Vero Software has launched a new global Customer Community at the same time as the latest release of its CAD/CAM software. Edgecam 2013 R2 contains new and enhanced functionality, including a redesign of dialogs, four-turret support, free loading of CAD files into Part Modeler, quicker simulation, and improvements to the Wire EDM Feature Finder.
The Workflow enhancement enables CAD/CAM engineers to apply toolpaths within seconds. The new tools aid in loading and positioning the component, choosing the manufacturing method and suitable machine tools, adding user defined stock or stock from a database, importing fixtures, selecting a machine and toolkit, and managing strategies to automate manufacture.
All Edgecam dialogs have been updated to include a set of buttons for selecting data interactively. These buttons at the top of the dialog indicate what data is required. As geometry is required the appropriate buttons are highlighted; if the geometry is mandatory and must be selected, then the button is marked with an underline.
Part Modeler now comes with free CAD Model Loaders for Parasolid, STEP, NX, ACIS, Inventor, CATIA V5 and Creo Parametric files. A move hole and faces command allows the repositioning of features from models designed in another CAD system. They can either be moved from the original CAD datum position or relative to a user defined position.
Simulator now runs as a separate process to Edgecam, and starts from where the simulation last finished. Simulator rendering has also been enhanced. By default, stock surfaces are rendered with a metallic look. And a Flat Rendering option has been added to render the surfaces with a non-metallic look. Rapid Result has been improved for this release and Tool graphics are now displayed, with Toggle Tool and Toggle Tool Holders buttons enabled.
The new global eSupport community is a one-stop shop for sharing technical information, comprising forums, online documents, searchable databases and technical videos. The wiki will be continuously updated with topics from the forum to build a comprehensive knowledge base and "Frequently Asked Questions" database, as well as showing "What's New" from each release, and resolved issues.
Current maintenance users can access the Customer Community Forum through the Customer Support Portal, where uses have access to Edgecam releases and updates.
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.