Presented at our Seattle NX User's Group 2019, our NX CAM engineer Aaron Blake covered what's new in NX CAM continuous release 1872, with a focus on changes in Fundamentals, Milling, Integrated Simulation and Verification (ISV), Postprocessing, and Feature-based Machining.

Toward the end, Aaron also covers some of his core CAM tips & tricks.


In this video we are going to show how to set up your blank geometry so that your IPW will look at your OP1 set up file. We are going to set up our OP1 blank just as we would normally using part stock geometry. In this case it is a component. The key difference will be to set up your IPW position from positioning type as from part two CSYS. This will allow an anchoring point for your IPW and following operations. In this case I'm going to use the CSYS that is located within my workpiece component. This will ensure that my reference CSYS will be the same between operations.

Whether you’re a job-shop working with neutral CAD data (STEP, IGES, Parasolid, PDF, etc.) or your company is vertically integrated with design and manufacturing in-house, you need to hold the part in place with an easy to use, configurable fixture or jig. Designing custom fixtures and jigs for each new job can be time consuming, tedious, and, most importantly, costly.

One-off or small production runs vs. high-volume manufacturing and maximizing work area utilization should be considered when designing a work part holding solution. You may want to choose to use a work holding vice with custom faces for soft or hard jaws. A well designed fixture can minimize tooling costs, tool changes, and unnecessary cutting head movements to keep cutting chips instead of cutting air. You may find a "pretty close" solution from a previous job but the CAD rework is too difficult or time consuming so you design a one-off fixture. The solution is to reduce your tooling costs by leveraging reuse.

In this video demo, we showcase some fixture-building techniques using CAD tools available in Siemens CAM software packages. Using basic modeling and assembly techniques combined with NX’s powerful Synchronous Modeling toolset, you'll be able to quickly create a tool holding solution that's both associative and reusable.

This webinar was held on Thursday, August 15