Vero UK releases Edgecam 2014 R2
06 July 2014
New functionality in Edgecam 2014 R2 includes automatic conversion of 2D design data to a 3D model, and other significant enhancements to Edgecam Worfklow, from the user interface to improved automatic machining processes.
In addition to the 2D to 3D for Part Modeller feature, Edgecam 2014 R2 includes a new Edgecam Workflow Solids modeller, comprehenisve machining strategies in Edgecam Workflow, and dynamic co-ordinate system creation. Job reports are also now available on portable devices.
The 2D to 3D for Part Modeller ensures old 2D legacy design data can be used in Edgecam Workflow without the need for total part re-modelling. A 2D drawing can now be converted automatically into a 3D model quickly and accurately by simply selecting the views and tracing the part outline.
Edgecam Workflow Solids (EWS) offers a fast and simplistic approach to creating simple CAM-ready 3D solid models, delivering standard modelling functions such as extrude, revolve, and blend, supported by parametric sketching.
A feature wizard allows for the rapid creation of specific hole types. An interactive story board means users can remodel and edit the original design by quickly selecting the process to be edited, and re-applying the changes.
Edgecam Workflow has been enhanced in all areas, with the inclusion of EWS, customisable ribbon bars laid out in a logical process order, and improved machining strategies to enable toolpaths to be generated quickly and efficiently while considering the component stock, fixtures and material.
Dynamic co-ordinate system creation proivides an interactive way of creating construction planes (CPLs), by simply dragging the CPL marker from the bottom left of the screen onto a face, vertices or edge, and the CPL marker automatically snaps and orientates as required. Dragging the marker over the model instantly offers options of alignment and location, making it easy to find the preferred origin.
Edgecam 2014 R2 will be the first CAD/CAM platform to integrate Sandvik’s Adveon Tool Library. Adveon is a single tool library, managing tools from a number of manufacturers, and guarantees accurate geometrical information. While the engineer’s input is reduced, users can rapidly build tooling databases, and have access to 3D CAD models for accurate simulation and visualisation.
There is also direct import of tooling information from Mazak machines. An interface loads the .DAD file from Mazatrol controls and stores the .DAD tooling data instantly in Edgecam’s Toolstore. Ensuring that the tool selection in Edgecam reflects the tools available on the specific machine, means only tools on the machine can be selected, eliminating machine setup downtime.
A number of machine tool manufacturers and agents used Edgecam to program live cutting demonstrations at the recent MACH exhibition. Mazak, Matsuura, Hurco, Engineering Technology Group, ROMI and YMT Technologies all chose Edgecam to demonstrate the full capabilities of their machines.
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