The company will preview CAMWorks 2011, the upcoming version of its solid-based CNC programming solution. New capabilities include improved knowledge-based machining information, a new electrode design solution for the mold and die industry and smarter tool paths. The technologies that enable automation of NC programming have also been enhanced.
For example, Feature Recognition, which is used to automatically identify areas to be machined, has been upgraded to find more features while decreasing computation times. The proprietary Technology Database (TechDB), used to store and apply knowledge-based machining information, has been enhanced to simplify the process of creating best machining practices. The improved interaction will result in greater use of the knowledge-based machining capabilities of CAMWorks and will reduce potential errors in machining information, the company says.
A number of user interfaces have been modified to make learning and using the software easier, the company says, adding that it also minimizes overlapping into the graphics area.
For the mold and die industry, the company offers ElectrodeWorks, an electrode design solution that automates virtually all aspects of extraction, design, management, documentation and manufacturing of EDM electrodes. This new product will guide the user through the electrode design and production process. Electrodes are designed through a comprehensive, yet easy-to-use interface, the company says.
CAMWorks 2011 also introduces VoluMill ultra high-performance tool paths for two- and three-axis high speed milling. VoluMill is designed to decrease programming and cycle times while improving cutting tool life.
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