4 and 5-Axis Machining – Live Online

Each course consists of 8 morning classes, Tuesday through Friday for two weeks.


We show how to harness the power of GibbsCAM. Showing how to generate productive machining strategies while adopting best practice skills is what our training is all about. Proven curriculum will be presented by exceptional instructors. The live online environment allows students to ask questions which will be addressed quickly and clearly. With no travel requirements participants can literally be anywhere, at work or perhaps in the comfort of their own home. Temporary GibbsCAM licenses will be provided at no extra cost. CAM training is known to be a great investment. The benefits will begin immediately and continue well after the course has paid for itself.


The GibbsCAM Advanced Concepts Course or equivalent knowledge of GibbsCAM is required.


Recommended hardware: 

  • 2 monitors are recommended. One to run GibbsCAM, the other to display the instructor’s screen.
  • Note: the system we use does not have a dial-in option. Speakers and a microphone or headphones with microphone will be required.
  • High-speed Internet Connection
  • Windows 10 (with all available Windows updates)
  • Intel: Core i9, i7, or i5 with four or more cores or AMD: Ryzen or Threadripper.
  • 16GB RAM
  • A quality Nvidia or AMD (ATI) 3D accelerated video card with the latest drivers installed
  • 2GB of available hard drive space (for virtual memory usage and temporary file storage)
  • Send setup related questions to billy@westcam.com



A 30-day GibbsCAM timed license will be provided.

Topics Covered Include

  • Understand the Surface strategies for full 5 axis simultaneous machining.
  • Lock one or two rotary axis for effective 3 or 4 axis machining.
  • Master the Tool Axis Control tab to add lead/tilt angles on the tool for better material removal.
  • Add Gouge checking to your strategies to adjust the toolpath to avoid collisions.
  • Understand the Links tab for controlling important components of the toolpath.
  • Program 5 axis toolpaths using tapered barrel/conical tools.
  • Drill holes at multiple angles easily using 5AS drilling and the Hole Manager.
  • Use 4AS roughing strategies. Compare it with Rotary Rough and VoluMill wireframe.
  • Side mill features using Swarf milling.
  • Simplify edge breaking using the 5-axis deburring strategy. It works well in 3 and 4 axis too.
  • Use Multi-axis Machining to rough with Adaptive machining ability.
  • Rough and finish a port feature using the Porting strategy.
  • Create toolpaths using Geodesic Machining, Triangle Mesh, Wireframe and others.
  • Control the feedrates within an operation in the Utility tab using feed zones.
  • Optimize machining tolerances to create precise and efficient toolpaths.
  • Use the GeoEdit tools for editing bspline geometry.
  • Use Surface and Solid modelling to modify models for easier machining.


4 and 5-Axis Machining

 October 17 - 27, 2023

3 hours in length each day

11:00 am - 2:00 pm Central Time

10:00 am - 1:00 pm Mountain Time

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Pacific Time 

 $ 1,295 


Is The Training Described Above Video Training?

No, the training described above is on-line training with live instructors. It is not video training such as Cognus. It is much closer to classroom training.

Can You Provide More Information About Cognus Video Training?

Cognus on-line video training is an excellent supplement to our courses. We recommend all GibbsCAM beginner users to take the free course which can be found at the following link:

For higher-level course material, the Cognus Premium Package covers a wide range of topics and is available at the following link:
Pricing for the Premium Package has been reduced temporarily from $495 to $295.

We have found that the more complex the material is, the better suited it is to live training. That is the reason we are offering the live online courses using Zoom.

Are There Pre-Requisites For The Courses?

a. GibbsCAM Essentials – (Introductory Course)
There are no pre-requisites
The Production Milling for GibbsCAM FREE Cognus course is recommended.
Let us know if you need a temp seat of GibbsCAM to use while you take this video training course.

b. GibbsCAM Advanced Concepts – (Advanced Course)
Pre-requisite – The GibbsCAM Essentials Course or experience and knowledge of basic GibbsCAM.
If the Essentials course was not taken before by the participant, then equivalency can quickly be determined during a short call with an instructor. Send an email to chuck@westcam.co to setup a time for a call.

c. GibbsCAM 5-Axis – (Multi-Axis High Level Course)
Pre-requisite – GibbsCAM Advanced Concepts Course or experience and knowledge of Advanced GibbsCAM.
If the Advanced Concepts course was not taken before by the participant, then equivalency can be determined during a call with an instructor. Send an email to chuck@westcam.co to setup a time for a call.

Note: this course has not been scheduled yet.