5 Axis “Flow Curve” Machining at Moore Brothers Company

VisualCAM for SOLIDWORKSMoore Brothers Company of Warren, RI (USA) leverages their native SOLIDWORKS snow ski core insert designs to produce 5 Axis “Flow Curve” machining strategies with VisualCAM for SOLIDWORKS.
In this strategy, the toolpath flows onto the SOLIDWORKS part surfaces by following a selected drive curve. Lead/Lag and Tilt parameters provide additional controls over the cutter’s orientation relative to the part. Lead/Lag Angle controls the tool axis along the direction of travel while Tilt Angle controls the tool axis direction normal to the direction of travel. Other Cutting Parameters include Cut Type (Along or Across), Cut Traversal (Zig or ZigZag), Stepover and Tool Tip Control (the ability axially move the computed tool’s tip).

VisualCAM for SOLIDWORKS is shown simulating a continuous 5 Axis “Flow Curve” machining operation on a snow ski core insert design. In this operation, the cutter “flows” onto the part surfaces while following the direction of a selected drive curve. (Inset Top) A similar part is shown being cut on the table of the ShopBot 5 Axis CNC center. Courtesy of Moore Brothers Manufacturing, Warren RI.

Watch a simulation of the 5 Axis “Flow Curve” below:

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Don LaCourse

Don LaCourse

Don LaCourse is an Application Engineer with MecSoft Corporation. Don brings over 20 years of experience in CAD/CAM operations in both automotive and mold design applications. Don also has extensive experience in documenting CAD/CAM products and is actively involved with writing the on-line help as well as creating training tutorials for MecSoft's products.
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