By DE Editors
ModuleWorks’ CAM components version 2009.3 offers a range of new features that expand capability for the different areas of 3-5 Axis toolpath creation and machine simulation.
The 3-Axis machining component adds new options for toolpath control in roughing as shown in the illustration. Aimed at maintaining a smooth motion and constant feedrate, roughing allows corner motion to be smoothed and new “S” shape link moves to be generated between passes. Smoothing is also an option for the final pass, but separate control is provided for flexibility. A “remove corner peg” control is used to ensure complete material removal.
The 4 and 5-Axis machining components have been refined with improvements focused on toolpath control, particular during linking and collision avoidance motion. Link control now has the ability to follow stock when connecting larger gaps.
ModuleWorks Simulation includes new backplot control to help visualize and optimize toolpath motion. Lead and link moves may be switched off and control is now provided to allow a limited number of toolpath segments to be displayed at any one time. These features improve visualization of the toolpath and allow users to better understand tool motion in the virtual world.
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.