Clamp (Exercise20. • Face milling. • Profile machining. This exercise reinforces the following skills: • CAM-Part definition. the Machine Coordinate System and its Positions. The model contains two Autodesk Inventor iPart members: • Machining This iPart member represents the model after the machining. you have to define the CAM-Part. • Indexial 5-axis machining. 286 . • Drilling.ipt) is located in the Exercises folder.Exercise #20: Clamp Machining Define the CAM-Part and operations for the machining of the clamp shown below on the 5-axis vertical milling CNC-machine. the CNC-controller (Fanuc5a).

Machine Coordinate System #1 Position #1 Machine Coordinate System #1 Position #2 Machine Coordinate System #1 Position #3 Machine Coordinate System #1 Position #4 287 .5. Indexial 5-Axis Milling Coordinate System definition Define Machine Coordinate Systems #1 and #2 and related positions using the previously defined Stock model.

3. Define the Target model using the Machining iPart member of the CAM-Part assembly. 288 . Top face machining Define a Face Milling operation with the Hatch strategy to machine the top inclined face of the clamp.Machine Coordinate System #1 Position #5 Machine Coordinate System #2 Position #1 Define the Stock model using the Stock iPart member of the CAM-Part assembly. Use the Machine Coordinate System #1 (Position #3) for the operation. 2. Use the Machine Coordinate System #1 (Position #2) for the operation. Back face machining Define a Face Milling operation with the Hatch strategy to machine the back inclined face of the clamp.

7. Use the Machine Coordinate System #2 (Position #1) for the operation. Openings machining Define a Profile operation to machine two openings located on the front inclined face of the clamp. 8.5D Milling part of the InventorCAM 2010 Milling Training Course. Bottom face machining Define a Face Milling operation with the Hatch strategy to machine the bottom inclined face of the clamp. Use the Machine Coordinate System #1 (Position #5) for the operations. Front face machining Define a Face Milling operation with the Hatch strategy to machine the front inclined face of the clamp. Use the Machine Coordinate System #1 (Position #4) for the operation. Indexial 5-Axis Milling 4. 5. Congratulations! You have successfully finished the 2. 289 . Use the Machine Coordinate System #1 (Position #4) for the operation. Hole machining Define a number of operations to machine the inclined counterbore hole located on the top inclined face of the clamp. Slot machining Define a number of operations to machine the slot faces located on the top inclined face of the clamp.5. 6. Use the Machine Coordinate System #1 (Position #2) for the operations.

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