CAD/CAM Software Eases Turning, Milling, EDM Operations

Edgecam 2016 R1 includes a number of new and updated CAD features and CAM functions for milling, turning and wire EDM, such as new and enhanced strategies, operation options and memory-handling capabilities.

Edgecam 2016 R1 includes a number of new and updated CAD features and CAM functions for milling, turning and wire EDM, such as new and enhanced strategies, operation options and memory-handling capabilities.

The program’s 3D modeling software, EWS, includes a 2D offset tool feature that quickly duplicates and copies shapes and profiles by an offset amount, reducing sketch time. An enhanced arc command now includes a set diameter/radius option, allowing multiple identical circles to be added to a sketch.

For turning, a pre-finish plunge option generates a single plunge cut at the center of a groove feature before the cycle continues finishing it in the usual way, eliminating the need for a rough grooving cycle. For turning deep recesses with double-sided turning inserts, the existing rough turn cycle now features a ramp cut strategy to extend tool life.

The roughing operation is now stock-aware and adopts a Waveform toolpath strategy. In addition, the rough turn operation now supports the B axis, and the four- and five-axis operations can directly pick on the solid model.

A function used for both milling and turning operations now saves additional time on the Update Stock command. This means the machine simulator can focus on pure tool paths. Further performance improvements have been made to the simulator when dealing with large tool paths such as roughing and five-axis cycles.

For EDM users, a Smart Cycle machining command combines two- and four-axis wire machining into one function by analyzing the input geometry shape. The command is designed to ensure that the output code always matches the feature shape. The software also features a test for separation/slug removal function into the simulator that enables users to examine if slugs of material can become detached from the main stock body, a useful function when working on complex 3D shapes, the company says.

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