New features when they happen

Rather than bundling new features of its Depocam software into yearly releases, NC Graphics is issuing them as soon as they are ready. This lets customers grow with the new features and doesn't disrupt production.

With Depocam's drilling program, users extract hole centers and sizes from surface data or by reading-in point data from IGES or VDA files.


Rather than bundling new features of its Depocam software into yearly releases, NC Graphics is issuing them as soon as they are ready. This lets customers grow with the new features and doesn't disrupt production.

Some of these features include a drilling program, rest-area-machining routine, mill-turn-machine support, retriangulation of selected surfaces, trimmed-surface editing, and an enhanced database. With the drilling program, users extract hole centers and sizes from surface data or by reading-in point data from IGES or VDA files. If import files contain surface points, users can extract and place them in a drilling folder after reading-in the surface data. The program includes both drill and holder gouge protection, and it gives blind-hole depths in the surface model prior to applying the required cycle.

The software's rest-areamachining routine permits finishmachining rest areas without having to generate 3D boundaries or stock models. To do so, it incorporates a combination of waterline and parallel pencil passes.

With full 3+2 milling and drilling operations, Depocam supports millturn machines having Y-axis motion and driven tools. For retriangulation of selected surfaces to a tighter tolerance than offered, the software lets users select either single or multiple surfaces and then displays properties. To edit trimmed surfaces, the software removes all internal-surface boundaries from read-in geometry files and selected trimming curves, thus enabling users to fill holes in the original geometry file following surface shapes.

In addition, Depocam's database reduces toolpath-calculation time, archiving time is reportedly cut by a factor of five, and its Compact Database command is fast enough for interactive use.

NC Graphics Ltd
Cambridge, England
ncgraphics.net

TAGS: CAD and CAM
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