CAMWorks which is seamlessly integrated within SOLIDWORKS is used to generate the NC code required for different machining operations.
All designers need to do is to create the part within SOLIDWORKS then export it to CAMWorks and let CAMWorks does the rest. For this particular tutorial, we will be going through how we can machine a tapered pocket.
We begin by creating a part with such parameters inside SOLIDWORKS.
Say we had the part below and we wanted to take it through CAMWorks.
There are two ways to go about creating a tapered pocket. One is by using a tapered end mill and another is by using the AutoDetect feature. Using the AutoDetect feature we are only required to define the parameters of the tapered pocket.
Proceed to the CAMWORKS feature manager tree and define a new mill part setup. Select the top face to define the direction of the mill part setup.
Under the mill, part setup, define a new 2.5 mill axis feature.
For the end condition, select the bottom face of the pocket and click on AutoDetect. Once you click finish you will notice the feature added under the mill part setup.
Generate the operation plan and run the subsequent simulate tool path. Taper is then shown in the model.
The other way to do this is by defining a tapered end mill. We need to add the mill to our tool crib. Move to the tool crib and add the flat end tapered end mill.
Choose the tapered end mill that corresponds to the taper angle of your slot.
Proceed to then define a new 2.5 axis feature and select the pocket, only this time uncheck the check for tapers checkbox. For the end conditions, select up to face.
Manually define the islands and click OK. Notice a new axis feature is added under the mill part setup. Proceed to generate the operation plans and define the tool to be used before generating the tool path.
Once you have done this, you can proceed to run the simulate tool path and observe how the cut is done. Notice that a better surface finish is obtained.