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CAD/CAM Software Components

The 2019.12 CAD/CAM software components is available for download from the ModuleWorks website. This release contains performance-optimizing cycles for 5-axis and 3-axis machining as well as enhanced visual accuracy and sharper imaging for the Cutting and Adding Material Simulator.

Finishing Cycles for Multi-Axis Machining

Two finishing cycles have been added to the multi-axis machining toolpath generator: one for wall finishing and one for floor finishing. Both cycles support barrel tools and offer all the process-optimizing features of the original roughing strategy, such as easy part selection, automatic collision checking between the tool and the part and automatic collision-free linking.

Combined Cycle for Steep and Shallow Areas

With the HSM toolpath generator, operators can now machine steep and shallow areas in a single cycle. This accelerates CAM programming by eliminating repetitive steps and means that programmers only need to set up a single machining operation.

The cycle consists of constant Z for steep areas and two options for shallows areas, either constant cusp or parallel cuts.

Enhanced Visual Accuracy for Spherical Tools

New algorithmic enhancements improve the visual accuracy of the simulation to deliver a sharper and more realistic simulation for spherical tools such as ball mill and bull mill tools. The resulting simulated part now has crisp corners and smooth curves that accurately reflect the real shape of the tool without any noticeable segmentation or fragmentation.

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