CAM for Multitasking

Even in many smaller precision parts shops, turn-mill machines have become a significant factor. While such multitasking operations can deliver the necessary faster cycle times and throughput that this type of work demands, the complex processes can require additional programming knowledge.

Columns From: 2/8/2013 Production Machining, ,

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Chris Felix

Even in many smaller precision parts shops, turn-mill machines have become a significant factor in helping to broaden their scope to handle lower volumes and prototyping work. While such multitasking operations can deliver the necessary faster cycle times and throughput that this type of work demands, the complex processes can require additional programming knowledge. Software developers are continually finding new ways to bridge this potential gap.

Methods Machine Tools has recently announced upgrades for CAMplete turnmill software, offered on all Nakamura-Tome multitasking machines. The software is an integrated suite of G-code editing, optimization, analysis and verification tools enabling a range of turn-mill functions and comes standard on the full line of Nakamura multitasking turning centers.

Version 6.0 of the software offers added support for Fanuc Macro B language including G# and M# calls; G65 macro calls; local, common, system and shared variables; variable math; IF / GOTO statements and sub program calls. Users now have the ability to create custom macros that can be easily inserted into any G-code or formatted program.

Upgrades also include improved error handling, reporting and navigation, and an enhanced simulation progress display that now shows nested program calls. Newly designed regeneration controls have been added to show the active program and current location, including line number, within the program.

Post processing support has been broadened in the latest version to be compatible with Delcam’s PowerMill CAM software for milling from CUT files for 3+2 milling, 5-Axis milling and canned cycles; Mastercam CAD/CAM software support from NCI files; as well as Open Mind’s HyperMill post processing from POF files. Mastercam and HyperMill post processing works with ATC- and WT-series machines, turning, milling and 5-Axis milling.

“CAMplete TurnMill Version 6.0 features upgrades that will further enhance our Nakamura multitasking solution. Users now have a number of new functions which will result in greater productivity.” said Mr. Richard Parenteau, Director of Applications Development at Methods Machine Tools, Inc.

Read about how one international player in the highly competitive aeronautics, automotive, defense and optical industries makes the most of CAMplete software in the article "Software Simplifies Turn-Mill Operations."

 

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