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Helix on the Haas

2/17/20 5:16 PM / by camInstructor Mike

Programming with Mastercam to cut a complex helical shaped part.

Welp, living in the Great White North, it is that time of year. I seem to have lost my voice due to a cold so no narration for this weeks video. I know I know, now the video will actually be watchable right? haha

I've been meaning to take this footage and incorporate it into a Mastercam lesson, step by step in Mastercam then showing the resulting motion both in Machsim and on the actual machine. The lack of a voice has put this on hold for now, just know it is still on the agenda and will eventually get made. 

This toolpaths used for this part were quite simple. Dynamic OptiRough used in 4 planes to rough the part. 5 axis Parallel to semi finish and finish. 2D Dynamic to cut the slots. Deburr to get the sharp edges. 2D Contour to part off.  

The most difficult part of this program is the Parallel toolpath. These 5 axis toolpaths do have a lot of options in them and if you start off down the wrong track at the beginning of your toolpath creation, things can get real messy. Once I get my voice back I'll share some 5 axis toolpaths workflows that should keep you on track. 


Here's hoping the voice is back next week!



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Topics: Mastercam, 5 Axis, Haas

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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