CAM Software Release Boosts 3D Machining Productivity
Updated 3D machining functions top the bill for engineering companies in the latest release of Alphacam from Vero Software. Users of Alphacam 2019 R1 will find two major enhancements for 3D Machining: first, an improved Automatic Collision Detection algorithm which avoids gouging non-machined faces and surfaces in the Select Solid Faces function; second, improved Cylindrical-Parallel Machining such that optimized tool paths can now be created for parts under conditions which were it previously was impossible, including complex geometries in four-axis machining.
This release includes the ability to provide universal control over the stock in an Auto-Z operation, meaning that the user can set the reference level on a geometry to the top or bottom, allowing for complex environment and application which, according to the company, delivers new automation capabilities.
The user interface includes two enhancements. The first enables a selection window to be created, selecting anything it touches or includes. Secondly, users can now resize the preview window in their NC code in order to fully show the posted code, regardless of how long or complex it is.
A completely redesigned and compact nesting interface provides a streamlined way to quickly create and deploy nest projects, giving greater flexibility and productivity. Drag-and-drop support for manually nested parts makes it easier for programmers to begin the process of manual nesting. Another process reducing the number of steps is the new ability to automatically align a part to a neighboring angled part on the nest. Parts are matched in this way by simply selecting which elements must be aligned.
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.
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