CAM Software Automates Programming for Solid Edge CAD Models

Geometric Ltd. has released CAMWorks 2015, which runs within Siemens’ Solid Edge ST8 software as an integrated CAM application.

Geometric Ltd. has released CAMWorks 2015, which runs within Siemens’ Solid Edge ST8 software as an integrated CAM application. The software’s feature recognition and true G-code machine simulation enable the automation of the programming process, which result in faster CNC programming, setup and machining.

In addition to  2 ½- and three-axis milling support, the software now supports four- and five-axis simultaneous milling as well as multi-axis turn-mill machining. Using CAMWorks inside Solid Edge, the design and manufacturing models are linked and the fully associative tool paths will update automatically to design changes. Automatic feature recognition and the technology database also allow users to capture and automatically reuse best practices to streamline programming time.

CAMWorks Virtual Machine is also available for Solid Edge, providing true G-code machine simulation with collision detection to eliminate dry runs and to reduce setup time. In addition, Geometric’s high-speed machining module, CAMWorks VoluMill, can be used to reduce cycle time and increase tool life for rough milling operations. A large postprocessor library made of all the major machine tools aids in rapid CAMWorks implementation, the company says.