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Solidcam CAM software upgrades for shops

Editor: Eric Culp

Improvements in 3D and high-speed machining are included in the renewed package.

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The software’s 3D machining module suits a range of applications, and the HSM module is said to provide an efficient and smooth toolpath that translates to excellent surface quality.
The software’s 3D machining module suits a range of applications, and the HSM module is said to provide an efficient and smooth toolpath that translates to excellent surface quality.
(Source: Solidcam)

Euromold exhibitor Solidcam said its latest version includes major enhancements in its I-Machining 3D, HSM and simultaneous 5-Axis modules tailored to moulds and inserts.

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I-Machining 3D automatically produces a complete, ready-to-run CNC program with optimal cutting conditions to rough, rest rough and semi-finish a complete 3D part, the company said. It provides true scallop on all slopes, all in a single operation.

Tool paths are automatically adjusted to avoid collisions, the supplier explained, adding that optimal cutting conditions are achieved with its expert knowledge-based Technology Wizard.

The software is said to offer top 3D machining results, regularly providing 70% savings in machining time and up to 90% savings versus other systems.

The company’s HSM module reportedly has “the best 3D finish toolpath for any mould or insert part”. The result of HSM is an efficient and smooth toolpath, translating to the best surface quality, Solidcam said. HSM avoids sharp angles in the tool path to keep the tool in contact with parts as much as possible and optimise non-machining moves to reduce air cutting and generate smooth and tangential lead in/out. | ec

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