NX Mill Manufacturing Fundamentals

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About Our NX Milling Manufacturing (NX2206) Course

Course No: TR20300
Software: NX 2206
Class Duration: 4 Days
Class Location: Virtual Classroom*
Cost Per Student: $2,560


Students attending this course are expected to be competent in NC/CNC programming principles and have completed one of the following Swoosh courses; NX CAD Fundamentals (TR10200) or NX for Experienced CAD Users (TR10300).


Looking for a beginner NX CAM training class? This 4-day NX Mill Manufacturing Fundamentals class is perfect for those new to Siemens NX CAM and trying to become CAM certified. NC programmers new to NX CAM will understand how to create CAM certified tool paths for 2 and 3 axis milling/drilling centers within the software. Also covered includes cutting / non-cutting motions and other NX operations. Upon completion, user will have the capability to create and modify output verified 3-axis NC programs for milling machines. The manufacturing user interface, coordinate systems, tools, and milling operations are discussed during the 4-day beginner NX Manufacturing Fundamentals training course.

Course Agenda

Day 1 


Lesson 1 - Introduction to the NX User Interface and Machining Environment

  • Workflow to Create a Program
  • CAM Roles
  • Tutorials and Shortcuts
  • Using CAM “Setup” files
  • Manufacturing Interface
  • Command Finder


Lesson 2 - Operation Navigator

  • Operation Navigator Overview
  • Operation Navigator Views
  • Symbols
  • Navigator Display Behavior
  • Copy/Paste Operations and Tools


Lesson 3 – Manufacturing Geometry

  • CSYS overview
  • Machine Coordinate Systems
  • Fixture Offsets
  • Clearance plane
  • Save Layout and Layer

Day 2 


Lesson 4 - Master Model Concepts

  • Benefits of the Master Model Concept
  • Template Files
  • Reference Sets
  • Creating an assembly
  • The Assembly Navigator, Work and Displayed Part
  • Opening an assembly
  • Part versions
  • Load Options
  • Positioning Components


Lesson 5 - Tools

  • Creating Tools
  • Retrieve Tools from Library
  • Tool Display
  • Carriers and Pockets
  • Shank and Holder


Lesson 6 - Facing

  • Multiple Regions
  • Simplify Region shape
  • Extend region to Blank
  • Cut Levels
  • Tool Run-Off


Lesson 7 – Cavity Milling

  • How Cavity Milling creates the tool path.
  • Mill Geometry
  • Ranges and Cut Levels
  • Cutting Parameters
  • Defining Blank Geometry
  • Divide tool path by holder
  • Divide tool path by Time, Distance or Motion

Day 3


Lesson 8 – Visualization

  • Replay for tool motion
  • Tool display options
  • Path display options
  • 3D-Dynamic material removal
  • Analyze the result after generating an operation.
  • Creating an IPW for reuse


Lesson 9 – Mill Planar

  • Boundary Types
  • Cut Patterns
  • Cut Levels
  • Cutting Parameters
  • Non-cutting Parameters
  • Speeds and Feeds
  • Machine Control


Lesson 10 – Hole Making

  • Operation Subtypes
  • Machine Cycle output
  • Geometry selection (manually)
  • Auto feature selection (FBM)
  • Feature grouping
  • Cutting Parameters


Lesson 11 – Adaptive Milling (Roughing)

  • What is Adaptive Milling
  • How does Adaptive Milling differ from Cavity Milling
  • Differences in dialogs between Cavity Mill and Adaptive Mill
  • Pillar Cutting
  • Minimum Curvature Radius of the path
  • Bottom-up cutting
  • Breakthrough regions and how they are cut.

Day 4


Lesson 12 – Fixed Axis Contour Milling

  • How the path is created
  • Requirements
  • Drive methods
  • Projection vector
  • Contour Operations
  • Cutting Parameters
  • Streamline Operations
  • Cut Area and Cut Boundary definition
  • Solid Profile Operation


Lesson 13 – ZLevel Profile Milling

  • Benefits of Z-Level Milling
  • Advantages over Cavity Milling
  • Steep angle definition
  • Z-Level Profiles
  • Optimize Cut Levels
  • Cutting below the tool contact area


Lesson 14 – IPW and Level-Based Options

  • Level Based IPW
  • Rest Milling operations
  • Benefits of Level-Based Milling
  • Benefits of 3D-IPW milling
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