The latest release of the Alphacam software (2013 R2) introduces the initial implementation of a new solid simulation module. The module includes support for machine configuration components, mill/routing operations, 3-axis machining, 4/5-axis positioning and simultaneous, nutated head/table combinations, and additional XY part rotation combinations.
Other new enhancements include full compatibility with Windows 8; a new NC Output Manager add-in; API expansion; additional process support in the BTL Translator; enhancements to cabinet door manufacturing; and Part Modeler enhancements.
According to the company, there is also improved functionality in the commands for Move Faces, 3D Mirror, and Analyse Profile. Move Faces now moves pockets and bosses around the model, either from the original CAD datum position, or relative to a user defined position using Translation and Rotation options. Areas of features can be modified; for example, pocket walls and boss heights on an imported third-party model. Individual faces can be moved with Translation and Rotation in X, Y or Z.
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.