The Fixed-axis and Multi-axis Milling course is designed for NC/CNC programmers who machine simple or complex parts with fixed and variable tool capabilities. Students will learn how to create fixed and variable axis tool paths. You will also be introduced to NX workflows for machining contoured parts, high-speed machining methods, milling holes and threads, milling turbine blade type parts, and on machine probing.

Intended Audience
This course is suited for manufacturing engineers, CAD/CAM managers, multi-axis NC/CNC programmers, users of 3,4 and 5-axis machines for milling complex prismatic and contour type parts are encourages to attend.


Required courses:
 NX Manufacturing Fundamentals

Or: Successful completion of the Manufacturing Fundamentals Advisor in Learning Advantage (score >70%). Learning
Advantage courses can also be used to prepare for the prerequisite assessment.

Other Recommendation: Should have a thorough understanding of NC/CNC programming principles and of manual
3-, 4-, and 5-axis NC/CNC programming methods and procedures.

Course Outline

  • Overview
  • Plunge Milling
  •  Z-Level Milling
  • High-speed Machining
  • Fixed-axis Contour Milling
  • Introduction to 4 and 5-axis Machining
  • 5-axis Z-Level
  • Sequential Mill basics & advanced
  • Variable axis Contour Milling
  • Profiling walls with a variable tool axis
  • Non Cutting Moves
  • Wave Geometry Linker in Manufacturing
  • Turbomachinery Milling
  • Refixturing and the In Process Workpiece
  • Hole Milling and Thread Milling
  • Generic Motion and Probing operations

Course Schedule

Day Description
Monday Overview and review of some 3-axis strategies for roughing and surfacing
Introduction to four and five axis milling
Tuesday Five axis z-level milling, sequential milling, and variable axis contouring
Hole and thread milling
Wednesday Profiling walls with a variable tool axis
In-depth coverage of non-cutting moves including engage, retract, and travel movements
Thursday Automated turbo machinery milling and re-fixturing for multiple operations
Generic and probing operations