The Cutting Edge of Design – Part 12: Shop Floor Programmer for CAM

   By Paul Ludwick on July 22, 2021

When a new product is developed, it is important to gain a clear understanding of how variables will impact production. Shop Floor Programmer helps us do that and is available inside of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. It includes 2.5 and 3 Axis Milling operations, kinematic machine simulation, 3 + 2 Machining and Probing.

In the last blog, we discussed mold design. Today we are reviewing the features in Shop Floor Programmer that make it very easy to create the program for our carving knife handle as we program half of the mold for the handle that has been created.

This article covers:

Reviewing the Mold

We can access and review the mold prior to programming. Files programmed in Shop Floor Machining can be leveraged from the 3DEXPERIENCE design tools or from an external resource.

3DEXPERIENCE Shop Floor Programmer Mold Review

Shop Floor Machining

Shop Floor Machining allows for setups of machining cells that can be reused. In this case, we will use a Tormach Machine already set up. The carving knife mold simply needs to be inserted and positioned. After identifying the work offset and rough stock, it is ready to be programmed.

3DEXPERIENCE Shop Floor Machining Tormach Machine

Tool Selection

We are provided with Axial, Prismatic and Surface Machining Options for programming. Once a machining method is selected, we can leverage tool selection through a created and saved Tool Catalog.

Shop Floor Machining allows for full customization of the operations, including entry, retract, step overs and feeds.

3DEXPERIENCE Shop Floor Machining Operations Customization

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Machine Simulation

Once the part is fully programmed, the Machine Simulation is a click away. There are options for Stock removal and Toolpath visualization during the simulation.

Machine Simulation


The Shop Floor Programmer role is a complete solution for 3 Axis Milling. Leveraging the tools in Shop Floor Machining, the carving knife mold can be programmed and verified within minutes. This allows for a seamless transition between the other apps in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

Video Overview

Watch the video below for all the details of how we simulated the machining of this part!

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