Better ‘associativity’ for more efficient set-up, selection, program storage
SmartCAMcnc released of SmartCAM® v2016 — the latest version of its CAM platform for software toolpath modeling and CNC programming (milling, turning, fabrication and wire EDM), for prismatic production work through to complex molds, dies, and prototypes. SmartCAM v2016 delivers a “substantially updated Knowledge-Base Machining (KBM) Library,” as well as improvements to the user interface and to the core milling functionality.
The improved KBM library supports storing and re-use of tooling and operation settings, increasing the efficiency with which new programs can be created using proven and repeatable processes. This ensures consistent and accurate CNC methodologies are used throughout the manufacturing facility.
The associativity feature of the KBM Library allows jobs that use library definitions to be quickly updated to the most current definitions.
Several improvements to the SmartCAM v2016 user interface have been included to make it easier and more intuitive to learn and use. The SmartCAM List View, a key component of the interface, now displays model data in a "tree structure" that is expandable and collapsible. CAD and CAM model elements can now be shown using this hierarchical list, which is convenient for viewing as much or as little detail of the model as needed.
A number of improvements have been made to the SmartCAM mill roughing processes. The Group Pocket process now supports separate pocket and island groups, including support for multi-level nested pockets and islands. Also added to Group Pocket, the Part Offset and Morph-path type options can be used to produce smoothed, continuous-tangent toolpaths that are suitable for high speed milling (HSM) techniques. Learn more at www.SmartCAMcnc.com