MachineWorks announced new functionality specifically suited to CNC controllers. According to the company, MachineWorks has achieved significant improvement in the performance for controller-based simulation thanks to the improved usage of memory.
“The key is always to adjust to your environment and work with what you’ve got,” said Mike Nicholson, sales director of MachineWorks, “When we started developing MachineWorks 20 years ago, we worked with computers that had very little memory or processing power; applying this expertise through years of optimization, we have achieved extraordinary speed in CNC controllers with complex toolpaths.”
MachineWorks analyses the input data on the fly to decide which will be the most efficient use of processing power for each set of data. According to the company, the improvement is particularly noticeable in toolpaths, which are sampled, as in controller-based simulations where the original toolpath data is not known, and the data passed to MachineWorks is just a stream of sampled tool locations. In these cases, a long cut may be split into tens or hundreds of small sections. MachineWorks can examine these points and determine that they are all part of the same original cut.
In addition, MachineWorks now supports the use of mobile operating devices.
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.