SpectraCAM Turning

CAM Turning introduces students to the fundamentals of CAM programs for Lathes and their use in industry.


Students use spectraCAM software, which converts CAD drawings into numerical control (NC) files that can be used to produce parts on a CNC turning center. The spectraCAM software features an integrated CAD drawing package that allows a seamless and easy working environment and includes a graphic tool path simulation package for immediate part proofing.

Activities focus on turning-related cutting operations such as roughing, facing, grooving, threading, cut-off procedures and code generation.

Curriculum Outline:

  • Getting Started
  • Using spectraCAM
  • Starting a Project
  • Creating the CAD Drawing
  • Geometry Duplication and Rough Tool Path Generation
  • Finish Tool Path and NC File Generation
  • Advanced Project Setup
  • Creating the Part Drawing
  • Final Geometry and Tool Paths
  • Tool Paths and NC Code
  • Starting the Final Project
  • Creating the Lighter Geometry
  • Final Geometry and Tool Paths
  • Activity Overview
  • Final Tool Paths and NC Code
  • Conclusion