Integrated post-processing, simulation and emulation (PSE) is an NC manufacturing methodology from ICAM that includes the company’s CAM-Post, Virtual Machine and Control Emulator.
CAM-Post is an independent, single-source NC post-processing development and deployment software product that supports virtually all major CAD/CAM/PLM systems, CNCs and machine tools, the company says. Advanced forward-looking optimization features such as path planning, rotary axes pre-positioning and winding are said to optimize the machining process while avoiding dwell marks, over-travel and rotary repositioning. CAM-Post also supports advanced machine tool features such as tool-tip programming, coordinate frame transformations, NURBS interpolation and arc fitting of point-to-point data.
Virtual machine is a comprehensive CNC machine tool simulator that enables NC programmers to graphically simulate and test programs for collisions and over-travel. Deploying Virtual Machine with CAM-Post provides an interactive post-processing and simulation environment, the company says. Virtual Machine allows modeling of the physical CNC machine and detection of errors, while CAM-Post calculates alternative options to optimize the generated NC code.
Control Emulator (CE) is a new software product that allows NC programmers to simulate and test NC programs using Machine Code Data (MCD) within Virtual Machine and/or CATIA/DELIMA V5. Implementing Virtual Machine with CE allows NC programmers and machine operators to emulate and simulate the final MCD before running the NC program on the machine. This process enables the user to avoid costly prove-outs and reduce scrap material while increasing machine utilization on the shop floor, the company says.