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Edgecam 12.5 reduces part set-up time

18 April 2008

Planit is introducing a new module to its Edgecam off line NC programming software that allows automation of the part set-up process by working in conjunction with Renishaw probing systems. Edgecam Probing is an intuitive yet powerful tool for automatically generating and simulating spindle probing routines for horizontal and vertical machining centres direct from CAD geometry within Edgecam 12.5.

Using Edgecam’s easy-to-use cycles, the new Probing module embeds standard Renishaw Inspection Plus CNC probing commands inside the Edgecam part file. This enables automatic work offset calculations to accurately establish part datums for subsequent machining (eg. G54-G59). Intermediate positional moves are automatically and intelligently incorporated to avoid the risk of damage to the probe.

Full simulation within Edgecam of the probing routine allows the user to verify that the cycle is optimal and proves the process instead of using valuable set-up time on the machine tool.

Edgecam Probing offers a range of cycles for identifying the position of bores, bosses, pockets and webs together with individual X, Y and Z points. It can also identify internal obstacles in bores and pockets and use either a 3 or 4 point probing routine, as desired. Additional flexibility is offered through advance control of protected moves to minimise probe travel and further reduce cycle time.


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