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With the feature being fairly new, Siemens NX Adaptive Milling allows CAM users to rough a volume of material using an adaptive cut pattern in planar cut levels normal to a fixed axis and maintains a consistent cutter engagement. This operation is recommended for high speed machining where extending tool and machine life is a consideration. Our Mill Manufacturing course covers Adaptive Milling in depth.

How familiar are you with adaptive milling fundamentals? Take our complimentary NX CAM knowledge test to see where you stand. Once complete, you can review your answers with explanations straight from our NX CAM instructor John Vincent.

Note: Questions asked come straight from our NX Mill Manufacturing Fundamentals training class.

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A set of 10 multiple choice questions come straight from our CAM instructor’s training manual. After submitting your answers, you can see how you did and review notes written by our expert CAM guy, John Vincent!

Adaptive Milling Quiz

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Adaptive Milling gives a cut pattern that gradually morphs to the shape of a cut region with smooth, flowing motions. This makes it ideal for high-speed machining. It also allows the programmer to use a greater axial depth of cut than normal.
Adaptive Milling gives a cut pattern that gradually morphs to the shape of a cut region with smooth, flowing motions. This makes it ideal for high-speed machining. It also allows the programmer to use a greater axial depth of cut than normal.
Adaptive Milling uses a deeper depth of cut and a smaller stepover than Cavity Milling. This allows heat to be dissipated in the chips rather than being absorbed by the cutting tool.
Adaptive Milling uses a deeper depth of cut and a smaller stepover than Cavity Milling. This allows heat to be dissipated in the chips rather than being absorbed by the cutting tool.
 The Cavity Milling and Adaptive Milling operations both remove material in planar cut levels normal to a fixed tool axis. Although Cavity Milling can be more ideal for rough-cutting parts because it removes larger volumes of material, whether to use Cavity or Adaptive Milling really depends on the part.
 The Cavity Milling and Adaptive Milling operations both remove material in planar cut levels normal to a fixed tool axis/ Cavity Milling can be more ideal for rough-cutting parts because it removes larger volumes of material, but it really depends on the part.
When machining open regions, the Adaptive Milling operation uses a spiral cut pattern that cuts from the outside in. Near the end of the operation, a small pillar of remaining material is left inside the region.
When machining open regions, the Adaptive Milling operation uses a spiral cut pattern that cuts from the outside in. Near the end of the operation, a small pillar of remaining material is left inside the region.
Minimum Curvature Radius controls the tool path in corners. The larger you set the minimum curvature radius; the more stock will be left in the corners. Although the value must be between 5% and 50% of the tool diameter, the recommendation is that the radius should be set between 5% and 15% of the tool.
Minimum Curvature Radius controls the tool path in corners. The larger you set the minimum curvature radius; the more stock will be left in the corners. Although the value must be between 5% and 50% of the tool diameter, the recommendation is that the radius should be set between 5% and 15% of the tool.
You cannot specify cut area geometry in Adaptive Milling operations. You must use trim boundaries to contain the cut areas.
You cannot specify cut area geometry in Adaptive Milling operations. You must use trim boundaries to contain the cut areas.
When you want to cut Bottom Up, you set the Bottom Up Cutting option to “Between Cut Levels”. That is when the “Step up” and “Min Cut” widgets appear.
When you want to cut Bottom Up, you set the Bottom Up Cutting option to “Between Cut Levels”. That is when the “Step up” and “Min Cut” widgets appear.
The Minimum Cut Depth specifies a minimum depth of the final cut when you use bottom up cutting.
The Minimum Cut Depth specifies a minimum depth of the final cut when you use bottom up cutting.
Adaptive milling operations may produce breakthrough regions when you machine between previously cut regions or through the outside of the part, leaving sharp, thin areas of material.
Adaptive milling operations may produce breakthrough regions when you machine between previously cut regions or through the outside of the part, leaving sharp, thin areas of material.
In the Cut Levels section, the range can be adjusted. This includes the range type, top of range, range definition, and cut below last range.
In the Cut Levels section, the range can be adjusted. This includes the range type, top of range, range definition, and cut below last range.
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