This course will examine the fundamentals of a basic 3-axis setup using Delcam PowerMILL. We will start by learning how to set up a part within stock, and then we will use area clearance toolpaths to rough the part. We will then discuss various finishing strategies, moving from a semi-finish to a true finish, and we will follow up with detailing toolpaths, such as auto cornering and pencil cuts. Finally, we will use workplanes and interactive stock models to set up a second position, commonly known as a "flip mill," before analyzing our toolpaths for gouging and collisions and then simulating our numerical control programs.
- Learn how to position a part within stock for a 3-axis CAM setup
- Learn how to set up a CNC programming strategy moving from rough to semi-finish to finish to detailing
- Learn how to use workplanes and interactive stock models to set up a second position for a "flip mill"
- Learn how to analyze and simulate NC programs to better ensure quality and avoid gouging and collisions
Brian Ringley is the design technology platform specialist at Woods Bagot, where he specializes in project-specific design technology integration, design computation methodology, and Building Information Modeling (BIM). Prior to working at Woods, Bagot he was the Fuse Lab technology coordinator for the Department of Architectural Technology at the New York City College of Technology (CUNY), and he was the digital fabrication coordinator for the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. He has worked in the architectural offices of Kohn Pederson Fox Associates, Dellekamp Arquitectos, and R&Sie(n), and he has taught fabrication seminars and design studios at the University of Cincinnati, the City University of New York, and Pratt Institute. He has also led design-build workshops at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and plusFARM, and he has sat on juries as an invited critic at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. He is a regular contributor to Designalyze.com and AEC-APPS.com.