Questions about the CD included with Secrets of 5-Axis Machining

The CD does not automatically start when inserted into my computer’s CD drive. How can I get it to play?
If the CD’s autorun feature does not work, use your Windows Explorer to navigate to the CD drive. Double-click on the CD drive and locate the file called index.html. Double-click on that file and the presentation should start.

The interface is too large for my computer’s screen and I can’t see everything. What can I do to make it fit the screen?

The CD has been built for a resolution of 1024 x 768. If your screen resolution is set to a resolution lower than this, the interface will be too large to be fully viewed. In order to view the entire interface, reset your Windows resolution to a minimum of 1024 x 768.

Some of the videos are not running for me, why?
You may need the Quicktime plug-in to view some of the videos. This is a free plug-in and can be downloaded here: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/

Why can’t I open and view the Quick Reference Guides?

The Quick Reference Guides are in PDF format and require the Adobe Acrobat reader. This reader can be downloaded for free from the Adobe website here: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2_allversions.html

Will the CD run on a Mac?

Yes, the CD should run on a Mac with no problems.

Questions about the book Secrets of 5-Axis Machining

Is the book available for purchase yet?
Yes, Secrets of 5-Axis Machining is now available.

Where can I buy a copy?
You can buy a copy directly from the publisher at Industrial Press at http://new.industrialpress.com/node/1014
On Amazon here

Are discounts available if I needed to buy multiple copies?
Please make an inquiry directly to the publisher regarding multiple copy purchases. Email here.

Is this book appropriate for a classroom textbook?

Yes, in fact this book is a perfect addition to any advanced CNC Milling curriculum.

General Questions

What software was used to model the machines in Secrets of 5-Axis Machining?
Mastercam was used to model all the machines found in the book.

How can I get the machines in my shop modeled for machine simulation?

Please inquire via email for more information on custom machine simulations.

3 Responses to FAQs

  1. Dave Johnson says:


    I’m the North American support and training manager manager for SolidCAM. Of course 5axis simultaneous on mills and 5axis simultaneous on Mill-Turns are a few of our CAM offerings. I conduct training classes on these subjects.

    Prior to your book coming out it’s fair to say that none existed that offered practical shop floor related information on 5 axis simultaneous.

    Yours by far is the best, most practical,and most up to date that I have seen.

    I do have to ask a favor of you. In my travels that included lugging the book around with me I’ve ended up with a broken CD. Never had a chance to look at it.

    Is there some way that the CD or the files on the CD can be replaced.

    Thanks Much,

    Dave Johnson
    SolidCAM North America
    Support/Training Manager
    866-975-1115 x3

  2. Domingo E. Mojica says:

    The CD is bad that came with the book. How do I get a replacement?

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