NX CAM Turning

A Complete CNC Lathe Software Solution

The turning software module in NX CAM allows you to quickly program simple parts on your CNC lathe machine, but is still capable enough to tackle your toughest geometry in multi-spindle, multi-turret applications.

NX CAM turning software can use either 2D part profiles or full solid models. It provides you with advanced cutting strategies for roughing, multiple-pass finishing, grooving, thread cutting and centerline drilling.

Complete Set of Automated Operations

Complete Set of Automated Operations

With the turning software module in NX, you can easily program a full range of CNC lathe operations, including:

  • On-center hole making (spot, drill, peck, chip, ream and tap)
  • Roughing (face, turn, back turn, bore, back bore and undercut) with multiple patterns and depth of cut control and angle control
  • Rough and finish grooving with auto left/right tracking point control
  • OD/ID (outside diameter/inside diameter) threading
  • OD/ID face
  • Cutoff operation and bar feed operation types

User Control

You can customize and fine-tune turning boundaries to account for various finish requirements or in-process characteristics, such as grind stock.

NX suppresses features as needed. Transitions to and from boundary edits ensure that the desired end-result is easily achieved. Additionally, you can compensate for cutter diameter variance or use zero-diameter tool programming (part dimension programming).

Advanced Options

NX CAM turning software provides special cutting patterns, such as finish all, down-only cutting and toward/away from a corner patterns.

You can protect valuable work pieces by interrupting long cuts for insert changes. Safe exit and re-entry to the cut are handled automatically.

Teach Mode

The turning software module in NX provides step-by-step motion instructions with a few mouse clicks. NX supports all of your lathe center’s capabilities (including bar feeds or tail stocks) and visualizes their motion.

In-Process Workpiece (IPW)

With NX CAM you can keep track of workpiece nominal shape in operations sequences. It provides immediate feedback on the current IPW status, which can be displayed in different ways, including 2D and spinning 3D.

NC Programming Automation

NX CAM turning software automates grooving with feature-based machining processes. You can produce threads according to standards with parameter-driven thread cutting processes.

You can also break corners with arcs or chamfers that account for the finish status of the adjacent geometry.

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