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Alphacam 2013 R1 from Vero features toolpath oscillation using a sinusoidal or zig-zag up-and-down movement on contour toolpaths to utilize more of a tool’s effective cutting length. The process is said to improve surface finish and extend tool life. Oscillation pitch and height can be set, edited and saved as a machining style for future use.
Automatic support tags can be added to any contour toolpath so that the part stays attached to the material being machined. The tags prevent small parts from moving during the nesting process, which reduces material waste and improves part quality. Nesting zones enable small parts to be identified and restricted to specific areas of a vacuum-clamped sheet to reduce the chance of movement during machining. Applied tags can be edited and included as part of a machining style.
Additional updates include combined pocketing and finishing for improved part quality and reduced programming time, and a new reporting application with bespoke documentation for nested job reports, setup sheets, tool listings and part labels that can be designed and configured by the user.