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At EMO 2013 SolidCAM will be demonstrating its new SolidCAM 2013 SP2 version.

SolidCAM 2013 SP2 has more than 100 new enhancements across all its modules: iMachining 2D and 3D, 2.5D Milling, HSS, HSR/HSM, Sim 5X, Turning, Advanced Mill-Turn for multi-turret and multi-spindle machines, as well as a new module - Solid Probe. The company reported that the handling of large models in SolidCAM 2013 has been improved with enhanced time savings due to faster facet generation.

For SolidCAM's 2.5D Milling module, additional toolbox operations have been added while threading and engraving operations have been enhanced. The HSS complementary module for surface machining has also been upgraded with extra auto detection for radial and spiral technologies and lead-in ramping options.

SolidCAM 2013's 3D Milling, comprising the High Speed Roughing (HSR) and High Speed Machining (HSM) modules, has additional new strategies and benefits including Hybrid Machining, faster multi-core calculation, which uses the full power of computer processors, and smoother surface finishes.

The latest version includes enhancements to the Simultaneous 5-axis module. New tilting options have been added and improvements made to the SWARF, 5X Drill and Convert HSM to Sim 5X operations.

In addition, three new operations have been added to the Sim 5x module. The new Multi-Blade Machining operation handles impellers and bladed disks with multiple strategies to rough and finish each part of these complex shapes. The Port Machining operation is a new method for machining ports with lollipop milling tools. Four strategies are provided to machine and finish a port: Rouging, Rest Rough, Spiral and Plunge Finishing. The new Contour 5-axis Machining strategy tilts the tool along a chained 3D profile according to defined tilt lines, making it useful for deburring and trimming.

The Advanced Mill-Turn module in SolidCAM 2013 handles a variety of multi-turret and multi-spindle CNC machines. The Machine Control Operation (MCO), balanced roughing, multi-turret synchronization and full machine tool simulation have all been improved.

"SolidCAM's patented iMachining 2D module with its Technology Wizard is intended to provide users with fast cycle times, improved hard material machining, longer tool life and enhanced small tool performance," said a company spokesperson. "With the iMachining 3D module, users can automatically produce a complete, ready to run CNC program, with optimal cutting conditions, for 3D parts. The software's knowledge-based Technology Wizard and Toolpath provides roughing and rest roughing of a complete 3D part, with true scallop on all slopes, all in a single operation. iMachining 3D, combined with its full-depth step-down, intelligent step-up, localized machining and smart positioning, is designed to provide short optimal cycle time for roughing and semi-finish of molds and complex 3D parts.

"With iMachining 3D, users can also mill prismatic parts that include hundreds of pockets and islands. This can be done in one operation, without the need for defining geometry chains, directly from the solid model of the part and the solid model of the stock. iMachining 3D will do the rest automatically and optimally.

"In SolidCAM 2013, the iMachining 3D tool path is automatically adjusted to avoid collisions between the holder and the updated stock at every stage. Without holder consideration, tools need to be long. By taking the holder into account, tools can be shorter and stronger resulting in faster cutting. New in SolidCAM 2013 is an option for step-up rest-rough, after each step-down, leaving more room for tool holder avoidance.

"The new Solid Probe module allows users to define the home position and to perform part measurement cycles during machining, and is completely integrated with the other SolidCAM operations. Additionally, it supports tool presetters and tool breakage detection. Machining operations and Probe operations are intermixed in the CAM manger, using the same geometry. Should the solid model change, both the machining and probe operations automatically synchronize to the alteration.

"SolidCAM is the leading integrated CAM for SolidWorks. In SolidCAM 2013 an option has been added to save all CAM-data inside the SolidWorks SLDPRT/SLDASM file and to work with SolidWorks in Part Only (without assembly) mode. Furthermore, Solid Verification has been speeded using multi-core calculation and can now also be shown, together with 3D tool, in the SolidWorks window, enhancing the integrated experience for SolidWorks users."

For more information contact:

SolidCAM Inc.

207 Pheasant Run

Newtown, PA 18940


Hall 25-Stand J06

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