NX CAM Resources




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

5 Axis Variable Surface Area Toolpath tips and tricks videoIn this video we demonstrate the variable surface area toolpath to swarf cut cavity walls as an alternate toolpath for contour profile. Contour profile is a great toolpath for swarf cutting walls using your 5-axis machine to cut normal to the wall and be able to decrease your machining times by 10x or greater.

But there are situations where contour profile just doesn't work. In our example you can see where it just won't cut the wall. Ninety-five percent of the time I use it without issue, but I'd like to show an alternate for when you can't get it to work.

Multi axis tool vectors for hard to reach machine features in NX CAMDiscover methods for milling hard-to-reach locations.

We held this live online seminar on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017


  • Tool vector – Will fixed axis work?
    • How to limit tool axis to avoid collision

  • Projection Vector
    • What is the best projection vector to use based on the type of toolpath?

  • Smoothing
    • How to insure that your toolpath is smooth for the best surface finish

  • Type of toolpath
    • There are many types of 5-axis toolpaths to choose from. Which one should I use for specific geometry and how can I identify the best type?

This video is in response to a support question where a customer was having issues with NX allowing off-axis drilling. There is a setting in the MCS which will allow this. Without this setting Feature-Based Machining (FBM) will not work for anything other than normal to Z+ axis. We cover if you're doing 5-axis or any multi-axis, non-normal to Z vector drilling. We use a sample file that is available for download and also a PDF introduction to FBM.

Part file available for download in the full article


Today's tech tip video will help you find where your NX CAM post processor files are stored. This is helpful in cases where you need to send it for outside support. Because there are different directories that these can be stored in, and because there are also different variables that can control for your environment, the easiest way to find them will be to follow these instructions.

This could be a handy tutorial for those who don’t know much about sketching. Sketching is used to create geometry like extrude, for cases such as when a piece of metal is extruded. In this example, we’re creating a hold-down extrusion area. Sketching can also be helped with curves for water jets, or for a wire machine, so you’re getting profile geometry.