Software Automates Programming Of B-Axis Lathes

With PartMaker Software, users can program each axis of a multi-spindle or multi-axis turning machine individually in separate windows, including the B axis, and the software will put it all together, synchronize the operations, solid model the part, check for collisions and output the G code. The company's Turn-Mill B-axis milling module fully automates the programming of inclined features for lathes equipped with B-axis milling heads or inclined tools. Using the company's visual programming approach, the programming of these machines is made much easier by breaking up a complex programming task into a series of easy to understand machining functions, the company says.

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With PartMaker Software, users can program each axis of a multi-spindle or multi-axis turning machine individually in separate windows, including the B axis, and the software will put it all together, synchronize the operations, solid model the part, check for collisions and output the G code.

The company's Turn-Mill B-axis milling module fully automates the programming of inclined features for lathes equipped with B-axis milling heads or inclined tools. Using the company's visual programming approach, the programming of these machines is made much easier by breaking up a complex programming task into a series of easy to understand machining functions, the company says.

The milling module allows the user to automatically extract the information needed to machine inclined features directly from a solid model by pointing and clicking. Quickly establish the inclined plane you are working on by entering a few parameters. The software supports programming of machines equipped with either local or global coordinate systems.

Once all part features are created, the company's visual synchronization technology allows quick overlap of main and subspindle machining with multiple tool stations. The result of optimization is displayed on a time chart, which shows how much cycle time you are saving by using synchronous machining and where opportunities for further cycle time savings exist.