Simulation Software Enables Toolpath Mirroring

Delcam will demonstrate the 2016 version of its PowerMill programming software for five-axis and high-speed machining, featuring the ability to mirror complete machining projects in one operation and to automatically maintain machining choices, such as whether to use climb or conventional milling.

Delcam will demonstrate the 2016 version of its PowerMill programming software for five-axis and high-speed machining, featuring the ability to mirror complete machining projects in one operation and to automatically maintain machining choices, such as whether to use climb or conventional milling. In previous versions, only individual toolpaths could be mirrored. The company says that automatic mirroring saves considerable time whenever right- and left-hand versions are needed of a part or tool. This capability also speeds programming for machining symmetrical objects, making it possible to program one half and then mirror the toolpaths to complete the program. To ensure that the mirroring works as expected, the software can perform comprehensive verification to ensure that the machine tool is capable of running the mirrored toolpaths and to check for collisions.

Other simulation improvements include a form to print out the position of the cutting tool tip during simulation, an auto-translucency option that enables viewing of the table attach point at all times and the ability to draw translucent safe areas for rapid moves.

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