Software for Machining Automation

CAMWorks® 2011 and DFMPro version 2.3

Geometric (Scottsdale, AZ) offers CAMWorks® 2011 and DFMPro version 2.3. CAMWorks 2011 provides significant capabilities, including improved knowledge-based machining information, a new electrode design solution for the mold and die industry, and smarter toolpaths. In this new version, the technologies that enable automation of NC programming have also been enhanced. Two new modules, ElectrodeWorks and VoluMill, further enhance the product’s automation capabilities. CAMWorks pioneering feature-based machining and innovative knowledge-based machining technology, TechDB™ (Technology Database) is designed to significantly reduce the time required to generate machining strategies and processes for the tool and die industry. The technology database automatically associates tooling, operation strategies and machining parameters to the features. To further enhance the automation process, the knowledge-based rules in the TechDB are fully customizable to apply company’s best practices.  

DFMPro version 2.3 focuses on improving the ease of DFM review comments to closure with support for formed features and inclusion of Microsoft Excel based DFM analysis reports. A new grouping functionality for wall thickness related rules has been added in the Injection Molding module that allows users to easily segregate results into groups based on the thickness ranges. CAD users will be able to quickly verify their designs within Pro/ENGINEER® and SolidWorks®. It also facilitates collaborative design review process by generating comprehensive 3-D reports in eDrawings® format. This capability is very useful for suppliers who can quickly generate eDrawings reports and share it with the OEM for their review, comments and acceptance. DFMPro facilitates mold designers and manufacturing engineers to do upstream manufacturability validation and identification of areas of a design that are difficult, expensive or impossible to manufacture; thereby, reducing rework with a view to minimize costs of production and time-to-market without compromising on the product quality.