As providers of CAM software we hear it all the time: "Where can my new guys learn NX?" We've set out to create a series of onboarding videos to get your machinist-programmer up and running in NX.

Our instructor brings an experienced but fresh eye to the material. He was introduced to NX CAM in the last five years and knows what it takes to get onboard with the program's interface and logic.

We'll add more in the series as they become available.


There’s more than one way to get somewhere in NX, so this vid covers the different methods for selection filters. Since NX defaults to selecting the body, these give you methods for selecting a face or a datum or an edge. By using selection filters, you can choose the feature you’re trying to grab. We also cover the types of visualization views available.

In this video we cover how to take measurements in NX, a necessary tool as a Programmer-Machinist. We’ll demonstrate how to use the “measure distance” dialog to measure features of your part, how to use “local radius” to measure surfaces with compound curvatures, and how to measure the distance between the cutter and the part at various points in your toolpath.

In this video we demonstrate how to use assembly constraints in CAM files. Assembly constraints are used to quickly position the components in your files and more importantly they define the relationships between the components in your files. Using assembly constraints helps ensure that your machine setup in NX will match the real-life machine setup on the shop floor, making it easier to identify and prevent any issues that may develop at run-time.

If you’re running into problems with your 3-axis toolpaths, check out this 30 minute session to learn about the Tilt Tool Axis method. We’ve seen good results in using this command to fix and avoid tool holder collisions.

We looked at this method in older versions, and we’re pleased to say it’s made a solid leap forward in its effectiveness in NX 11. Using this method, NX either trims the tool path and retracts the tool, or replaces the 3-axis, 4-axis, or 5-axis motions with 5-axis tilting motions that are extremely smooth.

With this command, you can:

  • Reach greater depths using the shortest tools possible for added rigidity
  • Adjust the tool path for fixed-axis, 4-axis, and 5-axis operations
  • Use tools without a defined shank or holder
  • Use ball or non-ball tools
  • Modify the tool tilt multiple times in direct succession

In this NX CAM tutorial video, we show how to use sew to create a solid body from a sheet body. We start with a solid body and show the process of making it into a sheet. There’s a couple ways to make a solid body into a sheet body. One is to delete faces from a solid body without heal turned on. We’ll also look at Studio Surface, Through Curves, and Patch Openings.

Part file for Create Solid Body from Sheet Body

5 axis videoOur CAM guru demonstrates how to optimize models and UV lines of surfaces for swarf cutting. This topic shows the power and depth of Siemens NX milling and modeling tools. Join Michael Grant as he goes over some surfacing solutions for doing advanced 5-axis. Hopefully this gives you more tools in your toolbox for dealing with certain parts that might be giving you trouble.

Depending on how parts are modeled and the quality, and also where they come from (which CAD system) it will determine how easy they are to program in 5-axis. When you encounter problematic faces, you certainly need to look at the UV lines, and if you're not aware, CAM systems look at either edges or UV lines as one solution for multi-axis swarf cutting. We encounter these problems in our own precision machine shop and want to share some of what we've learned.

We held this webinar on Thursday, August 17, 2017

There are tons of new features and updates in NX 11 that make updating to the next version of Siemens NX worthwhile.

We held this live webinar on April 20, 2017

Whats New in NX 11 for Manufacturing NX CAMWebinar outline:

New features in NX 11 for manufacturing can dramatically improve your productivity and create new opportunities to transform your set up. We’ll look at several of these new features, such as:

  • General Enhancements
    • Enhanced Tool Selection – Cool new way to browse tools in the current part file by type
    • Model History viewing - Ctrl Tab to switch open windows and preview images in model history
    •  Mirrored Operations – Mirrored operations are associative, and tool direction is automatically reversed to maintain correct cutting direction. Associative operations can be kept in separate folders for output.
  • Milling Enhancements
    • Area Milling Steep and Non-Steep toolpath – option to sort cutting regions in order of top down
      • Area Milling Follow Periphery cut pattern has a cleanup toolpath feature for certain parts shaped where the pattern creates larger step-overs due to part shape