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GRZ Software LLC has released a preview build of MeshCAM Version 5, their latest CAM software for 3D CNC machining. Version 5 brings new power and features to the popular MeshCAM line of products.

MeshCAM V5 is the first release to include support for 64-bit CPUs, allowing MeshCAM to load extremely large files without 32-bit memory limitations. The additional memory available can be used for more detailed toolpaths or for toolpaths that cover a much larger area.

This release also includes an "Automatic Toolpath Wizard" to help new users generate efficient toolpaths without deep CNC or CAM knowledge.

"Up to version 4, we were always trying to balance ease-of-use for new users against advanced features for experienced users, two goals that often conflicted with one another. Version 5 will begin to handle these two user groups very differently so that each gets the most benefit possible from MeshCAM. The Automatic Toolpath Wizard is the first step in this new direction," said Robert Grzesek, Founder of GRZ Software LLC.

The Automatic Toolpath Wizard automatically detects the type of geometry loaded, 2D, 2.5D, or 3D, and uses an appropriate set of toolpaths to machine it without detailed input from the user. It also gives feedback about tool selection to give new users the best chance at a good toolpath from day one.

The preview of MeshCAM Version 5 is available to all version 4 customers. Users of earlier versions can contact GRZ Software to receive a temporary license. All users are encouraged to provide feedback throughout the development process. A final release of version 5 is expected in 2012.

With over seven years of experience, GRZ Software provides CNC software to a wide range of industries including, jewelry, woodworking, mold and die, and rapid prototyping. GRZ Software is committed to providing cost-effective CNC software solutions to streamline the manufacturing process.

For more information, visit: www.grzsoftware.com

Monday, 24 January 2011 12:25

MeshCAM CNC Software Version 4 Released

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GRZ Software LLC has officially released the latest version of their CNC software, MeshCAM Version 4. Version 4 brings new power and features to the popular MeshCAM line of CAD/CAM products.

MeshCAM is primarily focused on 3D machining, allowing it to provide an easy-to-use interface without compromising toolpath quality. MeshCAM offers a wide range of toolpaths including parallel roughing, contour offset roughing, parallel finishing, waterline finishing, and pencil toolpaths. All toolpaths support a variety of options to create quality results with minimum user input. It also includes wizards for two-side machining and adding machining supports to the geometry. These features greatly simplify fixturing and workholding for oddly-shaped parts and those that must be machined using multiple setups.

The new Version 4 release builds on the existing MeshCAM core to add features focused on increased performance and usability. Version 4 introduces the ability to define multiple machining regions to limit a toolpath only to the desired areas., opening a whole new class of jobs for MeshCAM and significant reductions in machining time. The new slicing function lets users divide CAD files into layers to machine objects that are too big to machine as one piece. Each layer can be machined separately using the most efficient toolpath for its shape. All finishing toolpaths now support arc fitting to reduce NC file sizes and provide a better surface finish. Arc fitting functionality is normally seen only in CAM software costing many times more than MeshCAM. A new function to estimate machining time helps users optimize toolpath settings wihtout running a full toolpath simulation.

Large parts of Version 4 have been rewritten to fully utilize the multicore CPUs that are now standard in engineering workstations. Multicore support has lead to significant reductions in the time required to calculate a toolpath. Likewise, memory use has been reduced in this release, enabling larger files to be imported.

MeshCAM Version 4 was tested at over 500 sites during a six month beta period and feedback from customers worldide was incorporated into the final release.

About GRZ Software LLC
With over seven years of experience, GRZ Software provides CNC software to a wide range of industries including, jewelry, wood working, mold and die, and rapid prototyping. GRZ Software is committed to providing cost-effective CAD/CAM software solutions to streamline the manufacturing process.

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