SolidCAM's powerful Simultaneous 5x Machining

Benefit from the most tested and proven 5-axis CNC milling toolpaths in the industry, with the most advanced control over all aspects of toolpath and collision checking and with very friendly user interface..

  • Wide variety of Simultaneous 5x cutting strategies gets you up and cutting instantly
  • Collision Avoidance is supported for both the tool and holder and a range of alternatives offered to avoid collision. The machine-simulation provides complete Cutter and Tool-holder gouge checking.
  • Each 5-Axis machining strategy provides sophisticated options for approach / link controltool axis control and collision avoidance.
  • Link and approach moves are fully gouge protected and different strategies may be used depending on the distance of the link move. The feed rate may also be varied on the link moves to allow for a smooth approach onto the part.
  • SolidCAM also provides options for control over lead/tag and side tilt angles to give complete control over the final toolpath.
  • Specific applications solutions for SWARF, Multi-Blade, Port, Contour 5X, Multi-axis drill and Conversion of HSM to Sim5X
  • Flowline cutting produces a toolpath that follows the natural shape of the component; particularly useful with blade type components.
  • Advanced tool tilting control and direct control on side tilting and lead\lag angles
  • Multi-surface finish machining keeps the tool normal to the surface (or with specified lead and lag) to provide full control and smooth surface finish.
  • Multi-pass roughing techniques using multiple cut increments in the Z or XY planes ith the option to trim to boundary.
  • Automatic gouge avoidance strategies that checks each part of the tool and the holder
  • Realistic full 3D machine simulation with comprehensive collision and axis limits checking.
  • SolidCAM 5-Axis machining support all 5-Axis machine tools including  Table/Table, Table/Head and Head/Head gantry machines and the latest Mill/Turn machining centres.

Three New Sim 5x operations

The latest version includes major enhancements to the Simultaneous 5 axis module.  Three new operations have been added to the Sim5x module: Multi-Blade machining, Port machining and Contour 5-axis Machining, making it one of the most powerful of its type.

  • The new Multi-blade machining operation easily handles impellers and bladed disks, with multiple strategies to efficiently rough and finish each part of these complex shapes. All blade surfaces are machined in a single operation. Various cutting strategies are supplied or roughing and finishing of impeller parts. Multi-bladed parts are used in many industries. The new operation is specifically designed to generate the necessary toolpaths for the different multi-blade configurations.

Port Machining

  •          The Port machining operation is a new and easy to use method for machining ports with tapered lollipop tool, and has collision checks for the entire tool (shank, arbor, and holder). You can choose to cut the top only, the bottom only, and specify how much stock to leave on the entire port. It uses 3-axis machining as far into the port as possible, and then switches to 5-axis motion. Smooth transitions are created where the toolpaths meet at the middle of the port. It provides both roughing and finishing toolpaths to make ports from castings or billet.

Contour 5-axis machining

  • The new Contour 5-axis machining strategy tilts the tool along a chained 3D profile drive curve, while aligning the tool axis according to defined tilt lines, making it ideal for generating 5 axis toolpath for deburring and trimming.

Enhancements to SWARF, Multiaxis Drill and Convert HSM to Sim 5X

In latest SolidCAM version, New tilting options have been added and improvements made to the SWARF, Multiaxis Drill and Convert HSM to Sim 5X operations.

SWARF machining

  • SWARF machining allows the side of the tool to be tilted over to machine the side wall at the correct angle. SWARF cutting uses the whole cutting length of the tool, resulting in better surface quality and shorter machining time.

Multi-axis Drilling

  • The Multi-axis Drilling operation uses SolidCAM’s automatic hole recognition and then performs drilling, tapping or boring cycles, at any hole direction, easily and quickly. All the advanced linking, tilting and collision avoidance strategies available in other sim 5x operations are available also in this operation, to provide full control of the generated sim 5x drilling tool path.

Convert HSM to Sim 5-axis milling

  • Convert HSM to Sim 5-axis milling operation converts HSM 3D toolpaths to full 5-Axis machining, collision-protected toolpath. This will maintain optimum contact point between the tool and the part and enables the use of shorter tools, for more stability and rigidity.

The features of SolidCAM for milling with 5 axes are very practical and, above all, easily learned. How easy the software is to use was proven by the speed with which our programmers were able to implement 5-axis milling in practice"