Schott Systeme CAD/CAM suite reduces times for programming, milling
Supplier has also improved simulation of toolpaths.
The CAD/CAM software Pictures by PC 3.6 is said to further reduce NC programming and milling times through the use of numerous new machining strategies, German software developer Schott Systeme GmbH said.
It cited the example of hybrid finishing to generate toolpaths within a single finishing operation to optimise and combine the machining of side faces and flatter regions. Improved recognition of leftover material analyses and marks areas that need further machining with a smaller tool to remove residual material.
Existing pocketing operations are complemented by trochoidal milling, it noted. Radial toolpaths are said to facilitate machining of extremely hard materials, improve the machine dynamic through “smoother” toolpaths, and extend tool life.
The company has also included improvements to the toolpath simulation, and has combined existing milling, 5-axis simultaneous and turning into a fully integrated mill/turn service.