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MASTERCAM Computer Aided Manufacturing

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MFG 165

       Course Name: MASTERCAM Computer Aided Manufacturing

       Credits: 4 (2 lecture; 4 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: MFG 144 or equivalent experience.

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

Upon completion of the course the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of computer assisted NC Programming.
2. Write, enter, and debug programs.
3. Post-process source programs to usable CNC code.
4. Identify tooling and fixturing problems in NC>CNC machining.
5. Design or select tooling to solve manufacturing problems.

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

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
Delete
Modify (trim, break)
Xform functions

Class # 5,6,7 Associativity ; 2d tool path editing
Contour module
Pocket module
Drill module
Mirroring
Rotating
Scaling

Class # 8 Midterm exam

Class # 9 Constructing 3D wireframes
Wireframe fundamentals
Construction examples

Class # 10 3D wireframes continued
Additional construction examples

Class # 11 Surface modeling I
Revolved, ruled, loft, and net (coons)
Examples

Class # 12 Surface modeling II derived surfaces
Draft and swept
Derived surfaces

Class # 13 3D tool path I
Rough
Finish

Class # 14 3D tool path II

Class # 15 Final project

Class # 16 Final exam
All projects due

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lectures, demonstrations, and laboratory work
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Varies by instructor

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Text: MASTERCAM Version X Mill training tutorial

Handouts: Sample programs and lab projects

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Attendance 10%
Midterm project 15%
Midterm exam 30%
Final project 15%
Final exam 30%

Grading Scale:
90 – 100 A
80 – 89 B
70 – 79 C
60 – 69 D
59 & below F

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.