Five-Axis Machining Software

Auto 5, Sescoi’s unique approach to five-axis machining, has been enhanced to produce smoother toolpaths in WorkNC Version 18 and will be featured at IMTS.

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Auto 5, Sescoi’s unique approach to five-axis machining, has been enhanced to produce smoother toolpaths in WorkNC Version 18 and will be featured at IMTS. Auto 5 enables users to program a five-axis job as though it were three-axis. Now with the improvements in Version 18, the toolpath generated is considerably smoother—reducing irregular movement and producing a visibly better surface finish. To achieve the enhancements, Sescoi has developed new sensitivity parameters which control the level of reaction to convex movements. A slider bar allows detailed adjustments to be made, which in turn alter the smoothness and quality of the toolpath to best suit the part being machined. Settings within Auto 5 include constant to the axis of machining, constant repulsive, and constant attracting. By utilizing the different settings to convert 3-axis toolpaths, users can obtain a high level of control over the 5-axis toolpaths generated by Auto 5, enabling them to optimize cutting methods and conditions. During the conversion process, WorkNC Auto 5 considers the machine’s kinematics.