Milling Postprocessor Supports Sinumerik-Controlled Machines
Mastercam has released a four-axis milling post processor that is said to enable productivity on Sinumerik-controlled machine tools.
Mastercam has released a four-axis milling postprocessor that is said to promote productivity on Sinumerik-controlled machine tools. This postprocessor supports Sinumerik 840D sl and 828D CNCs from Siemens.
The postprocessor features CYCLE 832 support for high-speed settings, now including the latest Top Surface functionality; drill cycles (CYCLES 82 through 86 and 840) with full four-axis support; WORKPIECE output for Graphical simulation, including rotary-axis blank orientations; tool call as tool name or tool number; a TOFFR option; Siemens’ four-axis application guide; an optimized multi-axis tool path using the FGROUP and FGREF commands; and streamlined program editing with the GROUPS functionality.
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.
Milling complex forms in hardened tool steel involves more than just fast, light cuts, says this maker of medical-related injection molds. Here are some of the ingredients of an effective hard milling process.
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.