CAD/CAM Updates User Interface And More

PartMaker Inc. ’s Version 9. 2 of its CAD/CAM software for CNC mills, lathes, wire EDM, turn-mill centers and Swiss-type lathes includes a revamped and more productive user interface, improved capabilities for programming directly on solid models and the ability to automatically generate descriptive and visual HTML-based setup sheets.

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PartMaker Inc.’s Version 9.2 of its CAD/CAM software for CNC mills, lathes, wire EDM, turn-mill centers and Swiss-type lathes includes a revamped and more productive user interface, improved capabilities for programming directly on solid models and the ability to automatically generate descriptive and visual HTML-based setup sheets.

The major highlight of PartMaker Version 9 is an updated user interface featuring easy to use, user-configurable toolbars. Existing icons have been recast to make them even easier to understand. The new version also gives users the ability to carry out programming directly on a solid model. A solid model can be directly integrated into the programming window, and tool paths can be assigned directly to the solid model. Critical manufacturing data is automatically retrieved from a solid model using the “Extract Parameters from Solids” feature, thus saving time and reducing the chance for error by eliminating redundant data entry.

Version 9 allows the user to automatically generate professional setup sheets to improve shopfloor documentation. This feature, available to those users who have licensed the PartMaker Documentation Wizard (PDW), can speed up machine setup time by eliminating the process of creating setup sheets manually and by providing clear instructions for machine operators and setup personnel about how to set up a new job. Setup sheets are created in HTML format and can be viewed on any computer with an Internet browser. The format of the setup sheets is customizable by the user.