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College Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ATAP 2030 - 2D MasterCAM-Mill Programming & Machining

Credit Hours: 2.00

Prerequisites: None

This course teaches the general concepts of MasterCAM for milling. Through lecture and lab assignments, the student will learn basic two-dimensional toolpath skills. Beginning with 2D wireframe construction, students will learn the interface and how to design basic models. These models are then used to create drawings and 2D CNC mill toolpaths using the CAM module. Terminology used in the field of CAD/CAM will be emphasized.

Billable Contact Hours: 2

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to navigate through the MasterCAM user interface.


  1. Zoom, pan, rotate, and shade.
  2. Manipulate the pulldown menus and icons.
  3. Organize CAD entities by layers.
  4. Import and export various file types.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to create two dimensional toolpath operations.


  1. Define drilling operations.
  2. Define profiling operations.
  3. Define pocketing operations.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to edit toolpath operations.


  1. Modify cutting parameters.
  2. Modify geometric chains.
  3. Modify tool conditions.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to post-process toolpath operations to CNC machines.


  1. Setup post-processing conditions.
  2. Check post processed file for accuracy.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to simulate toolpath operations for final verification.


  1. Backplot toolpath operations.
  2. Compare toolpath operations to CAD model.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. CAD Interface and Basic Layout
  2. Visualization, Zoom, Pan, and Rotate shaded models
  3. Design Concepts
  4. Basic Drawing layout using the Drafting Module
  5. CAM Interface and Basic Layout
  6. Basic CNC 2D Toolpath Creation, including profile, drill, and pocket
  7. Toolpath Simulation and Verification
  8. Toolpath Post Processing
  9. CNC Machining in the lab

Primary Faculty
Walters, Gary
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Pawlowski, Timothy
Hutchison, Donald

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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