New Enhancements In CAD/CAM Software

The newly released Version 4.6 of PartMaker CAD/CAM software is for CNC mills, lathes, turn-mill centers and SwissCAM. The newest release of SwissCAM and Turn-Mill features an enhanced visual process synchronization capability. The entire suite of products in Version 4.6 also includes the ability to automate Family

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The newly released Version 4.6 of PartMaker CAD/CAM software is for CNC mills, lathes, turn-mill centers and SwissCAM. The newest release of SwissCAM and Turn-Mill features an enhanced visual process synchronization capability. The entire suite of products in Version 4.6 also includes the ability to automate Family of Parts programming by using Parametric Input. Version 4.6 allows users to optimize cycle time for parts created on multi-spindle, Swiss-type lathes and Turn-Mill centers even more easily than before by displaying a graphical "Time Chart" that shows the amount of cutting time being executed on separate spindles and tool posts. The time chart shows users which processes are occurring simultaneously on various spindles and displays a complete "balanced" cycle time. Process synchronization is carried out quickly and easily through the Process Table, which supports up to ten different synchronous modes of operation. Version 4.6 also features a Parametric Programming capability, which greatly speeds CNC programming for Family of Parts of applications. This feature allows a programmer to simply program one part in a family and then automatically substitute any variable parameters by simply manipulating a separate file containing these parameter definitions. A virtually unlimited number of parameters can be defined by the user. This Parametric Programming functionality also lets users output fully parametric or macro-based G-code programs. PartMaker uses the Visual Programming approach to simplify CNC programming. It is able to generate NC code that automatically inserts "Wait" or "Sync" codes into the NC code it generates. With its easy-to-use Windows-based user interface and visual approach to CNC programming, PartMaker simplifies the process of programming turn-mill centers and Swiss-type lathes.