NX CAM tips and tricks video – Using the Tilt Tool Axis for Quick 5-Axis Toolpaths

January 05, 2018

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

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