SolidCAM's Proven & Powerful Simultaneous 5-Axis

Benefit from the most tested and proven 5-axis CNC milling tool paths in the industry, with a very straight-forward user interface, and the most advanced control over all aspects of tool path and collision checking.

  • Wide variety of Simultaneous 5x cutting strategies
  • Flow line cutting produces a toolpath that follows the natural shape of the component
  • Multi-surface finish machining keeps the tool normal to the surface (or with specified lead and lag) to provide a smooth surface finish
  • Advanced tool tilting control and direct control on side tilting and lead/lag angles
  • Automatic collision avoidance strategies that check each part of both the tool and holder
  • Multi-axis rest roughing efficiently removes the remaining material of the larger cutter diameter used previously
  • Realistic full 3D machine simulation with comprehensive collision and axis limits checking
Circular-segment cutters with barrel-, oval- and tapered geometry are being supported in SolidCAM

Flexibility and Control

Each 5-Axis machining strategy provides sophisticated options for approach/link control and tool axis control.

Link and approach moves are fully gouge protected and different strategies may be used depending on the distance of the link move. SolidCAM also provides options for control over lead/lag and side tilt angles to give complete control over the final toolpath.

Collision Avoidance for Tool and Holder

Collision avoidance is supported for both the tool and holder, and a range of strategies is offered for avoiding collisions. The Machine Simulation provides complete visualization of the gouge checking.


With SWARF machining, the tool is being tilted over to cut with its lateral surface. SWARF cutting utilizes the complete cutting length of the tool, resulting in better surface quality and shorter machining time.


The Multi-blade machining operation easily handles impellers and bladed disks, with multiple strategies to efficiently rough and finish each part of these complex shapes, which are being used in many industries.

Port Machining

With this 5X-job you can machine intake and exhaust ducts as well as inlets or outlets of pumps etc. in castings or steel blocks with tapered lollipop tools. Roughing and finishing operations can be quickly and easily defined and reliably simulated with complete collision control of the entire tool and holder.

Screw Machining

This  job generates  4-Axis rotary roughing and finishing tool path for screws using bull nose, ball nose or flat end mills.

Contour 5-Axis Machining

The 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.

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 are available in this operation.

Convert HSM to Sim 5-Axis

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

Trial Download

When compared to any other CAM system to mill a part, SolidCAM's iMachining wins any benchmark in ease-of-use, programming time, cycle time and tool life.

Try iMachining on your part and your machine by downloading our trial version.