Modern Machine Shop
CamLink offline programming software now supports Mazatrol Matrix M, Matrix T, Matrix MT and Matrix ME controls. Enabling users to accelerate the programming process by moving it offline, the software supports the control in its GB\DataTransfer, GB\DataPrint, GB\DataEntry, GB\GeoEntry and GB\GeoSolid software programs. Users can efficiently program in Mazatrol at their PC and take advantage of the Matrix’s improved functions including pocket milling with multiple islands and B-axis indexing for lathes. In addition, users can check their programs for accuracy and highlight potential costly errors before parts are manufactured on the shop floor.
Tool Path for Matrix Mill will allow users to view the shape and cutting path of their part before sending the program to the control. The Tool Path is viewable in wire frame or 3D solid mode. GB\DataEntry uses a graphics check feature called ShapeCheck, which allows users to view the part shape in a 3D surface model or wire frame, rotate the part shape and set the transparency level. With a single mouse click, users can also select from a unit list, view the selected unit on screen and see the corresponding Mazatrol code highlighted in the program.
SolidWorks users can also enjoy the added benefits of Matrix support with GB\GeoSolid software, which combines the power of Mazatrol with the solids capabilities of SolidWorks, the company says. As a result, programming time is said to be reduced and errors are eliminated by using the solids data already contained in the SolidWorks model.