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College Catalog 2024-2025
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ATAP 2350 - 3D MasterCAM-Die/Mold CNC Machining

Credit Hours: 2.00

Prerequisites: ATAP 2030 

This course teaches the advanced concepts of MasterCAM milling. Through lecture and lab assignments, the student will learn advanced CAD/CAM modeling skills. Students will design 3D models. These models are then used to create CNC 3D 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 pull down 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 three-dimensional geometry.


  1. Define 3D surface geometry.
  2. Define 3D solid model geometry.

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


  1. Define rough machining operations.
  2. Define wide variety of finish machine operations.
  3. Define pencil-milling operations.
  4. Define remachine-milling operations.

Outcome 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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. Parametric design and constraints
  5. Solid Modeling
  6. Basic Drawing layout using the Drafting Module
  7. Exporting Data to CAM and other applications
  8. CAM Interface and Basic Layout
  9. Basic CNC 2D Toolpath Creation, including profile, drill, and pocket
  10. Basic CNC 3D Toolpath Creation, including rough and finish surface machining
  11. Toolpath Simulation and Verification
  12. Toolpath Post Processing
  13. CNC Machining in the lab

Primary Faculty
Walters, Gary
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Jewett, Mark
Hutchison, Donald

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

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