Course code MašZ3035

Credit points 2

Basics in MasterCAM System

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures12

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes20

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation27.02.2018

Responsible UnitMotor Vehicle Institute

Course developers

author lect.

Jānis Galiņš

Mg. sc. ing.

author lect.

Mārtiņš Ziemelis

Master's study programme(līm.)

Prior knowledge

MašZ4043, Computer Aided Design

MatZ3062, Wood Processing Technologies and Design I

MatZ3063, Wood Processing Technologies and Design II

MatZ4012, Material Science (Construction Materials)

Course abstract

During the study course students get acquainted with the CAM system, prepare programs for mechanical processing of workpieces. Students learn the modelling of the cutting process and design the cutting trajectories of the cutting tool.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge. Students are familiar with graphic analysis and representation, understand the creation of sketches of ideas, detailed drawing-plan, preparation of drawings, three-dimensional visualization of objects. (1 test)
Skills. Students acquire skills to independently use the functions and possibilities of MasterCAM software to compile a CNC machine control program in the part manufacturing process. (4 practical works)
Competence. Ability to understand the specifics of different manufacturers and the levels of complexity of series product design, to know the necessary machines, tools and equipment. (4 practical works)

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Structure of CNC machine. - 1h lecture
2. Introduction to MasterCAM. - 1h lecture
3. Basic principles of part construction. - 2h lecture
4. Coordinate axes and reference systems. - 2h practical work
5. Creating lines. - 2h practical work
6. Creating curves. - 2h practical work
7. Creating roundings. - 2h practical work
8. Connecting and deleting lines. - 2h practical work
9. Creation of spatial surfaces. - 2h practical work
10. Marking Dimensions. - 2h practical work
11. Workpiece selection. - 2h lecture
12. Main coordinate axes of the milling machine. - 2h lecture
13. Workpiece basing and clamping. - 2h practical work
14. Selection and control of cutting speeds and feeds. - 2h lecture
15. Program development and simulation. - 2h practical work
16. Part milling on a CNC machine. - 2h practical work
Test 1: Preparation of part manufacturing technology in a computer program and setting of technological parameters. - 2h

Requirements for awarding credit points

1. Successful assessment in tests.
2. Passed practical and laboratory works during workshops.
3. Evaluation of reports in classes.
Accumulated test with a mark.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Practical work in CNC program development using MasterCAM.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

1. The student gets successful mark in the test if at least 50% of the questions are answered.
2. Practical works are done and defended in time.
Final mark (accumulative test with mark) average mark of tests and practical works.

Compulsory reading

1. Haas Operator’s Manual, 2019. [tiešsaiste] [skatīts 09.09.2019.] Pieejams:
2. Sandvik Coromant. Training Handbook. Sweden, 2020. 391 p.
3. Sandvik Coromant. Rotating tools. Sweden, 2020. 524 p.
4. Avotiņš J.. Metālapstrāde. Jelgava: LLU, 2009. 400 lpp.
5. Stephenson D. A., Agapiou J. S. Metal Cutting Theory and Practice. 2016. 970 p.

Further reading

1. Fischer U., Heinzlet M., Naher F. Mechanical and Metal Trades Handbook. Haan-Gruiten: Verlag Europa Lehrmittel, Germany, 2010. 428 p.
2. Tschatsch H. Applied Machining Technology. Germany, Dresden: Springer, 2009. 370 p.
3. Michael Ashby, Hugh Shercliff, David Cebon. Materials engineering, science, processing and design [e-book]. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann; 2007. [tiešsaiste] [skatīts 09.02.2018.] Pieejams: ar LLU IS kontu:
4. Donald R. Askeland, Pradeep P. Phule. The Science and Engineering of Materials (International Student Edition). 2006. 863 pp.
5. Robert L. Norton/ Design of Machinery with Student Resource DVD / Edition 5,2011.-612 pp.


Compulsory study course of TF professional higher education bachelor study program "Design and Crafts" for wood / metal technologies and design specialty in full-time and part-time studies.