EdgeCAM Version 3.1 software supports Mechanical Desktop release 2.0 and reduces programming times. Additional "automation" of programming sequences eliminates much of the monotony of the programming process. Within EdgeCAM for Mechanical Desktop, the NC programming software integrated in the solid modeling product shortens the time to develop certain machining elements from 15 to 1.5 minutes.
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For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.