By DE Editors
Geometric Technologies, Inc. has announced the release of CAMWorks 2011, the latest version of its solid-based CNC programming solution.
CAMWorks 2011 is intended to be a more focused upgrade in the CAMWorks line and provide new capabilities, including enhanced automation, improved knowledge-based machining information, smarter tool paths, and more.
CAMWorks 2011 introduces VoluMill the toolpath plug-in engine for high-speed milling for 2 .5-axis and 3-axis roughing operations. It is suited for prismatic parts and complex 3D shapes, according to the company, because its algorithms result in more intelligent toolpaths to machine pockets, slots, and arbitrary shapes.
For the mold and die industry, Geometric has introduced an optional electrode design solution, called ElectrodeWorks, that automates the calculation and design of EDM electrodes. Its integration with SolidWorks/CAMWorksSolids helps ensure complete parametric association of data.
Feature Recognition, which is used to automatically identify areas to be machined, has been upgraded to find more features, while decreasing computation times by more than 50% over previous CAMWorks versions, according to the company. The proprietary Technology Database (TechDB) that is used to store and apply knowledge-based machining information, has been enhanced to simplify the process.
Additional enhancements with CAMWorks 2011 include improved performance and enhanced feature recognition of slot features with fillet and taper as well as slots with islands.
For more information, visit Geometric’s CAMWorks site.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.