BobCAD-CAM released its new Machine Simulation PRO add-on module, which offers toolpath simulation technology for BobCAD-CAM CNC programming software. Until now, the Machine Simulation was only available for core BobCAD 4 Axis PRO, 5 Axis Standard and 5 Axis PRO modules. The change allows customers using the V25 Express through 4 Axis Standard milling CNC software products the ability to add-on the Machine Simulation PRO at one price. The add-on allows the CAD/CAM operator to input their own machines kinematics for simulating their specific milling machines in action.
Using the solution, the operator not only catches part gouges or tool collisions in the work piece, they can see the machine components in action and any occurrences of axis over-travels and more, the company says. Benefits include the ability to see if the part fixtures have correct orientations, to isolate location issues, and to make sure fixture sizes are correct for the part.
The release allows the machinist or programmer to set machine travel limits and detect over travels, as well as check for any errors on the part. This includes machine, tool and tool holder collisions.
The machines in the new product can be turned on and off or made transparent in the simulation process for close part inspection.
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