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AMB CAM software upgrades extend tool life, boost productivity

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The suite can reduce cycle times by 70% and increase tool life by 500%, the supplier says.

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The patent-pending strategy for 2-, 3- and 5-axis roughing cycles allows customers to remove more material in a shorter amount of time, according to the supplier.
The patent-pending strategy for 2-, 3- and 5-axis roughing cycles allows customers to remove more material in a shorter amount of time, according to the supplier.
(Source: DP Technology)

DP Technology is showcasing Esprit 2013, the latest version of its flagship computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software, which is said to focus on providing smarter, more efficient toolpaths and strategies for greater overall productivity.

The patent-pending ProfitMilling strategy for 2-, 3- and 5-axis roughing cycles allows customers to remove more material in a shorter amount of time, the company said. The strategy optimises engagement angle, chip load, material removal rate (MRR), lateral cutter force and machine acceleration. This machining cycle uses trochoidal tool motion and a traditional offset of the toolpath, allowing use of the full tool flute length. The company said the strategy cuts cycle times by 70%, minimises programming time, lowers energy consumption, and boosts tool life by an average of 500%.

The software has options for cutting grooves faster and more efficiently, the company said. Among these upgrades is a new plunge setting added to the plunge turning (zigzag) cycle. Using a pre-plunge along walls reportedly reduces the tool load against walls and cuts wide grooves faster. A lateral feed-rate setting provides users with more control and an option to perform extra-plunge along a profile to deliver fewer scallops for the finish pass, the company said.

It noted that the software now includes two strategies for the “Diagonal Zigzag” groove type: “Thin-to-Thick Chip” for a progressive engagement of the tool and “Thick-to-Thin Chip” that is particularly suited to ceramic inserts. This is said to generate rapid metal removal without vibration. Numerous enhancements and additions have also been made to 3- and 5-axis FreeForm cycles, the supplier noted.

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