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Three new CAM software releases, PowerMill 10.0, FeatureCAM 2010 and PartMaker 2010, reduce calculation times and increase output with both parallel processing and multi-threading. Users can prepare data in the foreground while calculating tool paths in the background. Similarly, users can set machine parameters for one area of a part while tool paths for machining a second area with a different strategy are calculated in the background.
To further increase productivity, the computer can continue a series of calculations when the user isn’t there. Calculations can be queued by the operator, and the software will automatically start the next operation as soon as each tool path is generated. This approach can be used with single- and multi-core processers.
Multi-threading capabilities allow individual calculations to be divided between the cores in a multi-core PC. This improves calculation times; increases user productivity; reduces downtime when machine tools are waiting for NC data; and minimizes lead times.