CAM Software Features Threading/Grooving Improvements

SmartCAM® V19.5

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SmartCAMcnc has released SmartCAM® V19.5. Version 19.5 which feature turning improvement as well as the incorporation of some milling enhancements that build on functionality introduced in version 19.0. Additionally, a substantial amount of core improvements are included.

Core turning improvements include updated threading and groove roughing capabilities, and a new parting process. The threading cycle now provides easy access to all threading parameters, and includes new thread options such as infeed/outfeed angles, start/end extensions and spring passes. Additionally, thread blunting is now supported using an ID/OD groove tool in the threading cycle.

The groove roughing process has been significantly enhanced to include options to cleanup cusps, finish-to-size and reverse progression of cuts. The addition of cleanup and finishing passes allows the user to create the complete groove using a single process. Additionally, the geometry groove element can now be defined on a layer as a groove feature and used as input to any of the roughing processes, including groove rough, thereby providing a wide variety of machining strategy options.

A new parting process has been added that allows cut-off operations to be defined without the need of additional geometry construction. The parting process allows radius or chamfer corner breaks to be applied to the edges on either side of the cut-off, and provides options for depth-pecking and controlling a part-catcher. This new feature saves time and improves accuracy and repeatability, the company notes.

Several significant milling improvements are found in the version 19.5 milling applications as well as the mill/turn capabilities of SmartCAM advanced turning. The part offset path type introduced in the version 19.0 region rough process has been integrated into the other roughing processes such as pocket, face, solid pocket, and planar roughing, and now supports the stay down option previously introduced for spiral path type in v19. Additionally, process container toolpath can now be directly converted to 4th-axis toolpath using the transform-wrap command, without the need to first unpack the container, saving time when making changes to the process toolpath.