CAD/CAM Update Impacts 2½-, Three-, Four- and Five-Axis Milling
MecSoft Corp. has released VisualCAM 2019 for Solidworks, the latest version of its integrated CAM software.
MecSoft Corp. has released VisualCAM 2019 for Solidworks, the latest version of its integrated CAM software. VisualCAM 2019 features tool shank collision detection and early error detection. It also offers productivity and user interface updates for multi-axis machining:
- 2½-axis: Improved feature-based machining, a drag-knife cutting method and cornering options in profile machining
- Three-axis: Improved flat-area machining, trochoidal entry motions for high-speed machining, cut connections and overall performance improvements
- Four-axis: Smoother motion outputs in the postprocessor
- Five-axis: Nutating head support and local coordinate plane programming
The Turn module is included free in certain 2019 Mill configurations.
What is a post processor? A software engineer from CNC Software, makers of Mastercam programming software, explains the different types of CNC post processors, the different types of post processor users and the different levels of functionality in post processors.
Programming a robot with the same CAM software used for a multi-axis machine tool makes it unnecessary to “teach” the robot by jogging it manually from point to point and recording these point-to-point moves as the robot’s motion commands. Robotmaster is a software package that provides this CAD/CAM-based, off-line programming for robots. It runs fully integrated inside Mastercam CAM software for CNC machine tools.
CAD/CAM features can be key to realizing effective High Speed Machining.