The most recent version of SolidCAM features upgrades for mold and insert machining, including its iMachining 3D, HSM and simultaneous five-axis modules.
iMachining 3D is designed to automatically produce a complete, ready-to-run CNC program. According to the company, it is capable of generating optimal cutting conditions to rough, rest-rough and semi-finish a complete 3D part with True Scallop on all slopes in a single operation. The tool path is adjusted automatically to avoid collisions between the holder and the updated stock at every stage. A knowledge-based technology wizard helps to achieve optimal cutting conditions. The function is said to improve machining time over other CAM systems.
SolidCAM’s HSM module provides an optimum 3D finish tool path for molds or inserts. The function avoids sharp angles, ensuring that the tool stays in contact with the workpiece as much as possible. Non-machining moves are optimized to reduce air cutting, and generate smooth and tangential lead in and out trajectories.
Enhanced simultaneous five-axis strategies for CNC milling enable control over toolpath and collision checking. Updates were made to multi-axis drill, five-axis contour and convert HSM to simultaneous five-axis strategy. For example, the contour five-axis function enables the tool to follow the selected 2D curve, staying parallel to predefined tilting lines. According to the company, this feature is ideal for chamfering and pencil machining complex contours with undercuts.