5-Axis Machining

SolidCAM’s Proven & Powerful Simultaneous 5-Axis Machining
Benefit from the most tested and proven 5-axis CNC milling tool paths in the industry, with a very straight-forward user interface, and the most advanced control over all aspects of tool path and collision checking.

  • Choose from the most complete library of Simultaneous 5-Axis cutting strategies that get you up and cutting instantly.
  • Collision Avoidance protects both the tool and holder with a wide range of strategies, and machine simulation provides complete, graphical Cutter and Tool-holder gouge checking.
  • Each 5-Axis machining strategy provides you with sophisticated options for approach/link control, tool axis control and collision avoidance.
  • Link and approach moves are fully gouge protected and different strategies may be used depending on the distance of the link move. The feed rate may also be varied on the link moves to allow for a smooth approach to the part.
  • SolidCAM also provides you options for controlling lead/lag and side tilt angles giving you complete control over the final tool path.


Multiblade Machining
SolidCAM takes the frustration and complexity out of machining multiblade impellers, wheels and disks with the new Multiblade Machining module, which includes operations for roughing and finishing each part of these complex shapes. This new module is specifically designed to easily generate the necessary tool paths for various multiblade configurations – you can even machine all blade surfaces in a single operation.

Port Machining
The new Port Machining module enables you to easily machine ports with standard or tapered lollipop tools, and has collision checks for the entire tool assembly (shank, arbor, and holder). You can choose from several strategies including cutting the top only or bottom only. Port Machining uses 3-axis machining as far into the port as possible, and then switches to 5-axis motion. The system automatically overlaps top/bottom strategies to ensure smooth transitions where the tool paths meet. Both roughing and finishing tool paths are provided and stock can be represented as castings or billet.

Contour 5-Axis Machining
The new 5-Axis Contour Machining strategy tilts the tool along a 3D chained profile, aligning the tool axis according to user-defined tilt lines, making it ideal for deburring and trimming.

Multiaxis Roughing
The new Multiaxis Roughing operation is used to rough out pocket shaped geometries. You can specify the inputs for floor, wall and ceiling surfaces which SolidCAM uses to identify the constraints of the roughing tool path. Two types of strategies are available: Offset-Based and Adaptive Roughing.

Rotary Machining
The new Rotary Machining operation is designed to mill parts on a 4-axis machine, and can be used to mill cylindrical parts like bottle molds, cores and electrodes. The tool paths are directly calculated on the model instead of being wrapped from 2D geometry.

New Enhancements to Swarf, Multiaxis Drill & the Convert HSM to 5x Operations
Experience New tilting options and enhancements that have been added to the SWARF, Multiaxis Drill and Convert HSM to Simultaneous 5x operations. These enhancements give you more power in your Sim. 5x operations to reduce programming time, improve product quality and minimize scrap.

Swarf Machining
Swarf Machining lets you use the side of the tool to machine the wall at the best possible angle. Swarf cutting uses the most effective cutting length of the tool, resulting in better surface quality and shorter machining time.

Multiaxis Drilling
The Multiaxis Drilling operation takes advantage of SolidCAM’s automatic hole recognition to allow you to quickly and easily create drilling, tapping and boring cycles along any hole alignment. All the advanced linking, tilting and collision avoidance strategies available in other Sim. 5x operations are also available in this operation, providing full control of the tool path.

Convert HSM to Sim. 5-Axis Milling
Use the Convert HSM to Sim. 5-Axis milling operation to take advantage of the HSM 3D tool paths by applying full 5-Axis tool-tilting, collision-protection and linking strategies, enabling the use of shorter tools for more stability and rigidity.