Software for Lathes and Swiss-Type Machines

PartMaker Inc. has released PartMaker Version 2011, the latest version of software for programming CNC mills, lathes, wire EDM, turn-mill centers and Swiss-type machines.

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PartMaker Inc. has released PartMaker Version 2011, the latest version of software for programming CNC mills, lathes, wire EDM, turn-mill centers and Swiss-type machines. Highlights include more powerful milling functionality, an optional module for 3D design and model repair, a more flexible tooling library, improved programming and simulation of bar-fed mills, more vivid setup documentation and more, according to the company.

Version 2011 also has an optional module for 3D design, providing PartMaker users best in breed software for both CNC programming and addressing design for manufacturability issues.

The software lets users manage their tool inventory in a more universal manner through the use of Master Tools Databases. These databases can be edited, manipulated and stored through external database programs like Microsoft Excel and individual tools can be quickly imported for specific jobs. This new approach makes programming more productive because it allows users to quickly choose tools created previously faster than before. It also allows users to reduce the size of a given tool library for a particular programming job. Tools can be interchanged between PartMaker’s Tool Files and the Master Tools Database. This feature will also allow individuals at a company without access to or familiarity with PartMaker to manage the tool inventory available to the CNC programmers.

This software also features a host of improvements to the PartMaker Documentation Wizard (PDW) module including new standard setup sheet templates as well as the ability to automatically create “mid-process” setup sheets. Mid-process setup sheets display a picture of the part being machined at each step in the machining process as well as a graphical view of the tool used in that process.