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SmartCAMcnc’s SmartCAM V15. 5 offers new enhancements and capabilities to the CAM system software, from usability improvements such as verification control to nesting options. This latest version also adds to the visualization and usability themes found in recent releases.

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SmartCAMcnc’s SmartCAM V15.5 offers new enhancements and capabilities to the CAM system software, from usability improvements such as verification control to nesting options. This latest version also adds to the visualization and usability themes found in recent releases. The product family consists of CAM software applications for milling, turning, fabrication and wire EDM. Customer input has helped the company make improvements in its product. Additional toolpath verification control, stronger nesting options in our milling applications and bidirectional turn profiling for groove finishing are examples where customers helped the company identify important areas that needed improvements.

New Showpath, ShowCut and Code options allow the visual verification and coding to be restricted to the active step or group. This feature is useful when users develop tool paths for a specific operation and wish to verify only that portion.

New nesting capabilities have been introduced into the new version’s milling applications that when combined with existing nesting features provide milling users the ability to quickly and easily create sheet layouts for applications using equipment such as routers, lasers, burners and waterjets, according to the company. The lead-in/lead-out functionality introduced with version 15.0 is now available for bidirectional profile processing, typically used for groove finishing and undercut features that require bidirectional motion.

Version 15.5 also builds on V15.0’s improvement to toolpath lead-in/lead-out creation and control by adding options for creating lead-in/lead-outs using an absolute angle. Absolute angles make it easy to enter or retract along a particular axis, regardless of the profile start and end orientation. In the case of turning, absolute angles can be used to ensure the tool enters and retracts along the tool bisector angle.

Additional enhancements include surface machining functionality that has been improved to provide more control when using surface avoidance and for the software’s turning applications, roughing improvements to material boundary definitions and material removal.