CAMWorks 2009 from Geometric Technologies is said to include more than 80 user-driven features and enhancements that enable faster, easier part programming. The software can run within SolidWorks or as part of a CAD/CAM package that includes CAMWorks Solids, an integrated solid modeler.
The software’s multiple process support is designed to generate three- through five-axis tool paths as separate threads in separate processes, allowing users to continue working in other areas or on other CAM models.
Data reusability enables the import of CAM data from CAD part models into assembly models. This allows parts to be programmed and applied to different jobs with other parts. In addition, library features can be created for selective CAM data that is to be reused in other jobs.
Improvements include graphic display performance, expansion in part and machine simulation and an XML-based, user-defined setup sheet, which allows machining information to be viewed in a Web browser.
Turning features and tool paths are more intelligent, which results in safer and more simplified programming of turn and turn-mill parts, the company says. Also, wire EDM users are said to benefit from easy creation of multiple glue stops and a more powerful post-processing environment. Simultaneous four- and five-axis improvements include enhanced toolpath control, expanded collision avoidance and creation of multiple tool paths using rotate and copy options. According to the company, automatic feature recognition has been improved and continuous enhancements to the intuitive user-interface make the software even easier to use.
Modules for two- through five-axis milling, turning and wire EDM are available in a various combinations that provide an advanced collection of cutting strategies and time-saving features.