Updated Software Converts Three-Axis Tool Paths to Five-Axis

Geometric’s CAMWorks features updates for high-performance milling, automatic conversion of tool paths and integrated G-code simulation.

Geometric’s CAMWorks features updates for high-performance milling, automatic conversion of tool paths and integrated G-code simulation. The software’s high-performance milling strategy, CAMWorks VoluMill, leverages algorithms designed to remove the highest volume of material in the shortest amount of time to generate high-performance tool paths. The strategy is said to create ideal cutting conditions, reducing cycle time and increasing tool life as well as productivity. According to the developer, the machining strategy is capable of removing a high volume of material in harder materials, but also enables increased productivity and tool life in softer materials.

The latest version of the CAMWorks software is capable of converting three-axis tool paths to five-axis tool paths automatically, reducing the number of setups required to machine prismatic parts and enabling the use of shorter tools for machining three-axis parts such as molds. The feature automatically converts hard-to-reach three-axis machining operations that would require long tools in extended holders to five-axis tool paths with shorter tools, improving surface finish and quality.

The new release is also equipped with automatic feature recognition (AFR) that can automatically recognize more than 20 different types of machinable features on various types of parts. Combined with CAMWorks’ technology database for knowledge-based machining (KBM), this feature is said to enable faster programming of parts. According to the developer, parts that previously took hours or days to program can be programmed in minutes using AFR and KBM.  

CAMWorks Virtual Machine provides integration of true G-code machine simulation. Users are able to run simulations-driven direction from the G-code file to check the program for errors, avoid collisions and optimize setup. In addition, using the CAMWorks application programming interface (API), it is possible to use these features to automate design and manufacturing for large numbers of one-off parts, Geometric says.