The major highlight of the updated software is a new-look user interface featuring configurable toolbars designed for ease of use, the company says. Additionally, existing icons have been recast to make them easier to understand. The new toolbars are said to make the software faster and more productive for both new and existing users.
The update allows users to integrate a solid model into the programming window and assign tool paths directly to the model. The “Extract Parameters from Solids” feature automatically retrieves critical manufacturing data from a solid model to save time and reduce the chance for error by eliminating redundant data entry, the company says.
The software also allows the user to automatically generate professional setup sheets to improve shopfloor documentation. This feature, available to users who have licensed the PartMaker Documentation Wizard (PDW), is said to speed machine setup time by eliminating the manual setup sheet creation and by providing clear instructions about how to set up a new job.