CAM Software Reads Native Files

The company now offers the ability to directly read and machine native CATIA (V4 and V5), Pro/Engineer and Unigraphics part files. The company data exchange kernel now supports CNC programming from all CATIA, Pro/E and UGS solid, surface or wireframe part models, enabling the CAM software to build tool paths directly from the original part models from these mechanical design systems. The software users now have the benefit of native CAD to CAM data exchange with CAD systems--CATIA, Pro-E and UGS--enabling them to directly import their part geometry completely intact and ready for machining.

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The company now offers the ability to directly read and machine native CATIA (V4 and V5), Pro/Engineer and Unigraphics part files. The company data exchange kernel now supports CNC programming from all CATIA, Pro/E and UGS solid, surface or wireframe part models, enabling the CAM software to build tool paths directly from the original part models from these mechanical design systems. The software users now have the benefit of native CAD to CAM data exchange with CAD systems--CATIA, Pro-E and UGS--enabling them to directly import their part geometry completely intact and ready for machining. With the CNC programming tools, the user is ready to program any CNC machine tool: two to five-axis milling, two- to 22-axis turning and two- to five-axis wire EDM. SolidMill, CAM for two- to five-axis milling, includes KnowledgeBase tools that automate the process of creating tool paths for milling. For example, a CNC programmer who receives a job from a customer to machine a complex aerospace part model can use the project manager to isolate just what is needed, aligning each part feature to the most appropriate work plane. The Project Manager divides the workpiece into machinable features (holes, slots and pockets), provides a list of cutting operations for each feature, enables the user to organize cutting operations to optimize the G-code and access tooling libraries where the user has stored cutting tools that are used on a regular basis as well as the most common cutting speeds and feeds. SolidTurn, CAM for two- to 22-axis turning, offers the flexibility to use any combination of milling machining cycles with any combination of turning cutting cycle. The software supports both C and Y mill-turn, combining turning and milling operations into one G-code program in order to streamline CNC programming process for multi-function, multi-axis lathes. For example, users can unwrap the outer surface of a cylindrical part onto a flat surface, program their contour on it, and then the software automatically generates the C-axis motions needed to wrap the contour onto the cylinder. To organize the work plan for multi-turret and/or multi-spindle mill-turn machines, the software's sync list displays the calculated cycle times for each operation in a bar chart. The programmer can then add 'sync' codes to synchronize the machining operations between different turrets and spindles, and the bar chart immediately displays the updated cycle times. The software then simulates and verifies every machine movement including tailstock operations, bar feeds and part exchanges in the software prior to sending the G-code program to the shop floor.