Mastercam X5 Mill offers
expanded machining flexibility and an increased emphasis on speed and
automation. Smart Hybrid Finishing, new dynamic milling techniques and ISCAR
support combine with dozens of additional new enhancements in a package
intended to improve shop floor productivity.
Smart Hybrid Finishing - Hybrid
finishing blends two efficient cutting techniques into a single toolpath. This
toolpath evaluates the model shape and smoothly switches between Constant Z
cutting and Constant Scallop machining.
New surface toolpath - Mastercam's 3D surface high speed
OptiRough toolpath is a technique designed to remove large amounts of material
quickly using its milling motion. Large, aggressive cuts are followed by fast,
ISCAR Support - Mastercam includes specific support for
ISCAR's High Efficiency Machining (HEM) tools, ensuring that parts are
programmed to get the absolute most out of the cutters. Select the appropriate ISCAR
cutting tool from the library and the optimum information, feeds and speed are
Multiaxis machining - Mastercam X5 improves multiaxis toolpath
speed and has machining techniques and an easy, workflow-oriented interface.
Mastercam lets you choose the basic type of work you're doing using
illustrations, and then gives you a step-by-step process for defining how
you'll cut the part. It also includes a specialized interface for smooth,
gouge-free engine head porting.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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