Manufacturing Solutions Cut Programming and Production Time
Designed to cut programming and production time without sacrificing quality, five manufacturing solutions by the Hexagon Production Software business will be exhibited at WESTEC 2019.
EDGECAM 2020.0 introduces a specific five-axis ‘Tilt’ control strategy, combined with a ‘Barrel Cutter,’ and represents a significant enhancement for users. Barrel cutters are recognized as one of the fastest tools for five-axis machining and are now fully supported in the EDGECAM Toolstore.
The latest version of NCSIMUL CNC simulation and verification software includes enhanced functionality that delivers the ability to execute tasks for existing projects on remote servers. Based on client-server scheduling architecture, the NCSIMUL machining module now includes automation functionality that provides wider control for jobs across various devices by communicating with distant servers.
The quick-nest mode in RADAN 2020.0 provides a more visual interface, as well as limited upfront setup for projects and a redesigned new-project dialog that allows users to nest more quickly. Time benefits can also be achieved with machine-specific projects and templates, which are also designed to help users nest more quickly.
A number of new and enhanced features available with the latest version of SURFCAM provide increased productivity for both milling and turning users. Mindful of the need to generate efficient toolpaths to reduce production costs, SURFCAM 2020.0 offers a performance boost when either roughing or profiling a solid model. Users are able to utilize the machining engine to compute only the data constrained within a boundary, which decreases the cache size while generating faster toolpaths.
WORKNC 2020.0 expands its exclusive Advanced Toolform technology with the introduction of five-axis machining for any tool shape, including shapes such as barrels, ovals, and parabolic, to be calculated over part surfaces, including negative offsets (allowances).
CAM software should have forward looking features that allow you to work in a traditional programming approach and to step up into a more organized environment that includes storing process knowledge and corporate experiences.
Integrated CAD/CAM software that combines CAD, CAM, electrode design and CMM programming capabilities in one system can save you time and effort in the following five ways:
The world of CAD offers many alternatives to shops that want to use the latest 3-D technology for their mold design. This article looks at the benefits of the various approaches and offers some tips on choosing the most appropriate one.