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ModuleWorks, the leading supplier of CAD/CAM components for toolpath generation and simulation, has announced the latest release of its CAM components, version 2012.4.  The new release offers a range of new features across the product range, further expanding capability for 3 to 5-Axis machining and simulation.

ModuleWorks is at the forefront of 5-Axis machining and Simulation technology, providing the toolpath generation and CNC simulation components behind many of the popular CAM systems available today.
 
The latest release introduces a broad set of new features across the product range. Highlights are shown below:

4 and 5-Axis Machining

The 2012.4 release introduces improvements to SWARF machining, providing finer control over tool motion.  New for 2012.4 is the option to minimize rotary motion as the tool approaches a singularity condition, providing smoother toolpath and better surface finish. Corner handling is improved with different options for motion around corners. Internal corners can be rounded or sharp and optional relief cut applied. External corners have sharp, roll around or loop options. Fanning distance may also be specified as the distance used to transition the tilt around corners.

A new 5-Axis roughing strategy has also been added which takes triangle mesh geometry as input. Given floor, walls and ceiling geometry, the toolpath is automatically generated.

Multiblade toolpaths now offer dynamic lead angle to optimise tool approach angle within a given range, providing best tilt and maximum material removal.

3-Axis Machining

3-Axis Roughing now offers automatic adaptive feedrate.  Toolpath generation takes tool engagement into account and varies the feedrate within a given range, improving tool life and maximizing material removal. Roughing will also differentiate climb and conventional cuts and allow different stepovers and adaptive feedrate control to be applied on the different cut directions.

3-Axis Roughing and profiling strategies have now been extended to handle prismatic wire frame geometry for 2½D applications. Roughing and profiling strategies are currently supported.

Simulation

Simulation now supports a length based mode, in addition to the NC and time based simulation types. This will simulate the entire toolpath at constant speed, making it easier to visualize actual tool motion.

Stock transfer now supports bar work, where multiple parts are machined from bar stock. Simulation will show the cut off and transfer to secondary spindle along with the advance of the bar for the next operation.

Wire EDM application benefit from improved simulation with support for 2, 4 and 5-Axis wire cutting operations.

For more information, visit: www.moduleworks.com/cad-cam-components/cad-cam-components.asp

ModuleWorks, the leading supplier of CAD/CAM components for 5-Axis machining and CNC simulation, will show the latest release of its CAM components, version 2011.8 at the EMO trade fair for metalworking technology in Hannover (Hall 25, Stand L09) from 19th to 24th September 2011.

ModuleWorks is at the forefront of 5-Axis machining and Simulation technology, providing the machining and CNC simulation technology that powers many of the popular CAM systems available today. At EMO, they will be showing the latest release of their components; highlights are shown below.

4 and 5-Axis Machining

5-Axis machining has key improvements for the roughing of multi-blade components. Rest material settings allow the user to specify if all possible areas should be roughed out with the selected tool or only complete layers should be machined. An intermediate slicing option is also provided with user control over the number of slices and feedrate to be applied; this gives better control when machining the full width cuts as shown in the image.

SWARF machining now has the option to swap the drive curves. There are cases where the toolpath direction is ambiguous and this option allows the component to be machined from the other direction.

3-Axis Machining

The constant Z cycle now has a spiral option to generate a smooth toolpath with no plunges between paths as shown in the image. The toolpath is one continuous motion to give improved surface finish. The spiral toolpath can also be converted to 5-Axis with automatic tilt which will allow shorter series tools to be used.

Projection is now available for surfaces and STL meshes. Radial, Spiral and Offset Curve strategies are supported and these will generate either 3-Axis or full 5-Axis toolpaths.

Simulation

Dynamic sectioning is now supported which is useful for seeing the cross sectional detail on fully or partially machining components such as the example in the image. Improved zooming now allows instant zoom out without the need to recalculate the stock model. Finally, stock transfer in now supported for Mill/Turn machines with dual spindle capability.

For more information, visit: www.moduleworks.com or www.emo-hannover.de

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