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InventorCAM + Inventor

The complete integrated Manufacturing Solution

GETTING
STARTED
INVENTORCAM 4

2.5D MILLING 10

FEATURE RECOGNITION 14

HIGH SPEED SURFACE MACHINING (HSS) 16

3D MILLING 18

HIGH SPEED MACHINING (HSM) 22

MULTI-SIDED MACHINING 26

SIM. 5-AXIS MACHINING 30

TURNING 34

MILL-TURN 38

WIRE CUT 44

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS 45

TRAINING MATERIALS 46

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INVENTORCAM 2013 - THE CUTTING EDGE
• Don’t go for less. Go for full integration.

InventorCAM is the Certified integrated CAM-Engine for Inventor.


InventorCAM provides seamless, single-window integration and full
associativity to the Inventor design model. All machining operations are
defined, calculated and verified, without leaving the Inventor window.

InventorCAM is used in the mechanical manufacturing, electronics,


medical, consumer products, machine design, automotive and aerospace
industries, mold, tool and die and rapid prototyping shops.

Today successful manufacturing companies are using integrated CAD/CAM


systems to get to market faster and reduce costs. With InventorCAM’s
seamless single-window integration in Inventor, any size organization
can reap the benefits of the integrated Inventor  +  InventorCAM
manufacturing solution.

InventorCAM supports the complete set of manufacturing technologies.


Following is a brief description of the main InventorCAM modules.

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• 2.5D Milling

InventorCAM provides both interactive and automated powerful 2.5D


milling operations on Inventor models. InventorCAM offers one of the
best pocketing algorithms in the market. Full tool path control and
powerful algorithms ensure that the user can manufacture the way he
needs to. Operations can be easily re-ordered, rotated, mirrored, etc.
InventorCAM’s automatic feature-recognition and machining module
automates the manufacturing of parts with multiple pockets, multiple
drills and complex holes.

All your needs for successful production machining are provided directly
inside Inventor with an easy and straightforward interface. InventorCAM
is successfully used in production environments by thousands of
manufacturing companies and job shops.

• High Speed Surface Machining (HSS)

The HSS Module is a High Speed Surface Machining module, for smooth
and powerful machining of localized surface areas in the part, including
undercuts. It provides easy selection of the surfaces to be machined, with
no need to define the boundaries. It supports both standard and shaped
tools.

HSS provides nine different tool path definition strategies that enable
the user to work differently for each area, as needed. The linking moves
between the tool paths can be controlled by the user to avoid holes and
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Complete gouge control is available for holder, arbor and tool. Adjoining
check surfaces that are to be avoided can be selected. Several retract
strategies are available, under user control.

The HSS module is an important addition to the integrated


Inventor+InventorCAM Solution and is essential for each manufacturing
facility as an excellent complementary module for the machining of all
types of parts.

• 3D Milling

InventorCAM’s 3D Milling can be used both for prismatic parts and for
3D models. For prismatic parts InventorCAM analyzes the model and
automatically recognizes pockets and profiles to be machined using
Z-constant machining strategies. For 3D models, InventorCAM offers
powerful 3D machining, including integrated rest material options.

• High Speed Machining (HSM)

InventorCAM HSM module is a very powerful and market-proven advanced


3D Mill and high-speed-machining module for 3D parts, aerospace parts
and molds, tools and dies. The HSM module offers unique machining
and linking strategies for generating advanced 3D Mill and high-speed
toolpaths.

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InventorCAM’s HSM module smooths the paths of both cutting moves
and retracts wherever possible to maintain a continuous machine tool
motion – an essential requirement for maintaining higher feedrates and
eliminating dwelling.

With InventorCAM HSM module retracts to high Z levels are kept to a


minimum. Angled where possible, smoothed by arcs, retracts do not
go any higher than necessary – thus minimizing aircutting and reducing
machining time.

The result of the HSM module is an efficient, smooth, and optimal


toolpath. This translates to increased surface quality, less wear on your
cutters, and a longer life for your machine tools.

With demands for ever-shorter lead and production times, lower costs
and improved quality, InventorCAM’s HSM Module is a must in today’s
machine shops.

• 3+2 Axis Multi-Sided Machining

With InventorCAM, programming and machining of multi-sided parts on


4- and 5-Axis machining centers is efficient and profitable. InventorCAM
is an industry leader in this type of machining. InventorCAM rotates the
Inventor model to the user-defined machining planes and automatically
calculates all necessary shifts and tilts for the 3D machining coordinate
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InventorCAM enables flexible set-ups and reduces the need for special
clamping jigs. You can define your 2.5D and 3D machining operations
on any face and check them using InventorCAM’s advanced tool path
verification. The output is ready-to-run programs for your 4/5-axis CNC-
machine.

• Simultaneous 5-Axis Machining

Simultaneous 5-axis machining is becoming more and more popular


due to the need for reduced machining times, better surface finish and
improved life span of tools. InventorCAM utilizes all the advantages of
Simultaneous 5-Axis machining and together with collision control and
machine simulation, provides a solid base for your 5-axis solution.

InventorCAM provides intelligent and powerful 5-axis machining


strategies, including swarfing and trimming, for machining of complex
geometry parts including mold cores and cavities, aerospace parts, cutting
tools, cylinder heads, turbine blades and impellers. InventorCAM provides
a realistic simulation of the complete machine tool, enabling collision
checking between the tool and the machine components.

• Turning and Mill-Turn

InventorCAM has a very strong capability in turning, grooving and Mill-Turn.


As in milling, a rest-machining capability is built in all turning operations.
InventorCAM supports all machine turning cycles. InventorCAM provides

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special support for the advanced machining technologies of ISCAR’s Turn-
Groove tools.

A powerful integrated Mill-Turn capability enables the turning and milling


operations to be programmed in the same environment. Access to the
complete 2.5-5 axis milling is available. InventorCAM provides support
for up to 5-Axis (XYZCB) Turn-Mill CNC machines including back-spindle
operations.

• 2/4 Axis Wire-EDM

InventorCAM Wire EDM handles profiles and tapers with constant and
variable angles, as well as 4-axis contours. InventorCAM’s intelligent
algorithms prevent the falling of material pieces by automatic pocket
processing. InventorCAM provides full user control of stop-points and of
wire cutting conditions at any point of the profile or taper.

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2.5D MILLING

The 2_5D_Milling_1_IV.prz example illustrates the use of InventorCAM


2.5D Milling to machine the cover part shown above. The machining is
performed on a 3-axis CNC machine in two setups, one for the top faces and
one for bottom faces.

The following InventorCAM operations are created to perform the machining:

• Top face machining (FM_facemill_2)

This Face Milling operation performs the machining of the top


face of the cover. An end mill of Ø20 is used. The machining
is performed in two passes - rough and finish. A machining
allowance of 0.2 mm remains unmachined at the floor, after the
rough pass, and is removed during the finishing pass.

• External faces machining (F_profile_1; F_profile_2)

These operations perform the profile machining of the external


contour of the cover. An end mill of Ø16 is used. The Clear
offset option is used at the roughing stage to perform the
machining in a number of equidistant offsets from the machining
geometry. The machining allowance is left unmachined during
the roughing operation and removed at the finishing stage.

• Bolt seats machining (F_profile_3)

This operation is used to remove the material at the bolt seat


areas. An end mill of Ø8 is used for the operation.
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• Bottom face machining (FM_facemill_3)

This Face Milling operation performs the machining of the bottom face
of the cover. This operation uses the second Coordinate system; it means
that the second setup has to be performed at the CNC machine before the
machining. The used tool and the machining strategy are similar to the
FM_profile_T1 operation.

• Internal faces roughing (P_profile_5; P_profile_6)

These Pocket operations perform the rough machining of the internal


faces of the cover. An end mill of Ø16 is used. The rough machining is
divided into two operations to perform the machining with the optimal
tool path The machining allowance is left unmachined for further finish
operations.

• Internal faces rest machining (P_profile_6)

This operation uses the rest material machining technique in order to


machine the areas left inaccessible for the large tools used in the previous
operations. An end mill of smaller diameter (Ø8) is used.

• Internal faces finishing (F_profile_5; F_profile_7)

These operations perform the wall finishing of the internal pocket area of
the cover part. An end mill of Ø6 is used.

• Floor faces finishing (F_profile_7; P_profile_6)

These operations perform the floor finishing of the internal pocket area of
the cover part. End mill tools of Ø6 and Ø8 are used.

• Slot machining (S_slot)

This Slot Milling operation performs the machining of the groove at the
bottom face of the cover. An end mill of Ø1.5 is used.

• Holes machining (D_drill)

These Drill operations perform the center drilling and drilling of the four
holes of Ø5 located at the bottom face of the cover.

• Threaded holes machining (D_drill_1)

This Drill operation perform the center drilling, drilling and threading of
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2.5D MILLING

The 2_5D_Milling_2_IV.prz example illustrates the use of InventorCAM


2.5D Milling to machine the part shown above. The machining is performed
on a 3-axis CNC machine in two setups, using two InventorCAM Coordinate
systems.

The following InventorCAM operations are created to perform the machining:

• Upper faces machining (F_profile; F_profile_1)

These Profile operations remove the bulk of material performing


the rough and the finish machining of upper faces. An end mill
of Ø16 is used. The Clear offset option is used at the roughing
stage to perform the machining in a number of equidistant offsets
from the machining geometry.

• Step faces machining (F_profile_2)

This operation performs the rough and finish machining of the


step faces using the Profile operation. An end mill of Ø16 is used.

• External contour machining (F_profile_3)

This operation performs the rough and finish machining of the


external model faces. An end mill of Ø16 is used.

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• Connector pocket machining (P_profile_4; P_profile_5;
F_profile_13; F_profile_6; P_profile_4)

A number of Profile and Pocket operations are used to perform the rough
and finish machining of the connector pocket. End mill tools of Ø10; Ø3
and Ø4 are used. The Rest material strategy is used in the last operation
to complete the machining of the connector faces.

• Machine screw head areas (F_profile_7)

This operation performs the rough and finish machining of the screw head
areas. An end mill tool of Ø4 is used.

• Top and Bottom face machining (FM_profile_1; FM_facemill_1)

Two Face Milling operation enable you generate the tool path for roughing
and finishing of the top and bottom faces. Note that the second operation
is used with the second Coordinate System, it means that the second
setup has to be performed at the CNC machine before the machining.

• Internal faces roughing (P_profile_11; P_profile_12)

These Pocket operations perform the roughing of the complex pocket


formed by the internal faces of the part. An end mill tool of Ø10 is used.

• Internal faces roughing (F_profile_11; F_profile_12;


P_profile_8; F_profile_9)

These Pocket and Profile operations perform the finish machining of the
wall and floor faces if the complex pocket roughed at the previous stage.
An end mill tool of Ø4 is used.

• Holes machining (D_drill; D_drill_1; D_drill_2)

These Drill operations perform center drilling and drilling of holes located
on the cover part faces.

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FEATURE RECOGNITION

The drill_pocket_recognition_IV.prz example illustrates the use of


InventorCAM Automatic Feature Recognition to machine the mold base part
shown above. The machining is performed on a 3-axis CNC machine.

The following InventorCAM operations are created to perform the machining:

• Top face machining (FM_facemill)

This Face Milling operation performs the machining of the top


face of the cover. A face mill of Ø40 is used.

• Pockets machining (PR_selected_faces)

This Pocket Recognition operation automatically recognizes all


the pocket areas in the model and performs their machining. An
end mill of Ø20 is used. The Open Pocket machining is used to
perform the approach movement from an automatically calculated
point outside of the material. The tool descends to the necessary
depth outside of the material and then moves horizontally into the
material. A special machining strategy is applied to the through
pockets; they are deepened in order to completely machine the
pocket.

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• Center Drilling (DR_drill_r)

This Drill Recognition operation automatically recognizes all the hole


features available for the machining with the current Coordinate System
and performs the center drilling of all the holes in the mold base. An spot
drill of Ø10 is used. The drilling depth is customized for each group of
holes.

• Drilling (DR_drill_r1; DR_drill_r2; DR_drill_r3; DR_drill_r4;


DR_drill_r5; DR_drill_r6)

These Drill Recognition operations perform the machining of all the


hole features automatically recognized in the mold base. InventorCAM
automatically recognized the Upper Level and Drill depth from the
model. The through holes are extended in order to completely machine
the holes.

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HIGH SPEED SURFACE MACHINING (HSS)

The hss_IV.prz example illustrates the use of several InventorCAM High


Speed Surface Machining (HSS) strategies to machine the base part shown
above.

The following InventorCAM operations are created to perform the machining:

• Engraving (HSS_Projection_selected_faces,
HSS_Projection_selected_faces_1,
HSS_Projection_selected_faces_2,
HSS_Projection_selected_faces_3)

These operations utilize the HSS Engraving strategy to perform


the machining of four fillet areas. A ball nose mill of Ø10 is used.
The Depth Cut option is used to machine the whole the depth
in several cutting passes.

• Morphing machining (HSS_MORPH_CURVES_selected_


faces_4, HSS_MORPH_CURVES_selected_faces_6)

This operation performs the machining of two internal fillet areas


using the Morph between two curves strategy. This strategy
is utilized to generate the tool path evenly distributed between
the fillet boundaries. The gouge checking strategy is used to avoid
possible gouges between the tool and the faces of the machining
area. A ball nose mill of Ø10 is used.

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• Parallel to curve machining (HSS_ParToCurve_selected_faces_8)

This operation performs the machining of the part bottom face. With this
strategy, InventorCAM enables you to perform the machining of faces with
cutting passes parallel to the selected curve. In this case, InventorCAM
generates a pocket-style tool path enclosed within the boundaries of the
selected face. An end mill of Ø8 is used.

• Morphing between two curves (HSS_MORPH_CURVES_selected_


faces_9)

This operation performs the machining of the external fillet and an


inclined face adjacent to the fillet. The Morphing between two
curves strategy is utilized to generate the tool path evenly distributed
between the fillet boundaries. The tool path is generated using the
Scallop of 0.004 mm in order to obtain excellent surface quality. The
gouge checking strategy is used to avoid possible gouges between the
tool and the faces of the machining area. A ball nose mill of Ø6 is used.

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3D MILLING

The 3D_Milling_1_IV.prz example illustrates the use of InventorCAM 3D


Milling for the machining of the mold core shown above.

The following InventorCAM operations are created to perform the machining:

• Roughing (3DR_target)

This operation removes the bulk of material using the Contour


roughing strategy. An end mill of Ø20 is used. The machining
is performed at the constant-Z levels defined, using the Step
down value of 5 mm. A machining allowance of 0.5 mm remain
unmachined for further finish operations.

• Rest material machining (3DR_target)

This operation performs the rest material machining of the areas


that were inaccessible to the tool in the previous operation. An
end mill tool of smaller diameter (Ø16) is used. The Contour
roughing strategy is utilized in combination with the Rest
material mode of the Working area definition in order to
obtain optimal and effective tool path removing the cusps left
after the previous operation. A machining allowance of 0.5 mm
remains unmachined for further finish operations.

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• Steep areas finishing (3DF_CZ_target)

This operation performs the Constant-Z finishing of the steep areas of


the core. With this strategy, InventorCAM machines a number of planar
sections, parallel to the XY plane, using profile machining. A ball nose
mill of Ø10 is used. The machining is performed for the steep areas, with
inclination angle from 30° to 90°

• Shallow areas finishing (3DF_CS_target)

This operation performs the Constant Stepover finishing of the shallow


areas of the core. With this 3D Milling strategy InventorCAM generates
a number of tool paths, at specified constant offset (Step over) from
each other, measured along the surface. The machining is performed for
the shallow areas, with inclination angle from 0° to 32°. A ball nose mill
of Ø10 is used.

• Parting surface finishing (3DF_Lin_target)

This operation performs the Linear finishing of the parting surface of the
core. In linear finishing, InventorCAM generates a line pattern on a 2D
plane above the model and then projects it on the 3D Model. The Step
over value determines the constant distance between adjacent lines of
the linear pattern, created on the 2D plane before being projected. A ball
nose mill of Ø10 is used. The defined Drive/Check surfaces enable you to
perform the machining of the parting surfaces only, avoiding unnecessary
contact with the already machined faces.

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3D MILLING

The 3D_Milling_2_IV.prz example illustrates the use of InventorCAM 3D


Milling for prismatic part machining.

The following InventorCAM operations are created to perform the machining:

• Roughing (3DR_target)

These operations remove the bulk of material using the Contour


roughing strategy. An end mill of Ø14 is used. The Open Pocket
machining is used to perform the approach movement from an
automatically calculated point outside of the material. The tool
descends to the necessary depth outside of the material and then
moves horizontally into the material. A machining allowance of
0.2 mm remain unmachined on floor and wall faces for further
finish operations.

• Rest material machining (3DR_target; 3DR_target)

At this stage the rest material machining is performed for the


corner areas, that were inaccessible by the tool in the previous
operation. The machining is performed in two operations using
end mills of Ø8 and Ø5, in order to minimize the tool load. The
Contour roughing strategy is utilized in combination with the
Cut only in Rest material option in order to obtain optimal
tool path A machining allowance of 0.2 mm remain unmachined
on the floor and wall faces for further finish operations.

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• Vertical walls finishing (3DF_CZ_target)

This operation performs the Constant-Z Wall finishing of the vertical


walls areas of the part. With this strategy, InventorCAM generates a
number of profile passes along the Z-axis, with a constant Step down.
An end mill of Ø4 is used.

• Horizontal floor finishing (3DF_CZ_target_1)

This operation performs the Constant-Z Floor finishing of the horizontal


floor areas of the part. With this strategy, InventorCAM generates a
number of pocket passes on the horizontal faces, parallel to the XY-plane
of the current Coordinate System. An end mill of Ø4 is used.

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HIGH SPEED MACHINING (HSM)

The hsm_1_IV.prz example illustrates the use of several InventorCAM High


Speed Machining (HSM) strategies to machine the mold cavity shown above.

The following InventorCAM operations are created to perform the machining:

• Rough machining (HSM_R_Cont_target)

This operation performs contour roughing of the cavity. An end


mill of Ø20 is used with a Step down of 3 mm. A machining
allowance of 0.5 mm remain unmachined for further semi-finish
and finish operations.

• Rest roughing (HSM_RestR_target)

This operation performs rest roughing of the cavity. A bull nosed


tool of Ø12 and corner radius of 2 mm is used with a Step down
of 1.5 mm to remove the steps left after the roughing. The same
machining allowance as in roughing operation is used.

• Steep faces semi-finishing (HSM_CZ_target)

This operation performs Constant Z semi-finishing of the steep


faces (from 40° to 90°). A ball nosed tool of Ø10 is used for
the operation. A machining allowance of 0.25 mm remain
unmachined for further finish operations. The Apply fillet
surfaces option is used to add virtual fillets that will smooth the
tool path at the corners.
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• Shallow faces semi-finishing (HSM_Lin_target)

This operation performs Linear semi-finishing of the shallow faces (from


0° to 42°). A ball nosed tool of Ø10 is used for the operation. A machining
allowance of 0.25 mm remain unmachined for further finish operations.
The Apply fillet surfaces option is used.

• Corners rest machining (HSM_RM_target)

This operation uses the Rest Machining strategy for semi-finishing of the
mold cavity corners. The semi-finishing of the model corners enables you
to avoid tool overload in the corner areas during further finishing. A ball
nosed tool of Ø6 is used for the operation. A virtual reference tool of
Ø12 is used to determine the model corners where the rest machining is
performed. A machining allowance of 0.25 mm remain unmachined for
further finish operations.

• Steep faces finishing (HSM_CZ_target)

This operation performs Constant Z finishing of the steep faces (from 40°
to 90°). A ball nosed tool of Ø8 is used for the operation. The Apply
fillet surfaces option is used.

• Shallow faces finishing (HSM_Lin_target)

This operation performs Linear finishing of the shallow faces (from 0° to


42°). A ball nosed tool of Ø8 is used for the operation. The Apply fillet
surfaces option is used.

• Corners rest machining (HSM_RM_target)

This operation uses the Rest Machining strategy for finishing of the
model corners. A ball nosed tool of Ø4 is used for the operation. A virtual
reference tool of Ø10 is used to determine the model corners where the
rest machining is performed.

• Chamfering (HSM_Bound_target)

This operation uses the Boundary Machining strategy for the


chamfering of upper model edges. A taper tool is used for the operation.
The chamfer is defined by the external offset of the drive boundary and
by the Axial thickness parameter.

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HIGH SPEED MACHINING (HSM)

The hsm_2_IV.prz example illustrates the use of several InventorCAM HSM


strategies to machine the electronic box shown above.

The following InventorCAM operations are created to perform the machining:

• Rough machining (HSM_R_Cont_target)

This operation performs the contour roughing of the part. An end


mill of Ø30 is used with a Step down of 10 mm to perform the
roughing. A machining allowance of 0.5 mm remain unmachined
for further semi-finish and finish operations.

• Rest roughing (HSM_RestR_target)

This operation performs the rest roughing of the part. A bull


nosed tool of Ø16 and corner radius of 1 mm is used with a Step
down of 5 mm to remove the steps left after the roughing. The
same machining allowance as in the roughing operation is used.

• Upper faces machining (HSM_CZ_target)

This operation performs Constant Z finishing of the upper vertical


model faces up to a certain depth. A bull nosed tool of Ø12 and
corner radius of 0.5 mm is used.

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• Bottom faces machining (HSM_CZ_target_1)

This operation performs Constant Z finishing of the bottom vertical model


faces. A bull nosed tool of Ø12 and corner radius of 0.5 mm is used.

• Flat faces machining (HSM_CZF_target)

This operation performs Horizontal Machining of the flat faces. A bull


nosed tool of Ø12 and corner radius of 0.5 mm is used.

• Inclined faces machining (HSM_CZ_target)

This operation performs Constant Z Machining of the inclined faces. A


taper mill of 12° angle is used to perform the machining of the inclined
face with large stepdown (10 mm). Using such a tool enables you to
increase the productivity of the operation.

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MULTI-SIDED MACHINING

The multi_sided_machining_1_IV.prz example illustrates the use of


InventorCAM Multi-sided machining to machine the manifold plate shown
above, using a 5-axis CNC Machine. The initial stock for this example comes
from casting.

The following InventorCAM operations are created to perform the machining:

• Top face machining (FM_profile)

This Face Milling operation performs the machining of the top


face of the cover. An end mill of Ø16 is used. The machining
is performed in two passes - rough and finish. A machining
allowance of 0.2 mm remain unmachined at the floor after the
rough pass and removed during the finishing pass. Position #1 of
the Machine Coordinate system is used for the operation.

• Front hole machining (D_drill; F_profile_1)

These operations are used for the front hole machining using
Position #2 of the Machine Coordinate system. The Drill operations
perform center-drilling and two steps drilling of the hole. The
Profile operation is used for the machining of the connector faces
around the hole.

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• Left hole machining (D_drill_1; F_profile_2)

These operations are used for the left hole machining using Position #3
of the Machine Coordinate system. The sequence of the Drill and Profile
operations is similar to the sequence used for the front hole machining.

• Back hole machining (D_drill_2; F_profile_3)

These operations are used for the left hole machining using Position #4
of the Machine Coordinate system. The sequence of the Drill and Profile
operations is similar to the sequence used for the front hole machining.

• Right hole machining (D_drill_3; F_profile_4)

These operations are used for the left hole machining using Position #5
of the Machine Coordinate system. The sequence of the Drill and Profile
operations is similar to the sequence used for the front hole machining.

• Top holes machining (P_profile_5; D_drill_4;D_drill_5; F_profile_6)

These operations are used for the machining of the holes located on the
top faces of the model. Position #1 of the Machine Coordinate system is
used for all the operations.

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MULTI-SIDED MACHINING

The multi_sided_machining_1_IV.prz example illustrates the use of


InventorCAM Multi-sided machining to complete the machining of the clamp
part shown above, using a 5-axis CNC Machine.

The following InventorCAM operations are created to perform the machining:

• Top face machining (FM_profile_1)

This Face Milling operation machines the top inclined face of the
clamp. Machine Coordinate system #1 (Position #2) is used for
the operation.

• Back face machining (FM_profile_2)

This Face Milling operation machines the back inclined face of


the clamp. Machine Coordinate system #1 (Position #3) is used
for the operation.

• Front face machining (FM_profile_3)

This Face Milling operation machines the front inclined face of


the clamp. Machine Coordinate system #1 (Position #4) is used
for the operation.

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• Openings machining (F_profile_4)

This Profile operation machines two openings, located on the front


inclined face of the clamp. Machine Coordinate system #1 (Position #4) is
used for the operation.

• Slot machining (P_profile_5; P_profile6)

These Pocket operations machines the slot faces located on the top inclined
face of the clamp, using the Contour strategy. Machine Coordinate system
#1 (Position #2) is used for the operation.

• Hole machining (P_profile_7; D_drill)

These operations machine the inclined counterbore hole, located on the


top inclined face of the clamp. Machine Coordinate system #1 (Position
#5) is used for the operation.

• Bottom face machining (FM_profile_8)

This Face Milling operation machines the bottom inclined face of the
clamp. Machine Coordinate system #2 (Position #1) is used for the
operation.

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SIM. 5-AXIS MACHINING

The sim_5_axis_1_IV.prz example illustrates the use of the InventorCAM


Sim. 5 axis module for turbine blade machining.

The following Sim. 5 axis operations are used to perform the semi-finish and
finish machining of the turbine blade:

• Blade Semi-finishing
(5X_selected_faces; 5X_selected_faces)

The first operation provides the semi-finish of the turbine blade,


using a bull nosed tool of Ø16 with a corner radius of 4 mm. A
combination of the Parallel Cuts strategy and Spiral Cutting
method is used to perform the spiral machining of the blade.

The tool tilting is defined using the Tilted relative to cutting


direction option, with lag angle of 20°. The tool contact point
is defined at the front tool face. This combination of parameters
enables you to perform the machining by the toroidal surface of
the tool.

Gouge checking is performed to avoid the possible collisions of


the tool with the planar surface of the blade base. The remaining
material will be machined at a later stage, using a special tilting
strategy.

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The second Sim. 5-axis operation provides semi-finishing of the blade
area, close to the blade base. This area was not machined in the previous
operation because of the gouge protection. A bull nosed tool of Ø8, with
a corner radius of 2 mm, is used for the operation. Similar to the previous
operation, a combination of the Parallel Cuts strategy and Spiral
Cutting method is used to perform the spiral machining of the blade.

The tool tilting is defined using the Tilted relative to cutting direction
option, with a lag angle of 20°. In addition to the lag angle, a side tilting
angle of 10° is defined to avoid the gouging of the planar face of the
blade base.

• Blade finishing (5X_selected_faces)

This operation performs the finishing of the blade. A bull nosed tool of
Ø8, with a corner radius of 2.5 mm, is used for the operation.

The tool tilting is defined using the Tilted relative to cutting direction
option with a lag angle of 20°. In addition to the lag angle, a side tilting
angle of 10° is defined to avoid the gouging of the planar face of the
blade base.

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SIM. 5-AXIS MACHINING

The sim_5_axis_2_IV.prz example illustrates the use of the Sim. 5 axis


operation for an aerospace part machining.

A number of Sim. 5 axis operations are defined in order to perform the finish
machining of the inclined faces of the aerospace frame and their adjacent
fillets. The inclined faces are forming an undercut area that cannot be machined
using 3 axis milling; we have to use 5 axis milling, with the appropriate tilting
strategy, to machine the inclined faces.

• Inclined walls finishing


(5X_selected_faces_1; 5X_selected_faces_2;
5X_selected_faces_3)

These operations perform the finish machining of the inclined


walls.

A ball nosed tool of Ø4 is used for the operation.

The Parallel Cuts strategy is used to generate a number of cuts


parallel to the XY plane of the coordinate system.

The tool tilting is defined using the Tilted relative to cutting


direction option with a lag angle of 90°. These parameters
enable you to perform the machining with the side face of the
tool.

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• Fillet machining
(5X_selected_faces_4; 5X_selected_faces_5;
5X_selected_faces_6)

These operations perform the finish machining of the fillets adjacent to


the walls.

A ball nosed tool of Ø4 is used for the operation.

The Project curves strategy is used to generate a single pencil milling


pass, machining the fillets.

The Tilted through curves tilting strategy is used to perform a smooth


transition between different tool axis orientations.

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TURNING

The turning_1_IV.prz example illustrates the use of the InventorCAM


Turning for the machining of the part shown above.

The following Turning operations are used to perform the machining of the
part:

• External Roughing (TR_profile)

This operation is used to generate the tool path for the external
faces roughing. An External roughing tool is used for the
operation. The Long Process type is chosen for the operation
to perform the machining in longitudinal direction. The Rough
Work type is chosen for the operation; with this Work type the
rough machining is performed in a number of equidistant passes.

• Facial Turning (TR_profile_1)

This operation is used to generate the tool path for the front face
machining. An External roughing tool is used for the operation.
The Face Process type is chosen for the operation to perform
the machining in facial direction. The Rough work type is chosen
for the operation; with this work type the rough machining is
performed in a number of equidistant passes.

• Drilling (DRILL)

This Drill operation is used to perform the rough machining of the


hole. A U-Drill tool of Ø28 is used for the operation.
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• External Finishing (TR_profile)

This Turning operation is used to perform the external faces finishing. The
Profile Work type is chosen to generate the finishing pass. An External
roughing tool is used for the operation.

• Internal Turning (TR_profile_2)

This Turning operation is used to perform the internal faces finishing. The
Profile Work type is chosen to generate the finishing pass. An Internal
roughing tool is used for the operation.

• External Grooving (GR_profile3)

This Grooving operation is used to perform rough and finish machining


of the external groove faces. An External grooving tool is used for the
operation.

• Internal Grooving (GR_profile_4)

This Grooving operation is used to perform rough and finish machining


of the internal groove faces. An Internal grooving tool is used for the
operation.

• External Threading (TH_profile_5)

This Threading operation is used to perform the machining of the external


thread with the minimal diameter of 56 mm and pitch of 1.5 mm. An
External threading tool is used for the operation.

• Internal Threading (TH_profile_6)

This Threading operation is used to perform the machining of the internal


thread with the maximal diameter of 33.5 mm and pitch of 1.5 mm. An
Internal threading tool is used for the operation.

• Parting (GR_profile_7)

This Grooving operation is used to perform the parting (cut-off) of the


machined part from the stock bar. The Cut Work type is used for the
operation. An External grooving tool is used for the operation.

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TURNING

The turning_2_IV.prz example illustrates InventorCAM functionality for


Rest Material machining, during longitudinal and facial rough/finish turning
operations, performed on the wheel part shown above.

The following Turning operations are used to perform the machining of the
part:

• External Roughing (TR_profile)

This operation is used to generate the tool path for the external
faces roughing. An External roughing tool is used for the operation.
The Long Process type is chosen for the operation to perform
the machining in the longitudinal direction. The Rough Work
type is chosen for the operation; with this Work type the rough
machining is performed in a number of equidistant passes.

• External Rest Material Roughing (TR_profile)

This operation utilizes the Rest Material option to perform the


machining of the areas left unmachined after the previous
operation. These areas were unmachined because of the
orientation and geometry of the tool used in the previous
operation. In this operation a tool with opposite orientation is
used to machine the part, moving in the positive Z-direction.

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• External Finishing (TR_profile_1)

This Turning operation is used to perform the external faces finishing. The
Profile Work type is chosen to generate the finishing pass. An External
Contour tool is used for the operation to avoid leaving unmachined areas
during the external finish.

• Facial Roughing (TR_profile_2)

This operation is used to generate the tool path for the front face
roughing. An External roughing tool is used for the operation. The Face
Process type is chosen for the operation to perform the machining
in facial direction. The Rough work type is chosen for the operation;
with this work type the rough machining is performed in a number of
equidistant passes.

• External Rest Material Roughing (TR_profile_2)

This operation utilizes the Rest Material option to perform the machining
of the areas left unmachined after the previous operation. These areas
were unmachined because of the orientation and geometry of the tool
used in the previous operation. In this operation the tool with opposite
orientation is used to machine the part, moving in the positive X-direction.

• External Facial Finishing (TR_profile_2)

This Turning operation is used to perform the front face finishing. The
Profile Work type is chosen to generate the finishing pass. An External
roughing tool is used for the operation.

• External Rest Material Finishing (TR_profile_2)

This operation utilizes the Rest Material option to perform the machining
of the areas left unmachined after the previous finishing operation. These
areas were unmachined because of the orientation and geometry of
the tool used in the previous operation. In this operation the tool with
opposite orientation is used to machine the part, moving in the positive
X-direction. The Profile Work type is chosen to generate the finishing
pass.

• Hole machining (DRILL)

This Drill operation is used to perform the machining of the hole. A


U-Drill tool of Ø40 is used for the operation.
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MILL-TURN

The mill_turn1_IV.prz example illustrates the use of the InventorCAM Mill-


Turn module for the machining of the optical part shown above, on a 4-axis
Mill-Turn CNC-Machine.

The following Turning and Milling operations are used to perform the
machining of the part:

• Turning
(TR_profile_1; DRILL_; TR_profile_10)

These turning operations are used to generate the tool path


for the rough and finish machining of the external and internal
cylindrical faces.

• Facial Milling (F_profile_2; D_drill_3; D_drill_4)

These operations perform the machining of the screw slot and


four holes using InventorCAM capabilities for facial milling.
Position #1 of Coordinate System #1 is used to perform the facial
machining.

• Machining of the side faces (P_profile_3)

This Pocket operation is used to perform the machining of the side


faces of the model. The Contour strategy is used in combination
with a negative Wall offset value in order to generate an
overlapping tool path that completely machines the faces.

CoordSys Position #3 is used for the operation. The Transform option is


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• Drilling on the side face (D_drill)

This Drill operation is used to perform the machining of two holes located
on the side face of the model. CoordSys Position #3 is used for the
operation.

• Slot machining (F_profile_4)

This Profile operation is used to perform the machining of the slot using
indexial 4-axis milling.

Position #4 of Coordinate System #1 is used for the operation.

An end mill of Ø2.5 is used for the operation.

• Radial holes machining


(D_drill1_; P_profile_6; D_drill_2; P_profile_7)

These Drill and Pocket operations are used to perform the machining of
three counterbore holes located on the cylindrical face.

Position #5 and Position #6 of Coordinate System #1 are used for the


operations.

• Pocket machining (P_profile_9)

This Pocket operation is used to perform the simultaneous 4-axis machining


of the pocket, wrapped on the external face of the part. Position #2 of
Coordinate System #1 is used to perform the pocket machining. An end
mill of Ø2.5 is used for the operation.

The Wrap option, chosen during the machining geometry definition,


enables you to define the wrapped geometry of the pocket directly on
the solid model.

The Contour strategy is chosen for the pocket machining.

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MILL-TURN

The mill_turn_2_IV.prz example illustrates the use of the InventorCAM Mill-


Turn module for the machining of the console part shown above on a 5-axis
Mill-Turn CNC-Machine.

The following Turning and Milling operations are used to perform the
machining of the part:

• Turning (TR_profile)

This turning operation is used to generate the tool path for the
rough and finish machining of the external cylindrical faces.

• Indexial milling (F_profile_6)

This Profile operation is used to perform the machining of the


cube sides using the InventorCAM indexial milling capabilities.
Position #2 of Coordinate System #2 is used for the operation.
The Transform option is used to create a circular pattern of
operations around the revolution axis in order to machine all the
cube faces.

An end mill of Ø16 is used for the operation.

• Horizontal faces machining (F_profile_1)

This Profile operation is used to perform the indexial milling of the


horizontal faces at the front part of the console. Position #4 of
Coordinate System #1 is used for the operation.
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The Transform option is used to create a circular pattern of operations
around the revolution axis in order to machine both sides of the console’s
front part.

• Inclined faces machining (F_profile_3; F_profile_4)

These Profile operations are used to perform the machining of the inclined
faces using the B-axis. CoordSys positions #5 and #6 are used for these
operation.

An end mill of Ø16 is used for the operations.

• Cylindrical face machining (F_profile_2)

This Profile operation is used to perform the machining of the cylindrical


face at the front part of the console. Position #4 of Coordinate System #1
is used for the operation.

An end mill of Ø16 is used for the operations.

• Pocket machining (P_profile_9)

This Pocket operation is used to perform the machining of the pocket


located on the inclined faces, using the B-axis. Position #5 of Coordinate
System #1 is used for the operation.

An end mill of Ø6 is used for the operation.

• Inclined faces machining (F_profile_7; F_profile_8)

These Profile operations are used to perform the machining of the inclined
faces on the cube, using the B-axis. CoordSys positions #7 and #8 are
used for the operation.

An end mill of Ø16 is used for the operation.

• Hole machining (D_drill; D_drill_1; D_drill_2; D_drill_3)

These Drill operations are used to perform the machining of the inclined
faces on the cube, using the B-axis. CoordSys positions #4, #6, #7 and #8
are used for the operations.

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MILL-TURN - 2 SPINDLES

The back_spindle_IV.prz example illustrates the use of the InventorCAM


Back Spindle functionality for the machining of the connector part shown
above, on a 5-axis Mill-Turn CNC-Machine.

The following Turning and Milling operations are used to perform the
machining of the part:

• Turning and front side milling (TR_profile; DRILL;


F_profile_1; TR_profile_2)

These operations are used to perform turning and facial milling


of the front faces of the connector. Position #1 of Coordinate
System #1 is used for the operation. The back spindle is not used
in these operations; only the main spindle is used.

• Indexial machining of the middle part


(F_profile_6; D_drill_2; F_profile_7)

These Profile and Drill operations are used to perform the


machining of the pads and holes located around the cylindrical
surface, in the middle part of the connector. Position #5 of
Coordinate System #1 is used for the operation. The Back
Spindle Connect operation is defined before these operations,
enabling the combined use of both spindles (main and back) in
these operations.

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• Indexial machining of the back part
(P_profile_8; D_drill_3)

These Profile and Drill operations are used to perform the machining of
the pads and holes located around the conical surface, in the middle part
of the connector. Position #6 of Coordinate System #1 is used for the
operation. The Back Spindle MoveBack operation is defined before
these operations, causing the retract of the back spindle, so that these
operations are performed with the main spindle only.

• Turning and back side milling


(TR_profile_9; F_profile_10; DRILL; TR_profile_11;
F_profile_12; D_drill_4)

These operations are used to perform turning and facial milling of the
back faces of the connector. Position #1 of Coordinate System #1 is used
for turnings operation. Position #4 of Coordinate System #1 is used for
milling operations. The Back Spindle Transfer operation is defined
before these operations, causing the transfer of the part from the main
spindle to the back spindle. The machining is performed on the part
clamped in the back spindle.

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WIRE CUT

The wire_cut_IV.prz example illustrates the use of the InventorCAM Wire


Cut module for the conical gear machining.

The following Wire Cut operations are used to perform the machining of the
part:

• Central cut machining (F_contour)

This Profile operation is used to machine the central through


cut. The Later option is used for the Auto Stop technology,
generating a postponed separate sub-operation preventing the
material dropping.

• Gear face machining (X_four_axis)

The 4-axis operation is used to machine the conical gear shape.


The insertion point of the wire is chosen outside the cylindrical
stock, simplifying the approach of the wire to the machining
contour.

Refer to the Wire Cut User Guide for more information about the Wire Cut
module.

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SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
• Microsoft® Windows 7 x32/x64 Professional and Ultimate editions,

Microsoft® Windows Vista x32/x64 Business and Ultimate editions


with Service Pack 1,

Microsoft® Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 or 3,

Microsoft® Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

• Intel® Core™, Intel® Core™2 Duo, Intel® Core™ Quad, Quad-


core, Intel® Xeon®,

AMD Phenom™, AMD Phenom™ II, AMD Athlon™ X2 Dual-Core


- class processor.

• 2 GB RAM or more (4 GB or more for x64 operating system is


recommended for large CAM-Parts machining)

• A OpenGL workstation graphics card (512 MB RAM recommended)


and latest driver

• Mouse or other pointing device

• CD drive

• Internet Explorer version 6 if you are using the SolidCAM online help

• For viewing SolidCAM User Guides and Training Courses, Adobe


Acrobat version 9 or higher is recommended.

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TRAINING MATERIALS

The following training courses are suitable both for InventorCAM frontal
training and for self study.

• Milling Training Course: 2.5D Milling

• Milling Training Course: 3D Milling

• Turning Training Course

• Turn-Mill Training Course

• Advanced Training Course

These documents are available in the following format: PDF for on-line use +
Examples

The following user guides for InventorCAM are available.

• Milling User Guide

• HSM User Guide

• Sim. 5-axis User Guide

• Turning User Guide

• Wire Cut User Guide

The PDF versions of user guides are available for download from the
Download area of InventorCAM Web site: www.inventorcam.com.

On-line help, based on these user guides, is available within InventorCAM.

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Indexed Multi-Sided Machining Simultaneous 5-Axis Machining Turning and Mill-Turn up to 5-Axis

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