CAMWorks 2014 is the most complete CAD/CAM solution available providing the users with an end-to-end offering from the initial part design, to creating a CNC program, to full machine simulation using actual G-code. With every release we strive to bring you a better CNC programming experience.
Some of the key additions in this release are:
Toolpath and Step-Through Simulation
When using Toolpath or Step-Through simulation, to help review the toolpath effectively, we have introduced the ability to:
-Use a WIP (Work in Process) model as a start-up stock when simulating an operation or a setup. This provides the user with the ability to simulate subsequent setups and operations using an up-to-date WIP model, rather than the original stock.
-View the tool vectors for the toolpaths during Step-Through simulation, making it easier to evaluate the toolpath integrity, particularly for 5-axis toolpaths.
Turn Feature Definition Enhancements
-Next, significant improvements have been made with regards to Turn Features:
-Turn profiles are now fully associated with the model they are extracted from. This makes them fully associative to the sketches, another first in the feature based machining world, making program changes very quick and efficient.
-Improved functionality now allows users to simply pick the faces of the model to create Turn Features quickly and easily.
-Enhanced feature definition, to speed up selection of turn profiles by specifying the angle at which the profile has to be extracted. This is particularly helpful for parts requiring mill-turn operations.
-Turn feature extents can now be controlled at operation level, as well as at the feature level.
Turn operations have been made more intelligent as well:
-Canned cycles have been provided with greater flexibility within the UI making them more intelligent and providing the user additional control over the functionality and eliminating the need for any customizations to the post.
Automation via APIs
For our automation aficionados, we have added 39 different APIs that can help reduce repetitive activities and provide a solid foundation for users who want to customize or automate their systems.
-API macro to create a multi surface feature from the faces having a particular color (shown above).
-API macros to generate setup sheets, manage configurations, and manage must stocks in assembly among others.
You will also notice some key enhancements in the UI (User Interface) to standardize and streamline interactions with the following changes:
-The Stock Manager UI is now available in SolidWorks Property Manager
-The UI for creating User Defined tools, tool holders, and inserts has been improved and a new Preview Window has been added for ease-of-use.
Multi-tasking machine controls
For the multi-tasking machines, we have added more flexibility in the sub-spindle operations.
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