3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Tutorial Part 12: Shop Floor Programmer for CAM

Article by TriMech Solutions, LLC updated July 30, 2021


In the previous part of our 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Tutorial series we reviewed mold design. In this tutorial we are reviewing the features in Shop Floor Programmer that make it very easy to create the program for our carving knife handle as we program half of the mold for the handle that has been created.

When a new product is developed, it is important to gain a clear understanding of how variables will impact production. Shop Floor Programmer helps us do that and is available inside of the 3DEXPERIENCE Works. It includes 2.5 and 3 Axis Milling operations, kinematic machine simulation, 3 + 2 Machining and Probing.

Watch the tutorial video below to learn how we simulated the machining of this part:

Reviewing the Mold for CAM Programmer

We can access and review the mold prior to programming. Files programmed in Shop Floor Machining can be leveraged from the 3DEXPERIENCE design tools or from an external resource.

3DEXPERIENCE Shop Floor Programmer Mold Review

3DEXPERIENCE Shop Floor Programmer Mold Review

Shop Floor Machining

Shop Floor Machining allows for setups of machining cells that can be reused. In this case, we will use a Tormach Machine already set up. The carving knife mold simply needs to be inserted and positioned. After identifying the work offset and rough stock, it is ready to be programmed.

3DEXPERIENCE Shop Floor Machining Tormach Machine

3DEXPERIENCE Shop Floor Machining Tormach Machine

CAM Tool Selection

We are provided with Axial, Prismatic and Surface Machining Options for programming. Once a machining method is selected, we can leverage tool selection through a created and saved Tool Catalog.

Shop Floor Machining CAM Programmer allows for full customization of the operations, including entry, retract, step overs and feeds.

3DEXPERIENCE Shop Floor Machining Operations Customization

3DEXPERIENCE Shop Floor Machining Operations Customization

Machine Simulation

Once the part is fully programmed, the Machine Simulation is a click away. There are options for Stock removal and Toolpath visualization during the simulation.

Machine Simulation

Machine Simulation

The Shop Floor Programmer CAM role is a complete solution for 3 Axis Milling. Leveraging the tools in Shop Floor Machining, the carving knife mold can be programmed and verified within minutes. This allows for a seamless transition between the other apps in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

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