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Available from Planit, Edgecam’s software update, Edgecam 2011 R1, bundles a range of milling functionalities into one special “composite” feature designed to optimize roughing and reduce tool changes. The composite feature collects all the features on a part, enabling them to be roughed in one operation.
In the machining simulator, the collision-checking function enables users to check the turret, its holders and adjacent tools in the turret.
The rough turning cycle features improved swarf clearance. The operator can automatically retract the tool after a defined amount of cuts and stop the machine to clear it before continuing with the same cycle, thus improving toolpath efficiency.
Performance of the machining engine has been updated for faster toolpath creation times, particularly when moving between different areas in the roughing cycle. Calculation time has also been improved.
Tool stores, including tool, material and job information can be merged. According to the company, this enables small tool stores to be transferred to different areas in the factory or different factories without having to recreate the data.
Other updates include new default schemes, improvements to toolpath display, improved sequence error checking and more picture-based operations.