6/22/2019

WorkNC Version 2020.0 Offers 5-Axis Programming

Originally titled 'Software Update Offers 5-Axis Programming'
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WorkNC 2020.0 allows for five-axis tool shapes such as barrels, ovals, parabolic, or any given shape, to be calculated over part surfaces, including negative offsets (allowances).

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The latest version of WorkNC released by Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence’s Production Software business continues its focus on customers’ shopfloor productivity by expanding its exclusive Advanced Toolform technology with the introduction of five-axis machining for any tool shape.

WorkNC 2020.0 allows for five-axis tool shapes such as barrels, ovals, parabolic, or any given shape, to be calculated over part surfaces, including negative offsets (allowances).

They bring the benefit of a smoother contact point, resulting in larger stepovers, without compromising on accessibility, as it keeps the shank diameter relatively small. The Advanced Toolform solution allows for multiple surfaces to be machined at the same time in CAD models coming from any source, solid or surface based.

The Wall Machining toolpath also gets a boost by including the spiral patterns and 2D toolpath compensation. Sharp edges are now protected by a corner smoothing radius, and retracts have been optimized to increase productivity and reduce machining time, the company says.

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