SmartCAMcnc has announced the release of SmartCAM v2014, which includes a redesigned and improved user interface that assists in usability, ease of learning and user efficiency, plus a variety of milling process modeling, toolpath verification and geometry modeling improvements, the company says.
The SmartCAM product family consists of CAM applications for CNC milling, turning, fabrication and wire EDM.
New panel task menus and customizable toolbars make it more convenient to access frequently used commands, and new configuration options allow the system to be tailored to make best use of screen workspace. Additionally, the SmartCAM Undo mechanism has been re-written to allow multiple undo or redo of all modeling tasks.
“SmartCAM v2014 users will first notice the new user interface which is a logical evolution of the familiar SmartCAM modeling environment,” said Douglas Oliver, SmartCAMcnc’s senior product manager. “The new task bar menus, coupled with the ability to configure custom toolbars, provide users extremely quick and convenient access to their most-commonly used tasks, substantially improving efficiency and productivity.”
Improvements to the milling processes increase toolpath reliability and efficiency, and reduce the number of steps required to re-machine remaining material and generate wireframe profiling toolpath. New arc connections in SmartCAM’s Facing and Region Rough processes provide a high-speed machining technique that prevents abrupt direction changes which may be potentially harmful to machinery, the company says.
The ShowCut and ShowPath toolpath verification modules have been enhanced to make better use of standard tooling by providing improved visualization of turning-tool holders, and allowing milling-tool holders to be used with parametrically defined tools. New collision reporting and holder checking capabilities assist users in finding potential problems.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.