AlphaCAM 2016 R2
Developers described several features and enhancements that improve automation processes, machining performance, and feature extractions.
Improved Feature Extraction
A new method has been installed for extracting contours in work planes, by selecting faces to create the work plane for the extraction direction. “This improved feature extraction on user-selected multiple angled faces is a real time-saver,” said EMEA sales manager Michael Pettit. “Feature Extraction also has been enhanced using an updated algorithm for finding contours.”
Specify 2D or 3D
Some machining dialogs now have a new tab containing specific options for either 2D or 3D lead-in and lead-out paths, and there is also an option to save and open user-configured lead settings in addition to the defaults. “It’s now possible to copy all settings both ways between the lead-in and lead-out section,” according to Pettit.
A new surface-machining pattern has been added to the advanced five-axis cycle. Flowline creates a toolpath —typically, where a specific surface texture or grain is required — aligned to either the U or V direction of the machining surface. “The user can determine the toolpath’s style, choosing the direction of the surface parameter lines,” Pettit explained. “As only a single face is required, calculation is extremely fast.”
Among many changes to how AlphaCAM 2016 R2 handles geometry, new ribbon bar command buttons have been added to the Parametric Sketcher dialog, so users can associate an image with Parametric Sketches (.aeps) and Variables (.aepsvars). The associated images will be displayed in the Project Manager’s Insert page.
Machining internal angles
Enhancements have been made to the Cut Spline/Polyline command for machining of sharp internal and external corners. A new option within the Panelling command function now automatically closes geometries in each panel by creating geometric elements along the panel edges.