CAMWorks Adds G-code Simulation for Integrated CNC Programming

Originally titled 'CAMWorks Adds G-code Simulation for Integrated CNC Programming'

The 2014 version of Geometric’s intuitive solids-based CAMWorks software features true G-code simulation, designed to make it a fully integrated, end-to-end CNC programming solution, from initial part design to creating the CNC program to full machine simulation.

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The 2014 version of Geometric’s intuitive solids-based CAMWorks software features true G-code simulation, designed to make it a fully integrated, end-to-end CNC programming solution, from initial part design to creating the CNC program to full machine simulation. The software supports SolidWorks 2014 and accelerates design-to-part time, improving the productivity of CNC programmers, the company says.

Improvements to CAMWorks 2014 include enhanced turn feature definition in which turn profiles are now fully associated with the model from which they are extracted, making program changes quick and efficient, Geometric says. The profile can be selected by specifying the angle at which it must be extracted, which is said to be particularly useful in turn-mill applications.

For easier review of five-axis tool paths, toolpath simulation also has been added whereby the tool vectors for the tool paths can be viewed during step-through simulation. In addition, users can use a Work in Process model as a start-up stock when simulating sections of a tool path, shortening the review time.

Thirty-nine application programming interfaces (APIs) have been added to help reduce repetitive activities and increase automation for greater CNC programming output. Sub-spindle operations also have been simplified and flexibility has been increased with the addition of more pre-programmed routines that are configurable to user needs.

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