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FREE 5-Axis Lesson

10/30/19 6:00 AM / by camInstructor Mike

Here is an introduction to one of our new Mastercam 5-Axis Lessons. There is also a link to access this lesson for FREE!

Link to the FREE Lesson

Improve your productivity with simultaneous 5-axis machining capability for Mastercam. Mastercams Multiaxis toolpaths offers a wide range of multiaxis machining strategies—both basic and advanced. 

This lesson contains everything you need to give Mastercam 2020 a try using 5 axis toolpaths and 5 axis simulation. The part will be machined on the Haas UMC-750.  The machines kinematics must be considered during toolpath creation. Complete machine simulation will be used to check for correct motion type as well as to ensure no collisions occur during the machining process.

Step 1 - Importing the Machine files and setting the Machine up.

Step 2 - Download and Import the solid models. Solids for the part as well as fixtures are included.

Step 3 - Roughing of the part using a 3D roughing strategy. A common mistake of 5 axis programming is forgetting about all the 2D and 3D toolpaths that are available. Typically, the machine is more rigid when it's rotational axes are locked.

Step 4 - Finishing surfaces with the Multiaxis Flow toolpath. This is a 5 axis simultaneous toolpath.

Step 5 - Finish features with the Curve 5 Axis toolpath. This is another 5 axis simultaneous toolpath.

Step 6 - Setup the Machine Simulation environment and run the toolpaths checking for collisions and correct toolpath motion. 


Mastercam Multiaxis machining spans a wide array of applications but primarily supports the accurate machining of complex, free-form components. Leverage pre-defined strategies to efficiently rough and accurately finish multisurface models, providing smooth transitions between surfaces. Machine extremely complex models on virtually any type of machine tool, with complete control of the tool axis, direction of cut, and contact point of the tool.


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Topics: CNC, Mastercam 2020, 5 Axis

camInstructor Mike

Written by camInstructor Mike

camInstructor Mike is Mike Wearne, an avid machinist, cnc programmer and overall connoisseur of all things machining. Mike is one of camInstructor's resident cad/cam/cnc experts and works part time at his local college teaching aspiring machinists how to program CNC Machines of all types.

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