NC Simulation Software Includes New Features
Smart Manufacturing Experience 2018: Spring Technologies will demonstrate its NCSIMUL NC software package and launch the latest version.
Spring Technologies will demonstrate its NCSIMUL NC software package and launch the latest version, which is designed to provide easy, flexible and automated control over the machining process for manufacturers moving to Industry 4.0. It will also highlight its Machine, 4CAM, OptiTool and NCDoc NC software modules.
Newer features of the software and 4CAM module include probing strategies; support for turning after milling and one-click NC machine turnaround; cutting tool management with 3D definitions; one-click project update; project export/import; automatic performance analysis; and automatic graphic detection of machining risk zones and less-than-optimal cutting conditions. Improvements in the OptiTool module include algorithms that transform working feed rates into rapid feed rates or specified maximum feed rates for approach and retract motions in both circular and linear tool paths. The software’s Air Cutting Optimization mode can reduce machining times by as much as 25 percent by minimizing air cutting motions and optimizing entry and exit feed rates. This can also save time on existing programs.
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.
Finally there is an alternative to ballnose endmills for finishing 3D parts. The combination of finishing tools shaped to provide more cutting surface and a CAM system with the ability to apply them on a five-axis machining center can dramatically reduce finishing cycle times while delivering better surface finishes.
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