Native CAD Associativity

Version 9 introduces EdgeCAM Solid Machinist for Catia V5, which gives the user the ability to load native part and assembly files.

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Version 9 introduces EdgeCAM Solid Machinist for Catia V5, which gives the user the ability to load native part and assembly files. It is also available for ACIS, and users can load native SAT and SAB files. This integrated CAM system offers associativity to the native CAD model using the intelligence contained within the model to reduce programming time and the risk of errors. According to the company, the program’s full tool path-to-model associativity means that even late design changes can be incorporated. Using automatic feature recognition, the program examines the model to find machineable features. Regardless of the complexity of the part, holes, 2D and 3D contour pocket and boss features can be located, and information extracted. The user also has the ability to find single, nested or both types of pockets. The information is then used with the EdgeCAM Tool Selector to choose the appropriate tools to machine the features using a range of cutting strategies. Native Autodesk Inventor, Pro/Engineer, SolidWorks and Solid Edge files can be loaded.