Software Creates Environment for Postprocessing Steps
IMTS 2018: ICAM Technologies’ Adaptive Post-Processing software changes traditional CNC programming.
ICAM Technologies’ Adaptive Post-Processing software creates an integrated environment for the independent steps of postprocessing, toolpath optimization and G-code simulation. Integrating the steps together in this way can reduce NC programming and machine cycle time by up to 35 percent, the company says.
The software enables automatic tool-path corrections and simultaneous execution of the various steps in one concurrent operation.
It reduces errors associated with the serial method of tool-path creation, postprocessing, machine simulation and G-code verification. It does this while also reducing programming time. According to ICAM, the creation of tool paths using its software eliminates the need to reprogram the part for a new target CNC machine. This frees manufacturers to choose whatever machine makes more sense at a given time and increases productivity of existing machines.
This concept examines the sequences of operation of a CNC machine by way of reference material related to key operational procedures.
Effectively commanding motion on most CNC machines requires more than describing how the CNC machine determines the end point position for each motion.
Though applied for different reasons on different machine types, all forms of compensation allow the CNC user to allow for unpredictable conditions related to tooling.