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Makino has launched version 5 of its EDcam offline programming software, which provides shops with more options in a wider array of applications. This update adds to features from previous versions, upholding the value of continuous machine run time and operator multitasking.
New features include expanded model data, machining conditions technology upgrades and new electrode material types to encompass a larger number of application needs. The software has been adjusted to accommodate modern machine options, such as carbide machining, Z-axis stabilizers and micro-cell EDM. Other additions include a wider selection of cavity types, including through-machining, rib, open side, connector, pin gate, speaker grill, EDM after pre-cut and more.
The user interface has been simplified into a logical series of data entry dialogs, instead of the single data entry prompts of previous versions. To accommodate operators that prefer separate spreadsheets, the software features an EPX data import that provides one-click data entry in lieu of the normal manual step-through of the dialog prompts. This update is fully compatible with all Windows Vista systems.
The software solution for sinker EDM machines is designed to reduce human error in burn programs, reduce potential scrap, increase shop efficiency and reduce programming time. It acts as communications manager between CAD/CAM systems and the sinker EDM’s NC program, eliminating potential operator errors due to manual input procedures.
The software also enables multitasking. For example, operators can initiate a burn program while beginning preparations for future burns on a remote computer. The software retrieves information on electrode offsets and offline workpieces in a CMM, where the operators can transfer the data for program use.
EDcam takes the information directly from the part drawing or CAD/CAM system and places into the burn program without human intervention. This essentially provides machine shops with full offline programming capabilities for virtually any automated system.