PartMaker fersion 2011 includes more powerful milling functionality, more vivid setup documentation, new specialist turning routines, a more flexible tooling library, improved simulation of unique machine tool architectures and more.
The software features the PowerSHAPE Companion for PartMaker, an optional module that enables users to design 3D models, repair poor-quality 3D data and modify 3D geometry to improve design for manufacturability (DFM). This optional module features the Solid Doctor utility, which enables users to read and repair models from all sources and tackle problems that can be found when translating low-precision and incomplete 3D data.
The software enables users to manage their tool inventory in a more universal manner through the use of Master Tools Databases. The databases can be edited, manipulated and stored through external database programs such as Microsoft Excel and individual tools can be quickly imported for specific jobs.
Other features include unique support for bar-fed mills; mid-process cutting documentation; improvements to surface machining strategies; faster, more comprehensive simulation and verification; and additional productivity enhancements.