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Enhanced Software Offers Huge Reductions in Programming Time for Big CAM Parts

SolidCAM 2013 SP2 has more than 100 new enhancements across all its modules: iMachining 2D & 3D, 2.5D Milling, HSS, HSR/HSM, Sim 5X, Turning, Advanced mill-turn for multi-turret and multi-spindle machines, as well as a new module -- Solid Probe. The handling of large models in SolidCAM 2013 has been dramatically improved, with immense time savings, due to much faster facet generation -- resulting in huge reductions in programming time for big CAM-parts.

For SolidCAM's 2.5D Milling module, additional Toolbox operations have been added, while Threading and Engraving operations have been enhanced. The HSS complementary module for surface machining has also been upgraded with extra auto detection for radial and spiral technologies and lead-in ramping options.

SolidCAM 2013's powerful 3D Milling solution, comprising the High Speed Roughing (HSR) and High Speed Machining (HSM) modules, has additional new strategies and benefits including Hybrid Machining, faster multi-core calculation, which uses the full power of your computer's processors, and smoother surface finishes.

The latest version includes major enhancements to the Simultaneous 5 axis module. New tilting options have been added and improvements made to the SWARF, 5X Drill and Convert HSM to Sim 5X operations.

In addition, three new operations have been added to the Sim 5x module, making it one of the most powerful of its type. The new Multi-blade machining operation easily handles impellers and bladed disks, with multiple strategies to efficiently rough and finish each part of these complex shapes. The Port machining operation is a new and easy to use method for machining ports with lollipop milling tools -- four strategies are provided to machine and finish a port: Rouging, Rest Rough, Spiral and Plunge Finishing. The new Contour 5-axis machining strategy tilts the tool along a chained 3D profile according to defined tilt lines, making it ideal for deburring and trimming.

The Advanced Mill-Turn module in SolidCAM 2013, handles any type of multi-turret and multi-spindle CNC machine and sets the standard for easy programming for these complicated machines. The Machine control operation MCO, balanced roughing, multi-turret synchronization and full machine tool simulation have all been extensively improved.

SolidCAM's patented iMachining 2D module, with its Technology Wizard, provides users with the fastest cycle times, saving 70% machining time and more, unmatched hard material machining, significantly longer tool life and outstanding small tool performance. Now, with the iMachining 3D module, users can automatically produce a complete, ready to run CNC program, with optimal cutting conditions, for 3D Parts. This is achieved by the software's expert Knowledge-based Technology Wizard and Toolpath roughing and rest roughing a complete 3D part, with true scallop on all slopes, all in a single operation. iMachining 3D, combined with its full-depth step-down, intelligent step-up, localized machining and smart positioning, achieves the shortest optimal cycle time, saving up to 90% compared with other systems, for roughing and semi-finish of molds and complex 3D parts.

With iMachining 3D, you can also mill prismatic parts, which include hundreds of pockets and islands. This can be done in one operation, without the need for defining geometry chains, directly from the solid model of the part and the solid model of the stock. iMachining 3D will do the rest automatically and optimally.

In SolidCAM 2013, the iMachining 3D tool path is automatically adjusted to avoid collisions between the holder and the updated stock at every stage. Without holder consideration, tools need to be long. By taking the holder into account, tools can be shorter and stronger resulting in faster cutting. New in SolidCAM 2013 is an option for step-up rest-rough, after each step-down, leaving more room for tool holder avoidance.

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