Software Features Rest-Milling Roughing, Improved Hole Making

SmartCAM V18.0 delivers new and improved milling functionality to the SmartCAM milling suite and several modeling and toolpath editing enhancements to the entire SmartCAM suite of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) system software.The SmartCAM product family consists of applications for CNC milling, turning, fabrication and wire EDM.

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SmartCAM V18.0 delivers new and improved milling functionality to the SmartCAM milling suite and several modeling and toolpath editing enhancements to the entire SmartCAM suite of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) system software.

The SmartCAM product family consists of applications for CNC milling, turning, fabrication and wire EDM. The new version is built on two central themes: core milling improvements and core modeling and toolpath editing enhancements requested by customers.
 
The rest-mill roughing capabilities allow users to easily identify areas of remaining material, then machine those areas using a new region rough process. The Region Rough process machines the rest mill regions by automatically switching between profiling and pocketing strategies, depending on whether a region is open or closed.  These new capabilities make it extremely fast and easy to re-machine features using progressively smaller tools.
 
In addition to the Rest Mill Roughing improvements, V18.0 introduces feature-based hole-making capabilities. Solid model hole-feature recognition has been enhanced to automatically identify compound hole features and create corresponding hole-feature elements, which include full parametric detail of the hole. A new hole making process allows the toolpath to be created by applying hole-making tools to a group of hole-feature elements, and automatically determining the start levels and hole depths from the input hole-features. The user has complete control over the hole-feature sequence, and the hole making processes can be modified and regenerated at ay time. These capabilities allow full automation for the creation of hole-making toolpath for common features, thereby saving time and ensuring accuracy and repeatability.