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vectorcam milling with NC features

Milling with NC feature forms

The 2D / 2.5D milling with NC features offers the user a wide variety of functions and convinces with its ease of use, optimum ease of use and a high degree of safety in programming. The CAM system has a wide range of uses, from the creation of simple workpieces, to complex components which can be created up to 80% faster.

The processing takes place on the 3D model where an automatic transfer of geometry data is possible. Intelligent machining strategies enable short toolpaths. vectorcam recognizes model features and model shapes such as groove, slot, drill hole, contour, curve etc. automatically. Frequently recurring edits can be saved immediately, loaded and edited as desired. The integrated collision check also ensures tools, materials and the machines have no interference with each other.

With all this capability, the 2D / 2.5D Milling NC features module is a very worthwhile investment.


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  • Face milling
  • Pocket roughing and finishing
  • Drilling (single and multiple cyklus)
  • Steps
  • Efficient generating of margin contours
  • Automatic geometry detection (CNC-Features)
  • Automatic calculation of stock material based on 3D-models
  • Automatic alignment of zero-points for a comfortable 4 & 5 axis positioning

Fast strategies with NC feature forms

Slot milling

The feature "Slot milling" is a special machining strategy. It is possible to process straight or curved slots. After calling the function, vectorcam displays the width and depth of the slot. The milling paths start dipping within the center of the slot. Immersion depth and angle are determined by the user.

Finally, an intelligent tool preselection only proposes tools with which the production of this processing of the slot works.

This machining strategy is possible both with and without cutter radius correction. In order to determine the corresponding tolerance, a fitting table is available.

The user decides whether the workpiece should be roughed and finshed in one operation or whether the operations should be separated.

In order to avoid unnecessary start-up and end movements, there is a choice between the Z-helical and the classic delivery.

Slot milling
Fillet outer

With this NC feature, fillet outer can be milled with a quarter-circle cutter as well as with a ball or torus cutter. The radius of the fillet outer is automatically displayed by the software and the intelligent tool preselection then proposes only tools with which the machining of the blank works on the desired parameters.

For certain types of milling cutters, such as a ball or torus milling cutter, the offset of the tool is calculated by specifying the roughness depth.

Fillet outer
Chamfer / deburr

This function calculates CNC paths for chamfering. The chamfer width and angle are displayed in the dialog box after calling the command. An intelligent tool preselection only proposes tools with which it is possible to produce a chamfer with the appropriate size and angle.

The machining is done with radius compensation, automatic start-up and if requested with several deliveries.

Thread milling

With the module "Thread milling", the user mills any internal and external threads. vectorcam automatically generates the optimum toolpath based on the tool used. The number of active tool cutting edges determines the number of deliveries during thread milling. Three-dimensional helical start-ups and run-outs guarantee a clean and scratch-free surface of the thread.

vectorcam Thread Milling
Mill Pocket Circular

In this completely new feature (as of 2019), the side infeed takes place in a spiral after immersion. As with adaptive milling, this creates spiral tool paths. The function can therefore also be used as an HSC strategy with large infeed depth and small infeed from the side.

The advantage of the function is that only one wall surface has to be selected for machining and predrilled diameters are taken into account. This feature can also be used with a fit table.

Mill Pocket Circular
Fillet inner

The function "fillet inner" allows fast and easy handling of the workpieces with a ball end mill or a torus mill. After the function has been selected, vectorcam automatically shows the radius of the fillet inner. Afterwards an intelligent tool preselection recommends only tools that would work with this process exclusively.

For a ball or torus cutter with a smaller radius than the groove to be produced , the offset of the tool is calculated by specifying the roughness depth.

Fillet inner
Groove milling

The helical groove milling produces a tridimensional spiral machining. It can be used for roughing and finishing.

The bore diameter and the depth will be identified automatically. The output into the CNC program can be occurred with or without radius compensation.

vectorcam groove milling

Like milling, CNC drilling is one of the most important machining processes in the CNC industry. The CNC programming of drill holes in metalworking has meanwhile been almost completely automated. An in vectorcam integrated drill assistant handles the complete drilling process, from centering to lowering.

Once defined drilling operations consisting of several individual drilling operations can be stored and reused at any time in other files. The drill assistant allows even faster programming of a variety of holes.

The calculation of the drilling depths is based on the selected cutting geometry. For 2D data, a layer structure is created using the selected geometries. On a 3D model, an automatic drill hole detection including its diameter, as well as their depth, takes place.

The optimum travel distances between the holes are then calculated automatically.

vectorcam Drilling
Face milling

With the feature Face milling it is possible to calculate CNC paths for flat model surfaces or the stock material. The plan processing occurs in one or more deliveries. Further details are an safe distance, type of spillover connection, zigzag as well one-way etc. Furthermore, a permanent collision check avoids contact with, for example, clamping means or other workpiece surfaces.

Contour milling

Unlike 2D contours, which consist of lines, circles, etc., "Contour milling" is performed based on vertical surfaces. vectorcam calculates CNC paths including tool radius compensation as well as a tangential start-up and run-out for one or more deliveries. 

vectorcam allows editing both open and closed contours. The Z start height and end depth are automatically transferred from the selected areas to the dialog box. Furthermore, the user can change the given data at any time.

Milling model silhouette

The „Silhouette“ results from the 3D model location in space respectively the alignment of the local axes of coordinates.  The milling path moves into direction of the Z-axis along the outer model edge.

Pocket milling

With the NC feature pocket milling, pockets can be roughed and / or finished. vectorcam recognizes open sides of a pocket and, depending on the selected tools, moves beyond the edge of the workpiece. It is not necessary to define extra geometrical aids or borders.

  • any complex pockets
  • pockets with open sides, steps etc.
  • closed pockets
  • pockets with / without islands
  • etc.

The user himself determines the start-up strategy:

  • moving from the outside in one of the open pocket sides
  • vertically on a pre-drilled point
  • spiral/ helix
  • linear / ramp

Undercuts or areas in which aren't accessible for the tool, are automatically taken into account. Permanent collision monitoring prevents any contact with possible model-dependent collisions or, for example, with clamping devices.


What our customers say

"I would like to thank all vectorcam employees for the friendly and speedy solution to our problem. We appreciate this service immensely. Kind regards and a big thank you from Switzerland."

Daniel Boesch | Hitachi Energy Ltd.

Thanks to vectorcam, we now have completely new possibilities in production. From relatively simple components at the beginning, we can now process complex 3D contours thanks to VECTORCAM and save a lot in production by shortening the work paths. Programming and support works flawlessly. Our best decision since the foundation of our company!

Timo Dasing, Timo Dasing - Machining & industrial assembly

We found the training and support during the introduction phase of the program by vectorcam GmbH very commendable. Questions that still arise sporadically one year after the introduction are answered quickly and competently by the hotline of vectorcam.

Michael Goeke, polymehr GmbH

We also find vectorcam's hotline optimal. It is fast, flexible and uncomplicated, which we really appreciate, especially in today's fast-paced world.

H. Kittner GmbH

We can't imagine ever working without 'vectorcam' again - there is no better CAD/CAM system for us.

Precision mechanics Klein GmbH

Basically I can say that the decision for vectorcam was one of my best decisions and still is today.

Tattoo Tools

vectorcam is very easy to learn and intuitive to use. We are able to teach new employees the basic knowledge for drawing workpiece contours or drawing and generating NC data for our engraving machine within a few hours.

Knauf jewelry design

We have been working with vectorcam for over 17 years now and are still very satisfied. The service is fast and very accessible. Thanks to the update service, the latest vectorcam version is always available, which enables smooth operation despite increasing complex requirements.

Jan Kirmse

For our precision engineering and laser processing, we work with the 4-axis module from vectorcam. We use it to laser a wide variety of contours in different tubes. The results are absolutely satisfactory and the operation of the software is very simple.

Askea Feinmechanik GmbH

Even with simple drilling programs, we produce up to 70% faster and more effectively with vectorcam. At the same time, the error rate has dropped, which gives us security within production. In addition, there is a very good, fast and, above all, reliable service. Super!

Herzog CNC Machining