CAM Upgrades Designed to Ease Programming

Version 24 of the WorkNC CAM solution by Vero Software features multiple upgrades designed to make programming easier, including enhancements to the Rest Material Display function, which has been transformed into an analysis tool that helps CAM programmers reduce machining preparation time.

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Version 24 of the WorkNC CAM solution by Vero Software features multiple upgrades designed to make programming easier, including enhancements to the Rest Material Display function, which has been transformed into an analysis tool that helps CAM programmers reduce machining preparation time. This function enables users to rapidly evaluate various amounts of rest material left on a given model according to user-defined color ranges.

This latest version also offers a new collision-detection algorithm with faster calculation abilities that takes into account the machine, the tool path and the clamping system. In three-axis and 3+2-axis machining modes, the collision detection module will designate the shortest possible cutter that can be used for any given operation. For five-axis machining, the Auto5 module will determine the best possible conditions for a user-defined cutting tool. Special attention also has been given to machining with small cutters to optimize cutting conditions for features such as ribs and narrow slots.

Re-machining strategies also have been revamped for greater precision in detecting the areas to be re-machined. Z-level machining is used on vertical areas and planar surfaces are machined using contouring strategies. A new variable Z-step option generates smoother trajectories along with enhanced optimization, offering improved surface-finish quality and further gains in productivity, the company says.

Additional STL-file processing options also have been added, including a new intelligent function based on the detection and organization of specific feature zones that allows different elements to be grouped together. This can facilitate machining portions of the STL model or creating curves from the STL model.

Visit Vero Software and other leading equipment suppliers and service providers at Amerimold 2015 - June 17-17, 2015, at Rosemont, IL's Donald E. Stephens Center. 

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