ModuleWorks’ version 2009.3 expands three- to five-axis toolpath creation and machine simulation capabilities. The three-axis machining component adds options for toolpath control in roughing. Aimed at maintaining a smooth motion and constant feed rate, this allows smoother corner motion and the generation of S-shaped link moves between passes, the company says. Smoothing is also an option for the final pass, but separate control is provided to maximize flexibility. Finally, a “remove corner peg” control is used to ensure complete material removal, which is useful for higher step-overs, the company says.
The four- and five-axis machining components feature improved toolpath control, particularly during linking and collision-avoidance motion. Link control now has the ability to follow stock when connecting larger gaps, which minimizes motion during the link move.
ModuleWorks Simulation now includes backplot control to help visualize and optimize toolpath motion. Lead and link moves may be switched off, and control is now provided to allow a limited number of toolpath segments to be displayed at any one time. These features improve visualization of the toolpath and allow users to better understand tool motion in the virtual world, the company says.