By DE Editors
Missler Software is launching the latest version of its Cam software solution, TopSolid’Cam 2011. TopSolid’Cam calculates tool paths for numerically controlled machines including milling machines, lathes and machining centers.
The latest version of TopSolid’Cam has new functions with a focus on the tool making and the aerospace industries. It includes morphing, machine replacement, Z level helical machining and Z level finishing cycles.
Morphing is a 3D operation that creates a tool path on a part (without any underdraft) from two curves (opened or closed). The idea is to deform the exterior curve right into the interior curve by using, where desired and/or required, intermediary curves. The resulting tool path is one continuous helical tool path that maintains scallop height as it goes. This means that there is only one entry move and one exit move.
A new wizard allows the operator to replace the machine being used with another. There are no limitations concerning the new machine or its kinematics, according to the company. Any operations that are not possible on the replacement machine are inactivated.
Z level helical machining allows constant contact between the tool and the material. The principal advantage of this new function is the possibility it offers to prevent “sewing marks” caused by multiple entry and exit moves.
Pockets, commonly found in aerospace parts, often have thin and fragile walls. TopSolid’Cam 2011 allows the operator to carry out finishing operations on these walls using Z level cycles regardless of the pocket depth. Such cycles help prevent unnecessary weakening of the already thin walls and reduce significantly programming times, according to the company.
For more information, visit Missler Software.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.