Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence’s Production Software business has enhanced the post-processed simulation, automation, and five-axis functionality of its ALPHACAM CAD/CAM software.
The Post-processor engine now directly configures and deploys a simulation session, resulting in more realistic motion, as well as the ability to support cycles such as M6. The Automation suite has been upgraded, improving the user’s experience and productivity when creating and deploying job configurations. Whether setting up a first automation job, or whether the user is involved in complex and dynamic environments, the new setup wizards will make short work of daily production tasks.
Regarding solids machining, specifically machining solid faces directly, ALPHACAM sets a new standard by allowing direct interaction with them. The Rough/Finish command (profiling) now allows the user to directly select and machine a solid face. And if the machine supports tool compensation on custom orientations (planes), this option provides the ability to create precision parts with minimal effort, via the use of G41/G42.
Advanced five-axis functionality also has been updated to include numerous improvements, such as the ability to integrate the Toolpath Optimiser into a core cycle which can then be stored in a machining style and deployed with Automation; and the inclusion of barrel mill and double profile tools. Improvements in SWARF machining, multi-axis roughing and toolpath smoothing are also included.
The geometry offset command is now intelligent and dynamic, making all operations more productive, whether the user wants to simply retain attributes and information on the geometry, or to completely re-assign machining cycle parameters to a newly created offset.
Regarding ordering and productivity tools enhancements, a new feature of ALPHACAM provides a simple, productive and effective way to set a user-defined order in seconds.
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