German CAD/CAM software developer Schott Systeme has announced new 5-axis pre-positioned and simultaneous machining capabilities in its Pictures by PC software. The 5-axis simultaneous programming is available as an additional add-on module.
The software supports the prepositional machining of 2.5D and 3D milling techniques, in addition to engraving and drilling. Feature recognition identifies regions to machine, with drill optimization sorting multi-axis holes into depth, machining orientation and shortest machining time.
Multi-axis rest material recognition both analyses and marks areas that require further machining with a smaller tool. This enables the residual material to be completely removed. Automatic safety retraction zones are set up around a part, so that any tilting movement of the machine head is undertaken away from the component. New machining strategies include 5-axis z constant simultaneous milling and 5-axis double projection milling.
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