CAM Introduction


The CAM tree controls the definition of the stock, defines the machine setup, adds features that represent the processes needed to machine a part, and generates the NC program for the machine. 

The CAM Tree

The Default CAM Tree items


All of the following items are always accessible in the CAM Tree. Each tree item represents some aspect of the machining process. This is the starting point of the information you need for creating machining programs. Click the names listed next to view the help topic for each item.


TIP: Even though Milling Stock and Turning Stock each contain the same items, the processes used for each are different. For example, the Stock Geometry for Milling is handled differently than the Stock Geometry for Turning. Be sure to click the proper item for the information that you want to find.


ExpanderMinusIcon16x16.png CAMPartIconFolder.png CAM Part

ExpanderMinusIcon16x16.png MllingStockIconWhite.png Milling Stock

ExpanderMinusIcon16x16.png TurningStockIcon.png Turning Stock



Additional CAM Tree Items


When you insert a CAM feature, it is added to the CAM Tree. To learn about the items added to the CAM Tree, view the following topics.


View the Milling Features in the CAM Tree help topic.

View the Turning Features in the CAM Tree help topic.

Machining Topics

Once you are familiar with the CAM Tree items, you will need to learn about the dialog boxes and parameters used to create CAM features. Click the following links to learn about a specific machining topic.



The Hole Wizard

The 2 Axis Wizard

The 3 Axis Wizard

The 4 Axis Rotary Wizard

The Multiaxis Wizard

Toolpath Pattern



The Turning Features


Laser, Plasma, and Waterjet