CAM-Tool Software Supports Simultaneous Five-Axis Machining
CAM-Tool software, available from CGS North America, features an improved simultaneous five-axis conversion function.
CAM-Tool software, available from CGS North America, features an improved simultaneous five-axis conversion function. The update decreases unnecessary axis movement to provide smoother, more accurate tool paths. The automatic function makes tool paths easier to create, according to the company.
Two tool paths support barrel and lens cutters. 3D Offset Cutting is a finishing mode that outputs offset cutter paths along surfaces with a constant step, while Curve Control Along Surface is designed for control in machining contours and reduced air cutting. Combined with simultaneous five-axis machining, these strategies can reducecycle times and improvesurface finish, the company says.
The system also helps users prepare for five-axis machining by enabling them to display the tool shape against the part model and account for changes in tilt and rotation angle.
Component Point Rearrangement produces smoother machine tool movement for obtaining better surface finishes. The feature arranges component points at equal intervals to optimize tool paths. Rearrangement type can be either Aligned or Alternate.
CAM-Tool’s drilling functions have also been improved. G01 Cross Hole Drilling controls the feed rate when crossing holes, recognizing the crossing section and adjusting accordingly. This adjustment is performed automatically by using the stock model to understand where to apply the strategy. By reducing the feed rate only at the crossing section, the feature avoids chipping that can occur when breaking through cross holes, thereby extending tool life.
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