Alphacam 2015 R1 Speeds up Design and Production

Originally titled 'Software Speeds up Design and Production'

The latest release in the Alphacam 2015 R1 is said to be the largest ever delivered by the software’s development team.

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The latest release in the Alphacam 2015 R1 is said to be the largest ever delivered by the software’s development team. The focus has been on helping manufacturers drive down costs, by speeding up their design and production processes, improving efficiency, productivity and profitability, developer Vero Software says.

An advanced five-axis machining module is introduced in this release, which includes a comprehensive set of strategies with advanced tool axis control and intelligent collision avoidance.

A ribbon bar interface brings Alphacam 2015 R1 right up to date as far as interface technology exists. The interface enables users to quickly find the commands they need, as they are arranged in logical groups, assembled together under tabs.

The Quick Access Toolbar can be displayed above or below the ribbon bar and includes the most commonly used commands, such as Open and Save. Users can customize the ribbon bar by adding their own favorites.  

Also new in 2015 R1 is aggregate toolholders, which enable users to define them with geometry extrusions and rotations, STL and solid CAD models. Users can now create a library of toolholders. These toolholders can either be extruded, evolved geometry, or solids. Common applications of aggregates are horizontal routing and drilling. C-axis aggregates are also supported in Alphacam simulation.

Updates to the Project Manager include specific icons for each operation type. The File menu now includes a Recent Files page, listing Alphacam and CAD parts files, displaying a preview image and their properties.

Multi-drill heads now have graphical support. The aggregates can be defined using geometry extrusions and rotations, STL and solid CAD models. Tools are loaded and selected in Project Manager and fully simulated.