MASTERCAM Computer Aided Manufacturing
I. Course Prefix/Number: MFG 165
Course Name: MASTERCAM Computer Aided Manufacturing
Credits: 4 (2 lecture; 4 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
CAD/CAM course for quality control personnel, auditors, and inspectors uses MASTERCAM software to create part geometry and assign tool path to geometry. Topics covered include automatic generation and communication of CNC programs to machine tools in Oakton’s Manufacturing Lab, using post-processor translator. Both 2-D and 3-D tool paths used to make parts using machines with various controllers. Graphic simulation used to prove-out results.
IV. Learning Objectives
- Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of computer assisted NC Programming.
- Write, enter, and debug programs.
- Post-process source programs to usable CNC code.
- Identify tooling and fixturing problems in NC>CNC machining.
- Design or select tooling to solve manufacturing problems.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
|Class #1||Starting MASTERCAM program, over view of the graphic user interface|
|2D geometry overview.|
|Class # 2,3,4||Modifying existing geometry|
|Modify (trim, break)|
|Class # 5,6,7||Associativity ; 2d tool path editing|
|Class # 8||Midterm exam|
|Class # 9||Constructing 3D wireframes|
|Class # 10||3D wireframes continued|
|Additional construction examples|
|Class # 11||Surface modeling I|
|Revolved, ruled, loft, and net (coons)|
|Class # 12||Surface modeling II derived surfaces|
|Draft and swept|
|Class # 13||3D tool path I|
|Class # 14||3D tool path II|
|Class # 15||Final project|
|Class # 16||Final exam|
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Attendance required for success.
- Completion of midterm and final exam.
- Completion of 2 milling & 2 Turning Projects
IX. Instructional Materials
Text: MASTERCAM Version X Mill training tutorial
Handouts: Sample programs and lab projects
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.