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Milling, turning and wire EDM updates in Edgecam 2016 R1

18 October 2015

The latest release of Edgecam’s game-changing manufacturing software contains over 30 important new and enhanced items of CAD and CAM functionality for milling, turning, and wire EDM.

Turners now benefit from a new time-saving Pre-Finish Plunge option found in the Finishing Grooving cycle in Edgecam 2016 R1. A single plunge cut is generated at the centre of a groove feature, and the cycle then continues to finish the feature in the usual way. As this removes most of the material it does away with the need for a Rough Grooving cycle.

Following on from Waveform turning, the existing Rough Turn Cycle now features a new Ramp Cut strategy. This method is typically used for turning deep recesses with double-sided turning inserts...and extends tool life as the contact point on the insert is constantly changing, avoiding notching. The new strategy can be used with decreasing cut increments. 

Five more milling CAM cycles have been upgraded to use images and help tooltips, helping users to quickly understand the command function and also presenting a consistent user interface. The cycles are Parallel Lace, Pencil Mill, Face Mill, Flat Land Finishing, and Constant Cusp Finishing.  

Enhancements have been made to Edgecam’s 3D modelling software, EWS. A new 2D Offset Tool makes design creation easier. Common shapes and profiles are quickly duplicated and copies by an offset amount, reducing sketching time.

More time is saved while creating constraints, as it is no longer necessary to exit the command – the dimension value is now immediately editable. And entities dynamically snap during the sketching phase. Also, an enhanced Arc command now includes a Set Diameter/Radius option, allowing multiple identical circles to be added to a sketch.

Edgecam 016 R1 sees the completion of memory-handling developments for working with multiple solid models. “Similar to Parasolid, Inventor and Granite files, users will now see noticeable performance improvements when working with ACIS models. This is achieved by only storing a single solid model – when duplicates are required Edgecam creates references to the original geometry. 
 
A number of significant upgrades have been made to the Operations function, which is used in particular by new or infrequent Edgecam programmers as a quick and easy way to develop complex toolpaths. Roughing, profiling, turning, and 4- and 5-axis commands have been enhanced, as well as the addition of a new chamfering operation. 

The roughing operation is now stock-aware, and adopts the Waveform toolpath strategy. In addition, the rough turn operation now supports the B-axis...and the 4- and 5- axis operations can now directly pick on the solid model.

A function used for both milling and turning operations now saves additional time on the Update Stock command. A further enhancement to the Automatic Feature Finding command means users can set a Partial Hole Angle when creating features. The value will control which hole features can be detected, and eventually machined.

New functionality has been added to the area of machine tool configuration – continuing the evolution of catering for milling machines with turning capabilities, Edgecam 2016 R1 has introduced full support for head-table machines, including support for Siemens, TNC and ISO programming languages.

Building on enhancements from previous releases, Edgecam 2016 R1 now offers extended collision detection and improved NC output for machining holes. Working in unison with the Update Fixture command, the Hole Cycle avoids collisions with fixtures by using clearance and retract values parameters.


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