By DE Editors
SmartCAMcnc has announced the field test release of SmartCAM V17.0. It features a new Z-level roughing process, enhancements to the solid pocketing process, and core enhancements to the SmartCAM suite of computer-aided manufacturing system software.
Pocketing and profiling strategies are applied in a single roughing process. Inset: Island tops, shelves, and floors are automatically detected and machined.
The SmartCAM product family consists of applications for computer-numerical control (CNC) milling, turning, fabrication, and wire EDM. Version 17.0 continues the solids-machining theme found in the many recent releases, and provides benefits for milling users working with both prismatic and freeform solid models.
The new Z-level rough process incorporates many features found in the solid pocket process introduced in v16, such as critical depth processing and multiple start points. It extends these capabilities to allow roughing strategies to be applied to many part configurations consisting of cores, cavity, and open pockets, and profiles. The new process is found in SmartCAM Advanced Milling, Advanced Turning and FreeForm Machining applications.
A new HTML-based report generator added to all SmartCAM applications is designed to improve the flexibility and quality of job and shop floor documentation. The new web report generator allows a single report to include both tool and process step information along with job header and part graphic images.
The existing Named View capabilities have been extended to allow users to specify which view parameters are to be captured with the named view. View orientation, size and position, mask and visibility states can all be specified and saved independently.
For more information, visit SmartCAMcnc.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.