Complete CAD/CAM Software Solution Update
The 2014 version of Geometric’s CAMWorks software is designed to be a complete CAD/CAM solution for CNC programming, from initial part design to full machine simulation.
The 2014 version of Geometric’s CAMWorks software is designed to be a complete CAD/CAM solution for CNC programming, from initial part design to full machine simulation. This edition features true G-code simulation and is said to accelerate design-to-part time, improving productivity.
Turn profiles are now fully associated with the model from which they are extracted, enabling quick, efficient program changes, the company says. The profile can be selected by specifying the angle at which it must be extracted, which is said to be particularly useful in mill-turn operations. Toolpath vectors can be viewed during step-through simulation, which is said to simplify the review of five-axis tool paths. Users can use a work-in-process model as start-up stock when simulating sections of a tool path, thereby shortening review time.
Thirty-nine added application programming interfaces (APIs) help reduce repetitive activities and provide a foundation for customizing or automating systems, accelerating CNC programming output. The software also features more pre-programmed, configurable routines that provide flexibility in subspindle operations. It now provides Mori-APT CL code for DMG Mori Seiki milling, turning and turn-mill machines, and the CAMWorks code is certified to drive DMG Mori Seiki machines using Manufacturing Suite Postprocessor.
CAMWorks 2014 also includes the free CAMWorksView 3D CAM data viewer, an app for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod. Users can review and annotate work-in-process models and assemblies, tool paths, and operation data without an additional CAMWorks license.
The additional rotary milling axis on these machines allows them to complete many types of complex parts in a single setup, but these machines have gained a reputation for being difficult to program. Today’s CAM software, however, eases the programming challenge significantly.
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Importing and exporting CAD files is a fundamental function of CAM software. An understanding of this process can help you know what to expect and will aid you when making a CAM purchase.