Machining Module Optimizes Speeds and Feeds

SolidCAM’s iMachining technology module integrates into SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor to save cutting time and increase tool life.

SolidCAM’s iMachining technology module integrates into SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor to save cutting time and increase tool life. According to the company, the module improves the efficiency of CNC milling operations and can save as much as 70 percent in CNC machining time.

The iMachining Technology Wizard provides optimal feeds and speeds for the cutting application, taking into account the tool path, stock, and tool material and machine specifications. The software’s capabilities include “morphing spiral” tool paths, intelligent island separation and area subdivision to provide short cycle times. According to SolidCAM, the spiral tool paths have higher material removal rates than trochoidal tool paths, and the software can use them more often. The software also employs tactics to reduce the likelihood of forming temporary thin walls that may lead to tool damage.

The strategy provides constant mechanical and thermal load on the tool for longer tool life at high material removal rates. Reduced vibrations help to prevent excessive tool wear. According to the company, the software can help to increase shop throughput with existing assets, and its short programming procedure improves productivity while reducing the need for advanced machining expertise. Additional possible benefits include more dependable quotes, faster RFQ turnaround and reduced lead times.

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