Indexial 4/5-Axis Milling

The Most Powerful & Easiest-to-Use Coordinate System Definition

Indexial 4/5-Axis Milling

A common scene in any machine shop today is that 4- and 5-axis CNC machines are increasing production, providing faster cycle times and the ability to manufacture parts completely in one setup only. SolidCAM provides an effective and easy way to program on multiple sides of a part. Indexial 4/5-axis machining is where SolidCAM absolutely shines and where you will see incredible improvements in your workflow. 

Easiest Definition of Coordinate Systems

Tired of dealing with construction views, copying models, and rotating them in space for new alignments? Do you still copy and transform geometry to separate layers for indexial programming?

Experience single machine home position, with One-click orientations for indexed setups – SolidCAM speeds up multi-sided machining by eliminating multiple coordinate system constructions. Define a Coordinate System on the fly, by just picking a face, and continue programming your part.

  • SolidCAM’s “select a face and machine” is the fastest approach to indexial programming.
  • Our coordinate system manager keeps track of all necessary data for each tool orientation.
  • SolidVerify simulation shows tool holders and fixtures, together with material removal for all machining operations.

Efficient G-Code for Multi-Axis Machines

SolidCAM offers multiple options to get efficient G-code for multi-axis machines.

SolidCAM‘s post processor can be set up to handle all rotations and work offset shifting, to eliminate the need for setting up multiple work offsets at the machine. Whether your controller can calculate part rotations internally or it needs the post processor to handle rotations, SolidCAM has this covered. For controllers with advanced plane rotation or coordinate rotation functions, SolidCAM’s post processors are built to use these internal CNC functions. If you have a machine without such functions, users can input the part location inside SolidCAM and the G-code will handle all of the transformations for each rotation.

Fast Indexial Milling Programming

Our approach to indexial milling is simple: from software to G-code – make the process for indexial milling the same as for single-sided milling. No need for any special functions or tricks inside the software to machine multi-sided parts – it should just work!

Indexial 4/5-Axis | Effective & Easy Programming on Multiple Sides of a Part