CAM Software Adds Automatic Mirroring of Multiple Tool Paths

The main enhancement to the 2016 version of Delcam’s PowerMill programming software for five-axis and high-speed machining is the ability to mirror complete machining projects in one operation and to automatically maintain the machining characteristics.

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The main enhancement to the 2016 version of Delcam’s PowerMill programming software for five-axis and high-speed machining is the ability to mirror complete machining projects in one operation and to automatically maintain the machining characteristics. This might involve, for example, automatically choosing whether climb or conventional milling should be used.  Previously, only individual tool paths could be mirrored, the company says.

According to the company, automatic mirroring saves time whenever right- and left-hand versions are needed of a part or tool. Programming of the machining of symmetrical objects also will be faster, since it will be possible to program one half and then mirror the tool paths to complete the program.

At EMO 2015, Delcam will demonstrate this and other improvements to PowerMill 2016, which include a new form to print out the position of the cutting-tool tip during simulation, an auto-translucency option that will allow viewing of the table attach point at all times, and the ability to translucently draw the safe areas for rapid moves.