Machining Multiple Parts on 4-axis Tombstone with CAMWorks for Solid Edge

by Siemens Valued Contributor Siemens Valued Contributor on ‎06-03-2014 07:00 AM (3,639 Views)

In my last post, I mentioned that job shops like to be efficient.  Efficiency in production operations means more profits for the shop.  One way to increase efficiency is to reduce the number of machining setups that have to be made to machine a part.  To reduce setups, smart shops are spending hard-earned cash on better technology like 4-axis machining centers.  The addition of a rotary axis to a 3-axis machining center means that the fixture/part can be rotated, and more sides of the part can be machined in one setup.


The following video shows how to create NC programs for multiple setups of the same part on a 4-axis horizontal machining center.  Pay special attention to how CAMWorks for Solid Edge has built-in intelligence to machine all possible features before rotating the tombstone.



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by Legend
on ‎06-03-2014 10:05 AM

Can this be done with a 3D license or do you need the 5 axis license? Also, can you simulate an indexer with the 3D license?


One other thing, Marc Bissel was giving me some ideas about using configurations to produce alternate setups. I don't recall everything he said but this might be a good topic.


by Siemens Valued Contributor Siemens Valued Contributor
on ‎06-04-2014 08:23 AM

Hi Larry,


I spoke with the good folks at Geoemtric, and they told me that the 5-axis license is not required, since no 5-axis operations were used in the video.  In fact, the 2.5D license is quite enough for this case.


Jim Wright