SOFTWARE/HARDWARE: Geometric Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Geometric Limited, announced the release of CAMWorks® 2010, the latest version of its solid-based CNC programming solution.
This new release focuses on further enhancing the already robust machining capabilities in turning and multi-axis milling, while providing numerous improvements to enable users to program parts faster and more easily.
In turning, the ability to define variable allowances along the feature provides more control, while at the same time reduces the time and complexity of programming. For turning and mill/turn machining involving irregular casting stock shapes, an STL file can now be used to represent the stock. While creating a more realistic simulation, this simplifies the stock definition and results in a more efficient and predictable toolpath.
CAMWorks 2010 includes many improvements to multi-axis machining, which enable toolpath generation on increasingly complex part models. Further, new controls have been added to simplify processing of impellers and blisks, while safely entering and retracting the part has become more flexible and easier than previous versions.
Visualization enhancements have been made to feature, tooling, and stock display. These changes offer a more realistic representation of the machining environment to simplify programming and improve productivity.
In other enhancements, computation for machining time has been modified and updated to provide a more accurate estimate. This information can be used for costing and process planning purposes. Support for SQL Server Express has been added to improve performance in large scale deployments of CAMWorks.
CAMWorks is a SolidWorks® certified Gold CAM product that provides state-of-the-art machining capabilities seamlessly integrated in SolidWorks. CAMWorks can run within SolidWorks, or as part of a cost effective CAD/CAM package that includes CAMWorks Solids, and integrated solid modeler. CAMWorks 2010 supports SolidWorks 2009 and 2010 running under 32- and 64-bit XP, Vista, and Windows 7.
-Edited by Kelsey Anderson