Create a Workholding Library in NX CAM

Create a Workholding Library in NX CAM

Step by step guide how to create your own workholding library in NX CAM…

NX CAM users usually add fixtures to their CAM projects by importing 3D models or adding them as assembly components. After that, parts of fixtures need to be adjusted and positioned for each job. This is the most obvious approach.

By using NX Reuse Library, you may design a well-prepared library and add fixtures to your project will be easily and quickly. Reuse Library can be easily shared across multiple users in a company.

In the following brief videos, I will demonstrate how you can create your own parametric library of workholding devices by using Reuse Library within CAM.

The better we plan how to organize this library, the easier and faster it will be to use it in CAM projects.

Part 1:

– Create Your Library
– Add Simple Vise to Library

Part 2:
– Add a Self-Centering Vise to Your Library

Part 3:
– Add a 3-Jaw Chuck to Your Library


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About the Author
Marek Pawlus
Marek’s focus is development of postprocessors, NC code simulation kits and NX Open applications for NX CAM. In 2016 Marek founded NCmatic in Poland to provide services for NX CAM users. In 2017 NCmatic became Siemens’ Software and Technology Partner. In 2018 Marek launched second location of NCmatic in Morgan Hill, California, to make it even easier for companies from United States to cooperate with NCmatic. Marek graduated from University of Technology in Rzeszow, Poland in 2010 with master’s degree in Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering. While Marek’s area of interest is CAM software and CNC controllers, he also has hands-on experience as CAM programmer in motorsport industry.

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