Solid-Based CNC Programming

Geometric Technologies, Inc. (Scottsdale, AZ), a subsidiary of Geometric Limited, offers CAMWorks® 2009, the latest version of its solid-based CNC programming solution.

Geometric Technologies, Inc. (Scottsdale, AZ), a subsidiary of Geometric Limited, offers CAMWorks® 2009, the latest version of its solid-based CNC programming solution.

This release has over 100 user-driven features and enhancements, to enable users to program parts faster and more easily. In addition, it provides a significant number of new machining options to further strengthen CAMWorks’ existing manufacturing capabilities.

Some of the key enhancements of CAMWorks 2009 that would be showcased at the event include:

  • Multiple process support: Increase in performance due to CAMWorks’ ability to generate 3 to 5 axis toolpaths as separate threads, and in separate processes allowing users to continue working in other areas, or on other CAM models.

  • CAM data reusability: Data reusability has been extended to enable the import of CAM data associated with part models into assembly models, allowing parts to be programmed and applied to different jobs. In addition, library features can be created where only select CAM data can be reused in other jobs.

  • Visualization: Improved graphic display performance, expansion in part and machine simulation, and a new XML-based user defined setup sheet, which allows machining information to be viewed in a web browser

  • Additional Enhancements: Turning features and toolpaths have been made more intelligent, thus resulting in safer and more simplified programming of turn and mill/turn parts. Wire EDM users will benefit from new and easy creation of multiple glue stops and a more powerful post processing environment. Simultaneous 4/5 axis improvements include enhanced toolpath control, expanded collision avoidance and creation of multiple toolpaths using rotate and copy options. Lastly, enhancement to Automatic Feature Recognition and the intuitive user interface make CAMWorks easier to use than before.