Learn how to apply a range of machining operations directly onto your part in preparation for manufacture.
Prerequisites: SOLIDWORKS Essentials
What You Will Learn
- Creation of a virtual CNC tool library
- Creation of drilling aggregates and multi spindle drill configurations
- Machine Setup & Panel Orientation
- Defining the panel orientation, stock sizes of the panel
- Milling operations for contouring, pocketing, grooving, engraving and more
- 3 Axis milling operations and the process to apply manually or automatically
- 4 Axis coordinate systems to apply operations onto angled faces
- 5 axis capabilities, specifically how to apply operation that require use of all 5 axis
- Generating a nested layout for CNC use with SWOOD Nesting
- Manual and automatic methods of applying drilling operations
This lesson will give a thorough understanding on the initial SWOOD setup, ensuring standard libraries and specific document templates are loaded and accessible for all the CAM team to use.
Lesson 1: CNC Tool Creation
This lesson guides you through the creation of a virtual tool library representing the tools at your machine and looks at the specific settings that can be configured for each tool in your library. Once individual tools have been generated, time is spent covering the creation of drilling aggregates and multi spindle drill configurations.
Lesson 2: Machine Setup & Panel Orientation
Lesson 2 guides users through the process of setting up a program in a single part model. Focusing on the selection of the machine, defining the panel orientation, stock sizes of the panel and the process of adding tools to the program phase ready for addition of tool paths.
Lesson 3: Drilling
Lesson 3 introduces the process for applying drilling operations to a program. This lesson reviews the manual and automatic methods of applying drilling operations in SWOOD CAM.
Lesson 4: Milling
Lesson 4 introduces 3 axis milling operations and the process to apply manually or automatically. Operations including but not limited to contouring, pocketing, grooving, Engraving and more. Each example will explain toolpath set up and detail on how to modify required settings.
2 Day Course
Lesson 5: 3D Milling
Lesson 5 covers the set up for simultaneous 3 axis operations.
Lesson 6: 4 Axis
Lesson 6 introduces the method to create custom coordinate systems to apply operations onto angled faces. This lesson is only applicable if you have a CNC machine with a 4th axis or special angled head.
Lesson 7: 5 Axis
Lesson 7 introduces 5 axis capabilities, specifically how to apply operation that require use of all 5 axis. This lesson is only applicable if you have a 5-axis capable CNC machine.
Lesson 8: Nesting
Lesson 8 introduces SWOOD Nesting, SWOOD Nesting is a separate module to SWOOD CAM. The lesson covers the process of taking a project and generating a nested layout for CNC use. The associated optimization options are covered and explained. This lesson is only applicable if you have SWOOD Nesting module and a suitable CNC for nesting layout.
Take a look at some of the CAM tools you will be learning how to use during the course