hello engineers, anyone kindly reduce my head stress. I would like to explore 4th axis indexing and 5th axis indexing in SolidWorks CAM prof. for practising, is there any contents? awaiting for kind response!
We are completing a SOLIDWORKS CAM professional book that will be out soon to cover this area along with assembly machining. In the meantime you do have access to a tutorial inside the assembly machining lessons. It is listed under "multi plane" machining.
If you end up with any questions let me know or upload a part with questions. I would recommend that you use assembly mode with fixtures when indexing. This makes it easier to visualize and setup up rotation and tilt. You can do it in part mode but creating sketch geometry or a coordinate system in space can become confusing. It is easiest to create a coordinate system in SW to reference for the Machine setup. You will also need a post that has indexing turned on for SW CAM to output the rotation planes. We automatically capture the setup planes from the machine setup definitions but the post will need to have this turned on to extract the data from SW CAM. One you have a fixture and a post, the rest is fairly straight forward and you can program just like you do in a non-indexed program.
Thank you Mr.Mike. I gone through the tutorials. Good enough to experience. I start explore it. In case of any queries will get you.@michael
Solidworks CAM is for 2.5 and 3 axis only. 3 + 2 and 5 axis is not supported if you want this functionality then you need the camworks as a separate license. Unless Solidworks CAM has new update that they include this functionality.
3+2 is part of SOLIDWORKS CAM professional. You do not need CAMWorks for 3+2. CAMWorks offers 4 & 5 axis simultaneous machining. SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional provides. 3+2 (known as Indexing) Assembly Machining, Configurations, Volumill High speed machining and Turning with Single Spindle and single turret. We ran a Haas UMC 750 at SOLIDWORKS World last year using SOLIDWORKS CAM professional. We indexed the 4th and 5th axis to drill and tap holes on the end of a part.
This functionality has been part of SOLIDWORKS CAM since it was released in October of 2018.
hmm thats good to hear Michael Buchli
We are able to program 4th and 5th axis indexing in our SW Cam Professional. In need of 4 Axis and 5 Axis, we go for CAM Works.
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